Men’s college basketball practice begins this week through Division One. The first matches are November 7. The force 36 is here to set the table.
This is the first of many Power 36 ratings for the 2022-23 season. Let’s go:
College Basketball Rankings: Andy Katz Power 36
1. North Carolina (1): National runner-up has personnel to return to the title game.
2 – Gonzaga (2): Drew Tim will be the main contender for National Player of the Year.
3 – Kentucky (3): Oscar Chibwey Player of the Year returns at Naismith.
4. UCLA (4): Jaime Jaques Jr. and Tiger Campbell would be some of the best leaders in the country.
5. Kansas (5): Galen Wilson leads another experienced Jayhawk crew.
6. Houston (6): Marcus Sasser is a legitimate nominee for Player of the Year/All-American First Team.
7. Indiana (7): The Hoosiers are the team to beat in the Big Ten with Trayce Jackson-Davis.
8. TCU (11): Jimmy Dixon has his team back in a position to compete for the Big 12 title.
9. Duke (10): Jon Scheyer has the best recruiting class in the country.
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10 – Creighton (12 years): Bluejays will be the best in the Big East with a healthy menu.
11 – Baylor (8): The Bears restocked to chase the Big 12 title once more.
12. Texas (9): Chris Bird has worked at the transfer portal as well as any coach in the country.
13 – Arkansas (14): Remember the name Nick Smith. The SEC teams will surely know him well.
14 – Illinois (15 years): Kofi Cockburn’s era is over and Illini can return to Flyin’ Illini.
15- Michigan (13): Expect breakout season for Joey Hauser.
16. Michigan (17): Hunter Dickinson will be the anchor needed for the Wolverines for a challenge in the Big Ten.
17. Miami (16): Isaiah Wong would be a nominee for the ACC Most Valuable Player.
18 – Dayton (19 years old): The Flyers have the best young talent in the A-10.
19. Rutgers (20): Caleb McConnell is not only the best defensive player on this year’s Big Ten list. He will be one of the best offensive guards.
20 – San Diego State (23): Matt Bradley will be one of the most productive scorers in the West.
21- Florida (24): Colin Castleton and Kyle Lofton will make confrontations difficult for the SEC opponents.
22. Purdue (21): Zach Eddy has the middle to himself and this can cause problems for enemies.
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23. USC (29): Drew Peterson is a late playmaker, a great playmaker.
24 – Auburn (30): Speed. Speed. frenetic gameplay. Tigers will be a good watch.
25- Wyoming (25): Hunter Maldonado and Graham Ike will be names to remember by the end of the season.
26 – Vilanova (26 years old): Kyle Neptune has enough back to stay hunting in the Big East.
27- Tennessee (18): The Vols will have a new protection spot but enough experience to start a strong SEC season.
28- Ohio (34): The Buckeyes have one of the best classes for newcomers in the Big Ten and will be going through a tough Big Ten as the season progresses.
29- Virginia (22): By no means is Tony Bennett missing the NCAA Championship two seasons in a row in Virginia.
30- Alabama (NR): The tides will be tough, defensive, and hard to beat consistently.
31- Arizona (32): The Wildcats won’t be as talented as last season, but Tommy Lloyd has the goods to keep the Wildcats in the mix.
32. Texas Tech (NR): Mark Adams’ defensive mentality, formidable inner court and winning mentality mean the Red Raiders are not going anywhere.
33. Xavier (33): Sean Miller will bring the Knights back where they belong – in the NCAA Championship.
34. Texas A&M (36): Aggies lost in the NIT Final. They will be the NCAA Championship Team.
35- Iowa (31): Kris Murray is ready to be the Hawkeyes’ favorite.
36. UConn (NR): A healthy Adama Sonogo means that the Huskies are a championship team.
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