ESPN’s Dick Vitale has picked Duke as his No. 1 team heading into the 2016-17 college basketball season. Vitale has Kentucky at No. 2. Villanova, Kansas and North Carolina round out the top 5. From Mr. Vitale:
The season is right around the corner, so this is a perfect time to sit down and figure out my preseason Top 40.
Of course, we can go back and forth on so many teams. There is parity in the sport, and the competition is great. The key is to live up to your billing and make it to the Big Dance.
I know a few teams in my top 40 will surprise you. That is part of the fun of picking the creme de la creme and then comparing notes as the season goes on. This is just a first opinion. Injuries and ineligibility could change the fate of a team.
You can view the entire Top 40 here.