"This was our most spirited debate in years about which team should be No. 1," said Blue Ribbon editor Chris Dortch. "I think UConn, Texas, Duke and Oklahoma all have excellent credentials. All have some question marks too, but we thought UConn could get past its issues at guard in time to develop momentum for March. And we always base our projections on how we envision a final poll, after the NCAA Tournament."
The Atlantic Coast Conference leads the way with five teams ranked in Blue Ribbon's poll. Besides Duke, ACC teams in the poll include No. 10 Boston College, No. 15 N.C. State, No. 22 Wake Forest and No. 25 Maryland. Four teams from the newly reconfigured Big East are among the top 15 teams in the poll. Besides UConn, ranked Big East teams include No. 5 Louisville, No. 11 Villanova and No. 14 Syracuse.
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BLUE RIBBON COLLEGE BASKETBALL YEARBOOK PRESEASON TOP 25
1. Connecticut 2. Texas 3. Duke 4. Oklahoma 5. Louisville 6. Gonzaga 7. Michigan State 8. Arizona 9. Kentucky 10. Boston College 11. Villanova 12. Illinois 13. Memphis 14. Syracuse 15. North Carolina State 16. Iowa 17. George Washington 18. Wisconsin 19. Stanford 20. Iowa State 21. UCLA 22. Wake Forest 23. Washington 24. Alabama 25. Maryland