College Basketball Top 25 for 2018-2019: Villanova Gutted, Syracuse and Nevada Are Big Winners

College Basketball Top 25 for 2018-2019: Villanova Gutted, Syracuse and Nevada Are Big Winners

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College Basketball Top 25 for 2018-2019: Villanova Gutted, Syracuse and Nevada Are Big Winners

We did a Top 25 for 2018-2019 the day after Villanova defeated Michigan for the title. Now that everyone has announced whether they’re going to the NBA or returning to school, we’ve tweaked the Top 25. Villanova was hit hard; Nevada and Syracuse were big winners.

1. Duke (29-8, Lost in Elite 8) – Entire starting lineup is gone, but they’ve got three of the top five recruits in the country, led by 2019 projected #1 NBA pick RJ Barrett, and human highlight reel Zion Williamson.

2. Kansas (31-8, Lost in Final 4) – Four impact transfers keep the Jayhawks here despite losing their three best players from last year’s overachieving team.

3. Gonzaga (32-5, Lost in Sweet 16) – Transfer Brandon Clarke joins a strong returning cast, including future potential pros Zach Norvell, Killian Tillie, and Rui Hachimura.

4. Nevada (29-8, Lost in the Sweet 16) – This will be the best Wolfpack team in school history. Jordan Caroline and the Martin Twins are coming back, plus three impact transfers arrive and they got a 5-star recruit in forward Jordan Brown.

5. Loyola-Chicago (32-6, Lost in the Final 4) – They won’t take anyone by surprise, but coach Porter Moser should get back to the Final 4, especially with All-American candidate Clayon Custer leading the way.

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