Cardinal Basketball

Cards Get Snubbed!


Mike Siegel, of has released preseason top 50 rankings for 2010-11, and the Cards were left off the list.

Here is a look at the top 25.

  Team 2010*
1 Purdue 11
If the big 3 return like indicated, then the Boilers will be a true national title contender.
2 Michigan State 18
Morgan is the only senior, and newcomer Payne might be a better forward anyways.
3 Duke 2
Scheyer made this team tic, but there’s another load of top-level talent joining the fray.
4 Syracuse 6
Rautins & Johnson are certainly big losses. But Boeheim welcomes the Big East’s top class.
5 Kansas St 5
So long as Pullen returns, there’s more then enough returning talent to make this squad legit once again.
6 Butler 7
Gordon Hayward is going pro but Matt Howard, Shelvin Mack and Ronald Nored all return. Khyle Marshall is an intriguing freshman at the same position as the departed Hayward.
7 West Virginia 3
Will take a step back without do-everything Da’Sean Butler, but still a quality squad.
8 Pittsburgh 19
The core of the team returns intact, and Dixon has a nice new extension.
9 Villanova 16
Season ended on a sour note, but Cats might go into next season underrated.
10 Xavier 17
I’m counting Jordan Crawford among the returnees.. if he’s gone, things get much more dicey.
11 Kansas 1
Assuming both Henry & Aldrich both leave, this team will lack a dominant force. There is young talent hiding on the roster though.
12 Texas 36
Forget the end of the season slump, there’s more then enough talent on the roster and Tristan Thompson eases the loss of Damion James.
13 Ohio State 20
The loss of Turner is obviously huge, but the Buckeyes welcome another loaded Matta class.
14 UNC 62
Even moreso then Ed Davis’ NBA decision, success will depend on whether the 5-star class excels or plays like the 09 crew.
15 Vanderbilt 27
Despite losing Jermaine Beal, Vandy has a chance to make some serious noise in the SEC.
16 Missouri 43
A couple seniors depart, but this is still an improving team with some underrated freshmen joining the fold.
17 Memphis 58
With Williams returning along with a Top 5 class, Memphis returns to national prominence in 2010.
18 Kentucky 4
Who knows what UK’s roster will end up looking like, but you have to assume Calipari will manage to snag at least one of the remaining unsigned studs.
19 San Diego St 25
With everyone of note returning from the MWC champs, Aztecs are one of the best out west.
20 Tennessee 9
Lose Chism, Prince, Maze. Tobias Harris is their name freshman, but Jordan McRae might be the true star.
21 Wisconsin 22
Losing Hughes & Bohanon will hurt, but Bo Ryan always finds a way.
22 Florida 57
Only lose Dan Werner. All of the young talent will eventually gel, and when they do, look out.
23 Baylor 8
Carter was a senior, and Udoh will likely head for the pros. Can Fr Perry Jones offset Udoh’s departure?
24 Temple 10
With Fernandez & Allen returning, the Owls will be solid once again.
25 BYU 24
If Fredette returns, Cougars are MWC contenders once again.

26-50 Link

I know is not a mainstream source for college basketball, but I have followed the site for sometime and Siegel does a pretty good job covering college hoops. With that being said, I couldn’t disagree more with these rankings. Louisville being left off is not my only issue, because that really is not a big surprise to me. Expectations are down, no doubt about it, but that could turn out to be a good thing. Most expect Louisville to be in the same boat as last year, but I think we will be slightly improved. Most guy’s on the roster that will contribute have at least a full season of experience. The Cards will play an up and down fast paced style of basketball, which is something we struggled to do last year.

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