Mar 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino in the first half in the semifinals of the midwest regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament against the Kentucky Wildcats at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

CBS Sports, ESPN Release Their Way-Too-Early Rankings For The 2014-2015 College Basketball Season

Mar 28, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino reacts in the first half in the semifinals of the midwest regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament against the Kentucky Wildcats at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013-2014 college basketball season came to an end last night, with UConn beating Kentucky 60-54 to win the National Title. Props to the Huskies for an outstanding run that no one expected. It’s a new season now and it won’t start until six or seven months from now. However, that doesn’t mean college basketball talk has simply disappeared. There’s always news of a coaching change, players leaving, suspensions, and, of course, way-too-early preseason polls. The offseason is officially underway and today ESPN and CBS Sports  released their way-too-early preseason polls. CBS has Louisville ranked #21 while ESPN pegs them at #15. Below are the excerpts on Louisville.

CBS

21. LOUISVILLE 

  • Notable players definitely gone: Russ Smith, Luke Hancock, Stephan Van Treese, Tim Henderson, Kevin Ware

  • Others expected to leave: Montrezl Harrel

  • Notable players expected to return: Chris Jones, Wayne Blackshear, Terry Rozier, Mangok Mathiang, Anton Gill

  • Notable newcomers: Shaqquan Aaron, Jaylen Johnson, Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider, Matz Stockman, Anas Osama Mahmoud

ESPN

12. Louisville Cardinals

The Cardinals are losing a ton. There’s Russ Smith, an All-American and the lead force on the Cardinals’ 2013 national title team. There’s Luke Hancock>, the Most Outstanding Player of that Final Four. Stephan Van Treese leaves with size and hoops IQ in tow. And Montrezl Harrell, who became a dominant interior force this season, looks likely to enter the NBA draft. Yet Rick Pitino’s team might still be a title contender by next March, and not just because Pitino has been masterful in working through roster changes in recent seasons. He also brings in the No. 4-ranked recruiting class — including four solid, top-100 players in Shaqquan AaronQuentin SniderAnas Osama Mahmoud andChinanu Onuaku. Pitino may need to get more out of Mangok Mathiang and (especially)Wayne Blackshear, but the Cardinals won’t lack for talent.

 

 

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