Check out below for the preseason edition of the FanRag Sports Top 25, which will be updated every Monday during the regular season.
The Skinny: Mike Krzyzewski has the team to beat — again.
The Skinny: No Omari Spellman, no problem.
The Skinny: Death, taxes, and Bill Self at Phog Allen Fieldhouse.
The Skinny: Edmond Sumner is a volcano just waiting to erupt.
The Skinny: People will be comparing Bam Adebayo to Blake Griffin by Christmas.
The Skinny: The Badgers return over 99.0 percent of their scoring from last year’s team that reached the Sweet 16.
The Skinny: Dana Altman’s squad is more talented than it was a year ago — seriously.
The Skinny: Memphis transfer Austin Nichols is a legitimate All-ACC first-team candidate.
9. North Carolina
The Skinny: Joel Berry is on the verge of being one of the sport’s top point guards.
The Skinny: Don’t blink, you’ll miss Pitt transfer Josh Newkirk.
11. Michigan State
The Skinny: Tom Izzo’s best recruiting class ever should keep the Spartans in position for yet another Big Ten title.
The Skinny: Rick Pitino has two burgeoning stars in sophomores Donovan Mitchell and Deng Adel.
The Skinny: The Wildcats are noticeably more talented than they were a year ago.
The Skinny: Mark Few will likely start three transfers — Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington), Jordan Mathews (Cal), and John Williams (Missouri).
The Skinny: Five-Star freshmen Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf should both be instant starters.
The Skinny: Freshman wing Tyus Battle is the best first-year player that nobody is talking about.
The Skinny: Matt Painter might have the sport’s best three-four-five triumvirate with Vincent Edwards, Caleb Swanigan, and Isaac Haas.
18. West Virginia
The Skinny: The Mountaineers look like the Big 12’s second best team behind Kansas.
The Skinny: Freshman point guard Alterique Gilbert will form a potent back court combination with Jalen Adams.
The Skinny: NC State transfer Kyle Washington has a chance to be the best offensive big man that Mick Cronin has ever coached.
The Skinny: Archie Miller has four players on his roster — Scoochie Smith, Kyle Davis, Charles Cooke, and Kendall Pollard — that will be 22 during Atlantic 10 play.
22. Rhode Island
The Skinny: This is the season that Danny Hurley finally takes the Rams to the NCAA Tournament.
23. Virginia Tech
The Skinny: Buzz Williams has the best team in the ACC that nobody’s talking about.
The Skinny: Sophomore big man Ivan Rabb is a legitimate national player of the year candidate.
The Skinny: Remember the name Derrick White.
Five on the cusp:
The Skinny: The Gaels return everybody from a team that won 29 games last season.
The Skinny: Betting against Mike Brey is like betting against Christian Bale in a Batman movie.
The Skinny: Greg McDermott may have the Big East’s best back court in Maurice Watson and Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster.
The Skinny: Five starters return from last year’s team that reached the NCAA Tournament.
The Skinny: Kevin Willard has the most underrated defensive team in the sport, but who steps in for Isaiah Whitehead?
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.