Duke is No. 1 in way-too-early AP poll for 2018-19

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Villanova was clearly the college basketball best team in 2017-18, romping through the NCAA Tournament, capping it rout over Michigan in the title game.

Now depression sets in for college basketball fans. It’s seven long months until the next game.

We’ve got something to (hopefully) tide you over: A way-too-early poll for next season.

A lot can change from now and then – players could go pro, transfer, get hurt – so this is just a best-guess on what we know now:

1. Duke. Marvin Bagley III and Grayson Allen are gone, Wendell Carter Jr. and Trevon Duval could join them. Even so, there’s enough coming back and Coach K has another stellar recruiting class coming in, headed by dunking dynamo Zion Williamson.

2. Kansas. The Jayhawks reached the Final Four in a season they weren’t even supposed to win the Big 12 title. Even with Devonte’ Graham gone, there’s plenty coming back – especially if Malik Newman remains in Lawrence – and more five-star help on the way.

3. Villanova. A lot will depend on whether Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges and Omari Spellman leave for the NBA. Either way, the Wildcats will be reigning champions and have breakout star Donte DiVincenzo.

4. Kentucky. As is always the

Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/college-basketball/story/duke-is-no-1-in-way-too-early-ap-poll-for-2018-19-040318

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