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Newest Power 24 rankings …

The 2009 NBA Draft is over and we now have an updated picture of our early Power 24 for 2009-10 and the NCAA Tournament.   Here is our latest update at Bracketville.  Next update will be at Midnight Madness in October.

Updated June 27: Our most current look at the 2009-2010 season

2009-10 Power 24

  1. Kansas – Jayhawks stay in place as our preseason favorite.
  2. Michigan State – Spartans are a small step behind.
  3. Texas – With Damion James back, the Longhorns will push KU and the nation.
  4. North Carolina – There’s still a lot of talent in Chapel Hill.
  5. Villanova – A small drop, but the Wildcats will probably be the Big East favorites.
  6. Kentucky – With Patrick Patterson part of Calipari’s new ensemble, the Wildcats should be back atop the SEC.
  7. Purdue  – Full ensemble of playmakers return to West Lafayette.
  8. Tennessee – Improved defense and return of Tyler Smith mean the Vols won’t just give up an SEC title to UK.
  9. Oklahoma – Supporting cast is still pretty strong for the Sooners.
  10. Duke – The Blue Devils will win a lot of games, but are a fringe Top 10 team without Gerald Henderson.
  11. Washington – We’ll keep the Huskies as our early Pac-10 favorite.
  12. West Virginia – The Mountaineers will be more experienced.
  13. Michigan – New talent will blend with experience to help the Wolverines challenge in the Big 10.
  14. California – The Bears have perhaps the best (shooting) backcourt in the country.
  15. Clemson – Is this the year Clemson plays its best ball in March?
  16. Butler – The entire starting roster returns for the Bulldogs who will be heavy favorites in the Horizon.
  17. Minnesota – A solid nucleus returns for Tubby Smith.
  18. Louisville – We expect the Cards to be improved on defense.  We also know Rick Pitino can coach.
  19. Maryland – Greivis Vasquez returns and the Terps keep every other crucial part of its team in place.
  20. Mississippi State – Bulldog are a  team on the rise with the return of Jarvis Varnado.  How quickly will the pieces come together?
  21. Syracuse – The Orange may lose a lot of experience, but enough playmakers remain to keep ‘Cuse on pace for a Power 24 season.
  22. Gonzaga – Even with Austin Daye gone, the Zags have a lot of offensive weapons returning.
  23. Oklahoma State – We still like the Cowboys to build on a late 2009 run.
  24. Dayton – With big changes at Xavier, Chris Wright and Marcus Johnson return for the Flyers as early A-10 favorites.

Also considered: LSU, Connecticut, South Carolina, Siena, Illinois, Ohio State, Georia Tech, Florida, Notre Dame,  Auburn, Tulsa, Arkansas, Georgetown, UCLA, BYU, Mississippi, Cincinnati, Arizona State, Boston College, San Diego State, Arizona, Illinois State

Thanks for your joining us here at Bracketville.  Have a different opinion?  Send a rebound.  –  Bracketguy.

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