2013-14 College Basketball: Comparing Top 25 and Picks

A look around the preseason picks for the 2013-14 Season

Like most hardcore college basketball fans, those of us around the Athlon Sports office like to contrast and compare.

Sure, we have strong feelings about our top 25 and league picks — and we hope we’re right — but we like picking up the other magazines and checking how other publications evaluated the same information.

Here’s how Athlon compared with other major college basketball publications including Lindy's, The Sporting News (TSN), USA Today (USA Today), Sports Illustrated, and the coaches' and Associated Press polls. Of course, Kentucky’s a popular pick, but there are plenty of places we have differences of opinion.

1. Kentucky211211 
2. Louisville733133 
3. Duke344444 
4. Michigan State122322 
5. Kansas465565 
6. Arizona1157956 
7. Florida81267810 
8. Oklahoma State910101012t8 
9. Syracuse1289137t8 
10. North Carolina5--11111112 
11. Ohio State6111281011 
12. Michigan1078697 
13. Marquette--2022201717 
14. New Mexico----18172023 
15. Notre Dame1921--242221 
16. Creighton23--1721---- 
17. Tennessee--192125---- 
18. VCU211814231514 
19. UNLV------------ 
20. Memphis131613151313 
21. Connecticut162215141918 
22. Wisconsin--14--162120 
23. UCLA2515--182322 
24. Baylor22--------25 
25. Wichita State15--16--1616 
-- Boise State------22---- 
-- Colorado24--19------ 
-- Gonzaga181720191415 
-- Indiana202523--24-- 
-- Iowa17--24------ 
-- Oregon--13------19 
-- Virginia142425122524 

Comparing all conference championship picks

 AthlonLindy'sTSNUSA Today
America EastVermontVermontVermontVermont
Atlantic SunFla. Gulf CoastFla. Gulf CoastFla. Gulf CoastMercer
Big 12KansasKansasKansasKansas
Big EastMarquetteCreightonMarquetteMarquette
Big SkyMontanaWeber StateWeber StateMontana
Big SouthHigh PointHigh PointHPU/CSUCharleston So.
Big TenMichigan StateMichigan StateMichigan StateMichigan State
Big WestUC IrvineUC IrvineLong Beach St.UC Irvine
Conference USALa. TechSouthern MissLa. TechLa. Tech
HorizonGreen BayWright StateWright StateWright State
MEACNorfolk StateNorfolk StateNorfolk StateNorfolk State
Missouri ValleyWichita StateWichita StateWichita StateWichita State
Mountain WestNew MexicoNew MexicoNew MexicoNew Mexico
NortheastLIU BrooklynLIU BrooklynMount St. Mary'sLIU Brooklyn
Ohio ValleyEastern Ky.Eastern Ky.EKU/SEMOEastern Ky.
PatriotBoston U.Boston U.BucknellLafayette
SouthlandNorthwestern St.Northwestern St.Northwestern St.Northwestern St.
SummitNorth Dakota St.North Dakota St.North Dakota St.North Dakota St.
Sun BeltWestern Ky.UL LafayetteWestern Ky.Georgia St.
SWACSouthernAlabama A&MTexas SouthernJackson St.
WACNew Mexico St.New Mexico St.New Mexico St.New Mexico St.
West CoastGonzagaGonzagaGonzagaGonzaga


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