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2013-14 College Basketball: Comparing Top 25 and Picks

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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.

Athlon

Lindy's

TSN

USAT

SI.com

Coaches

AP

 

1. Kentucky

2

1

1

2

1

1

 

2. Louisville

7

3

3

1

3

3

 

3. Duke

3

4

4

4

4

4

 

4. Michigan State

1

2

2

3

2

2

 

5. Kansas

4

6

5

5

6

5

 

6. Arizona

11

5

7

9

5

6

 

7. Florida

8

12

6

7

8

10

 

8. Oklahoma State

9

10

10

10

12

t8

 

9. Syracuse

12

8

9

13

7

t8

 

10. North Carolina

5

--

11

11

11

12

 

11. Ohio State

6

11

12

8

10

11

 

12. Michigan

10

7

8

6

9

7

 

13. Marquette

--

20

22

20

17

17

 

14. New Mexico

--

--

18

17

20

23

 

15. Notre Dame

19

21

--

24

22

21

 

16. Creighton

23

--

17

21

--

--

 

17. Tennessee

--

19

21

25

--

--

 

18. VCU

21

18

14

23

15

14

 

19. UNLV

--

--

--

--

--

--

 

20. Memphis

13

16

13

15

13

13

 

21. Connecticut

16

22

15

14

19

18

 

22. Wisconsin

--

14

--

16

21

20

 

23. UCLA

25

15

--

18

23

22

 

24. Baylor

22

--

--

--

--

25

 

25. Wichita State

15

--

16

--

16

16

 

-- Boise State

--

--

--

22

--

--

 

-- Colorado

24

--

19

--

--

--

 

-- Gonzaga

18

17

20

19

14

15

 

-- Indiana

20

25

23

--

24

--

 

-- Iowa

17

--

24

--

--

--

 

-- Oregon

--

13

--

--

--

19

 

-- Virginia

14

24

25

12

25

24

 

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TSN

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Duke

Duke

Duke

Duke

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Vermont

Vermont

Vermont

Vermont

American

Louisville

Louisville

Louisville

Louisville

Atlantic 10

VCU

VCU

VCU

VCU

Atlantic Sun

Fla. Gulf Coast

Fla. Gulf Coast

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Kansas

Kansas

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Marquette

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High Point

High Point

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Charleston So.

Big Ten

Michigan State

Michigan State

Michigan State

Michigan State

Big West

UC Irvine

UC Irvine

Long Beach St.

UC Irvine

Colonial

Towson

Towson

Northeastern

Towson

Conference USA

La. Tech

Southern Miss

La. Tech

La. Tech

Horizon

Green Bay

Wright State

Wright State

Wright State

Ivy

Harvard

Harvard

Princeton

Harvard

MAAC

Iona

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Manhattan

Manhattan

MAC

Buffalo

Toledo

Akron/Toledo

Toledo

MEAC

Norfolk State

Norfolk State

Norfolk State

Norfolk State

Missouri Valley

Wichita State

Wichita State

Wichita State

Wichita State

Mountain West

New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico

New Mexico

Northeast

LIU Brooklyn

LIU Brooklyn

Mount St. Mary's

LIU Brooklyn

Ohio Valley

Eastern Ky.

Eastern Ky.

EKU/SEMO

Eastern Ky.

Pac-12

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona

Patriot

Boston U.

Boston U.

Bucknell

Lafayette

SEC

Kentucky

Kentucky

Kentucky

Kentucky

Southern

Elon

Davidson

Elon

Elon

Southland

Northwestern St.

Northwestern St.

Northwestern St.

Northwestern St.

Summit

North Dakota St.

North Dakota St.

North Dakota St.

North Dakota St.

Sun Belt

Western Ky.

UL Lafayette

Western Ky.

Georgia St.

SWAC

Southern

Alabama A&M

Texas Southern

Jackson St.

WAC

New Mexico St.

New Mexico St.

New Mexico St.

New Mexico St.

West Coast

Gonzaga

Gonzaga

Gonzaga

Gonzaga