College basketball season is getting dangerously close, which means a steady stream of preseason accolades and predictions, including CBS Sports’ initial Top 25.
The Michigan State Spartans fare pretty well. They are the Big Ten’s highest-ranked team at No. 8:
The Spartans lost their best player and shooter in Denzel Valentine and Bryn Forbes. But they added a top-three recruiting class highlighted by Miles Bridges and Joshua Langford, which means Tom Izzo is positioned to win the eighth Big Ten regular-season title of his Hall of Fame career.
Duke gets the nod at No. 1, followed by Kentucky, Kansas, Villanova, Xavier, North Carolina and Oregon.
Other ranked B1G teams include Indiana (No. 10), Wisconsin (12) and Purdue (20).