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Gonzaga at No. 3 in the Blue Ribbon preseason Top 25

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The Zags are in good company at the top.

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With the season drawing nearer, preseason Top 25 rankings continue to trickle out. One preseason ranking that is always eagerly anticipated by college basketball pundits and fans comes from Blue Ribbon Yearbook, and its newly released list ahead of this year’s edition of the yearbook places Gonzaga at No. 3 in the rankings behind only Kentucky and Kansas.

The lofty position affirms the excitement felt around these parts, and the national expectations around the program following another Sweet 16 appearance, Rui Hachimura’s continued ascendance (Rui earned a coveted place on the Blue Ribbon cover this season, by the way), and the additions of Brandon Clarke and Geno Crandall to an already talented team.

Blue Ribbon’s preseason ranking also features teams we’ll see this season in Tennessee (No. 5), North Carolina (No. 12), and potential Maui Invitational opponents in Duke (No. 4) or Auburn (No. 8).

This is how the entire Top 25 shakes out:

  1. Kentucky Wildcats
  2. Kansas Jayhawks
  3. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  4. Duke Blue Devils
  5. Tennessee Volunteers
  6. Nevada Wolf Pack
  7. Virginia Cavaliers
  8. Auburn Tigers
  9. Oregon Ducks
  10. Michigan State Spartans
  11. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  12. North Carolina Tar Heels
  13. Kansas State Wildcats
  14. UCLA Bruins
  15. Florida State Seminoles
  16. West Virginia Mountaineers
  17. Clemson Tigers
  18. LSU Tigers
  19. Purdue Boilermakers
  20. Florida Gators
  21. Villanova Wildcats
  22. Syracuse Orange
  23. Michigan Wolverines
  24. Virginia Tech Hokies
  25. TCU Horned Frogs

Are there any surprises in this preseason ranking? Sound off in the comments below.