College basketball practice is underway. For the women it’s been underway for a couple of weeks. For some seven teams, they’ll be practicing in Spokane until late in March. That’s four teams at the NCAA Tournament at Gonzaga March 19-22 and, I’m assuming something here, the survivor and three other teams at the Regional in the Arena March 26 & 28.
It’s a complete crapshoot who might make it to Gonzaga (and I’ll assume something here) to join the Bulldogs for the first two rounds. As for the Regional, the theory is it should be four of the Top - hoping to be Sweet - 16.
That’s a round-about way to say Friday is my deadline for my ballot for the preseason AP Top 25, which will be formally released on Friday, Oct. 29. However, you can see my ballott below - along with my preseason All-American first team, which will be out the following Tuesday.
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7. Notre Dame
8. Ohio State
9. Texas A&M
12. West Virgina
15. St. John’s
18. Florida State
19. North Carolina
23. Michigan State
Preseason All-American team
F - Maya Moore, sr., UConn
F - Nnemkadi Ogwumike, jr., Stanford
C - Brittney Griner, soph., Baylor
G - Courtney Vandersloot, sr., Gonzaga
G - Danielle Robinson, sr., Oklahoma