If actual, regular-season college basketball polls are already meaningless, what does that make a preseason poll that's released while the previous season is barely over?
Yes, the body of the 2011-2012 college basketball season is still warm but folks are already releasing their way-too-early preseason polls for next year. Of course, everyone knows not to take them too seriously since there's a whole boatload of incoming freshman who have yet to make choices that will dictate much of where these teams end up. Still, this at least provides some basic idea of where people's heads are at when they make their arbitrary ranking decisions in October and November.
Mike Miller at NBC Sports slots the Orange in at No. 15 in his poll, agreeing that the depth of the roster will keep the team going while the addition of Nerlens Noel could boost the team higher.
Meanwhile, Jon Wilner, who always makes weird picks, has the Orange all the way up at No. 7 in his poll. Fine.
Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State and N.C. State (what?) seem to be among the trendy picks for the top team in the land heading into 2012-2013.
FYI, Syracuse finished fourth in CBSSports.com's final 2012 poll, as "what could have been" hangs over the team's final tally.