Syracuse Near Top In Way-Too-Early 2013-2014 Basketball Polls

USA TODAY Sports

The ink is barely dry on the 2012-2013 season and we're coming off a postseason that reaffirmed just how useless and meaningless regular season polling is, but, of course, it's time to talk about next year's polls already.

The ink is barely dry on the 2012-2013 season and we're coming off a postseason that reaffirmed just how useless and meaningless regular season polling is, but, of course, it's time to talk about next year's polls already.

The Syracuse Orange, who will lose Brandon Triche & James Southerland, certainly lose Michael Carter-Williams, may or may not lose C.J. Fair and will gain Michael Gbinije and five solid recruits, are expected to be among college basketball's best once again.

USA Today thinks the Orange will enter the season at No. 9 in the nation.

Over at ESPN, the Orange are slotted at No. 10 in their way-too-early poll.

CBSSports.com has SU coming in at No. 11.

Betting website Beyond The Bets also puts the Orange in at No. 11.

Of course, all of these rankings are assuming Fair comes back and, even then, rely on best guesses instead of solid analysis. So don't get too worked up.

The one thing we all seem to agree on? Kentucky will head into the season as the No. 1 team in the land and the one to beat. They better just pray they don't see Robert Morris in the Tournament.

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