Gonzaga is ranked third and Nevada is tied for seventh in the 2018-19 preseason Associated Press preseason poll, released on Monday.
This falls in line with what many analysts (and computers) say about both the Bulldogs and Wolf Pack this season — that both could be Final Four contenders, though the Zags maybe be slightly better right now.
Overall, Kansas is the preseason No. 1 team in the country and Kentucky is ranked second.
With Gonzaga returning four starters from last year and adding Geno Crandall as a grad transfer from North Dakota, this could be Mark Few’s most loaded squad yet. The Bulldogs face Texas A&M on Nov. 15 then head to the always-loaded Maui Invitational a few days later, meaning they will have a chance to prove their worth early.
As for Nevada, the Wolf Pack bring back two Martins (Caleb and Cody) and now have two Jordans (Caroline and Brown) on what should be an equally stacked team. Both Martwins and Jordan Caroline flirted with the NBA Draft last year but opted to return and make Nevada the easy favorite in the Mountain West. Jordan Brown is the highest-rated recruit to ever sign with Nevada — in any sport — and will see immediate time at power forward. Watch the Wolf Pack on opening night against an underrated BYU team.
2018 Final Four participant Loyola University Chicago was the first team left out of the rankings, receiving 162 points. No. 25 Washington received 165. Buffalo (14), San Diego State (9), Marshall (1), and Davidson (1) each received points as well.
The full Top 25 can be found below:
2018 Preseason AP Poll