Way too early 2017-18 College Basketball Top 25

Apr 3, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels players celebrate after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the championship game of the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels players celebrate after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the championship game of the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 1, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Quentin Snider (4) reacts while trailing in the final minute against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Wake defeated Louisville 88-81. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 1, 2017; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Quentin Snider (4) reacts while trailing in the final minute against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Wake defeated Louisville 88-81. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Louisville Cardinals

The Louisville Cardinals simply got caught in the NCAA Tournament. Looking at the fact that they were upset by the Michigan Wolverines in the second round of March Madness, you might think that they aren’t as good as everyone though they were at the start of the tournament. However, they simply met up with a hot team that presented a bad matchup—and that were incredibly well-coached in the game and ready for Rick Pitino’s group.

Louisville is 100 percent legit, however, and they’re going to be the same next season. In fact, they’re going to be even better it would seem. Quentin Snider is going to be back to lead the team in the backcourt and he’ll be joined by other returning stars such as Deng Adel and VJ King to help him lead the charge. The biggest key, though, will be what star Donovan Mitchell decides to do regarding the NBA draft.

If Mitchell elects to say at Louisville, he’ll be able to shoulder the load for the Cardinals like he did much of this season. However, if he were to depart, Pitino’s group would be knocked down a peg. Though the jury’s still out on his future, we’re going to assume that the versatile star for Louisville makes his way back and ultimately helps the Cards try and realize what should be National Championship hopes.