Playboy ranks North Carolina basketball number one

Today, the house that Hugh Hefner built released its rankings for the 2011-2012 college basketball season. That’s right, if you didn’t want to hear it from the AP or just wanted to hear it from someone with a little more…experience, Playboy teased its top 25 teams online. The teams will also headline the print magazine in December. Predictably, Playboy picked UNC to be the mack daddy of the upcoming season. But it also made some pretty bold predictions, for instance, picking Michigan State to finish the season ranked 13th or choosing Belmont, a team that nearly beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, to round out the list.

Playboy also listed 12 questions to start off the season. They are already posted online , but I’m sure everyone will like the response to the column’s last question. In addition, Playboy chose its 2012 preseason All-America team, selecting both Harrison Barnes and Tyler Zeller as two of the twelve lucky players.

Playboy’s top 25:

1. North Carolina
2. Ohio State
3. Kentucky
4. Duke
5. Vanderbilt
6. Syracuse
7. Louisville
8. Kansas
9. Pittsburgh
10. Connecticut
11. Xavier
12. Memphis
13. Michigan State
14. Florida
15. Wisconsin
16. Gonzaga
17. Temple
18. Purdue
19. Baylor
20. Alabama
21. Missouri
22. BYU
23. Michigan
24. Washington
25. Belmont

Playboy’s 2012 Preseason All-America Team:

(G) Jeremy Lamb: UCONN, Soph.
(G) William Buford: Ohio State, Sr.
(G) Austin Rivers: Duke, Fr.
(G) Marquis Teague: Kentucky, Fr.
(F) Harrison Barnes: UNC, Soph.
(F) Jared Sullinger: Ohio State, Soph.
(F) Perry Jones III: Baylor, Soph.
(F) Terrence Jones: Kentucky, Soph.
( C) Festus Ezeli: Vanderbilt, Sr.
( C) Tyler Zeller: UNC, Sr.


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