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Ricky Nelson’s 2018 preseason top 25 revisited

My 2018 preseason top 25 was not as good as my 2017 preseason top 25, when six of my top nine teams advanced to the Elite 8. But I won’t shy away from looking back at my 2018 preseason thoughts that were published on Dec. 27.

Regional finalists are in bold. Teams with a strike through were not in the NCAA tournament.

2018 Preseason top 25 (AVCA preseason rank)
1 (3). Colorado College
2 (5). Emory
3 (2). Calvin
4 (10). Washington-St. Louis
5 (7). Gustavus Adolphus
6 (4). Wittenberg
7 (13). Illinois Wesleyan
8 (27). Chicago
9 (6). Johnson & Wales (R.I.)
10 (8). Ithaca
11 (26). St. Thomas
12 (25). Berry
13 (12). Carnegie Mellon
14 (42). Tufts
15 (14). Carthage
16 (17). Juniata
17 (30). Aurora
18 (31). Whittier
19 (23). Christopher Newport
20 (35). Wisconsin-Eau Claire
21 (11). Trinity (Texas)
22 (1). Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
23 (18). Johns Hopkins
24 (9). Southwestern
25 (20). MIT

The Next 40: Augsburg; Babson (37); Bethel; Birmingham-Southern; Cal Lutheran (38); Case Western Reserve; Chapman; Clarkson (44); DePauw (45); DeSales; Eastern (40); Heidelberg; Hope; La Verne; Mary Hardin-Baylor (46); Mary Washington (49); Millikin (16); Muhlenberg; Northwestern (15); Ohio Northern (19); Otterbein (28); Pacific; Pacific Lutheran (22); Randolph-Macon; Saint Benedict; Scranton; Stevens (36); Swarthmore (21); Texas Dallas (34); Texas Lutheran; Texas Tyler; Vassar (47); Wartburg (39); Washington and Lee; Wellesley; Wesleyan (29); Wisconsin-La Crosse (32); Wisconsin-Oshkosh (41); Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Wisconsin-Whitewater (33).

In AVCA’s top 50 but not my top 65: Stevenson (24); Concordia Wisconsin (43); Cornell (48); Susquehanna (50).

Not among my top 65 nor AVCA’s top 50 but made a regional final: Bowdoin; Thomas More.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

December 4, 2018 at 5:53 pm

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