Cards No. 8 in CBS preseason top 25

Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman are tag-teaming the rankings this year, so...it means more...maybe?

8. Louisville
Top returnees: Kyle Kuric, Peyton Siva, Jared Swopshire, Chris Smith, Rakeem Buckles, Mike Marra, Gorgui Dieng.

Top newcomers: Wayne Blackshear, Zach Price, Chane Behanan, Angel Nunez.

Outlook: Rick Pitino's team won a surprising 25 games last season, but the expectations are higher this year. The Cardinals aren't as talented as their rivals in Lexington, but they are experienced and capable of competing with Connecticut, Syracuse and Pittsburgh at the top of the Big East.

Of note: Louisville will play No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Connecticut, No. 7 Vanderbilt and No. 9 Memphis all at least once, and No. 4 Syracuse and No. 10 Pittsburgh at least twice. So that's at least eight games against CBS' top ten.

Cincinnati (15) and Villanova (24) also make appearances in the rankings.

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