CU starting lineup

Point guard Marcus Zegarowski is introduced during the starting lineups before a Creighton game this year. As many as seven of CU's top scorers could return from last season's team, which is why the Jays are expected to improve off that 20-15 campaign.

Virginia won a national title Monday night. But the conversation’s already starting to shift toward next season as media outlets release their way-too-early Top 25 rankings.

And Creighton’s received a few mentions.

The Jays are set to return their top seven scorers — although it’s still unclear if Martin Krampelj, who graduates this spring, will choose to play his final season of collegiate ball or start his pro career. There are other similar decisions to be made by top-tier recruits across the country. And plenty of roster additions are on the horizon, too, once transfers begin picking their destinations.

Really, it would probably be more useful to wait until June before putting together a preseason Top 25.

But where’s the fun in that? Here’s how Creighton fared in the early predictions:

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello: “next in line” (CU’s one of five teams that just missed the top 25 cut)

Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo: “on the cusp” (CU’s one of five teams that just missed the top 25 cut)

The Athletic’s Seth Davis: “the next 20” (CU’s ranked No. 38)

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi: No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament

There seems to be an expectation that the Big East will be much improved. Xavier and Georgetown got some mentions. Marquette, Villanova and Seton Hall were almost unanimously ranked in these Top 25 projections.

The last time Creighton received some summer buzz from national analysts was ahead of the 2016-17 season. The Jays were ranked No. 22 in the preseason AP Top 25 poll that year.

CU ended this past season with a 20-15 record, finishing in a four-way tie for third place in the Big East and losing in the NIT quarterfinals.

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