There is no clear next-best team after Duke. I settled on the Jayhawks due to the Bill Self Reliability Factor (seven top-10 finishes in adjusted efficiency in the past 10 years, despite significant roster turnover) and the quality of their starting perimeter trio. Whereas Duke’s one potential flaw is that it lacks a pure point guard, Kansas’s starting backcourt will have two seasoned floor generals and the potential No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA dDraft in freshman wing Josh Jackson, making it arguably the best 1-2-3 punch in the nation.
Power Rankings-Within-Power Rankings: The five best perimeter trios for 2016–17, based on expected college production
1. Kansas: Dual PGs Frank Mason and Devonte’ Graham, SF Josh Jackson
2. Duke: Dual combo guards Allen and Kennard (or Jackson), SF Tatum
3. Kentucky: PG De’Aaron Fox at PG, combo Malik Monk, non-shooting wing Isaiah Briscoe
4. Oregon: PG Dylan Ennis (or Casey Benson), SG Tyler Dorsey, SF Dillon Brooks
5. North Carolina: PG Joel Berry, SG Theo Pinson, SF Justin Jackson
6. Villanova: PG Jalen Brunson, combo Phil Booth, SF Josh Hart