College basketball: Breaking down the power conferences by height and weight
It's probably not surprising that the No. 1 men's college basketball team in the preseason AP is also the tallest team in the country (at least among studied teams in the largest conferences). But how about shortest, heaviest and lightest? Let's take a look.
Rather than comb through the rosters of all 351 Division I teams, we only studied the rosters of teams in the Power 5 conferences, plus the Big East. Here is a breakdown of heights and weights for teams and players in the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.
|The Tallest Players|
|Christ Koumadje||Florida State||7-4|
|Romaro Gill||Seton Hall||7-2|
|Doral Moore||Wake Forest||7-1|
|Jason Cudd||South Carolina||7-1|
Florida State is one of the tallest teams in the country and junior center Christ Koumadje is a big reason why. At 7-4, he's the tallest player in one of the power conferences. Purdue is the only team that was studied that has two players taller than 7-feet: 7-2 senior Isaac Haas and 7-3 redshirt freshman Matt Haarms.
Arizona's DeAndre Ayton is a player to watch this season. Despite being 7-1, he's listed as a forward – not a center – and he projects to be a versatile two-way player who should be one of the best freshmen in the country.
|The Shortest Players|
|Mark French||Texas A&M||5-8|
|Cameron Alo||Texas A&M||5-9|
The difference between Florida State's Koumadje and Miami freshman guard Chris Lykes, who's listed at 5-7, is 21 inches. Lykes, a native of Mitchellville, Md., was one of the top prep players in Maryland before committing to the Hurricanes. His size hasn't proven to be a major limitation up to this point in his career as he set Gonzaga College High School's career scoring record with 2,666 points.
|The Tallest Teams|
|Duke||79.07 inches (6-7.07)|
|Notre Dame||78.77 inches (6-6.77)|
|Baylor||78.69 inches (6-6.69)|
|Florida State||78.67 inches (6-6.67)|
|Oregon State||78.63 inches (6-6.63)|
Duke was voted the preseason No. 1 team in the country in the AP Top 25 Poll. The Blue Devils are also the tallest team from a power conference with an average height of just over 6-7. Duke's talented frontcourt includes 6-11 Marvin Bagley III, 6-11 Marques Bolden and 6-10 Wendell Carter Jr. The ACC has three of the five tallest teams studied, with Notre Dame checking in at No 2 and Florida State at No. 4.
|The Shortest Teams|
|Ohio State||76.43 inches (6-4.43)|
|Ole Miss||76.47 inches (6-4.47)|
|Illinois||76.63 inches (6-4.63)|
|Syracuse||76.63 inches (6-4.63)|
|Arizona State||76.65 inches (6-4.65)|
This could be a rebuilding year in Columbus, Ohio, as the Buckeyes have a new head coach in Chris Holtmann, a new-look roster and the shortest team in a power conference. Ohio State's tallest players – forward Kaleb Wesson and center Micah Potter – are 6-9. Eight players are 6-4 or shorter.
Syracuse, which is known to have long, athletic players who can cover a lot of ground in the Orange's 2-3 zone defense, actually has the shortest team in the ACC this season, by average height. The team has height in 7-2 center Paschal Chukwu, 6-10 forward Bourama Sidibe and six other players who range between 6-6 and 6-9, but having three players 5-10 or shorter brings down Syracuse's average height.
|The Heaviest Teams|
|Penn State||216.43 pounds|
|Notre Dame||216.23 pounds|
|West Virginia||216.15 pounds|
Three of the five heaviest power conference teams in college basketball made the Sweet 16 last season: Florida, Baylor and West Virginia. This list also features some of the top defensive units in the country. Entering the 2017-18 season, Florida is ranked No. 2, West Virginia is No. 4, Penn State is No. 19, Baylor is No. 26 and Notre Dame is No. 52, according to college basketball advanced stats guru Ken Pomeroy.
The Gators rank as the heaviest team studied thanks to the big bodies they have in their frontcourt: forward Isaiah Stokes (6-8/270), center John Egbunu (6-11/265), center Gorjok Gak (6-11/245), forward Keith Stone (6-8/245) and forward Dontay Bassett (6-9/240).
|The Lightest Teams|
|Arizona State||197.47 pounds|
|Texas Tech||197.94 pounds|
|Washington State||198.85 pounds|
Andy Wittry has written for SI.com, Sporting News, the Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier-Journal and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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