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North Carolina Preseason No. 1 In First Coaches' Poll
 

 

The 2011-12 USA Today/ESPN pre-season college basketball coaches poll

Rnk. Team (first-place votes) Pts.

1. North Carolina (30) 774

2. Kentucky (1) 721

3. Ohio State 702

4. Connecticut 655

5. Syracuse 649

6. Duke 635

7. Vanderbilt 567

8. Louisville 514

9. Memphis 482

10. Florida 474

11. Pittsburgh 471

12. Baylor 358

13. Kansas 331

14. Wisconsin 313

15. Xavier 277

16. Arizona 269

17. Alabama 194

18. Michigan 187

19. Texas A&M 161

20. UCLA 147

21. Marquette 145

22. Cincinnati 141

23. Gonzaga 125

24. California 111

25. Missouri 110

Others receiving votes: Florida State (23-11) 108; Texas (28-8) 107; Michigan State (19-15) 73; Temple (26-8) 59; Washington (24-11) 29; Butler (28-10) 25; New Mexico (22-13) 22; Creighton (23-16) 19; Villanova (21-12) 18; Purdue (26-8) 17; UNLV (24-9) 16; West Virginia (21-12) 13; George Mason (27-7) 12; Mississippi State (17-14) 11; St. Johnís (21-12) 11; Saint Maryís (25-9) 5; Virginia (16-15) 5; Virginia Commonwealth (28-12) 4; Drexel (21-10) 2; Kansas State (23-11) 2; Long Beach State (22-12) 2; Brigham Young (32-5) 1; Notre Dame (27-7) 1.
North Carolina was one first-place vote away from being a unanimous preseason No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

The Tar Heels, the heavy favorite to win the 2012 national championship, received 30 of the coaches' 31 first-place votes and outranked No. 2 Kentucky by 53 points (774-721) in the poll, which was released Thursday.

North Carolina returns a core of top players centered around sophomore forward Harrison Barnes. He and three of his teammates -- John Henson, Kendall Marshall and Tyler Zeller -- are among the 50 players to appear on the Wooden Award's preseason list.

UNC won the ACC regular-season title last season before losing in the NCAA tournament's in the East Regional final, finishing 29-8.

Ohio State, defending NCAA champion Connecticut and Syracuse fill out the ESPN/USA Today poll's first five. The Buckeyes have excellent talent returning in Wooden preseason candidates Jared Sullinger, William Buford, and Aaron Craft.

Rounding out the coaches' top 10: Duke, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Memphis and Florida.

Pittsburgh comes next in the poll as coaches put four Big East teams in the top 11. The Panthers are followed by Baylor, Kansas, Wisconsin, Xavier, Arizona, Alabama, Michigan, Texas A&M and UCLA.

Marquette, Cincinnati, Gonzaga, California and Missouri complete the Top 25. Butler, which lost to UConn in the NCAA final and finished second to the Huskies in the final poll of last season, is not among the preseason Top 25.

North Carolina will meet unranked Michigan State in one of the most anticipated early-season matchups -- in terms of geography, at least. The teams will meet in the Carrier Classic on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson on Veterans Day in San Diego, and President Barack Obama will be attending.

On Nov. 15, Kentucky meets No. 13 Kansas and No. 6 Duke plays Michigan State in the Champions Classic at New York's Madison Square Garden. The event will rotate to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and the United Center in Chicago in the following years.


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 North Carolina Tar Heels No. 1 in preseason coaches' poll - ESPN


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203 comments for "North Carolina Preseason No. 1 In First Coaches' Poll"

 10-20-2011, 11:43 AM         #2
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there shoulda been no question about it.
 10-20-2011, 11:46 AM         #3
ThugLuv5450 
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I see you Duke...:applause:
 6 years ago '05        #4
swyshasweets 
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who last beat them? hahaha

and beat 5 outta 6 of that top 10 last yr


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 6 years ago '08        #5
Main Event 55 heat pts55
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Can't wait until Vandy loses in round 1 again :lachen001:
 6 years ago '11        #6
mester 2 heat pts
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As expected. Harrison Barnes NPOY. We taking the title no question.

That game vs Michigan St gonna be crazy
 6 years ago '11        #7
PrimeTimeJones3 11 heat pts11
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I wonder who gave Kentucky that first place vote
 6 years ago '06        #8
kmstokes 
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 swyshasweets said:
who last beat them? hahaha

and beat 5 outta 6 of that top 10 last yr
yeah, last year.
 6 years ago '08        #9
EMER1TUS 11 heat pts11
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We ouchea


Re-tooled and ready to let loose
 6 years ago '11        #10
PrimeTimeJones3 11 heat pts11
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 mester said:
As expected. Harrison Barnes NPOY. We taking the title no question.

That game vs Michigan St gonna be crazy
Championship or bust for UNC this season...then 80% depart for the NBA...however if we dont win it all thats still my team but i will be @ the team and Roy
 6 years ago '05        #11
swyshasweets 
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 kmstokes said:
yeah, last year.
unc=basicly same team...uk=step up from last yr....see yall soon
 6 years ago '04        #12
SmokeTrees1986 5 heat pts
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curry, rivers, dre will light it up, but still worried about defending athletic wings and bigs
 10-20-2011, 12:11 PM         #13
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 swyshasweets said:
unc=basicly same team...uk=step up from last yr....see yall soon
plus 2 AA coming off the bench? not to mention 1 year better.. not to mention Reggie coming back.. not to mention the ENTIRE STARTING 5 returns.
 6 years ago '11        #14
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 swyshasweets said:
unc=basicly same team...uk=step up from last yr....see yall soon
i wont say the same team...we have some upgrades off the bench now...

however not sure if we will defend the 3 ball this season
 6 years ago '08        #15
clenz7621 5 heat pts
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pre season polls

fu*k UNC im gonna laugh when this "awesome team" loses that rank real fast
 6 years ago '04        #16
finishim 80 heat pts80
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14 is better than I expected, Marquette might be pretty damn good this year I think though
 6 years ago '11        #17
PrimeTimeJones3 11 heat pts11
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 clenz7621 said:
pre season polls

fu*k UNC im gonna laugh when this "awesome team" loses that rank real fast
@ f UNC comment...what they did to you homie?
 10-20-2011, 12:17 PM         #18
Tempus # 1 
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memphis is preseason top 10. Just like i said
 10-20-2011, 12:18 PM         #19
ThugLuv5450 
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 Dro889 said:
plus 2 AA coming off the bench? not to mention 1 year better.. not to mention Reggie coming back.. not to mention the ENTIRE STARTING 5 returns.
before you hype up reggie let the n*gga atleast have a decent game..when heathly he was decent at best..PJ gonna outshine reggie
 6 years ago '08        #20
clenz7621 5 heat pts
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 PrimeTimeJones3 said:
@ f UNC comment...what they did to you homie?

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