The preseason USA Today coaches poll was released on Wednesday and the Kansas Jayhawks check in at no. 7. The ranking seems appropriate although the Jayhawks could probably argue for a higher ranking as could many other teams, but no. 7 is certainly a nice compliment considering the Jayhawks lost the no. 5 overall pick and another NBA draft pick in Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor.
Baylor is the next Big 12 team on the list at no. 18 with Texas rounding out the league representation at no. 24. Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State and Michigan comprise the current top five. Indiana and Louisville boast an assortment of returning talent while John Calipari has apparently earned himself enough credibility that his plug and play, one and done system will consistently land him in the top five of the country.
Arizona, UCLA, Memphis, UNLV, Wisconsin and Gonzaga are all teams that finished the year unranked but now find themselves in the top 25. North Carolina and Michigan State take the biggest dip from their end of season ranking to today based on the talent that both teams lost during the offseason.
Kansas State and Oklahoma State are two Big 12 teams knocking on the door with votes for the top 25 and early season success could easily propel both into Big 12 title contention.
|Rank||School (first-place votes)||2011-12 record||Points||Last year's final ranking|
||North Carolina State||24-13||581||20|
|20||San Diego State||26-8||196||NR|
|24 (tie)||Florida State||25-10||61||15|
Others receiving votes: Saint Louis (26-8) 58; Virginia Commonwealth (29-7) 40; Cincinnati (26-11) 33; Murray State (31-2) 30; Kansas State (22-11) 13; Saint Mary's (27-6) 11; New Mexico (28-7) 10; Tennessee (19-15) 10; Minnesota (23-15) 9; Pittsburgh (22-17) 9; Marquette (27-8) 8; Stanford (26-11) 7; Butler (22-15) 6; Oklahoma State (15-18) 6; Colorado State (20-12) 4; Middle Tennessee (27-7) 3; Drexel (29-7) 2; Georgia (15-17) 2; Miami (Fla.) (20-13) 2; St. Joseph's (20-14) 2; Marshall (21-14) 1