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Preseason Coaches Poll Ranks the Kansas Jayhawks No. 7

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Preseason Coaches Poll Ranks the Kansas Jayhawks No. 7

Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

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
1 Indiana (21) 27-9 761 13
2 Louisville (5) 30-10 738 4
3 Kentucky (5) 38-2 718 1
4 Ohio State 31-8 617 3
5 Michigan 24-10 605 22
6
North Carolina State 24-13 581 20
7 Kansas 32-7 563 2
8 Duke 27-7 516 14
9 Syracuse 34-3 502 5
10 Florida 26-11 422 9
11 Arizona 23-12 411 NR
12 North Carolina 32-6 401 6
13 UCLA 19-14 396 NR
14 Michigan State 29-8 391 7
15 Creighton 29-6 325 21
16 Memphis 26-9 307 NR
17 Missouri 30-5 289 11
18 Baylor 30-8 266 8
19
UNLV 26-9 203 NR
20 San Diego State 26-8 196 NR
21 Wisconsin 26-10 191 12
22 Gonzaga 26-7 166 NR
23 Notre Dame 22-12 122 NR
24 (tie) Florida State 25-10 61 15
24 (tie) Texas 20-14 61 NR

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