Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll

    
October 27th, 2006

Defending national champion Florida was a near-unanimous pick for the top spot in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, earning 30-of-31 first-place votes. North Carolina is second, followed by Kansas. Ohio State is fourth and received the remaining first-place vote. Pittsburgh and UCLA are tied for fifth, while LSU, Georgetown, Wisconsin and Arizona round out the rest of the top-10.

Creighton, the lone MVC team, is sandwiched between a pair of Southeastern Conference schools in the poll. Kentucky is No. 22 with 119 points in the voting, Creighton is No. 23 with 113 points, and Tennessee No. 24 with 106 points. Another mid-major, Nevada rounds out the poll with 101 points and a No. 25 ranking.

A spot in the top 25 of the preseason poll is no guarantee of success. Five of last year's preseason top-25 missed out on the NCAA Tournament. In fact, then-No. 18 UCLA was the only team in last year's preseason top-25 to eventually reach the Final Four. Florida, which on to win it all, received the same number of votes in last year's preseason poll as Northern Iowa (7), which was tied for 39th at the time.

USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll -- Released Oct. 27, 2006

Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Florida (30) 33-6 772 1
2. North Carolina 23-8 728 14
3. Kansas 25-8 714 22
4. Ohio State (1) 26-6 595 13
T5. Pittsburgh 25-8 583 18
T5. UCLA 32-7 583 2
7. LSU 27-9 556 3
8. Georgetown 23-10 538 16
9. Wisconsin 19-12 530 NR
10. Arizona 20-13 478 NR
11. Duke 32-4 477 7
12. Alabama 18-13 420 NR
13. Texas A&M 22-9 335 NR
14. Memphis 33-4 328 6
15. Boston College 28-8 284 11
16. Washington 26-7 240 12
17. Marquette 20-11 203 NR
18. Connecticut 30-4 200 4
19. Texas 30-7 172 9
20. Syracuse 23-12 138 NR
21. Georgia Tech 11-17 137 NR
22. Kentucky 22-13 119 NR
23. Creighton 20-10 13 NR
24. Tennessee 22-8 106 20
25. Nevada 27-6 101 NR

Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 88, Wichita State 78, Louisville 77, Southern Illinois 70, Illinois 52, Xavier 44, Villanova 39, Air Force 26, San Diego State 24, Hofstra 20, Oklahoma State 19, Michigan 17, Michigan State 15, Maryland 12, DePaul 11, Florida State 9, George Mason 6, Indiana 5, Houston 3, BYU 2, George Washington 2, Winthrop 2, Bucknell 1, New Mexico State 1, Saint Louis 1, Utah 1.

The Associated Press preseason poll is schedule to be released on Nov. 6.