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Pollin' It: Basketball Coaches Poll Premiers, Michigan Ninth

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The Wolverines are one of three Big Ten teams in the top-10 of the first Coaches Poll.

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Basketball poll, already? Yup.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Kentucky (16) 21-12 767 NR
2 Michigan St. (3) 27-9 749 13
3 Louisville (10) 35-5 741 1
4 Duke (3) 30-6 710 5
5 Arizona 27-8 637 14
6 Kansas 31-6 623 8
7 Syracuse 30-10 551 3
8 Florida 29-8 550 9
9 Michigan 31-8 548 2
10 Ohio St. 29-8 533 6
11 North Carolina 25-11 494 NR
12 Oklahoma St. 24-9 462 NR
13 Memphis 31-5 334 18
14 Gonzaga 32-3 270 12
15 Va. Commonwealth 27-9 258 23
16 Wichita St. 30-9 233 4
17 Marquette 26-9 230 11
18 Oregon 28-9 175 15
19 Connecticut 20-10 167 NR
20 New Mexico 29-6 153 19
21 Wisconsin 23-12 148 22
22 Notre Dame 25-10 128 NR
23 UCLA 25-10 121 NR
24 Indiana 29-7 118 7
25 Virginia 23-12 103 NR
Schools Dropped Out
Others Receiving Votes
Baylor 102; Colorado 93; Creighton 87; Iowa 86; Tennessee 73; Georgetown 38; Harvard 28; Pittsburgh 23; California 16; Boise State 11; Saint Louis 8; La Salle 7; Temple 4; Missouri 4; Villanova 4; Kansas State 3; LSU 2; Iowa State 2; Arizona State 2; Illinois 2; Georgia 1; UNLV 1.

The season is fast approaching, so we get our first look at the preseason poll data.

The Big Ten gets three teams in the top ten, and it is hard to argue with Michigan State — with by far the most proven returning players and depth — leading the way for the conference at number two. Michigan and Ohio State slot in at the tail end of the top-10 at nine and ten respectively. Wisconsin (21) and Indiana (24) also work in, with Iowa receiving a substantial amount of votes (29th).

The Big Ten should once again prove to be one of the strongest conferences in the country, especially if the three top-10 teams can stay high while Indiana breaks in some new faces and Iowa/Illinois (receiving two votes) can do well in the non-conference.