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Pollin' It: Michigan Debuts 23rd In Pre-Season Coaches Poll

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Michigan checks in at the back end of the first poll of the upcoming college basketball season.

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RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES
1 Kentucky 29-11 785 24
2 Arizona 33-5 746 3
3 Duke 26-9 715 2
4 Wisconsin 30-8 706 3
5 Kansas 25-10 654 0
6 North Carolina 24-10 598 0
7 Florida 36-3 568 0
8 Virginia 30-7 519 0
9 Louisville 31-6 507 0
10 Texas 24-11 479 0
11 Wichita State 35-1 471 0
12 Villanova 29-5 439 0
13 Gonzaga 29-7 423 0
14 Iowa St. 28-8 323 0
15 Connecticut 32-8 292 0
16 Virginia Commonwealth 26-9 259 0
17 San Diego State 31-5 251 0
18 Michigan State 29-9 241 0
19 Oklahoma 23-10 237 0
20 Ohio State 25-10 223 0
21 Nebraska 19-13 156 0
22 Southern Methodist Univ. 27-10 149 0
23 Michigan 28-9 139 0
24 Syracuse 28-6 128 0
25 Iowa 20-13 56 0

- Michigan's loss of its entire front court and most of its star power has a lot of people questioning the Wolverines' bonafides as a top-10 squad and Final Four contender.  The Wolverines aren't even one of the top four ranked Big Ten teams.  That distinction goes to Wisconsin (4), Michigan State (18), Ohio State (20), and Nebraska (21).  Iowa checks in at 25, giving the Big Ten six of the top-25 but four of final six to make the cut.

- The Big Ten at the top looks to be down with MSU and OSU also in periods of roster uncertainty and upstarts like Nebraska and Iowa looking to take the next step and compete for a conference title.

- Parity will likely be the key word during Big Ten play everywhere but Madison, where the Badgers bring back pretty much everyone of consequence and look to have the role of conference favorite locked up early.

- The rest of the top-10 is no surprise.  Kentucky leads the way followed by Arizona and Duke.  Kansas, UNC, and Florida are 5-6-7 with Virginia, Louisville and Texas rounding out the top teams.

- Michigan's non-conference opponents in the top 25:  at #2 Arizona on December 13th, vs. #24 Syracuse on December 2nd, and possibly vs. #12 Villanova in the Legends Classic.