Mar 22, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Cody Zeller (40) during practice the day before the semifinals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men

Indiana Tops Preseason Coaches Poll

The college basketball coaching fraternity, for the most part, is on the same page with fans and media alike: Indiana is a modest favorite to cut down the nets in March.

The coaches cobbled together their guesswork for the upcoming college basketball season on Wednesday, unveiling the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll for the rest of us to quibble about.

There are no surprises at the top, with Indiana, Louisville and Kentucky heading the poll. At the bottom,  Saint Louis, VCU, Cincinnati and Murray State all narrowly missed the cut, while Florida State and Texas [somewhat surprisingly] snuck in.

Last year’s No. 1 team in the preseason coaches poll, North Carolina, ultimately fell short of expectations, losing to Kansas in the Elite Eight. The ’08-’09 Tar Heels were the last national championship team to begin the year ranked at the top of the preseason coaches poll. Connecticut (’03-’04) and Florida (’06-’07) were the only other teams in the last decade to headline the preseason coaches poll and win the national championship.

Connecticut (’10-’11) and Florida (’05-’06) are the only two teams since the inception of the coaches poll to win a national title after starting the season unranked in the poll.

The complete coaches poll is as follows:

USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Indiana (21) 0-0 761
2 Louisville (5) 0-0 738
3 Kentucky (5) 0-0 718
4 Ohio State 0-0 617
5 Michigan 0-0 605
6 North Carolina State 0-0 581
7 Kansas 0-0 563
8 Duke 0-0 516
9 Syracuse 0-0 502
10 Florida 0-0 422
11 Arizona 0-0 411
12 North Carolina 0-0 401
13 UCLA 0-0 396
14 Michigan State 0-0 391
15 Creighton 0-0 325
16 Memphis 0-0 307
17 Missouri 0-0 289
18 Baylor 0-0 266
19 UNLV 0-0 203
20 San Diego State 0-0 196
21 Wisconsin 0-0 191
22 Gonzaga 0-0 166
23 Notre Dame 0-0 122
24 Florida State 0-0 61
24 Texas 0-0 61

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