College Basketball Rankings: Duke, Michigan State Top Preseason Coaches' Poll

It should come as no surprise that defending national champion Duke is at the top of the heap in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' preseason top 25 poll, released on Thursday. Fellow 2010 Final Four member Michigan State checks in at No. 2, with Kansas State rounding out the top three.

No conference is running away with the hearts of the coaches, with the Big Ten and Big 12 getting five teams each, the Big East getting four ranked teams, and the normally well represented ACC with only three. It is still a big school league though, with only four teams outside of the BCS conferences making the poll, the highest rated being Gonzaga at No. 12

The full coaches' poll:

    Rank
School
2009-10 Record
Points
Last year's
final rank
1.
Duke
35-5
772
1
2.
Michigan State
28-9
737
4
3.
Kansas State
29-8
656
7
4.
Pittsburgh
25-9
621
20
5.
Ohio State
29-8
615
11
6.
Villanova
25-8
552
15
7.
Kansas
33-3
538
6
8.
Purdue
29-6
521
12
9.
North Carolina
20-17
467
NR
10.
Kentucky
35-3
449
5
11.
Florida
21-13
424
NR
12.
Gonzaga
27-7
423
23
13.
Syracuse
30-5
422
8
14.
Baylor
28-8
362
10
15.
Missouri
23-11
354
NR
16t.
Illinois
21-15
329
NR
16t.
Washington
26-10
307
21
18.
Butler
33-5
245
2
19.
Memphis
24-10
212
NR
20.
Tennessee
28-9
158
9
21.
Georgetown
23-11
129
NR
22.
Temple
29-6
120
NR
23.
Virginia Tech
25-9
97
NR
24.
Wisconsin
24-9
91
24
25.
Texas
24-10
89
NR
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