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Preseason ESPN/USA Today Poll Released, U of L Unranked

Can't say this is much of a surprise or disappointment. The bright spot here is that it's always a lot more fun proving that you're underrated than overrated as was the case last season. The only thing to be upset over is UahKay being ranked 22nd.

We were pretty sure the commonwealth would be entirely left out of this poll, but but we forgot that Sandy Bell invites voters to her house every week and treats them to a lavish meal of fine wine and puppies.

Five Big East schools made the cut: Pitt (5), Georgetown (8), Marquette (17), Uconn (18) and Syracuse (20). Arizona, whom the Cards will face in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 5, is ranked 10th. Depaul and Villanova joined Louisville in the "Others Receiving Votes" category.  

Defending national champion Florida received 30 of 31 first-place votes. Ohio State received the other.

Week 1 ESPN/USA Today Poll

  1. Florida (30) 0-0 772
  2. North Carolina 0-0 728
  3. Kansas 0-0 714
  4. Ohio State (1) 0-0 595
  5. Pittsburgh 0-0 583
  6. UCLA 0-0 583
  7. LSU 0-0 556
  8. Georgetown 0-0 538
  9. Wisconsin 0-0 530
  10. Arizona 0-0 478
  11. Duke 0-0 477
  12. Alabama 0-0 420
  13. Texas A&M 0-0 335
  14. Memphis 0-0 328
  15. Boston College 0-0 284
  16. Washington 0-0 240
  17. Marquette 0-0 203
  18. Connecticut 0-0 200
  19. Texas 0-0 172
  20. Syracuse 0-0 138
  21. Georgia Tech 0-0 137
  22. Kentucky 0-0 119
  23. Creighton 0-0 113
  24. Tennessee 0-0 106
  25. Nevada 0-0 101
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, Brigham Young 2, George Washington 2, Winthrop 2, Utah 1, Bucknell 1, New Mexico State 1, Saint Louis 1.