USA Today Men's Basketball Coaches Poll Released

Justin K. Aller

Coming off a 20-10 season in which they were banned from post-season play, the Huskies are ranked nineteenth. Two American Conference teams are ahead of them in the rankings.

The USA Today released their first coaches poll of the year today and our beloved Connecticut Huskies were ranked 19th. Kentucky, to nobody's surprise, was ranked first and after them Michigan State, Louisville, Duke and Arizona to round out the Top 5. Florida, who we play on December 2nd, is ranked eighth. Indiana, our semi-final opponent for November's 2k classic, is ranked 24th.

For those of you familiar with Bill Simmons, this is classic "NOBODY BELIEVES IN US" territory. I think our 20-win performance last year and the fact that we return all of our starters warrants a slightly higher ranking- probably the residual effects of not being present for postseason play. At the end of the day the only thing that matters is who cuts down the nets in April and we all know that today's rankings hold no water there. Remember, we were un-ranked before the 2011 season and look what happened.

Here's a breakdown by conference:

ACC- 5

B1G- 5

AAC- 3

Big 12, Pac 12, SEC- 2 each

Mountain West, WCC, A-10, Fake Big East and Missouri Valley- 1 each

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.
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