Gonzaga 12th In Associated Press Top 25 Pre-Season Poll
Oct. 28, 2010
By JIM O'CONNELL
Five teams on 12th-ranked Gonzaga's schedule - and a sixth the Bulldogs could play - dot the Associated Press preseason Top 25 men's basketball poll.
Defending national champion Duke was a runaway No. 1, while at the other end of the Top 25 there was a team entering the rankings for the first time ever in San Diego State, the first ranked team on the Gonzaga schedule this season.
The Bulldogs will host the Aztecs Nov. 16 on the second night of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Regional Round at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
And the schedule doesn't get any easier after that.
Gonzaga is one of four teams guaranteed a spot in the CBE Classic Championship Round at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Third-ranked Kansas State will be the Bulldogs first opponent Nov. 22 in Kansas City, with Duke and Marquette doing battle in the other bracket. The two winners and two losers meet the following night, meaning the Bulldogs could have a re-match with top-ranked Duke from last season when the teams met in Madison Square Garden.
The Comcast Battle in Seattle Dec. 4 at KeyArena will feature the 12th-ranked Bulldogs and 13th-ranked Illinois, with 16th-ranked Baylor on tap Dec. 18 at American Arilines Arena in Dallas in The Showcase.
The tough slate continues Feb. 5 when 18th-ranked Memphis comes to the Spokane Arena for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic.
Duke, on top for a seventh time, has two starters returning to a roster featuring highly touted freshman Kyrie Irving and transfer Seth Curry, Stephen's little brother.
They're also a team that garnered 55 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel, easily outdistancing Michigan State, which had eight No. 1 votes. Kansas State was third, followed by Ohio State and Pittsburgh.
Kansas State, which matched its highest ranking since 1962, got the other two first-place votes.
The Aztecs return five starters from last season's team that won
25 games and earned the school's sixth NCAA tournament bid, all
of which resulted in first-round losses.
Four schools that were not ranked at all last season made the preseason poll: Missouri, Memphis, Virginia Tech and San Diego State.
Four schools in the poll did not play in the NCAA tournament last season, including No. 8 North Carolina, which reached the NIT championship game. The others were Illinois, Memphis and Virginia Tech.
The Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball poll, with number of first-place votes and records in parentheses, total points and previous ranking: (Records through October 27, 2010) TEAM PTS PVS ---- --- --- 1. DUKE (55) 1,613 NR 2. MICHIGAN ST (8) 1,558 NR 3. KANSAS ST (2) 1,414 NR 4. OHIO ST 1,368 NR 5. PITTSBURGH 1,310 NR 6. VILLANOVA 1,198 NR 7. KANSAS 1,172 NR 8. NORTH CAROLINA 1,034 NR 9. FLORIDA 997 NR 10. SYRACUSE 920 NR 11. KENTUCKY 917 NR 12. GONZAGA 889 NR 13. ILLINOIS 773 NR 14. PURDUE 771 NR 15. MISSOURI 700 NR 16. BAYLOR 625 NR 17. BUTLER 607 NR 18. WASHINGTON 572 NR 19. MEMPHIS 551 NR 20. GEORGETOWN 363 NR 21. VIRGINIA TECH 288 NR 22. TEMPLE 265 NR 23. TENNESSEE 252 NR 24. BYU 198 NR 25. SAN DIEGO ST 158 NR Others Receiving Votes: WISCONSIN 126, TEXAS 107, GEORGIA 67, WEST VIRGINIA 65, MINNESOTA 55, FLORIDA ST 28, WICHITA ST 28, UNLV 21, RICHMOND 17, MURRAY ST 15, VANDERBILT 14, NC STATE 10, ARIZONA 8, CONNECTICUT 8, MISSISSIPPI ST 7, COLORADO 7, UCLA 5, OHIO 4, MIAMI FL 4, UTAH ST 4, XAVIER 4, DAYTON 3, OLD DOMINION 2, GEORGIA TECH 1, NEW MEXICO 1, WOFFORD 1
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