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Preseason College Basketball Rankings: Baylor Enters Coaches Poll At No. 12

Even though Baylor was not predicted to win the Big 12 by the coaches, they are however given the highest preseason ranking in the USA Today coaches poll out of the Big 12 teams.

The 2011 preseason USA Today coaches poll was released today and the Baylor Bears come in ranked No. 12 and are the highest rated Big 12 team, however the coaches within the Big 12 predicted Baylor to finish third in the league.. The other two ranked are the Kansas Jayhawks who are at No. 11 and the Texas A&M Aggies are also ranked at No. 19.

As of now the only ranked teams that Baylor is facing come from within conference play, however they do face the BYU Cougars, MIssissippi St. Bulldogs and the Saint Mary Gaels who all are receiving votes in the preseason.

At the top of the poll is the North Carolina Tar Heels who earned 30 of the 31 first-place votes with the Kentucky Wildcats earning the other first-place vote.

Here is the complete poll:

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
2010 Record
Points
2010-11 Final Ranking
1.
North Carolina (30)
29-8
774
8
2.
Kentucky (1)
29-9
721
3
3.
Ohio State
34-3
702
5
4.
Connecticut
32-9
655
1
5.
Syracuse
27-8
649
18
6.
Duke
32-5
635
7
7.
Vanderbilt
23-11
567
NR
8.
Louisville
25-10
514
22
9.
Memphis
25-10
482
NR
10.
Florida
29-8
474
10
11.
Pittsburgh
28-6
471
12
12.
Baylor
18-13
358
NR
13.
Kansas
35-3
331
4
14.
Wisconsin
25-9
313
15
15.
Xavier
24-8
277
NR
16.
Arizona
30-8
269
9
17.
Alabama
24-11
194
NR
18.
Michigan
21-14
187
NR
19.
Texas A&M
24-9
161
NR
20.
UCLA
23-11
147
NR
21.
Marquette
22-15
145
20
22.
Cincinnati
26-9
141
NR
23.
Gonzaga
25-10
125
NR
24.
California
18-15
111
NR
25.
Missouri
23-11
110
NR

Others receiving votes
Florida State (23-11) 108; Texas (28-8) 107; Michigan State (19-15) 73; Temple (26-8) 59; Washington (24-11) 29; Butler (28-10) 25; New Mexico (22-13) 22; Creighton (23-16) 19; Villanova (21-12) 18; Purdue (26-8) 17; UNLV (24-9) 16; West Virginia (21-12) 13; George Mason (27-7) 12; Mississippi State (17-14) 11; St. John's (21-12) 11; Saint Mary's (25-9) 5; Virginia (16-15) 5; Virginia Commonwealth (28-12) 4; Drexel (21-10) 2; Kansas State (23-11) 2; Long Beach State (22-12) 2; Brigham Young (32-5) 1; Notre Dame (27-7) 1.

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