NCAA Basketball: Butler at Baylor
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College basketball coaches have spoken, and they disagree with the AP Top 25 voters about who should be No. 1 entering the 2020-21 college basketball season. Baylor is ranked No. 1 in the first Coaches Poll released Thursday after Gonzaga took to the top spot in the AP Top 25 poll released earlier in the week.

The Bears took 12 of 32 first-place votes with Gonzaga coming in at No. 2 with 10 first-place votes in the coaches poll. Villanova was not far behind with eight first-place votes with Virginia and Kansas rounding out the top five.

Kansas' inclusion as a top-five team also differed from the AP Top 25, where the Jayhawks came in at No. 6. But the disagreement at the top is the headliner from the release of the coaches poll.

Gonzaga took 28 of 66 first-place votes in the AP poll while Baylor earned just 24. Villanova received 11 first-place votes from the AP voters. Voters in both polls should get a firm read on who really should be No. 1 in a couple of weeks when both Gonzaga and Baylor begin the season with marquee games. Gonzaga is scheduled to play Kansas on Nov. 26 and Auburn on Nov. 27 to open its season. Gonzaga is scheduled to play Arizona State on Nov. 25 and Villanova or Boston College on Nov. 26.

But if there is still a split in the polls by early December, it will surely be settled on Dec. 5 when Baylor and Gonzaga are scheduled to square off against each other in Indianapolis in a game broadcast by CBS.

Coaches poll

The top 25 teams in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, last season's record, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote.

RankTeamRecordPointsPrev.
1Baylor0-0764NR
2Gonzaga0-0762NR
3Villanova0-0755NR
4Virginia0-0666NR
5Kansas0-0612NR
6Iowa0-0587NR
7Wisconsin0-0579NR
8Duke0-0555NR
9Kentucky0-0541NR
10Illinois0-0523NR
11Creighton0-0458NR
12Michigan State0-0437NR
13Texas Tech0-0420NR
14Tennessee0-0383NR
15West Virginia0-0347NR
16North Carolina0-0266NR
17Arizona State0-0240NR
18Houston0-0203NR
18Florida State0-0203NR
20Oregon0-0193NR
21UCLA0-0145NR
22Texas0-0137NR
23Rutgers0-0104NR
24Ohio State0-0102NR
25Alabama0-062NR