College basketball rankings: Just like last year, Duke No. 1 in preseason coaches poll
Please don't start with the 'Being preseason No. 1 didn't work out so well for Duke last season!' talk
Duke is No. 1 for the second consecutive year in the USA Today Sports preseason coaches poll that was released Thursday, this despite the fact that the roster is almost entirely different and extremely young and inexperienced.
The Blue Devils received 20 of the 32 first-place votes even though they're likely to start four freshmen. It's a testament to the recruiting class Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff enrolled -- a recruiting class featuring four five-star prospects, most notably Marvin Bagley, who is NCAA Tournament, it's important to remember Duke battled injuries for much of the season, lost its coach for a stretch of games, never benefitted from a healthy Harry Giles and still entered Selection Sunday with more top 25-RPI wins and more top 50-RPI wins than any other school. In other words, despite the way things ended, Duke was very good last season and among the favorites to win the 2017 NCAA Tournament when the 2017 NCAA Tournament tipped. But, unfortunately for the Blue Devils, the selection committee made them play South Carolina in the state of South Carolina in the second round, and they were upset.. And before anybody screams "Being preseason No. 1 didn't work so well for Duke last season!" while highlighting that the Blue Devils lost in the second round of the
But only a dummy would suggest it proves Duke wasn't good last season.
Twenty-four of the 25 teams in the preseason coaches poll are also in thepublished earlier this month. The only difference -- as it relates to the first 25 schools listed, not necessarily to the order -- is that the coaches poll has Seton Hall and not Rhode Island while the Top 25 (and one) has Rhode Island and not Seton Hall. For what it's worth, the ACC led all conferences with five schools included in the coaches poll. The Big Ten has four. The Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and Big East have three each. The AAC and WCC have two each.
Preseason Coaches Poll
- Michigan State
- Wichita State
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- Notre Dame
- Saint Mary's
- Seton Hall
Others Receiving Votes (in order): Texas A&M, Virginia, Butler, Missouri, TCU, Rhode Island, Providence, Wisconsin, Maryland, Oakland, Oklahoma, Michigan, Texas, Virginia Tech, Oregon, SMU, Creighton, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Harvard, Arkansas, Florida State, South Carolina, Nevada
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