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UNC first in ESPN-USA Today men's preseason college basketball poll

North Carolina coach Roy Williams answers a question

North Carolina coach Roy Williams answers a question during the ACC Operation Basketball media day. (Oct. 19, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

North Carolina leads the way in the USA Today-ESPN preseason college basketball poll. The Tar Heels received 30 of a possible 31 first place votes.

Six Big East teams were ranked in the top 25, with four others receiving votes. St. John's is ranked 40th overall.

Record Pts Pvs
1. North Carolina (30) 29-8
2. Kentucky (1) 29-9
3. Ohio State 34-3
4. Connecticut 32-9
5. Syracuse 27-8

6. Duke 32-5
7. Vanderbilt 23-11
8. Louisville 25-10
9. Memphis 25-10
10. Florida 29-8
11. Pittsburgh 28-6
12. Baylor 18-13
13. Kansas 35-3
14. Wisconsin 25-9
15. Xavier 24-8
16. Arizona 30-8
17. Alabama 24-11
18. Michigan 21-14
19. Texas A&M 24-9
20. UCLA 23-11
21. Marquette 22-15
22. Cincinnati 26-9

23. Gonzaga 25-10
24. California 18-15
25. Missouri 23-11

Others receiving votes Florida State 108; Texas 107; Michigan State 73; Temple 59; Washington 29; Butler 25; New Mexico 22; Creighton 19; Villanova 18; Purdue 17; UNLV 16; West Virginia 13; George Mason 12; Mississippi State 11; St. John's 11; Saint Mary's 5; Virginia 5; Virginia Commonwealth 4; Drexel 2; Kansas State 2; Long Beach State 2; Brigham Young 1; Notre Dame 1.

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