The USA Today released their annual preseason Top 25 men's basketball coaches poll and it is not the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats sitting at the top spot. Instead the number one team in the country is the Duke Blue Devils. The Blue Devils received twenty seven of a possible thirty two first place votes. Duke enters this season with one of the highest regraded freshman classes in school history. Coach K's team will be lead by freshman Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Marques Bolden along with senior Grayson Allen. The defending national champion  Villanova Wildcats are ranked third in the preseason poll. Neither Albany nor Siena received any votes in the preseason poll. The Great Danes tip off their season November 11th at Penn State. The Siena Saints tip off their season at home against Cornell on November 13th. Below is the rest of the top 25.

1-Duke

2-Kansas

3-Vilanova

4- Kentucky

5-Oregon

6-North Carolina

7-Virginia

8-Xavier

9-Michigan State

10-Wisconsin

11-Arizona

12-Indiana

13-Gonzaga

14-Louisville

15-Purdue

16-UConn

17-Syracuse

18-West Virginia

19-St. Mary's

20-UCLA

21-Maryland

22-Texas

23-Creighton

24-Rhode Island

25- Cincinnati

 

Others Receiving Votes

Florida State 65; Iowa State 56; California 43; Miami (Fla.) 35; Dayton 34; Oklahoma 33; Seton Hall 24; Texas A&M 22; Notre Dame 18; San Diego State 17; Virginia Tech 16; Wichita State 15; Southern California 14; Butler 14; Ohio State 12; Florida 11; Clemson 11; Colorado 11; Michigan 10; Pittsburgh 7; Georgia 6; Virginia Commonwealth 6; Yale 6; Chattanooga 5; Washington 4; Nevada 3; Kansas State 3; Arkansas 2; Davidson 2; Valparaiso 2; Southern Methodist 1; Utah 1.