Vol. 47, No. 1 November 2009 .pdf version
INSIDE THIS ISSUE ...
Steve Carp: USBWA members prove adaptability
Joe Mitch: A very good year?
Lenox Rawlings: Next decade will try our patience
John Akers: Those last media guides begin to arrive
Ted Gangi: New media an invitation to new opportunities
USBWA Preseason Top 25: Kansas is No. 1

Jayhawks are overwhelming favorite to win '09-10 title

Kansas is the nation's preseason No. 1 team, according to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association board of directors.

The Jayhawks return all five starters including All-America candidates Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins from a team that went 27-8 in what generally was considered a rebuilding year after they won the 2008 national title.

They also added wingman Xavier Henry, considered one of the nation's top freshmen.

The Big Ten Conference played five teams among the USBWA's Top 25, four of them among the top 15. Micigan State is ranked second and Purdue is tied for fifth with Villanova. Michigan is 14th, Ohio State is tied for 15th with Washington and Illinois is 20th. Minnesota also was among schools receiving votes.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East Conference and Southeastern Conference each received four teams among the Top 25.

The ACC placed defending national champion North Carolina at No. 7, Duke at No. 8, Georgia Tech at No. 23 and Clemson at 24.

Besides Villanova's tie for fifth, the Big East was represented by Connecticut (13), Louisville (tied for 18th with Dayton) and Georgetown (21).

Among SEC schools, Kentucky was ranked fourth, Tennessee 11th, Mississippi State 17th and Florida 25th.

Other members of the Top 10 were Texas at No. 3 and Butler at No. 10. Other schools named to the Top 25 were California, at No. 12 and Siena at No. 22.

2009-10 USBWA PRESEASON TOP 25 POLL
Rank School [1st] Conference W-L Pts.
1. Kansas [9] Big 12 27-8 272
2. Michigan State [1] Big Ten 31-7 251
3. Texas Big 12 23-12 241
4. Kentucky SEC 22-14 230
t5. Purdue Big Ten 27-10 221
5. Villanova Big East 30-8 221
7. North Carolina [1] ACC 34-4 213
8. Duke ACC 30-7 181
9. West Virginia Big East 23-12 173
10. Butler Horizon 26-6 158
11. Tennessee SEC 21-13 150
12. California Pac-10 22-11 140
13. Connecticut Big East 31-5 114
14. Michigan Big Ten 21-14 99
t15. Ohio State Big Ten 22-11 94
t15. Washington Pac-10 26-9 94
17. Mississippi State SEC 23-13 77
t18. Dayton Atlantic 10 27-8 47
t18. Louisville Big East 31-6 47
20. Illinois Big Ten 24-10 45
21. Georgetown Big East 16-15 41
22. Siena Metro Atlantic 27-8 38
23. Georgia Tech ACC 12-19 34
24. Clemson ACC 23-9 31
25. Florida SEC 25-11 29
Records are from the 2008-09 season
Also receiving votes: UCLA 27, Oklahoma State 24, Minnesota 22, Florida State 21, Maryland 21, BYU 18, Gonzaga 15, Tulsa 15, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame 14, South Carolina 9, Wake Forest 6, Syracuse 6, Kansas State 5, Xavier 5, Old Dominion 4, Boston College 2, Cincinnati 2, Missouri 2, Northern Iowa 2.
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