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College Basketball Top 25 Coaches Preseason Poll Released

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels are on top of the preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll of the 2015-16 college basketball season.

UK and UNC tied for the top spot after earning 749 points apiece, though the Heels earned one more first-place vote than UK did. The Maryland Terrapins, Duke Blue Devils and Kansas Jayhawks rounded out the top five.

Other notable teams on the list are the LSU Tigers at No. 19 and Vanderbilt Commodores at No. 20. Kentucky will play those two teams twice in addition to a neutral-site game against Duke and a road game at Kansas. In other words, it's another loaded schedule for the Cats based on the polls.

Here is the full Top 25 Coaches Poll:

RANK

TEAM

2014-15 FINAL RECORD

POINTS

1ST PLACE VOTES

1

Kentucky

38-1

749

11

1

North Carolina

26-12

749

12

3

Maryland

28-7

723

5

4

Duke

35-4

686

3

5

Kansas

27-9

675

1

6

Virginia

30-4

667

0

7

Iowa St.

25-9

541

0

8

Oklahoma

24-11

520

0

9

Villanova

33-3

498

0

10

Arizona

34-4

477

0

11

Gonzaga

35-3

468

0

12

Wichita St.

30-5

461

0

13

Michigan St

27-12

386

0

14

California

18-15

350

0

15

Indiana

20-14

312

0

16

Utah

26-9

250

0

17

Wisconsin

36-4

181

0

18

Notre Dame

32-6

172

0

19

Louisiana State

22-11

163

0

20

Vanderbilt

21-14

153

0

21

Baylor

24-10

145

0

22

Butler

23-11

132

0

23

West Virginia

25-10

125

0

24

Purdue

21-13

110

0

24

Connecticut

20-15

110

0

*Hi/Low Rankings

Hi/Low = The highest and lowest ranking each team has held during the designated season. Any team that starts the season unranked and/or falls out of the top 25 during the season will reflect a "NR" (not ranked) designation as its lowest rank.

Others Receiving Votes

Michigan 108; Louisville 93; Texas A&M 58; UCLA 48; Georgetown 45; Cincinnati 43; North Carolina State 36; Oregon 33; Texas 29; Xavier 25; Florida State 25; Miami (Fla.) 11; San Diego State 10; Iowa 8; Davidson 5; Boise State 5; Providence 5; Stephen F. Austin 2; Belmont 2; Ohio State 2; Tulsa 1; Dayton 1; Old Dominion 1; Marquette 1.