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Virginia Cavaliers basketball narrowly misses being ranked in first 2017 season coaches’ poll

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Five ACC teams make top 25, including Duke at top

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The first college basketball poll of the 2017 season is out, and the USA Today coaches poll has the Virginia Cavaliers sitting just outside the top 25.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll: Preseason

Rank Team RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES
Rank Team RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES
1 Duke 28-9 774 20
2 Michigan St 20-15 747 9
3 Kansas 31-5 723 0
4 Kentucky 32-6 678 0
5 Arizona 32-5 654 2
6 Villanova 32-4 623 0
7 Florida 27-9 549 1
8 Wichita St. 31-5 543 0
9 North Carolina 33-7 515 0
10 West Virginia 28-9 458 0
11 Southern California 26-10 396 0
12 Miami-Florida 21-12 383 0
13 Cincinnati 30-6 349 0
14 Notre Dame 26-10 305 0
15 Minnesota 24-10 303 0
16 Louisville 25-9 295 0
17 Xavier 24-14 284 0
18 UCLA 31-5 275 0
19 Gonzaga 37-2 242 0
20 Northwestern 24-12 208 0
21 Purdue 27-8 167 0
22 St. Mary's 29-5 152 0
23 Seton Hall 21-12 139 0
24 Baylor 27-8 107 0
25 Alabama 19-15 82 0

Others Receiving Votes:
Texas A&M 76; Virginia 57; Butler 43; Missouri 35; TCU 32; Rhode Island 31; Providence 21; Wisconsin 21; Maryland 20; Oakland 19; Oklahoma 19; Michigan 13; Texas 13; Virginia Tech 12; Oregon 12; Southern Methodist 6; Creighton 6; Georgia 3; Georgia Tech 3; Harvard 2; Arkansas 2; Florida State 1; South Carolina 1; Nevada 1.


UVA’s schedule for 2017 includes three teams in the top 10, including the preseason #1 Duke Blue Devils. The Hoos face #10 West Virginia on December 5th in Morgantown, and take on ninth-ranked UNC-Chapel Hill at the JPJ on January 6th.

Outside the top 10, Virginia faces Louisville twice, and Miami and Notre Dame once each.