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College Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll Released: Virginia ranked No. 6

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The Hoos are the third-highest ranked ACC team, behind blue bloods North Carolina and Duke.

"Anthony Gill has a funny free throw stance." Drink.
"Anthony Gill has a funny free throw stance." Drink.
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The preseason Coaches' Poll was released Thursday morning, and the Virginia Cavaliers checked in at No. 6, the Hoos' highest preseason start since 1982-1983. That would be, of course, the Ralph Sampson era, in case you were wondering.

The reigning regular season ACC Champion Cavaliers did not receive any first place votes, while their ACC brethren North Carolina checked in at No. 2 with 12 first place votes, while Duke was ranked No. 4 with three first place votes. Notre Dame (18) is the only other ACC school in the Top 25.

Virginia only plays each of North Carolina, Duke, and Notre Dame once this season, but they will also face No. 9 Villanova, No. 14 Cal, and No. 23 West Virginia in preseason contests.  Louisville, NC State, FSU, and Miami each also received votes.

Though the Big Ten has five ranked teams (Maryland, Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Purdue), Virginia's assigned ACC-B1G team, Ohio State, was nowhere to be found. (They received two votes.)

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Kentucky Wildcats 38-1 749 11 NR 0 -
1 North Carolina Tar Heels 26-12 749 12 NR 0 -
3 Maryland Terrapins 28-7 723 5 NR 0 -
4 Duke Blue Devils 35-4 686 3 NR 0 -
5 Kansas Jayhawks 27-9 675 1 NR 0 -
6 Virginia Cavaliers 30-4 667 0 NR 0 -
7 Iowa State Cyclones 25-9 541 0 NR 0 -
8 Oklahoma Sooners 24-11 520 0 NR 0 -
9 Villanova Wildcats 33-3 498 0 NR 0 -
10 Arizona Wildcats 34-4 477 0 NR 0 -
11 Gonzaga Bulldogs 35-3 468 0 NR 0 -
12 Wichita State Shockers 30-5 461 0 NR 0 -
13 Michigan State Spartans 27-12 386 0 NR 0 -
14 California Golden Bears 18-15 350 0 NR 0 -
15 Indiana Hoosiers 20-14 312 0 NR 0 -
16 Utah Utes 26-9 250 0 NR 0 -
17 Wisconsin Badgers 36-4 181 0 NR 0 -
18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 32-6 172 0 NR 0 -
19 LSU Tigers 22-11 163 0 NR 0 -
20 Vanderbilt Commodores 21-14 153 0 NR 0 -
21 Baylor Bears 24-10 145 0 NR 0 -
22 Butler Bulldogs 23-11 132 0 NR 0 -
23 West Virginia Mountaineers 25-10 125 0 NR 0 -
24 Purdue Boilermakers 21-13 110 0 NR 0 -
24 Connecticut Huskies 20-15 110 0 NR 0 -
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.