Gonzaga Ranked 22nd In USA Today Coaches Poll

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As we have seen with other preseason polls, the Zags will be starting the season in the back end of the Top 25.

The USA Today Coaches Poll was released moments ago and, not surprisingly, Gonzaga has been tabbed in the latter portion of the Top 25 at #22.

The hype-drown Hoosier of Indiana garnered the #1 spot with Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State, and Michigan rounding out the top five. The top ranked school on the West Coast is Arizona at #11 followed by UCLA at #13. UNLV and San Diego State are at #19 and #20, respectively.

Personally, I consider this to be one of the most wide open seasons in college basketball in recent memory. Indiana is extremely skilled but they are by no means a juggernaut in the mold of a Kentucky or Noth Carolina in seasons past.

Saint Mary's is the only other WCC team receiving votes in the Coaches Poll. They check in at #31.

As we expected, there is only one ranked team on Gonzaga's schedule to start the season and is Baylor at #18. There will obviously be plenty of movement throughout the season but I don't expect many other teams on the Zags' schedule to wind up ranked.

The entire USA Today Top 25 can be seen below.

Rank School (first-place votes) 2011-12 record Points Last year's final ranking
1 Indiana (21) 27-9 761 13
2 Louisville (5) 30-10 738 4
3 Kentucky (5) 38-2 718 1
4 Ohio State 31-8 617 3
5 Michigan 24-10 605 22
6
North Carolina State 24-13 581 20
7 Kansas 32-7 563 2
8 Duke 27-7 516 14
9 Syracuse 34-3 502 5
10 Florida 26-11 422 9
11 Arizona 23-12 411 NR
12 North Carolina 32-6 401 6
13 UCLA 19-14 396 NR
14 Michigan State 29-8 391 7
15 Creighton 29-6 325 21
16 Memphis 26-9 307 NR
17 Missouri 30-5 289 11
18 Baylor 30-8 266 8
19
UNLV 26-9 203 NR
20 San Diego State 26-8 196 NR
21 Wisconsin 26-10 191 12
22 Gonzaga 26-7 166 NR
23 Notre Dame 22-12 122 NR
24 (tie) Florida State 25-10 61 15
24 (tie) Texas 20-14 61 NR

Others receiving votes: Saint Louis (26-8) 58; Virginia Commonwealth (29-7) 40; Cincinnati (26-11) 33; Murray State (31-2) 30; Kansas State (22-11) 13; Saint Mary's (27-6) 11; New Mexico (28-7) 10; Tennessee (19-15) 10; Minnesota (23-15) 9; Pittsburgh (22-17) 9; Marquette (27-8) 8; Stanford (26-11) 7; Butler (22-15) 6; Oklahoma State (15-18) 6; Colorado State (20-12) 4; Middle Tennessee (27-7) 3; Drexel (29-7) 2; Georgia (15-17) 2; Miami (Fla.) (20-13) 2; St. Joseph's (20-14) 2; Marshall (21-14) 1

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