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Thursday, October 31
 
ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll

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School '01 Rec. Pts. Final '01 Comment
1. Arizona (27) 24-10 770 10 Too much talent not to be early team to beat.
2. Kansas (3) 33-4 740 2 Dry those eyes Roy, you've got another shot.
3. Oklahoma (1) 31-5 680 4 Sooner or later, OU will be ranked No. 1.
4. Pittsburgh 29-6 613 9 Quietly lurking with its own five starters back.
5. Texas 22-12 583 18t These 'Horns can lose a few and still win it all.
6. Duke 31-4 574 5 No. 6 with six freshmen ... unbelievable.
7. Florida 22-9 554 23 Haven't been Sweet since '00 title-game loss.
8. Alabama 27-8 494 14 Expectations never been higher on hardwood.
9. Oregon 26-9 475 6t "Luke & Luke Show" goes primetime.
10. Michigan State 19-12 439 NR Should live up to early ranking this season.
11. Xavier 26-6 386 24 Could run the table in weak A-10.
12. UCLA 21-12 322 20 Expect sixth Sweet 16 under Lavin at least.
13. Mississippi State 27-8 321 21 Super Mario (no, not that one) back for more.
14. Connecticut 27-7 314 6t Could win more games than Lady Huskies.
15. Maryland 32-4 285 1 No Juan + No Lonny = No Love for champs.
16. Georgia 22-10 269 NR Who needs freshmen with Hayes twins around.
17. Kentucky 22-10 262 13 Will rise or fall with each jumper Bogans takes.
18. Missouri 24-12 221 15 Only fourth-best in nation's toughest league.
19. Marquette 26-7 215 18t Finally, a new C-USA favorite ...
20. Cincinnati 31-4 168 8 ... Uh, did you forget about us?
21. Indiana 25-12 167 3 About where IU started on March 14, 2002.
22. Gonzaga 29-4 163 16 It's back to proving voters wrong again.
23. Western Kentucky 28-4 151 NR Again, Hilltoppers are more than just Marcus.
24. Minnesota 18-13 86 NR This year's Big Ten surprise?
25. Illinois 26-9 83 11 Too young to expect too much more.
Others receiving votes (with 2001-02 record): North Carolina State (23-11) 82; Virginia (17-12) 76; Tulsa (27-7) 67; Wisconsin (19-13) 58; Wyoming (22-9) 42; Syracuse (23-12) 40; Villanova (19-13) 40; Oklahoma State (23-9) 37; Ohio State (24-8) 37; Notre Dame (22-11) 31; Creighton (23-9) 30; Texas Tech (23-9) 29; Boston College (20-12) 17; Wake Forest (21-13) 17; Georgia Tech (15-16) 16; UNLV (20-10) 13; California (23-9) 11; Iowa State (12-19) 11; Ball State (23-12) 10; Hawaii (27-6) 10; Louisville (19-13) 10; Mississippi (20-11) 10; Southern California (22-10) 9; Pepperdine (22-9) 7; Southern Illinois (28-8) 7; Georgetown (19-11) 6; Pennsylvania (25-7) 3; UC-Santa Barbara (20-11) 3; Dayton (21-11) 2; Stanford (20-10) 2; Temple (19-15) 2; Hampton (26-6) 1; Kent State (30-6) 1; LSU (19-15) 1; Miami (Fla.) (24-8) 1; Utah State (23-8) 1.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The 2002-03 board: Dana Altman, Creighton; Eddie Biedenbach, North Carolina-Asheville, Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Tim Carter, Texas-San Antonio; Barry Collier, Nebraska; Joe Cravens, Weber State; Dick Davey, Santa Clara; Mike Dement, Southern Methodist; Fran Dunphy, Pennsylvania; Jessie Evans, Louisiana-Lafayette; Rob Evans, Arizona State; Steve Fisher, San Diego State; Pat Flannery, Bucknell; Tom Green, Fairleigh Dickinson; David Henderson, Delaware; Dan Hipsher, Akron; Bob Huggins, Cincinnati; Gene Keady, Purdue; Jim Kerwin, Western Illinois; Bob McKillop, Davidson; Joe Mihalich, Niagara; Ron Mitchell, Coppin State; Dave Odom, South Carolina; Oliver Purnell, Dayton; Rick Samuels, Eastern Illinois; Kirk Speraw, Central Florida; Bob Thomason, Pacific; Perry Watson, Detroit Mercy; Davey L. Whitney, Alcorn State; Gary Williams, Maryland; Dennis Wolff, Boston University.






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