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2014-15 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll Released

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Five Eagles opponents ranked in the preseason top 25.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

In yet another sign that the college basketball season is right around the corner, the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll released its preseason top 25 on Thursday.

The Kentucky Wildcats take the top spot in the preseason poll, with Arizona, Duke Wisconsin and Kansas rounding out the top 5. Four ACC teams rank in the preseason top 10 with #3 Duke, #6 North Carolina, #8 Virginia and #9 Louisville. Syracuse also checks in at #24, giving the ACC a fifth ranked team to start the season. Pitt, Florida State, Notre Dame and Miami all appear in the Others Receiving Votes category.

The Eagles have six games scheduled against teams in the preseason Top 25, including back-to-back games against Virginia and Syracuse (1/17 and 1/20) and Syracuse and North Carolina (2/7 and 2/11):

1/3 at Duke
1/17 vs. Virginia
1/20 at Syracuse
1/28 vs. Louisville
2/7 vs. North Carolina
2/11 vs. Syracuse

The 2014-15 season gets underway on Friday, November 14 as the Eagles host New Hampshire at Conte Forum.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Kentucky Wildcats 29-11 785 24 NR - -
2 Arizona Wildcats 33-5 746 3 NR - -
3 Duke Blue Devils 26-9 715 2 NR - -
4 Wisconsin Badgers 30-8 706 3 NR - -
5 Kansas Jayhawks 25-10 654 0 NR - -
6 North Carolina Tar Heels 24-10 598 0 NR - -
7 Florida Gators 36-3 568 0 NR - -
8 Virginia Cavaliers 30-7 519 0 NR - -
9 Louisville Cardinals 31-6 507 0 NR - -
10 Texas Longhorns 24-11 479 0 NR - -
11 Wichita State Shockers 35-1 471 0 NR - -
12 Villanova Wildcats 29-5 439 0 NR - -
13 Gonzaga Bulldogs 29-7 423 0 NR - -
14 Iowa State Cyclones 28-8 323 0 NR - -
15 Connecticut Huskies 32-8 292 0 NR - -
16 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 26-9 259 0 NR - -
17 San Diego State Aztecs 31-5 251 0 NR - -
18 Michigan State Spartans 29-9 241 0 NR - -
19 Oklahoma Sooners 23-10 237 0 NR - -
20 Ohio State Buckeyes 25-10 223 0 NR - -
21 Nebraska Cornhuskers 19-13 156 0 NR - -
22 SMU Mustangs 27-10 149 0 NR - -
23 Michigan Wolverines 28-9 139 0 NR - -
24 Syracuse Orange 28-6 128 0 NR - -
25 Iowa Hawkeyes 20-13 56 0 NR - -