USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll Released; Indiana Ranked No. 1

Mar 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean reacts to his team against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half during the semifinals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men

According to the USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll, the Indiana Hoosiers boast the nation’s top college basketball program. In the pre-season poll, three Big Ten schools were ranked in the top five led by the Hoosiers in the top spot. Ohio State and Michigan rounded out the top five at four and five, respectively.

Louisville and Kentucky came in as the second and third-best team’s in the nation, per the poll.

There are no real surprises among the top 25, though fans of specific teams will likely claim that their favorite squad is ranked too low. While there are some cases that could be made for a few teams being ranked too high or too low, the poll gives an accurate representation of where the teams stand heading into the season.

Here is the complete top 25 poll pre-season poll:

1. Indiana (21) 761
2. Louisville (5) 738
3. Kentucky (5) 718
4. Ohio State 617
5. Michigan 605
6. North Carolina State 581
7. Kansas 563
8. Duke 516
9. Syracuse 502
10. Florida 422
11. Arizona 411
12. North Carolina 401
13. UCLA 396
14. Michigan State 391
15. Creighton 325
16. Memphis 307
17. Missouri 289
18. Baylor 266
19. UNLV 203
20. San Diego State 196
21. Wisconsin 191
22. Gonzaga 166
23. Notre Dame 122
t24. Florida State 61
t24. Texas 61

Others receiving votes: Saint Louis 58, Virginia Commonwealth 40, Cincinnati 33, Murray State 30, Kansas State 13, Saint Mary’s 11, New Mexico 10, Tennessee 10, Minnesota 9, Pittsburgh 9, Marquette 8, Stanford 7, Oklahoma State 6, Butler 6, Colorado State 4, Middle Tennessee 3, Saint Joseph’s 2, Drexel 2, Georgia 2, Miami (FL) 2, Marshall 1

How do you think the Top 25 pre-season poll looks? What changes would you make if you had a vote? Like always, sound off in the comments section and let your voice be heard.

Topics: Basketball, Indiana Hoosiers, Top 25

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