|Tar Heels No.1 In Coaches Preseason Poll|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Friday, 21 October 2011 12:13|
The University of North Carolina men's basketball team has been voted the top team in the preseason USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll.
North Carolina, which was 29-8 last season and lost to Kentucky in the East Regional final of the NCAA Tournament, returns all five starters from last year's team, which includes forwards Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Tyler Zeller.
Duke, which was a regional semifinalist last season, is sixth in the preseason poll and is followed by Vanderbilt, Louisville, Memphis and Florida to round-out the top ten.
The Tar Heels open the season against Michigan State on November 11 at the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic in San Diego, CA.
USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 College Basketball Poll
Others receiving votes: Florida State 108, Texas 107, Michigan State 73, Temple 59, Washington 29, Butler 25, New Mexico 22, Creighton 19, Villanova 18, Purdue 17, U-N-L-V 16, West Virginia 13, George Mason 12, Mississippi State 11, St. John's 11, Saint Mary's 5, Virginia 5, Virginia Commonwealth 4, Drexel 2, Kansas State 2, Long Beach State 2, B-Y-U 1, Notre Dame 1.
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