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Wichita State No. 16 in coaches poll; Kansas sixth

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at 11:51 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 11:40 a.m.

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Wichita State’s men’s basketball team is ranked No. 16 in the USA Today coaches top 25 released on Thursday morning.

The Shockers received 233 points from the 32 NCAA Division I coaches who vote in the poll. WSU went 30-9 last season and played in the Final Four, finishing with a final ranking of No. 4 in the coaches poll.

Kansas is No. 6 with 623 points. Oklahoma State (462) is No. 12. Kansas State received three points. Former Missouri Valley Conference member Creighton is also outside the top 25, receiving 87 points.

WSU’s preseason ranking is its highest since the 1981-82 team ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press poll.

The top 25 teams in the preseason USA Today men's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2012-13 records, points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and final 2012-13 ranking:

Record Pts Pvs

1. Kentucky (16) 21-12 767 1

2. Michigan State (3) 27-9 749 13

3. Louisville (10) 35-5 741 1

4. Duke (3) 30-6 710 5

5. Arizona 27-8 637 14

6. Kansas 31-6 623 8

7. Syracuse 30-10 551 3

8. Florida 29-8 550 9

9. Michigan 31-8 548 2

10. Ohio State 29-8 533 6

11. North Carolina 25-11 494 -

12. Oklahoma State 24-9 462 -

13. Memphis 31-5 334 18

14. Gonzaga 32-3 270 12

15. VCU 27-9 258 23

16. Wichita State 30-9 233 4

17. Marquette 26-9 230 11

18. Oregon 28-9 175 15

19. Connecticut 20-10 167 -

20. New Mexico 29-6 153 19

21. Wisconsin 23-12 148 22

22. Notre Dame 25-10 128 -

23. UCLA 25-10 121 -

24. Indiana 29-7 118 7

25. Virginia 23-12 103 -

Others receiving votes: Baylor 102; Colorado 93; Creighton 87; Iowa 86; Tennessee 73; Georgetown 38; Harvard 28; Pittsburgh 23; California 16; Boise State 11; Saint Louis 8; La Salle 7; Missouri 4; Temple 4; Villanova 4; Kansas State 3; Arizona State 2; Illinois 2; Iowa State 2; LSU 2; Georgia 1; UNLV 1.

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