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College basketball rankings: Villanova ranked 12th in initial Coaches Poll

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As expected, the Wildcats will open the season ranked in the top-25.

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The USA Today Coaches Poll is officially the first preseason basketball poll to hit (digital) print this season, and the Villanova Wildcats are the lone Big East program to make the top-25. Checking in at #12, Villanova is ranked a slot below Wichita State and ahead of Gonzaga and UConn.

Kentucky took the top spot with 24 of 32 first-place votes.

The VCU rams will be the Wildcats' highest-ranked non-conference opponent in this poll, coming in at number-16. If the 'Cats advance at the Barclays Center to play Michigan, they would face another ranked opponent, with the Wolverines checking in at number-23. Syracuse also opens the season ranked by the coaches at 24th.

It should be disappointing, but unsurprising, that no other Big East programs made the list. The Creighton Bluejays were the other top league team last season, but lost key player Doug McDermott to graduation after last season and are expected to take a step back in 2014-15. Georgetown, Xavier, and the rest of the pack have something left to prove before they will likely earn voters' respect this season.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST
1 Kentucky Wildcats 29-11 785 24
2 Arizona Wildcats 33-5 746 3
3 Duke Blue Devils 26-9 715 2
4 Wisconsin Badgers 30-8 706 3
5 Kansas Jayhawks 25-10 654 0
6 North Carolina Tar Heels 24-10 598 0
7 Florida Gators 36-3 568 0
8 Virginia Cavaliers 30-7 519 0
9 Louisville Cardinals 31-6 507 0
10 Texas Longhorns 24-11 479 0
11 Wichita State Shockers 35-1 471 0
12 Villanova Wildcats 29-5 439 0
13 Gonzaga Bulldogs 29-7 423 0
14 Iowa State Cyclones 28-8 323 0
15 Connecticut Huskies 32-8 292 0
16 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 26-9 259 0
17 San Diego State Aztecs 31-5 251 0
18 Michigan State Spartans 29-9 241 0
19 Oklahoma Sooners 23-10 237 0
20 Ohio State Buckeyes 25-10 223 0
21 Nebraska Cornhuskers 19-13 156 0
22 SMU Mustangs 27-10 149 0
23 Michigan Wolverines 28-9 139 0
24 Syracuse Orange 28-6 128 0
25 Iowa Hawkeyes 20-13 56 0
Others Receiving Votes: Harvard 47; Stanford 47; Kansas State 37; Pittsburgh 36; Utah 26; Memphis 25; Minnesota 18; UCLA 15; New Mexico 11; Oregon 9; Louisiana Tech 8; Colorado 8; Arkansas 8; Dayton 6; Providence 5; Notre Dame 5; Massachusetts 4; Georgetown 4; Illinois 4; Texas-El Paso 4; Florida State 3; Baylor 2; George Washington 1; Miami (Fla.) 1; Toledo 1; Saint Mary's 1.