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2017 Preseason Coaches Poll: Villanova at #3

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‘Cats start the season behind Duke and Kansas according to the coaches.

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USA Today has released their 2017 Preseason Coaches poll and the reigning Villanova Wildcats have been tabbed at the #3 spot.

Duke starts the 2016-17 season at the top spot with the Kansas Jayhawks as the lone schools ahead of ‘Nova. Kentucky and Oregon round out the Top 5.

The BIG EAST is also represented by Xavier at #8 and Creighton at #23. Seton Hall is receiving votes.

Looking ahead at Villanova’s non-conference schedule, ACC foes Virginia is tabbed at #7, Purdue is at #15, and Notre Dame is receiving votes.

Villanova’s season tips off with an exhibition on November 5th against IUP and then, in earnest, against Lafayette on November 11th.

2017 Preseason Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST
1 Duke 0-0 792 27
2 Kansas 0-0 721 1
3 Villanova 0-0 700 1
4 Kentucky 0-0 695 2
5 Oregon 0-0 620 1
6 North Carolina 0-0 614 0
7 Virginia 0-0 596 0
8 Xavier 0-0 552 0
9 Michigan St 0-0 544 0
10 Wisconsin 0-0 487 0
11 Arizona 0-0 468 0
12 Indiana 0-0 435 0
13 Gonzaga 0-0 371 0
14 Louisville 0-0 367 0
15 Purdue 0-0 324 0
16 Connecticut 0-0 239 0
17 Syracuse 0-0 224 0
18 West Virginia 0-0 204 0
19 St. Mary's 0-0 203 0
20 UCLA 0-0 185 0
21 Maryland 0-0 153 0
22 Texas 0-0 124 0
23 Creighton 0-0 113 0
24 Rhode Island 0-0 85 0
25 Cincinnati 0-0 75 0
Others Receiving Votes: Florida State 65; Iowa State 56; California 43; Miami (Fla.) 35; Dayton 34; Oklahoma 33; Seton Hall 24; Texas A&M 22; Notre Dame 18; San Diego State 17; Virginia Tech 16; Wichita State 15; Southern California 14; Butler 14; Ohio State 12; Florida 11; Clemson 11; Colorado 11; Michigan 10; Pittsburgh 7; Georgia 6; Virginia Commonwealth 6; Yale 6; Chattanooga 5; Washington 4; Nevada 3; Kansas State 3; Arkansas 2; Davidson 2; Valparaiso 2; Southern Methodist 1; Utah 1.