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Coaches Preseason Poll: Villanova starts the season at #6

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Duke is #1 for the second consecutive preseason poll.

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USA Today has released their 2017-18 Preseason Coaches poll and the Villanova Wildcats have been tabbed at the #6 spot.

Duke starts the season at the top spot with Michigan State, Kansas, Kentucky, and Arizona rounding out the Top 5.

The Blue Devils received 20 first-place votes, Michigan State nine, Arizona two and Florida one. The coaches ranked Duke at the top spot in the preseason for the second year in a row.

The BIG EAST is also represented by Xavier at #17 and Seton Hall at #23. Providence and Creighton were also receiving votes.

Looking ahead at Villanova’s non-conference schedule, Gonzaga is at #19 and Purdue, a possible opponent at the Battle 4 Atlantis, is #21.

Villanova’s season tips off on November 10th when the ‘Cats host Columbia.

2018 USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST
1 Duke 28-9 774 20
2 Michigan St 20-15 747 9
3 Kansas 31-5 723 0
4 Kentucky 32-6 678 0
5 Arizona 32-5 654 2
6 Villanova 32-4 623 0
7 Florida 27-9 549 1
8 Wichita St. 31-5 543 0
9 North Carolina 33-7 515 0
10 West Virginia 28-9 458 0
11 Southern California 26-10 396 0
12 Miami-Florida 21-12 383 0
13 Cincinnati 30-6 349 0
14 Notre Dame 26-10 305 0
15 Minnesota 24-10 303 0
16 Louisville 25-9 295 0
17 Xavier 24-14 284 0
18 UCLA 31-5 275 0
19 Gonzaga 37-2 242 0
20 Northwestern 24-12 208 0
21 Purdue 27-8 167 0
22 St. Mary's 29-5 152 0
23 Seton Hall 21-12 139 0
24 Baylor 27-8 107 0
25 Alabama 19-15 82 0
Others Receiving VotesTexas A&M 76; Virginia 57; Butler 43; Missouri 35; TCU 32; Rhode Island 31; Providence 21; Wisconsin 21; Maryland 20; Oakland 19; Oklahoma 19; Michigan 13; Texas 13; Virginia Tech 12; Oregon 12; Southern Methodist 6; Creighton 6; Georgia 3; Georgia Tech 3; Harvard 2; Arkansas 2; Florida State 1; South Carolina 1; Nevada 1.