Thursday, October 30, 2008

Breaking News: Official ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll Released

If there was any doubt that North Carolina is the perceived No. 1 team in the nation or that the Big East will be dominant, today's ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll confirmed both assumptions.

UNC garnered all 31 first-place votes, claiming the top spot with 775 points.

Two Big East teams, Connecticut (707) and Louisville (694), check in at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively and are the only two squads within 100 points of the Tar Heels in the poll.

Another duo of Big East squads are in the Top 10, with Pittsburgh at No. 6 and Notre Dame rolling in at No. 9.

Other teams from the 16-team conference in the Top 25 are: Marquette at No. 17, Georgetown at No. 18 and Villanova at No. 25.

Syracuse and West Virginia were in the "others receiving votes" category.

So, in case you didn't realize it, that's seven Big East teams in the Top 25 and nine in the Top 40... a pretty intimidating fact for the other seven schools with the season just 15 days away.

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