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Men's Basketball Ranked No. 5 in Associated Press Preseason Poll




Oct. 28, 2010

NEW YORK—The Pitt basketball team will open its 2010-11 season ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press preseason poll, the media organization announced on Thursday. Associated Press poll voters consist of writers and broadcasters throughout the nation.

 

Pitt will also enter the year ranked No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, which was released on Oct. 21.

 

For the fifth time in school history and fourth time in the last eight years, Pitt will enter a season ranked among the nation’s top-5 in the Associated Press preseason poll. The No. 5 ranking ties for the program’s second highest preseason AP national rating as Pitt entered the 1987-88 and 2006-07 seasons ranked No. 4 and the 2002-03 and 2008-09 seasons ranked No. 5.

 


 

 

Defending national champion Duke earned the nation’s No. 1 ranking, followed by No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Kansas State, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Pitt. Rounding out the top-10 include No. 6 Villanova, No. 7 Kansas, No. 8 North Carolina, No. 9 Florida and No. 10 Syracuse. With its No. 5 ranking and 1,310 total points, Pitt is one of four Big East programs ranked among the nation’s top-25 including No.6 Villanova, No. 10 Syracuse and No. 20 Georgetown.

 

Pitt’s first exhibition game is on Sunday, Oct. 31 against Northwood University, Fla. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. at the Petersen Events Center.

 

2010-11 ASSOCIATED PRESS PRESEASON TOP-25

 

Rk.

School (First Place votes)

Record

Points

Previous

1.

Duke (55)

35-5

1,613

3

2.

Michigan State (8)

28-9

1,558

13

3.

Kansas State (2)

29-8

1,414

7

4.

Ohio State

29-8

1,368

5

5.

PITT

25-9

1,310

18

6.

Villanova

25-8

1,198

9

7.

Kansas

33-3

1,172

1

8.

North Carolina

20-17

1,1034

NR

9.

Florida

21-13

997

NR

10.

Syracuse

30-5

920

4

11.

Kentucky

35-3

917

2

12.

Gonzaga

27-7

889

22

13.

Illinois

21-15

773

NR

14.

Purdue

29-6

771

10

15.

Missouri

23-11

700

NR

16.

Baylor

28-8

625

19

17.

Butler

33-5

607

11

18.

Washington

26-10

572

NR

19.

Memphis

24-10

551

NR

20.

Georgetown

23-11

363

14

21.

Virginia Tech

25-9

288

NR

22.

Temple

29-6

265

12

23.

Tennessee

28-9

252

15

24.

BYU

30-6

198

17

25.

San Diego State

25-9

158

NR

 

Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin 126, Texas 107, Georgia 67, West Virginia 65, Minnesota 55, Florida State 28, Wichita State 28, UNLV 21, Richmond 17, Murray State 15, Vanderbilt 14, North Carolina State 10, Arizona 8, Connecticut 8, Colorado 7, Mississippi State 7, UCLA 5, Miami, Fla. 4, Ohio 4, Utah State 4, Xavier 4, Dayton 3, Old Dominion 2, Georgia Tech 1, New Mexico 1, Wofford 1.

 

PITT IN THE ALL-TIME PRESEASON POLLS

Year

Rankings

1986-87

16-AP, 9-UPI, 7-USA Today/CNN

1987-88

4-AP, 5-UPI, 3-USA Today/CNN

1989-90

18-AP

2002-03

5-AP, 4-USA Today

2003-04

22-AP, 22-USA Today

2004-05

17-AP, 17-USA Today

2006-07

4-AP, 5-USA Today

2007-08

22-AP, 20-USA Today

2008-09

5-AP, 6-USA Today

2010-11

5-AP, 4-USA Today

 

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