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Men's Basketball Ranked No. 6 in Preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll




Oct. 30, 2008

PITTSBURGH—The Pitt men’s basketball team will open its 2008-09 season ranked No. 6 in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, the publication announced Thursday morning. The USA Today/ESPN poll is voted upon by 31 NCAA Division I head coaches.

 

With its No. 6 ranking and 576 points, Pitt is one of seven Big East programs ranked among the nation’s top-25 including No. 2 Connecticut, No. 3 Louisville, No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 17 Marquette, No. 18 Georgetown and No. 25 Villanova. North Carolina earned the nation’s No. 1 ranking, followed by Connecticut, Louisville, No. 4 UCLA and No. 5 Duke.

 

For the fourth consecutive season and 10th time in school history, Pitt will enter a season ranked among the nation’s Top 25. The preseason Associated Press poll will be released early next week.


 

 

 

Pitt was picked by Big East Conference coaches to finish third in the league’s annual preseason voting announced on October 22 at Big East media day. Senior forward Sam Young was selected to the preseason All-Big East First Team.

 

Pitt returns three starters, each of its top three scorers and seven of its top 10 players from a squad that captured the Big East Championship, finished 27-10 overall and advanced to NCAA Tournament play for a seventh consecutive season. Seniors Sam Young, Levance Fields and Tyrell Biggs all return to the squad along with sophomores DeJuan Blair, Gilbert Brown, Brad Wanamaker and Gary McGhee.

 

Pitt opens its season with two exhibition games at the Petersen Events Center: vs. Seton Hill (Sunday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m.) and vs. LaRoche (Sunday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m.).

 

USA TODAY/ESPN PRESEASON TOP-25 POLL

No.

School (1stPlace)

Record

Points

1.

North Carolina (31)

36-3

775

2.

Connecticut

24-9

707

3.

Louisville

27-9

694

4.

UCLA

35-4

650

5.

Duke

28-6

578

6.

PITT

27-10

576

7.

Michigan State

27-0

572

8.

Texas

31-7

538

9.

Notre Dame

25-8

525

10.

Purdue

25-9

465

11.

Gonzaga

25-8

437

12.

Memphis

38-2

425

13.

Tennessee

31-5

408

14.

Oklahoma

23-12

387

15.

Arizona State

21-13

304

16.

Miami, Fla.

23-11

233

17.

Marquette

25-10

219

18.

Georgetown

28-6

175

19.

Florida

24-12

161

20.

Davidson

29-7

158

21.

Southern California

21-12

153

21

Wisconsin

31-5

153

23.

Kansas

37-3

130

24.

Wake Forest

17-13

129

25.

Villanova

22-13

122

 

Others Receiving Votes:

UNLV 60, Saint Mary’s 59, Ohio State 54, Baylor 47, Xavier 27, Syracuse 23, Texas A&M 19, LSU 19, Arizona 18, Virginia Tech 15, BYU 13, West Virginia 10, Washington 8, Siena 8, Kentucky 7, Vanderbilt 7, Oklahoma State 4, Clemson 2, Washington State 1.

 

PITT BASKETBALL IN THE PRESEASON NATIONAL POLLS

Year

Preseason National 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

1990-91

12-AP, 15-UPI

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

20-USA Today, 22-AP

2008-09

6-USA Today, TBA-AP

 

 

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