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Tuesday / June 2.
  • Carolina Tops Poll; Six Big East Teams in Top 25

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    As expected, North Carolina earned the nation’s No. 1 ranking in the initial AP poll of the 2011-12 season, followed by No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Connecticut and No. 5 Syracuse.

    The Big East, which placed 11 teams in the NCAA Tournament last year, has six teams in the current poll.

    In addition to defending champion UConn and Syracuse, the Big East has No. 9 Louisville, No. 10 Pitt, No. 21 Cincinnati and No. 22 Marquette.

     

    2011-12 ASSOCIATED PRESS PRESEASON TOP-25

     

    Rk. School (First Place votes) Record Points Previous
    1. North Carolina (62) 29-8 1,620 7
    2. Kentucky 29-9 1,501 11
    3. Ohio State (1) 34-3 1,482 1
    4. Connecticut (2) 32-9 1,433 9
    5. Syracuse 27-8 1,338 12
    6. Duke 32-5 1,301 3
    7. Vanderbilt 23-11 1,120 25
    8. Florida 29-8 1,086 15
    9. Louisville 25-10 1,055 14
    10. PITT 28-6 1,027 4
    11. Memphis 25-10 997 NR
    12. Baylor 18-13 892 NR
    13. Kansas 35-3 755 2
    14. Xavier 24-8 747 20
    15. Wisconsin 25-9 720 16
    16. Arizona 30-8 616 17
    17. UCLA 23-11 404 NR
    18. Michigan 21-14 401 NR
    19. Alabama 25-12 395 NR
    20. Texas A&M 24-9 357 24
    21. Cincinnati 26-9 353 NR
    22. Marquette 22-15 335 NR
    23. Gonzaga 25-10 283 NR
    24. California 18-15 230 NR
    25. Missouri 23-11 139 NR


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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.