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Thursday / December 9.
  • Gonzaga, UCLA, Kansas Top Preseason USA TODAY/Coaches Poll

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    For the first time in program history, Gonzaga was ranked No. 1 in the USA TODAY Coaches’ preseason poll Wednesday. It’s the first time the Zags have led the preseason balloting since USA TODAY started administering the poll in 1991.

    In the preseason balloting, the Zags, who were also No. 1 in the AP Poll, received 772 poll points and 29 first-place votes to edge out UCLA and Kansas for the top spot. The second-ranked Bruins picked up two firsts and 709 total points, and the Jayhawks got 705 points to open at No. 3. Villanova will open at No. 4, while Texas rounds out the top five.

    Gonzaga opens in the top-20 of the poll for the ninth straight year. GU appears in the coaches’ preseason poll for the 12th straight season. Last year, Baylor beat out GU by only two points for the No. 1 spot.

    The Bulldogs and UCLA square off in Las Vegas on Nov. 23. Gonzaga faces Texas in Spokane on Nov. 13. The Zags play Duke in Las Vegas on Nov. 26. The Blue Devils were No. 9 in the rankings. GU and Alabama meet in Seattle on Dec. 4. The Crimson Tide start the season at No. 13. Texas Tech, who is two spots outside of the Top 25 receiving 46 votes, faces the Bulldogs in Phoenix on Dec. 18.

    Gonzaga hosts Eastern Oregon in an exhibition on Sunday and opens the regular season against Dixie State on Nov. 9.

    2021-22 PRESEASON USA TODAY/COACHES POLL

    RANKTEAMRECPOINTS 
    1Gonzaga (29)0-0771 
    2UCLA (2)0-0709 
    3Kansas0-0705 
    4Villanova0-0658 
    5Texas0-0634 
    6Michigan0-0627 
    7Purdue0-0578 
    8Baylor0-0542 
    9Duke0-0490 
    10Illinois0-0466 
    11Kentucky0-0438 
    12Oregon0-0382 
    13Alabama0-0360 
    14Houston0-0343 
    15Arkansas0-0340 
    16Memphis0-0337 
    17Tennessee0-0280 
    17Ohio St.0-0280 
    19Florida State0-0225 
    20North Carolina0-0224 
    21Maryland0-0150 
    22Auburn0-087 
    23Connecticut0-073 
    24St. Bonaventure0-071 
    25Virginia0-060 
    Others receiving votes: Michigan St 55; Texas Tech 46; Southern California 38; West Virginia 18; Indiana 13; Virginia Tech 9; Loyola-Chicago 9; Oklahoma State 8; Arizona 8; Creighton 7; Syracuse 6; Colorado St. 5; Drake 4; Richmond 3; Notre Dame 3; Iowa 3; Rutgers 2; Louisiana State 2; Colorado 2; Xavier 1; Nevada 1; Butler 1; Boise St. 1.

    (Release via Gonzaga)

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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.