Illini Receive Votes In Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll

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Who has two points? WE HAS TWO POINTS.

Did you know the Orange and Blue scrimmage is tonight at State Farm Center? It's not going to be televised, and it isn't online, so we won't be able to cover it live, but you can go see it yourself if you like.

Of course, whether you can see tonight's scrimmage or not, all that's really important here is that the basketball season will be starting soon. The scrimmage is just an indication of that, and another indication is the USA Today preseason coaches poll.

The Illini are not ranked in the top 25, but they did receive votes, so I guess you can say they're in a tie for No. 41. Hopefully they climb higher during the season.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Kentucky (16) 21-12 767 NR
2 Michigan St. (3) 27-9 749 13
3 Louisville (10) 35-5 741 1
4 Duke (3) 30-6 710 5
5 Arizona 27-8 637 14
6 Kansas 31-6 623 8
7 Syracuse 30-10 551 3
8 Florida 29-8 550 9
9 Michigan 31-8 548 2
10 Ohio St. 29-8 533 6
11 North Carolina 25-11 494 NR
12 Oklahoma St. 24-9 462 NR
13 Memphis 31-5 334 18
14 Gonzaga 32-3 270 12
15 Va. Commonwealth 27-9 258 23
16 Wichita St. 30-9 233 4
17 Marquette 26-9 230 11
18 Oregon 28-9 175 15
19 Connecticut 20-10 167 NR
20 New Mexico 29-6 153 19
21 Wisconsin 23-12 148 22
22 Notre Dame 25-10 128 NR
23 UCLA 25-10 121 NR
24 Indiana 29-7 118 7
25 Virginia 23-12 103 NR
Schools Dropped Out
Others Receiving Votes
Baylor 102; Colorado 93; Creighton 87; Iowa 86; Tennessee 73; Georgetown 38; Harvard 28; Pittsburgh 23; California 16; Boise State 11; Saint Louis 8; La Salle 7; Temple 4; Missouri 4; Villanova 4; Kansas State 3; LSU 2; Iowa State 2; Arizona State 2; Illinois 2; Georgia 1; UNLV 1.

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