Preseason College Basketball Rankings: Texas A&M Enters Coaches Poll At No. 19

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Khris Middleton #22 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates with teammate Naji Hibbert #23 after making a three-pointer at the buzzer in the first half of the game against the Florida State Seminoles during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Texas A&M enters the preseason coaches poll at No. 19

The preseason USA Today coaches poll was released today and the Texas A&M Aggies entered the preseason poll at No. 19. The Aggies are the third highest rated team to come from the Big 12, the other two are the No. 12 Baylor Bears and the No. 13 Kansas Jayhawks.

Outside of conference games against Kansas and Baylor, Texas A&M faces the No. 10 Florida Gators and possible No. 16 Arizona Wildcats in the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic.

At the top of the poll the North Carolina Tar Heels claim the No. 1 spot by claiming 30 out of 31 first place votes.

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
2010 Record
Points
2010-11 Final Ranking
1.
North Carolina (30)
29-8
774
8
2.
Kentucky (1)
29-9
721
3
3.
Ohio State
34-3
702
5
4.
Connecticut
32-9
655
1
5.
Syracuse
27-8
649
18
6.
Duke
32-5
635
7
7.
Vanderbilt
23-11
567
NR
8.
Louisville
25-10
514
22
9.
Memphis
25-10
482
NR
10.
Florida
29-8
474
10
11.
Pittsburgh
28-6
471
12
12.
Baylor
18-13
358
NR
13.
Kansas
35-3
331
4
14.
Wisconsin
25-9
313
15
15.
Xavier
24-8
277
NR
16.
Arizona
30-8
269
9
17.
Alabama
24-11
194
NR
18.
Michigan
21-14
187
NR
19.
Texas A&M
24-9
161
NR
20.
UCLA
23-11
147
NR
21.
Marquette
22-15
145
20
22.
Cincinnati
26-9
141
NR
23.
Gonzaga
25-10
125
NR
24.
California
18-15
111
NR
25.
Missouri
23-11
110
NR

Others receiving votes
Florida State (23-11) 108; Texas (28-8) 107; Michigan State (19-15) 73; Temple (26-8) 59; Washington (24-11) 29; Butler (28-10) 25; New Mexico (22-13) 22; Creighton (23-16) 19; Villanova (21-12) 18; Purdue (26-8) 17; UNLV (24-9) 16; West Virginia (21-12) 13; George Mason (27-7) 12; Mississippi State (17-14) 11; St. John's (21-12) 11; Saint Mary's (25-9) 5; Virginia (16-15) 5; Virginia Commonwealth (28-12) 4; Drexel (21-10) 2; Kansas State (23-11) 2; Long Beach State (22-12) 2; Brigham Young (32-5) 1; Notre Dame (27-7) 1.

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