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College Basketball Pre-Season Top 25 Poll Released

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South Carolina continues its decade-long drought of not achieving a national ranking.

This picture makes me happy every time I look at it.
This picture makes me happy every time I look at it.
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The Coaches Poll released its pre-season top 25 this week, and to no one's surprise, Kentucky leads the way with 24 of 32 first place votes.

The Wildcats are one of only two SEC teams to see the poll, as Florida also comes in at seventh.  In addition, the Gamecocks' neutral site opponent, Iowa State, begins the year at the fourteenth spot.  The Gamecocks and Cyclones play this season in Brooklyn, NY on January 3.

The Gamecocks did not appear in the poll, and have not been ranked since the final AP poll of the 2004 season, where they came in at 23rd.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES
1 Kentucky 29-11 785 24
2 Arizona 33-5 746 3
3 Duke 26-9 715 2
4 Wisconsin 30-8 706 3
5 Kansas 25-10 654 0
6 North Carolina 24-10 598 0
7 Florida 36-3 568 0
8 Virginia 30-7 519 0
9 Louisville 31-6 507 0
10 Texas 24-11 479 0
11 Wichita State 35-1 471 0
12 Villanova 29-5 439 0
13 Gonzaga 29-7 423 0
14 Iowa St. 28-8 323 0
15 Connecticut 32-8 292 0
16 Virginia Commonwealth 26-9 259 0
17 San Diego State 31-5 251 0
18 Michigan State 29-9 241 0
19 Oklahoma 23-10 237 0
20 Ohio State 25-10 223 0
21 Nebraska 19-13 156 0
22 Southern Methodist Univ. 27-10 149 0
23 Michigan 28-9 139 0
24 Syracuse 28-6 128 0
25 Iowa 20-13 56 0