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Oct 17, 2012 6:14 PM

Wildcats Ranked No. 11 in ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

TUCSON, Ariz. - For the second consecutive season, the University of Arizona men's basketball team will open the season with a top-25 ranking.

Arizona was ranked 11th in the preseason 2012-13 ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll released today, receiving a total of 411 votes, marking Arizona's highest appearance in the preseason national rankings since 2006-07 when both the Associated Press and the coaches' poll ranked UA 10th to open the season.

Since the start of the 1987-88 campaign, Arizona has been ranked in 22 of 26 preseason coaches' poll in that period with the only exceptions coming in 2001-02, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.

UA garnered a No. 16 preseason ranking from the coaches a year ago.

The Wildcats open 2012-13 with the annual McDonald's Red-Blue Game on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. PDT in McKale Center. The regular season opener vs. Charleston Southern is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m.

ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll
Preseason, Oct. 17, 2012
Rnk Team Points Last
1. Indiana (21) 761 13
2. Louisville (5) 738 4
3. Kentucky (5) 718 1
4. Ohio State 617 3
5. Michigan 605 22
6. North Carolina St. 581 20
7. Kansas 563 2
8. Duke 516 14
9. Syracuse 502 5
10. Florida 422 9
11. ARIZONA 411 NR
12. North Carolina 401 6
13. UCLA 396 NR
14. Michigan State 391 7
15. Creighton 325 21
16. Memphis 307 NR
17. Missouri 289 11
18. Baylor 266 8
19. UNLV 203 NR
20. San Diego State 196 NR
21. Wisconsin 191 12
22. Gonzaga 166 NR
23. Notre Dame 122 NR
24. Florida State 61 15
Texas 61 NR

(Courtesy: Arizona Athletics)

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