NCAA basketball rankings: UNLV ranked 19, SDSU 20 in preseason coaches poll

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UNLV is ranked in the preseason for the first time in 20 years, they are No. 19 in the initial USA Today Coaches Poll. For more Mountain West Connection

The preseason USA Today Coaches Top 25 college basketball poll is out, and that just means college hoops is that much closer to tipping off. The Mountain West is well represented in this poll as the UNLV Runnin' Rebels are ranked at No. 19 and the San Diego St. Aztecs are No. 20. Also, The New Mexico Lobos and Colorado St. Rams are receiving votes.

What is most remarkable in this poll is that this is the first time that UNLV has been ranked in the preseason since the 1992-93 preseason. UNLV's No. 19 ranking this year is its highest in the preseason poll since the team began the 1990-91 season as the nation's No. 1 team. The No. 19 ranking is the highest a Mountain West team has been ranked in the coaches' poll to begin a season since former member Utah was No. 15 in 1999-2000.

Having two teams ranked, and then another two receiving votes is a great sign of respect that the league is receiving.

There are also a few teams who Mountain West school teams play who are ranked:

• No. 9 Syracuse vs. San Diego State
• No. 12 North Carolina vs. UNLV
• No. 13 UCLA vs. San Diego State
• No. 14 Michigan State vs. Boise State

Here is the complete USA Today Coaches Poll:

Rank School (first-place votes) 2011-12 record Points Last year's final ranking
1 Indiana (21) 27-9 761 13
2 Louisville (5) 30-10 738 4
3 Kentucky (5) 38-2 718 1
4 Ohio State 31-8 617 3
5 Michigan 24-10 605 22
6
North Carolina State 24-13 581 20
7 Kansas 32-7 563 2
8 Duke 27-7 516 14
9 Syracuse 34-3 502 5
10 Florida 26-11 422 9
11 Arizona 23-12 411 NR
12 North Carolina 32-6 401 6
13 UCLA 19-14 396 NR
14 Michigan State 29-8 391 7
15 Creighton 29-6 325 21
16 Memphis 26-9 307 NR
17 Missouri 30-5 289 11
18 Baylor 30-8 266 8
19
UNLV 26-9 203 NR
20 San Diego State 26-8 196 NR
21 Wisconsin 26-10 191 12
22 Gonzaga 26-7 166 NR
23 Notre Dame 22-12 122 NR
24 (tie) Florida State 25-10 61 15
24 (tie) Texas 20-14 61 NR

Others receiving votes: Saint Louis (26-8) 58; Virginia Commonwealth (29-7) 40; Cincinnati (26-11) 33; Murray State (31-2) 30; Kansas State (22-11) 13; Saint Mary's (27-6) 11; New Mexico (28-7) 10; Tennessee (19-15) 10; Minnesota (23-15) 9; Pittsburgh (22-17) 9; Marquette (27-8) 8; Stanford (26-11) 7; Butler (22-15) 6; Oklahoma State (15-18) 6; Colorado State (20-12) 4; Middle Tennessee (27-7) 3; Drexel (29-7) 2; Georgia (15-17) 2; Miami (Fla.) (20-13) 2; St. Joseph's (20-14) 2; Marshall (21-14) 1

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