College basketball rankings: USA Today preseason poll has New Mexico at No. 20

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New Mexico is the only ranked team in the preseason edition of the USA Today's coaches poll.

College basketball is a mere three weeks away from tipping off on Nov. 8, and with date rapidly approaching the USA Today coaches poll released its preseason ballot on Thursday.

There are four teams splitting first-pace votes between Kentucky, Michigan State, Louisville, and Duke; however it is Kentucky who is ranked preseason No. 1. Defending national champion Louisville had the second most first-place votes with 10, but are in third behind Michigan State.

As for the Mountain West, the New Mexico Lobos are the only ranked team from the league, and they are No. 20. The Lobos return four starters from last years's squad and also bring in one of the top junior college transfers in Deshawn Delaney and also bring in Cullen Neal who is a three-star recruit, plus he is the son of new Lobos head coach Craig Neal.

Boise State does get some consideration from the coaches and come in with 20 votes, and then UNLV is getting a single 25th place from one coach.

Here is the complete rankings:

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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