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Preseason Coaches Poll Is Out

The Bearcats are not among the ranks of the ranked, which is not surprising in the least. Losing Sean Kilpatrick, Justin Jackson and Titus Rubles basically precludes the Bearcats from consideration. But the more interesting aspect is just how loaded the Bearcats non conference schedule looks right now.

Stephen Dunn
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

When was the last time the Bearcats non conference schedule included three games with preseason top 25 teams? I honestly can't remember a non conference slate that is this loaded in the Mick Cronin era. In most years it has been about racking up as many wins as possible in the non conference before entering the bear that was the Big East. The Big East is no more, so Mick has clearly changed the approach. That tough scheduling should also have a positive effect on the development of this team. They will have to find things that work right away because there is almost no room for learning on the job.