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Carolina Tops First Pre-Season Coaches Poll

By / 10.21.11

The only other team to receive a first place vote was Kentucky. Terrence Jones (15.7 ppg last season) will join a stacked recruiting class that includes Anthony Davis and Michael Gilchrist on a team poised to make a Final Four run. Wildcat fans should just hope that once the dust clears they get to keep the banner up, unlike Calipari's past teams in 1996 and 2008.

Rounding out the Top Five are #3 Ohio State, #4 UConn, and #5 Syracuse, but the team I have my eye on is Baylor who was voted 12th. Sophomore Perry Jones is the most intriguing player in the country in my opinion. The 2012 projected lottery pick averaged 13.9 ppg and 7.2 rebounds per game last season despite being the team's second banana, but with LaceDarius Dunn gone, Jones will carry this team to March. Guard AJ Walton and swingman Quincy Acy will look to mentor big-time recruits Deuce Bello and Quincy Miller as they try to knock Kansas off its perennial perch atop The Big 12.

Here's the full top 25:

1. North Carolina
2. Kentucky
3. Ohio State
4. UConn
5. Syracuse
6. Duke
7. Vanderbilt
8. Louisville
9. Memphis
10. Florida
11. Pittsburgh
12. Baylor
13. Kansas
14. Wisconsin
15. Xavier
16. Arizona
17. Alabama
18. Michigan
19. Texas A&M
20. UCLA
21. Marquette
22. Cincinnati
23. Gonzaga
24. California
25. Missouri

Others receiving votes: Florida State 108, Texas 107, Michigan State 73, Temple 59, Washington 29, Butler 25, New Mexico 22, Creighton 19, Villanova 18, Purdue 17, UNLV 16, West Virginia 13, George Mason 12, Mississippi State 11, St. John's 11, Saint Mary's 5, Virginia 5, Virginia Commonwealth 4, Drexel 2, Kansas State 2, Long Beach State 2, Notre Dame 1, Brigham Young 1


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