UNC No. 4 In First Preseason Coaches' Poll


UNC was ranked No. 4 by the USA Today/Coaches poll today.

I think for the preseason, the Heels are deservedly in the top five. After all, they did win the title last year and have a ton of talent this year. And EVEN though they tied with Duke for No. 1 in the ACC and received less first place votes in that poll, they’re ranked higher that the dukies in the national coaches’ poll. What’s surprising was the first place vote they received in the national poll. This points out a pretty vast discrepancy in my opinion between the way coaches see things and the media see them.

Now the obvious question is which of these coaches gave us the No. 1 nod IN THE COUNTRY??!

The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The board for the 2009-10 season: Mike Adras, Northern Arizona; Dana Altman, Creighton; Tommy Amaker, Harvard; Tevester Anderson, Jackson State; Ronnie Arrow, South Alabama; Randy Bennett, Saint Mary’s; Eddie Biedenbach, North Carolina-Asheville; Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Rick Byrd, Belmont; Charlie Coles, Miami (Ohio); Steve Fisher, San Diego State; Greg Graham, Boise State; Rob Jeter, Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Billy Kennedy, Murray State; Billy Lange, Navy; Dan Leibovitz, Hartford; Fran McCaffery, Siena; Mike McConathy, Northwestern State; Bob McKillop, Davidson; Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph’s; Ron “Fang” Mitchell, Coppin State; Matt Painter, Purdue; Tom Pecora, Hofstra; John Pelphrey, Arkansas; Mike Rice, Robert Morris; Doc Sadler, Nebraska; Herb Sendek, Arizona State; Scott Sutton, Oral Roberts; Bob Williams, UC-Santa Barbara; Gary Williams, Maryland; Doug Wojcik, Tulsa.

I will update this post as soon or if I find out.

Here’s the full rankings. No surprise, Kansas is at the top.