Gonzaga tops UCLA in preseason poll

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Gonzaga came up one game short of its first national championship in April, but the Bulldogs will have one historic first to celebrate in this calendar year: Gonzaga is the No. 1 team in the preseason Ferris Mowers Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll.

The Zags received 29 of 31 first-place votes cast. That could augur well for them, as last year’s first choice in the preseason, Baylor, wound up on top at the end.

Gonzaga forward Drew Timme (2) celebrates with teammates after defeating Oklahoma in the second round of the 2021 NCAA tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

UCLA, fresh off its run to the national semifinals, starts No. 2. The Bruins picked up the remaining two first-place votes. It’s their highest showing in the preseason poll since being picked No. 4 in 2008. Speaking of Baylor, the Bears will open their title defense at No. 8. The Houston Cougars, last year’s other Final Four participant, are No. 14.

No. 3 Kansas heads a trio of Big 12 teams in the top 10 that includes No. 5 Texas as well as the defending champion Bears. Villanova, winner of two of the last five NCAA tournaments, again gets a high starting point at No. 4.

Read More: Gonzaga tops UCLA in preseason poll 2021-10-27 16:02:22

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