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Wildcats Ranked No. 16 in Preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/20/2011
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Oct. 20, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. - Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats continue to re-establish the program on a national level.

This time, it's returning to the national rankings to start the season.

Arizona was ranked 16th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll released today, receiving a total of 269 votes, marking Arizona's first appearance in the preseason national rankings since 2007-08 when both the Associated Press and the coaches' poll ranked UA 17th to open the season.

Beginning with the preseason polls in 1987-88, Arizona was ranked in every preseason poll in that period except the 1995-96 AP poll and both polls to open the 2001-02 campaign.

En route to 30 wins and a Pac-10 regular season championship a year ago, Arizona was ranked in both national polls for the last eight polling periods of 2010-11, reaching as high as No. 9 in the final coaches' poll.

The 16th-ranked Wildcats open the 2010-11season with the annual Red-Blue Game on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. PDT in McKale Center. The regular season opener vs. Valparaiso is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.

ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll
Preseason, Oct. 20, 2011

Rnk  Team       	 Points	 Last
1.   North Carolina (30)  774	   8
2.   Kentucky (1)   	  721	   3
3.   Ohio State 	  702	   5
4.   Connecticut	  655	   1
5.   Syracuse   	  649	  18
6.   Duke       	  635	   7
7.   Vanderbilt 	  567	  NR
8.   Louisville 	  514	  22
9.   Memphis    	  482	  NR
10.  Florida    	  474	  10
11.  Pittsburgh 	  471	  12
12.  Baylor     	  358	  NR
13.  Kansas     	  331	   4
14.  Wisconsin  	  313	  15
15.  Xavier     	  277	  NR
16.  ARIZONA    	  269	   9
17.  Alabama    	  194	  NR
18.  Michigan   	  187	  NR
19.  Texas A&M  	  161	  NR
20.  UCLA       	  147	  NR
21.  Marquette  	  145	  20
22.  Cincinnati 	  141	  NR
23.  Gonzaga    	  125	  NR
24.  California 	  111	  NR
25.  Missouri   	  110	  NR
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