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010-26-2007 Basketball Ranked No. 17 in ESPN/USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 10/26/2007
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Tucson , Ariz. ?C The University of Arizona men's basketball team will open the season as the nation's 17th-ranked team according to the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, which released its 2007-08 preseason college basketball poll on Friday.

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With 10 squadmen returning from last season's 20-11 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, Arizona collected the preseason No. 17 ranking from the coaches with a total of 205 points. North Carolina, UCLA, Memphis, Kansas and Georgetown held the top five spots.

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It marks the 20th time in the last 21 years in which Arizona has been nationally ranked in the first poll of the season by the coaches. The only break in that streak came to start the 2001-02 campaign.

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The Wildcats open the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 13 against Northern Arizona in McKale Center at 7:30 p.m.

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Arizona will play a total of 13 games against eight opponents that are ranked in the 2007-08 ESPN/USA Today preseason poll, including six games against four opponents in the top 10. In addition to Pac-10 foes UCLA (No. 2), Washington State (No. 10), Oregon (No. 13), USC (No. 18), and Stanford (No. 21), three non-conference opponents are included in the poll as well: Memphis (No. 2), Kansas (No. 4) and Texas A&M (No. 14).

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2007-08 ESPN/USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll

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1. North Carolina (10)

2. UCLA (12)

3. Memphis (8)

4. Kansas (1)

5. Georgetown

6. Louisville

7. Tennessee

8. Michigan State

9. Indiana

10. Washington State

11. Duke

12. Marquette

13. Oregon

14. Gonzaga

14. Texas A&M

16. Texas

17. Arizona

18. USC

19. Arkansas

20. Pittsburgh

21. Stanford

22. Kentucky

23. Southern Illinois

24. N.C. State

25. Villanova
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