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Bulldogs 14th In AP Pre-Season Poll

Nov. 2, 2007

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- North Carolina was tabbed the nation's No. 1 team in the preseason Associated Press poll released Friday.

The Tar Heels also top the rankings in the USA Today/ESPN poll.

North Carolina, which went 31-7 last season, received 29 first-place votes and 1,728 points from a panel of 72 writers and broadcasters.

Gonzaga is back in the AP poll, checking in at No. 14. The Bulldogs, 23-11 a year ago, were not ranked in the final AP poll last season.

Another tough schedule looms for the Bulldogs as No. 3 Memphis, No. 7 Tennessee and No. 10 Washington State dot this year's schedule.After reaching their second Final Four last season, UCLA is ranked second. The Bruins received 24 first-place votes and 1,710 points.

Memphis, which came within a win of reaching the Final Four last season, is third. The Tigers garnered 18 first-place votes and 1,680 points.

Kansas is fourth, followed by Georgetown, which received the other first-place vote.

Louisville is sixth, followed Tennessee, Michigan State, Indiana and Washington State.

At No. 11 is Marquette, which is followed by Oregon, Duke, Gonzaga and the Texas.

Looking to build on an impressive season, Texas A&M comes in at No. 16. Arizona is 17th, followed by Southern California, Arkansas and Kentucky.

The final five are North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Southern Illinois and Kansas State.

Reigning two-time champion Florida and Ohio State, which was last year's runner-up, both are not in the poll.

The Associated Press Top 25 college basketball preseason poll,with number of first-place votes and last year's record inparentheses, total points and previous ranking:(preseason)    TEAM                                   PTS   PVS    ----                                   ---   --- 1. NORTH CAROLINA (29) (31-7)           1,728     4 2. UCLA (24) (30-6)                     1,710     7 3. MEMPHIS (18) (33-4)                  1,680     5 4. KANSAS (33-5)                        1,568     2 5. GEORGETOWN (1) (30-7)                1,504     8 6. LOUISVILLE (24-10)                   1,380    16 7. TENNESSEE (24-11)                    1,371    25 8. MICHIGAN ST (22-13)                  1,296    NR 9. INDIANA (21-11)                      1,145    NR10. WASHINGTON ST (26-8)                 1,103    1311. MARQUETTE (24-10)                    1,002    2012. OREGON (29-8)                          918    1013. DUKE (22-11)                           868    NR14. GONZAGA (23-11)                        711    NR15. TEXAS (25-10)                          638    1116. TEXAS A&M (27-7)                       623     917. ARIZONA (20-11)                        499    NR18. USC (25-12)                            480    2319. ARKANSAS (21-14)                       468    NR20. KENTUCKY (22-12)                       372    NR21. NC STATE (20-16)                       338    NR22. PITTSBURGH (29-8)                      293    1223. STANFORD (18-13)                       290    NR24. SOUTHN ILLINOIS (29-7)                 222    1425. KANSAS ST (23-12)                      216    NROthers Receiving Votes: VILLANOVA 144, OHIO ST 128, BUTLER114, SYRACUSE 103, CLEMSON 83, XAVIER 73, CONNECTICUT 50,DAVIDSON 50, MISSISSIPPI ST 38, FLORIDA 35, WEST VIRGINIA20, VA COMMONWEALTH 19, VIRGINIA 19, NOTRE DAME 18,WISCONSIN 15, ALABAMA 14, MISSOURI 8, MARYLAND 6, NEVADA 6,VANDERBILT 6, WASHINGTON 6, NEW MEXICO ST 4, UTAH ST 4, BYU3, PROVIDENCE 3, AKRON 2, ILLINOIS 2, SOUTHERN MISS 2,GEORGE MASON 1, HOUSTON 1.