Thursday October 15th, 2015

Kentucky and North Carolina tied for No. 1 in the first USA Today coaches poll of the season that was released on Thursday. 

Both teams had 749 points, although the Tar Heels picked up 12 first-place votes while Kentucky had 11.

The Wildcats enter the season No.1 for the third consecutive year. Kentucky lost to Wisconsin ​71–64 in the Final Four on April 4. 

North Carolina fell to Wisconsin 79–72 in the round of 16 in last season’s NCAA Tournament.

Maryland, who received five first-place votes, took the third spot. Defending NCAA Champion Duke came in at No. 4. 

The Kansas Jayhawks are ranked fifth, with one first place vote.

The Big 12 and Big Ten have the most representation, as each conference has five schools in the Top 25. The ACC has four schools, with Virginia coming in at No. 6, while the Pac-12 and SEC have three teams.

The Complete Coaches Poll 

1. Kentucky

2. North Carolina 

3. Maryland

4. Duke 

5. Kansas

6. Virginia

7. Iowa State

8. Oklahoma

9. Villanova

10. Arizona

11. Gonzaga

12. Wichita State 

13. Michigan State

14. California 

15. Indiana 

16. Utah 

17. Wisconsin

18. Notre Dame

19. LSU 

20. Vanderbilt

21. Baylor 

22. Butler

23. West Virginia

24. Purdue 

24. UConn

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