Mar 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers forward Jarnell Stokes (5) reaches for a loose ball against Alabama Crimson Tide guard Trevor Lacey (5) during the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. The Crinson Tide beat the Volunteers 58-28. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Vols Basketball: UT just Outside Top 25 In USA Today/Coaches Poll


 

Many of us (myself included) assumed the Vols would be included in the pre-season top 25.

We were wrong, as the Vols were left out of the top 25.

Tennessee was fifth among those “receiving votes”

Here’s the complete top 25.

1

Kentucky

21-12 767 16 NR
2

Michigan St.

27-9 749 3 13
3

Louisville

35-5 741 10 1
4

Duke

30-6 710 3 5
5

Arizona

27-8 637 0 14
6

Kansas

31-6 623 0 8
7

Syracuse

30-10 551 0 3
8

Florida

29-8 550 0 9
9

Michigan

31-8 548 0 2
10

Ohio St.

29-8 533 0 6
11

North Carolina

25-11 494 0 NR
12

Oklahoma St.

24-9 462 0 NR
13

Memphis

31-5 334 0 18
14

Gonzaga

32-3 270 0 12
15

Va. Commonwealth

27-9 258 0 23
16

Wichita St.

30-9 233 0 4
17

Marquette

26-9 230 0 11
18

Oregon

28-9 175 0 15
19

Connecticut

20-10 167 0 NR
20

New Mexico

29-6 153 0 19
21

Wisconsin

23-12 148 0 22
22

Notre Dame

25-10 128 0 NR
23

UCLA

25-10 121 0 NR
24

Indiana

29-7 118 0 7
25

Virginia

23-12 103 0 NR
Others Receiving Votes
Baylor 102; Colorado 93; Creighton 87; Iowa 86; Tennessee 73; Georgetown 38; Harvard 28; Pittsburgh 23; California 16; Boise State 11; Saint Louis 8; La Salle 7; Temple 4; Missouri 4; Villanova 4; Kansas State 3; LSU 2; Iowa State 2; Arizona State 2; Illinois 2; Georgia 1; UNLV 1.

Seeing the Vols left out of the top 25 is quite surprising. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them in the top 25 very soon after the seasons begins. They certainly have the talent of a top 25 team.

On Wednesday the Vols were predicted to finish third in the SEC.

 

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