Jayhawks Ranked No. 4 in ESPN/USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Kansas enters the 2007-08 men's basketball season as the fourth-ranked team in the country in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' preseason poll released Friday.

This marks the seventh time in the last eight seasons that KU has entered the coaches' preseason poll ranked seventh or higher, including the 2004-05 season when the Jayhawks were ranked first in the preseason poll. Since 1993, this is the 12th time Kansas enters the coaches' preseason poll ranked ninth or higher.

Highlighted by an early season match-up with No. 17 Arizona on Nov. 25 in Lawrence, Kansas will face four teams ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches preseason poll. The Jayhawks, who received one first place vote, will also play No. 14 Texas A&M, No. 16 Texas and No. 18 USC – all on the road.

North Carolina enters the year as the preseason favorite while UCLA, Memphis and Georgetown round out the top five.

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll
North Carolina
UCLA
Memphis
KANSAS
Georgetown
Louisville
Tennessee
Michigan State
Indiana
Washington State
Duke
Marquette
Oregon
14(t) Gonzaga

14(t) Texas A& M

Texas
Arizona
USC
Arkansas
Pittsburgh
Stanford
Kentucky
Southern Illinois
NC State
Villanova


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