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Friday, October 28, 2005
Blue Devils receive 28 of 31 first-place votes
ESPN.com news services
Take four returning senior starters from a 27-win team. Add a bunch of big-time freshmen. What do you get? The nation's No. 1 team.
That talented mix of experience and youth has carried
to the top spot in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. The Blue Devils (27-6 last season), returning All-Americans
, received 28 of a possible 31 first-place votes and 767 points, easily pushing them past
, which landed at No. 2 despite not receiving a first-place vote and still dealing with the ongoing suspensions of point guards
Big 12 co-favorite
(two first-place votes) is a close third, followed by
(one first-place vote), which recently lost senior
to a knee injury, and Big Ten preseason pick
, fresh off last season's Final Four appearance.
Texas' Red River rival,
, is sixth, with
rounding out the top 10.
, ACC newcomer
is 11th, followed by Conference USA favorite
, which fell just short of last season's Final Four and returns sharpshooting big man
are 16th, followed by last year's finalist,
(tied for 18th) and
at No. 20.
The final five include
. Defending national champion
, having lost its top seven scorers from last season, received 16 points, placing them 36th.