Polls & Rankings
Northern Iowa, which returns all five starters after sharing the regular-season title with Creighton last year, earned 38 of 39 first-place votes in the survey of league coaches, beat writers, sports information directors and play-by-play men.
CLEVELAND - Akron was predicted to finish first in the Mid-American Conference East Division in a poll of the league's media, the conference office announced on Oct 28.
Central Michigan was predicted to win the West Division, amassing 113 points and 10 first-place votes. Northern Illinois was picked to finish second with 102 points, while Eastern Michigan was forecast to finish third with 94 points. Ball State, Western Michigan and Toledo were picked to finish fourth, fifth and sixth in the West Division, respectively.
For the first time in the 41-year history of preseason voting, there is a tie for No. 1. Duke, chosen first on 25 of 48 ballots cast, and North Carolina, recipient of 20 picks for the top spot, each finished with 545 points. Media members attending the ACC’s Operation Basketball on Sunday event cast the ballots.
This has certainly been one of the more eventful off-seasons in recent college basketball memory with big-time coaching changes, scandals, NBA Draft decisions, and last-minute decisions by big-name recruits.
1. Kansas - Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins return. Bill Self may end up with two big time recruits in Xavier Henry and John Wall. Already have 5-star recruits Elijah Johnson and Thomas Robinson signed on.
2. Syracuse - Assuming Jonny Flynn doesn't go pro, he may be the best point guard in the nation next year (if Lawson goes pro). They also return Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf.