ESPN & USA Today released their preseason coaches’ poll Thursday afternoon with North Carolina nearly being a unanimous No. 1 selection, picking up 30 of 31 first-place votes.

Kentucky claimed the other first-place vote and checked in at second in the poll, followed by Ohio State, UConn and Syracuse to round out the Top 5.

The Big 12 was represented by 4 teams in the top 25 with Baylor sitting the highest at 12, followed Kansas at 13, Texas A&M checked in at 19th and Missouri earned the 25th ranking.

ESPN/USA Today preseason coaches poll

  1. North Carolina (30)
  2. Kentucky (1)
  3. Ohio St.
  4. Connecticut
  5. Syracuse
  6. Duke
  7. Vanderbilt
  8. Louisville
  9. Memphis
  10. Florida
  11. Pittsburgh
  12. Baylor
  13. Kansas
  14. Wisconsin
  15. Xavier
  16. Arizona
  17. Alabama
  18. Michigan
  19. Texas A&M
  20. UCLA
  21. Marquette
  22. Cincinnati
  23. Gonzaga
  24. California
  25. Missouri

Others receiving votes: Florida State 108, Texas 107, Michigan State 73, Temple 59, Washington 29, Butler 25, New Mexico 22, Creighton 19, Villanova 18, Purdue 17, UNLV 16, West Virginia 13, George Mason 12, Mississippi State 11, St. John's 11, Saint Mary's 5, Virginia 5, Virginia Commonwealth 4, Drexel 2, Kansas State 2, Long Beach State 2, Notre Dame 1, Brigham Young 1.