Villanova University is ranked #25 in the first ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll this season, which was announced today. Five teams overall from the Big East made the Top 25, but Villanova was the surprising fifth, as Big East coaches tabbed them to finish seventh in the conference behind the four ranked schools, Syracuse and always heavily overrated Connecticut.
The ESPN/USA Today poll is voted on by a panel of 31 Division I head coaches. According to Wikipedia:
Beginning in 1993, USA Today and CNN took over publishing the coaches’ basketball poll for UPI. Beginning in the 1993-1994 basketball season, the coaches poll began publishing its final poll after the NCAA basketball tournament. From 1995 to 2001, the poll was co-sponsored by USA Today and the NABC. Finally, in 2002, ESPN joined as a co-sponsor of the Coaches Poll along with USA Today and the National Association of Basketball Coaches where select NABC members serve as the voting block for the poll. ESPN retains its involvement with the basketball poll despite no longer being involved with the football poll.
1. North Carolina
8. Michigan State
10. Washington State
14t. Texas A&M
23. Southern Illinois
24. North Carolina State