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October 31, 2008 at 4:53 PM

AP poll out, UW gets 19 votes

The pre-season AP college basketball poll is out and while the Huskies were not ranked, they got 19 points to technically stand at 35th.
And I can report that none of those points came from the one AP voter in the state of Washington, which this year happens to be yours truly. And before you criticize me for not supporting the home team, look at it another way — this means there could be as many as 19 other voters from outside the state (you get one point if you’re ranked 25th, two if 24th, etc.) who think the Huskies are worthy of being ranked.
Anyway, here’s the official poll:
1. North Carolina (72)
2. Connecticut
3. Louisville
4. UCLA
5. Pittsburgh
6. Michigan St.
7. Texas
8. Duke
9. Notre Dame
10. Gonzaga
11. Purdue
12. Oklahoma
13. Memphis
14. Tennessee
15. Arizona St.
16. Marquette
17. Miami (FL)
18. USC
19. Florida
20. Davidson
21. Wake Forest
22. Georgetown
23. Villanova
24. Kansas
25. Wisconsin
Others Receiving Votes: Xavier 154, UNLV 143, Baylor 128, St. Mary’s 112, Syracuse 83, Kentucky 75, Ohio St. 64, LSU 31, Texas A&M 30, Washington 19, West Virginia 17, Virginia Tech 16, BYU 16, Alabama 16, Siena 13, Vanderbilt 11, Washington St. 11, Clemson 11, Arizona 11, Temple 10, VCU 8, Butler 7, Creighton 7, New Mexico 3, UAB 2, Cleveland St. 2, Stanford 2, St. Joseph’s 1, San Diego 1, Miami (OH) 1, Drake 1, American 1, CSU Northridge 1.
Here’s my poll:
1. North Carolina
2. UCLA
3. Louisville
4. Connecticut
5. Pitt
6. Gonzaga
7. Oklahoma
8. Michigan State
9. Texas
10. Notre Dame
11. Tennessee
12. Duke
13. Marquette
14. Arizona State
15. Purdue
16. Memphis
17. Miami
18. Davidson
19. Wisconsin
20. Villanova
21. Georgetown
22. Ohio State
23. USC
24. St. Mary’s
25. Kansas
I know the main sling I may get from some of you is having Gonzaga ranked so high. But you can’t deny GU’s talent — four players that most draft observers view as legitimate prospects for the next two drafts. And the first-round exit that seemed bad at the time looked a lot better when Davidson advanced to the Elite Eight. This just seems like the most talented and deepest team Gonzaga has had, especially if Josh Heytvelt is healthy and ready go to, which it sounds as if he is.
And remember, the poll is supposed to create debate and discussion. In reality, that’s all it’s really there for because the championship is obviously decided on the court. So I plan to publish my poll here each week in the spirit of providing another method for debating and discussing what is a great game.

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