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MSU ninth, UM unranked in basketball coaches’ poll

The Detroit News
MSU coach Tom Izzo speaks at Big Ten media day.

Michigan State is ranked ninth in the USA Today preseason men’s basketball college basketball poll, released Thursday.

The Spartans are the highest-ranked Big Ten team, followed by Wisconsin at No. 10, Indiana at No. 12, Purdue at No. 15 and Maryland at No. 21.

Michigan is not ranked.

The top three teams are Duke, Kansas and defending national champion Villanova.

MSU opens with a home exhibition against Northwood next Thursday at 7 p.m. The first regular-season game is Nov. 2 against Saginaw Valley at 7 p.m., also at the Breslin Center.

Oakland's Greg Kampe is one of 32 coaches on this season's voting panel for the poll.

MSU's Gavin Schilling needs knee surgery

USA TODAY COACHES' POLL

1. Duke (27 first-place votes), 25-11 record, 792 points (final poll: 18)

2. Kansas (1), 33-5, 721 (3)

3. Villanova (1), 35-5, 700 (1)

4. Kentucky (2), 27-9, 695 (16)

5. Oregon (1), 31-7, 620 (6)

6. North Carolina, 33-7, 614 (2)

7. Virginia, 29-8, 596 (5)

8. Xavier, 28-6, 552 (11)

9. Michigan State, 29-6, 544 (7)

10. Wisconsin, 22-13, 487 (23)

11. Arizona, 25-9, 468 (22)

12. Indiana, 27-8, 435 (9)

13. Gonzaga, 28-8, 371 (21)

14. Louisville, 23-8, 367 (NR)

15. Purdue, 26-9, 324 (19)

16. Connecticut, 25-11, 239 (NR)

17. Syracuse, 23-14, 224 (10)

18. West Virginia, 26-9, 204 (14)

19. Saint Mary’s, 29-6, 203 (NR)

20. UCLA, 15-17, 185 (NR)

21. Maryland, 27-9, 153 (T12)

22. Texas, 20-13, 124 (NR)

23. Creighton, 20-15, 113 (NR)

24. Rhode Island, 17-15, 85 (NR)

25. Cincinnati, 22-11, 75 (NR)

Also receiving votes: Florida State 65; Iowa State 56; California 43; Miami (Fla.) 35; Dayton 34; Oklahoma 33; Seton Hall 24; Texas A&M 22; Notre Dame 18; San Diego State 17; Virginia Tech 16; Wichita State 15; Southern California 14; Butler 14; Ohio State 12; Florida 11; Clemson 11; Colorado 11; Michigan 10; Pittsburgh 7; Georgia 6; Virginia Commonwealth 6; Yale 6; Chattanooga 5; Washington 4; Nevada 3; Kansas State 3; Arkansas 2; Davidson 2; Valparaiso 2; Southern Methodist 1; Utah 1.

Voting panel: Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's; Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Tad Boyle, Colorado; Todd Bozeman, Morgan State; Glenn Braica, St. Francis Brooklyn; Scott Cherry, High Point; Tim Cluess, Iona; Jon Coffman, IP-Fort Wayne; Mick Cronin, Cincinnati; Keith Dambrot, Akron; Cameron Dollar, Seattle; Scott Drew, Baylor; Matt Driscoll, North Florida; Bill Evans, Idaho State; Steve Fisher, San Diego State; Mark Fox, Georgia; John Gallagher, Hartford; Matthew Graves, South Alabama; Mike Rhoades, Rice; George Ivory, Arkansas-Pine Bluff; Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa; James Jones, Yale; Greg Kampe, Oakland; Dave Loos, Austin Peay; Mike McConathy, Northwestern State; Greg McDermott, Creighton; Chris Mooney, Richmond; Matt Painter, Purdue; Brett Reed, Lehigh; Zach Spiker, Drexel; Bob Williams, UC-Santa Barbara; Mike Young, Wofford.