Men's Hoops Ranked No. 24 In ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll

Nov. 2, 2000

LOS ANGELES - USC was ranked No. 24 by the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' Preseason Poll announced today (Nov. 2), marking the first time since the 1978-79 season that the USC men's basketball team will open a season ranked in the Top 25 in one of the two major polls. The AP writers' poll has yet to be released.

USC received 87 points to secure their No. 24 spot. The last time USC was ranked in the preseason, the Trojans were tabbed No. 12 in the AP poll at the start of the 1978-79 year.

The Trojans are among four Pac-10 teams that are ranked. Arizona is No. 1, Stanford is No. 3 and UCLA is No. 19. The only other definite 2000-2001 opponent ranked is Utah at No. 16. Iowa State, a possible match-up in the Pearl Harbor Classic in December, is just ahead of Troy at No. 23. No other Pac-10 school received any votes. The only other USC opponent that got a mention was Cal State Northridge, which received one vote.

On Wednesday (Nov. 1), USC was picked to finish third in the 2000-2001 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball.

Arizona was chosen first and garnered all 29 first-place votes (290 points). Defending Pac-10 co-champion Stanford was picked second (255) and USC (206) edged UCLA (205) for third. California was picked fifth (160), followed by Oregon (138), Oregon State (133), Arizona State (109), Washington (58) and Washington State (41).

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