UW Men Ranked No. 24 in Preseason Coaches Poll

Oct. 29, 2004

SEATTLE - The Washington men's basketball team, coming off an appearance in the 2004 NCAA Tournament, were ranked in the preseason poll for the first time in six years when the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll was released Thursday night.

The Huskies are listed 24th in the coaches' poll, one place ahead of defending conference champion Stanford. The only Pac-10 team ranked higher than UW is Arizona which holds down the No. 11 spot and received one first-place vote.

That marks Washington's first mention in the preseason rankings since November of 1998 when they were coming off a berth in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

This is only the second time Washington appeared in the preseason national rankings since 1984. The Huskies opened the 1998-99 campaign ranked No. 14 in both the coaches' and Associated Press polls. They remained ranked for four weeks before dropping out of the polls after being ranked No. 22 on Dec. 8, 1998. That was UW's last appearance in the polls until now. That four week run also marked UW's only national ranking since Jan. 5, 1985.

'I hear coaches ranked No. 1 say that what counts is where you are ranked at the end of the season. I agree with that part, but a lot of times coaches that say that are ranked every year,' third-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar explained. 'We have not been ranked since we've been here, so that would be a compliment to our program at this point. It shows that things are moving in the right direction.'

Washington returns all five starters and the top seven scorers from last year's team that posted a 19-12 record, was the Pac-10 runner-up and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament. UW had its season ended by a 102-100 loss to UAB in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Kansas topped the preseason coaches poll despite receiving only eight first-place votes. Wake Forest is second and led all schools with 12 first-place votes. North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Illinois round out the top five. Defending national champion Connecticut is No. 7.

Three opponents on the UW schedule are ranked, No. 11 Arizona, No. 19 North Carolina State and No. 25 Stanford. The Huskies also have a potential matchup with No. 18 Alabama in the Great Alaska Shootout.

Two other UW opponents, Gonzaga and Utah, also received votes along with prospective foe Oklahoma.

The Huskies open the season with an exhibition game against Westmont College on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. They open the regular season at home on Friday, Nov. 19 against Seattle Pacific. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.


ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll
(preseason, Nov. 28, 2004)

Rank School (1st votes) Points `04 record Final `04 rank1.   Kansas (8)             741      24-9          9
2. Wake Forest (12) 724 21-10 15
3. North Carolina (6) 697 19-11 22
4. Georgia Tech (1) 604 28-10 3
5. Illinois (1) 598 26-7 11
6. Syracuse 557 23-8 19
7. Connecticut 541 33-6 1
8. Oklahoma State (1) 511 31-4 4
9. Kentucky 480 27-5 8
10. Michigan State 476 18-12 nr
11. Arizona (1) 475 20-10 nr
12. Duke 403 31-6 2
13. Louisville (1) 374 10-10 nr
14. Mississippi State 365 26-4 13
15. Texas 334 25-8 10
16. Maryland 316 20-12 24
17. Pittsburgh 247 31-5 7
18. Alabama 224 20-13 17
19. North Carolina State 218 21-10 20
20. Wisconsin 216 25-7 16
21. Notre Dame 214 19-13 nr
22. Florida 160 20-11 nr
23. Memphis 131 22-8 nr24. WASHINGTON 108 19-12 nr25. Stanford 64 30-2 nr

Also receiving votes (with 2004 record): Gonzaga (28-3) 58; Cincinnati (25-7) 44; Michigan (23-11) 38; Providence (20-9) 37; Oklahoma (20-11) 34; Charlotte (21-9) 31; UAB (22-10) 11;UNLV (18-13) 9; Utah (24-9) 6; Pacific (25-8) 5; Southern Illinois (25-5) 4; DePaul (22-10) 3; Purdue (17-14) 3;Texas Tech (23-11) 3; Pepperdine (15-16) 2; Saint Joseph's (30-2) 2; Texas-El Paso (23-8) 2; Toledo (20-11) 2; Florida State (19-14) 1; Princeton (20-8) 1; Vanderbilt (23-10) 1.

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