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Cats ranked 11th by ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25

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TUCSON, Ariz. – For the second consecutive season, the University of Arizona men's basketball team will open the season with a top-25 ranking.

Arizona was ranked 11th in the preseason 2012-13 ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll released today, receiving a total of 411 votes, marking Arizona's highest appearance in the preseason national rankings since 2006-07 when both the Associated Press and the coaches' poll ranked UA 10th to open the season.

Since the start of the 1987-88 campaign, Arizona has been ranked in 22 of 26 preseason coaches' poll in that period with the only exceptions coming in 2001-02, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11.

UA garnered a No. 16 preseason ranking from the coaches a year ago.

The Wildcats open 2012-13 with the annual McDonald's Red-Blue Game on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. PDT in McKale Center. The regular season opener vs. Charleston Southern is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m.

ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll
Preseason, Oct. 17, 2012

Rnk  Team               Points  Last
1.   Indiana (21)        761     13
2.   Louisville (5)      738      4
3.   Kentucky (5)        718      1
4.   Ohio State          617      3
5.   Michigan            605     22
6.   North Carolina St.  581     20
7.   Kansas              563      2
8.   Duke                516     14
9.   Syracuse            502      5
10.  Florida             422      9
11.  ARIZONA             411     NR
12.  North Carolina      401      6
13.  UCLA                396     NR
14.  Michigan State      391      7
15.  Creighton           325     21
16.  Memphis             307     NR
17.  Missouri            289     11
18.  Baylor              266      8
19.  UNLV                203     NR
20.  San Diego State     196     NR
21.  Wisconsin           191     12
22.  Gonzaga             166     NR
23.  Notre Dame          122     NR
24.  Florida State        61     15
     Texas                61     NR
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