College basketball rankings: Saint Louis, VCU receives votes in preseason AP poll

Rob Carr

The Saint Louis Billikens just missed out on the AP Top 25 preseason rankings, with three other schools from the Atlantic 10 also receiving votes.

Four teams from the Atlantic 10 conference received votes in The Associated Press preseason rankings, with the Saint Louis Billikens just missing out with 46 votes.

The Billikens finished second in the A-10 in 2011-12 behind Temple with a season record of 26-8, receiving an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. St. Louis went on to defeat Memphis in the second round before losing to Michigan, 65-61, the following game.

Also receiving votes from the conference was VCU, in their first year in the conference, who totaled 56 votes after making it to the third round in the NCAA Tournament. The Rams enjoyed one of the greatest postseason runs by a "Cinderella" team in 2011, losing to Butler in the Final Four.

Butler (33 votes) and Saint Joseph's (25 votes) also received votes in the AP preseason poll, with Butler also in the school's first season in the A-10 conference. Saint Joseph, considered to be the preseason conference favorite, lost in the first round of the 2012 NIT to Northern Iowa after losing to St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 tournament quarterfinals.

The full rankings:

Team (First-place votes) 2011-12 Record Pts
1. Indiana (43) 27-9 1,592
2. Louisville (20) 30-10 1,568
3. Kentucky (2) 38-2 1,453
4. Ohio St. 31-8 1,292
5. Michigan 24-10 1,290
6. NC State 24-13 1,270
7. Kansas 32-7 1,210
8. Duke 27-7 1,094
9. Syracuse 34-3 1,062
10. Florida 26-11 936
11. North Carolina 32-6 904
12. Arizona 23-12 902
13. UCLA 19-14 840
14. Michigan St. 29-8 789
15. Missouri 30-5 664
16. Creighton 29-6 622
17. Memphis 26-9 539
18. UNLV 26-9 488
19. Baylor 30-8 486
20. San Diego St. 26-8 463
21. Gonzaga 26-7 384
22. Notre Dame 22-12 297
23. Wisconsin 26-10 285
24. Cincinnati 26-11 120
25. Florida St. 25-10 101

Others receiving votes: Murray St. 59, VCU 58, Saint Louis 46, Texas 46, Minnesota 40, Butler 33, Pittsburgh 32, Saint Joseph’s 25, Marquette 23, Tennessee 15, Oklahoma St. 14, Kansas St. 12, Georgetown 9, New Mexico 9, Ohio 9, Miami 8, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 6, West Virginia 6, Davidson 5, Drexel 5, N. Iowa 5, Valparaiso 3, Lehigh 2, Stanford 2, Colorado St. 1, Oral Roberts 1.

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