Preseason College Basketball Rankings: No Local Teams In USA Today Top 25, George Mason Closest

The preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll is out, and the highest team on the list is George Mason at No. 38.

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College Basketball Rankings: Georgetown Not Ranked, Has Nine Games Against Preseason Top 25 Teams

The Georgetown Hoyas aren't ranked in USA Today's preseason Coaches' Poll, which comes as no surprise. Their 21-11 record last season ranked them just No. 8 in the Big East, and they won't have leading scorer Austin Freeman to help them this year, as he was a senior.

But, because the Hoyas play in arguably the most stacked conference in men's basketball, they face a schedule loaded with games against teams in the preseason Top 25. According to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times, Georgetown is due for at least nine games against the Top 25. In conference play, the Hoyas face the No. 4 Connecticut Huskies (Feb. 1), the No. 5 Syracuse Orange (Feb. 8), the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals (Dec. 28), the No. 11 Pittsburgh Panthers (Jan. 28), the No. 21 Marquette Golden Eagles twice (Jan. 4 and March 3), and the No. 22 Cincinnati Bearcats (Jan. 9). In addition, they're also due to take on the No. 13 Kansas Jayhawks (Nov. 21) as part of the EA Sports Maui Invitational, as well as the No. 9 Memphis Tigers (Dec. 22).

That's a brutal slate of games. We'll soon learn if John Thompson III's club is up to the task.

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Preseason College Basketball Rankings: Maryland Not Ranked, Faces Eight Teams Listed

The University of Maryland is in all likelihood preparing for a pretty underwhelming season this year. They don't have a lot of depth or talent in the front court, and the talent they do have in the back court is young and erratic. What I'm trying to say is that there is a reason that they aren't ranked in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Top-25, or receiving any votes at all for that matter.

But there are plenty of teams on the other side of the schedule that make appearances, according to the Terrapins Insider.

#Terps opponents in coaches' poll: UNC (No. 1), Duke (No. 6), Alabama (No. 17). Also receiving votes: FSU, Temple, Virginia, Notre Dame.
Oct 20 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Purdue also makes an appearance and the Terps might play them in the ACC/BIG 10 Challenge. So, yeah, the Terps have a pretty tough schedule this year.

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Top 25 Preseason College Basketball Rankings: George Mason Among Others Receiving Votes In USA Today Poll

The preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll is out, and the highest team on the list is George Mason at No. 38.

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