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IOWA RANKED 25th IN PRESEASON BASKETBALL POLL

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Wooooooo...?

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa snuck into the basketball coaches' preseason top 25 poll, finishing 25th.  This marks the first time that Iowa has made an appearance in the preseason coaches' poll since 2005, so, um, move your feet and feel united?

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES
1 Kentucky 29-11 785 24
2 Arizona 33-5 746 3
3 Duke 26-9 715 2
4 Wisconsin 30-8 706 3
5 Kansas 25-10 654 0
6 North Carolina 24-10 598 0
7 Florida 36-3 568 0
8 Virginia 30-7 519 0
9 Louisville 31-6 507 0
10 Texas 24-11 479 0
11 Wichita State 35-1 471 0
12 Villanova 29-5 439 0
13 Gonzaga 29-7 423 0
14 Iowa St. 28-8 323 0
15 Connecticut 32-8 292 0
16 Virginia Commonwealth 26-9 259 0
17 San Diego State 31-5 251 0
18 Michigan State 29-9 241 0
19 Oklahoma 23-10 237 0
20 Ohio State 25-10 223 0
21 Nebraska 19-13 156 0
22 Southern Methodist Univ. 27-10 149 0
23 Michigan 28-9 139 0
24 Syracuse 28-6 128 0
25 Iowa 20-13 56 0

If the coaches are right, it's going to be another brutal year in the Big Ten. Six conference opponents are ranked in the poll, and Iowa gets three of the remaining five twice; in other words, Iowa has eight games against ranked opponents in its 18-game conference slate.  Throw in a neutral-site game against No. 10 Texas and a visit from Coach Dreamboat, and Iowa shouldn't have the sort of RPI issues that have plagued it in the past two years.

Also today, the Big Ten media members have unanimously picked Wisconsin to win the conference.  FU BO, etc., etc.