Basketball Tigers Ranked No. 24 In Preseason Coaches' Poll

by Kent Lowe | Sr. Assoc. Communications Director
+0
Basketball Tigers Ranked No. 24 In Preseason Coaches' Poll

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Tigers came in at No. 24 in the preseason coaches’ poll posted Thursday morning in USA Today.

The Tigers received 86 votes in the poll of 32 Division I coaches, all members of the supporting National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Michigan State is No. 1 with Kentucky (2), Florida (6), Auburn (23), LSU (24) and Tennessee (25) representing the Southeastern Conference.

The Tigers open the 2019-20 regular season on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. against Bowling Green in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Season ticket information and seat availability can be found at LSUTix.net.

LSU was ranked in the final nine coaches’ polls a year ago, including No. 15 in the final poll of 2019, taken following the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers were 28-7 overall and 16-2, winning the SEC regular season championships. LSU defeated Yale and Maryland in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. 

LSU has now been ranked in 10 straight coaches’ polls and that is the sixth longest in the history of the poll, which began as the UPI poll and is now a feature of USA Today. This marks the 196th poll as voted on by coaches that LSU has been in the Top 25. 

USA Today College Basketball Coaches’ Poll

Rank Team (1st place votes)/Pts

1 Michigan St (30)/792/

2 Kentucky/734

3 Kansas (1)/687

4 Duke (1)/683

5 Louisville/670

6 Florida/610

7 Gonzaga/544

8 Maryland/536

9 Virginia/532

10 Villanova/531

11 North Carolina/503

12 Texas Tech/417

13 Seton Hall/403

14 Oregon/344

15 Memphis/331

16 Ohio St./280

17 Arizona/229

18 Baylor/228

19 Utah St. /218

20 St. Mary’s/163

21 Xavier/149

22 Purdue/123

23 Auburn/105

24 LSU/86

25 Tennessee/78

Receiving Votes: Marquette 62; Washington 59; Florida State 47; Michigan 28; Colorado 28; Houston 17; Creighton 13; Davidson 11; Southern California 9; Providence 8; Mississippi State 7; Wisconsin 6; UCLA 6; Texas 6; Syracuse 6; Georgetown 6; Liberty 5; Dayton 5; Harvard 4; Oklahoma 3; Illinois 2; NC State 1.