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College basketball rankings: Ohio State opens at 20 in Coaches Poll Top 25

The Buckeyes are back in the Top 25 at No. 20 after a disappointing ending to last season.

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One season removed from a disappointing, second round NCAA Tournament exit at the hand of in-state Dayton, Ohio State finds themselves back in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25.

The Buckeyes understandably finished unranked in last season's final poll (Dayton was No. 18) but begin this season eyeing a deeper stay into the postseason. Earlier Thursday, the Buckeyes were picked to finish third in the Big Ten conference by voting media.

Joining Ohio State in the Top 25 are Wisconsin (No. 4), Michigan State (No. 18), Nebraska (No. 21), Michigan (No. 23), and Iowa (No. 25). Dayton does not reprise their space in the Top 25. The Flyers were snubbed at Atlantic 10 media day earlier this week when VCU was the unanimous choice to win the league this season.

Here's the complete preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25:

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