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Big Ten Leads All Conferences In Week One 2015-16 USA Today Coaches' Poll

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The first USA Today rankings are out.

Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Everybody told us all offseason that the Big Ten would be stacked for the coming season. Everyone talked about how Maryland had the chance to win its first national title since 2002, how Michigan State could have the potential to make it back to the Final Four, and about how teams like Indiana, Michigan, and Purdue looked to improve significantly.

Well, the coaches seemed to agree.

In the first USA Today coaches' poll of the season, the Big Ten landed five teams in the rankings with Maryland leading the way at No. 3, Michigan State and Indiana in the top 15, and Wisconsin and Purdue both making the tail end of the rankings.

Perhaps even more interesting was that three additional schools from the Big Ten also received votes. Michigan led all unranked teams with an impressive 108 votes - just two votes shy of No. 25 Connecticut - and Iowa and Ohio State received a collective 10 votes.

All told, the Big Ten not only leads all conference with five ranked teams - tied with the Big 12 - it also has three other teams that could sneak into the top 25 with a strong non-conference performance. That is incredibly impressive and reminiscent of the incredible 2012-13 season that featured several teams in legitimate contention for the Final Four and a national championship.

The full rankings have been included below, but it certainly looks like it's going to be a fun year in the Big Ten.

USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Kentucky Wildcats 38-1 749 11 NR 0 -
1 North Carolina Tar Heels 26-12 749 12 NR 0 -
3 Maryland Terrapins 28-7 723 5 NR 0 -
4 Duke Blue Devils 35-4 686 3 NR 0 -
5 Kansas Jayhawks 27-9 675 1 NR 0 -
6 Virginia Cavaliers 30-4 667 0 NR 0 -
7 Iowa State Cyclones 25-9 541 0 NR 0 -
8 Oklahoma Sooners 24-11 520 0 NR 0 -
9 Villanova Wildcats 33-3 498 0 NR 0 -
10 Arizona Wildcats 34-4 477 0 NR 0 -
11 Gonzaga Bulldogs 35-3 468 0 NR 0 -
12 Wichita State Shockers 30-5 461 0 NR 0 -
13 Michigan State Spartans 27-12 386 0 NR 0 -
14 California Golden Bears 18-15 350 0 NR 0 -
15 Indiana Hoosiers 20-14 312 0 NR 0 -
16 Utah Utes 26-9 250 0 NR 0 -
17 Wisconsin Badgers 36-4 181 0 NR 0 -
18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 32-6 172 0 NR 0 -
19 LSU Tigers 22-11 163 0 NR 0 -
20 Vanderbilt Commodores 21-14 153 0 NR 0 -
21 Baylor Bears 24-10 145 0 NR 0 -
22 Butler Bulldogs 23-11 132 0 NR 0 -
23 West Virginia Mountaineers 25-10 125 0 NR 0 -
24 Purdue Boilermakers 21-13 110 0 NR 0 -
24 Connecticut Huskies 20-15 110 0 NR 0 -
Others Receiving Votes

Michigan 108; Louisville 93; Texas A&M 58; UCLA 48; Georgetown 45; Cincinnati 43; North Carolina State 36; Oregon 33; Texas 29; Xavier 25; Florida State 25; Miami (Fla.) 11; San Diego State 10; Iowa 8; Davidson 5; Boise State 5; Providence 5; Stephen F. Austin 2; Belmont 2; Ohio State 2; Tulsa 1; Dayton 1; Old Dominion 1; Marquette 1.