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Final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for College Basketball's 1997-98 Season

Taken after NCAA Tournament.

Voted on by a panel of 30 Division I head coaches following the NCAA tournament: first place votes in parentheses with total points (based on 25 for 1st, 24 for 2nd, etc.). Schools on major probation are ineligible to be ranked.

        Before NCAAs
    W-L Pts W-L Rank
1 Kentucky (29) 33-4 749 27-4 6
2 Utah 30-4 717 25-3 7
3 North Carolina (1) 34-4 688 30-3 1
4 Stanford 30-5 653 26-4 11
5 Duke 32-4 619 29-3 1
6 Arizona 30-5 599 27-4 2
7 Connecticut 32-5 561 29-4 6
8 Kansas 35-4 510 34-3 3
9 Purdue 28-8 468 26-7 9
10 Michigan St. 22-8 442 20-7 12
11 Rhode Island 25-9 364 22-8 NR
12 UCLA 24-9 347 22-8 17
13 Syracuse 26-9 313 24-8 21
14 Cincinnati 27-6 302 26-5 13
15 Maryland 21-11 298 19-10 24
16 Princeton 27-2 295 26-1 8
17 Michigan 25-9 277 24-8 18
18 West Virginia 24-9 224 22-8 NR
19 South Carolina 23-8 173 23-7 15
20 Mississippi 22-7 170 22-6 10
21 New Mexico 24-8 166 23-7 19
22 Arkansas 24-9 139 23-8 16
23 Valparaiso 23-10 120 21-9 NR
24 Washington 20-10 106 18-9 NR
25 Texas Christian 27-6 90 27-5 16
Others receiving votes: 26. Illinois (23-10, 89 pts); 27. Xavier (22-8, 58); 28. NC-Charlotte (20-11, 47); 29. Minnesota (20-15, 28); 30. Oklahoma St. (22-7, 26); 31. Clemson (18-14, 13); 32. Illinois St. (24-6, 11); 33. St. John's (21-10, 9); 34. Detroit (23-6), Indiana (20-12) and Massachusetts (21-11, 8); 37. George Washington (24-9, 7); 38. Northern Arizona (19-8, 6); 39. Florida St. (18-14), Iona (26-6), Oklahoma (21-11) and Utah St. (22-8, 5); 43. Penn St. (19-13) and Temple (21-9, 4), 45. Georgia (20-15, 2); 46. Miami-FL (18-10) and Murray St. (26-4, 1).

 

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