Preseason (Oct. 26, 2017)

2017-18 WBCA
USA TODAY Sports NCAA Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll

Preseason Rankings (Oct. 26, 2017)

The USA TODAY Sports Top 25 women’s basketball coaches poll, with team’s RECORDS THROUGH MONDAY in parentheses, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, ranking in last week’s poll and first-place votes received:

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Rank

 

School (record)

 

Points

Last year’s

rank

1st Place

votes

1.

Connecticut (36-1)

789

3

25

2.

South Carolina (33-4)

719

1

7

3.

Baylor (33-4)

687

6

0

4.

Mississippi State (34-5)

678

2

0

5.

Notre Dame (33-4)

648

5

0

6.

Texas (25-9)

608

14

0

7.

UCLA (25-9)

582

13

0

8.

Ohio State (28-7)

575

10

0

9.

Stanford (32-6)

548

4

0

10.

Louisville (29-8)

504

12

0

11.

Oregon (23-14)

479

16

0

12.

Duke (28-6)

442

15

0

13.

Maryland (32-3)

380

8

0

14.

Florida State (28-7)

334

7

0

15.

West Virginia (24-11)

272

20

0

16.

Missouri (22-11)

249

not ranked

0

17.

Oregon State (31-5)

246

9

0

18.

Tennessee (20-12)

229

not ranked

0

19.

Marquette (25-8)

218

not ranked

0

20.

DePaul (27-8)

156

18

0

21.

Oklahoma (23-10)

151

21

0

22.

South Florida (24-9)

109

not ranked

0

23.

Michigan (28-9)

100

not ranked

0

24.

Miami (Fla.) (24-9)

80

19

0

25. (Tie)

California (20-14)

79

not ranked

0

25. (Tie)

Washington (29-6)

79

11

0

Dropped out: No. 17 North Carolina State (23-9), No. 22 Syracuse (22-11), No. 23 Quinnipiac (29-7), No. 24 Drake (28-5), No. 25 Kentucky (22-11)

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M (22-12) 70; North Carolina State (23-9) 67; Kentucky (22-11) 59; Syracuse (22-11) 53; Arizona State (20-13) 43; Quinnipiac (29-7) 27; Drake (28-5) 18; Gonzaga (26-7) 18; Virginia (20-13) 17; Purdue (23-13) 15; Kansas State (23-11) 10; LSU (20-12) 8; Florida Gulf Coast (26-9) 7; Georgia Tech (22-15) 7; Michigan State (21-12) 7; South Dakota State (23-9) 6; Nebraska (7-22) 5; Temple (24-8) 5; Dayton (22-10) 4; Indiana (23-11) 4; Middle Tennessee (23-11) 2; Texas-Arlington (22-9) 2; Virginia Tech (20-14) 2; Boise State (25-8) 1; Elon (27-7) 1; Villanova (20-15) 1.

The USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 32 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The board for the 2017-18 season: Brian Boyer, Arkansas State; Bart Brooks, Belmont; Mary Burke, Bryant; Cara Consuegra, Charlotte; Bradley Davis, Pacific; Denise Dillon, Drexel; Brittney Ezell, East Tennessee; Bill Fennelly, Iowa State; Jose Fernandez, South Florida; Jason Flowers, Cal State Northridge; Brenda Frese, Maryland; Darrick Gibbs, North Florida; Lindsay Gottlieb, California; Kellie Harper, Missouri State; DeUnna Hendrix, High Point; Quentin Hillsman, Syracuse; Ali Jaques, Siena; Carolyn Kieger, Marquette; Belle Koclanes, Dartmouth; Greg McCall, Cal State-Bakersfield; Kimberly McNeill, Hartford; Regina Miller, Illinois-Chicago; Jon Newlee, Idaho; Brenda Nichols, Sam Houston State; Courtney Pruitt, Alcorn State; Aaron Roussell, Bucknell; Brady Sallee, Ball State; David Six, Hampton; Michael Shafer, Richmond; Joni Taylor, Georgia; Maren Walseth, North Dakota State; Ryun Williams, Colorado State.