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10/26/2012

The detail in the AP men's college hoops poll that will surprise you about the state of game in Texas

Hot-baylor-cheerleaderEven with Perry Jones III gone to an NBA bench, the Baylor men's basketball team is the class of the great state a Texas. 

The preseason AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll is out, and Scott Drew's Baylor Bears are the only ranked team from this entire great state - the Bears are No. 19. The Big 12 features two ranked teams: Baylor and No. 7 Kansas.

The good thing for Texas coach Rick Barnes is that nobody cares enough in Austin to complain.

The state of the game has been in better shape than it is now in Texas. Not only is there but one Top 25 team from Texas, but the rosters of the other top 24 teams are not littered with Texans; it's not as if other teams are raiding Texas of its best players. 

Looking at all 25 rosters of the Top 25 teams viw ESPN.com, below are the players who list Texas as their hometown.

1. Indiana
2. Louisville
3. Kentucky
4. Ohio State
5. Michigan
6. NC State
7. Kansas - Justin Wesley (Fort Worth); Zach Peters (Plano)
8. Duke - Rasheed Sulaimon (Houston)
9. Syracuse
10. Florida
11. North Carolina
12. Arizona
13. UCLA
14. Michigan State
15. Missouri -  Phil Pressey (Dallas)
16. Creighton -  Austin Chatman (The Colony); Nevin Johnson (Houston)
17. Memphis -  Anthony Cole (Arlington); D.J. Stephens (Killeen)
18. UNLV
19. Baylor. 8 players.
20. San Diego State -  Winston Shepard (Houston)
21. Gonzaga
23. Wisconsin
24. Cincinnati. Titus Rubles (Dallas)
25. Florida State 

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Comments

Bobby

IU is stacked this year. Look out Big 10 and the rest of the world.

Baylor Fan

Pre-season polls are like the weather. Fairly meaningless. And if you don't like what you see, wait 5 minutes.

West Coast livin'n the dream in Big D

I went to San Diego State and we haven't been REALLY good in a long time. My bet says we aren't as good as advirtised. It's an exciting team this year but 'Top 25'; probably not.

SMU

Your listing out what programs out of state landed our kids is excellent. It really brings home the message that is you want to play big time college hoops you go some place else.

Look for Larry Brown to change that.

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