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Arizona basketball starts at No. 16 in coaches poll

The Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team is No. 16 in the USA Today/ESPN preseason coaches poll, first among Pac-12 schools.

North Carolina, with 30 of 31 first-place votes, leads the field. Kentucky picked up the other No. 1 vote and is ranked second in the poll.

As for other Pac-12 schools, UCLA is ranked 20th and Cal is 24th.

Washington was fifth among “others receiving votes” in the Top 25 poll.

Arizona State coach Herb Sendek represents the Pac-12 as a voter in the coaches poll. Northern Arizona’s Mike Adras is also a voter.

(Related: Even the Wildcats are split about who Pac-12 favorite should be)

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