Four Big Ten WBB Squads Ranked in ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Preseason Coaches' Poll

Ohio State is ranked No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Preseason Coaches' Poll, followed by No. 11 Michigan State.  Minnesota (17) and Purdue (23) are also ranked.

Ohio State is ranked No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Preseason Coaches' Poll, followed by No. 11 Michigan State. Minnesota (17) and Purdue (23) are also ranked.

Nov. 2, 2005

PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Four Big Ten women's basketball teams are ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released Wednesday, November 2.  The league's four-team delegation ties the ACC, Big East and SEC for the largest among all conferences.  Ohio State is ranked fourth in the nation, followed by defending national finalist Michigan State at No. 11.  Minnesota, a Final Four squad from two years ago, will open the 2005-06 campaign ranked 17th, while Purdue rounds out the league's representatives at No. 23.

It was announced last week at Big Ten Media Day that the league coaches and 22-member media panel tabbed the Buckeyes as the conference's preseason favorite, followed by Michigan State in both polls.  The Spartans shared the 2005 league title with Ohio State (30-5) and reached the national championship final with a 33-4 record, marking the first time in Big Ten history two conference teams eclipsed the 30-win mark in a season.  The coaches selected Minnesota as the third-place team, while the media chose Purdue No. 3.

The 2005-06 campaign gets underway for conference teams November 11, when Michigan travels to Eugene, Ore., for the Women's Sports Foundation Basketball Challenge.  The Wolverines will open against Temple on the 11th, followed by a matchup against St. Francis or Oregon the next night.

RANK

TEAM

PTS

FINAL 04-05 RANK

1.

Tennessee (19)

756

4

2.

Duke (3)

724

8

3.

LSU (3)

668

3

4.

OHIO STATE

648

9

5.

Rutgers

573

7

 

Georgia

573

13

7.

Baylor

562

1

8.

North Carolina

557

6

9.

Connecticut

549

10

10.

Stanford (1)

482

5

11.

MICHIGAN STATE

471

2

12.

Texas

431

17

13.

Texas Tech

418

12

14.

Maryland

302

24

15.

Notre Dame

288

15

16.

Vanderbilt

246

14

17.

MINNESOTA

226

11

18.

Arizona State

207

16

19.

DePaul

200

20

20.

Temple

157

18

21.

Utah

151

NR

22.

Southern California

145

22

23.

PURDUE

132

NR

24.

N.C. State

122

NR

25.

Oklahoma

99

NR



 

 

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