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Gonzaga No. 11 in preseason rankings

SPOKANE, Wash. - The preseason prognosticators say Gonzaga will make a deep run into the NCAA Tournament this season.  So they gave the Bulldogs a No. 11 preseason ranking - the highest preseason ranking since the 2005-06 season when they were seventh.

North Carolina, with returning star Tyler Hansbrough, was ranked No. 1.

Gonzaga unofficially opens its season Saturday against Wayne State College at McCarthey Athletic Center.  The game is sold out, but fans can watch the game on KHQ at 5 p.m.

The Bulldogs open their regular season Nov. 15 at home against Montana State-Billings.

ESPN/USA Today
Coaches Preseason  Poll

No. Team
1. North Carolina (31)
2. Connecticut
3. Louisville
4. UCLA
5. Duke
6. Pittsburgh
7. Michigan St.
8. Texas
9. Notre Dame
10. Purdue
11. Gonzaga
12. Memphis
13. Tennessee
14. Oklahoma
15. Arizona St.
16. Miami, FL
17. Marquette
18. Georgetown
19. Florida
20. Davidson
21. tie USC
21. tie Wisconsin
23. Kansas
24. Wake Forest
25. Villanova
Others local teams receiving votes:  St. Mary's (WCC) 59,
Arizona (PAC10) 18, Washington (PAC10) 8, Washington
State (PAC10) 1
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