SPOKANE -- The Gonzaga men's basketball team is ranked 12th in the first ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll of the season. The preseason rankings were released on Thursday.
Duke, the defending NCAA champions, are ranked No. 1. They received 29-of-31 first-place votes. No. 2 Michigan State picked up the other two first-place votes.
Washington is the only other state school to make crack the preseason poll. The Huskies are No. 17 in the country.
Gonzaga finished the 2009-10 season No. 23 in the coaches' poll, while Washington wrapped up the year ranked 21st.