Oklahoma State tops initial poll
Cowboys gunning for third consecutive national title in 2011
NEW ORLEANS -- Oklahoma State, who will seek a third consecutive NCAA crown this November, was named the preseason No. 1 on Tuesday and will return a full slate of returning All-Americans for the 2011 season including German Fernandez, Colby Lowe, Johnathan Stublaski, Girma Mecheso, and Tom Farrell. The Cowboys also added All-American Shadrack Kipchirchir, a sophomore transfer from Western Kentucky.
The men’s No. 2 slot is held by Stanford who finished fourth at the NCAA meet last fall. Wisconsin, who was third at the same meet, checks in at No. 3. The Cardinal and Badgers also received one first-place vote each. The top ten is rounded out by No. 4 Oregon, No. 5 Iona, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Colorado, No. 8 Florida State, No. 8 Indiana, and No. 10 Portland.
Eastern Kentucky makes its first-ever appearance in the national poll, debuting at No. 28.
The Big East has the most teams in the national rankings to begin the season, which includes No. 14 Syracuse, No. 17 Villanova, No. 18 Providence, No. 20 Louisville, No. 22 Georgetown, and No. 23 Notre Dame. The Pac-12, who gained No. 7 Colorado, and the Big Ten each have four men’s teams listed in the year’s initial poll.