Jesse NewellKansas City Star (Kansas City, MO)
Twitter: @jessenewell
About: Newell comes to The Star from the Topeka Capital-Journal, where he currently covers KU. His writing has won numerous awards since he joined the Capital-Journal in 2013, including beat writer of the year in the most recent Associated Press Sports Editors contest. Newell is also the co-author, with former Star writer Jason King, of “Beyond the Phog,” an inside look at former KU basketball players. He was previously the online editor for the Lawrence Journal-World. He started his career at the Emporia Gazette.

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Nov 1, 2017Pre-Season Rankings for Jesse Newell
1Arizona (18)
32-5Actual: 3
Highest: 1 - 18 Voters
Lowest: 9 - Chris Dachille
1506
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2Duke (33)
28-9Actual: 1
Highest: 1 - 33 Voters
Lowest: 5 - 2 Voters
1572
Points
3Kansas (1)
31-5Actual: 4
Highest: 1 - Doug Doughty
Lowest: 8 - 3 Voters
1439
Points
4Michigan State (13)
20-15Actual: 2
Highest: 1 - 13 Voters
Lowest: 8 - Gary D'Amato
1520
Points
5Wichita State
31-5Actual: 7
Highest: 2 - David Cobb
Lowest: 10 - 4 Voters
1270
Points
6Villanova
32-4Actual: 6
Highest: 2 - Chris Dachille
Lowest: 9 - 5 Voters
1284
Points
7Kentucky
32-6Actual: 5
Highest: 2 - Gary D'Amato
Lowest: 8 - 2 Voters
1340
Points
8Florida
27-9Actual: 8
Highest: 4 - 2 Voters
Lowest: 20 - Jon Wilner
1100
Points
9Cincinnati
30-6Actual: 12
Highest: 6 - Dave Borges
Lowest: NR -
837
Points
10USC
26-10Actual: 10
Highest: 5 - Kevin McNamara
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
995
Points
11West Virginia
28-9Actual: 11
Highest: 7 - Dave Matter
Lowest: NR -
840
Points
12North Carolina
33-7Actual: 9
Highest: 4 - Mark Berman
Lowest: 15 - Kevin McNamara
1047
Points
13Louisville
25-9Actual: 16
Highest: 10 - 5 Voters
Lowest: NR - 5 Voters
570
Points
14Miami (FL)
21-12Actual: 13
Highest: 7 - 3 Voters
Lowest: 25 - Chris Dachille
836
Points
15Notre Dame
26-10Actual: 14
Highest: 9 - 4 Voters
Lowest: 22 - Kevin McNamara
814
Points
16Xavier
24-14Actual: 17
Highest: 12 - 3 Voters
Lowest: NR -
544
Points
17Northwestern
24-12Actual: 19
Highest: 11 - Mark Cooper
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
473
Points
18Gonzaga
37-2Actual: 18
Highest: 13 - Paul Klee
Lowest: NR - 3 Voters
500
Points

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19Texas A&M
16-15Actual: 25
Highest: 10 - Bob Holt
Lowest: NR - 39 Voters
130
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20Minnesota
24-10Actual: 15
Highest: 9 - Jon Wilner
Lowest: NR - 5 Voters
642
Points
21Purdue
27-8Actual: 20
Highest: 11 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - 9 Voters
362
Points

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22Virginia
23-11Actual: 27
Highest: 17 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - 52 Voters
57
Points
23Saint Mary's
29-5Actual: 22
Highest: 11 - Jerry Carino
Lowest: NR - 8 Voters
333
Points
24Seton Hall
21-12Actual: 23
Highest: 11 - Doug Haller
Lowest: NR - 17 Voters
274
Points
25Baylor
27-8Actual: 24
Highest: 17 - 3 Voters
Lowest: NR - 28 Voters
163
Points