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 9, 2020Pre-Season Rankings for Jesse Newell
1Baylor (24)
0-0Actual: 2
Highest: 1 - 24 Voters
Lowest: 6 - John Feinstein
1540
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2Gonzaga (28)
0-0Actual: 1
Highest: 1 - 28 Voters
Lowest: 6 - Scott Wolf
1541
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3Villanova (11)
0-0Actual: 3
Highest: 1 - 11 Voters
Lowest: 5 - 2 Voters
1501
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4Duke
0-0Actual: 9
Highest: 4 - 2 Voters
Lowest: 18 - Jon Wilner
1073
Points
5Wisconsin
0-0Actual: 7
Highest: 4 - 3 Voters
Lowest: 16 - Jon Wilner
1150
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6Kansas
0-0Actual: 6
Highest: 4 - 5 Voters
Lowest: 11 - 2 Voters
1221
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7Texas Tech
0-0Actual: 14
Highest: 6 - Nick Suss
Lowest: NR - Dave Preston
790
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8West Virginia
0-0Actual: 15
Highest: 8 - 3 Voters
Lowest: NR - 3 Voters
651
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9Virginia (1)
0-0Actual: 4
Highest: 1 - John Feinstein
Lowest: 9 - Jesse Newell
1364
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10Texas
0-0Actual: 19
Highest: 8 - Nick Suss
Lowest: NR - 10 Voters
380
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11Kentucky
0-0Actual: 10
Highest: 3 - Scott Wolf
Lowest: 18 - Donna Ditota
1038
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12Creighton
0-0Actual: 11
Highest: 5 - Donna Ditota
Lowest: 20 - Doug Doughty
922
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13Iowa
0-0Actual: 5
Highest: 2 - 3 Voters
Lowest: 13 - 3 Voters
1273
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14Michigan State
0-0Actual: 13
Highest: 7 - John Feinstein
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
820
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15Illinois
0-0Actual: 8
Highest: 3 - Dave Borges
Lowest: 22 - John Feinstein
1105
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16Ohio State
0-0Actual: 23
Highest: 12 - Nick Suss
Lowest: NR - 18 Voters
270
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17Tennessee
0-0Actual: 12
Highest: 4 - Kevin McNamara
Lowest: 21 - 2 Voters
919
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18Oregon
0-0Actual: 20
Highest: 12 - Donald Hunt
Lowest: NR - 10 Voters
375
Points
19Florida State
0-0Actual: 21
Highest: 12 - Dave Borges
Lowest: NR - 15 Voters
351
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20Florida
0-0Actual: 27
Highest: 13 - Donna Ditota
Lowest: NR - 51 Voters
69
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21Michigan
0-0Actual: 25
Highest: 13 - Dave Preston
Lowest: NR - 37 Voters
160
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22North Carolina
0-0Actual: 16
Highest: 11 - John Werner
Lowest: NR - 10 Voters
465
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23Houston
0-0Actual: 17
Highest: 11 - Sam Blum
Lowest: NR - 3 Voters
438
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24Louisville
0-0Actual: 31
Highest: 15 - Nick Suss
Lowest: NR - 54 Voters
41
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25Arizona State
0-0Actual: 18
Highest: 7 - Dave Borges
Lowest: NR - 6 Voters
402
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