Joey JohnstonThe Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL)
Twitter: @JJohnstonTBO
About: Joey Johnston of the Tampa Tribune has covered sports in the Tampa Bay area for more than three decades. The Super Bowl, World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open are among the events on his career resume, but college basketball has been a particular interest. Johnston has covered NCAA men's basketball tournament events from coast-to-coast, including 11 editions of the Final Four. Johnston spearheaded the Tribune's coverage of the 1999 Final Four at St. Petersburg, Fla.


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Oct 31, 2014Pre-Season Rankings for Joey Johnston
1Kentucky (52)
0-0Actual: 1
Highest: 1 - 52 Voters
Lowest: 7 - John McNamara
1604
Points
2Arizona (5)
0-0Actual: 2
Highest: 1 - 5 Voters
Lowest: 6 - Dick Vitale
1518
Points
3Wisconsin (8)
0-0Actual: 3
Highest: 1 - 8 Voters
Lowest: 11 - Tom Keegan
1483
Points
4Duke
0-0Actual: 4
Highest: 2 - 9 Voters
Lowest: 9 - 2 Voters
1415
Points
5Kansas
0-0Actual: 5
Highest: 2 - Kevin McNamara
Lowest: 9 - Fletcher Mackel
1346
Points
6North Carolina
0-0Actual: 6
Highest: 2 - Ron Morris
Lowest: 13 - 2 Voters
1274
Points
7Louisville
0-0Actual: 8
Highest: 3 - John McNamara
Lowest: 15 - Cecil Hurt
1114
Points
8Virginia
0-0Actual: 9
Highest: 4 - 2 Voters
Lowest: 15 - 2 Voters
1090
Points
9Florida
0-0Actual: 7
Highest: 4 - 3 Voters
Lowest: 17 - Mark Berman
1153
Points
10Wichita State
0-0Actual: 11
Highest: 5 - 2 Voters
Lowest: 19 - Randy Rosetta
1027
Points
11Villanova
0-0Actual: 12
Highest: 6 - Joe Rexrode
Lowest: 25 - Cormac Gordon
885
Points
12Texas
0-0Actual: 10
Highest: 2 - Mitch Vingle
Lowest: 25 - Chris Dachille
1061
Points
13Gonzaga
0-0Actual: 13
Highest: 7 - Ron Morris
Lowest: NR - Adam Jude
840
Points
14Iowa State
0-0Actual: 14
Highest: 5 - Cormac Gordon
Lowest: 21 - Zach Osterman
781
Points
15Connecticut
0-0Actual: 17
Highest: 7 - Aaron Brenner
Lowest: NR - 6 Voters
552
Points
16San Diego State
0-0Actual: 16
Highest: 11 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - 3 Voters
560
Points
17VCU
0-0Actual: 15
Highest: 11 - Kevin McNamara
Lowest: NR - 4 Voters
574
Points
18Oklahoma
0-0Actual: 19
Highest: 11 - Mark Berman
Lowest: NR - 6 Voters
426
Points
19Michigan State
0-0Actual: 18
Highest: 10 - 3 Voters
Lowest: NR - Adam Jude
521
Points

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20Utah
0-0Actual: 25
Highest: 19 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - 44 Voters
98
Points
21Nebraska
0-0Actual: 21
Highest: 11 - Jon Wilner
Lowest: NR - 14 Voters
309
Points
22Syracuse
0-0Actual: 23
Highest: 15 - Randy Rosetta
Lowest: NR - 20 Voters
178
Points
23Ohio State
0-0Actual: 20
Highest: 10 - Zach Osterman
Lowest: NR - 12 Voters
340
Points

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24Arkansas
0-0Actual: 33
Highest: 17 - Ron Morris
Lowest: NR - 58 Voters
21
Points
25Harvard
0-0Actual: 25
Highest: 15 - Fletcher Mackel
Lowest: NR - 34 Voters
98
Points