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Preseason College Basketball Rankings, Top 25: Georgia, Georgia Tech Not On National Radar

Neither the Bulldogs nor the Yellow Jackets received a single vote in the preseason poll.

The USA Today/ESPN pre-season coaches Top 25 poll was released today, and neither of Georgia's basketball programs received a single vote. 

Last year, in their second season under Mark Fox, the Georgia Bulldogs made the school's first at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament since 2002. But with star juniors Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie entering the NBA Draft, Fox will have his work cut out for him to keep the program's momentum going forward.

Incoming McDonald's All-American Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will need to be able to step in and play right away for Georgia to compete with three SEC teams ranked in the preseason poll, including No. 2 Kentucky and No. 7 Vanderbilt.

Expectations aren't much higher at Georgia Tech, where new coach Brian Gregory takes over for a program that underachieved for years under Paul Hewitt. The Yellow Jackets will have to replace first-round pick Iman Shumpert, who led the team in points, rebounds and assists last season.

The good news for Georgia Tech is the ACC is more top-heavy than ever this year, as UNC, with 30 of 31 first-place votes, and No. 6 Duke were the conference's only two teams in the top 25.

For more information on Georgia basketball, check out the SBNation blog Dawg Sports and for the latest on Georgia Tech basketball check out the SBNation blog From the Rumble Seat.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.