Cal is ranked No. 24 in the ESPN/USA Today preseason coaches poll.
North Carolina secured 30 of 31 first-place votes to easily top the coaches’ first poll of the season, Kentucky got the other first-place vote and is No. 2. Rounding out the top 5: Ohio State, UConn and Syracuse.
Other Pac-12 teams in the rankings are No. 16 Arizona and No. 20 UCLA.
Voters include Arizona State coach Herb Sendek and Randy Bennett of Saint Mary’s.