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College Basketball: Don't Be Fooled by the Preseason Rankings
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The 2012-13 college basketball season is almost here.

In a little more than three weeks, teams will begin their official preparations for what promises to be an electrifying season.

Like a lot of fans, I anxiously look forward to seeing the various preseason rankings.

But after reading Scott Polacek's Bleacher Report article on 5 Teams That Will Outplay Their Preseason Ranking, I became curious about how accurate these polls have been in predicting the eventual Final Four participants and national champion.

Without intending to be a "Dougie Downer," I found that these rankings usually don't help us a great deal on a year-to-year basis.

The following is a quick look at the last 10 Final Fours and where those teams started in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll.

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