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AP Top 25 Preseason Poll Released

With the college basketball season around the corner, AP released its annual preseason top 25 poll on Monday.

Perennial powerhouse, Duke tops the list at no. 1., after receiving 58 of 64 first-place votes from the national media panel.

“it is always an honor to be ranked No. 1,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We understand that no teams have played a regular-season game at this point, so many things can and often do change throughout the course of a college basketball season. Certainly, we’re excited that people think highly of our team and the ACC as a whole.”

The Blue Devils finished its 2015 campaign 25-11.They’ll return three starters from from a team that fell in the NCAA tournament regional semifinals to Oregon last season.

Kentucky, who received two first place votes, and Kansas are ranked no. 2 and no. 3 respectively. The Wildcats finished 27-9, before losing in the regional semifinals. The Jayhawks were 33-5, falling to the eventual tournament winners, Villanova.

The defending national champions received four first place votes, making the list at no. 4.

The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten are tied with five ranked teams each. The Big 12 has four.

AP Top 25 Poll:

(###) Number of first place votes

1

Duke (58)


ACC

Record: 25-11


PV Rank

19


Points

1,6122

Kentucky (2)


SEC

Record: 27-9

10

1,4793

Kansas


Big 12

Record: 33-5

1

1,4764

Villanova (4)


Big East

Record: 35-5

6

1,4655

Oregon (1)


Pac-12

Record: 31-7

5

1,3436

North Carolina


ACC

Record: 33-7

3

1,3147

Xavier


Big East

Record: 28-6

9

1,1678

Virginia


ACC

Record: 29-8

4

1,1499

Wisconsin


Big Ten

Record: 22-13

1,13510

Arizona


Pac-12

Record: 25-9

17

1,00411

Indiana


Big Ten

Record: 27-8

14

91712

Michigan State


Big Ten

Record: 29-6

2

90313

Louisville


ACC

Record: 23-8

16

75514

Gonzaga


West Coast

Record: 28-8

69915

Purdue


Big Ten

Record: 26-9

12

67216

UCLA


Pac-12

Record: 15-17

54017

Saint Mary’s (Cal.)


West Coast

Record: 29-6

51218

Connecticut


American Athletic Conference (AAC)

Record: 25-11

50419

Syracuse


ACC

Record: 23-14

46420

West Virginia


Big 12

Record: 26-9

8

36021

Texas


Big 12

Record: 20-13

25022

Creighton


Big East

Record: 20-15

23123

Rhode Island


Atlantic 10

Record: 17-15

19924

Iowa State


Big 12

Record: 23-12

22

16825

Maryland


Big Ten

Record: 27-9

18

144

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