Duke runaway No. 1 in preseason AP Top 25; Kentucky is No. 2

(AP) — Duke is the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college basketball poll.

The Blue Devils, who return three starters from last season's team and have what is considered one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, received 58 of the 65 first-place votes from the national media panel on Monday.

Kentucky, which had two No. 1 votes, is second with Kansas third. Defending national champion Villanova had four first-place votes and was fourth with Oregon, which had the other No. 1 vote is fifth.

North Carolina, Xavier, Virginia, Wisconsin and Arizona round out the top 10.

Indiana is 11th followed by Michigan State, Louisville, Gonzaga, Purdue, UCLA, Saint Mary's, Connecticut, Syracuse and West Virginia.

The last five ranked teams are Texas, Creighton, Rhode Island, Iowa State and Maryland.

The ACC and Big Ten are tied with five ranked teams each while the Big 12 has four.

 

The Top Twenty Five
The Associated Press

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' preseason 2016-17 college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final 2015-16 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last year's final ranking

Record Pts Prv
1. Duke (58) 25-11 1612 19
2. Kentucky (2) 27-9 1479 10
3. Kansas 33-5 1476 1
4. Villanova (4) 35-5 1465 6
5. Oregon (1) 31-7 1343 5
6. North Carolina 33-7 1314 3
7. Xavier 28-6 1167 9
8. Virginia 29-8 1149 4
9. Wisconsin 22-13 1135 -
10. Arizona 25-9 1004 17
11. Indiana 27-8 917 14
12. Michigan St. 29-6 903 2
13. Louisville 23-8 755 16
14. Gonzaga 28-8 699 -
15. Purdue 26-9 672 12
16. UCLA 15-17 540 -
17. Saint Mary's (Cal) 29-6 512 -
18. UConn 25-11 504 -
19. Syracuse 23-14 464 -
20. West Virginia 26-9 360 8
21. Texas 20-13 250 -
22. Creighton 20-15 231 -
23. Rode Island 17-15 199 -
24. Iowa St. 23-12 168 22
25. Maryland 27-9 144 18

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 110, Dayton 98, Florida St. 88, California 74, San Diego St. 48, Miami 35, NC State 29, Butler 21, Wichita St. 21, Florida 18, Virginia Tech 18, Ohio St. 18, Mississippi St. 14, Texas A&M 14, Oklahoma 11, Colorado 10, Michigan 8, Monmouth (NJ) 7, Notre Dame 6, Washington 5, Seton Hall 5, Princeton 2, Ohio 1, Harvard 1, Vanderbilt 1.