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Kansas leads four Big 12 schools ranked in preseason AP Poll

With college basketball already right around the corner, the AP released its preseason poll.

In the top spot is the Duke Blue Devils after receiving 58 of 65 first-place votes from the national media panel. It’s the eighth time Duke has held the preseason No. 1 ranking.

Kentucky is ranked second, followed by the Kansas Jayhawks. But, not one AP voter voted KU in the top spot. Defending national champion Villanova, which is ranked 4th, had four first-place votes. One voter put #5 Oregon at number 1. The Jayhawks were voted No. 2 entering this season in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

There were four other Big 12 teams ranked in the AP Poll: No. 20 West Virginia, No. 21 Texas and No. 24 Iowa State.

The ACC and Big Ten led all conferences with five ranked teams. The Big 12 came in second place with four. Nine conferences have at least one team ranked in the preseason poll.

Associated Press Top 25
1 Duke
2 Kentucky
3 Kansas
4 Villanova
5 Oregon
6 North Carolina
7 Xavier
8 Virginia
9 Wisconsin
10 Arizona
11 Indiana
12 Michigan State
13 Louisville
14 Gonzaga
15 Purdue
17 Saint Mary’s
18 Connecticut
19 Syracuse
20 West Virginia
21 Texas
22 Creighton
23 Rhode Island
24 Iowa State
25 Maryland

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