Indiana is NCAA basketball No. 1 preseason team in AP poll

NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Indiana has been ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press’ preseason Top 25 poll, a release confirmed on Friday.

The ranking release sees the Hoosiers starting as the No. 1 team in preseason for the first time since 1979-80, when they were coached by legendary Bob Knight. It was the third time Indiana picked up a preseason No. 1 rank.

The team which returned all five of its starters from last season, collected 43 of the first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Starting as No. 2 in the poll is Louisville, which got 20 first place votes, with defending champions Kentucky starting the new season ranked at No. 3.

The top five is completed by Ohio State and Michigan.

The top ten teams in poll are North Carolina State at No. 6, while Kansas, Duke, Syracuse and Florida are also on that list.

NCAA AP PRESEASON TOP 25 POLL

1. Indiana (43) 27-9 1,592 16
2. Louisville (20) 30-10 1,568 17
3. Kentucky (2) 38-2 1,453 1
4. Ohio St. 31-8 1,292 7
5. Michigan 24-10 1,290 13
6. NC State 24-13 1,270 –
7. Kansas 32-7 1,210 6
8. Duke 27-7 1,094 8
9. Syracuse 34-3 1,062 2
10. Florida 26-11 936 25
11. North Carolina 32-6 904 4
12. Arizona 23-12 902 –
13. UCLA 19-14 840 –
14. Michigan St. 29-8 789 5
15. Missouri 30-5 664 3
16. Creighton 29-6 622 19
17. Memphis 26-9 539 –
18. UNLV 26-9 488 23
19. Baylor 30-8 486 9
20. San Diego St. 26-8 463 22
21. Gonzaga 26-7 384 –
22. Notre Dame 22-12 297 –
23. Wisconsin 26-10 285 14
24. Cincinnati 26-11 120 –
25. Florida St. 25-10 101 10
Others receiving votes: Murray St. 59, VCU 58, Saint Louis 46, Texas 46, Minnesota 40, Butler 33, Pittsburgh 32, Saint Joseph’s 25, Marquette 23, Tennessee 15, Oklahoma St. 14, Kansas St. 12, Georgetown 9, New Mexico 9, Ohio 9, Miami 8, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 6, West Virginia 6, Davidson 5, Drexel 5, N. Iowa 5, Valparaiso 3, Lehigh 2, Stanford 2, Colorado St. 1, Oral Roberts 1.

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