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Duke Tops Preseason AP Top 25 Men’s Hoops Poll

Preseason AP Top 25 DUKE COACH MIKE KRZYZEWSKI | PHOTO | TODD BURANDT | ADIDAS

For the second consecutive year, the Duke Blue Devils are the No. 1 ranked team in the AP Top 25 Poll to open the season, capturing 33 of 65 first-place votes. Led by head coach Mike Krzyzewski, incoming freshman Marvin Bagley III, and senior guard Grayson Allen,  Duke is the clear choice as preseason favorites.

The rest of the top five is rounded out with Michigan State, Arizona, Kansas, and Kentucky, with Michigan State, Arizona, and Kansas all receiving first-place votes. It’s interesting to note that every school in the top-five represent a different conference.

Back in July, Michigan State was favored by Las Vegas Odds to win the NCAA title, but with the late-addition of Marvin Bagley III, the Blue Devils are now favored by nearly every poll.

Duke had three freshman Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, and Frank Jackson leave school early last year, but Duke was able to pull in another stellar recruiting class. In addition to Bagley, Duke also landed Trevon DuvalWendell Carter Jr.Gary Trent Jr.Jordan TuckerJordan Goldwire, and Alex O’Connell. Duval, Carter, and Trent all participated in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game.

In the Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released last month, Duke was also named the top team in the nation, followed in order by Michigan State, Kansas, Kentucky, and Arizona.

The ACC had the most ranked teams with five, while the Big-12 and Big Ten had four each. The Big East and Pac-12 each had three.

The full Preseason AP Top 25 is listed below:

PRESEASON AP TOP 25 (FIRST PLACE VOTES):

  1. Duke (33)
  2. Michigan State (13)
  3. Arizona (18)
  4. Kansas (1)
  5. Kentucky
  6. Villanova
  7. Wichita State
  8. Florida
  9. North Carolina
  10. USC
  11. West Virginia
  12. Cincinnati
  13. Miami
  14. Notre Dame
  15. Minnesota
  16. Louisville
  17. Xavier
  18. Gonzaga
  19. Northwestern
  20. Purdue
  21. UCLA
  22. Saint Mary’s
  23. Seton Hall
  24. Baylor
  25. Texas A&M

Others receiving votes:

Alabama 86, Virginia 57, Rhode Island 49, TCU 46, Providence 34, Missouri 19, Virginia Tech 16, Wisconsin 14, Butler 13, Texas 10, Maryland 7, Oklahoma 7, Nevada 7, Michigan 6, Dayton 5, Middle Tennessee 4, Ball St. 4, SMU 3, Oakland 2, Oregon 2, South Carolina 1, Harvard 1, UCF 1.

 

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