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Duke Preseason Number One in Coaches Poll for Seventh Time

Preseason AP Top 25 Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski | Photo | Todd Burandt | adidas

For the second consecutive season, fourth all-time, Duke takes the top spot in the 2017-18 Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils finished at 28-9 in the 2016-17 season, eventually falling to Final Four participant South Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Blue Devils boast the overall No. 1 recruiting class coming into the season. A class consisting of three top ten members and four five-stars in Marvin Bagley (1), Trevon Duval (6), Wendell Carter (7) and Gary Trent Jr. (17). Four-stars Alex O’Connell and Jordan Tucker and three-star Jordan Goldwire round out the Blue Devils incoming class.

Duke returns preseason Player of the Year candidate Grayson Allen. The Blue Devils will have to replace Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Chase Jeter, Luke Kennard, Matt Jones, Frank Jackson, Amile Jefferson, Sean Obi and Nick Pagliuca to either the NBA Draft, transfer or eligibility.

Michigan State, Kansas, Kentucky and Arizona round out the top five, although questions still remain on who will actually take the court for Kansas and Arizona — as well as other members of the Top 25 — based on the FBI probe.

COACHES POLL TOP 25 (FIRST PLACE VOTES):

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

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 76; Virginia 57; Butler 43; Missouri 35; TCU 32; Rhode Island 31; Providence 21; Wisconsin 21; Maryland 20; Oakland 19; Oklahoma 19; Michigan 13; Texas 13; Virginia Tech 12; Oregon 12; Southern Methodist 6; Creighton 6; Georgia 3; Georgia Tech 3; Harvard 2; Arkansas 2; Florida State 1; South Carolina 1; Nevada 1.

 

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