AP Releases Preseason College Basketball Pollby Davis Ender October 21, 2019 0 comments
The College Basketball season is upon us. With just under two weeks until the start of the season, AP has released its first Top 25 poll for the 2019-2020 season.
Fans won’t have to wait long for a marquee matchup as the No. 1 ranked Michigan State Spartans and No. 2 ranked Kentucky Wildcats will face off on Opening Night. This is the first time in program history that the Spartans have sat atop of the preseason poll, but the team was the overwhelming favorite for the top spot.
Kansas, Duke, and Louisville round out the rest of the top five, while Florida, Maryland, Gonzaga, North Carolina, and Villanova fill up the rest of the top 10. The reigning champion Virginia Cavaliers sit just outside the top ten at the No. 11 spot.
This year’s poll sees many of the usual suspects such as Oregon, Arizona, Purdue, and Texas Tech make the list, but there are also some notably uncommon additions to the top 25, such as Utah State and Saint Mary’s.
The SEC, ACC, and Big Ten lead all conferences in the number of ranked teams. Each of which has four teams in the preseason poll. The Big 12 boasts three teams while the Pac 12 is represented by only Oregon and Arizona.
The full top 25 poll:
1. Michigan State
9. North Carolina
12. Seton Hall
13. Texas Tech
17. Utah State
18. Ohio State
20. St. Mary’s (Calif.)