Duke runaway No. 1 in preseason AP Top 25; Kentucky is No. 2; MSU 12

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(AP) – Duke is the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college basketball poll.

The Blue Devils, who return three starters from last season’s team and have what is considered one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, received 58 of the 65 first-place votes from the national media panel on Monday.

Kentucky, which had two No. 1 votes, is second with Kansas third. Defending national champion Villanova had four first-place votes and was fourth with Oregon, which had the other No. 1 vote is fifth.

North Carolina, Xavier, Virginia, Wisconsin and Arizona round out the top 10.

Indiana is 11th followed by Michigan State, Louisville, Gonzaga, Purdue, UCLA, Saint Mary’s, Connecticut, Syracuse and West Virginia.

The last five ranked teams are Texas, Creighton, Rhode Island, Iowa State and Maryland.

The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big Ten are tied with five ranked teams each while the Big 12 has four.

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