University of Kansas

KU ranked No. 5 in preseason AP college basketball poll

Updated: 2013-10-31T19:10:25Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

— After losing all five starters and its five leading scorers, Kansas and Bill Self have reloaded around one of the top freshman classes in the country.

But there’s still plenty of competition at the top of the polls in what appears to be a loaded year for college basketball. The evidence: Kansas came in at No. 5 in the preseason Associated Press basketball poll released Thursday.

The Jayhawks, ranked No. 6 in the preseason USA Today coaches’ poll, were slotted behind an AP top four that features No. 1 Kentucky, Michigan State, defending national champion Louisville and Duke.

Kansas will open its season next Friday against Louisiana-Monroe at Allen Fieldhouse before facing off against No. 4 Duke at the Champions Classic on Nov. 12 in Chicago. The doubleheader will also feature No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Michigan State.

Kentucky, which has a record six McDonald’s All-Americans in its freshman class, was the narrow choice over Michigan State for No. 1

The Wildcats, who finished last season with an NIT opening-round loss at Robert Morris, received 27 first-place votes and 1,546 points from the 65-member national media panel.

The Spartans, who return four starters from the team that lost to Duke in the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16, snared 22 first-place votes and 1,543 points. The last preseason No. 1 not to be ranked in the final poll of the previous season was Indiana in 1979-80.

Oklahoma State, which was picked as a co-favorite with Kansas by the Big 12 coaches, was tied with Syracuse for No. 8. Wichita State, coming off a run to the Final Four, was ranked 16th. Baylor was the only other Big 12 team in the rankings, coming in at No. 25. The SEC had two teams in the rankings, with No. 10 Florida joining top-ranked Kentucky. Missouri received three points in the voting.

Preseason AP poll

Team (first-place votes) Rec. Points Prv.
1. Kentucky (27)21-121,546
2. Michigan State (22)27-91,5439
3. Louisville (14)35-51,5012
4. Duke (2)30-61,4356
5. Kansas31-61,3573
6. Arizona27-81,31121
7. Michigan31-81,12011
8. Oklahoma State24-91,09317
8. Syracuse30-101,09316
10. Florida29-81,04814
11. Ohio State29-81,0367
12. North Carolina25-11954
13. Memphis31-574119
14. VCU27-9680
15. Gonzaga32-35381
16. Wichita State30-9512
17. Marquette26-951015
18. Connecticut20-10448
19. Oregon28-940825
20. Wisconsin23-1233818
21. Notre Dame25-1033223
22. UCLA25-1024424
23. New Mexico29-621310
24. Virginia23-12189
25. Baylor23-14180

Others receiving votes: Tennessee 176, Creighton 145, Indiana 111, Colorado 83, Iowa 83, Harvard 46, Boise State 22, Villanova 14, Arizona State 11, Georgetown 11, UNLV 8, Washington 8, LSU 6, Pittsburgh 6, Stanford 6, Boston College 5, La Salle 4, Missouri 3, Saint Louis 3, St. John’s 3, Cincinnati 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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