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19:41  21 october  2019
19:41  21 october  2019 Source:   ap.org

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POLL POINTS. Preseason No . 1 teams commonly relinquish the top spot without losing, but the The Sooners slipped from first to fifth after opening the season with a 25 -23 victory over Vanderbilt. No. 8 Notre Dame at No . 19 Michigan . Wolverines face a top -10 opponent for second straight week.

— AP Top 25 (@ AP _ Top 25 ) August 20, 2018. Two College Football Playoff participants from last season follow Alabama. Last year’s Group of Five representative in the New Years Six lineup, UCF, was ranked No. 21 in the preseason poll , followed by Mountain West Conference favorite Boise State .

There isn't much Michigan State has yet to accomplish under Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo, from Big Ten titles and Final Four trips to winning a national championship.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo shouts instructions for his players in the first half of a semifinal game of the NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 6. 2019.  (John Autey / MediaNews Group / St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images)© John Autey / MediaNews Group / St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo shouts instructions for his players in the first half of a semifinal game of the NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 6. 2019. (John Autey / MediaNews Group / St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images)

The Spartans can now add another milestone to the list: They are No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball preseason poll for the first time in program history.

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Kansas is No . 1 and Kentucky No. 2 in the preseason edition of the AP Top 25 poll , which was released on Monday. Both previous times KU opened the season at No . 1 it failed to Kansas is hardly the unanimous No . 1 to open the season . Seven teams in total garnered first-place votes by

Oklahoma will open the season at No . 4 in the AP Top 25 . The preseason poll was released Monday morning. Clemson, Alabama and Georgia took the top three spots. OU ranked ahead of Ohio State , LSU, Michigan , Florida, Notre Dame and Texas to round out the top -10. The Sooners cracked the

The Spartans were the overwhelming choice with their veteran returnees led by star Cassius Winston. They topped 60 of 65 ballots in voting results released Monday, easily outdistancing No. 2 Kentucky and No. 3 Kansas as the only other teams to receive first-place votes.

Duke was fourth, followed by Louisville, Florida, Maryland, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Villanova to round out the top 10.

Michigan State had been ranked No. 1 for 12 weeks in the AP poll before Monday. But none had come in the preseason poll, with the Spartans starting at No. 2 four times in the past decade.

"It's almost bizarre to me because I would've thought Magic's team was No. 1," Izzo said in an interview with the AP.

Nope, the Magic Johnson-led bunch that beat Larry Bird and Indiana State in the 1979 NCAA title game started at No. 7.

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The Spartans won 32 games last year and reached Izzo's eighth Final Four before falling to Texas Tech. They return Winston with fellow starters Xavier Tillman and Aaron Henry from that run, and they get back another starter in Joshua Langford after he missed much of last year with a foot injury.

That nucleus is good enough that only one voter picked the Spartans as low as third, with four others picking them second and the rest at No. 1. They will be tested right away, too: the Spartans open the season against Kentucky in a 1-vs-2 matchup Nov. 5 in New York.

"This is a program deal and it's the players in the program, and I'm really proud of them for that," Izzo said. "Unfortunately, what you are at the beginning of the year doesn't help you at the end of the year, but I think it does say something about the program and what we've done over these years."

THE TOP TIER

Roughly half of the voters (33 of 65) chose Michigan State, Kentucky and Kansas in some order atop their ballot. Kentucky received two first-place votes, while Kansas received the other three.

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It marks the ninth straight year that John Calipari's Wildcats have been a top-five preseason pick and seventh in a row for Bill Self's Jayhawks, who open the season with the program facing NCAA charges tied to a federal corruption investigation into the sport.

Kansas and Duke open their seasons against each other on the same bill with Michigan State-Kentucky.

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Virginia has gone from facing questions about how it would respond to an unprecedented tournament loss against UMBC to how it will build on its run to its first NCAA title. Tony Bennett's Cavaliers are 11th after losing De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Final Four most outstanding player Kyle Guy to the NBA draft. It is the lowest preseason ranking for a champion since Connecticut was 17th to start the 2014-15 season.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Atlantic Coast, Big Ten and Southeastern conferences each had four ranked teams to lead all leagues.

The ACC ended last season with four top-10 teams, then picked back up with four teams all ranked in the top 11.

No. 18 Ohio State and No. 23 Purdue joined Michigan State and Maryland for the Big Ten's quartet, while the SEC had No. 22 LSU and No. 24 Auburn — fresh off its Final Four run — joining Kentucky and Florida.

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The voters in the AP Top 25 poll see something different: a roster restocked so well that Jayhawks will start the season as the nation’s top team. Kansas checked in at No . 1 in the preseason poll released Monday, earning the top spot to start a season for the third time in program history, all under Self.

Penn State was ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press preseason top - 25 poll , which was released Monday. Defending national champion Clemson was voted No . 1 , receiving 52 of the 62 first-place votes submitted by members of a media panel. Alabama picked up the other 10 first-place votes and

The Big 12 (three), Big East (three), Pac-12 (two) and West Coast Conference (two) also had multiple ranked teams.

THE WATCH LIST

The Pac-12 could quickly add to its total with Washington and Colorado as the top vote-getters among unranked teams. Washington twice appeared in last season's poll at No. 25. But it's been a much longer wait for the Buffaloes, who haven't cracked the poll since January 2014 but have five starters back and are picked to finish second in the Pac-12 behind No. 15 Oregon.

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AP Sports Writer Larry Lage in East Lansing, Michigan, contributed to this report.

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