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Sport Michigan State is No. 1 in the USA TODAY preseason men's basketball poll for first time

19:50  24 october  2019
19:50  24 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Michigan State is the preseason No . 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 men ’ s basketball poll for the first time .CreditCreditNick King/Lansing State 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

Michigan State has an impressive list of accomplishments in its college basketball program, including 10 Final Four trips and a couple of national championships. But one thing the Spartans haven’t ever achieved in their long history is the No. 1 ranking in the preseason poll — until now.

a crowd of people watching a football game: Michigan State forward Xavier Tillman drives to the basket past Duke forward Javin DeLaurier during the Elite Eight of the East Regional of the 2019 NCAA tournament at Capital One Arena.© Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports Michigan State forward Xavier Tillman drives to the basket past Duke forward Javin DeLaurier during the Elite Eight of the East Regional of the 2019 NCAA tournament at Capital One Arena.

The voters in the USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll made Michigan State as the overwhelming choice for the No. 1 spot. Coming off an appearance in the national semifinals last season and returning national player of the year favorite Cassius Winston, the Spartans were picked first by 30 of the 32 panelists.

Michigan State opens at No. 1 in AP Top 25 preseason poll

  Michigan State opens at No. 1 in AP Top 25 preseason poll 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. 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. 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.

Michigan State is No . 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men ' s college basketball preseason poll for the first time in its history. 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

Michigan State is No . 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men ’ s college basketball preseason poll for the first time in program history. 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

The rest of the top 10 features a lot of familiar perennial powers as well. Kentucky will open the campaign at No. 2, the ninth consecutive top-five start for the Wildcats. Kansas and Duke begin in the third and fourth positions, respectively, each receiving a first-place vote. This will be the sixth top-five opening in a row for the Jayhawks and the seventh for the Blue Devils. Louisville rounds out the top five.

The rest of the top 10 features more name-brand programs. Florida will start at No. 6, followed by Gonzaga and Maryland. Defending champion Virginia checks in at No. 9, followed by 2018 titlist Villanova.

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Michigan State is the preseason No . 1 in the AP Top 25 men ' s college basketball poll for the first time in school history. This is the fourth time in five years the Wildcats start at No. 2. Duke's inclusion in the rankings ties the Blue Devils for third all-time with 44 appearances in the preseason poll .

Michigan State is No . 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men ' s college basketball preseason poll for the first time in program history. 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

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There are, however, a couple of new names in the preseason poll. No. 12 Texas Tech and No. 19 Utah State have appeared in the Top 25 over the course of past seasons, of course, but they are ranked in the preseason poll for the first time.

In all, nine conferences are represented in the preseason poll. The SEC has the most ranked squads with five, with Auburn, LSU and Tennessee claiming the last three slots. The Vols narrowly edged out VCU by two points for the 25th position. The ACC has four teams ranked, all in the top 11. The Big Ten also has four in the top 25, while the Big 12 and Big East start with three each.

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NEW YORK (AP) — When he took over in 2014, Kelly Graves set out to establish Oregon as one of the elite teams in women's college basketball. Fresh off their first Final Four appearance, the Ducks are ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for the first time in school history. Oregon, led by sensational guard Sabrina Ionescu, received 25 of the 28 first-place votes from the national media panel to grab the top spot in the preseason rankings released Wednesday."I think it validates our vision that we had going in here," Graves told the AP. "It validates the hard work from my staff that's been with me the whole journey.

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