Gonzaga snags No. 3 spot in AP Top 25 preseason poll

Syracuse basketball makes AP Top 25 preseason poll

College basketball rankings: Kansas earns preseason No. 1 spot in AP Top 25 poll ahead of No. 2 Kentucky

As it is, though, the preseason AP Top 25 Poll, which was released on Monday, has the Jayhawks in the top spot, followed by Kentucky, Gonzaga, Duke, and Virginia to round out the top five.

Voters established a clear top tier: Kansas, Kentucky, No. 3 Gonzaga and No. 4 Duke appeared in some combination at the top of almost half the ballots (32 of 65).

In a statement to the AP, Self said: "Obviously we lost a lot off last year's team with Devonte', Svi (Mykhailiuk) and Malik (Newman), so I'm a little surprised that the writers put us there this preseason". Testimony during the recent first trials included references to Self and sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa, though Self isn't charged with wrongdoing and it's unclear if De Sousa's status will be affected. The Ramblers were only three points behind No. 25 Washington, putting them just outside the poll.

Gonzaga's ranking is the program's highest in a preseason AP poll, though the Bulldogs have reached No. 1 during the regular season.

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Additionally, Duke will take on both IN and Notre Dame, which just missed entering the top 25, and ACC foes Louisville, Miami and N.C. State also picked up votes along with Texas Tech, which the Blue Devils will meet December 20 at Madison Square Garden IN NY, and St. John's, which visits Durham IN February. Duke's streak of being ranked in the top 10 at least some point during a season is now extended to 23 consecutive years - the longest active streak in the nation.

Speaking of Tony Bennett's Cavaliers, one of the biggest things to watch will be how well they respond to the most historic of tournament losses.

For the sixth straight season, Duke is in a familiar spot.

The Southeastern Conference was next up with five teams: Kentucky, No. 6 Tennessee, No. 11 Auburn (the program's highest ranking since 2000), No. 18 Mississippi State and No. 23 LSU.

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Virginia's preseason AP ranking is its highest since Ralph Sampson's final team opened at No. 1 in 1982-83.

No Jalen Brunson, no Mikal Bridges, no Final Four most outstanding player Donte DiVincenzo. And yet reigning national champion Villanova checks in at No. 9.

The Wildcats have Eric Paschall and Phil Booth back and added Albany graduate transfer Joe Cremo. The individual rankings are then combined to produce a national ranking.

As for the rest of the ACC other than Duke and Virginia, UNC starts at No. 8, Virginia Tech at No. 15, Syracuse at No. 16, Florida State at No. 17, and Clemson at No. 22.

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The Big 12 had four teams, while the Big Ten and Pac-12 each had three. Each voter provides an individual ranking of the top 25 teams in Division I basketball.

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