Expectations couldn't be much higher for Kansas State's basketball team.
The Wildcats are ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll, matching their highest ranking since 1962. Defending national champion Duke is a runaway No. 1, with Michigan State No. 2. The Blue Devils received 55 of 65 first-place votes cast by the 65-member national media panel.
Ohio State and Pittsburgh round out the top five. Villanova was No. 6, with Kansas No. 7, North Carolina in the eighth spot, and Florida and Syracuse at Nos. 9 and 10.
Kentucky was 11th, followed by Gonzaga, Illinois, Purdue, Missouri, Baylor, Butler, Washington, Memphis and Georgetown. The last five ranked teams were Virginia Tech, Temple, Tennessee, BYU and San Diego State.
2. Michigan State
3. Kansas State
4. Ohio State
8. North Carolina
21. Virginia Tech
25. San Diego State