Kansas No. 5, Wichita State No. 16 in AP preseason poll

10/31/2013 4:12 PM

10/31/2013 4:22 PM

Wichita State starts the season at No. 16 in the Associated Press top 25, its first appearance in the preseason ranking since 1981-82.

The Shockers, coming off a Final Four appearance, received 512 points from a panel of 65 writers and broadcasters. Kansas is No. 5 with 1,357 votes. Kentucky is No. 1, followed by Michigan State, defending NCAA champion Louisville and Duke.

WSU is also No. 16 in the USA Today coaches poll. It plays Oklahoma Baptist in an exhibition game on Saturday at Koch Arena before opening the regular season on Nov. 9 against Emporia State.

The Shockers started the 1981-82 season No. 6 in the AP poll, eventually moving up to No. 2. They also earned preseason rankings in 1963-64 (No. 5) and 1964-65 (No. 3).

The Jayhawks, who ranked No. 6 in the USA Today poll, lost all five starters and its five leading scorers from last season’s team, but has one of the top freshman recruiting classes in the nation.

AP Preseason Top 25

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ preseason college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2012-13 final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and 2012-13 final ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Kentucky (27) 21-12 1,546 _
2. Michigan St. (22) 27-9 1,543 9
3. Louisville (14) 35-5 1,501 2
4. Duke (2) 30-6 1,435 6
5. Kansas 31-6 1,357 3
6. Arizona 27-8 1,311 21
7. Michigan 31-8 1,120 11
8. Oklahoma St. 24-9 1,093 17
8. Syracuse 30-10 1,093 16
10. Florida 29-8 1,048 14
11. Ohio St. 29-8 1,036 7
12. North Carolina 25-11 954 _
13. Memphis 31-5 741 19
14. VCU 27-9 680 _
15. Gonzaga 32-3 538 1
16. Wichita St. 30-9 512 _
17. Marquette 26-9 510 15
18. UConn 20-10 448 _
19. Oregon 28-9 408 25
20. Wisconsin 23-12 338 18
21. Notre Dame 25-10 332 23
22. UCLA 25-10 244 24
23. New Mexico 29-6 213 10
24. Virginia 23-12 189 _
25. Baylor 23-14 180 _

Others receiving votes: Tennessee 176, Creighton 145, Indiana 111, Colorado 83, Iowa 83, Harvard 46, Boise St. 22, Villanova 14, Arizona St. 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.

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