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KU basketball No. 2 in preseason USA Today poll

Kansas guard Frank Mason III shoots over Villanova guard Jalen Brunson during the Elite Eight game last March in Louisville, Ky.
Kansas guard Frank Mason III shoots over Villanova guard Jalen Brunson during the Elite Eight game last March in Louisville, Ky. The Wichita Eagle

A potential No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup looms in college basketball’s first month following the release of the USA Today preseason coaches poll on Thursday.

The Kansas men’s basketball team is ranked second, behind only Duke, which received 27 of 32 first-place votes. The teams will play in the Champions Classic on Nov. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

KU, which received a single first-place vote, was followed by Villanova, Kentucky and Oregon. The Jayhawks’ first opponent, Indiana, is ranked 12th.

Wichita State received 15 votes, the 37th-most amount.

West Virginia (18th) and Texas (22nd) were the other Big 12 teams in the poll, while Iowa State, Oklahoma and Kansas State received votes.

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USA Today Preseason Top 25

School (1sts)

Rec

Pts

1. Duke (27)

0-0

792

2. Kansas (1)

0-0

721

3. Villanova (1)

0-0

700

4. Kentucky (2)

0-0

695

5. Oregon (1)

0-0

620

6. North Carolina

0-0

614

7. Virginia

0-0

596

8. Xavier

0-0

552

9. Michigan St.

0-0

544

10. Wisconsin

0-0

487

11. Arizona

0-0

468

12. Indiana

0-0

435

13. Gonzaga

0-0

371

14. Louisville

0-0

367

15. Purdue

0-0

324

16. Connecticut

0-0

239

17. Syracuse

0-0

224

18. West Virginia

0-0

204

19. Saint Mary's

0-0

203

20. UCLA

0-0

185

21. Maryland

0-0

153

22. Texas

0-0

124

23. Creighton

0-0

113

24. Rhode Island

0-0

85

25. Cincinnati

0-0

75

Others: Florida St. 65, Iowa St. 56, California 43, Miami 35, Dayton 34, Oklahoma 33, Seton Hall 24, Texas A&M 22, Notre Dame 18, San Diego St. 17, Virginia Tech 16, Wichita St. 15, Butler 14, USC 14, Ohio St. 12, Colorado 11, Florida 11, Clemson 11, Michigan 10, Pittsburgh 7, Georgia 6, Yale 6, VCU 6, Chattanooga 5, Washington 4, Kansas St. 3, Nevada 3, Davidson 2, Valparaiso 2, Arkansas 2, Utah 1, SMU 1

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