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Kansas ranked No. 3 in AP preseason basketball poll

The current crop of Kansas Jayhawks during media day in October.
The current crop of Kansas Jayhawks during media day in October. Kansas City Star

Kansas is No. 3 in the Associated Press preseason basketball poll released Monday.

The Jayhawks, 33-5 last season, are No. 2 in the USA Today coaches poll. They play Washburn on Tuesday in an exhibition game.

KU freshman Josh Jackson says the Jayhawks will strive for a 40-0 season during the team's media day on October 13, 2016.

Wichita State received 21 votes, tied with Butler at 33rd.

Kansas extended the nation’s longest consecutive poll streak with its 143rd straight Top 25, a run that started on Feb. 3, 2009. Arizona is next with 79 followed by Iowa State with 57 and Villanova with 55.

The first regular-season poll will be Monday, Nov. 14. The first of the top early season matchups will be the following day when Duke faces Kansas and Michigan State plays Kentucky in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.

The Blue Devils are the runaway choice for No. 1. It is the eighth time Duke has held the preseason No. 1 ranking. North Carolina has the most preseason No. 1s with nine and UCLA also has eight.

The Blue Devils, who return three starters from last season’s team and have what is considered one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, received 58 of the 65 first-place votes from the national media panel.

Defending national champion Villanova had four first-place votes and was fourth while Oregon, which had the other No. 1 vote, is fifth.

First-place votes in parentheses, final 2015-16 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last year’s final ranking

Record

Pts

Pvs

1. Duke (58)

25-11

1,612

19

2. Kentucky (2)

27-9

1,479

10

3. Kansas

33-5

1,476

1

4. Villanova (4)

35-5

1,465

6

5. Oregon (1)

31-7

1,343

5

6. North Carolina

33-7

1,314

3

7. Xavier

28-6

1,167

9

8. Virginia

29-8

1,149

4

9. Wisconsin

22-13

1,135

-

10. Arizona

25-9

1,004

17

11. Indiana

27-8

917

14

12. Michigan St.

29-6

903

2

13. Louisville

23-8

755

16

14. Gonzaga

28-8

699

-

15. Purdue

26-9

672

12

16. UCLA

15-17

540

-

17. Saint Mary’s (Cal)

29-6

512

-

18. UConn

25-11

504

-

19. Syracuse

23-14

464

-

20. West Virginia

26-9

360

8

21. Texas

20-13

250

-

22. Creighton

20-15

231

-

23. Rode Island

17-15

199

-

24. Iowa St.

23-12

168

22

25. Maryland

27-9

144

18

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 110, Dayton 98, Florida St. 88, California 74, San Diego St. 48, Miami 35, NC State 29, Butler 21, Wichita St. 21, Florida 18, Virginia Tech 18, Ohio St. 18, Mississippi St. 14, Texas A&M 14, Oklahoma 11, Colorado 10, Michigan 8, Monmouth (NJ) 7, Notre Dame 6, Washington 5, Seton Hall 5, Princeton 2, Ohio 1, Harvard 1, Vanderbilt 1.

Contributing: Associated Press

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Contributing: Associated Press

Associated Press poll

 

The Associated Press preseason Top 25 basketball poll

SchoolPoints                        
Duke (58)1,612                        
Kentucky (2)1,479                        
Kansas1,476                        
Villanova (4)1,465                        
Oregon (1)1,343                        
North Carolina1,314                        
Xavier1,167                        
Virginia1,149                        
Wisconsin1,135                        
Arizona1,004                        
Indiana917                        
Michigan State903                        
Louisville755                        
Gonzaga699                        
Purdue672                        
UCLA540                        
St. Mary's (Calif.)512                        
Connecticut504                        
Syracuse464                        
West Virginia360                        
Texas250                        
Creighton231                        
Rhode Island199                        
Iowa State168                        
Maryland144                        

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 110, Dayton 98, Florida St. 88, California 74, San Diego St. 48, Miami 35, NC State 29, Butler 21, Wichita St. 21, Florida 18, Virginia Tech 18, Ohio St. 18, Mississippi St. 14, Texas A&M 14, Oklahoma 11, Colorado 10, Michigan 8, Monmouth (NJ) 7, Notre Dame 6, Washington 5, Seton Hall 5, Princeton 2, Ohio 1, Harvard 1, Vanderbilt 1

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