Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State opens at No. 11 in AP preseason basketball poll

Wichita State's Ron Baker, right, is one of four starters returning for the No. 11 Shockers.
Wichita State's Ron Baker, right, is one of four starters returning for the No. 11 Shockers. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State is No. 11 in the Associated Press men’s basketball preseason poll released Friday, the highest spot for a Missouri Valley Conference team since 1981.

The Shockers, 35-1 last season, received 1,027 points from the 65 writers and broadcasters who vote in the poll. Kansas is No. 5 with 1,346 points. No. 1 Kentucky earned 52 of the 65 first-place votes. Utah, a WSU opponent, is tied with Harvard at No. 25.

Kansas State received 27 points, sixth-most among teams not ranked.

WSU appears in the AP preseason poll for a second consecutive season after debuting at No. 16 last season. The Shockers ranked No. 6 in the 1981-82 preseason poll, the top landing spot for an MVC school since the early 1970s. The last MVC team to rank higher than No. 11 other than WSU is No. 8 Louisville in 1974.

The Shockers are also No. 11 in the USA Today coaches poll.

WSU plays an exhibition game against Northwood (Fla.) on Nov. 8 and opens the season on Nov. 14 against New Mexico State at Koch Arena. Kansas plays two exhibition games before opening against Cal-Santa Barbara on Nov. 14. Kansas State meets Washburn in a Nov. 9 exhibition before playing Southern Utah on Nov. 14 in its opener.

Reach Paul Suellentrop at 316-269-6760 or psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @paulsuellentrop.

WSU in Associated Press preseason polls

No. 5 — 1963-64

No. 3 — 1964-65

No. 6 — 1981-82

No. 16 — 2013-14

No. 11 — 2014-15

The Top Twenty Five

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ preseason 2014-15 college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2013-14 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

Prv

1. Kentucky (52)

29-11

1,604

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2. Arizona (5)

33-5

1,518

4

3. Wisconsin (8)

30-8

1,483

12

4. Duke

26-9

1,415

8

5. Kansas

25-10

1,346

10

6. North Carolina

24-10

1,274

19

7. Florida

36-3

1,153

1

8. Louisville

31-6

1,114

5

9. Virginia

30-7

1,090

3

10. Texas

24-11

1,061

_

11. Wichita St.

35-1

1,027

2

12. Villanova

29-5

885

6

13. Gonzaga

29-7

840

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14. Iowa St.

28-8

781

9

15. VCU

26-9

574

24

16. San Diego St.

31-5

560

13

17. UConn

32-8

552

18

18. Michigan St.

29-9

521

11

19. Oklahoma

23-10

426

21

20. Ohio St.

25-10

340

22

21. Nebraska

19-13

309

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22. SMU

27-10

285

_

23. Syracuse

28-6

178

14

24. Michigan

28-9

167

7

25. Harvard

27-5

98

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25. Utah

21-12

98

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Others receiving votes: Stanford 71, Iowa 58, Colorado 57, UCLA 35, Minnesota 34, Kansas St. 27, Arkansas 21, Pittsburgh 20, Memphis 15, NC State 14, Louisiana Tech 9, Cincinnati 8, LSU 8, George Washington 7, Dayton 6, Notre Dame 6, Oklahoma St. 6, Florida St. 5, Georgetown 5, Illinois 3, Maryland 3, BYU 2, UNLV 2, Baylor 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, UTEP 1, West Virginia 1.

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