Top 25 College Basketball Rankings 2019: Preseason AP Poll

The start of the 2019-20 college basketball season is just around the corner and in anticipation of the new year the Associated Press has dropped the preseason AP Top 25 poll to give us an early look at where teams stack up.

Checking in at No. 1 in the preseason rankings is the Michigan State Spartans, while the Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks round out the top three.

Sitting in the fourth spot is the Duke Blue Devils, while the Louisville Cardinals round out the top five.

Where does your favorite team stand as we prepare to enter the new season?

A full look at the preseason top 25 poll can be seen below.

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  1. Michigan State
  2. Kentucky
  3. Kansas
  4. Duke
  5. Louisville
  6. Florida
  7. Maryland
  8. Gonzaga
  9. North Carolina
  10. Villanova
  11. Virginia
  12. Seton Hall
  13. Texas Tech
  14. Memphis
  15. Oregon
  16. Baylor
  17. Utah State
  18. Ohio State
  19. Xavier
  20. Saint Mary’s
  21. Arizona
  22. LSU
  23. Purdue
  24. Auburn
  25. VCU

Others receiving votes: Washington 164, Colorado 152, Tennessee 78, Marquette 68, Florida State 36, Davidson 34, Harvard 24, Illinois 14, Missouri 13, Mississippi State 12, Houston 11, Georgia 11, Cincinnati 8, Notre Dame 7, Creighton 4, Syracuse 3, North Carolina State 3, Vermont 2, Alabama 2, USC 2, Liberty 2, Michigan 2, Dayton 1, Colgate 1, Providence 1

The Associated Press college basketball poll started on Jan. 20, 1949. The original poll had 20 teams, with Saint Louis the first school to hold the No. 1 ranking. From the 1961-62 season through 1967-68 only 10 teams were ranked. It expanded again to 20 teams from 1968-69 through 1988-89. The Top 25 began the next season, and it has stayed at that number ever since. The AP’s final poll is released after the field for the NCAA Tournament is selected.

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