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Indiana, Louisville and Kentucky top preseason AP Top 25

Hoosiers top the AP poll for the first time since the 1979-80 season.

Andy Lyons

The Indiana Hoosiers are the best team in college basketball, according to The Associated Press preseason poll released Friday morning.

It is the third time Indiana has entered the season with the AP's No. 1 ranking and first since the 1979-80 season. The Hoosiers return a wealth of talent from a year ago, when they finished 25-8 in the regular season and earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament before being knocked out in the Sweet 16 by the eventual national champion, the Kentucky Wildcats.

Most notably, the Hoosiers welcome back talented center Cody Zeller, who returned to Indiana despite the potential to be a lottery pick in last year's NBA Draft. Zeller averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season.

Coming in behind Indiana, which received 43 of the 65 first-place votes, are No. 2 Louisville and No. 3 Kentucky. The Cardinals (20) and Wildcats (two) received the rest of the first-place votes.

Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina State, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse and Florida round out the top 10.

Here is the complete top 25:

Team (First-place votes) 2011-12 Record Pts
1. Indiana (43) 27-9 1,592
2. Louisville (20) 30-10 1,568
3. Kentucky (2) 38-2 1,453
4. Ohio St. 31-8 1,292
5. Michigan 24-10 1,290
6. NC State 24-13 1,270
7. Kansas 32-7 1,210
8. Duke 27-7 1,094
9. Syracuse 34-3 1,062
10. Florida 26-11 936
11. North Carolina 32-6 904
12. Arizona 23-12 902
13. UCLA 19-14 840
14. Michigan St. 29-8 789
15. Missouri 30-5 664
16. Creighton 29-6 622
17. Memphis 26-9 539
18. UNLV 26-9 488
19. Baylor 30-8 486
20. San Diego St. 26-8 463
21. Gonzaga 26-7 384
22. Notre Dame 22-12 297
23. Wisconsin 26-10 285
24. Cincinnati 26-11 120
25. Florida St. 25-10 101

Others receiving votes: Murray St. 59, VCU 58, Saint Louis 46, Texas 46, Minnesota 40, Butler 33, Pittsburgh 32, Saint Joseph’s 25, Marquette 23, Tennessee 15, Oklahoma St. 14, Kansas St. 12, Georgetown 9, New Mexico 9, Ohio 9, Miami 8, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 6, West Virginia 6, Davidson 5, Drexel 5, N. Iowa 5, Valparaiso 3, Lehigh 2, Stanford 2, Colorado St. 1, Oral Roberts 1.