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NCAA basketball rankings: Kansas Jayhawks No. 1 in preseason AP poll

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ACC has six teams ranked and Gonzaga is top-three.

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With the 2018-19 college basketball season getting underway in two weeks, the preseason AP Poll was released on Monday. Kansas enters the season as the No. 1 squad, with Bill Self’s squad looking to make the Final Four for the second straight season. Kentucky, Gonzaga, Duke, and Virginia round out the top five.

The ACC leads the way with seven teams represented, including three in the Top-10. The SEC is second with five teams ranked, followed by the Big 12 with four and the Big Ten and Pac-12 each with three. Villanova, the reigning national champions, check in at No. 9 and are the only Big East squad in the Top-25.

Gonzaga, which finished last season with a loss to Florida State in the Sweet 16, comes in at No. 3.

Here’s the full poll:

AP Poll - Preseason

Rank Team Conference
Rank Team Conference
1 Kansas Big 12
2 Kentucky SEC
3 Gonzaga West Coast
4 Duke ACC
5 Virginia ACC
6 Tennessee SEC
7 Nevada Mountain West
8 North Carolina ACC
9 Villanova Big East
10 Michigan State Big Ten
11 Auburn SEC
12 Kansas State Big 12
13 West Virginia Big 12
14 Oregon Pac-12
15 Virginia Tech ACC
16 Syracuse ACC
17 Florida State ACC
18 Mississippi State SEC
19 Michigan Big Ten
20 TCU Big 12
21 UCLA Pac-12
22 Clemson ACC
23 LSU SEC
24 Purdue Big Ten
25 Washington Pac-12

This story has been updated to reflect an error by the AP with the original rankings released.