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College basketball rankings: Michigan State takes top spot in preseason AP Poll

It’s blue blood heavy to open the 2019-20 season in the preseason polls.

NCAA Basketball: Final Four-Semifinals-Michigan State vs Texas Tech Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The college basketball season is right around the corner. The AP released its preseason Top-25 poll on Monday, with Michigan State opening up the 2019-20 season at No. 1 spot following last year’s run to the Final Four. Cassius Winston — an early national Payer of the Year contender — leads the Spartans after returning for his senior season.

Blue bloods Kentucky, Kansas, and Duke follow in spots Nos. 2-4, and Louisville rounds out the top five. Kentucky and Duke have the No. 2 and No. 3 incoming recruiting classes, respectively, and Kansas returns Udoka Azubuike along with a No. 15 incoming class.

Florida, which snagged big time player Kerry Blackshear as a graduate transfer from Virginia Tech, comes in at No. 6, with Maryland, Gonzaga, North Carolina, and Villanova closing out the preseason top 10.

Memphis, led by second-year coach Penny Hardaway, comes in at No. 14 after bringing in the top-rated recruiting class in the country.

The ACC, SEC, and Big Ten all tied with four teams in the preseason top 25, and the Big East and Big 12 each add three teams to the rankings. All four ACC teams are in the top 11 teams, with reigning national champion Virginia coming in at No. 11.

Here is the full top 25:

AP Poll - Week 1

Rank Team Conference
Rank Team Conference
1 Michigan State Big Ten
2 Kentucky SEC
3 Kansas Big 12
4 Duke ACC
5 Louisville ACC
6 Florida SEC
7 Maryland Big Ten
8 Gonzaga WCC
9 North Carolina ACC
10 Villanova Big East
11 Virginia ACC
12 Seton Hall Big East
13 Texas Tech Big 12
14 Memphis AAC
15 Oregon Pac-12
16 Baylor Big 12
17 Utah State MWC
18 Ohio State Big Ten
19 Xavier Big East
20 St. Mary's WCC
21 Arizona Pac-12
23 Purdue Big Ten
24 Auburn SEC
25 VCU A-10
Others receiving votes: Washington 164, Colorado 152, Tennessee 78, Marquette 68, Florida St. 36, Davidson 34, Harvard 24, Illinois 14, Missouri 13, Mississippi St. 12, Houston 11, Georgetown 11, Cincinnati 8, Notre Dame 7, Creighton 4, Syracuse 3, NC State 3, Vermont 2, Alabama 2, Southern Cal 2, Liberty 2, Michigan 2, Dayton 1, Colgate 1, Providence 1.