Mizzou Basketball Just Misses Preseason Top-25 AP Ranking

JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer

Duke was in good position to be ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press poll before landing Marvin Bagley III. Once the nation’s top recruit decided to reclassify for this season, the Blue Devils became the voters’ clear choice.

Led by Bagley and senior guard Grayson Allen, Duke was the preseason No. 1 for the second straight season a ninth time overall, matching rival North Carolina for most all-time. The Blue Devils received 33 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in the AP Top 25 released on Wednesday.

No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona had 18 and No. 4 Kansas got one.

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Kentucky rounded out the top 5, followed by Villanova, Wichita State and Florida. Defending national champion North Carolina is No. 9 and Southern California is 10th.

West Virginia was No. 11, followed by Cincinnati, Miami, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Louisville, Xavier, 2017 national runner-up Gonzaga and No. 19 Northwestern, which is ranked in the preseason poll for the first time.

Purdue was No. 20, with UCLA, Saint Mary’s, Seton Hall, Baylor and Texas A&M filling the final five spots.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ preseason 2017-18 college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final 2016-17 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. Duke (33) 28-9 1572 7
2. Michigan St. (13) 20-15 1520 NR
3. Arizona (18) 32-5 1506 4
4. Kansas (1) 31-5 1439 3
5. Kentucky 32-6 1340 6
6. Villanova 32-4 1284 1
7. Wichita St. 31-5 1270 19
8. Florida 27-9 1100 20
9. North Carolina 33-7 1047 5
10. Southern Cal 26-10 995 NR
11. West Virginia 28-9 840 13
12. Cincinnati 30-6 837 18
13. Miami 21-12 836 NR
14. Notre Dame 26-10 814 14
15. Minnesota 24-10 642 NR
16. Louisville 25-9 570 10
17. Xavier 24-14 544 NR
18. Gonzaga 37-2 500 2
19. Northwestern 24-12 473 NR
20. Purdue 27-8 362 15
21. UCLA 31-5 340 8
22. Saint Mary’s (Cal) 29-5 333 22
23. Seton Hall 21-12 274 NR
24. Baylor 27-8 163 12
25. Texas A&M 16-15 130 NR

Others receiving votes: Alabama 86, Virginia 57, Rhode Island 49, TCU 46, Providence 34, Missouri 19, Virginia Tech 16, Wisconsin 14, Butler 13, Texas 10, Maryland 7, Oklahoma 7, Nevada 7, Michigan 6, Dayton 5, Middle Tennessee 4, Ball St. 4, SMU 3, Oakland 2, Oregon 2, South Carolina 1, Harvard 1, UCF 1.

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