Duke overwhemling choice at top of AP hoop poll


Excitement continues to fill the air for college basketball fanatics.

Baylor debuted at No. 2 in the preseason Associated Press Poll to lead five Big 12 teams that were ranked or received votes.

Of the ranked Big 12 teams, only Kansas is experienced with preseason all-conference veterans like guards Frank Mason and Devonte' Graham.

The Blue Devils, who return All-American Grayson Allen, and a wealth of talent from a team that went 25-11 a season ago, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament, before being eliminated by OR, received 58 of a possible 65 first-place votes. You can also purchase a subscription and have full access to the site.

Notre Dame (14 first-place votes) was selected No. 1 followed by Baylor (12 first-place votes), CT (six first-place votes), SC (one first-place vote), and Louisville. United Kingdom also garnered two first-place votes in that poll.

The Longhorns are ranked No. 8 in the women's poll, released Tuesday. Duke was ranked the No. 1 team in the country with 1,612 points, followed by United Kingdom (1,479), Kansas (1,476), Villanova (1,465) and OR (1,343). While the ranking is nine spots lower than where they started last season, it's a vast improvement over where they ended.

The ACC and Big Ten each had five teams ranked in the top-25. "We understand that no teams have played a regular season game at this point, so many things can and often do change throughout the course of a college basketball season".

Kansas extended the nation's longest consecutive poll streak with its 143rd straight Top 25, a run that started on February 3, 2009.

Tennessee dropped out of the poll altogether on February 22, a day after suffering its 11th loss of the season, 57-56 at LSU. The final AP poll of last season was released before the tournament.

Rounding out the top 10: North Carolina, Xavier, Virginia, Wisconsin and Arizona.

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