Mar 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Christian Watford (2) dunks against Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the second half in the semi-finals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men

Preseason AP Poll Unveiled with Few Surprises, Differences


The coaches and writers concur: Indiana is the team to beat in college hoops.

The Hoosiers topped the preseason AP poll released on Friday for the third time since the poll’s inception and the first since the 1979-80 season. Indiana returns all five starters, including Naismith College Player of the Year frontrunner Cody Zeller, and brings in a deep recruiting class headlined by blue-chip point guard Yogi Ferrell.

Indiana is followed in the poll by Louisville (No. 2) and Kentucky (No. 3), Ohio State (No. 4) and Michigan (No. 5). The Buckeyes and Hoosiers mark the second and third Big Ten teams in the Top Five. The last time a conference had three schools in the preseason Top Five was 2008-09, when Connecticut (No. 2), Louisville (No. 3) and Pittsburgh (No. 5) represented the Big East.

The top ten schools in the preseason AP poll mirrors the top ten of the preseason coaches’ poll released last week. The biggest disparity between the two polls is a mere two-spot difference concerning the placement of Missour, which ranked 17th in the coaches’ poll and 15th in the AP. Cincinnati, which was unranked by the coaches, jumped to No. 24 in the first AP poll.

The complete preseason AP Poll, to wit:

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Indiana (43) 0-0 1,592
2 Louisville (20) 0-0 1,568
3 Kentucky (2) 0-0 1,453
4 Ohio State 0-0 1,292
5 Michigan 0-0 1,290
6 North Carolina State 0-0 1,270
7 Kansas 0-0 1,210
8 Duke 0-0 1,094
9 Syracuse 0-0 1,062
10 Florida 0-0 936
11 North Carolina 0-0 904
12 Arizona 0-0 902
13 UCLA 0-0 840
14 Michigan State 0-0 789
15 Missouri 0-0 664
16 Creighton 0-0 622
17 Memphis 0-0 539
18 UNLV 0-0 488
19 Baylor 0-0 486
20 San Diego State 0-0 463
21 Gonzaga 0-0 384
22 Notre Dame 0-0 297
23 Wisconsin 0-0 285
24 Cincinnati 0-0 120
25 Florida State 0-0 101

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