College basketball rankings 2013 news has the Kentucky Wildcats as the preseason No. 1. On Thursday (Oct. 31), the AP Top 25 for the preseason came out, giving John Calipari's new-look team the top spot to begin the season. According to a report on the poll, Kentucky enters this season with six freshmen who were selected McDonalds All-Americans last season. That is an amazing roster that could be tough to beat.
Kentucky received 27 first-place votes and 1,546 points from the 65-member Associated Press panel. The Michigan State Spartans, who return four starters from the team that lost to Duke in the NCAA tournament's round of 16, earned 22 first-place votes and 1,543 points total. That is an extremely close vote for the top spot and could lead to a very exciting season.
The defending national champion Louisville Cardinals received 14 first-place votes to place third in the first poll. duke received the other two No. 1 votes, placing the team fourth in this poll. Kansas was fifth place team to start the season.
As for the rest of the top 10, Arizona and Michigan placed No. 6 and No. 7 respectively, Oklahoma State and Syracuse tied for eighth, and Florida rounded out the top ten.
Ohio State was 11th, followed by North Carolina, Memphis, VCU, Gonzaga, Wichita State, Marquette, Connecticut, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
The final five ranked teams in the first 2013 college basketball rankings were Notre Dame, UCLA, New Mexico, Virginia, and Baylor.
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