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Preseason college basketball rankings: Kentucky is tops, Villanova at #12 in first AP Poll

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Initial media poll has been released

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The AP has released their preseason Top 25 for the 2014-15 College Basketball season, and Villanova is the lone Big East program to make the Top25. Checking in at #12, Villanova is ranked a slot below Wichita State and ahead of Gonzaga and Iowa State.

Kentucky took the top spot with 52 of 65 first-place votes. Arizona, Wisconsin, Duke, and Kansas round out the Top 5.

The VCU Rams will be the Wildcats' highest-ranked non-conference opponent in this poll, coming in at #15. If the 'Cats advance at the Barclays Center to play Michigan, they would face another ranked opponent, with the Wolverines checking in at #24. Syracuse also opens the season ranked by the coaches at 23.

It should be disappointing, but unsurprising, that no other Big East programs made the list. The Creighton Bluejays were the other top league team last season, but lost key player Doug McDermott to graduation after last season and are expected to take a step back in 2014-15. Georgetown, Xavier, St. John's and the rest of the pack have something left to prove before they will likely earn voters' respect this season.

Villanova was ranked #12 in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll.

2014-15 AP Preseason Top 25

Rank Team Record Pts
1 Kentucky Wildcats (52) 0-0 1604
2 Arizona Wildcats (5) 0-0 1518
3 Wisconsin Badgers (8) 0-0 1483
4 Duke Blue Devils 0-0 1415
5 Kansas Jayhawks 0-0 1346
6 North Carolina Tar Heels 0-0 1274
7 Florida Gators 0-0 1153
8 Louisville Cardinals 0-0 1114
9 Virginia Cavaliers 0-0 1090
10 Texas Longhorns 0-0 1061
11 Wichita State Shockers 0-0 1027
12 Villanova Wildcats 0-0 885
13 Gonzaga Bulldogs 0-0 840
14 Iowa State Cyclones 0-0 781
15 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 0-0 574
16 San Diego State Aztecs 0-0 560
17 Connecticut Huskies 0-0 552
18 Michigan State Spartans 0-0 521
19 Oklahoma Sooners 0-0 426
20 Ohio State Buckeyes 0-0 340
21 Nebraska Cornhuskers 0-0 309
22 SMU Mustangs 0-0 285
23 Syracuse Orange 0-0 178
24 Michigan Wolverines 0-0 167
25 (Tie) Harvard Crimson 0-0 98
25 (Tie) Utah Utes 0-0 98
Others Receiving Votes: Utah 98, Stanford 71, Iowa 58, Colorado 57, UCLA 35, Minnesota 34, Kansas St. 27, Arkansas 21, Pittsburgh 20, Memphis 15, N.C. State 14, Louisiana Tech 9, Cincinnati 8, LSU 8, Geo. Wash. 7, Oklahoma St. 6, Notre Dame 6, Dayton 6, Florida St. 5, Georgetown 5, Maryland 3, Illinois 3, UNLV 2, BYU 2, UTEP 1, S.F. Austin 1, Baylor 1, West Virginia 1