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2021 AP Preseason Poll: Gonzaga, Baylor, Villanova lead the pack

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‘Cats enter the season at #3

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The first AP Poll of the 2020-21 basketball season was released on Monday and the Villanova Wildcats will begin the new season at the #3 spot.

Gonzaga and Baylor are the only schools ahead of ‘Nova with a single point separating the top two. The Bulldogs, who are atop the Preseason Poll for the first time in school history, tallied 28 first place votes and the Bears notched 24 while Jay Wright’s Wildcats grabbed 11. The Top 5 is rounded out with Virginia (one first-place vote) and Iowa.

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Kansas (28-3), which finished last season as the AP’s top team, is ranked sixth. Wisconsin , Illinois, Duke, and Kentucky, round out the Top 10.

The BIG EAST is also represented by Creighton at #11- the Bluejays’ highest preseason ranking in program history. Providence, UConn (who is back in the BIG EAST), and Seton Hall are receiving votes for schools in the Conference.

2021 Preseason AP Poll

Rank School Record Points
Rank School Record Points
1 Gonzaga (28) 0-0 1,541
2 Baylor (24) 0-0 1,540
3 Villanova (11) 0-0 1,501
4 Virginia (1) 0-0 1,364
5 Iowa 0-0 1,273
6 Kansas 0-0 1,221
7 Wisconsin 0-0 1,150
8 Illinois 0-0 1,105
9 Duke 0-0 1,073
10 Kentucky 0-0 1,038
11 Creighton 0-0 922
12 Tennessee 0-0 919
13 Michigan State 0-0 820
14 Texas Tech 0-0 790
15 West Virginia 0-0 651
16 North Carolina 0-0 465
17 Houston 0-0 438
18 Arizona State 0-0 402
19 Texas 0-0 380
20 Oregon 0-0 375
21 Florida State 0-0 351
22 UCLA 0-0 336
23 Ohio State 0-0 270
24 Rutgers 0-0 190
25 Michigan 0-0 160
Others receiving votes: LSU 146, Memphis 69, Florida 69, Alabama 50, Indiana 48, Louisville 41, Richmond 40, Stanford 14, Providence 9, Saint Louis 8, Auburn 8, San Diego State 6, Connecticut 6, BYU 4, Loyola Chicago 3, Seton Hall 2, UNC Greensboro 1, Northern Iowa 1
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