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AP Preseason Top 25: Villanova comes in at #4

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Duke is the easy #1 with Kentucky and Kansas close behind.

NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal - Villanova v Oklahoma Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The AP released their 2016-17 Preseason Top 25 and the reigning national champion Villanova Wildcats came in at the #4 spot.

Duke came in at #1 collecting 58 of 65 1st place votes. Kentucky and Kansas were the other schools picked ahead of ‘Nova. Oregon rounded out the top 5.

The BIG EAST was also represented by Xavier at #7 and Creighton at #22 with Butler and Seton Hall receiving votes. A pair of Nova’s out of conference opponents also cracked the poll with Virginia at #8 and Purdue at #15.

Villanova was tabbed at #3 in the previously released Coaches Poll.

The Wildcats’ season tips off with an exhibition on November 5th against IUP and then, in earnest, against Lafayette on November 11th.

2016-17 AP Preseason Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Duke (58) 0-0 1,612
2 Kentucky (2) 0-0 1,479
3 Kansas 0-0 1,476
4 Villanova (4) 0-0 1,465
5 Oregon (1) 0-0 1,343
6 North Carolina 0-0 1,314
7 Xavier 0-0 1,167
8 Virginia 0-0 1,149
9 Wisconsin 0-0 1,135
10 Arizona 0-0 1,004
11 Indiana 0-0 917
12 Michigan State 0-0 903
13 Louisville 0-0 755
14 Gonzaga 0-0 699
15 Purdue 0-0 672
16 UCLA 0-0 540
17 Saint Mary's 0-0 512
18 Connecticut 0-0 504
19 Syracuse 0-0 464
20 West Virginia 0-0 360
21 Texas 0-0 250
22 Creighton 0-0 231
23 Rhode Island 0-0 199
24 Iowa State 0-0 168
25 Maryland 0-0 144
Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 110, Dayton 98, Florida State 88, California 74, San Diego State 48, Miami 35, NC State 29, Butler 21, Wichita St 21, Ohio State 18, Virginia Tech 18, Florida 18, Texas A&M 14, Mississippi State 14, Oklahoma 11, Colorado 10, Michigan 8, Monmouth 7, Notre Dame 6, Washington 5, Seton Hall 5, Princeton 2, Ohio 1, Vanderbilt 1, Harvard 1