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Virginia just misses making AP's college basketball preseason poll

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Virginia just misses making AP's college basketball preseason poll

Duke is No. 1 in AP preseason poll for second straight year

Duke was in good position to be ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press poll before landing Marvin Bagley III. Once the nation's top recruit decided to reclassify for this season, the Blue Devils became the voters' clear choice.

Led by Bagley and senior guard Grayson Allen, Duke was the preseason No. 1 for the second straight season a ninth time overall, matching rival North Carolina for most all-time. The Blue Devils received 33 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in the AP Top 25 released on Wednesday.

No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona had 18 and No. 4 Kansas got one.

Kentucky rounded out the top 5, followed by Villanova, Wichita State and Florida. Defending national champion North Carolina is No. 9 and Southern California is 10th.

West Virginia was No. 11, followed by Cincinnati, Miami, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Louisville, Xavier, 2017 national runner-up Gonzaga and No. 19 Northwestern, which is ranked in the preseason poll for the first time.

Purdue was No. 20, with UCLA, Saint Mary's, Seton Hall, Baylor and Texas A&M filling the final five spots.

North Carolina was ranked No. 6 in the 2016 preseason poll before going on to beat Gonzaga for its sixth national title.

Duke had three players leave school early, but coach Mike Krzyzewski restocked the Blue Devils with another stellar recruiting class. The class is led by Bagley, an athletic 6-foot-11 forward was widely considered the No. 1 recruit of the 2018 class before reclassifying.

Duke, which lost to Final Four-bound South Carolina in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, is ranked No. 1 for the 129th time, five behind all-time leader UCLA. The Blue Devils were first the preseason No. 1 in 1978-79 and finished seventh in last year's final poll.

"It is an honor to be picked No. 1 in your sport," Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "At this time of the year, it truly is a prediction, so you haven't earned No. 1 yet. More than likely, past teams that have played at Duke have put this team in a position where people might say, `How is that team going to do?' or `They have a lot of talent' and all of the sudden, you're No. 1. Certainly, it's an honor and we'll look forward to trying to achieve and earn that ranking at some time during the season, hopefully at the end."

The Atlantic Coast Conference had the most ranked teams with five, while the Big 12 and Big Ten had four each. The Big East and Pac-12 each had three.

Kansas extended the nation's longest consecutive poll streak with its 162nd straight Top 25, a run that started on Feb. 3, 2009. Arizona is next with 98.

Arizona, USC and Louisville enter the season clouded in uncertainty after assistant coaches from Arizona and USC -- along with Auburn and Oklahoma State -- were arrested in a federal investigation into bribing players. Louisville will play under interim coach David Padgett after coach Rick Pitino was fired in the wake of the scandal that alleged that a recruit was supposed to receive payments from Adidas for committing to the Cardinals.

2017-18 College Basketball Preseason AP Top 25 Poll

Rank, Team (First Place Votes), 2016-17 Record, Previous
1. Duke (33): 28-9, 7 
2. Michigan St. (13): 20-15, NR 
3. Arizona (18): 32-5, 4 
4. Kansas (1): 31-5, 3 
5. Kentucky: 32-6, 6 
6. Villanova: 32-4, 1 
7. Wichita State: 31-5, 19 
8. Florida: 27-9, 20 
9. North Carolina: 33-7, 5 
10. Southern Cal: 26-10, NR 
11. West Virginia: 28-9, 13 
12. Cincinnati: 30-6, 18 
13. Miami: 21-12, NR 
14. Notre Dame:  26-10, 14 
15. Minnesota: 24-10, NR 
16. Louisville: 25-9, 10 
17. Xavier: 24-14, NR 
18. Gonzaga: 37-2, 2 
19. Northwestern: 24-12, NR 
20. Purdue: 27-8, 15 
21. UCLA: 31-5, 8 
22. Saint Mary's (CA): 29-5, 22 
23. Seton Hall: 21-12, NR 
24. Baylor: 27-8, 12 
25. Texas A&M: 16-15, NR
 

Others receiving votes: Alabama 86, Virginia 57, Rhode Island 49, TCU 46, Providence 34, Missouri 19, Virginia Tech 16, Wisconsin 14, Butler 13, Texas 10, Maryland 7, Oklahoma 7, Nevada 7, Michigan 6, Dayton 5, Middle Tennessee 4, Ball St. 4, SMU 3, Oakland 2, Oregon 2, South Carolina 1, Harvard 1, UCF 1.

Army holds off Navy to win after a missed field goal on the final play

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Army holds off Navy to win after a missed field goal on the final play

PHILADELPHIA -- Bennett Moehring narrowly missed a 48-yard field goal in a swirling snow on the final play as Army held off Navy 14-13 Saturday to win its first Commander-in-Chief's Trophy since 1996.

Army (9-3) earned its second straight win over Navy (6-6) following 14 straight losses in the series.

Ahmad Bradshaw pushed over the goal line on quarterback sneak with 5:10 remaining and Blake Wilson kicked the extra point to put Army ahead.

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Quarterback Malcolm Perry, who ran for 250 yards and a 68-yard score in the second quarter, led Navy to the Army 31 with 3 seconds left.

Navy elected to try a field goal and after about 10 players used their feet to clear the snow, Moehring's kick was long enough but drifted barely left.

Army cut its deficit in the series to 60-51-7 in a matchup of bowl-bound teams. The Black Knights claimed the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy thanks to an earlier victory over Air Force.

Delgado double-double leads No. 19 Seton Hall over VCU

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Delgado double-double leads No. 19 Seton Hall over VCU

NEWARK, N.J. -- Angel Delgado had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 19 Seton Hall continued its impressive start to the season with a 90-67 victory over Virginia Commonwealth in the Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center on Saturday.

Myles Powell added five of his 17 points in a game-breaking 13-1 first-half run, Desi Rodriguez had 17 and Khadeen Carrington scored 13 for the Pirates (8-1), who have won four straight since being beaten at the buzzer by Rhode Island on Thanksgiving. Michael Nzei added 14 points, 10 of them in garbage time in the second half.

The Pirates' run includes wins over current No. 7 Texas Tech and Louisville, which was nationally ranked at the time.

Justin Tillman had 14 of his 20 points in the second half to lead VCU (5-5), which suffered its biggest loss of the season. Marcus Santos-Silva added 10 points for the Rams in their first meeting with the Pirates.

Seton Hall took control of the game shortly after Santos-Silva scored to cut the Pirates' lead to 16-12 with 12:20 left in the half.

The Pirates scored 13 of the next 14 points and totally shut down the Rams' offense. They would miss their next 11 shots and turn the ball over three times in falling behind 29-13. Powell started the run with a layup and added a 3-pointer after Carrington made two free throws. Delgado added a free throw, Carrington made two more and Rodriguez ended the spurt with a 3-pointer.

Seton Hall led 43-30 at halftime and was never challenged in the second half.