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Indiana gets the top spot in the preseason AP poll


The preseason Associated Press poll was released today, and it should come as no surprise that Tom Crean’s Indiana Hoosiers lead the way.

Indiana received 43 of the 65 first-place votes, with No. 2 Louisville (20) and No. 3 Kentucky (2) accounting for the others.

The Big Ten claimed three spots in the Top 5, with Ohio State and Michigan landing fourth and fifth.

The last time a conference held three of the top five spots in the preseason AP poll was in 2008-09, when Connecticut (2nd), Louisville (3rd) and Pittsburgh (5th) of the Big East did.

This is the first time that Indiana has received the top spot in the preseason AP poll since the beginning of the 1979-80 season, a group led by Mike Woodson (now head coach of the New York Knicks) and freshman guard Isiah Thomas.

That group finished the season with a 21-8 record (13-5 Big Ten), but they lost to a Joe Barry Carroll-led Purdue team in the 1980 Mideast Regional semis.

The full preseason AP poll:

RankSchoolVotesPrev Rank
1Indiana 0-01592 (43)NR
2Louisville 0-01568 (20)NR
3Kentucky 0-01453 (2)NR
4Ohio State 0-01292NR
5Michigan 0-01290NR
6North Carolina State 0-01270NR
7Kansas 0-01210NR
8Duke 0-01094NR
9Syracuse 0-01062NR
10Florida 0-0936NR
11North Carolina 0-0904NR
12Arizona 0-0902NR
13UCLA 0-0840NR
14Michigan State 0-0789NR
15Missouri 0-0664NR
16Creighton 0-0622NR
17Memphis 0-0539NR
18UNLV 0-0488NR
19Baylor 0-0486NR
20San Diego State 0-0463NR
21Gonzaga 0-0384NR
22Notre Dame 0-0297NR
23Wisconsin 0-0285NR
24Cincinnati 0-0120NR
25Florida State 0-0101NR

Receiving votes: Murray State 59, Virginia Commonwealth 58, Texas 46, Saint Louis 46, Minnesota 40, Butler 33, Pittsburgh 32, Saint Joseph’s 25, Marquette 23, Tennessee 15, Oklahoma State 14, Kansas State 12, Georgetown 9, New Mexico 9, Ohio 9, Miami (FL) 8, Saint Mary’s 6, West Virginia 6, Davidson 5, Drexel 5, Northern Iowa 5, Valparaiso 3, Stanford 2, Lehigh 2, Colorado State 1, Oral Roberts 1

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.