Michigan State Spartans No. 1 In AP Preseason Poll For First Time

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October 21, 2019

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Michigan State had been ranked No. 1 for 12 weeks in the AP poll before Monday. But none had come in the preseason poll, with the Spartans starting at No. 2 four times in the past decade.

The Spartans were the overwhelming choice with their veteran returnees led by star Cassius Winston, last season’s Big Ten player of the year. They topped 60 of 65 ballots in voting results released Monday, easily outdistancing No. 2 Kentucky and No. 3 Kansas as the only other teams to receive first-place votes.

Rounding out the top five is Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Louisville in the Nos. 2-5 spots, respectively. Other notables include Florida at No. 6, Maryland at No. 7, Gonzaga at No. 8, defending champion Virginia at No. 11 and new-look Memphis at No. 14.

Preseason AP Top 25*

1. Michigan State (60)
2. Kentucky (2)
3. Kansas (3)
4. Duke
5. Louisville
6. Florida
7. Maryland
8. Gonzaga
9. North Carolina
10. Villanova
11. Virginia
12. Seton Hall
13. Texas Tech
14. Memphis
15. Oregon
16. Baylor
17. Utah State
18. Ohio State
19. Xavier
20. Saint Mary’s (California)
21. Arizona
22. LSU
23. Purdue
24. Auburn
25. VCU

*First-place votes in parentheses

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