UNDATED -- North Carolina is back in its familiar preseason
spot atop the AP basketball poll.
For the sixth time since The Associated Press started a
preseason college basketball poll in 1961, the Tar Heels are ranked
number one. North Carolina has three starters and eight
contributors returning from a team that lost to Georgetown in a
North Carolina received 29 first-place votes from the 72-member
national media panel. UCLA, which has four starters back from its
Final Four team, was named first on 24 ballots.
Memphis, which has all five starters back from its regional
final team, got 18 first-place votes.
Kansas is fourth and Georgetown, which picked up the only other
first-place vote, is fifth, followed by Louisville, Tennessee,
Michigan State, Indiana and Washington State.
Marquette checks in at number-11 and is followed by Oregon,
Duke, Gonzaga, Texas, Texas A&M, Arizona, Southern California,
Arkansas and Kentucky.
The last five ranked teams are North Carolina State, Pittsburgh,
Stanford, Southern Illinois and Kansas State.
The two teams that played for last season's national
championship were hit hard out by defections to the NBA and neither
titleholder Florida nor Ohio State are included in the preseason