Basketball ranks high in preseason polls

The NCAA released its first preseason college basketball poll. Last year’s champion Duke University Blue Devils take the top spot, but the fighting Illini are not far behind ranking at number 13 for this round.

Complete preseason AP Top 25 college basketball poll:

1. Duke

2. Michigan State

3. Kansas State

4. Ohio State

5. Pittsburgh

6. Villanova

7. Kansas

8. North Carolina

9. Florida

10. Syracuse

11. Kentucky

12. Gonzaga

13. Illinois

14. Purdue

15. Missouri

16. Baylor

17. Butler

18. Washington

19. Memphis

20. Georgetown

21. Virginia Tech

22. Temple

23. Tennessee

24. BYU

25. San Diego State