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For the second straight season, Michigan State will face the No. 1 team in the nation in the Champions Classic.

That was confirmed Monday when the Associated Press preseason poll was released and the Kansas Jayhawks were No. 1. The Spartans check in at No. 10 while Michigan is No. 19. Purdue is the only other ranked Big Ten team, checking in at No. 24.

Last season in the Champions Classic, No. 2 Michigan State took on No. 1 Duke — an 88-81 victory for the Blue Devils. It was the second time the Spartans played in a 1 vs. 2 matchup in the event, beating No. 1 Kentucky in 2013.

In addition to its Big Ten opponents, Michigan State faces No. 21 UCLA in the Las Vegas Invitational and could meet No. 8 North Carolina in the same event. Other non-conference opponents that received votes in the poll include Florida, Louisville and potentially Texas.

Michigan comes in at No. 19 after reaching the national championship game last season. The Wolverines get a rematch with No. 9 Villanova on Nov. 14. They also face No. 8 North Carolina on Nov. 28 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge while Providence, a team they could face in the Hall of Fame Tip-off, is receiving votes.

Other Big Ten teams that received votes include Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland and Wisconsin.

Associated Press Top 25

1. Kansas (37 first-place votes), 31-8 last season, 1,581 points

2. Kentucky (19), 26-11, 1,529

3. Gonzaga (1), 32-5, 1,461

4. Duke (4), 29-8, 1,452

5. Virginia (2), 31-3, 1,286

6. Tennessee (1), 26-9, 1,268

7. Nevada, 29-8, 1,230

8. North Carolina, 26-11, 1,221

9. Villanova (1), 36-4, 1,085

10. Michigan State, 30-5, 1,024

11. Auburn, 26-8, 974

12. Kansas State, 25-12, 922

13. West Virginia, 26-11, 678

14. Oregon, 23-13, 638

15. Virginia Tech, 21-12, 630

16. Syracuse, 23-14, 620

17. Florida State, 23-12, 530

18. Mississippi State, 25-12, 451

19. Michigan, 33-8, 437

20. TCU, 21-12, 311

21. UCLA, 21-12, 297

22. Clemson, 25-10, 268

23. LSU, 18-15, 187

24. Purdue, 30-7, 170

25. Washington, 21-13, 165

Others receiving votes: Loyola of Chicago 162, Marquette 124, Indiana 98, Florida 71, Nebraska 35, Maryland 28, Wisconsin 24, Notre Dame 22, Cincinnati 21, UCF 15, Alabama 15, Arizona 14, Buffalo 14, Louisville 11, Miami 10, San Diego State 9, Texas Tech 6, Southern Cal 6, Butler 6, Texas 5, St. John's 3, Arizona State 3, Providence 2, Xavier 2, Davidson 1, Missouri 1, Marshall 1, NC State 1.

matt.charboneau@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @mattcharboneau

 

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