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MSU 12th, UM unranked in AP preseason basketball poll

Detroit News staff and wires
Tum Tum Nairn

Michigan State is ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press college basketball preseason poll, which was released Monday.

Michigan is not ranked.

The top five teams are Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Villanova and Oregon.

The Spartans are the third-highest ranked Big Ten team, after No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 11 Indiana.

The Spartans defeated Northwood in an exhibition game last week and open the regular season Wednesday at 7 p.m. at home against Saginaw Valley State.

MSU will play Duke, Kentucky and No. 10 Arizona in November, and could face No. 13 Louisville in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

In the Big Ten schedule, MSU plays Wisconsin once (at home), Indiana once (on road), No. 15 Purdue twice and No. 25 Maryland once (on road).

The Blue Devils, who return three starters from last season’s team and have what is considered one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, received 58 of the 65 first-place votes from the national media panel.

Kentucky had two No. 1 votes, defending national champion Villanova had four and Oregon had one.

The Big Ten and ACC are tied with five ranked teams each while the Big 12 has four.

ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL

1. Duke

2. Kentucky

3. Kansas

4. Villanova

5. Oregon

6. North Carolina

7. Xavier

8. Virginia

9. Wisconsin

10. Arizona

11. Indiana

12. Michigan State

13. Louisville

14. Gonzaga

15. Purdue

16. UCLA

17. Saint Mary's (Calif.)

18. Connecticut

19. Syracuse

20. West Virginia

21. Texas

22. Creighton

23. Rhode Island

24. Iowa State

25. Maryland