College hoops preseason AP poll: UNC No. 1, UK, Maryland, KU follow

The Associated Press released on Monday afternoon its preseason poll, a canonical look at the college hoops landscape as we head into the the 2015-16 season.

Unlike the coaches poll, which was released on Oct. 15 and featured Kentucky and North Carolina tied atop the rankings, UNC takes first place with a lot of room to spare in the AP’s echelon. UNC received more first-place votes than all other teams combined. Reigning champs Duke, which did not receive a first-place vote, takes fifth. Kentucky is second, while Maryland is third, though the Terrapins have more first-place believers than UK.

Here is the poll:

1. North Carolina (35 first-place votes)

2. Kentucky (10)

3. Maryland (14)

4. Kansas (5)

5. Duke

6. Virginia (1)

7. Iowa State

8. Oklahoma

9. Gonzaga

10. Wichita State

11. Villanova

12. Arizona

13. Michigan State

14. Cal

15. Indiana

16. Utah

17. Wisconsin

18. Vanderbilt

19. Notre Dame

20. UConn

21. LSU

22. Baylor

23. Purdue

24. Butler

25. Michigan

Want more rankings? Check out the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) and you’ll absolutely want to take a gander at our full 1-351 ranking of every team in college hoops.

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