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Arizona is unranked in the initial AP Top 25 Poll

Posted at 3:48 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 18:48:31-04

For the first time since 2011-12, Arizona Basketball is unranked to begin the season.

The Wildcats lost all five starters from last year's team. Their recruiting class was not as heralded as those in years past, mainly due to the ongoing FBI corruption scandal that led to the arrest and dismissal of Assistant Coach Book Richardson.

Kansas is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll. Bill Self's Jayhawks earned 37 of 65 first-place votes in results released Monday. That was nearly double that of second-ranked Kentucky.
The Jayhawks lost three starters from last year's Final Four team, but have a restocked roster that includes transfer help from Memphis and California.
Gonzaga is No. 3, followed by Duke and Virginia to round out the top 5. The rest of the top 10 is: No. 6 Tennessee, No. 7 Nevada, No. 8 North Carolina, reigning national champion Villanova at 9 and Michigan State at 10.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has seven ranked teams, the most for any conference. The Southeastern Conference has five teams in the poll.