Duke, Michigan State, Arizona, Kansas and Kentucky round out the top five of the AP's preseason poll. 

By Charlotte Carroll
November 01, 2017

Duke is No. 1 in the AP's college basketball preseason poll for the second straight year. 

Duke received 33 of 65 first-place votes in the poll that was released Wednesday. The Blue Devils welcome a highly-touted recruiting class headlined by Marvin Bagley III, who reclassified to enroll at Duke this season. 

The Blue Devils went 28–9 overall last season, going 11–7 in the ACC. Duke lost to South Carolina in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. 

Michigan State, Arizona, Kansas and Kentucky round out the top five. 

Despite the FBI's investigation into Louisville, which has resulted in the firings of head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich, the Cardinals sits at No. 16 in the poll.

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AP Preseason Poll 

1. Duke
2. Michigan State
3. Arizona
4. Kansas
5. Kentucky
6. Villanova
7. Wichita State
8. Florida 
9. North Carolina 
10. USC
11. West Virginia
12. Cincinnati
13. Miami
14. Notre Dame
15. Minnesota
16. Louisville
17. Xavier
18. Gonzaga
19. Northwestern
20. Purdue
21. UCLA
22. Saint Mary's
23. Seton Hall
24. Baylor
25. Texas A&M

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