Men's College Basketball AP Top 25: Official Preseason Rankings

The Associated Press release its preseason AP Top 25 rankings for men's college basketball on Monday, leaving room for plenty of debate before the season tips off in less than two weeks. The North Carolina Tar Heels top the poll, while their Tobacco Road rival and defending national champion Duke drops to #5 due to a large amount of roster turnover. The Kentucky Wildcats, Maryland Terrapins and Kansas Jayhawks are sandwiched in between the two rivals as the other three members of the Top 5.

Without further ado, let's get to the complete AP Top 25 rankings:

(Number of first place votes in parentheses)

1. North Carolina Tarheels (35)

2. Kentucky Wildcats (10)

3. Maryland Terrapins (14)

4. Kansas Jayhawks (5)

5. Duke Blue Devils

6. Virginia Cavaliers (1)

7. Iowa State Cyclones

8. Oklahoma Sooners

9. Gonzaga Bulldogs

10. Wichita State Shockers

11. Villanova Wildcats

12. Arizona Wildcats

13. Michigan State Spartans

14. California Golden Bears

15. Indiana Hoosiers

16. Utah Utes

17. Wisconsin Badgers

18. Vanderbilt Commodores

19. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

20. Connecticut Huskies

21. LSU Tigers

22. Baylor Bears

23. Purdue Boilermakers

24. Butler Bulldogs

25. Michigan Wolverines

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