Published: Wed, November 01, 2017
Sports | By Brooke Harris

United Kingdom takes No. 5 spot in preseason poll

Kentucky will play six teams ranked inside the preseason AP top 25.

No. 3 Arizona received 18 first-place votes, No. 2 Michigan State received 13 and No. 4 Kansas garnered one. Not to be ignored, this is the first time the Wildcats have been ranked in the preseason AP poll.

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Minnesota has not been ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll since 2010, when it was 25 with 172 points.

While the Boilermakers lost forward Caleb Swanigan to the 2017 National Basketball Association draft - he was selected No. 26 overall by the Portland Trailblazers - some key pieces from last year's team will be returning this season, including senior guard Dakota Mathias and senior forward Vincent Edwards. "At this time of the year, it truly is a prediction, so you haven't earned No. 1 yet". The 2017 cycle was headlined by Marvin Bagley III, the nation's No. 1 player who was originally out of the 2018 pool before reclassifying.

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The Cards were slated to be a top 10 team until losing star recruit Brian Bowen before practice began because of allegations over his family receiving money to attend Louisville in a nationwide scandal involving shoe companies, agents and bribery and corruption. The difference? The Tide was 25 in the coaches poll with A&M 26.

The college basketball season officially begins on November 10.

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