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IU, U of L and UK start season 1, 2, 3 in AP Poll

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Indiana is No. 1 in The Associated Press' preseason Top 25 for the third time and the first since the 1979-80 season.
    
The Hoosiers return all five starters, including 7-foot sophomore Cody Zeller.
    
They received 43 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Friday. Louisville and Kentucky, the teams ranked second and third, received the rest of the first-place votes with Louisville getting 20 and the defending national champion the other two.
    
Ohio State and Michigan join Indiana as Big Ten teams in the top five. The last time a conference had three teams in the preseason top five was 2008-09 when Connecticut, Louisville and Pittsburgh of the Big East were second, third and fifth, respectively.
    
North Carolina State, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse and Florida round out the top 10.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' preseason college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2011-12 final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and 2011-12 final ranking:
    
RecordPtsPrv
    1. Indiana (43)    27-9    1,592    16
    2. Louisville (20)    30-10    1,568    17
    3. Kentucky (2)    38-2    1,453    1

    4. Ohio St.    31-8    1,292    7
    5. Michigan    24-10    1,290    13
    6. NC State    24-13    1,270    -
    7. Kansas    32-7    1,210    6
    8. Duke    27-7    1,094    8
    9. Syracuse    34-3    1,062    2
    10. Florida    26-11    936    25
    11. North Carolina    32-6    904    4
    12. Arizona    23-12    902    -
    13. UCLA    19-14    840    -
    14. Michigan St.    29-8    789    5
    15. Missouri    30-5    664    3
    16. Creighton    29-6    622    19
    17. Memphis    26-9    539    -
    18. UNLV    26-9    488    23
    19. Baylor    30-8    486    9
    20. San Diego St.    26-8    463    22
    21. Gonzaga    26-7    384    -
    22. Notre Dame    22-12    297    -
    23. Wisconsin    26-10    285    14
    24. Cincinnati    26-11    120    -
    25. Florida St.    25-10    101    10    
Others receiving votes: Murray St. 59, VCU 58, Saint Louis 46, Texas 46, Minnesota 40, Butler 33, Pittsburgh 32, Saint Joseph's 25, Marquette 23, Tennessee 15, Oklahoma St. 14, Kansas St. 12, Georgetown 9, New Mexico 9, Ohio 9, Miami 8, Saint Mary's (Cal) 6, West Virginia 6, Davidson 5, Drexel 5, N. Iowa 5, Valparaiso 3, Lehigh 2, Stanford 2, Colorado St. 1, Oral Roberts 1.

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