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Indiana tops preseason AP hoops poll

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BLOOMINGTON -

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.

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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:

                         Record  Pts  Prv

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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