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Badgers ranked No. 3 in preseason AP college basketball poll

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MADISON (AP) -

Kentucky is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 for the second straight season.

The Wildcats lived up to expectations last season, overcoming a midseason slump to reach the national championship game, where they lost to Connecticut.

With most of that team back and another stellar recruiting class in place, Kentucky received 52 first-place votes from the 65-member panel to become the fourth team to earn consecutive preseason No. 1s.

Arizona was No. 2, receiving five first-place votes. No. 3 Wisconsin, with most of its team returning from last year's Final Four run, had eight first-place votes but were 35 points behind Arizona in overall points.

Duke and Kansas round out the top five, followed by North Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Virginia and Texas.

AP College Basketball Poll

                   Record Pts Prv

1. Kentucky (52) 29-11 1,604 --

2. Arizona (5) 33-5 1,518 4

3. Wisconsin (8) 30-8 1,483 12

4. Duke 26-9 1,415 8

5. Kansas 25-10 1,346 10

6. North Carolina 24-10 1,274 19

7. Florida 36-3 1,153 1

8. Louisville 31-6 1,114 5

9. Virginia 30-7 1,090 3

10. Texas 24-11 1,061 --

11. Wichita St. 35-1 1,027 2

12. Villanova 29-5 885 6

13. Gonzaga 29-7 840 --

14. Iowa St. 28-8 781 9

15. VCU 26-9 574 24

16. San Diego St. 31-5 560 13

17. UConn 32-8 552 18

18. Michigan St. 29-9 521 11

19. Oklahoma 23-10 426 21

20. Ohio St. 25-10 340 22

21. Nebraska 19-13 309 --

22. SMU 27-10 285 --

23. Syracuse 28-6 178 14

24. Michigan 28-9 167 7

25. Harvard 27-5 98 --

25. Utah 21-12 98 --

Others receiving votes: Stanford 71, Iowa 58, Colorado 57, UCLA 35, Minnesota 34, Kansas St. 27, Arkansas 21, Pittsburgh 20, Memphis 15, NC State 14, Louisiana Tech 9, Cincinnati 8, LSU 8, George Washington 7, Dayton 6, Notre Dame 6, Oklahoma St. 6, Florida St. 5, Georgetown 5, Illinois 3, Maryland 3, BYU 2, UNLV 2, Baylor 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, UTEP 1, West Virginia 1.

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