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North Carolina Runaway No. 1 In AP Preseason Poll

North Carolina is the runaway No. 1 choice in the men's preseason Top 25 by The Associated Press.

The Tar Heels return all five starters from the team that lost in the regional finals last season. They are No. 1 in the preseason poll for the eighth time, tying UCLA for the mark.

North Carolina received all but three No. 1 votes in the national media voting Friday. The Tar Heels finished well ahead of Kentucky, the team that eliminated North Carolina last season.

Ohio State drew one first-place vote and is third. Defending national champion Connecticut received the other two No. 1 votes and is fourth.

Syracuse, Duke, Vanderbilt, Florida, Louisville and Pittsburgh round out the top 10.

The Big East has six ranked teams, two more than the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference.

Here's the complete AP Preseason Poll:

1 North Carolina (62) 0-0 1,620
2 Kentucky 0-0 1,501
3 Ohio State (1) 0-0 1,482
4 Connecticut (2) 0-0 1,433
5 Syracuse 0-0 1,338
6 Duke 0-0 1,301
7 Vanderbilt 0-0 1,120
8 Florida 0-0 1,086
9 Louisville 0-0 1,055
10 Pittsburgh 0-0 1,027
11 Memphis 0-0 997
12 Baylor 0-0 892
13 Kansas 0-0 755
14 Xavier 0-0 747
15 Wisconsin 0-0 720
16 Arizona 0-0 616
17 UCLA 0-0 404
18 Michigan 0-0 401
19 Alabama 0-0 395
20 Texas A&M 0-0 357
21 Cincinnati 0-0 353
22 Marquette 0-0 335
23 Gonzaga 0-0 283
24 California 0-0 230
25 Missouri 0-0 139


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