Duke No. 1 in the first AP regular-season poll, followed by Michigan State and Arizona

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:28:11 AM. Duke is No. 1 in The Associated Press' first regular-season poll of the 2017-18 season.
is No. 1 in the first regular-season AP poll of 2017-18. The Blue Devils were No. 1 in the preseason poll and received 34 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel Monday after winning their first two games. No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona got 16 and No. 4 had 2. Duke had 33 first-place votes in the preseason poll. Villanova moved up one spot to No. 5, with Wichita State, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina and USC rounding out the top 10. Arizona (2-0) lost two first-place votes despite opening its season with convincing wins over Northern Arizona and Maryland-Baltimore County. Kansas (2-0) picked up a first-place vote after routing 92-56. Kentucky (2-0) dropped out of the top five after trailing Utah Valley by 12 in a season-opening win and holding off Vermont 73-69 in a pair of home games. “You cannot play Popcorn State and learn anything,” Wildcats coach said. “You've got to play good teams. I didn't realize how good (Vermont) was until I watched the tape. Then I was like: ‘Who scheduled this game? This is ridiculous.’ They just do an unbelievable job.” Here’s how the Tribune’s Shannon Ryan voted, with her preseason ranking in parentheses and explanations of her ballot: 1. Arizona 2-0 (1) 2. Michigan State 1-0 (2) 3. Duke 2-0 (3) 4. Kansas 1-0 (4) 5. Villanova 1-0 (6) 6. Wichita State 1-0 (7) 7. Kentucky 2-0 (5) 8. Florida 0-0 (8) 9. USC 1-0 (9) 10. North Carolina 1-0 (10) 11. Notre Dame 1-0 (11) 12. Miami 2-0 (12) 13. Xavier 1-0...Read more
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