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Arizona ranked No. 3 in AP preseason poll

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The Arizona Wildcats will open the 2017-18 college basketball season as the No. 3 team in the country, per the AP Poll that was released Wednesday.

The Duke Blue Devils are No. 1 and the Michigan State Spartans are No. 2.

Arizona received the third-most first-place votes with 18.

Here is entire poll:

Preseason AP Top 25

rank team points
rank team points
1 Duke (33) 1,572
2 Michigan State (13) 1,520
3 Arizona (18) 1,506
4 Kansas (1) 1,439
5 Kentucky 1,340
6 Villanova 1,284
7 Wichita State 1,270
8 Florida 1,100
9 North Carolina 1,047
10 USC 995
11 West Virginia 840
12 Cincinnati 837
13 Miami (FL) 836
14 Notre Dame 814
15 Minnesota 641
16 Louisville 570
17 Xavier 544
18 Gonzaga 500
19 Northwestern 473
20 Purdue 362
21 UCLA 340
22 Saint Mary's 333
23 Seton Hall 274
24 Baylor 163
25 Texas A&M 130
Others receiving votes:Alabama 86, Virginia 57, Rhode Island 49, TCU 46, Providence 34, Missouri 19, Virginia Tech 16, Wisconsin 14, Butler 13, Texas 10, Maryland 7, Oklahoma 7, Nevada 7, Michigan 6, Dayton 5, Middle Tennessee 4, Ball St. 4, SMU 3, Oakland 2, Oregon 2, South Carolina 1, Harvard 1, UCF 1

Three teams in the Top 25 are on Arizona’s schedule this season — No. 10 USC, No. 21 UCLA, and No. 25 Texas A&M.

And Alabama, which Arizona hosts on Dec. 9, is the No. 26 team, receiving 86 votes. Plus, Arizona will likely face either No. 6 Villanova or No. 20 Purdue (but not both) in Battle 4 Atlantis in November.

Arizona arguably has the most talented roster in the country this season, but it will be without star guard Rawle Alkins (broken foot) until December.

The Wildcats are No. 5 in the Coaches Poll to start the season.


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