AP College Basketball Poll 2012: Complete Preseason Standings Released

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2012

With preseason practices well under way and the 2012-13 college basketball season just two weeks from beginning on Nov. 9, the Associated Press has released its anticipated preseason rankings

For those who follow all the hoopla and took a gander at the USA Today coaches' poll, there won't be too many surprises among top teams. 

After nabbing the No. 1 ranking from the coaches, the Indiana Hoosiers are once again top dogs, according to the AP voters. Spurred by superstar center Cody Zeller and a cabal of solid returning players, Tom Crean's squad comes into the season as one of the most talented veteran units in the nation.

On the other side of the experience spectrum are the Kentucky Wildcats, who come in at No. 3. The defending national champions are led by coach John Calipari and a new crop of freshmen, including Nerlens Noel, who has already garnered comparisons to Naismith Award winner Anthony Davis.

Nevertheless, the biggest grand-scale story coming from these rankings is the continued love of the Big Ten. From top to bottom, there is no conference with more top-tier teams, and that strength should make these squads battle-tested by March.

With that in mind, here is a look at the preseason Top 25 from the Associated Press.

Preseason AP Top 25 RANKINGS
 1. Indiana
 2. Louisville
 3. Kentucky
 4. Ohio State
 5. Michigan
 6. NC State
 7. Kansas
 8. Duke
 9. Syracuse
 10. Florida
 11. North Carolina
 12. Arizona
 13. UCLA
 14. Michigan State
 15. Missouri
 16. Creighton
 17. Memphis
 18. UNLV
 19. Baylor
 20. San Diego State
 21. Gonzaga
 22. Notre Dame
 23. Wisconsin
 24. Cincinnati
 25. Florida State