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|
| 4. Ohio State |
| 6. NC State|
| 8. Duke|
| 11. North Carolina|
| 14. Michigan State|
| 17. Memphis|
| 20. San Diego State|
| 21. Gonzaga|
| 22. Notre Dame|
| 25. Florida State|