ACC Leads AP Preseason Top 25

Three teams rank among top 10, led by No. 1 Duke

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The ACC leads all conferences with three teams in the top 10 of the Associated Press preseason basketball poll, led by No. 1 Duke.

No. 6 North Carolina and No. 8 Virginia join the Blue Devils in the top 10. With Louisville ranked No. 13 and Syracuse No. 19,  the ACC placed five teams among the top 20. That number also leads all  
conferences. Five additional ACC teams are among those that received preseason votes.

ACC teams open regular-season play on Friday, November 11. The first conference games of the 2016-17 season are set for December 28, when Wake Forest travels to Florida State, and Virginia visits Louisville.
Duke’s eight preseason AP No. 1 rankings are the second-most in the history of the poll, as are its 128 total weeks as the AP’s top-ranked team. The Blue Devils have been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll 73 times since the start of the 1997-98 season to lead all teams nationally.

Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will play host to the New York Life ACC Tournament for the first time. The 64th annual event opens with three first-round games on Tuesday, March 7 and culminates with the Saturday night championship game on March 11.

The ACC’s current 15 member schools have captured seven of the last 16 NCAA Championships and 16 overall, while combining for 62 Final Four appearances and a national-best 601 NCAA Tournament wins. ACC teams have combined to win an NCAA-record 36 NCAA Tournament games over the past two seasons, including a 32-8 mark versus teams from outside the conference.

Additionally, three of the top five, four of the top 10 and six of the top 25 winningest programs in NCAA Division I basketball history reside in the ACC.

Four of the six active Division I coaches that have been selected for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame will again compete in the ACC this season - Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Louisville’s Rick Pitino, North Carolina’s Roy Williams and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.

The 2016-17 Associated Press Preseason Poll:

1. Duke (58)                  25-11 1612
2. Kentucky (2)               27-9 1479
3. Kansas                  33-5     1476
4. Villanova (4)               35-5 1465
5. Oregon (1)                  31-7 1344 
6. North Carolina  33-7 1314
7. Xavier                  28-6 1167
8. Virginia                  29-8 1149
9. Wisconsin                  22-13 1135
10. Arizona                  25-9       1004 
11. Indiana                  27-8 917
12. Michigan State        29-6 903
13. Louisville                 23-8 755
14. Gonzaga                  28-8 699
15. Purdue                  26-9       672
16. UCLA                  15-17 540 
17. Saint Mary's (Cal)  29-6 512 
18. UConn                  25-11 504
19. Syracuse                  23-14 464
20. West Virginia          26-9 360
21. Texas                  20-13 250
22. Creighton          20-15 231
23. Rhode Island          17-15 199
24. Iowa State          23-12 168 
25. Maryland          27-9 144

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 110, Dayton 98, Florida St. 88, California 74, San Diego St. 48, Miami 35, NC State 29, Butler 21, Wichita St. 21, Florida 18, Virginia Tech 18, Ohio St. 18, Mississippi St. 14, Texas A&M 14, Oklahoma 11, Colorado 10, Michigan 8, Monmouth (NJ) 7, Notre Dame 6, Washington 5, Seton Hall 5, Princeton 2, Ohio 1, Harvard 1, Vanderbilt 1.

AP Poll notes:
The Associated Press college basketball poll started on Jan. 20, 1949. UCLA has spent the most weeks at No. 1 with 134; Duke is second with 122. North Carolina, with 111, is the only other school with more than 100.