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NCAA basketball preseason AP Poll: Gonzaga and Saint Mary's make the Top 25

The top two WCC teams are the only mid-majors to make the cut.

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The Preseason AP poll is finally out, and Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s are the only two teams from mid-major conferences to make the cut. Seven mid-majors, however, received votes and could crack the poll with a strong start to the season.

Gonzaga comes in as the highest-ranked from a mid-major league at No. 18. This marks the 15th time the Bulldogs have entered the season ranked, all in the Mark Few era.

While Saint Mary’s was picked to finish ahead of Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference, the Gaels came in four spots behind the Bulldogs in the AP Poll at 22. This is only the second time the Gaels have started the season ranked in the Top 25.

The highest of the mid-major programs to just miss the cut was Rhode Island, receiving 49 votes, good for the 29th highest amount. Next was Nevada with seven votes, then Dayton with five votes. Middle Tennessee and Ball State both received with four votes. Oakland and Harvard round off the voting with two votes and one vote, respectively.

Preseason AP Poll

RANK TEAM PTS
RANK TEAM PTS
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 836
14 Notre Dame 814
15 Minnesota 642
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