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College basketball AP Poll: Gonzaga, Wichita State land in preseason top 10

The Bulldogs and Shockers stand in for all the teams outside of the major conferences.

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The preseason AP Poll mimicked the coaches poll as there was no consensus on the preseason top team. North Carolina scored 35 of the 65 first place votes to take the top spot in the poll.

Kentucky, Maryland, Kansas, and Virginia all scored at least a single first place vote.

Gonzaga begins the season at No. 9 in the poll. They are followed closely by Wichita State at No. 10. The Bulldogs and Shockers were the only teams outside of the power conferences to make the poll.

A number of other teams received at least a mention on the ballots. Rhode Island, Dayton, BYU, Valparaiso, Old Dominion, Central Michigan, UC-Irvine, Iona and Yale all picked up at least a single vote.

Here is the complete preseason AP poll:

2015-16 AP Preseason Poll

RANK TEAM (FIRST) POINTS
1 North Carolina Tar Heels (35) 1566
2 Kentucky Wildcats (10) 1520
3 Maryland Terrapins (14) 1487
4 Kansas Jayhawks (5) 1410
5 Duke Blue Devils 1350
6 Virginia Cavaliers (1) 1347
7 Iowa State Cyclones 1185
8 Oklahoma Sooners 1088
9 Gonzaga Bulldogs 1047
10 Wichita State Shockers 1032
11 Villanova Wildcats 1013
12 Arizona Wildcats 917
13 Michigan State Spartans 838
14 California Golden Bears 757
15 Indiana Hoosiers 755
16 Utah Utes 499
17 Wisconsin Badgers 433
18 Vanderbilt Commodores 393
19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 360
20 Connecticut Huskies 307
21 LSU Tigers 268
22 Baylor Bears 265
23 Purdue Boilermakers 236
24 Butler Bulldogs 223
25 Michigan Wolverines 126
Others Receiving Votes: Oregon (0-0) 116; SMU (0-0) 112; West Virginia (0-0) 84; Texas A&M (0-0) 72; Cincinnati (0-0) 63; Miami (Fla.) (0-0) 48; Louisville (0-0) 46; Georgetown (0-0) 23; North Carolina State (0-0) 19; Florida State (0-0) 18; Texas (0-0) 18; Rhode Island (0-0) 17; Dayton (0-0) 12; Xavier (0-0) 12; Providence (0-0) 10; Iowa (0-0) 6; BYU (0-0) 5; Valparaiso (0-0) 5; Boise State (0-0) 4; Old Dominion (0-0) 3; Oklahoma State (0-0) 2; UCLA (0-0) 2; San Diego State (0-0) 2; Central Michigan (0-0) 1; UC Irvine (0-0) 1; Iona (0-0) 1; Yale (0-0) 1