NCAA Basketball

Spartans preseason No. 1 for first time

(AP Photo/David Banks)

There isn't much Michigan State has yet to accomplish under Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo, from Big Ten titles and Final Four trips to winning a national championship.

The Spartans can now add another milestone to the list: They are No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball preseason poll for the first time in program history.

The Spartans were the overwhelming choice with their veteran returnees led by star Cassius Winston. They topped 60 of 65 ballots in voting results released Monday, easily outdistancing No. 2 Kentucky and No. 3 Kansas as the only other teams to receive first-place votes.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Michigan State0-0
2 Kentucky0-0
3 Kansas0-0
4 Duke0-0
5 Louisville0-0
6 Florida0-0
7 Maryland0-0
8 Gonzaga0-0
9 North Carolina0-0
10 Villanova0-0
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke32-6
2 Kansas26-10
3 Virginia35-3
4 North Carolina29-7
5 Houston33-4
6 Michigan State32-7
7 Tennessee31-6
8 Gonzaga33-4
9 Kentucky30-7
10 Buffalo32-4
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