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Baylor 19th, Indiana preseason No. 1 In AP Poll

(October 26, 2012) -- Indiana is No. 1 in The Associated Press' preseason Top 25 for the third time and the first since the 1979-80 season.

The Hoosiers return all five starters, including 7-foot sophomore Cody Zeller.

They received 43 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Friday. Louisville and Kentucky, the teams ranked second and third, received the rest of the first-place votes with Louisville getting 20 and the defending national champion the other two.

Ohio State and Michigan join Indiana as Big Ten teams in the top five. The last time a conference had three teams in the preseason top five was 2008-09 when Connecticut, Louisville and Pittsburgh of the Big East were second, third and fifth, respectively.

North Carolina State, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse and Florida round out the top 10.

Baylor checks in at No. 19, the Bears rank 18th in the preseason coaches' poll. The No. 19 AP ranking is the third-highest preseason slot in program history. Baylor was No. 12 in last season’s preseason AP poll and No. 16 prior to the 2010-11 campaign.

The Bears have been ranked every week since the start of the 2011-12 season, marking the longest stretch in program history. Baylor climbed as high as No. 3 in both polls and never fell below 14th nationally last season. BU has played 86 games while ranked in the AP poll, and all but two of those games have been during the Scott Drew era.

AP Men's Preseason Poll

1 Indiana (43) 0-0 1,592
2 Louisville (20) 0-0 1,568
3 Kentucky (2) 0-0 1,453
4 Ohio State 0-0 1,292
5 Michigan 0-0 1,290
6 North Carolina State 0-0 1,270
7 Kansas 0-0 1,210
8 Duke 0-0 1,094
9 Syracuse 0-0 1,062
10 Florida 0-0 936
11 North Carolina 0-0 904
12 Arizona 0-0 902
13 UCLA 0-0 840
14 Michigan State 0-0 789
15 Missouri 0-0 664
16 Creighton 0-0 622
17 Memphis 0-0 539
18 UNLV 0-0 488
19 Baylor 0-0 486
20 San Diego State 0-0 463
21 Gonzaga 0-0 384
22 Notre Dame 0-0 297
23 Wisconsin 0-0 285
24 Cincinnati 0-0 120
25 Florida State 0-0 101


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