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NCAA basketball rankings: UNLV ranked No. 18, SDSU No. 20 in preseason AP poll

Both UNLV and San Diego State are ranked in the top 20 in the preseason AP poll.

Kent Horner

The preseason college basketball Associated Press Top 25 poll is out, and this preseason poll also has the San Diego St. Aztecs and UNLV Runnin' Rebels ranked in the top 20. UNLV comes in at No. 18 and San Diego State is at No. 20. That is very similar to the coaches poll which has the Rebels at 19 and Aztecs at the 20 spot.

Colorado State and New Mexico are both earning consideration as well. The Rams earned one vote for the 25th spot, and the Lobos earned nine points.

The top of the poll is the same with Indiana holding down the top spot followed by Louisville and then Kentucky. In fact the top eight spots are exactly like the coaches poll.

Here is the complete top 25:

Team (First-place votes) 2011-12 Record Pts
1. Indiana (43) 27-9 1,592
2. Louisville (20) 30-10 1,568
3. Kentucky (2) 38-2 1,453
4. Ohio St. 31-8 1,292
5. Michigan 24-10 1,290
6. NC State 24-13 1,270
7. Kansas 32-7 1,210
8. Duke 27-7 1,094
9. Syracuse 34-3 1,062
10. Florida 26-11 936
11. North Carolina 32-6 904
12. Arizona 23-12 902
13. UCLA 19-14 840
14. Michigan St. 29-8 789
15. Missouri 30-5 664
16. Creighton 29-6 622
17. Memphis 26-9 539
18. UNLV 26-9 488
19. Baylor 30-8 486
20. San Diego St. 26-8 463
21. Gonzaga 26-7 384
22. Notre Dame 22-12 297
23. Wisconsin 26-10 285
24. Cincinnati 26-11 120
25. Florida St. 25-10 101

Others receiving votes: Murray St. 59, VCU 58, Saint Louis 46, Texas 46, Minnesota 40, Butler 33, Pittsburgh 32, Saint Joseph’s 25, Marquette 23, Tennessee 15, Oklahoma St. 14, Kansas St. 12, Georgetown 9, New Mexico 9, Ohio 9, Miami 8, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 6, West Virginia 6, Davidson 5, Drexel 5, N. Iowa 5, Valparaiso 3, Lehigh 2, Stanford 2, Colorado St. 1, Oral Roberts 1.