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2015-16 AP Preseason Poll Released; Cincinnati Bearcats Outside Top 25

The Cincinnati Bearcats are just outside the AP Top 25 that was released today. AAC foes Connecticut and SMU both rank higher than the Bearcats.

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The AP Top 25 Preseason Poll for men's college basketball was released today with the season right around the corner. Cincinnati finds themselves outside the preseason poll, although they do have their fair share of votes beyond the Top 25 with 63.

North Carolina sits at No. 1 with Kentucky, Maryland and Kansas filling out the top 4. Each of those teams also received votes towards the No. 1 spot. Duke is No. 5 (no first-place votes) and Virginia at No. 6 has one first-place vote of their own.

Cincinnati finds themselves behind AAC foes Connecticut and SMU as the Huskies are ranked 20th and the Mustangs have 112 votes to their name, just beyond the Top 25 themselves. Iowa State, a team the Bearcats play on Dec. 22, are ranked 7th. Cincinnati also has the 24th ranked Butler Bulldogs on the schedule for Dec. 2.

While football continues along, the college basketball season is just around the corner. The Bearcats will take the floor tomorrow night against Grand Valley State in an exhibition match at Fifth Third Arena beginning at 7 pm.

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; NC 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; Brigham Young (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