Louisville Ranked No. 3 In Preseason AP Top 25

Andy Lyons

The Associated Press released its preseason top 25 on Thursday, and just as they did in the preseason coaches' poll, Louisville checked in at No. 3.

The Cards are ranked just behind preseason No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2 Michigan State, and just ahead of Duke and Kansas. No. 13 Memphis and No. 18 Connecticut are the other American Athletic Conference members to earn preseason rankings.

The defending national champions received 14 out of the possible 65 first-place votes, 13 less than Kentucky and eight less than Michigan State. Duke received the other two first-place nods.

Here's your complete poll:

1. Kentucky (27) 21-12 1,546 _

2. Michigan St. (22) 27-9 1,543 9

3. Louisville (14) 35-5 1,501 2

4. Duke (2) 30-6 1,435 6

5. Kansas 31-6 1,357 3

6. Arizona 27-8 1,311 21

7. Michigan 31-8 1,120 11

8. Oklahoma St. 24-9 1,093 17

8. Syracuse 30-10 1,093 16

10. Florida 29-8 1,048 14

11. Ohio St. 29-8 1,036 7

12. North Carolina 25-11 954 _

13. Memphis 31-5 741 19

14. VCU 27-9 680 _

15. Gonzaga 32-3 538 1

16. Wichita St. 30-9 512 _

17. Marquette 26-9 510 15

18. UConn 20-10 448 _

19. Oregon 28-9 408 25

20. Wisconsin 23-12 338 18

21. Notre Dame 25-10 332 23

22. UCLA 25-10 244 24

23. New Mexico 29-6 213 10

24. Virginia 23-12 189 _

25. Baylor 23-14 180 _

Others receiving votes: Tennessee 176, Creighton 145, Indiana 111, Colorado 83, Iowa 83, Harvard 46, Boise St. 22, Villanova 14, Arizona St. 11, Georgetown 11, UNLV 8, Washington 8, LSU 6, Pittsburgh 6, Stanford 6, Boston College 5, La Salle 4, Missouri 3, Saint Louis 3, St. John's 3, Cincinnati 1.

Why does the preseason No. 1 team in the country have an underscore where their "previous ranking" is supposed to be? Surely that must be a mistake.

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