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Louisville earns votes in preseason AP college basketball poll

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Hoops season is right around the corner.

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For the third time in four years, the Louisville men’s basketball team will begin a season unranked in the preseason Associated Press top 25 poll.

The Cards earned three votes from the AP voters, good enough to tie them with Notre Dame and BYU for the final spots in the “others receiving votes” portion of the poll.

Teams on U of L’s 2021-22 schedule who will begin the season ranked include: No. 9 Duke, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 19 North Carolina, No. 20 Florida State and No. 25 Virginia. Additionally, Louisville could face Maryland in the Bahamas on the Saturday over Thanksgiving. The Terrapins will start the season ranked No. 21.

Michigan State, the Cards’ opponent in this year’s ACC-Big 10 Challenge, was the first team on the outside of the poll looking in.

Here is the complete preseason AP top 25:

The season tips off in just 22 short days.