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2020 Preseason AP Men's Basketball Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conference Record Points
1 < 5 Michigan State (60) Big Ten 0-0 1619
2 < 7 Kentucky (2) SEC 0-0 1497
3 < 17 Kansas (3) Big 12 0-0 1457
4 < 1 Duke ACC 0-0 1399
5 < NR Louisville ACC 0-0 1386
6 < NR Florida SEC 0-0 1313
7 < NR Maryland Big Ten 0-0 1134
8 < 4 Gonzaga West Coast 0-0 1096
9 < 3 North Carolina ACC 0-0 1060
10 < 23 Villanova Big East 0-0 1048
11 < 2 Virginia ACC 0-0 1007
12 < NR Seton Hall Big East 0-0 863
13 < 9 Texas Tech Big 12 0-0 837
14 < NR Memphis American 0-0 773
15 < NR Oregon Pac-12 0-0 742
16 < NR Baylor Big 12 0-0 523
17 < 25 Utah State Mountain West 0-0 491
18 < NR Ohio State Big Ten 0-0 407
19 < NR Xavier Big East 0-0 356
20 < NR Saint Mary's West Coast 0-0 330
21 < NR Arizona Pac-12 0-0 265
22 < 12 LSU SEC 0-0 234
23 < 13 Purdue Big Ten 0-0 230
24 < 14 Auburn SEC 0-0 210
25 < NR VCU Atlantic 10 0-0 193
RV < NR Washington Pac-12 0-0 164
RV < NR Colorado Pac-12 0-0 152
RV < 6 Tennessee SEC 0-0 78
RV < NR Marquette Big East 0-0 68
RV < 10 Florida State ACC 0-0 36
RV < NR Davidson Atlantic 10 0-0 34
RV < NR Harvard Ivy 0-0 24
RV < NR Illinois Big Ten 0-0 14
RV < NR Missouri SEC 0-0 13
RV < NR Mississippi State SEC 0-0 12
RV < NR Georgetown Big East 0-0 11
RV < 11 Houston American 0-0 11
RV < 22 Cincinnati American 0-0 8
RV < NR Notre Dame ACC 0-0 7
RV < NR Creighton Big East 0-0 4
RV < NR NC State ACC 0-0 3
RV < NR Syracuse ACC 0-0 3
RV < NR Alabama SEC 0-0 2
RV < NR Liberty Atlantic Sun 0-0 2
RV < 8 Michigan Big Ten 0-0 2
RV < NR USC Pac-12 0-0 2
RV < NR Vermont America East 0-0 2
RV < NR Colgate Patriot 0-0 1
RV < NR Dayton Atlantic 10 0-0 1
RV < NR Providence Big East 0-0 1
NR < 15 Buffalo MAC 0-0 0
NR < 24 Iowa State Big 12 0-0 0
NR < 18 Kansas State Big 12 0-0 0
NR < 20 Nevada Mountain West 0-0 0
NR < 16 Virginia Tech ACC 0-0 0
NR < 21 Wisconsin Big Ten 0-0 0
NR < 19 Wofford Southern 0-0 0
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
ACC 4 7.3 4852
Big Ten 4 12.3 3390
SEC 4 13.5 3254
Big 12 3 10.7 2817
Big East 3 13.7 2267
West Coast 2 14.0 1426
Pac-12 2 18.0 1007
American 1 14.0 773
Mountain West 1 17.0 491
Atlantic 10 1 25.0 193

MILESTONES
Last Appearances:
- Arizona makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the final 2018 poll (20 polls)
- Baylor makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 12/25/2017 poll (31 polls)
- Florida makes first appearance in the Top 10 since the 12/4/2017 poll (34 polls), and in the Top 25 since the final 2018 poll (20 polls)
- Kansas makes first appearance in the Top 5 since the 12/31/2018 poll (11 polls)
- Louisville makes first appearance in the Top 5 since the 2/6/2017 poll (44 polls), and in the Top 10 since the 3/13/2017 poll (39 polls)
- Maryland makes first appearance in the Top 10 since the 2/22/2016 poll (61 polls)
- Memphis makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 3/10/2014 poll (97 polls)
- Michigan State makes first appearance at #1 since the 1/1/2018 poll (30 polls)
- Ohio State makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 1/7/2019 poll (10 polls)
- Oregon makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 11/26/2018 poll (16 polls)
- Saint Mary's makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the final 2018 poll (20 polls)
- Seton Hall makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the 1/15/2018 poll (28 polls)
- VCU makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the final 2015 poll (77 polls)
- Villanova makes first appearance in the Top 10 since the 11/12/2018 poll (18 polls)
- Xavier makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the final 2018 poll (20 polls)

Weekly Streaks:
- Buffalo's Top 25 streak ends at 19
- Gonzaga's Top 5 streak ends at 11
- Houston's Top 25 streak ends at 15
- Kentucky's Top 10 streak reaches 10
- LSU's Top 25 streak reaches 10
- Michigan's Top 10 streak ends at 18, Top 25 streak ends at 29
- Michigan State's Top 25 streak reaches 40
- Nevada's Top 25 streak ends at 26
- Tennessee's Top 10 streak ends at 20, Top 25 streak ends at 35
- Virginia's Top 5 streak ends at 14, Top 10 streak ends at 32
- Virginia Tech's Top 25 streak ends at 20

Total Appearances:
- Auburn ties Texas A&M for #69
- Baylor reaches 120 appearances (#68)
- LSU ties Georgia Tech for #44
- Ohio State ties Georgetown for #15
- Oregon ties Oregon State and Bradley for #64
- Purdue reaches 370 appearances (#20)
- Seton Hall ties two other for #71
- VCU ties three others for #115

Total Appearances - Preseason:
- Florida reaches 20 appearances (#21)
- Ohio State reaches 20 appearances (#21)
- Michigan State reaches 25 appearances (#11)
- North Carolina reaches 50 appearances (#2)
- Seton Hall reaches 5 appearances (#69)
- Texas Tech makes first appearance in the preseason poll
- Villanova reaches 20 appearances (#21)

Notes

  • First-place votes, W-L records, and total points are not available prior to 2001-02. If you have some of this data from a verifiable source, please contact me.
  • Regular-season polls from 1949-60 had 20 teams, from 1961-68 had 10 teams (except in December 1960 and the 1964-65 preseason polls), and 1990-present had 25 teams.
  • Preseason polls started in the 1961-62 season, and there were post-tournament polls in 1953, 1954, 1974, and 1975.
  • All poll dates fall on Mondays with a few exceptions. See explanation here.

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