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Indiana tops AP preseason poll

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Indiana took the top spot in the men's college basketball AP preseason poll released Friday.

The Hoosiers garnered 43 of the 65 first-place votes, while No. 2 Louisville (20) and No. 3 Kentucky (2) received the others.

The Big Ten earned three spots in the top five, with Ohio State and Michigan ranking fourth and fifth.

Indiana last received the No. 1 spot in the preseason AP poll in the 1979-80 season. The Hoosiers were led by freshman point guard Isiah Thomas and Mike Woodson (the current New York Knicks coach). They went 21-8 and reached the Mideast Regional semifinals of the 1980 NCAA Tournament.

The last time a conference represented three spots in the preseason poll's top five was in 2008-09 when the Big East landed Connecticut (second), Louisville (third) and Pittsburgh (fifth).

Kentucky won the NCAA championship in April.

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