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College basketball rankings: Wisconsin No. 3 in 1st 2014-15 AP Poll

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The Badgers will begin the season a top-five team in the eyes of national media.

Jamie Squire

Wisconsin is No. 3 in the first 2014-15 AP Poll released Friday. The Badgers are a nearly-consensus top-five pick in preseason polls and power rankings, and they'll get to start the season ranked third in the highest-profile media poll.

Kentucky is the No. 1 team for the second straight preseason. Behind the Wildcats are Arizona at No. 2, whom Wisconsin beat last March to advance to the Final Four. The Badgers ultimately lost to Kentucky, which finished as the national runner-up to UConn.

Duke and Kansas round out the top five in order. Behind them in the top 10 are North Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Virginia and Texas.

No. 3 is the Badgers' highest-ever preseason ranking. Their previous high was No. 9 in 2006.

Wisconsin begins its season Nov. 14 vs. Northern Kentucky at the Kohl Center. The Badgers return four starters and lose only shooting guard Ben Brust (graduation) from last year's rotation. All eyes will be on Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekkerpreseason All-Big Ten selections, to continue carrying the load while promising sophomores Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig are expected to break out even further.

2014-15 AP Preseason Top 25
Rank Team Record Pts
1 Kentucky Wildcats (52) 0-0 1604
2 Arizona Wildcats (5) 0-0 1518
3 Wisconsin Badgers (8) 0-0 1483
4 Duke Blue Devils 0-0 1415
5 Kansas Jayhawks 0-0 1346
6 North Carolina Tar Heels 0-0 1274
7 Florida Gators 0-0 1153
8 Louisville Cardinals 0-0 1114
9 Virginia Cavaliers 0-0 1090
10 Texas Longhorns 0-0 1061
11 Wichita State Shockers 0-0 1027
12 Villanova Wildcats 0-0 885
13 Gonzaga Bulldogs 0-0 840
14 Iowa State Cyclones 0-0 781
15 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 0-0 574
16 San Diego State Aztecs 0-0 560
17 Connecticut Huskies 0-0 552
18 Michigan State Spartans 0-0 521
19 Oklahoma Sooners 0-0 426
20 Ohio State Buckeyes 0-0 340
21 Nebraska Cornhuskers 0-0 309
22 SMU Mustangs 0-0 285
23 Syracuse Orange 0-0 178
24 Michigan Wolverines 0-0 167
25 Utah Utes 0-0 98
25 Harvard Crimson 0-0 98
Others Receiving Votes: Stanford 71, Iowa 58, Colorado 57, UCLA 35, Minnesota 34, Kansas St. 27, Arkansas 21, Pittsburgh 20, Memphis 15, N.C. State 14, Louisiana Tech 9, Cincinnati 8, LSU 8, Geo. Wash. 7, Oklahoma St. 6, Notre Dame 6, Dayton 6, Florida St. 5, Georgetown 5, Maryland 3, Illinois 3, UNLV 2, BYU 2, UTEP 1, S.F. Austin 1, Baylor 1, West Virginia 1