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College basketball rankings: Wisconsin opens at No. 17 in preseason AP Top 25

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The first AP poll of the college basketball season is out.

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After its run to the national championship game, the Wisconsin Badgers begin the 2015-16 season as the No. 17 team in the preseason AP Top 25 Poll released Monday.

Duke, which defeated Wisconsin for the NCAA tournament championship, opens at No. 5. North Carolina, which Wisconsin knocked off in the Sweet 16.

Fellow Big Ten Conference member Maryland opens at No. 3; in total, the Big Ten has six teams in the preseason poll: Maryland, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 15 Indiana, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 23 Purdue and No. 25 Michigan.

Wisconsin has an exhibition game against UW-River Falls on Wednesday and will open the season Nov. 13 against Western Illinois at the Kohl Center.

Without Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, the Badgers enter the season with juniors Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig as their undisputed leaders. Elsewhere, breakout years are expected from redshirt freshman Ethan Happ and junior Zak Showalter, and the Badgers also have an intriguing freshman crop including Charlie Thomas, Andy Van Vliet and Khalil Iverson.

2015-16 Preseason AP Top 25

RANK TEAM (FIRST) POINTS
1 North Carolina Tar Heels (35) 1566
2 Kentucky Wildcats (10) 1520
3 Maryland Terrapins (14) 1487
4 Kansas Jayhawks (5) 1410
5 Duke Blue Devils 1350
6 Virginia Cavaliers (1) 1347
7 Iowa State Cyclones 1185
8 Oklahoma Sooners 1088
9 Gonzaga Bulldogs 1047
10 Wichita State Shockers 1032
11 Villanova Wildcats 1013
12 Arizona Wildcats 917
13 Michigan State Spartans 838
14 California Golden Bears 757
15 Indiana Hoosiers 755
16 Utah Utes 499
17 Wisconsin Badgers 433
18 Vanderbilt Commodores 393
19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 360
20 Connecticut Huskies 307
21 LSU Tigers 268
22 Baylor Bears 265
23 Purdue Boilermakers 236
24 Butler Bulldogs 223
25 Michigan Wolverines 126
Others Receiving Votes: Oregon (0-0) 116; SMU (0-0) 112; West Virginia (0-0) 84; Texas A&M (0-0) 72; Cincinnati (0-0) 63; Miami (Fla.) (0-0) 48; Louisville (0-0) 46; Georgetown (0-0) 23; NC State (0-0) 19; Florida State (0-0) 18; Texas (0-0) 18; Rhode Island (0-0) 17; Dayton (0-0) 12; Xavier (0-0) 12; Providence (0-0) 10; Iowa (0-0) 6; Brigham Young (0-0) 5; Valparaiso (0-0) 5; Boise State (0-0) 4; Old Dominion (0-0) 3; Oklahoma State (0-0) 2; UCLA (0-0) 2; San Diego State (0-0) 2; Central Michigan (0-0) 1; UC Irvine (0-0) 1; Iona (0-0) 1; Yale (0-0) 1