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Kalin Lucas of the Michigan State Spartans, just one of the college basketball teams that begin play this weekend. Photo courtesy of Yahoo.It seems like it has been ages since Duke defeated the Butler Bulldogs to win the NCAA National Title in one of the most exciting recent day NCAA Tournament Finals. The excitement that left us wanting more in early April returns this weekend to college basketball arenas around the country. When practices and exhibitions opened up last month with Midnight Madness it gave us a taste of what is to come this weekend.

The preseason AP Poll has the Duke Blue Devils sitting at the top of the Top 25. With Senior Nolan Smith returning from his best year last season averaging over 17 points per game, the Blue Devils will look to the Smith to lead them to back-to-back titles. As the Blue Devils look to add the school’s fifth title to the trophy cabinet and tie in-state rival the North Carolina Tarheels for fourth on the all-time list, they’ll have to do so with Michigan State right on their heels. The two schools will meet on December 1st at Cameron Indoor which will be one of the most anticipated games of the season.

Over half of the top 25 will kickoff Friday, including second ranked Michigan State and third ranked Kansas State. The rest of the schools around the country will continue their season openers throughout the weekend.

Check out the preseason AP Poll below and let us know who you’ll be watching as the season gets underway.

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Team Record Points Previous Rank
1 Duke(55) 0-0 1613 NR
2 Michigan State (8) 0-0 1558 NR
3 Kansas State (2) 0-0 1414 NR
4 Ohio State 0-0 1368 NR
5 Pittsburgh 2-0 1310 NR
6 Villanova 0-0 1198 NR
7 Kansas 0-0 1172 NR
8 North Carolina
0-0 1034 NR
9 Florida 0-0 997 NR
10 Syracuse 0-0 920 NR
11 Kentucky 0-0 917 NR
12 Gonzaga 0-0 889 NR
13 Illinois 2-0 773 NR
14 Purdue 0-0 771 NR
15 Missouri 0-0 700 NR
16 Baylor 0-0 625 NR
17 Butler 0-0 607 NR
18 Washington 0-0 572 NR
19 Memphis 0-0 551 NR
20 Georgetown 0-0 363 NR
21 Virginia Tech 0-0 288 NR
22 Temple 0-0 265 NR
23 Tennessee
0-0 252 NR
24 Brigham Young
0-0 198 NR
25 San Diego State 0-0 158 NR

Others Receiving Votes:

Wisconsin 126, Texas 107, Georgia 67, West Virginia 65, Minnesota 55, Florida State 28, Wichita State 28, UNLV 21, Richmond 17, Murray State 15, Vanderbilt 14, North Carolina State 10, Arizona 8, Connecticut 8, Mississippi State 7, Colorado 7, UCLA 5, Ohio 4, Miami (FL) 4, Utah State 4, Xavier 4, Dayton 3, Old Dominion 2, Georgia Tech 1, New Mexico 1, Wofford 1