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2018 Preseason AP Men's Basketball Poll

Rank Team (FPV) Conference Record Points Coaches
1 < 7 Duke (33) ACC 0-0 1572 *1
2 < NR Michigan State (13) Big Ten 0-0 1520 *2
3 < 4 Arizona (18) Pac-12 0-0 1506 *5
4 < 3 Kansas (1) Big 12 0-0 1439 3
5 < 5 Kentucky SEC 0-0 1340 4
6 < 1 Villanova Big East 0-0 1284 6
7 < 19 Wichita State American 0-0 1270 8
8 < 20 Florida SEC 0-0 1100 *7
9 < 6 North Carolina ACC 0-0 1047 9
10 < NR USC Pac-12 0-0 995 11
11 < 13 West Virginia Big 12 0-0 840 10
12 < 18 Cincinnati American 0-0 837 13
13 < NR Miami (FL) ACC 0-0 836 12
14 < 14 Notre Dame ACC 0-0 814 14
15 < NR Minnesota Big Ten 0-0 642 15
16 < 10 Louisville ACC 0-0 570 16
17 < NR Xavier Big East 0-0 544 17
18 < 2 Gonzaga West Coast 0-0 500 19
19 < NR Northwestern Big Ten 0-0 473 20
20 < 15 Purdue Big Ten 0-0 362 21
21 < 8 UCLA Pac-12 0-0 340 18
22 < 22 Saint Mary's West Coast 0-0 333 22
23 < NR Seton Hall Big East 0-0 274 23
24 < 12 Baylor Big 12 0-0 163 24
25 < NR Texas A&M SEC 0-0 130 RV
RV < NR Alabama SEC 0-0 86 25
RV < 24 Virginia ACC 0-0 57 RV
RV < NR Rhode Island Atlantic 10 0-0 49 RV
RV < NR TCU Big 12 0-0 46 RV
RV < NR Providence Big East 0-0 34 RV
RV < NR Missouri SEC 0-0 19 RV
RV < NR Virginia Tech ACC 0-0 16 RV
RV < 25 Wisconsin Big Ten 0-0 14 RV
RV < 21 Butler Big East 0-0 13 RV
RV < NR Texas Big 12 0-0 10 RV
RV < NR Maryland Big Ten 0-0 7 RV
RV < NR Nevada Mountain West 0-0 7 RV
RV < NR Oklahoma Big 12 0-0 7 RV
RV < 23 Michigan Big Ten 0-0 6 RV
RV < NR Dayton Atlantic 10 0-0 5 NR
RV < NR Ball State MAC 0-0 4 NR
RV < NR Middle Tennessee Conference USA 0-0 4 NR
RV < 11 SMU American 0-0 3 RV
RV < NR Oakland Horizon 0-0 2 RV
RV < 9 Oregon Pac-12 0-0 2 RV
RV < NR Harvard Ivy 0-0 1 RV
RV < NR South Carolina SEC 0-0 1 RV
RV < NR UCF American 0-0 1 NR
NR < NR Arkansas SEC 0-0 0 NR
NR < NR Creighton Big East 0-0 0 RV
NR < 16 Florida State ACC 0-0 0 NR
NR < NR Georgia SEC 0-0 0 RV
NR < NR Georgia Tech ACC 0-0 0 RV
NR < 17 Iowa State Big 12 0-0 0 NR
CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN
Conference Teams Avg Rank Total Points
ACC 5 10.6 4839
Big Ten 4 14.0 2997
Pac-12 3 11.3 2841
SEC 3 12.7 2570
Big 12 3 13.0 2442
Big East 3 15.3 2102
American 2 9.5 2107
West Coast 2 20.0 833

MILESTONES
Last Appearances:
- Duke makes first appearance at #1 since the 11/14/2016 poll (17 polls)
- Florida makes first appearance in the Top 10 since the 11/17/2014 poll (55 polls)
- Michigan State makes first appearance in the Top 5 since the final 2016 poll (19 polls)
- Seton Hall makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the final 2016 poll (19 polls)
- Texas A&M makes first appearance in the Top 25 since the final 2016 poll (19 polls)
- USC makes first appearance in the Top 10 since the final 1992 poll (470 polls)
- Wichita State makes first appearance in the Top 10 since the 11/16/2015 poll (36 polls)

Weekly Streaks:
- Butler's Top 25 streak ends at 16
- Florida State's Top 25 streak ends at 14
- Gonzaga's Top 5 streak ends at 11, Top 10 streak ends at 16, Top 25 streak reaches 20
- Oregon's Top 25 streak ends at 27
- Saint Mary's Top 25 streak reaches 20
- Villanova's Top 5 streak ends at 19, Top 10 streak reaches 30
- UCLA's Top 25 streak reaches 20
- Virginia's Top 25 streak ends at 64
- Wisconsin's Top 25 streak ends at 19

Total Appearances:
- Purdue reaches 340 appearances and ties NC State for #23
- Saint Mary's ties two others for #103
- UCLA reaches 690 appearances (#5)

Total Appearances - Preseason:
- Gonzaga reaches 15 appearances (#29)
- Kentucky reaches 50 appearances (#1)
- Louisville reaches 40 appearances (#6)

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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