College basketball rankings 2012: Indiana tops AP Poll, Baylor checks in at No. 19

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana is atop the preseason AP Top 25 for the first time since 1979-80, while Baylor is in the Top 20 and Texas also received votes.

Indiana is back atop the college basketball world, at least for the preseason. The Hoosiers have taken the top spot in the AP preseason top 25, earning 43 of the 65 first-place votes. Louisville checks in at No. 2, with 20 first-place votes, while defending champions Kentucky took the remaining two first-place votes and are ranked third.

After Kansas at No. 7, Baylor is the second highest ranked Big XII team, coming in at No. 19. The Bears went to the Elite 8 last year, where they were beaten by Kentucky, but they have some players to replace and are a better bet to finish strong than start fast.

It is a weak year for the conference, with the Jayhawks and Bears making up the entirety of the conference's representation in the top 25, but Texas does come in tied for third in the "others receiving votes" category.

Here is the complete top 25:

Team (First-place votes) 2011-12 Record Pts
1. Indiana (43) 27-9 1,592
2. Louisville (20) 30-10 1,568
3. Kentucky (2) 38-2 1,453
4. Ohio St. 31-8 1,292
5. Michigan 24-10 1,290
6. NC State 24-13 1,270
7. Kansas 32-7 1,210
8. Duke 27-7 1,094
9. Syracuse 34-3 1,062
10. Florida 26-11 936
11. North Carolina 32-6 904
12. Arizona 23-12 902
13. UCLA 19-14 840
14. Michigan St. 29-8 789
15. Missouri 30-5 664
16. Creighton 29-6 622
17. Memphis 26-9 539
18. UNLV 26-9 488
19. Baylor 30-8 486
20. San Diego St. 26-8 463
21. Gonzaga 26-7 384
22. Notre Dame 22-12 297
23. Wisconsin 26-10 285
24. Cincinnati 26-11 120
25. Florida St. 25-10 101

Others receiving votes: Murray St. 59, VCU 58, Saint Louis 46, Texas 46, Minnesota 40, Butler 33, Pittsburgh 32, Saint Joseph’s 25, Marquette 23, Tennessee 15, Oklahoma St. 14, Kansas St. 12, Georgetown 9, New Mexico 9, Ohio 9, Miami 8, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 6, West Virginia 6, Davidson 5, Drexel 5, N. Iowa 5, Valparaiso 3, Lehigh 2, Stanford 2, Colorado St. 1, Oral Roberts 1.

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