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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Kansas on top in preseason USA Today Coaches Poll

Kansas coach Bill Self calls to his players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Austin, Texas. Kansas won 77-67.

Kansas coach Bill Self calls to his players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Austin, Texas. Kansas won 77-67.

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Three days after learning it would enter the 2018-19 season with the No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, Kansas completed the sweep.

KU coach Bill Self’s Jayhawks also earned the top spot in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll for the fourth time in school history, joining the 1996-97, 2004-05 and 2009-10 teams.

It marks the fourth consecutive year the Jayhawks have opened the season in the top five of the coaches poll and the 27th time in time in the 30-year history of the poll that KU was ranked in the preseason.

Kentucky, Duke, Gonzaga and Virginia, round out the top five in both polls, although in a slightly different order.

Self, now in his 16th season in charge of the program, has guided KU to an NCAA-record 14 consecutive Big 12 regular season titles and is looking to add No. 15 this season.

The Jayhawks open exhibition play tonight at 7 p.m. vs. Emporia State at Allen Fieldhouse and open the regular season on Nov. 6 against Michigan State at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis.

USA Today Coaches Poll

1 - Kansas (14)

2 - Kentucky (12)

3 - Duke (4)

4 - Gonzaga (1)

5 - Virginia (1)

6 - Tennessee

7 - North Carolina

8 - Villanova

9 - Nevada

10 - Michigan State

11 - Kansas State

12 - Auburn

13 - West Virginia

14 - Syracuse

15 - Florida State

16 - Oregon

17 - Virginia Tech

18 - Michigan

19 - Mississippi State

20 - UCLA

21 - TCU

22 - Purdue

23 - Clemson

24 - Washington

25 - Nebraska

Others receiving votes: LSU 65, Loyola (Chi) 61, Florida 52, Indiana 34, Marquette 34, NC State 30, Cincinnati 30, Alabama 28, Maryland 26, Louisville 10, Providence 10, Buffalo 7, USC 6, Arizona 5, Butler 5, UCF 5, Wisconsin 4, Notre Dame 4, Texas 4, Missouri 3, Baylor 2, Miami 2, St. John's 1, Vanderbilt 1.

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