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College basketball rankings: Kansas No. 7 in preseason AP poll

The Kansas Jayhawks, coming off an appearance in the 2012 National Championship game, open the season at No. 7 in the AP preseason poll.

Jamie Squire

The Kansas Jayhawks come in at No. 7 on The Associated Press preseason poll that was released Friday morning, with Missouri also getting into the Top 25 at No. 15.

The Jayhawks, who finished the 2011-12 season at No. 6 in the AP and coaches polls, lost to Kentucky in the National Championship game in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Kansas would finish the season with a 32-7 record, having beaten North Carolina and Ohio State in the tournament to reach the final game.

Missouri, meanwhile, finished No. 2 in the Big 12 standings behind Kansas and ended the season No. 3 in the AP poll with a 30-5 record on the year. Coach Frank Haith, in his first season with the Tigers, earned AP Coach of the Year honors as Missouri won the Big 12 tournament in their final season in the conference before moving to the SEC in 2012-13.

The Tigers went on to lose their first game of the NCAA Tournament, a 86-84 defeat against Norfolk State.

The full AP rankings:

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