Bluejays Ranked 16th In AP Preseason Poll

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The Creighton men's basketball team is ranked 16th in The Associated Press preseason top-25 poll released Friday. It's the poll's highest preseason rank in school history and the highest preseason rank for an MVC team since the 1981-82 Wichita State team was No. 6 in the preseason.

The Bluejays are the lone Missouri Valley Conference school represented in the top-25, which also includes November 23rd opponent Wisconsin at No. 23. Future opponents Saint Joseph's and Northern Iowa also received votes in the poll.

Indiana earned 43-of-65 first-place votes to top the poll while Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State and Michigan round out the top-five. The Hoosiers are No. 1 in the AP preseason top 25 for the third time and the first since the 1979-80 season. They return all five starters, including 7-foot sophomore Cody Zeller.

Prior to today, the only other preseason AP recognition had come in 2006-07 when the Jays were tabbed No. 19 in the preseason poll.

Creighton spent 11 weeks in The Associated Press poll last season, reaching as high as No. 13 the week of January 30th, before ranking No. 19 in the final AP poll issued prior to the NCAA Tournament.

Last week, Creighton was tabbed 15th in the preseason coaches poll released by USA Today.

Creighton opens the 2012-13 season with an exhibition next Friday versus Mary before regular-season play begins with a November 9th game against North Texas.



The Associated Press Preseason Top 25
First-place votes in parentheses, 2011-12 final records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and 2011-12 final ranking:

No.-Team-Record-Points-Previous
1. Indiana (43) 27-9 1,592 16
2. Louisville (20) 30-10 1,568 17
3. Kentucky (2) 38-2 1,453 1
4. Ohio St. 31-8 1,292 7
5. Michigan 24-10 1,290 13
6. NC State 24-13 1,270 -
7. Kansas 32-7 1,210 6
8. Duke 27-7 1,094 8
9. Syracuse 34-3 1,062 2
10. Florida 26-11 936 25
11. North Carolina 32-6 904 4
12. Arizona 23-12 902 -
13. UCLA 19-14 840 -
14. Michigan St. 29-8 789 5
15. Missouri 30-5 664 3
16. Creighton 29-6 622 19
17. Memphis 26-9 539 -
18. UNLV 26-9 488 23
19. Baylor 30-8 486 9
20. San Diego St. 26-8 463 22
21. Gonzaga 26-7 384 -
22. Notre Dame 22-12 297 -
23. Wisconsin 26-10 285 14
24. Cincinnati 26-11 120 -
25. Florida St. 25-10 101 10

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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