Iowa is on the outside looking in on another preseason basketball poll.

The Hawkeyes did not make the AP's Top 25, but did receive 83 votes, leaving them tied with Colorado for 29th place.

That's the same position they found themselves in earlier this month when the first USA Today coaches poll was revealed.

Speaking at the Big Ten basketball media day, Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery said Iowa "won 25 games last season because of defense ... the offense needs to get better. I think you'll see a much more well-rounded offensive team."

Kentucky and its roster full of high school All-Americas was the narrow choice over Michigan State in The Associated Press' preseason college basketball poll.

The Wildcats, who finished last season with an NIT opening-round loss at Robert Morris, received 27 first-place votes and 1,546 points from the 65-member national media panel.

The Spartans, who return four starters from the team that lost to Duke in the NCAA tournament's round of 16, snared 22 first-place votes and 1,543 points.

Defending national champion Louisville received 14 first-place votes and was third while Duke, which received the other two No. 1 votes, was fourth.

Kansas was fifth and was followed by Arizona and Michigan. Oklahoma State and Syracuse tied for eighth and Florida rounded out the Top Ten.

1. Kentucky (27) 21-12 1,546

2. Michigan St. (22) 27-9 1,543

3. Louisville (14) 35-5 1,501

4. Duke (2) 30-6 1,435

5. Kansas 31-6 1,357

6. Arizona 27-8 1,311

7. Michigan 31-8 1,120

8. Oklahoma St. 24-9 1,093

8. Syracuse 30-10 1,093

10. Florida 29-8 1,048

11. Ohio St. 29-8 1,036

12. North Carolina 25-11 954

13. Memphis 31-5 741

14. VCU 27-9 680

15. Gonzaga 32-3 538

16. Wichita St. 30-9 512

17. Marquette 26-9 510

18. UConn 20-10 448

19. Oregon 28-9 408

20. Wisconsin 23-12 338

21. Notre Dame 25-10 332

22. UCLA 25-10 244

23. New Mexico 29-6 213

24. Virginia 23-12 189

25. Baylor 23-14 180

Others receiving votes: Tennessee 176, Creighton 145, Indiana 111, Colorado 83, Iowa 83, Harvard 46, Boise St. 22, Villanova 14, Arizona St. 11, Georgetown 11, UNLV 8, Washington 8, LSU 6, Pittsburgh 6, Stanford 6, Boston College 5, La Salle 4, Missouri 3, Saint Louis 3, St. John's 3, Cincinnati 1.

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snowman05
snowman05

They won 25 games because of their strength of schedule.

They are going to be the 5th best team in big ten this year. Nothing wrong with that. It is a very strong conference again this year. But the hype on their top of big ten is exactly that, hype. In college basketball just because a team is a year older doesn't mean better. Kentucky wins with freshman.

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