College basketball rankings: Stanford earns two votes in AP Preseason Top 25 Poll

Patrick McDermott

Outside of Arizona and UCLA, the Stanford Cardinal appear to be the only other Pac-12 team close to top-25 status as they received two votes in the first poll of the season.

Stanford basketball received two votes from the AP in their preseason top-25 poll released Friday morning, making them the third best Pac-12 team in voters' eyes behind Arizona and UCLA.

Looking to build on their NIT championship season last year, the Cardinal are lead by a strong backcourt of Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle. Stanford will be tested early though with non-conference games against strong opponents like No. 15 Missouri and No. 6 North Carolina State.

Stanford faces UCLA for the first time on Jan. 5 for the second game of their Pac-12 schedule. The Cardinal don't face Arizona until Feb. 6 when they head to Tucson.

Here is the complete preseason poll:

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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