Michigan State is the overwhelming favorite in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason men's basketball poll, released Monday.
The Spartans are No. 1 in the AP preseason rankings for the first time. They received 60 of 65 first-place votes, while No. 2 Kentucky earned two first-place nods, with No. 3 Kansas picking up the other three.
Duke was fourth, followed by Louisville, Florida, Maryland, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Vanderbilt.
Michigan State is coming off a 32-7 season in which it reached its eighth Final Four under coach Tom Izzo before losing to Texas Tech. The Spartans have arguably the best backcourt in the nation, led by last season's Big Ten Player of the Year, point guard Cassius Winston, who averaged 18.8 points and 7.5 assists per game.
Guard Joshua Langford returns after missing two-thirds of the season due to a foot injury.
The ACC, Big Ten and SEC each have four teams in the preseason poll.
Defending champion Virginia is No. 11, followed by Seton Hall, Texas Tech, Memphis, Oregon, Baylor, Utah State, Ohio State, Xavier and Saint Mary's.
Arizona is 21st, with LSU, Purdue, Auburn and VCU rounding out the Top 25.
The Pac-12 has two more teams ready to break into the rankings, as Washington and Colorado are the top teams among others receiving votes.
The college basketball season begins Nov. 5, including a doubleheader at Madison Square Garden that will feature the top four teams in the preseason rankings. Michigan State will play Kentucky, while Kansas takes on Duke at the Champions Classic.