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NC State, Duke in AP preseason Top 10

Posted October 26, 2012

Two Tobacco Road teams are in The Associated Press' preseason Top 25, but, for a change, both don't wear blue. 

North Carolina State University is ranked sixth, ahead of Duke (8) and the University of North Carolina (11). The Wolfpack return four starters from a team that made the Sweet Sixteen in the spring and added key recruits in guard Rodney Purvis, T.J. Warren and Tyler Lewis.

Indiana is No. 1 in  for the third time and the first since the 1979-80 season. The Hoosiers return all five starters, including 7-foot sophomore Cody Zeller.

They received 43 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Friday. Louisville and Kentucky, the teams ranked second and third, received the rest of the first-place votes with Louisville getting 20 and the defending national champion the other two.

Ohio State and Michigan join Indiana as Big Ten teams in the top five. The last time a conference had three teams in the preseason top five was 2008-09 when Connecticut, Louisville and Pittsburgh of the Big East were second, third and fifth, respectively.

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  • tarheelforlife2 Oct 27, 11:22 a.m.

    you guys are pretty pathetic pointing out grammar mistakes in these comments.we're on an Internet forum, will using correct grammar or pointing out other people's mistakes actually mean the different between a unc education and a state education? Because I'm pretty sure that the ones who correctly used their education at either of the two schools are in medical school or something better than commenting on this article with correct grammar... Anyway. Concerning which school is harder to get into, it's definitely UNC. At my high school, we all use state as our "safe school" in case we don't get into unc, duke, harvard, etc. (yes, our school is a magnet school and we have quite a few go to Harvard and Yale. Majority go to UNC, unless they are interested in engineering and then they go to state. Honestly, at any school where football and basketball are very important, student athletes are going to get by on some things that normal students would not. It just depends on which schools get caught. And no, they're not going to be the brightest. Any student athlete applying to these schools who has a 3.0 GPA would be considered a genius. Meanwhile, non student athletes applying to UNC would need at least a 4.5 weighted to be considered getting into UNC(3.3 for nc state). So overall, student athletes aside, UNC is a better education overall.

  • 903 mens national championships Oct 27, 8:47 a.m.

    State in the top 10..lmao....must be a down year in college hoops

    — Posted by ugottabkiddinme

    Last time I heard that excuse, UNC was losing to Dayton in the NIT and UNC fans were saying Butch didn't know. This will be another year for the ages.

  • ugottabkiddinme Oct 27, 12:46 a.m.

    State in the top 10..lmao....must be a down year in college hoops

  • rherring23 Oct 26, 10:29 p.m.

    isnt duke always overrated at the beggining of the season? duke is not a top 10 team they might... View More

    — Posted by czaadonis

    Another top notch UNC education? What was State seeded last year? Why, I do not believe that they were a 16th seed. You know, common sense tells you that the play in games are the last teams in, followed by the 16 seeds, the 15 seeds, and so on. But hey, thats just common sense. No where does being the last team announced mean you are the last team in. They were in before all the seeds ranked above them, by hey, again, just common sense. Hum, what would make a team returning 4 starters from a sweet 16 team, returning a redshirt 7 footer, and gaining one of the best recruiting classes in the country, what in the world would make anybody think they might be good. Oh I know, common sense.

  • rherring23 Oct 26, 10:17 p.m.

    As a journalism/editing student, I found an error in the first sentence of this article. Anyone... View More

    — Posted by TheeChrisWhite

    You really aren't doing much to help the hits UNC has taken lately on their academic reputation. It says "Two Tobacco Roads teams in the Associated Press preseason top 25, but, for a change, two are not wearing blue" Is this really the kind of education you are getting at UNC? If so, you might want to think about transfering to another school or paying attention in class one.

  • millerman0421 Oct 26, 10:12 p.m.

    Duke is a little underrated in this poll, but all in all , it seems good. It's going to be... View More

    — Posted by Voice of Reason 23

    Duke will be living by the 3. Mason is ok when a smaller player is matched against him. Someone his size or bigger, he is nothing.....he is a joke, just like his brother Miles!!!!!

  • millerman0421 Oct 26, 10:05 p.m.

    Duke Bluedevils 2013 NCAA Basketball National Champs!!!!

    — Posted by randdjacobs

    what drug are you on? Really....lol

  • dawgwillhunt Oct 26, 9:32 p.m.

    preseason polls don't mean a hill of beans

  • Rapid Deployment Oct 26, 9:11 p.m.

    I don't think most highly touted teams brought their A Game last year when they was the Pack on their schedule. That won't be the case this year. It will be interesting to see how well State handles being looked at as a real threat. Someone pointed out that another poster's views concerning were based on emotion and hopes rather than logic. I'd guess that in most years, the winner of the Monday night game in April (and the only one that means anything as far as I am concerned) were not the pre-season favorite to win it all. When you have another team like Indiana the year they won all their games, that was logic. They had the best group of players, the best chemistry, the best coaching job (man I hate to throw that in there), and relatively good health, it was logically for them to win it all. Basically, each year, a handful of teams have a realistic chance to win the championship, but many things will have to fall into place for it to happen. Having said that, if Kentucky continues to dominate the recruiting aspect the way they have recently, they just might wind up with enough talent to overcome the lack of some of the other intangibles and string a number of championships together. I doubt it, but it could happen. Should be an interesting year.

  • americaneel Oct 26, 8:50 p.m.

    As a journalism/editing student, I found an error in the first sentence of this article. Anyone... View More

    — Posted by TheeChrisWhite

    Hey professor, maight want to check your own article for grammatical errors.

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