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.