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Jayhawks Rule the Roost
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kansas is the runaway choice for No. 1 in The Associated Press' preseason college men's basketball poll.

The Jayhawks return all five starters and welcome one of the country's top recruiting classes. They are coming off a 27-8 season that ended in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Kansas received 55 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel to easily outdistance Michigan State, which was No. 1 on five ballots. The Spartans return seven of their top nine scorers from last season's national runner-up squad.

Texas, Kentucky and Villanova round out the top five. Defending national champion North Carolina is sixth, with Purdue, West Virginia, Duke and Tennessee completing the top 10.

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