Kentucky and its roster full of high school All-Americas is the narrow choice over Michigan State in The Associated Press' preseason college basketball poll.
Oklahoma State checked in at No. 8, tied with Syracuse. It is the first time since the 2004-05 season the Cowboys have been ranked in the preseason poll.
The Wildcats, who finished last season with an NIT opening-round loss at Robert Morris, received 27 first-place votes and 1,546 points from the 65-member national media panel.
The Spartans, who return four starters from the team that lost to Duke in the NCAA tournament's round of 16, snared 22 first-place votes and 1,543 points.
Defending national champion Louisville received 14 first-place votes and was third while Duke, which received the other two No. 1 votes, was fourth.
Kansas was fifth and was followed by Arizona and Michigan. OSU and Syracuse tied for eighth and Florida rounded out the Top Ten.
AP PRESEASON TOP 25
Team (first-place votes) -- 2012-13 record – Total points
1. Kentucky (27) -- 21-12 -- 1,546
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