College basketball rankings: San Diego State, UNLV in preseason AP Top 25

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

The Colorado State Rams have been left off the preseason AP Top 25 rankings, a year after making a surprise appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The Colorado State Rams received just one vote in the Associated Press preseason men's basketball poll, a season after making a surprise appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Rams would lose to Murray State in the second round, 58-41, with coach Tim Miles then departing to become the head coach at Nebraska.

The Rams, under new coach Larry Eustachy, will have tough competition in the Mountain West Conference in 2012-13. UNLV, who finished the 2011-12 season at No. 23 in the AP poll before losing to Colorado in the the NCAA Tournament, will open the season at No. 18 in the preseason poll.

San Diego State sits at No. 20 in the rankings heading into the season, finishing the 2011-12 season at No. 22 in the AP poll. The Aztecs also lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a 79-65 loss to North Carolina State.

New Mexico, similar to Colorado State, missed out on the Top 25 while receiving nine votes.

The complete top 25:

Team (First-place votes) 2011-12 Record Pts
1. Indiana (43) 27-9 1,592
2. Louisville (20) 30-10 1,568
3. Kentucky (2) 38-2 1,453
4. Ohio St. 31-8 1,292
5. Michigan 24-10 1,290
6. NC State 24-13 1,270
7. Kansas 32-7 1,210
8. Duke 27-7 1,094
9. Syracuse 34-3 1,062
10. Florida 26-11 936
11. North Carolina 32-6 904
12. Arizona 23-12 902
13. UCLA 19-14 840
14. Michigan St. 29-8 789
15. Missouri 30-5 664
16. Creighton 29-6 622
17. Memphis 26-9 539
18. UNLV 26-9 488
19. Baylor 30-8 486
20. San Diego St. 26-8 463
21. Gonzaga 26-7 384
22. Notre Dame 22-12 297
23. Wisconsin 26-10 285
24. Cincinnati 26-11 120
25. Florida St. 25-10 101

Others receiving votes: Murray St. 59, VCU 58, Saint Louis 46, Texas 46, Minnesota 40, Butler 33, Pittsburgh 32, Saint Joseph’s 25, Marquette 23, Tennessee 15, Oklahoma St. 14, Kansas St. 12, Georgetown 9, New Mexico 9, Ohio 9, Miami 8, Saint Mary’s (Cal) 6, West Virginia 6, Davidson 5, Drexel 5, N. Iowa 5, Valparaiso 3, Lehigh 2, Stanford 2, Colorado St. 1, Oral Roberts 1.

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