Duke No. 1 in preseason voting by AP jBB

November 13, 1991

Duke will begin defense of its national basketball championship on top of the rankings.

The Blue Devils, who won the title last March in their fourth consecutive Final Four appearance and fifth in six years, were the clear-cut No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason poll released today.

The opening poll of the season was top-heavy with teams from the power conferences -- ACC, Big Ten, SEC and Big East -- and lighter without perennial staples UNLV and Syracuse.

Duke received 49 of 65 first-place votes and 1,606 points from a nationwide panel of sportwriters and broadcasters to easily outdistance Indiana, which had 11 first-place votes and 1,533 points.

"We don't look at defending anything because it is a different team, even though we have a lot of guys back," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Each year is different, just like it has been in the past."

UNLV started last season just as Duke starts this one, as defending champion and No. 1. The Runnin' Rebels went undefeated until Duke stopped them in the national semifinals, and they won't be eligible for the tournament this year as part of a settlement with the NCAA over a 13-year case involving coach Jerry Tarkanian. UNLV, which lost all five starters, isn't in the rankings for the first time since the preseason poll of the 1987-88 season.

Syracuse, which has conducted its own investigation into into allegations of NCAA violations and which has to find a way to make up for the loss of All-American Billy Owens, who opted for the NBA after his junior year, is not ranked for the first time since the final poll of the 1983-84 season.

The Top Twenty Five teams in the Associated Press' preseason college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 1990-91 record, total points and last season's final ranking:

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Record.. .. .. Pts.. .. ..Pvs

1. Duke (49).. .. .. 32- 7.. .. .. ..1,606.. .. 6

2 Indiana (11).. .. 29- 5.. .. .. ..1,533.. .. .3

3. Arkansas (3).. .. 34- 4.. .. .. ..1,390.. .. .2

4. Kentucky.. .. .. .22- 6.. .. .. ..1,278.. .. .9

5. Arizona.. .. .. ..28- 7.. .. .. ..1,276.. .. .8

6. LSU (1).. .. .. ..20-10.. .. .. .1,1712.. .. .2

7. Ohio St... .. .. .27- 4 .. .. .. .1,158.. .. .5

8. North Carolina.. 29- 6 .. .. .. 1,135.. .. .4

9. Seton Hall (1) .. 25- 9.. .. .. ..1,096.. .. 13

10. St. John's.. .. .23- 9 .. .. .. .1,077.. .. 20

11. UCLA .. .. .. .. 23- 9 .. .. .. .1,048.. .. 16

12. Kansas.. .. .. . 27- 8.. .. .. ... 889.. .. 12

13. Oklahoma St... ..24- 8.. .. .. .. 864.. .. 14

14. Utah.. .. .. ... 30- 4.. .. .. .. 684.. .. 10

15. Connecticut.. .. 20-11.. .. .. .. 628

Georgetown.. .. 19-13 .. .. .. ..532

Alabama.. .. .. .23-10.. .. .. .. 483.. .. .19

18. DePaul.. .. .. . 20- 9.. .. .. .. 364 .. .. 24

19. Oklahoma.. .. .. 20-15.. .. .. .. 341

20. Michigan.. .. .. 14-15.. .. .. .. 329

21. Iowa.. .. .. .. .21-11.. .. .. .. 322

22. Wake Forest .. . 19-11.. .. .. .. 319

23. Georgia Tech.. ..17-13.. .. .. .. 258

Arizona St... .. 20-10.. .. .. .. 247

25. Louisville .. .. 14-16.. .. .. .. 103

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