Tim Miles

Tim Miles and Nebraska have a great chance of making the NCAA Tournament this season. But they'll have to start without a ranking. 

LINCOLN — Despite a mountain of hype, the Nebraska men’s basketball team was left out of the AP preseason Top 25 poll.

The Huskers came in at No. 30 with 35 total votes.

Tim Miles’ squad hasn’t been ranked in the preseason poll since 2014, when NU ranked No. 21 following an NCAA tournament appearance. Nebraska hasn’t appeared in the AP poll since the 2014-15 season.

Nebraska returns 70 percent of its total production from a year ago, including starters James Palmer, Isaac Copeland, Isaiah Roby and Glynn Watson.

Michigan State is the highest-rated Big Ten team in the AP poll, coming in at No. 10. Michigan was picked at No. 19, and Purdue squeezed in at No. 24.

Kansas checked in at No. 1 in the preseason poll, earning the top spot to start a season for the third time in program history. The Jayhawks topped the ballot for 37 of 65 voters, nearly double the total of No. 2 Kentucky.

Kentucky is in the preseason top five for the eighth straight season.

Gonzaga was No. 3, and Duke was the first of eight ranked ACC teams at No. 4. Virginia, Tennessee, Nevada, North Carolina, Villanova and Michigan State rounded out the top 10.

Gonzaga’s ranking is its highest ever in the preseason, and Nevada’s is its highest in school history after last year’s Sweet 16 run.

Here's the entire poll: 

1. Kansas

2. Kentucky 

3. Gonzaga

4. Duke

5. Virginia 

6. Tennessee

7. Nevada 

8. North Carolina

9. Villanova

10. Michigan State

11. Auburn

12. Kansas State

13. West Virginia 

14. Oregon 

15. Virginia Tech

16. Syracuse

17. Florida State

18. Mississippi State 

19. Michigan 

20. TCU

21. UCLA

22. Clemson 

23. LSU 

24. Purdue 

25. Washington  

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Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email: chris.heady@owh.com.

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