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:
8. North Carolina
10. Michigan State
12. Kansas State
13. West Virginia
15. Virginia Tech
17. Florida State
18. Mississippi State