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College basketball rankings: Ohio State 20 in 1st AP Top 25 poll of 2014-15

The basketball Buckeyes begin the year in the Top 20.

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As news that Michigan's athletic director Dave Brandon would be resigning took to the internet, some developments more directly in Ohio State's wheelhouse came to light.

In the first AP Top 25 for college basketball of the 2014-2015 season, Thad Matta's Buckeyes will begin the season ranked No. 20. Preseason Big Ten favorites Wisconsin are very highly ranked as expected, all the way up at No. 3. Michigan State checks in at No. 18, with Tim Miles' Nebraska Cornhuskers just after the Buckeyes at 21, and John Beilein's Wolverines at No. 24.

Two of the Buckeyes' biggest name opponents of the season, North Carolina and Louisville, both open 2014-15 in the Top 10. Roy Williams' Tar Heels start the season No. 6 while Rick Pitino's always dangerous Cardinals are No. 8.

Here's the complete inaugural 2014-15 AP Top 25:

2014-15 AP Preseason Top 25

Rank Team Record Pts
1 Kentucky Wildcats (52) 0-0 1604
2 Arizona Wildcats (5) 0-0 1518
3 Wisconsin Badgers (8) 0-0 1483
4 Duke Blue Devils 0-0 1415
5 Kansas Jayhawks 0-0 1346
6 North Carolina Tar Heels 0-0 1274
7 Florida Gators 0-0 1153
8 Louisville Cardinals 0-0 1114
9 Virginia Cavaliers 0-0 1090
10 Texas Longhorns 0-0 1061
11 Wichita State Shockers 0-0 1027
12 Villanova Wildcats 0-0 885
13 Gonzaga Bulldogs 0-0 840
14 Iowa State Cyclones 0-0 781
15 Virginia Commonwealth Rams 0-0 574
16 San Diego State Aztecs 0-0 560
17 Connecticut Huskies 0-0 552
18 Michigan State Spartans 0-0 521
19 Oklahoma Sooners 0-0 426
20 Ohio State Buckeyes 0-0 340
21 Nebraska Cornhuskers 0-0 309
22 SMU Mustangs 0-0 285
23 Syracuse Orange 0-0 178
24 Michigan Wolverines 0-0 167
25 Utah Utes 0-0 98
25 Harvard Crimson 0-0 98
Others Receiving Votes: Stanford 71, Iowa 58, Colorado 57, UCLA 35, Minnesota 34, Kansas St. 27, Arkansas 21, Pittsburgh 20, Memphis 15, N.C. State 14, Louisiana Tech 9, Cincinnati 8, LSU 8, Geo. Wash. 7, Oklahoma St. 6, Notre Dame 6, Dayton 6, Florida St. 5, Georgetown 5, Maryland 3, Illinois 3, UNLV 2, BYU 2, UTEP 1, S.F. Austin 1, Baylor 1, West Virginia 1