Boise State basketball receiving votes in AP poll; Kentucky is No. 1

The Boise State men’s basketball team is seventh among teams receiving votes outside the top 25 in the first Associated Press poll of the season.

Boise State, coming off a 21-11 season and its first-ever at-large NCAA tournament bid, received 22 points in the first poll. Tennessee, Creighton, Indiana, Colorado, Iowa and Harvard are the teams ahead of the Broncos in the “receiving votes” category.

Kentucky is the preseason No. 1 team — the Wildcats host the Broncos on Dec. 10 in Lexington, Ky. New Mexico is the lone Mountain West team in the top 25, checking in at No. 23. UNLV received eight points.

Here is the poll, along with my vote below:

1. Kentucky (27) 1,546
2. Michigan State (22) 1,543
3. Louisville (14) 1,501
4. Duke (2) 1,435
5. Kansas 1,357
6. Arizona 1,311
7. Michigan 1,120
8. Oklahoma State 1,093
8. Syracuse 1,093
10. Florida 1,048
11. Ohio State 1,036
12. North Carolina 954
13. Memphis 741
14. Virginia Commonwealth 680
15. Gonzaga 538
16. Wichita State 512
17. Marquette 510
18. Connecticut 448
19. Oregon 408
20. Wisconsin 338
21. Notre Dame 332
22. UCLA 244
23. New Mexico 213
24. Virginia 189
25. Baylor 180
Receiving votes: Tennessee 176, Creighton 145, Indiana 111, Colorado 83, Iowa 83, Harvard 46, Boise State 22, Villanova 14, Arizona St. 11, Georgetown 11, UNLV 8, Washington 8, LSU 6, Pittsburgh 6, Stanford 6, Boston College 5, La Salle 4, Missouri 3, Saint Louis 3, St. John’s 3, Cincinnati 1.

My vote:

1. Michigan State
2. Kentucky
3. Duke
4. Kansas
5. Louisville
6. Arizona
7. Florida
8. Michigan
9. Syracuse
10. North Carolina
11. Oklahoma State
12. Ohio State
13. Gonzaga
14. VCU
15. Marquette
16. Memphis
17. New Mexico
18. Oregon
19. Wichita State
20. Connecticut
21. Notre Dame
22. Colorado
23. Wisconsin
24. Virginia
25. Boise State

CBSSports.com’s Jeff Borzello ranked Boise State with the 10th-best backcourt in the country, writing “I’ve been pushing the Boise State bandwagon since April, so I might as well stick to it. The Broncos roll with four guards at a time, and Marks and Drmic are two of the best. Elorriaga is a flat-out shooter, with Thompson and Haziomerovic (sic) can cause matchup problems.”

Check out the rankings here, with the Broncos ahead of teams like Colorado, Kansas and Florida.

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