KU first, KSU 12th in preseason poll

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October 23, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa (22) turns to the bucket past Oklahoma forward Khadeem Lattin (3) during the second half Feb. 19, at Allen Fieldhouse. LAWRENCE JOURNAL WORLD/NICK KRUG

(AP) — The Kansas men’s basketball team is a comfortable No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason basketball poll released Monday.

KU received 37 of 65 first-place votes, which easily outpaced second-place Kentucky when it came to total points (1,581-1,529).

“Obviously we lost a lot off last year’s team with Devonte’, Svi (Mykhailiuk) and Malik (Newman), so I’m a little surprised that the writers put us there this preseason,” KU coach Bill Self said in a statement to the Associated Press. “It’s definitely a spot we welcome and certainly know the goal is to be playing to that ranking by when it counts the most.

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