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Oregon Basketball: Ducks land just outside of preseason AP Top 25 poll

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The Ducks received the 26th-most points in the annual preseason poll.

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The Associated Press released their preseason Top 25 poll for college basketball today, and the Oregon Ducks didn't quite make the cut.

2015-16 AP Preseason Poll

RANK TEAM (FIRST) POINTS
1 North Carolina Tar Heels (35) 1566
2 Kentucky Wildcats (10) 1520
3 Maryland Terrapins (14) 1487
4 Kansas Jayhawks (5) 1410
5 Duke Blue Devils 1350
6 Virginia Cavaliers (1) 1347
7 Iowa State Cyclones 1185
8 Oklahoma Sooners 1088
9 Gonzaga Bulldogs 1047
10 Wichita State Shockers 1032
11 Villanova Wildcats 1013
12 Arizona Wildcats 917
13 Michigan State Spartans 838
14 California Golden Bears 757
15 Indiana Hoosiers 755
16 Utah Utes 499
17 Wisconsin Badgers 433
18 Vanderbilt Commodores 393
19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 360
20 Connecticut Huskies 307
21 LSU Tigers 268
22 Baylor Bears 265
23 Purdue Boilermakers 236
24 Butler Bulldogs 223
25 Michigan Wolverines 126
Others Receiving Votes: Oregon (0-0) 116; SMU (0-0) 112; West Virginia (0-0) 84; Texas A&M (0-0) 72; Cincinnati (0-0) 63; Miami (Fla.) (0-0) 48; Louisville (0-0) 46; Georgetown (0-0) 23; NC State (0-0) 19; Florida State (0-0) 18; Texas (0-0) 18; Rhode Island (0-0) 17; Dayton (0-0) 12; Xavier (0-0) 12; Providence (0-0) 10; Iowa (0-0) 6; Brigham Young (0-0) 5; Valparaiso (0-0) 5; Boise State (0-0) 4; Old Dominion (0-0) 3; Oklahoma State (0-0) 2; UCLA (0-0) 2; San Diego State (0-0) 2; Central Michigan (0-0) 1; UC Irvine (0-0) 1; Iona (0-0) 1; Yale (0-0) 1

The Ducks fell just short of cracking the top 25, receiving 116 points, the most among unranked teams to start the season.

Unlike last season, expectations are high for this year's Oregon basketball team, especially with talented young players like Kendall Small, Tyler Dorsey as well as returning players like Jordan Bell and Dwayne Benjamin.

Arizona is the highest ranked Pac-12 team at No. 12, while California and Utah came in at No. 14 and No. 16, respectively.

Oregon kicks things off tomorrow night with an exhibition against Northwest Christian at 7:00 PM PT. Their official season opener is November 13 against Jackson State as part of the Global Sports Shootout at Matthew Knight Arena.