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The first major poll has been released for the 2019-20 college basketball season.

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The 2019-20 college basketball season is almost here, and with it comes the first edition of the AP Top 25 Poll, which was released Monday.

To no surprise, the Michigan State Spartans took home the top spot. It just so happens that this is who the Kentucky Wildcats will face in Game 1 in the 2019 Champions Classic.

As for the Wildcats, they checked in at No. 2, setting up a 1 vs. 2 matchup to tip off the new season. They have been projected as a top-five team in every major preseason ranking, so it’s no surprise to see John Calipari’s bunch once again will open the year as such.

Rounding out the top five were the Kansas Jayhawks, Duke Blue Devils and Louisville Cardinals.

From the SEC, the Florida Gators checked in at No. 6, the LSU Tigers at 22, and the Auburn Tigers at 24.

College Basketball AP Top 25 Poll

1. Michigan State Spartans

2. Kentucky Wildcats

3. Kansas Jayhawks

4. Duke Blue Devils

5. Louisville Cardinals

6. Florida Gators

7. Maryland Terrapins

8. Gonzaga Bulldogs

9. North Carolina Tar Heels

10. Villanova Wildcats

11. Virginia Cavaliers

12. Seton Hall Pirates

13. Texas Tech Red Raiders

14. Memphis Tigers

15. Oregon Ducks

16. Baylor Bears

17. Utah State Aggies

18. Ohio State Buckeyes

19. Xavier Musketeers

20. St. Mary’s Gaels

21. Arizona Wildcats

22. LSU Tigers

23. Purdue Boilermakers

24. Auburn Tigers

25. VCU Rams

Others Receiving Votes: Others receiving votes:Washington 164, Colorado 152, Tennessee 78, Marquette 68, Florida St. 36, Davidson 34, Harvard 24, Illinois 14, Missouri 13, Mississippi St. 12, Houston 11, Georgetown 11, Cincinnati 8, Notre Dame 7, Creighton 4, Syracuse 3, NC State 3, Vermont 2, Alabama 2, Southern Cal 2, Liberty 2, Michigan 2, Dayton 1, Colgate 1, Providence 1.