For the first time in program history, Michigan State is the preseason No. 1 team in college basketball in the USA Today Coaches Poll, which was released on Thursday. The Spartans earned No. 1 honors in the Cassius Winston from last season’s team that made a run to the Final Four. Of a possible 32 first-place votes, Michigan State received 30.poll earlier this week. They return preseason Player of the Year
The other two first-place votes were split between Kansas and Duke. Kentucky, which ranks No. 2 in the poll behind Michigan State, did not receive a first-place vote.
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Others receiving votes: VCU 76; Marquette 62; Washington 59; Florida State 47; Michigan 28; Colorado 28; Houston 17; Creighton 13; Davidson 11; Southern California 9; Providence 8; Mississippi State 7; Wisconsin 6; UCLA 6; Texas 6; Syracuse 6; Georgetown 6; Liberty 5; Dayton 5; Harvard 4; Oklahoma 3; Illinois 2; NC State 1.