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AP Preseason Poll out and...

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It's that time of year for college basketball fans to start looking at the polls and wondering where their team is. For Xavier fans, that can only mean one thing.

This is how they vote, right?
This is how they vote, right?
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Xavier isn't ranked. Getting into the Sweet 16 and nearly beating Arizona is apparently overshadowed by the fact that Matt Stainbrook and Dee Davis have moved on to (slightly) greener pastures. While Cleveland Cavalier fans can hope that Dee makes the Canton Charge and gets promoted, fans of the current team will have to wait until March, as per the norm, to see their heroes get their due.

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 positive here is that Michigan is already ranked, so there's already a chance for some quick notoriety. Why Butler appears ahead of the Musketeers given that they weren't as good last year and lost more is anyone's guess, but welcome to the utter insanity that is media polling. Rest assured that when it matters, Xavier will be there.