The Spartans were ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men's preseason poll, released Monday. They collected 60 of the 65 first-place votes to top the preseason list for the first time in school history.
Michigan State, which reached the Final Four last season before losing a semifinal to Texas Tech, returns star point guard Cassius Winston and two other starters. Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Louisville are ranked Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5, respectively. Kentucky got two first-place votes and Kansas three.