College Basketball: Three Big Ten Teams in the Top 5 of Preseason AP Poll

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, IN - DECEMBER 19:  Tom Crean the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers gives instructions to his team during the game against the Howard Bison at Assembly Hall on December 19, 2011 in Bloomington, Indiana.  Indiana won 107-50.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Tom Crean's rebuilding project at Indiana has officially fallen into place. 

The Hoosiers were ranked No. 1 when the USA Today Preseason Top 25 was released earlier this month, and they are now the official top team in the first AP Poll of the season

The AP rankings were released earlier today, and the top 10 is as follows:

No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers

No. 2 Louisville Cardinals

No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats

No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes

No. 5 Michigan Wolverines

No. 6 North Carolina State Wolfpack

No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks

No. 8 Duke Blue Devils

No. 9 Syracuse Orange

No. 10 Florida Gators

It is the first time since 2008-09 that one conference has had three teams ranked in the top five. That year, it was the Big East with three teams near the top (Connecticut, Louisville and Pittsburgh).

Interestingly enough, the top 10 of the AP Poll is identical to the top 10 of the USA Today Preseason Poll.

Indiana received 43 of the 65 possible first-place votes, with Louisville (20) and Kentucky (two) splitting the other 22.

Each of the four teams that made it to the Final Four in the 2011-12 season are represented in the top 10 as well.

So what do you think? Does anyone jump out as being overrated or underrated to you? Let me know in the comments section.