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Restocked KU No. 1 in AP preseason poll

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Kansas coach Bill Self sees big holes when he looks at his roster after losing three starters, including Associated Press All-American Devonte' Graham.

The voters in the AP Top 25 poll see something different: a roster restocked so well that Jayhawks will start the season as the nation's top team.

Kansas checked in at No. 1 in the preseason poll released Monday, earning the top spot to start a season for the third time in program history, all under Self. The Jayhawks topped the ballot for 37 of 65 voters, nearly double that of No. 2 Kentucky.

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NC State G Beverly set for hand surgery

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State says guard Braxton Beverly will have surgery on his broken left hand.

Team spokesman Craig Hammel said Monday that Beverly fractured his hand on Friday during practice and will have surgery Tuesday. Hammel did not say how much time Beverly is expected to miss, saying only that his status would be updated at a later date.

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Mizzou F Porter hurts knee, out for year

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri star Jontay Porter tore ligaments in his knee during a closed scrimmage with Southern Illinois on Sunday and will miss the upcoming season.

The school said the sophomore forward tore his ACL and MCL but declined further comment.

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Indiana museum to tell story of Bird

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) A museum is being planned to tell the story of basketball great Larry Bird, an Indiana native.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Saturday that the museum will be located in a new convention center that's being built in Terre Haute in western Indiana. The Tribune-Star reports Bird plans to donate personal items and memorabilia from his career with the Boston Celtics, Indiana State University, the U.S. Olympic team and beyond.

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Mack embraces challenge at Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Chris Mack expected big changes when he left a school coming off a NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeding for scandal-plagued program with a rich basketball tradition.

Louisville's first-year coach hit the ground running after leaving Xavier, attracting several transfers to supplement the Cardinals' reserve holdovers. Mack's challenge will be melding them into a cohesive rotation he hopes can be competitive.

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Lawyer: Head coaches knew of payouts

NEW YORK (AP) A lawyer for a longtime Adidas employee urged jurors Thursday to use common sense and evidence to conclude college basketball coaches like Bill Self at Kansas and Rick Pitino at Louisville knew shoe companies were paying money to families of elite athletes to steer them to their schools.

Attorney Michael Schachter, representing Adidas sports marketing manager James "Jim" Gatto, cited testimony and evidence that emerged during the fraud conspiracy trial of Gatto, aspiring sports agent Christopher Dawkins and Merl Code, a former Adidas consultant.

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Washington facing raised expectations

SEATTLE (AP) This time a year ago, Mike Hopkins was trying to get his inherited team to learn the system he wanted to install in his first season at Washington.

The lessons 12 months later are less about how the Huskies are going to play and more about managing expectations and building on success.

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Kentucky preseason pick to win SEC title

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Kentucky's PJ Washington says coach John Calipari has "chilled out" at practice leading up to the season.

It doesn't take as much yelling from coaches when you have a little seasoning and maturity on the roster, qualities that the Wildcats and other top Southeastern Conference teams are banking on to match - or even better - the league's strong 2017-18 season. Calipari says he hasn't had to raise his voice yet in practice.

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Duke reloaded with more touted freshmen

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) One star-studded freshman class has left Duke for the NBA. Another has come in right behind them.

A national title once again is a realistic goal for the latest crop of blue-chip Blue Devils who seem to fit into neatly defined roles.

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UFC picked to win AAC, Taylor top player

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Central Florida has been picked by coaches to win the American Athletic Conference, and Knights point guard B.J. Taylor has been named the conference's preseason player of the year.

UCF earned six of a possible 11 first-place votes and 114 points to edge Cincinnati for the No. 1 spot. Taylor was UCF's leading scorer last season, averaging 15.9 points over an injury-shortened 16 games.

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