Arizona State basketball lands in top 20 on 2020-21 preseason AP Poll

Nov 9, 2020, 10:28 AM | Updated: 10:34 am
Arizona State guard Remy Martin (1) yells after his team defeated California in an NCAA college bas...
Arizona State guard Remy Martin (1) yells after his team defeated California in an NCAA college basketball game in Berkeley, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Arizona State Sun Devils are the top Pac-12 team in the 2020 preseason Associated Press Poll.

The poll, which was released Wednesday morning, pegs the Sun Devils as the No. 18 team in the country.

A big reason for the ranking is the return of guards Remy Martin and Alonzo Verge. Martin was the Pac-12’s top returning scorer after averaging 19.1 points per game last season and is one of the nation’s most dynamic guards. ASU also brings in highly touted prospects Josh Christopher and Marcus Bagley.

Oregon and UCLA represent the only other Pac-12 teams in the top 25, sitting at No. 20 and No. 22, respectively.

The Arizona Wildcats did not make the preseason ranking. Arizona head coach Sean Miller has reloaded his roster with six talented foreign players to replace the three talented freshmen who left for the NBA after last season.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs hold the top spot in the poll, while the Baylor Bears and the Villanova Wildcats round out the top three.

A look at the full poll:

2020-21 Associated Press college basketball rankings

Record Pts Prv
1. Gonzaga (28) 0-0 1541 2
2. Baylor (24) 0-0 1540 5
3. Villanova (11) 0-0 1501 10
4. Virginia (1) 0-0 1364 16
5. Iowa 0-0 1273 25
6. Kansas 0-0 1221 1
7. Wisconsin 0-0 1150 17
8. Illinois 0-0 1105 21
9. Duke 0-0 1073 11
10. Kentucky 0-0 1038 8
11. Creighton 0-0 922 7
12. Tennessee 0-0 919
13. Michigan St. 0-0 820 9
14. Texas Tech 0-0 790
15. West Virginia 0-0 651 24
16. North Carolina 0-0 465
17. Houston 0-0 438 22
18. Arizona St 0-0 402
19. Texas 0-0 380
20. Oregon 0-0 375 13
21. Florida St. 0-0 351 4
22. UCLA 0-0 336
23. Ohio St. 0-0 270 19
24. Rutgers 0-0 190
25. Michigan 0-0 160

Others receiving votes: LSU 146, Memphis 69, Florida 69, Alabama 50, Indiana 48, Louisville 41, Richmond 40, Stanford 14, Providence 9, Saint Louis 8, Auburn 8, San Diego St. 6, UConn 6, BYU 4, Loyola of Chicago 3, Seton Hall 2, UNC Greensboro 1, N Iowa 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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