K-State Ranks No. 3 in preseason AP Top 25

K-State is ranked No. 3 in both major polls in the preseason.

Oct. 28, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State earned its highest preseason ranking in The Associated Press poll on Thursday, as the Wildcats appeared at No. 3 in the annual media poll.


The No. 3 preseason ranking ties for the highest of any of the major polls, matching the one received in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches poll released on Oct. 21.  It is the highest ever ranking for K-State in a preseason poll and the highest by the AP since it began preseason rankings in 1961.  The previous high for a preseason ranking came at No. 8 by the AP in both the 1961-62 and 1964-65 seasons.  The No. 3 ranking is the highest in an AP poll in almost 50 years since the Wildcats ranked No. 3 on March 6, 1962.  The team has been ranked in the AP Top 10 for eight consecutive polls dating back to last season, including a No. 7 ranking prior to the NCAA Tournament.  Overall, the school has appeared in 15 consecutive AP polls dating back to Dec. 14, 2009. 


Kansas State was the highest rated Big 12 team in AP poll, which also included No. 7 Kansas, No. 15 Missouri and No. 16 Baylor.  The Wildcats could face a total of seven teams in the preseason poll during the 2010-11 season, including non-conference opponents No. 9 Florida, No. 12 Gonzaga and No. 21 Virginia Tech.  The team was preceded in the poll by defending champion Duke and Final Four participant Michigan State, while Ohio State and Pittsburgh rounded out the Top 5.


K-State has been ranked in the Top 10 in nearly every available preseason poll, including No. 4 by Lindy’s Sports, No. 5 by Athlon Sports, ESPN.com and FOXSports.com, No. 6 by The Sporting News, No. 7 by Slam magazine, No. 8 by Dick Vitale and No. 10 by Blue Ribbon Yearbook. 


The Wildcats, who posted a school-record 29 wins en route to its first trip to the Elite Eight since 1988 last season, return five players with starting experience in 2010-11, including seniors Curtis Kelly and Jacob Pullen who started all 37 games a year ago.  Pullen has been selected to a number of preseason All-American teams, including the first team by Blue Ribbon Yearbook and The Sporting News, and was selected the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year by the league coaches.  Both Pullen and Kelly were named to the preseason all-conference squad by the coaches. 


K-State opens the 2010-11 season on Tuesday, Nov. 2 when the Wildcats play host to Newman at 7 p.m. CT in the first of two exhibitions at Bramlage Coliseum.  The team plays Washburn on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. CT before officially tipping off the season against James Madison on Friday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. CT.