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Michigan State Edges Out Kentucky Atop Preseason NCAA Basketball Coaches Poll

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MARCH 15:  Michigan State Spartans mascot Sparty performs during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at United Center on March 15, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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College basketball is right around the corner, so now is the time to sink our teeth into all the preseason polls that aim to tell us whom and what to watch for in the upcoming season.

Leading the first coaches poll are the Michigan State Spartans, who were also ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll, edging out the Kentucky Wildcats. Rounding out the top five are the Kansas Jayhawks, Duke Blue Devils and Louisville Cardinals.

Unlike most of the big-time programs like Kentucky or Duke that have embraced one-and-done life, Michigan State will be led by a veteran backcourt commanded by senior Cassius Winston, the only consensus preseason All-American this season, and fellow senior Joshua Langford.

The Spartans might not get all the attention when it comes to recruiting, but Tom Izzo's upcoming squad should make some serious noise in the Big Ten and beyond.

Notably, the defending national champion UVA Cavaliers rank ninth, with fellow ACC powerhouse North Carolina in the 11th spot.