Men's Hoops Notches Second-Highest AP Preseason Ranking In School History

Oct. 31, 2008

The Associated Press has ranked ASU 15th in its preseason poll (Oct. 31), the Sun Devils' first preseason AP ranking since 1991-92 (24th), the second-highest preseason ranking in school history (1963-64 team was sixth), and the fourth time overall (other time was 18th in 1975-76).

ASU was predicted to finish second in this year's Pac-10 media poll announced on Oct. 30, the highest it has ever been picked. The previous highest ASU had ever been picked is third (1991-92), and it finished tied for fifth that season. ASU had not been picked higher than ninth in the previous four years or higher than seventh in previous five years. It marked just the second time ASU had been predicted to finish in the top five in past 14 seasons.

ASU also is 15th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll (announced Oct. 30). USA Today started the poll in 1991-92 and that is the only year ASU has been in the preseason top 25, when it was No. 22. ASU got beat twice in Maui to start the year and fell out of the polls before playing a home game.

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