Nevada is ranked #7 in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll.  It's the Wolf Pack's highest AP ranking in school history.

It's due in large part to the fact the Martin twins, Caleb and Cody, and Jordan Caroline all decided to forgo a shot at the NBA draft to return for their senior season after last year's NCAA Sweet 16 run.

Kansas tops the list, with Kentucky, Gonzaga, Duke and Virginia rounding out the top 5. 

Bill Self's Jayhawks earned 37 of 65 first-place votes in results released Monday. That was nearly double that of second-ranked Kentucky.

The Jayhawks lost three starters from last year's Final Four team, but have a restocked roster that includes transfer help from Memphis and California.

Gonzaga is No. 3, followed by Duke and Virginia to round out the top 5. The rest of the top 10 is: No. 6 Tennessee, No. 7 Nevada, No. 8 North Carolina, reigning national champion Villanova at 9 and Michigan State at 10.

The Atlantic Coast Conference has seven ranked teams, the most for any conference. The Southeastern Conference has five teams in the poll.

The Wolf Pack became just the second school in Mountain West history to win back-to-back outright conference titles last season posting a 15-3 conference record.  Overall the Pack were 29-8 and reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history and became just the second MW school to reach the Sweet 16. Nevada was the preseason media pick in 2017-18 and second in the preseason poll in 2016-17.

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(The Associated Press, University of Nevada, contributed to this report.)