By Jenny Masters

Gonzaga is the runaway top choice in the Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball preseason poll.

The Zags earned 55 of 63 first-place votes to easily outdistance No. 2 UCLA, which earned the other eight. Kansas, Villanova and Texas rounded out the top five, while reigning national champion Baylor checked in at No. 8.

AP Preseason Men’s Basketball Top 25

First-place votes in parentheses.

TEAM
1. Gonzaga (55)
2. UCLA (8)
3. Kansas
4. VILLANOVA
5. Texas
6. Michigan
7. Purdue
8. Baylor
9. Duke
10. Kentucky
11. Illinois
12. Memphis
13. Oregon
14. Alabama
15. Houston
16. Arkansas
17. Ohio State
18. Tennessee
19. North Carolina
20. Florida State
21. Maryland
22. Auburn
23. St. Bonaventure
24. UConn
25. Virginia