Cassius Winston. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images

The 2019-20 college basketball season begins on Nov. 5 with an epic double-header at Madison Square Garden, as No. 4 Duke battles No. 3 Kansas and No. 2 Kentucky takes on No. 1 Michigan State.

All-America team: Cassius Winston, who led Michigan State to the Final Four last season and is the country's preeminent floor general, was this year's only consensus selection.

  • G: Cassius Winston, Michigan State (Senior)
  • G: Markus Howard, Marquette (Senior)
  • G: Myles Powell, Seton Hall (Senior)
  • F: Jordan Nwora, Louisville (Junior)
  • C: James Wiseman, Memphis (Freshman)

Top 25: Winston's Spartans are No. 1 in the preseason poll for the first time in program history, while defending champion Virginia is slotted at No. 11.

  • 1-5: Michigan State, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, Louisville
  • 6-10: Florida, Maryland, Gonzaga, UNC, Villanova
  • 11-15: Virginia, Seton Hall, Texas Tech, Memphis, Oregon
  • 16-20: Baylor, Utah State, Ohio State, Xavier, Saint Mary's
  • 21-25: Arizona, LSU, Purdue, Auburn, VCU

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