Many people thought the University of Alabama men's basketball team would start the season in the AP top 25, but it looks like the program will have to earn its first ranking of 2017 on the court.

The AP preseason poll was released on November 1 and the Crimson Tide finds itself as the first team outside of the top 25. Avery Johnson's team received 86 votes, which is good enough for 26th. That puts Alabama behind Kentucky (No. 5), Florida (No. 8), and Texas A&M (No. 25) in the Southeastern Conference.

Duke took the top spot while Michigan State, Arizona, and Kansas also received first-place votes.

Alabama will have a plenty of opportunities to earn quality wins through the season based on this first poll. Currently the Tide will face No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 Kentucky, No. 8 Florida, No. 15 Minnesota, No. 25 Texas A&M, and Rhode Island, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and South Carolina from the teams receiving votes.

Here are the top 25 teams in The Associated Press' preseason 2017-18 college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final 2016-17 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last year's final ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. Duke (33) 28-9 1572 7
2. Michigan St. (13) 20-15 1520 NR
3. Arizona (18) 32-5 1506 4
4. Kansas (1) 31-5 1439 3
5. Kentucky 32-6 1340 6
6. Villanova 32-4 1284 1
7. Wichita St. 31-5 1270 19
8. Florida 27-9 1100 20
9. North Carolina 33-7 1047 5
10. Southern Cal 26-10 995 NR
11. West Virginia 28-9 840 13
12. Cincinnati 30-6 837 18
13. Miami 21-12 836 NR
14. Notre Dame 26-10 814 14
15. Minnesota 24-10 642 NR
16. Louisville 25-9 570 10
17. Xavier 24-14 544 NR
18. Gonzaga 37-2 500 2
19. Northwestern 24-12 473 NR
20. Purdue 27-8 362 15
21. UCLA 31-5 340 8
22. Saint Mary's (Cal) 29-5 333 22
23. Seton Hall 21-12 274 NR
24. Baylor 27-8 163 12
25. Texas A&M 16-15 130 NR

Others receiving votes: Alabama 86, Virginia 57, Rhode Island 49, TCU 46, Providence 34, Missouri 19, Virginia Tech 16, Wisconsin 14, Butler 13, Texas 10, Maryland 7, Oklahoma 7, Nevada 7, Michigan 6, Dayton 5, Middle Tennessee 4, Ball St. 4, SMU 3, Oakland 2, Oregon 2, South Carolina 1, Harvard 1, UCF 1.