It’s been four years since St. John’s has been ranked in the AP poll and they’ll have to wait a little longer. The Red Storm went unranked in the Associated Press’s 2023-24 preseason men’s basketball poll, which was released on Monday afternoon. As a consolation, they did accrue 47 votes, which is good enough to tie them with UCLA for the 28th most in the poll. Ahead of those two teams were Wisconsin (53) and Colorado (49).
POLL ALERT: Kansas is No. 1 in the AP Top 25 preseason men's basketball poll, followed by Duke and Purdue. See who else got first-place votes with the season coming up fast on Nov. 6.— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) October 16, 2023
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The Big East was well-represented in the poll, with four teams earning rankings. Marquette leads the pack at 5th, reigning national champions UConn follow them at 6th, Creighton sits a couple of places behind at 8th, and Villanova is all of the way back at 22nd. Xavier also received 8 votes of their own.
St. John’s was last ranked in the top 25 during the 2018-19 season, when they were ranked as high as 24th on January 8th, 2019. As for the last time they were ranked in a preseason poll, you would have to go back to the 1999-2000 season, when they were 15th in the country entering the season.