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NC State's Keatts building for 'long haul' with Wolfpack

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts is getting to know the players he inherited and pursuing recruits who can thrive in his style of play.

He's prepared to wait, too, instead of loading up the roster with recruits or transfers who aren't the right fit just to add numbers.

"I think it's the long haul," Keatts said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Taking this job, I want to build a program. And my thoughts are to build a program that will stand the test of time as opposed to having just one great team.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Mar 14
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (59)31-31,6192
2Gonzaga (6)32-11,5204
3Kansas28-41,4781
4Arizona30-41,4277
5North Carolina27-71,2786
6Kentucky29-51,2758
7Duke27-81,25014
8UCLA29-41,2073
9Oregon29-51,1945
10Louisville24-898110
11SMU30-495112
12Baylor25-78779
13West Virginia26-884211
14Notre Dame25-968222
15Purdue25-765213
16Iowa State23-1056823
16Florida State25-856816
18Cincinnati29-552015
19Wichita State30-443620
20Florida24-838817
21Butler23-835918
22Saint Mary's (Cal.)28-430419
23Michigan24-11252-
24Virginia22-1023821
25Wisconsin25-915124

Out West

San Diego State picked to win MWC in preseason poll

LAS VEGAS (AP) — San Diego State has been picked to win the Mountain West in a preseason media poll.

The Aztecs received 23 of 27 first-place votes and 293 points in the poll released Wednesday, finishing ahead of Nevada at 253 points. New Mexico received three first-place votes and Fresno State, which was fourth in the poll, received one.

Boise State was fifth, followed by Utah State, Colorado State, UNLV, Air Force, Wyoming and San Jose State.