Duke No. 1 in 1st AP men's poll

No surprise: Duke, with returning starters Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith from last season's championship team, will start the season as the nation's top-ranked team, according to the Associated Press.

The Blue Devils received 55 first-place votes and 1,613 points from a nationwide media panel, outdistancing Michigan State and Kansas State for the top spot. The Spartans and Wildcats also garnered first-place consideration.

Kansas was the top-ranked team at the start of last season.

•The Spartans were selected to finish first in the Big Ten, as voted upon by a panel of conference media. •The NCAA's Board of Directors voted to support a year-long study into the summer recruiting period rather than moving forward with a proposal from the Collegiate Commissioners Association that would have banned summer recruiting.

•The Pac-10 is combining its men's and women's tournaments for the first time in 2011, when the semifinal and title games will be played March 11-12 at Staples Center.

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