Dawn Staley and South Carolina are again in a well-known spot: No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 women’s basketball poll.

It’s the second consecutive season that the Gamecocks are the preseason favourite.

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC every have 5 ranked groups, tops within the nation:

Joining No. 4 Maryland, No. 8 Indiana, No. 9 Iowa and No. 11 Michigan is No. 17 Ohio State for the Big Ten.

In the Pac-12, No. 3 Stanford is joined by No. 10 Oregon, No. 14 Oregon State, No. 20 UCLA and No. 22 Arizona.

The ACC has No. 5 N.C. State, No. 6 Louisville, No. 16 Florida State, No. 17 Georgia Tech and No. 24 Virginia Tech.

The SEC has 4 groups with No. 13 Kentucky, No. 15 Tennessee and No. 23 Texas A&M becoming a member of top-ranked South Carolina. The Big 12 additionally has 4 packages ranked, led by No. 7 Baylor with new head coach Nicki Collen. The Bears are joined by the Cyclones, No. 19 West Virginia and No. 25 Texas.

The solely non-Power Five group within the ballot is No. 21 South Florida out of the American Athletic Conference.

TIP-INS

Georgia Tech is ranked for the third time ever within the preseason (2009, 2012). … Virginia Tech is within the preseason ballot for under the second time ever, becoming a member of the 1999 squad that was ranked seventeenth.