The Panthers are ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press preseason poll, putting them in the top 5 in both major preseason polls.
Pitt was fourth in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, released earlier this month. The AP poll voters consists of writers and broadcasters throughout the nation.
This is the fourth time in the past eight years that Pitt will enter a season ranked among the nation’s top-5 in the AP poll.
The No. 5 ranking ties for the program’s second highest preseason AP national rating. Pitt entered the 1987-88 and 2006-07 seasons ranked No. 4.
Defending national champion Duke earned the nation’s No. 1 ranking, followed by No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Kansas State, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Pitt.
Pitt is one of four Big East programs ranked among the nation’s top-25 including No.6 Villanova, No. 10 Syracuse and No. 20 Georgetown.