College Basketball Rankings: Kentucky No. 1 in Coaches’ Poll

John Calipari


For the second straight year, Kentucky is the No. 1 team in the country in the preseason USA Today coaches’ poll.

The Wildcats, who underachieved in the regular season last year only to make it all the way to the national championship game as a No. 8 seed before losing to UConn, have the country’s best recruiting class.

Kentucky received 24 of 32 first-place votes, with Arizona and Wisconsin receiving 3 votes apiece and Duke receiving 2.

UConn, which has won four titles in the past 15 years and two in the past four, is 15th in the poll.

Here’s a look at the poll, with vote totals in parentheses:

1. Kentucky (24)
2. Arizona (3)
3. Duke (2)
4. Wisconsin (3)
5. Kansas
6. North Carolina
7. Florida
8. Virginia
9. Louisville
10. Texas
11. Wichita State
12. Villanova
13. Gonzaga
14. Iowa State
15. UConn
16. VCU
17. San Diego State
18. Michigan State
19. Oklahoma
20. Ohio State
21. Nebraska
22. SMU
23. Michigan
24. Syracuse
25. Iowa

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