Coaches rank Kentucky No. 1 in preseason poll
Kentucky will start the season as the nation's No. 1 team, according to coaches.
Kentucky Wildcats ’s rough finish to the 2012-13 season apparently did not impact its status among coaches heading into the new campaign.
On Thursday, the coaches poll was released – and the Wildcats were ranked No. 1.
Just seven months ago, John Calipari’s troops missed out on the NCAA tournament and then were unceremoniously bounced in the first round of the NIT by Robert Morris. However, after Calipari brought in arguably the best recruiting class in the history of the sports, Kentucky is back atop the rankings.
The only other time Kentucky was the preseason No. 1 in the coaches poll was 1995-96 – when the Wildcats won a national championship.
Michigan State, Louisville Cardinals and Duke Blue Devils all received first-place votes.
Here are the rankings and for complete details click here:
2. Michigan State Spartans
5. Arizona Wildcats
6. Kansas Jayhawks
7. Syracuse Orange
8. Florida Gators
10. Ohio State Buckeyes
11. North Carolina Tar Heels
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13. Memphis Tigers
14. Gonzaga Bulldogs
16. Wichita State Shockers
17. Marquette Golden Eagles
18. Oregon Ducks
19. Connecticut Huskies
20. New Mexico Lobos
21. Wisconsin Badgers
22. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
23. UCLA Bruins
24. Indiana Hoosiers
25. Virginia Cavaliers
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