Ridiculously Early Top 25 (and one): Calipari, Kentucky reload, are No. 1

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UK is likely to lose numerous players, but will be fine if it lands the top two uncommitteds. (Getty Images)  
UK is likely to lose numerous players, but will be fine if it lands the top two uncommitteds. (Getty Images)  

By Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish | CBSSports.com College Basketball Insiders

John Calipari's team will look completely different next season, but the Kentucky Wildcats will still have a chance to go back-to-back. We've put together our Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one) -- and we're sticking with UK in the top spot despite the fact we think the 'Cats will lose everyone of note except for reserve Kyle Wiltjer.

Our preseason poll is different. No, it's better than others because we make determinations based on information. That's why you won't find UConn -- as it's likely both Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond are history in Storrs. Ohio State is in the bottom tier because we anticipate Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas will leave early for the NBA.

We've got Kentucky higher than most as all indications are that Calipari has the inside track to the top two uncommitted high school seniors in the country -- Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad.

We'll update this again after the April 10 NCAA deadline.

Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one):

1. Kentucky
Last season: 38-2 (won the national title)
Notable players definitely gone: Darius Miller, Eloy Vargas
Others expected to leave: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb
Notable players expected to return: Kyle Wiltjer
Notable newcomers: Ryan Harrow (N.C. State), Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley
Other likely newcomers: Nerlens Noel, Shabazz Muhammad, Anthony Bennett

2. Indiana
Last season: 27-9 (lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16)
Notable players definitely gone: Verdell Jones, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Cody Zeller, Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Maurice Creek
Notable newcomers: Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Perea, Jeremy Hollowell

3. Louisville
Last season: 30-10 (lost to Kentucky in the Final Four)
Notable players definitely gone: Kyle Kuric, Chris Smith, Jared Swopshire
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear, Rakeem Buckles, Mike Marra Notable newcomers: Luke Hancock (George Mason), Terry Rozier

4. Kansas
Last season: 32-7 (lost to Kentucky in the title game)
Notable players definitely gone: Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor, Conner Teahan
Others expected to leave: Thomas Robinson
Notable players expected to return: Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford, Justin Wesley, Kevin Young
Notable newcomers: Ben McLemore, Jamari Traylor, Andrew White, Perry Ellis, Zach Peters, Landen Lucas, Anrio Adams

5. Michigan
Last season: 24-10 (Lost to Ohio in the round of 64)
Notable players definitely gone: Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Evan Smotrycz
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jordan Morgan, Jon Horford, Matt Vogrich
Notable newcomers: Mitch McGary, Glenn "Tre" Robinson, Nick Stauskas

6. Baylor
Last season: 30-8 (lost to Kentucky in Elite Eight)
Notable players definitely gone: Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones
Others expected to leave: Perry Jones III
Notable players expected to return: Pierre Jackson, Quincy Miller, Brady Heslip, A.J. Walton, Gary Franklin, Deuce Bello, Cory Jefferson
Notable newcomers: Isaiah Austin, L.J. Rose, Ricardo Gathers

7. Syracuse
Last season: 34-3 (lost to Ohio State in the Elite Eight)
Notable players definitely gone: Scoop Jardine, Dion Waiters, Fab Melo, Kris Joseph
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Brandon Triche, C.J. Fair, James Southerland, Michael Carter-Williams, Rakeem Christmas, Baye Keita
Notable newcomers: DaJuan Coleman, Jeremi Grant

8. Michigan State
Last season: 29-8 (lost to Louisville in Sweet 16)
Notable players definitely gone: Draymond Green, Brandon Wood, Austin Thornton
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Keith Appling, Derrick Nix, Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson, Travis Trice, Brandon Kearney, Russell Byrd
Notable newcomers: Gary Harris, Matt Costello, Denzel Valentine, Kenny Kaminski

9. San Diego State
Last season: 26-8 (lost to N.C. State in the round of 64)
Notable players definitely gone: Garrett Green, Tim Shelton
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Jamaal Franklin, Chase Tapley, Xavier Thames, James Rahon, DeShawn Stephens, LaBradford Franklin
Notable newcomers: JJ O'Brien (Utah), Dwayne Polee (St. John's), James Johnson (Virginia -- mid-year), Winston Shepard, Skylar Spencer, Matt Shrigley

10. North Carolina
Last season: 32-6 (Lost to Kansas in the Elite Eight)
Notable players definitely gone: Tyler Zeller, Kendall Marshall, John Henson, Harrison Barnes
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Dexter Strickland, Reggie Bullock, P.J. Hairston, James Michael McAdoo, Leslie McDonald
Notable newcomers: Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto, Joel James, Brice Johnson

11. Florida
Last season: 26-11 (lost to Louisville in Elite Eight)
Notable players definitely gone: Erving Walker
Others expected to leave: Bradley Beal
Notable players expected to return: Patric Young, Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy, Mike Rosario, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguette
Notable newcomers: Braxton Ogbueze, Michael Frazier, Dillon Graham

12. Memphis
Last season: 26-9 (lost to Saint Louis in the round of 64)
Notable players definitely gone: Will Barton, Wesley Witherspoon
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Adonis Thomas, Joe Jackson, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, Antonio Barton, Ferrakohn Hall, Stan Simpson, D.J. Stephens
Notable newcomers: Shaq Goodwin, Damien Wilson, Geron Johnson

13. UNLV
Last season: 26-9 (Lost to Colorado in round of 64)
Notable players definitely gone: Chace Stanback, Oscar Bellfield, Brice Massamba, Kendall Wallace
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Mike Moser, Anthony Marshall, Justin Hawkins, Carlos Lopez, Quintrell Thomas, Reggie Smith
Notable newcomers: Bryce Jones (USC), Khem Birch (Pitt -- midyear), Katin Reinhardt, Daquan Cook, Demetris Morant

14. Wisconsin
Last season: 26-10 (lost to Syracuse in Sweet 16)
Notable players definitely gone: Jordan Taylor, Rob Wilson
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Ryan Evans, Jared Berggren, Mike Brusewitz, Josh Gasser, Ben Brust, Frank Kaminsky
Notable newcomers: George Marshall, Sam Dekker, Zach Bohannon (Air Force), Jarod Uthoff, Zak Showalter

15. North Carolina State
Last season: 24-13 (lost to Kansas in the Sweet 16)
Notable players definitely gone: C.J. Williams, Alex Johnson
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Lorenzo Brown, C.J. Leslie, Richard Howell, DeShawn Painter, Scott Wood
Notable newcomers: Rodney Purvis, Tyler Lewis, T.J. Warren

16. Gonzaga
Last season: 26-7 (lost to Ohio State in round of 32)
Notable players definitely gone: Robert Sacre, Marquise Carter
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Elias Harris, Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell, Sam Dower, Guy Landry-Edi, Kelly Olynyk, Mike Hart, David Stockton
Notable newcomers: None

17. Arizona
Last season: 23-12 (NIT)
Notable players definitely gone: Kyle Fogg, Jesse Perry
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Nick Johnson, Solomon Hill, Josiah Turner, Kevin Parrom, Angelo Chol, Jordin Mayes
Notable newcomers: Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett, Gabe York

18. Duke Last season: 27-7 (lost to Lehigh in the round of 64)
Notable players definitely gone: Austin Rivers, Miles Plumlee
Others expected to leave: Mason Plumlee
Notable players expected to return: Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly, Andre Dawkins, Quinn Cook, Tyler Thornton, Josh Hairston
Notable newcomers: Alex Murphy, Marshall Plumlee, Rasheed Sulaimon

19. Saint Louis
Last season: 26-8 (lost to Michigan State in the round of 32)
Notable players definitely gone: Brian Conklin, Kyle Cassity
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Kwamain Mitchell, Dwayne Evans, Cody Ellis, Mike McCall, Jordair Jett, Rob Loe
Notable newcomers: Jared Drew, Keith Carter

20. Kansas State
Last season: 22-11 (lost to Syracuse in the round of 32)
Notable players definitely gone: Jamar Samuels
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Rodney McGruder, Will Spradling, Jordan Henriquez, Angel Rodriguez, Thomas Gipson, Adrian Diaz, Shane Southwell, Martavious Irving
Notable newcomers: None

21. Missouri
Last season: 30-5 (lost to Norfolk State in the round of 64)
Notable players definitely gone: Marcus Denmon, Kim English, Ricardo Ratliffe, Matt Pressey
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Phil Pressey, Michael Dixon, Laurence Bowers
Notable newcomers: Keion Bell (Pepperdine), Ernest Ross (Auburn), Jabari Brown (Oregon -- mid-year), Tony Criswell, Stefan Jankovic, Domoniq Bull, Ryan Rosburg, Negus Webster-Chan

22. Minnesota
Last season: 23-15 (NIT)
Notable players definitely gone: Ralph Sampson III
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Trevor Mbakwe, Rodney Williams, Austin Hollins, Andre Hollins, Julian Welch, Joe Coleman, Maurice Walker
Notable newcomers: Wally Ellenson, Charles Buggs

23. Virginia Commonwealth
Last season: 29-7 (lost to Indiana in round of 32)
Notable players definitely gone: Bradford Burgess
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Juvonte Reddic, Rob Brandenburg, Treveon Graham, Darius Theus, Troy Daniels, Briante Weber, D.J. Haley
Notable newcomers: Jordan Burgess, Justin Tuoyo, Mohamad Alie-Cox

24. Ohio State
Last season: 31-8 (lost to Kansas in Final Four)
Notable players definitely gone: William Buford
Others expected to leave: Jared Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas
Notable players expected to return: Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith, Sam Thompson, Shannon Scott, Evan Ravenel, Amir Williams, LaQuinton Ross, Jordan Sibert
Notable newcomers: None

25. Creighton
Last season: 29-6 (lost to North Carolina in the round of 32)
Notable players definitely gone: Antoine Young
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Doug McDermott, Gregory Echenique, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat, Ethan Wragge, Josh Jones, Austin Chatman, Avery Dingman, Will Artino
Notable newcomers: Nevin Johnson, Geoffrey Groselle, Andre Yates, Isaiah Zierden

26. Murray State
Last season: 31-2 (lost to Marquette in round of 32)
Notable players definitely gone: Donte Poole, Ivan Aska, Jewaun Long
Others expected to leave: None
Notable players expected to return: Isaiah Canaan, Edward Daniel, Zay Jackson, Latreze Mushatt, Stacy Wilson, Brandon Garrett
Notable newcomers: Dexter Fields (UAB), C.J. Ford, Jeffrey Moss, Terron Gilmore, Zabius Henderson, Erik McCree

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