Coaches rank Kentucky No. 1 in preseason poll

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:

1. Kentucky

2. Michigan State Spartans

3. Louisville

4. Duke

5. Arizona Wildcats

6. Kansas Jayhawks

7. Syracuse Orange

8. Florida Gators

9. Michigan

10. Ohio State Buckeyes

11. North Carolina Tar Heels

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13. Memphis Tigers

14. Gonzaga Bulldogs

15. VCU

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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