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Top 25 AP Preseason Poll – Kentucky Wildcats Named No.1

Top 25 AP Preseason Poll – Kentucky Wildcats Named No.1

John Calipari’s Wildcats did not qualify nor got an invite to play in the NCAA Tournament last year. Worse, Kentucky lost to Robert Morris in the opening round of the NIT back in 2012.

But how in Dick Vitale’s world did the Wildcats land in the No. 1 spot of the first Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll after being unranked last season? Kentucky got 27 first-place votes from a 65-man national media panel. [sc:NCAAB240banner ]

The answer lies in Kentucky’s astounding recruitment job during the offseason.

Playing under Calipari’s tutelage this season was a bumper crop of outstanding talented freshmen, five of which are ranked in the top 10 of ESPN’s Top 100 prospects: #3 PF Julius Randle,  #5 PG Andrew Harrison, #7 C Dakari Johnson, #8 SF James Young, and #9 SG Aaron Harrison (Andrew’s twin brother). If you include #25 PF Marcus Lee, that gives Kentucky six high school All-Americans.

With this groundbreaking haul, many basketball pundits went as far as to say that Kentucky’s incoming class is better than the fabled “Fab Five” of Michigan some twenty years ago. Although that remains to be proven, (Chris Weber and company went to the national finals in each of their first two years) Calipari’s crew not reaching the finals this season would be considered a big disappointment.

Coming in at No.2 on the poll is Michigan, followed by defending champs, Louisville.  For the rest of the rankings as well as current NCAAB Futures odds, see the list below.

College Basketball AP Top 25 Preseason Rankings


Rank School Odds to Win NCAA Title
1 Kentucky +380
2 Michigan State +700
3 Louisville +1,000
4 Duke +700
5 Kansas +500
6 Arizona +1,400
7 Michigan +3,000
8 Oklahoma State +3,500
9 Syracuse +1,500
10 Florida +1,500
11 Ohio State +1,500
12 North Carolina +2,000
13 Memphis +2,000
14 Virginia Commonwealth +4,000
15 Gonzaga +6,000
16 Wichita State +8,000
17 Marquette +8,000
18 Connecticut +4,000
19 Oregon +4,000
20 Wisconsin +5,000
21 Notre Dame +10,000
22 UCLA +5,000
23 New Mexico +8,000
24 Virginia +4,000
25 Baylor +8,000
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