Earlier this week, Kentucky was unveiled as the No. 1 team in Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook’s preseason Top 25. Mike DeCourcy at The Sporting News agrees, putting the Cats atop his preseason poll that was released this afternoon. Kentucky is first, followed by Kansas, Gonzaga, Duke, and Virginia.
“In a season that will not rank among the most talent-rich in modern college basketball history, UK certainly qualifies as loaded,” DeCourcy writes. “The decision of former Pac-10 star Travis to join the Wildcats as a graduate transfer has given the team nine starting-quality players, which will cause some challenges for coach John Calipari in terms of building a style and rotation that works to maximize their abilities. One thing that was noticeable in the team’s playing trip to the Bahamas was how effective both Washington and Travis played in the high post. As the five talented freshmen develop, there is a chance for UK to be oppressive on defense.”
Other SEC teams in the Top 25:
- 7. Tennessee
- 11. Auburn
- 18. Mississippi State
- 20. LSU
Five teams in the preseason Top 25? The SEC really does mean more. Check out the poll for yourself at SportingNews.com.