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Kentucky Wildcats earn top spot in Blue Ribbon preseason top 25

The new season is drawing closer.

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

As the new college hoops season draws closer, another preseason poll has the Kentucky Wildcats coming in at the top spot.

The Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook has unveiled it’s preseason top 25, and it features the Wildcats claiming the No. 1 spot, narrowly edging Kansas. The two teams will clash at Rupp Arena in January, one of 12 top-25 matchups Kentucky will have this year based on this poll.

That includes four top-five clashes, as Duke (4) and Tennessee (5) also cracked the top five.

As for the rest of the SEC, Auburn (8), Mississippi State (11), LSU (18) and Florida (20) cracked the top 25. That would make this the deepest the SEC in quite some time, maybe ever.

Needless to say, Kentucky may be the top dog this year, but they’ve got a long way to go just to survive the regular season. The good news is they have the talent and depth to go head to head with anyone, but they’ll need to bring their A game every night to earn a good seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Top 25 Poll

  1. Kentucky Wildcats
  2. Kansas Jayhawks
  3. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  4. Duke Blue Devils
  5. Tennessee Volunteers
  6. Nevada Wolf Pack
  7. Virginia Cavaliers
  8. Auburn Tigers
  9. Oregon Ducks
  10. Michigan State Spartans
  11. Mississippi St. Bulldogs
  12. North Carolina Tar Heels
  13. Kansas State Wildcats
  14. UCLA Bruins
  15. Florida State Seminoles
  16. West Virginia Mountaineers
  17. Clemson Tigers
  18. LSU Tigers
  19. Purdue Boilermakers
  20. Florida Gators
  21. Villanova Wildcats
  22. Syracuse Orange
  23. Michigan Wolverines
  24. Virginia Tech Hokies
  25. TCU Horned Frogs

What are your thoughts on this preseason poll?