With the 2020-21 college basketball season beginning in two weeks, the first AP Top 25 Poll has been released.
A bit surprisingly, the Kentucky Wildcats came in down at No. 10. Kentucky had been projected higher in several preseason rankings, including No. 5 overall by ESPN, so it’s a small surprise to see the Cats barely crack the top 10.
Thankfully, this really means nothing at all, especially when it comes to making a deep run in March (or whenever the NCAA Tournament is this season).
This marks the 11th time in John Calipari’s 12 seasons that the Wildcats begin the season ranked in the top 10.
In the SEC, Tennessee (12) is the only other team in the preseason poll. LSU, Florida and Alabama did receive a lot of votes.
Kansas, who Kentucky faces in the Champions Classis, begins the season at No. 6.
Texas, who will come to Rupp Arena for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, open the year at No. 19.
UCLA, who Kentucky faces in the CBS Sports Classic, checks in at No. 22.
College Basketball AP Top 25 Poll
1 - Gonzaga Bulldogs
2 - Baylor Bears
5 - Iowa Hawkeyes
6 - Kansas Jayhawks
9 - Duke Blue Devils
10 - Kentucky Wildcats
11 - Creighton Bluejays
12 - Tennessee Volunteers
15 - West Virginia Mountaineers
17 - Houston Cougars
19 - Texas Longhorns
20 - Oregon Ducks
22 - UCLA Bruins
23 - Ohio State Buckeyes
25 - Michigan Wolverines
Others Receiving Votes: LSU 146, Memphis 69, Florida 69, Alabama 50, Indiana 48, Louisville 41, Richmond 40, Stanford 14, Providence 9, Saint Louis 8, Auburn 8, San Diego St. 6, UConn 6, BYU 4, Loyola of Chicago 3, Seton Hall 2, UNC Greensboro 1, N Iowa 1.
Where do you think the Cats should be ranked to open the season?