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Kentucky basketball cracks top 10 in first AP Top 25 Poll

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Kentucky has top-15 teams in basketball and football in the AP polls.

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While college football has much of the BBN’s focus right now, it won’t be long until the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team begins its 2021-22 regular season.

Today, the first AP Top 25 Poll of the new season was released, and it has Kentucky checking in at No. 10. It’s actually the same spot Kentucky checked in at to start the 2020-21 season, though this season will hopefully be vastly different (and more enjoyable) than that year turned out to be.

Kentucky’s first opponent — the Duke Blue Devils — checked in at No. 9, so we’ll be treated to a clash of top-10 teams in the 2021 Champions Classic.

Ohio State, who Kentucky faces in the CBS Sports Classic, is ranked No. 18.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs, UCLA Bruins, Kansas Jayhawks, Villanova Wildcats and Texas Longhorns made up the top five. Kentucky will play Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse for the 2022 SEC/Big 12 Challenge in January.

As for the SEC, Kentucky is the top team with the Alabama Crimson Tide (14), Arkansas Razorbacks (16), Tennessee Volunteers (18) and Auburn Tigers (22) also making it.

College Basketball AP Top 25 Poll

1. Gonzaga Bulldogs

2. UCLA Bruins

3. Kansas Jayhawks

4. Villanova Wildcats

5. Texas Longhorns

6. Michigan Wolverines

7. Purdue Boilermakers

8. Baylor Bears

9. Duke Blue Devils

10. Kentucky Wildcats

11. Illinois Fighting Illini

12. Memphis Tigers

13. Oregon Ducks

14. Alabama Crimson Tide

15. Houston Cougars

16. Arkansas Razorbacks

17. Ohio State Buckeyes

18. Tennessee Volunteers

19. North Carolina Tar Heels

20. Florida State Seminoles

21. Maryland Terrapins

22. Auburn Tigers

23. St. Bonaventure Bonnies

24. UConn Huskies

25. Virginia Cavaliers