The first edition of the 2021-22 Coaches Top 25 Poll has been released. The Kentucky Wildcats will begin the new season ranked 11th overall after being ranked 10th in the first AP Top 25 Poll.
Kentucky’s first opponent, the Duke Blue Devils, checked in at ninth overall in what will be Coach K’s final season. Duke was also ninth in the AP Poll.
In the SEC, Alabama (13), Arkansas (15), Tennessee (17) and Auburn (22) also made the first Coaches Poll.
The only other team currently ranked Kentucky faces will be Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic. The Buckeyes were actually tied with Tennessee for the 17th spot in the first poll.
Kentucky has rarely been in this range to begin a season under John Calipari, but after the last year, you can’t blame anyone for wanting to see what these Wildcats can do before believing what they will accomplish.
2 UCLA Bruins
4 Villanova Wildcats
9 Duke Blue Devils
11 Kentucky Wildcats
12 Oregon Ducks
14 Houston Cougars
16 Memphis Tigers
17* Ohio State Buckeyes
23 UConn Huskies
24 St. Bonaventure Bonnies
Others receiving votes: Michigan State 55; Texas Tech 46; Southern California 38; West Virginia 18; Indiana 13; Virginia Tech 9; Loyola-Chicago 9; Oklahoma State 8; Arizona 8; Creighton 7; Syracuse 6; Colorado St. 5; Drake 4; Richmond 3; Notre Dame 3; Iowa 3; Rutgers 2; Louisiana State 2; Colorado 2; Xavier 1; Nevada 1; Butler 1; Boise St. 1.