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Kentucky cracks CBS sports preseason top 25

The expectation is for Kentucky to rebound from their dreadful 2020-21 season.

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Like John Calipari and those in Lexington, the national media expects the Kentucky Wildcats to rebound from their dreadful 2020-21 season.

In CBS Sports’ top 25 preseason plus one rankings, the Wildcats checked in at No. 15 as the 2021-22 season draws closer.

“John Calipari has solved Kentucky’s point guard problems by adding five-star prospect TyTy Washington and Georgia transfer Sahvir Wheeler,” CBS Sports’ Gary Parish wrote. “Other additions like transfers Kellan Grady (Davidson), Oscar Tshiebwe (West Virginia) and CJ Frederick (Iowa) are what will give the Wildcats a chance to go from a losing season to a conference title.”

Kentucky is among five SEC teams to make the cut joining Alabama, Arkansas Tennessee and Auburn.

The full top 25 plus one rankings are as follows:

  1. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  2. UCLA Bruins
  3. Kansas Jayhawks
  4. Villanova Wildcats
  5. Alabama Crimson Tide
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes
  7. Michigan Wolverines
  8. Duke Blue Devils
  9. Baylor Bears
  10. Arkansas Razorbacks
  11. Purdue Boilermakers
  12. Houston Cougars
  13. Maryland Terrapins
  14. Texas Longhorns
  15. Kentucky Wildcats
  16. Oregon Ducks
  17. Florida State Seminoles
  18. Tennessee Volunteers
  19. North Carolina Tar Heels
  20. Auburn Tigers
  21. UCONN Huskies
  22. Michigan State Spartans
  23. St. Bonaventure Bonnies
  24. Virginia Cavalries
  25. USC Trojans
  26. Virginia Tech Hokies