Kentucky Wildcats start No. 1
Kentucky, featuring its much ballyhooed freshman class, is the top-ranked team in the USA Today preseason coaches' poll, which was released Thursday.
The Wildcats, whose eight-player freshman contingent includes McDonald's All Americans Dakari Johnson, twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Julius Randle and Marcus Lee, received 16 first-place votes. In-state players Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis round out coach John Calipari's latest crop of talented freshmen.
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