For the third straight year, Kentucky will go into a season ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.
UK and North Carolina tied for the top spot this year, it was announced Thursday. Both teams had 749 points in balloting by 32 Division I coaches. North Carolina had 12 first-place votes, while Kentucky had 11.
Kentucky, which has a 63-5 record as the No. 1 team in John Calipari's six seasons as coach, was also the pre-season No. 1 the past two seasons.
UK was ranked No. 1 throughout last season and finished No. 3 after a Final Four loss to Wisconsin.
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Of course, Kentucky went from pre-season No. 1 to the Final Four in each of the past two seasons.
Kentucky will play four teams ranked in the coaches' pre-season top 25: No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Kansas, No. 19 LSU and No. 20 Vanderbilt.