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UK starts season at No. 2 in AP Top 25

Kentucky will start the 2011-12 season ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25.

North Carolina was ranked the preseason No. 1, followed by UK, Ohio State, Connecticut and Syracuse. UK did not receive any of the 65 first-place votes, which were split between North Carolina (62), Ohio State (one) and UConn (two).

The No. 2 ranking is the highest for the Kentucky program since the 1995-96 team was tabbed No. 1 entering the season. It marks the second time in the John Calipari ere that UK ranks in the top 10 of the AP preseason poll.

Kentucky has been ranked in the AP’s top five in the preseason 22 times and in the top three 14 times before.

Four Southeastern Conference teams are in the top 25 to begin the year, including three in the top eight.

UK is also No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 North Carolina (62) 0-0 1,620
2 Kentucky 0-0 1,501
3 Ohio State (1) 0-0 1,482
4 Connecticut (2) 0-0 1,433
5 Syracuse 0-0 1,338
6 Duke 0-0 1,301
7 Vanderbilt 0-0 1,120
8 Florida 0-0 1,086
9 Louisville 0-0 1,055
10 Pittsburgh 0-0 1,027
11 Memphis 0-0 997
12 Baylor 0-0 892
13 Kansas 0-0 755
14 Xavier 0-0 747
15 Wisconsin 0-0 720
16 Arizona 0-0 616
17 UCLA 0-0 404
18 Michigan 0-0 401
19 Alabama 0-0 395
20 Texas A&M 0-0 357
21 Cincinnati 0-0 353
22 Marquette 0-0 335
23 Gonzaga 0-0 283
24 California 0-0 230
25 Missouri 0-0 139