Cats ranked No. 18 in pre-season

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In other news, the Associated Press poll released on Saturday has UK rated No. 18. It’s the first time in school history that the Cats earned a pre-season ranking in back-to-back seasons. UK is one of four Southeastern Conference teams rated including No. 3 Tennessee, No. 13 Georgia and No. 21 LSU. Three other UK opponents are in the top 10, including No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 7 Duke and No. 9 Louisville.

1. Baylor (33)
2. Notre Dame (6)
3. Tennessee
4. UConn
5. Stanford
6. Texas A&M (1)
7. Miami
8. Duke
9. Louisville
10. Georgetown
11. Maryland
12. Penn St.
13. Georgia
14. Florida State
15. Oklahoma
16. Rutgers
17. Purdue
18. Kentucky
19. DePaul
20. North Carolina
21. LSU
22. UCLA
23. Southern Cal
24. Texas
25. St. John’s

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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