For the fifth straight season, Kentucky is ranked in the preseason Associated Press Top 25, which was released on Thursday.
The Cats, who came in at No. 11 overall, were one of four Southeastern Conference teams to be ranked in the initial poll, including No. 2 South Carolina, No. 4 Tennessee and No. 5 Texas A&M.
UK, which finished last season ranked No. 10 in the final AP poll, will face both the Gamecocks and the Lady Vols twice in the regular season and the Aggies come to Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.
Several other UK nonconference also were ranked in the first poll of the season, including No. 8 Baylor, which will take on Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. as a part of the annual ESPN Tipoff Classic.
UK also will play at No. 12 Louisville (Dec. 7) and at No. 7 Duke (Dec. 21) this season.
A couple of other Cats opponents received votes in the preseason poll, including LSU, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Mississippi State, South Florida and Middle Tennessee.
UK’s previous preseason rankings were No. 9, No. 17, No. 6 and No. 7 last season.