Kentucky again tops Blue Ribbon’s preseason Top 25

Kentucky tops Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook’s preseason Top 25 poll for the second consecutive season.

The Wildcats, reloaded again by coach John Calipari and his staff with another top recruiting class to join holdovers Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee and Tyler Ulis, will try to pick up where they left off last season, when they won their first 38 games before falling to Wisconsin in the Final Four.

That team was gutted by the NBA Draft, including No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns, but the Wildcats have been stocked for another deep NCAA run.

“As we began the process of putting together our book back in the spring, Kentucky wouldn’t have been our preseason No. 1,” Blue Ribbon editor Chris Dortch said. “But then the Wildcats signed Jamal Murray from Canada in June. He’s so good we thought that, combined with the players returning and other great newcomers, including Skal Labissiere, the mix has the potential for another deep run in the NCAA tournament.”

Maryland is No. 2 in Blue Ribbon’s poll, followed by Virginia and North Carolina from the ACC and Kansas, which along with SMU guard Nic Moore and FGCU guard Julian DeBose, won the World University Games during the summer.

The top 10 is rounded out by No. 6 Duke, the defending national champions, Arizona, Iowa State, Villanova and Gonzaga.

The Big Ten has the most teams in the poll (five), followed by the Pac-12 (four) and the ACC, Big 12 and SEC with three each. Perennial strong teams that don’t play in a power conference are represented throughout the Top 25—Gonzaga (10), Wichita State (11) and Butler (24).

Blue Ribbon’s 35th anniversary edition is available for preorder now at The tablet version of the book will be available for download next week, and the printed version ships in mid-October.


Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Top 25

  1. Kentucky
  2. Maryland
  3. Virginia
  4. North Carolina
  5. Kansas
  6. Duke
  7. Arizona
  8. Iowa State
  9. Villanova
  10. Gonzaga
  11. Wichita State
  12. California
  13. Indiana
  14. Vanderbilt
  15. Michigan State
  16. Oklahoma
  17. Michigan
  18. Oregon
  19. Purdue
  20. Utah
  21. SMU
  22. Texas A&M
  23. Connecticut
  24. Butler
  25. Dayton


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