The Wildcats are a preseason No. 1 by the AP for the second straight year.
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Reigning national runner-up Kentucky was an overwhelming choice for the No. 1 spot as the Associated Press revealed its preseason Top 25 men's basketball poll.
The Wildcats, who fell to Connecticut in the title game after reaching the Final Four as a No. 8 seed, received 52 of a possible 65 first-place votes and 1,604 points to comfortably outdistance Arizona for the top spot.
Kentucky did lose standouts Julius Randle and James Young to the NBA, but returns a number of key contributors from last season's squad in sophomore twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison, juniors Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley- Stein as well as center Dakari Johnson and forward Marcus Lee.