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Cats No. 5 in Coaches Poll

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Everyone knew it was already an offseason of historic proportions. Now the polls have confirmed it.

After sitting outside the top-25 polls for most of last season, the Kentucky men's basketball team, led by first-year head coach John Caliapri and a star-studded recruiting class, has started the season at No. 5 in the first ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Cats received 635 votes, but, maybe a bit surprisingly, did not garner any first-place votes. Kansas grabbed 27 of the 31 first-place votes and sits atop the rankings, followed closely by Michigan State, Texas and North Carolina.

Although the Southeastern Conference is expected to be much improved this season, it appears the coaches want to see the improvement on the court first. Only two other league teams are in the top 25, with Tennessee checking in at No. 11 and Mississippi State coming in at No. 19.

The complete ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

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