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Sporting News Releases Its Preseason College Basketball Top 25

An overhead shot of Rupp Arena during a game.

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The 2018-19 men's college basketball season will be here before you know it.

We've had a lot of preseason top 25 polls released over the past couple of weeks. A new one is out today.

Sporting News has released its full preseason top 25 poll. There are a lot of familiar names at the top of it.

The preseason top 10:

  1. Kentucky
  2. Kansas
  3. Gonzaga
  4. Duke
  5. Virginia
  6. UNC
  7. Tennessee
  8. Villanova
  9. Nevada
  10. Michigan

Here's why Kentucky is No. 1:

In a season that will not rank among the most talent-rich in modern college basketball history, UK certainly qualifies as loaded. The decision of former Pac-10 star Travis to join the Wildcats as a graduate transfer has given the team nine starting-quality players, which will cause some challenges for coach John Calipari in terms of building a style and rotation that works to maximize their abilities. One thing that was noticeable in the team’s playing trip to the Bahamas was how effective both Washington and Travis played in the high post. As the five talented freshmen develop, there is a chance for UK to be oppressive on defense.

You can view the full poll here.