LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky slumped to a 9-16 record while missing the NCAA Tournament last season, but voters in the Associated Press college basketball poll expect the Wildcats’ malaise to be short-lived.

John Calipari’s team cracked the AP preseason poll at No. 10 when it was released Monday afternoon.

Indiana, led by new coach Mike Woodson, ranked 27th, while Louisville was tied for No. 45.

The top of the poll is stuffed with familiar faces. Top-ranked Gonzaga lost to Baylor in the NCAA championship game last season. No. 2 UCLA, coached by former U of L assistant Mick Cronin, made the 2021 Final Four. The Zags earned 55 of 63 first-place votes. The Bruins received the eight other votes for No. 1.

Scott Davenport's Bellarmine team will play Gonzaga and UCLA in November, as well as Purdue, which is ranked seventh.

Here is the complete Top 25.

  1. Gonzaga
  2. UCLA
  3. Kansas
  4. Villanova
  5. Texas
  6. Michigan
  7. Purdue
  8. Baylor
  9. Duke
  10. Kentucky
  11. Illinois
  12. Memphis
  13. Oregon
  14. Alabama
  15. Houston
  16. Arkansas
  17. Ohio State
  18. Tennessee
  19. North Carolina
  20. Florida State
  21. Maryland
  22. Auburn
  23. St. Bonaventure
  24. UConn
  25. Virginia

Others receiving votes:

Michigan State 87, Indiana 41, USC 30, Arizona 26, Virginia Tech 25, Oklahoma State 25, Xavier 22, Texas Tech 17, Richmond 13, Rutgers 11, Colorado State 11, LSU 7, Belmont 7, San Diego State 5, St. John's 5, Mississippi State 5, Syracuse 5, Drake 4, Colorado 4, BYU 3, Notre Dame 3, Louisville 3

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