CBSSports.com's Preseason Top 25

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CBSSports.com released its preseason Top 25 for next season and Kentucky is the ridiculously early No. 1 team in the country, with two familiar foes right behind the Cats in the rankings:
Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one): 1. Kentucky  Last season: 38-2 (won the national title) Notable players definitely gone: Darius Miller, Eloy Vargas Others expected to leave: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb Notable players expected to return: Kyle Wiltjer Notable newcomers: Ryan Harrow (N.C. State), Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley Other likely newcomers: Nerlens Noel, Shabazz Muhammad, Anthony Bennett 2. Indiana  Last season: 27-9 (lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16) Notable players definitely gone: Verdell Jones, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth Others expected to leave: None Notable players expected to return: Cody Zeller, Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Maurice Creek Notable newcomers: Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Perea, Jeremy Hollowell 3. Louisville  Last season: 30-10 (lost to Kentucky in the Final Four) Notable players definitely gone: Kyle Kuric, Chris Smith, Jared Swopshire Others expected to leave: None Notable players expected to return: Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear, Rakeem Buckles, Mike Marra Notable newcomers: Luke Hancock (George Mason), Terry Rozier
Kentucky's games against No. 2 Indiana and No. 3 Louisville next year will likely be the two biggest non-conference match-ups of the season. 2012-2013 already has the makings of an exciting year.

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