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Kentucky WBB ranked No. 13 in preseason AP Poll

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Kentucky Women’s Basketball will start the season with a number next to the team name once again. On Tuesday morning, the AP Poll released its preseason Top 25 and tabbed the Wildcats at No. 13 in the country. Kentucky finished last season ranked 18th following a second-round NCAA Tournament appearance.

Looking up and down the poll, Kentucky sure won’t have a cakewalk of a schedule this season. Let’s rattle off the ranked opponents on UK’s schedule this season: No. 1 South Carolina (twice), No. 6 Louisville, No. 8 Indiana, No. 15 Tennessee, No. 19 West Virginia, No. 23 Texas A&M, Georgia (receiving votes), Arkansas (receiving votes), and DePaul (receiving votes).

2021-22 will be the second season for head coach Kyra Elzy, but the first with a full offseason under her belt. She led Kentucky through a rough non-conference schedule against several ranked opponents last season and had UK looking like a top 10 in the country. However, a slip-up during conference play had the ‘Cats packing their bags early on in the postseason.

Considering Kentucky didn’t lose all that much production from a season ago and still feature arguably the most talented player in the country, Rhyne Howard, a top 15 ranking feels appropriate. Losing Chasity Patterson to graduation and KeKe McKinney to transfer will hurt, but UK will return 70 percent of its scoring and 63 percent of its rebounding from the 2020-21 season.

A No. 13 ranking is about where Charlie Creme of ESPN has Kentucky in his updated Bracketology projections, which also dropped on Tuesday. Creme has the ‘Cats as a three-seed in the Wichita region, taking on 14-seeded Penn.

Below is the entirety of the AP Top 25.

AP Poll Top 25

  1. South Carolina
  2. UConn
  3. Stanford
  4. Maryland
  5. N.C. State
  6. Louisville
  7. Baylor
  8. Indiana
  9. Iowa
  10. Oregon
  11. Michigan
  12. Iowa State
  13. Kentucky
  14. Oregon State
  15. Tennessee
  16. Florida State
  17. Ohio State
  18. Georgia Tech
  19. West Virginia
  20. UCLA
  21. South Florida
  22. Arizona
  23. Texas A&M
  24. Virginia Tech
  25. Texas

Others receiving votes: Georgia 65, Michigan State 63, Florida Gulf Coast 43, Missouri State 18, South Dakota 13, LSU 10, Arkansas 10, Washington State 9, Oklahoma State 8, Notre Dame 8, DePaul 6, Belmont 5, Oklahoma 3, South Dakota State 1

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