Kentucky coach John Calipari has been calling his team “ugly” this preseason, but his contemporaries clearly disagree.
USA Today released its Coaches’ Poll on Thursday morning, with Kentucky and North Carolina tied at No. 1.
The Wildcats feature several All-American candidates, including freshman Skal Labissiere, whose eligibility is still under scrutiny. In the event that he can’t play this winter, the team has several other 5-star recruits to take Labissiere’s minutes.
Sophomore guard Tyler Ulis figures to be the leader of Calipari’s young squad. Coach Cal called Ulis “the best floor general I’ve ever coached” during Wednesday’s media day in Lexington.
LSU (No. 19) and Vanderbilt (No. 20) were the lone SEC representatives outside of Kentucky.
Here’s the entire poll: