CAL 300LEXINGTON, Ky. – The UK men's basketball team is ranked at the top of the Associated Press Top 25 for the third time in the John Calipari era.

Kentucky, who received 27 first-place votes, officially begins the fifth season of the John Calipari era as the No. 1 ranked team in the nation after hauling in its fifth consecutive top-ranked recruiting class. The Wildcats last started at No. 1 prior to the 1995-96 season.

“It's a nice honor, but it’s way too early to figure out who’s the best team in the country,” Calipari said. “We may be very talented, but I can’t imagine us being the best team in the country at this point.”

Kentucky owns a 171-26 all-time mark as the top-ranked team (AP) in the country and has won 18 of their last 19 games as the AP's No. 1 team.

UK head coach John Calipari is one of just two coaches (Frank McGuire) to lead three teams to a No. 1 ranking. Calipari is 62-8 as the top-ranked coach in the country. He tallied a 32-4 mark at UMass when the Minutemen were No. 1, and he was 9-1 at Memphis when he had the Tigers at the pinnacle of the rankings. He’s won 21 of 24 when his team is at the top as UK’s head coach.

In addition, Calipari has guided four of his last six teams to the No. 1 ranking and this year marks the sixth time he's led his team to the top ranking. He guided his 1994-95 and 1995-96 UMass teams to the No. 1 ranking, as well as his 2007-08 Memphis team and his 2009-10 and 2011-12 Kentucky teams.

The Wildcats' will be in action on Friday, hosting in-town rival Transylvania in the first exhibition of the season for the Cats. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and the game will be televised live on Fox Sports South.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by UK Athletics

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released – July 2, 2015

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/2/15) — The Madisonville Police Department released the following reports Thursday, July 2.… Read More

Earlington Fire Department to Receive $24K Federal Grant

WASHINGTON (7/2/15) – U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01), is pleased to announce grants to three area fire… Read More
1 DOW 17,730.11
-27.80 (-0.16%)    
2 S&P 2,076.78
-0.64 (-0.03%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,009.21
0.00 (0.00%)    

Most Read This Week

July 02, 2015 14274

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 6163

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 4993

UPDATE: Victim of Home Invasion/Homicide Died of…

by SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 3802

Accused Synthetic Marijuana Traffickers Appear in…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 28, 2015 3586

'Curb Service’ at Local Eatery Ends with DUI…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

June 24, 2015 45193

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 14274

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 02, 2015 14274

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 6163

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 01, 2015 2386

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - July 2, 2015

by Crime Stoppers
July 03, 2015 2002

KMA Reminds Motorist of New Kentucky Red Light Law

by David Holt
July 02, 2015 1488

North Middle School Welcomes New Principal

by Julie Wischer
July 02, 2015 1288

Hanson Approves Budget on Second Reading

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 1128

Hopkins County Health Department Food Scores Thru…

by Barry Franklin
July 02, 2015 1046

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released –…

by SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 760

UPDATE - Suspicious Package under Investigation

by SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 692

Planning Commission Approves Re-zoning…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News