The rankings that do not really matter are out (via USA Today). Nothing against the coaches and their preseason poll, but let's just keep this in mind before overreacting to a poll in October: The coaches have correctly picked three out of the last 15 national champions.
Don't pre-order those 2014 national champions T-shirts just yet, Big Blue Nation...
But go ahead and puff your chest for today. Kentucky is No. 1 after losing to Robert Morris in the NIT, and it's well deserved—or at the very least, well expected.
Ever since John Calipari capped off what could be the greatest recruiting class ever by signing Julius Randle, this became Kentucky's preseason fate.
Calipari is a winner today. And somewhere in the NCAA headquarters, they're drying their tears. (I hear Calipari loves the taste of NCAA tears.)
As for the rest of the winners and losers in this somewhat historical poll, let's take a look.