UCLA was ranked No. 22 in the country in the first Associated Press poll, slotted as the third-best team in the conference.
The Bruins beat Cal State San Bernardino, 96-66, in a home exhibition Wednesday night, but allowed 14 offensive rebounds and made just one of their 12 3-point attempts. They play a second exhibition on Monday against Cal State San Marcos, and open their season against Drexel on Nov. 8.
Arizona paced the Pac-12 at No. 6 in the AP poll. Oregon was ranked 19th. Colorado, Arizona State, Washington and Stanford also received votes.
Kentucky beat Michigan State for the No. 1 spot, taking 27 first-place votes to the Spartans’ 22. The Wildcats finished out of the poll last season, then lost in the NIT to Robert Morris.
Louisville and Duke also received first-place votes.
See the full poll after the jump:
1. Kentucky (27)
2. Michigan St. (22)
3. Louisville (14)
4. Duke (2)
8. Oklahoma St.
11. Ohio St.
12. North Carolina
16. Wichita St.
21. Notre Dame
23. New Mexico