UK ranked No. 2 in both polls

Polls are here, which means college basketball season is getting closer.

UK was ranked No. 2 in the AP Top 25 poll released Friday. It received zero first-place votes. North Carolina was ranked No. 1, receiving all but three first-place votes. Ohio State (No. 3) got one and Connecticut (No. 4) got two.

UK was ranked No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll released last week and received one first-place vote. North Carolina will start the season at the top of the rankings after receiving 30 first-place votes. (To find out how much preseason polls matter, go here.)

On UK’s schedule are teams currently ranked No. 1 (North Carolina), No. 7 (Vanderbilt), No. 8 (Louisville), No. 10 (Florida), No. 13 (Kansas) and No. 17 (Alabama) in the coaches poll.

UK has been ranked in the preseason top 10 in each of John Calipari’s three years. UK was ranked No. 5 in 2009-10 and No. 10 last season.

The last time UK was ranked this high was 1995-96, when UK was ranked No. 1 and ended up winning a championship.