These teams haven’t met since 2002, when Maryland defeated Kentucky 78-68

Kentucky LogoKentucky lost six players from last year’s national championship team and is again projected to be a title contender this season.

Yes, Wildcats coach John Calipari signed another talented freshman class.

The high expectations remain after the Wildcats won their eighth title behind freshmen Anthony Davis, and Marquis Teague. All were first-round NBA draft picks along with Terrence Jones; Doron Lamb and went in the second round.

It’s a tough act to follow for freshmen Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress, and Willie Cauley-Stein – but Kentucky is ranked No. 3 in the preseason poll.

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