The Kentucky Wildcats enter the 2012-2013 basketball season as the No. 3 team in the rankings after winning the national championship last year. Having lost Player of the Year and the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft Anthony Davis, the Wildcats bring in one of the best recruiting classes in the country, highlighted by big man Nerlens Noel, the consensus No. 1 high-school prospect turning freshman this year.
The 2012-2013 season schedule for the Wildcats features tough SEC games against opponents like Florida (#10) as well as a host of major non-conference matchups against current top 25 teams – #8 Duke, #22 Notre Dame, #19 Baylor, #2 Louisville and #15 Missouri.