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Calipari insists his Wildcats not very good

The University of Kentucky women's soccer team defeated Vanderbilt 6-1 Friday at the UK Soccer Complex in Lexington, Ky., to advance to next week's SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala.
Photo by Chet White

The University of Kentucky women's soccer team defeated Vanderbilt 6-1 Friday at the UK Soccer Complex in Lexington, Ky., to advance to next week's SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala. Photo by Chet White

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari insists this building job lacks the usual foundation.

The defending national champion Wildcats lost six NBA draft picks and every starter, then reloaded with another top-rated recruiting class.

Calipari said at SEC media day Thursday anyone who picks his team preseason No. 1 "needs to be drug-tested. We're not very good right now."

He says this is a different challenge since he typically could complement newcomers like top recruit Noel Nerlens with more veterans.

Calipari's not getting much sympathy in a league that figures to get stronger with additions Missouri and Texas A&M.

The Tigers reloaded with four transfers to join preseason SEC player of the year Phil Pressey.

Florida must replace No. 3 NBA draft pick Bradley Beal after making two straight NCAA regional finals.


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