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

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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