A new look SEC will begin with a familiar start in the preseason polls. The first AP Top 25 was released on Monday and just three conference teams are ranked to start the year.

Kentucky, as expected, leads the way at No. 2, while Vanderbilt is ranked No. 18 and LSU is No. 21. It appears to be a very top-heavy year once again in the SEC as just one other team even received votes (Texas A&M).

North Carolina sits atop the preseason poll after receiving 35 first-place votes.

Take a look at the top 25 teams in The Associated Press' preseason 2015-16 college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final 2014-15 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last year's final ranking:

Record Pts Prv
1. North Carolina (35) 26-12 1,566 15
2. Kentucky (10) 38-1 1,520 1
3. Maryland (14) 28-7 1,487 12
4. Kansas (5) 27-9 1,410 10
5. Duke 35-4 1,350 4
6. Virginia (1) 30-4 1,347 6
7. Iowa St. 25-9 1,185 9
8. Oklahoma 24-11 1,088 13
9. Gonzaga 35-3 1,047 7
10. Wichita St. 30-5 1,032 14
11. Villanova 33-3 1,013 2
12. Arizona 34-4 917 5
13. Michigan St. 27-12 838 23
14. California 18-15 757
15. Indiana 20-14 755
16. Utah 26-9 499 19
17. Wisconsin 36-4 433 3
18. Vanderbilt 21-14 393
19. Notre Dame 32-6 360 8
20. UConn 20-15 307
21. LSU 22-11 268
22. Baylor 24-10 265 16
23. Purdue 21-13 236
24. Butler 23-11 223 24
25. Michigan 16-16 126

Others receiving votes: Oregon 116, SMU 112, West Virginia 84, Texas A&M 72, Cincinnati 63, Miami 48, Louisville 46, Georgetown 23, NC State 19, Florida St. 18, Texas 18, Rhode Island 17, Dayton 12, Xavier 12, Providence 10, Iowa 6, BYU 5, Valparaiso 5, Boise St. 4, Old Dominion 3, Oklahoma St. 2, San Diego St. 2, UCLA 2, Cent. Michigan 1, Iona 1, UC Irvine 1, Yale 1.