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ESPN ranking gives no respect to Kentucky

The disrespect is real for the red-hot Cats.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Many Kentucky fans were rightfully upset with the Michigan State Spartans being ranked higher than the Cats in last week’s AP Top 25 Poll.

Kentucky has defeated two of the teams Michigan State has lost to this season in Kansas and Louisville, and the Cats have more ranked wins. The Spartans also got manhandled in a loss at previously-unranked Purdue that week.

This weekend, Kentucky had an excellent comeback win over Florida while the Spartans fell at home to an Indiana team that had lost seven straight games coming in.

Finally, people now believe Kentucky is better than Michigan State, right?

Apparently not, as ESPN’s latest college basketball power rankings again lists the Wildcats behind the Spartans.

Michigan State checks in at No. 5, which is actually an improvement from their ranking of No. 6 last week. As for the Cats, they stayed put at No. 7, despite a 35-point win over Vanderbilt Tuesday and a double-digit comeback win on the road against Florida Saturday.

Though the AP and Coaches Poll will likely put the Cats ahead of the Spartans come Monday, it is still hard to believe some do not believe in the Wildcats, despite eight straight wins, including wins over three ranked opponents, not to mention a Quadrant I win at Florida, who is No. 40 in NET.

Speaking of, NET is going to be a much bigger factor in NCAA Tournament seeding than what some ESPN writer thinks, and thankfully, NET has Kentucky at No. 6, two spots ahead of Michigan State.

It’s also worth pointing out that this is the same ESPN writer that called Kentucky the biggest underachievers in college basketball back in May of 2016, all while conveniently omitting bigger underachievers like Kansas.

This ranking is just fuel to the fire for a rolling Kentucky squad.