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UK Basketball cracks top 10 of first Power 36 ranking

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Basketball is right around the corner, and the Cats are getting top-10 attention.

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

Andy Katz, analyst for March Madness, just released his first official Power 36 for the 2020-21 NCAA College Basketball season.

Katz has the Kentucky Wildcats ranked 9th on that list.

Some familiar faces at the top, but as we’ve seen in the past, preseason rankings hardly ever pan out.

It’s going to be a very different season for all teams. It isn’t slated to start until late November/early December.

The Cats, among many other schools, have talked about opening the season in a “bubble format”. A lot of things are up in the air right now, but it looks promising that a season will start soon.

Kentucky primed for another big year, following yet another top recruiting class ranking from Calipari and company.

The big question mark that still remains is the eligibility of Wake Forest transfer, senior, Oliver Sarr.

While Sarr has been granted eligibility by the NCAA, he still awaits a ruling from the SEC. You would have to think the chances are high now with the NCAA granting, but this whole process has taken much longer than it has needed to, se we’ll see.

If Sarr were officially eligible and playing the season, the Cats would be a preseason top-5 team at minimum. Here’s what Katz had to say about the Cats:

“9. Kentucky (9): The Wildcats have the best recruiting class in the country and the potential to add three high-profile transfers, pending the waiver process. The Wildcats are picked high based on the projection of what they will look like by March.”

Hopefully, there will be a ruling on Sarr’s eligibility very soon. The Cats will be good with or without Sarr, but they would be much better off with him on the court.

Take a second to smile, as college basketball is almost back!