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Monday Headlines: Kentucky in the CBB rankings for North Carolina Week

Where will the Cats be ranked, and what’s your early prediction for Saturday’s game?

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John Calipari. Reed Sheppard. Ron ‘Chin’ Coleman. Dylan Ballard - A Sea Of Blue

We have our first batch of new college basketball rankings and analytics for Kentucky Basketball.

AP Top 25 Poll

1. Arizona Wildcats

2. Kansas Jayhawks

3. Purdue Boilermakers

4. Houston Cougars

5. UConn Huskies

6. Baylor Bears

7. Marquette Golden Eagles

8. Creighton Bluejays

9. North Carolina Tar Heels

10. Gonzaga Bulldogs

11. Oklahoma Sooners

12. Tennessee Volunteers

13. Clemson Tigers

14. Kentucky Wildcats

15. Florida Atlantic Owls

16. Illinois Fighting Illini

17. Colorado State Rams

18. BYU Cougars

19. Texas Longhorns

20. James Madison Dukes

21. Duke Blue Devils

22. Virginia Cavaliers

23. Wisconsin Badgers

24. Miami Hurricanes

25. Northwestern Wildcats

Others getting votes: Colorado 116, Mississippi 86, Texas A&M 58, Auburn 57, Memphis 56, Alabama 43, Utah 25, Iowa St. 20, Ohio St. 9, Providence 7, San Diego St. 7, TCU 6, Nevada 5, South Carolina 3, New Mexico 2, Washington 2, Kansas St 1, Grand Canyon 1, Dayton 1, Saint Joseph’s 1.


It was less than two weeks ago when the then-No. 12 Kentucky Wildcats completely dismantled the then-No. 8 Miami Hurricanes in a 95-73 blowout victory. Since then, Kentucky has shockingly lost to UNC-Wilmington and scraped past Pennsylvania.

During this time, the Wildcats have also been a bit more up and down with their offensive efficiency than they were early on to start the year. Combine that with the UK dealing with multiple injuries to key players, and losing to UNC-Wilmington becomes a real possibility.

But on Saturday, now-ranked No. 16 Kentucky will face off against now-ranked No. 9 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic, hosted in Atlanta this year. A win for Kentucky would work wonders for their resume, while a loss wouldn’t qualify as very uplifting. Winning further proves Kentucky is a legitimate team and gives head coach John Calipari’s young core of players a confidence boost ahead of conference play that begins in January.

So, which team will Big Blue Nation watch on Saturday? The flashy, efficient offensive juggernaut that is UK, or will North Carolina overwhelm UK with both size and experience?

We’ll find out soon enough. The tip-off for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 5:30 pm ET.

Now, where do you think Kentucky should be in the new college basketball rankings? And how do you see Cats vs. Heels playing out?

We will update his post throughout the day as the latest rankings are released!

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He’s still got it.

Headlines

Kentucky Falls at No. 18 Louisville on Sunday – UK Athletics

Maddie Scherr scored 22 points but the Kentucky women’s basketball team fell at No. 18 Louisville 73-61 on Sunday afternoon.

Purdue secures a commitment from Kentucky defensive line transfer Jamarius Dinkins - 247
Dinkins appeared in eleven games for Kentucky during the 2023 season and finished the season with nine total tackles including one tackle for loss.

Shamar Porter Now Staying at Kentucky - Vaught’s Views

A turn of events.

Kentucky Gymnastics Slotted No. 9 in WCGA Preseason Rankings – UK Athletics

Kentucky gymnastics has been voted No. 9 in the Women’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) Preseason Rankings.

Bronny James comes off bench in USC debut - ESPN

Just glad he’s able to play.

Mark Stoops Likes Upside of Jamarion Wilcox - Vaught’s Views

Will we get to see him in the team’s bowl game?

Chargers’ Justin Herbert fractures finger on throwing hand - ESPN

Season over?

UK put on best rebounding performance of the season at Penn-KSR

The impact of Aaron Bradshaw.

Joe Flacco named Browns starter for remainder of season - ESPN

This is nuts.

Update on UK DB Target Cam Dooley - Cats Illustrated

Everything you need to know.

Vikings star released from hospital, travels home with team - USA Today

Thankful he’s okay.