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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: College Football Playoff First Rankings Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Calipari sees much work after Blue-White scrimmage. CFB playoff first rankings due today. More.

Kevin C. Cox

The College Football Playoff committee will reveal its first rankings today. Needless to say, this is a highly-anticipated event that will get much coverage.

Tweet of the Morning

Heh. Started my day off with a laugh.

Your Quickies:

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  • If by "exploitation" you mean "making them millionaires," then the answer must be "Yes."

  • As promised, Coach Calipari will pay tuition for two students — Biosystems senior Catherine Wolf and integrated strategic communication (What??) freshman Hank Curtis.

  • Cats showcase size and talent at Blue-White scrimmage. Consider:

    It would be hyperbole to say the University of Kentucky basketball team faced its stiffest competition of the season Monday night at Rupp Arena, but the Wildcats won’t play many more talented lineups than when they simply split up and held an intrasquad Blue-White scrimmage.

    Of the season, probably yes. Of this year, maybe not.

  • Coach Cal’s post Blue-White scrimmage comments.

    Not really much new and different here, but worth the watch. It’s pretty short. One interesting thing is that he was switching pick and rolls with Willie, and he said he may do it with Karl-Anthony Towns as well. That’s really scary.

  • Ivan Rabb, 2015 power forward, was present at the Blue-White scrimmage last night. He’s going to Kansas next.

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  • Ken Pomeroy has his ratings out for the pre-season. How does he have Duke ahead of Kentucky? Your guess is as good as mine, but it isn’t a matter of bias.

    Even for the pre-season, he uses an algorithm that takes into account the last five seasons. Keep in mind two things — that despite Kentucky’s ultimate success last season, they did lose a bunch of games on the back of an NIT season where they lost even more. And despite Duke’s ultimate lack of tournament success in the last two seasons, they had very good won-lost records and efficiency ratings.

    Plus, there are a number of fairly respectable basketball people who think Duke deserves to be #1. I don’t happen to agree and most likely, neither do you, but I’m okay with it. It’s relatively meaningless at this point, anyway.

    Will has more here, in case you missed it.

  • In other ratings news, ESPN has UK #1 and Duke #4.

  • Okay, you can be amused. Doug Gottlieb picks Kentucky 3rd, but he has a bit of company in Matt Norlander. What’s interesting is Gottlieb picks Wisconsin first. Now, I can’t agree with that. Yes, I buy Duke and yes, I get Arizona. But Wisconsin is pretty clearly not the best team in college basketball. UK is the only team that appears on the one line more than once.

    Gottlieb also places UNC a stunning 4th, and Louisville 17th. Even I wouldn’t place Louisville below 10th. Calling him an "expert" seems like a bit of a joke.

    Gottlieb is becoming the gift that keeps on giving.

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