Six of the seven college basketball analysts over at CBSSports.com ranked Kentucky as the No. 1 team in college basketball entering the 2013-14 season. The odd man out? Doug Gottlieb, who ranked the Wildcats seventh behind Michigan State, Louisville, Duke, Arizona, North Carolina and Oklahoma State.
Seventh, you guys. Doug Gottlieb ranked Kentucky seventh in his preseason poll.
I understand the skepticism with ranking a team of freshmen first in a college basketball preseason poll, but when all of your colleagues and nearly everyone else in your profession believe the Wildcats are America’s best team, doesn’t it seem a little crazy to put them way down at No. 7, Doug?
There are several other questionable spots in Doug’s preseason poll, too. He has Oregon at No. 8, Cal at No. 10, Gonzaga at No. 12, Ohio State way down at No. 14, and Michigan way, way back at No. 22. It’s like he randomly drew the teams from a hat and inserted them into his top 25.
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