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Jon Rothstein ranks Kentucky third…in the SEC

Kentucky’s ranked No. 1 in several preseason polls, but according to Jon Rothstein, the Cats aren’t even the best team in their own conference. Mr. Stay Hungry, Stay Humble tweeted this morning that he believes the Cats are the third best team…in the SEC.

Rothstein’s reservations about the Cats aren’t breaking news. He ranked Kentucky sixth in his preseason poll back in June behind Kansas, Gonzaga, Tennessee, Auburn, and Nevada; a month and a half later, he remains convinced the Vols and Tigers are superior squads. The only Kentucky player on his SEC Preseason First Team? Reid Travis.

Rothstein did include five Kentucky freshmen on his list of impact rookies and Jemarl Baker on his list of “under-the-radar freshmen” (Baker redshirted last year), but PJ Washington didn’t get any love, not even on his list of SEC Breakout Players, which includes Quade Green.

I’ll be curious to see if Rothstein changes his tune after watching the Cats in the Bahamas this week. I can maybe, sort of, understand ranking Tennessee ahead of Kentucky right now due to experience, but Auburn? Come on, man.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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18 responses to “Jon Rothstein ranks Kentucky third…in the SEC”

  1. CoachCat

    Who cares about preseason polls anyways. Or this Bahama thing. If we’re as good in real life as we are on paper everybody at ESPN will be jumping on our wagon

    1. ClutchCargo

      Agree about the polls, but the Bahamas thing is one of the factors that should put us over the top this season.

  2. CombatMedic_98


  3. Bluebloodtoo

    Meh. Rothenstein has a different formula for his rankings than most. Based on his selected criteria, the rankings are defensible. However, that doesn’t mean his selected criteria is relevant or meaningful.

  4. BBNDan7

    I stopped reading after “John Rothenstein”

  5. 1stkatman

    It’s like UK football. You have to show biotches like Rothstein why they are a dumbass.
    Win. That’s all it takes!

    1. ClutchCargo

      It’s already obvious he is a dumbass. UK basketball doesn’t have to prove anything to people like that.

  6. maximumscott

    Joanne Rothstein.

  7. jeffj

    bulletin board material? nah , thats old school . we dont play that anymore. (suitable for elementary school sports, mabe

  8. jimmer

    Click. Bait. Move along.

  9. suppie

    why is jon rothstein’s latest look-at-me-and-my-contrarion-point-of-view drivel being highlighted again?

  10. binarysolo

    Honestly, I’d much rather have the youngsters on this team use this as motivation than for them to think they can coast their way to #1 on raw talent.

  11. runningunnin.454

    Tennessee and Auburn ha ha ha ha,
    Two of the biggest chokers in NCAA tournament history.

  12. terwilliger

    Click bait, nothing more. KSR fell for it and now so have I.

  13. Headhurts

    Too bad these so called experts aren’t paid only when their right cause JR would eating Vienna sausages on crackers with picks like that.

  14. maconvolfan

    I think UK should be #2….behind Tennessee. Excited again for 3 great UT v UK games.

  15. kenny

    John? John? Come on out and get ya whoopin’ (Evander Holyfield voice)