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Everyone except Mark Gottfried agrees UK should be preseason #1

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Until now, UK has pretty much been everyone’s pick for preseason number one. Well, everyone except for NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. On Tuesday, Gottfried told reporters at NC State’s annual summer new conference that he thinks Duke will be the best team in the country next season because of Jabari Parker and Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood:

“I can’t imagine anybody else being picked No. 1 in the country than Duke,” Gottfried said.

We’ll see about that.

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33 Comments for Everyone except Mark Gottfried agrees UK should be preseason #1



  1. Brad
    1:32 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Gottfried’s offense at Alabama. Pass twice then jack a three, hope for the best.



  2. Real UK Fan
    1:39 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Glad to see that gottfried’s stupidity and hatred of UK are still strong. It will be fun watching him lose again this season.



  3. Wildcat Mike
    1:39 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Duke sucks



  4. Yentel
    1:40 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    I love mark g



  5. DoDo Bird
    1:42 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    This is Gottfried shifting the pressure to Duke. Last year, NC State was picked to win the ACC for the first time since 1978. We all saw how that transpired. This year, he doesn’t want that pressure on his young squad. Duke will be a legit top-5 team and national title contender, but I think UK or UL should be ranked #1 until proven otherwise. Both teams will be tested early.



  6. Nick
    1:44 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    That’s rich, especially since Hood has a bad achilles



  7. bill
    1:47 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    How with pooptooth and plumlee gone?



  8. Clint
    1:50 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t care that he thinks Duke should be number 1, but how he says he can’t imagine any other team being number 1? Uh okay, I guess every other person on the planet is an idiot for picking UK number 1. What a tool.



  9. cracka
    1:52 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    where is his right hand … what is he doing … he’s giving it hell whatever it is



  10. Raazoul
    1:56 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Mark Gottfried, the most overrated coach in our era? Oh Ya



  11. Ukbradstith
    1:56 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe I’m the only uk fan that feels this way, but I don’t think we should start the season at #1… I think we can be there by the end of the year, but we have a totally new backcourt and it just takes time. Hope I’m wrong.



  12. Raazoul
    1:58 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    UL should not be considered for #1, cmon, they were mediocre at best all season long and had a great run at the end. Good for them. But they are a number 1 team as much as we were a number 3 team last year. We are gonna smash them…



  13. Mc
    1:58 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Okay, how will Duke handle UK’s frontcourt?



  14. Sir Brandon
    2:01 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Gottfried’s tie rebeleth against his ludicrous logic.



  15. Lamont
    2:04 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Last year UK was preseason number 3 and lost to Robert Morris
    ESPN has higher grades for Noel, Goodwin, and Poytheress than they do for this class
    replacing NIT clowns with NIT clowns will get you back to the NIT



  16. DoDo Bird
    2:05 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    13) Jabari Parker and a combination of Amile Jefferson and Plumlee III. No doubt UK has the advantage in the post. I expect Coach K to deploy a Team-USA type of run&gun offense, full court press, fast break, force turnovers and run, run, run. K has an athletic team with great speed. UK would absolutely obliterate them in the post, clearly. Whoever can force tempo will win. It would be a historical matchup if (when) UK plays Duke in the Final Four.



  17. Thompson's Tyler
    2:07 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Lamont are you trying to be stupid or does it just come naturally?



  18. James
    2:10 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Me thinketh Lamont = 12 year old pubescent bird with strong wrist and tiny cranium.



  19. Mc
    2:18 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    ESPN’s grading system is not necessarily consistent. Wiggins is considered the next LeBron, but has the same grade as Danuel House who went to Houston. Good try though.
    Again, a reminder that UL has been to the NIT twice under Pitino.



  20. inlinefor9
    2:20 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Well I hate Duke as much as everyone else but I do think they are in the Top 3 of teams next year.



  21. inlinefor9
    2:21 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    #15 Thanks for the input. See ya in December



  22. The Hoff
    2:31 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    His tie is stuck to the all the gel in his hair.



  23. kadizkat
    2:33 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    I repeat myself, UL fans have nothing to do but visit UK site. #Lilbrothereffect



  24. Blue Hair
    2:36 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    #15 What ever happened to you after Sanford and Son anyway?



  25. Troy Lovett
    2:48 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    “I can’t imagine anybody else listening to what I think”. Mark Gottfried



  26. Megan
    3:47 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    View this for what it is: Coach Gottfried is loyal to his (current) conference. That’s not a bad thing.

    Moments after this photo was taken, arena security wrestled the tie to the ground.



  27. Sanford
    3:48 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, LAMONT!! Where did you go? Ya big DUMMY.



  28. Mikayla
    4:06 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    No one will know who the best team of the season will be until all the flipping recruiting is done and over with, so he just needs to shut up.



  29. Cody
    4:22 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    The recruiting is done with! Mikayala, what are you talking about?



  30. JackB
    4:29 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Gottfried – turning top 10 high school talent into undrafted college seniors.



  31. Elizabeth
    8:23 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    Lamont! When are YOU coming to see me?



  32. Chicago Chris
    11:46 pm July 3, 2013 Permalink

    He’s in the ACC. He’s playing politics and trying to motivate his team.



  33. ACCLove
    12:18 am July 4, 2013 Permalink

    What is the big deal? He is supporting his own conference. If you asked a coach in the SEC it would be the Cats.