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Gary Parrish explains why CBS put UK #1 in their preseason poll

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I doubt anyone here is questioning it, but CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish felt the need to explain why he and his fellow writers put Kentucky first in their 2013-2014 preseason poll. Parrish said that putting Kentucky first was the easiest decision the group made, and was based on the Cats returning Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Kyle Wiltjer and the undeniable quality of their incoming freshman class.

About that recruiting class…ready for some accolades?

I think some fans have grown so accustomed to annually reading about “Kentucky’s top-ranked recruiting class” that they’ve failed to grasp, on some level, just how gifted and deep this recruiting class is. If you fall into that group, know this: What Calipari is enrolling is literally the best collection of prospects anybody has ever enrolled. Ever. In history.

So let the haters hate. Parrish says that based on “experience, depth, the most talent by a wide margin and a coach who has proved capable of guiding a team to a title,” Kentucky is the definitive #1 team in the nation. In fact:

“But next season’s team isn’t going to be anything like this season’s team. I mean, the question isn’t whether UK is capable of winning it all as much as it’s if UK has a chance at completing a season without losing at all.


[Parrish: The definitive explanation of why Kentucky should be ranked No. 1]

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13 Comments for Gary Parrish explains why CBS put UK #1 in their preseason poll

  1. Hutt
    7:20 pm April 11, 2013 Permalink

    I agree, let the haters hate. Most of them just want to bate UK fans. In fact, some are actually aster baters!

  2. Hutt
    7:20 pm April 11, 2013 Permalink

    Master baters!

  3. catmedic
    7:29 pm April 11, 2013 Permalink

    finally a post that doesnt involve chinstraps! oh wait, dammit!

  4. Ridge Runner
    7:31 pm April 11, 2013 Permalink

    Ms T… doggone it, can we photoshop “blue” uni’s on that pic? haha. Everytime I see it, well…you know.

  5. Rick P
    7:37 pm April 11, 2013 Permalink

    Pitino said today on the early birds that the most stressed he felt was in the tournament in 1996 and that this year he felt fine the whole tourney. The 96 tourney was stressful b/c they were beating SEC teams by an average of 25. People expected him to win.

    Translation: The pressure is on Calipari, don’t screw up, or it will look like you just got lucky with A. Davis 2012 and can’t coach.

  6. Ridge Runner
    7:43 pm April 11, 2013 Permalink

    5, Coach would not know how to live if it weren’t for pressure. Coach of the all time winningest program that is expected to be in a final 4 every year, be a ambassador for the commonwealth when not on the court, be able to stop and sign autographs/photo’s with UK fans all across the nation, win every game he coaches, and I could go on and on. Nah, Cal knows nothing else but the pressure cooker he is in and he handles it as well as any we have had overall. I think he will be fine.

  7. Serious comedy
    7:45 pm April 11, 2013 Permalink

    So I was recently trolling card chronicle to see just how the fanbase was reacting to losing their 3 best players to graduation/ draft (sidenote it’s funny how UK wins a title last year, they all go pro, yet are using UK to get to the league, yet 2 cardinals have a chance to leave early and be late first round/2nd round picks and they jump at it, and somehow that’s different). Anyways, it was actually stated, and agreed with by many other posters, that they would rather have Terry Rozier than BOTH Harrison twins. I seriously could not stop laughing. Possibly the most delusional thing I’ve ever heard. I couldn’t make this stuff up!

  8. Oldblue
    7:50 pm April 11, 2013 Permalink

    Harumph kaf kaf hehehe

  9. bung
    8:11 pm April 11, 2013 Permalink

    get a fast break consultant…

  10. funny stuff
    8:19 pm April 11, 2013 Permalink

    @7 LOL, and tards fans are probly too dumb to know the meaning of hypocritical.

    “we don’t rely on freshman”

    “we don’t worry about sending people to the nba”

  11. I Say
    8:20 pm April 11, 2013 Permalink

    Cats boner

  12. cards fans are sheep
    9:37 pm April 11, 2013 Permalink

    7. Lets not forget when they said that Siva was better than Wall.

  13. Han
    12:50 pm April 12, 2013 Permalink

    The simple fact is we are returning 3 McDonalds All Americans, one of whom has an NCAA ring, and another of whom is one of the top centers in the SEC. Add an underperforming potential lottery pick, and then we are adding 6 amazing athletes + 2 roleplayers from Kentucky. Added as well are a 5th year senior from KY, and a 4th year senior walkon with a ring (not sure if Hood got one while sitting out).

    Of the 6 incoming, we have the #1 prospect at 4 of 5 positions. We are still recruiting the number 1 prospect at the fifth position, who is the number 1 player this year or next, and who would be our 7th incoming McD AA, 10th overall on the roster. Should we get him, we will literally have the best incoming starting 5 in history (if we weren’t already there some time ago). That is unimaginably historic, undeniably. In 20 years, regardless of our record, people will still be comparing #1 classes to this one.

    Yet our rivals act as if the NIT season is the norm. We are going to see some amazing basketball next year, and I suspect our games will regularly appear not just on ESPN, but also on national news, late night monologues, and in the tweets and blogs of innumerable celebrities. We are in for a treat we will not soon forget.