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CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein stays hating on Kentucky, per usual

Scrolling through the Twitter-sphere this lovely Sunday evening, I happened to stumble upon some back and forth action between our fearless leader, Matt Jones, and CBS Sports’ Insider Jon Rothstein. Now, I unfollowed Rothstein a while back because he typically is the type of writer that tries to rile up big fanbases to get clicks. That’s not to say he isn’t talented or doesn’t know what he’s talking about most of the time. However, he’ll do little things fairly often that prove that he either doesn’t like Kentucky for whatever reason or that he knows that getting the Big Blue Nation involved with drive up his numbers of responses, retweets, likes from other fanbases, and tweet interactions as fast as possible. This is the same guy who posted a story in the pre-season that was headlined “With the addition of Reid Travis, Kentucky remains at number six in the @FanRagSports Preseason Top 25”. At the time, not only was it a little out there to rank Kentucky outside of the top 5, but to headline your story with a team not moving in your rankings is nothing but absolute comedy and the definition of click bait.

Last Sunday was no different for Rothstein, as he did his weekly top-25 college basketball rankings. Big shocker here, he didn’t have Kentucky ranked at all. Yes, it is true that Kentucky had two losses on the year, and even though one was a blow-out, it was nearly two months ago and was to a top-5 team. Also keep in mind that there were 8 other teams in the AP Top 25 that had two losses other than UK. But apparently, at 8-2, coming off a nearly 30-point win over Utah that week, Kentucky didn’t deserve to be ranked. Fine, that is his opinion, and some shared that opinion.

Moving back to tonight, Rothstein released his rankings for this week and this time he has THREE LOSS North Carolina, who just lost to Kentucky yesterday, ranked in a better position than Kentucky. As Matt shows in his tweets below, it makes absolutely no sense. Rothstein has no basis for it, which is why he only brings up pre-season rankings of Auburn and Tennessee to defend himself. UNC may have beaten Gonzaga, but it was at home, and their best win outside of that game is over a 7-5 UCLA team. Other than the Kentucky loss, their two losses are to 7-4 Texas and a top-5 team, Michigan.

So let’s compare the résumés. Both teams have a top-10 win. Both teams have a top-5 loss. Both teams lost to one opponent they shouldn’t have, UNC to now 7-4 Texas and Kentucky to now 9-3 Seton Hall. Head to head, Kentucky won in a relatively convincing fashion, showing they were not only better offensively, but better defensively and tougher in the paint and on the boards. Carolina also has one additional loss than UK. Needless to say, the argument speaks for itself. It is a bogus take and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

Check out Jon and Matt’s discussion below:


Article written by Brett Bibbins

Graduate of the University of Kentucky in 2015. Spend my free time watching sports, The Office or Harry Potter. Three-word phrases to live by: For The Kids and Cats by 90 @BrettBibbinsKSR

28 Comments for CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein stays hating on Kentucky, per usual

  1. michaelb
    8:21 am December 24, 2018 Permalink

    This guys mother ain’t shit

  2. Jiminy Crickets
    9:56 am December 24, 2018 Permalink

    Jon trying to get clicks, and it worked, by Matt responding and getting this site fired up, which in turn gives Matt clicks. Win win. Both guys get richer and everyone on here can agree to disagree

  3. Harrelson55
    12:29 pm December 24, 2018 Permalink

    We gotta stop bitching as a fanbase. This team hasnt been consistent and the rankings are useless. It’s not that serious. Just beat Louisville.

  4. Cole28
    2:38 pm December 24, 2018 Permalink

    Appears even the pollsters are down on us, and agree with Rothstein… ah well. Makes not sense.

  5. CopenhagenCat
    4:14 pm December 24, 2018 Permalink

    Never heard of this guy. So who cares. Hes a hater.