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CBS Sports lists Kentucky at No. 13 following Sarr, Toppin waivers

In the time after Olivier Sarr and Jacob Toppin received their immediate eligibility waivers for the 2020-21 college basketball season, almost every major outlet and analyst moved Kentucky into the top ten of their latest preseason rankings. Dick Vitale listed UK at No. 5, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello said the Wildcats were a top-five team, Jon Rothstein of College Hoops Today moved Kentucky up to No. 6, and Jeff Goodman – who previously had UK at No. 24 – moved the Cats up 14 spots to No. 10.

A significant jump for all parties involved, proving just how massive Wednesday evening’s news was for the Kentucky program.

But not everyone is as high on the Wildcats following the official additions of Sarr and Toppin.

In Gary Parrish’s latest update over at CBS Sports, Kentucky climbed just two spots in the rankings, moving from No. 15 overall to No. 13.

Ahead of the Wildcats? Gonzaga (1), Baylor (2), Villanova (3), Virginia (4), Iowa (5), Illinois (6), Kansas (7), Duke (8), Creighton (9), Wisconsin (10), Michigan State (11), and Tennessee (12).

“So now the 7-foot, 255-pound forward from France who averaged 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game last season at Wake Forest is officially eligible at Kentucky — as is Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin,” Parrish said of Kentucky. “That’ll give John Calipari two experienced pieces to pair with his latest heralded recruiting class. As a result, his Wildcats are up to No. 13 in Version 27.0 of the 2020-21 CBS Sports Top 25 And 1.”

Parrish added that Kentucky will have to replace its top six scorers from the 2019-20 campaign, a key reason for his placement of the Wildcats.

“The Wildcats are losing the top six scorers from a team that won the SEC by multiple games – most notably SEC Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley and projected first-round pick Tyrese Maxey. That’s rough,” Parrish wrote. “But if any program is built to overcome these departures, it’s the one that has enrolled the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class featuring five-star guards Terrence Clarke, BJ Boston and Devin Askew. So UK will look very different, sure. But John Calipari still has the talent necessary to compete for what would be his seventh SEC regular-season title in 12 years in the league.”

Here is Parrish’s entire Top 25 And 1:

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Baylor
  3. Villanova
  4. Virginia
  5. Iowa
  6. Illinois
  7. Kansas
  8. Duke
  9. Creighton
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Michigan State
  12. Tennessee
  13. Kentucky
  14. West Virginia
  15. Houston
  16. North Carolina
  17. Ohio State
  18. Texas
  19. Texas Tech
  20. Oregon
  21. Rutgers
  22. Memphis
  23. UCLA
  24. Indiana
  25. Arizona State
  26. LSU

Where do you think Kentucky should be ranked?

(CBS Sports)

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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18 Comments for CBS Sports lists Kentucky at No. 13 following Sarr, Toppin waivers

  1. Booher
    2:35 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    No loserville haha

  2. JT55
    2:35 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    Non-issue with the rankings. Who cares if we’re 9th, or 13th? Rankings are a joke anyways. All that matters is what seed line you get.

  3. westkycat20
    2:50 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink


  4. blueblue
    2:53 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink


    Behind only 1. Gonzaga and 2. Villanova

  5. mashman 93
    3:09 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    Don’t care where we’re ranked let’s just get a high seed come tournament time. GO BIG BLUE!!!!!

  6. A_Blue_Wildcat
    3:19 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    The most obvious Big Ten homer of a ranking I’ve ever seen lol Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State are all ranked way higher than they should be. Rutgers and Indiana have no business being ranked at all. Though I do think Wisconsin should be ranked slightly higher.

  7. UKBigBlueForever
    3:24 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    Like others have said. Who cared where we are ranked preseason. If we have as good of a team as we think we do, it’ll all play out like it should. We should be playing to be a #1 seed, who cares about all the rest.

  8. runningunnin.454
    3:29 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    Ha ha, they just don’t want to believe Sarr and Toppin received the waivers; let them have their fun now; the young guys will learn quickly, and this team will get better over the course of the season, rather than worse like Williamson, Reddish, and Barrett.

  9. UKgrad80
    3:39 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    13 really that’s a joke CBS = Can’t Be Serious!

  10. Mr.Incognito
    3:59 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    We will finish better than 13th easy

  11. Aar
    4:19 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    It’s nice to have “room to grow”. I know we’re accustomed to massive turnover and youth in BBN. This year is a bit ridiculous and it extends to the coaching staff!

    Bluntly, I expect this team to be outside the top ten sometime before 2021 and in the top five by the end of February. It’s gonna be a fun ride. Can’t wait to watch them play!

  12. UKFanSC
    4:55 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    By year end I doubt there will be 5, much less 12, teams better than ours. No big deal where this jaggoff ranks us now….. after we punch Kansas in the mouth we’ll hop into the top 5.

  13. boldry5918
    5:45 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    It does make me laugh, but I am, like many others on this site very bias to our team. Not sure if I am fully buying in that this is Calipari best team but i do think it is either first or second deepest team with talent. I will be glad when the season starts and will enjoy them taking down the likes of Kansas, UCLA, Louisville, Texas, and Tennessee and hope we get Duke in the big dance!!!!!

  14. CahillsCrossingNT
    6:42 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    They still won’t beat Tennessee.

  15. dcforuk
    9:16 pm October 22, 2020 Permalink

    It’s ironic because this team “feels” better than previous ranked top five. I am glad we are 13th. Takes self-imposed pressure off.

  16. wyatts1
    1:26 pm October 24, 2020 Permalink

    Hows Duke get 8th? I don’t believe anyone else has them in their top 10.
    Cahilcrossing we will beat Tennessee like they stole something, Sars waiver ensures this. Gobigblue!!

  17. michaelb
    2:49 pm October 24, 2020 Permalink

    If we’re just bumped up to 13 just now , then the William hill price of 10-1 for uk to win ncaa tourney is a terrible price . The other schools are sitting at 30 & 40 to 1