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CBS Sports lists Kentucky at No. 14 in updated preseason rankings

Another day, another way-too-early preseason poll listing the Wildcats in the top 15.

Monday afternoon, Gary Parrish of CBS Sports updated his preseason Top 25 And 1 rankings, with Kentucky coming in at No. 14 overall.

“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 said of Kentucky. “But if any program is built to overcome these departures, it’s the one set to enroll the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class featuring 5-star guards Terrence Clarke, BJ Boston and Devin Askew.”

Parrish added that with the addition of another solid piece – Olivier Sarr being declared eligible is one option – Kentucky could jump back into the top 10.

“Exactly what John Calipari will do to further enhance his roster remains unclear,” Parrish said. “But it’s possible the Wildcats could creep back into the top 10 of the Top 25 And 1 before the season begins if the UK staff secures some solid reinforcements.”

In the current rankings, Kentucky is the second-best school in the SEC, behind only Tennessee at No. 11. Coming in at No. 24 overall, Arkansas is the only other SEC program in the rankings.

Check out the entire Top 25 And 1 below:

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

What do you think of the rankings as they stand currently? Fair?

Where would you place the Wildcats with the official addition of Sarr?

(CBS Sports)

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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4 Comments for CBS Sports lists Kentucky at No. 14 in updated preseason rankings

  1. JT55
    6:44 pm June 9, 2020 Permalink

    I think 14 is being generous to start the year. Could they end up there in late Feb, sure they could. They have a few major weaknesses right now though.

    • Corder
      7:50 pm June 9, 2020 Permalink

      What are those weaknesses?

    • JT55
      7:58 pm June 9, 2020 Permalink

      Center if Sarr isn’t eligible. Also, starting 3 freshman is a recipe for early season problems.

  2. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    1:43 am June 10, 2020 Permalink

    I think you’d be hard pressed to criticize or endorse a preseason ranking for this team. So much turnover but so much talent but so many unknowns. Might as well throw a dart.