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Kentucky is No. 1 in ESPN’s Top 25 for 2015-16

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

As many as seven Wildcats could bolt for the NBA and there’s no guarantee Calipari will land any more five-star recruits (although he likely will), but Kentucky is still No. 1 heading into next season, according to ESPN.

Never mind the mass exodus and recruiting unknowns, UK is the No. 1 team in the new “Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2015-16” on

Here’s an excerpt from the explanation of the Cats’ ranking:

Call this the benefit of the doubt. We know Kentucky will be good. We’re not quite sure how good. But if recent history is any indication, they will deserve to start the season with a No. 1 ranking, almost by default, almost regardless of how many of the current Wildcats declare for the NBA draft in the coming days.

Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa State and Maryland round out the top five. National champion Duke ranks No. 11 while Louisville gets a generous spot at No. 19.


Article written by Drew Franklin

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14 Comments for Kentucky is No. 1 in ESPN’s Top 25 for 2015-16

  1. RC
    12:07 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    Stop it, media, just stop it. This is ludicrous considering NO ONE knows who stays or goes. Can’t these guys just not write something instead of writing inane drivel?

  2. david8577
    12:15 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    Media likes setting us up for disappointment. Oh look, they lost 5 games during the regular season, what a failure.

    • JoeMoney333
      1:06 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

      That’s a bit of a reach.

  3. Azubuike's Bicep
    12:19 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    Damn, that shot clock no call still gets me…..

    • syrin23
      2:44 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

      Know what gets me? Cal shutting it down with 5 minutes to go, Cal keeping WCS in the game with a FRESH MArcus Lee and Dakari ready to play against a worn out Wisconsin team, Devon Booker sitting on the bench for two straight possessions when we needed a three and the twins were back to Super Suck form, him calling a time out after that shot clock violation when the refs couldn’t review it and wouldn’t reverse it when we needed to save time outs for the end of the game, the three straight shot clock violations, etc.

    • Lip Man 1
      3:24 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink


      Have to disagree with you, unlike last year every time I saw Lee get into games this tournament he played badly. Guys were scoring on him,.he wasn’t rebounding. Just didn’t play well.

      Like Johnson, needs a lot more work to get consistent minutes (which if they both stay they’ll get next year for better or worse…)

  4. Time Expired
    12:58 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    Another source on Yahoo had UK at #3 with UVA at #1 and UNC #2 and UL not ranked.

  5. Lip Man 1
    2:09 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    All speculation at this point, I’ve seen eight different sites all rank UK in the top 10 next season. We’ll see.

    One thing is clear to me however, if UK gets back to the Final Four for the 5th time in six seasons next year, it would behoove Cal to win it. The pressure is starting to build on him, fair or unfair given what’s happened to his ultra talented teams in the past.

    Just FYI, I thought this was a sound and reasonable column on his history. Worth reading in my opinion:

  6. Lip Man 1
    2:20 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    Here are the preseason takes from those eight sites:

    Early rankings for 2015-16

    ESPN: UK #1
    CBS Sports: UK #3 (Virginia #1)
    The Sporting News: UK #5 (Virginia #1)
    NBC Sports: UK #4 (No. Carolina #1)
    Bleacher Report: UK #1
    USA Today: UK #2 (No. Carolina #1)
    Yahoo Sports: UK #3 (Virginia #1)
    Athlon Sports: UK #2 (No. Carolina #1)

    • syrin23
      2:41 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

      The only way we can win a championship with Cal coaching during a game is to do what we did with the Anthony Davis team. Be physically superior and get an insurmountable lead so that his end of the game coaching can’t be a factor.

  7. syrin23
    2:39 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    #1 ?!?! That means we would have to have a game where it’s not close in the last five minutes and Cal’s horrible end of game coaching and personnel decisions can’t be a factor. Otherwise, he could take Golden State and make them lose by shutting it down with 5 minutes to go, and keep playing his players who did nothing all game long when it mattered the most. Down by four with 2 minutes to go? Put Stephen Curry on the bench next to Devon Booker. F’ing moron.

    • American Errorist
      5:09 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

      Are you washed in the blood of the K?

    • 25OR624
      5:18 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

      I’ve seen several comments by syrin23. On many posts. His points are valid.

  8. J-Dub421
    2:59 pm April 7, 2015 Permalink

    Why are my comments awaiting moderation?