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Kentucky is No. 3 in ESPN’s Preseason Power Rankings

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

ESPN went against the grain in their preseason power rankings, opting for Kansas as their No. 2 team instead of placing Duke-Kentucky at the top.  That’s probably not the biggest surprise though.  Ranked No. 13 in the AP Poll, ESPN puts the Cards at No. 5.

Before you question the credibility of the four-letter network, Jay Bilas’ best and worst case scenarios should put a smile on your face.

Best Case: “SEC champs, Final Four, national championship. Kentucky has just as much NBA talent as Duke — maybe more.”

Worst Case: “Second-weekend casualty. Youth is the only thing that keeps Kentucky out of the Final Four.” Bilas added: “Look, Kentucky won 94 games the past three seasons. That success isn’t stopping this year.”

Early Bracketology from Joe Lunardi projects the Cats as a No. 1 seed and Vegas gives UK 8-1 odds to win the National Title.

[ESPN]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

1 Comment for Kentucky is No. 3 in ESPN’s Preseason Power Rankings



  1. Wildfelinebeeline
    2:01 pm November 1, 2016 Permalink

    I love Bilas’ evaluation. But, really this was Jeff Goodman’s attempt to draw more ire from all fans except Duke fans. Click bait at its best. He even wrote a disclaimer to say that he alone did the ranking and to “blame me”! Goodman is a tool that hates to see UK succeed. I hope UK makes him eat his words again this year!