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Kentucky sits at No. 14 in latest preseason poll

Despite a lack of clarity on Olivier Sarr’s eligibility status in Lexington, Kentucky is still expected to be a top 15 team in college basketball.

In CBS Sports’ latest preseason rankings, the Wildcats came in at No. 14 overall, good for No. 2 in the SEC behind only Tennessee (No. 11).

Here was the roster breakdown, followed by the outlet’s rationale behind sliding the Cats in where they did:

14. Kentucky

Coach: John Calipari

2019-20 record: 25-6

Notable players definitely gone: Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans, Nate Sestina, EJ Montgomery, Johnny Juzang
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Keion Brooks
Expected additions: Terrence Clarke, BJ Boston, Devin Askew, Isaiah Jackson, Lance Ware, Cam’Ron Fletcher, Davion Mintz

“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,” CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish said. “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. Exactly what John Calipari will do to further enhance his roster remains unclear. 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.”

Despite Gonzaga star forward Filip Petrusev announcing his departure from the program on Monday, Parrish still has the Zags listed at No. 1, followed by Baylor, Villanova, Virginia, and Iowa rounding out the top five.

Check out the entire top 25 (and one) 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. Memphis
  26. Arizona State

Where do you think the Cats should be ranked?

(CBS Sports)

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

4 Comments for Kentucky sits at No. 14 in latest preseason poll

  1. VilleCat11
    11:45 am July 21, 2020 Permalink

    Until we know about Sarr, it’s really hard to say where we should be ranked…

    • UKFanSC
      11:49 am July 21, 2020 Permalink

      Yep…..And interestingly, Sarr’s name was not even mentioned in the write up or referenced in the player profile.

  2. Newtype
    1:32 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    Too low but who cares. Preseason rankings are useless anyways.

  3. BobbyBlue
    3:36 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    Emmert is not going to let Sarr play for the Cats.
    Either wait and declare him eligible after it is finally obvious there will not be a season or drag it out until Sarr goes overseas or give the kid the full Kanter treatment and drag it out until after Christmas and say “NO”
    Just my opinion of course.