Earlier today, the AP and USA Today Coaches polls were released and Kentucky was proclaimed the new number one team in the country. In his press conference this afternoon, assistant coach John Robic downplayed the ranking, telling reporters “it doesn’t mean a whole lot.”
“Not to make a big deal of it,” Robic said when asked how he’d encourage the players to respond to the ranking. “It’s November, but it’s great. I think that’s five of the seven years we’ve been here at some point in time we’ve had that honor. It’s kind of a neat thing, to be honest with you, for each team that we’ve had here to have a grasp of that. But knowing it’s November, it doesn’t mean a whole lot.”
Grizzled vet Marcus Lee agreed.
“It’s honestly just a number,” Lee said. “Each team is just as equal right now. It’s the beginning of the season, it doesn’t really matter. Rankings don’t really matter until March.”
After a thrilling performance against Duke and a humbling outing vs. Wright State, Lee said the team knows it has a long way to go before they really deserve that number one spot.
“Honestly, it means nothing to us because we know we still have a really long way to go. We’re a new team, we have freshmen, we have people who haven’t played a whole lot last year. We know we’re not where we’re meant to be right now. We need to be a couple steps ahead of us right now.”
One of those new guys, Mychal Mulder, had the right attitude.
“I don’t think any of us are that focused on it. We all understand that it’s early in the season, early in the year, and there’s a lot of room for improvement for all of us. We’re focused on ending at number one, not really so much in November.”