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The State of Michigan Falls, Gives UK Path Back Into the Top 5



Two big upsets in two straight nights have paved the way for UK to reclaim a spot in the top 5 teams nationwide. If you’re someone who has intense loyalty to the entire state of Michigan, my sincerest apologies, but it’ll be good to see the Cats with a ranking that more accurately reflects their current quality of play.

Friday night saw the Wolverines of Michigan visiting the Iowa Hawkeyes, who, upon further reading, actually seem to be pretty good at basketball. They’ve now notched wins over #24 Wisconsin, #20 Iowa State, and as of now, #5 Michigan. Don’t be surprised to see the Hawkeyes jump into the AP poll this week, especially considering that their win over a top-5 team came by 15 points, 74-59.

I can’t confirm that they were blasting the now ubiquitous “Mo Bamba” over the loud speakers after the game, but I can tell you that the image of a scrawny Iowan kid dancing to that song is very funny to me.

Now, I wouldn’t normally celebrate an Indiana basketball victory under almost any circumstances. But the Hoosiers had lost 7 games straight coming into last night. Their chances of making the Big Dance had gone from near certain during the non-conference schedule to careening towards a cliff in Big 10 play. And MSU was without Josh Langford. So, begrudgingly, here are the highlights of IU taking down #6 Michigan State in East Lansing in an OT thriller.

Again, I’m only doing this out of pity and because it makes UK look good:

Please IU, PLEASE commemorate this almost meaningless win somehow. Perhaps a souvenir coffee mug?

My sympathies to all the Michiganders out there, but we all know who’s more at home in the top 5. Go Cats.


Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

19 Comments for The State of Michigan Falls, Gives UK Path Back Into the Top 5

  1. J. Did
    4:12 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

    Like the Irish: O’Verated.

  2. Kat4Life
    4:21 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

    One would think…..but Gary Parish at CBS just released his “Top 25 and 1″…..we are sixth, Michigan is 5th……

    • Ridge Runner
      4:24 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

      That’s just UK hate there. Ironically doesn’t surprise me unfortunately.

  3. J. Did
    4:27 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

    Word is Sean Miller put in an order to Jostens and eye you players will be receiving Championship Rings for this win. Post game, they huddled – and all players were required to imagine they and their fandom rushed the court.

    • Skooms
      6:48 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

      Why does Sean Miller care about IU?

    • BBNDan7
      10:47 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

      Think he meant Archie Miller lol

  4. Tom Bombadil
    4:59 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

    Here is my prediction…Michigan only losing for the 2nd time this year will remain in 5th…just as Michigan state who lost their game last Sunday and never dropped. Now Mich St will drop having lost 2 in a row. UK will probably be only ranked 6th. I hope iam wrong. UK definitely is playing that way! Go CATS!

    • bigbluebanana
      5:06 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

      I tend to agree with your assessment. Just don’t see us jumping Michigan with their 2 losses, especially because Iowa is a legit good team.

    • Tom Bombadil
      12:38 pm February 4, 2019 Permalink

      UK is now ranked 5th! I was wrong…they did drop Michigan two spots. GO CATS!

  5. jaws2
    5:14 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

    None of this matters right now. It’s where we’ll be come selection day. We’ll most likely get screwed on seeding regardless, but maybe we’ll get lucky if we’re top 3. Perhaps only then will we get a 1.

    • UK Big Board Update
      5:27 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

      Contradicted yourself in one post.

      You are a gem. Thank you for the laughs.

    • catsarerunnin
      5:37 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

      It’s Big Bored. Yawn….

    • jaws2
      6:02 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

      Hey, it’s BigBoardPrickNose back sticking his nose into posts again! I love when you come around sticking your nose into everybody’s post. Missed you. NOT!!

    • UK Big Board Update
      7:07 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink


    • catsarerunnin
      7:26 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink


  6. 8XChamps
    5:55 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

    Why does the Iowa player to the far left look like a small PJ Washington with a big forehead?

  7. bwise
    7:50 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

    My predication….Michigan state moves up to 3rd in the ranking

  8. ky yaya
    11:00 pm February 3, 2019 Permalink

    I lived in MI for the most miserable four years of my life. Called me a hillbilly and said my team was a farm team. And stupid MI won the tournament while I lived there! I HATE MI