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UK in the top 10 of Andy Katz’s college basketball rankings for 2018-2019’s Andy Katz (formerly of ESPN) released his top 36 after last Wednesday’s NBA Draft deadline, and the Cats aren’t listed in the top five.

Katz had UK at No. 7 but said the Cats would “leap ahead” if Reid Travis landed in Lexington.

“The Wildcats will be just as loaded and they get an experienced forward back in P.J. Washington. They can also lean on Quade Green and Nick Richards, too. If Reid Travis were to end up here then the Wildcats would certainly leap ahead. Keldon Johnson, E.J. Montgomery and Immanuel Quickley will be the latest star newcomers who will have their moments to shine. The loss to Kansas State in the Sweet 16 will still sting, considering Kentucky had the goods to get to the Final Four last season based on its bracket. UK does again in 2019.”

Rounding out Katz’s top 10 is:

1. Gonzaga

2. Kansas

3. Virginia

4. Tennessee

5. Nevada

6. Duke

7. UK

8. North Carolina

9. Kansas State

10. Villanova

He also included several other SEC teams in his top 36 (No. 11 Auburn, No. 24 Mississippi State,  No. 28 LSU and No. 32 Florida).

ESPN’s too early of rankings had UK No. 3 and CBS had the Cats No. 4. So, as of today Katz isn’t as high of the Cats as other outlets, but a few spots isn’t a big deal. Although I am a little surprised to see Gonzaga No. 1.

Just get us through June and July so we have preseason basketball in August along with the start of football season.


Article written by TJ Walker

8 Comments for UK in the top 10 of Andy Katz’s college basketball rankings for 2018-2019

  1. Catcasey1
    12:29 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    Katz is a idiot anyway

  2. Alleykat16
    12:50 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    The Zags must have most of last years team coming back. I’ve seen a couple of early rankings with them on top. I think number 7 is alittle bit off for us. Not in top 5 is just being stupid to me. With 3 starters coming back and what we got coming in there’s no way we are not a top5 team.

    • runningunnin.454
      1:07 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      The Zags have no conference competition; makes for a good record. And, Virginia should be banned from the top ten forever.

    • gobble gobble
      1:36 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      Gonzaga has NEVER been the best team in NCAA… not sure why Kats thinks this year would be different.

  3. 4everUKblue
    2:03 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    We already know the top 4 will choke along with Kansas and dUKe if they continue their trend.

  4. Rick_S
    3:10 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    These idiots ranking Nevada and KSU in the top 5-10 are stupid..They had a run in the NCAAT because the bracket fell apart

  5. Willis Wolf Tattoo
    3:24 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    There won’t be any “leaning” on Nick Richards next year Andy.