How dominant were University of Kentucky sports teams last season? The Cats finished second in CBS Sports’ 2018-19 Best in College Sports rankings, which were released yesterday.
But Tyler, I can hear you saying, UK finished No. 14 in the Learfield IMG Directors’ Cup standings last month, right? How is this different? I’m glad you asked. The Directors’ Cup ranks Division I athletics departments on performance across all sports, while CBS Sports gives more weight to sports with broader fan and media interest. CBS Sports rates every FBS school in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball and adds in two “wild cards” from among baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse, hockey and wrestling. More emphasis is placed on football and men’s basketball due to their popularity.
Kentucky finished No. 2 with 494.25 points behind Michigan, which finished with 501.75 points. Here’s the point breakdown:
- 161.25 – Football (12th in final AP Poll)
- 146 – Men’s basketball (Elite Eight)
- 50 – Women’s basketball (second round)
- 73 – Men’s soccer (Elite Eight)
- 64 – Softball/volleyball (both advanced to round of 16)
Oklahoma, LSU, and Ohio State rounded out the top five. The University of Louisville? All the way down at No. 42.