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Kentucky WBB ranked in top 15 of ESPN preseason rankings

While the Kentucky men’s basketball team is garnering all of the attention as a title contender heading into the 2020-21 season, Matthew Mitchell and the UK women’s basketball team are deserving of their individual accolades and preseason hype, as well.

Following a 22-8 season in 2019-20 and led by First-Team All American Rhyne Howard, the Wildcats are seen as a preseason top-15 team heading into 2020-21.

In ESPN’s official Way-Too-Early Top 25, Kentucky came in at No. 11 overall and No. 3 in the SEC, behind only South Carolina (No. 1) and Mississippi State (No. 6).

“In a year of uncertainty, Wildcats coach Matthew Mitchell has one thing he can count on: having the best player on the floor in nearly every Kentucky game,” ESPN said of Kentucky. “Junior Rhyne Howard is a leading candidate for national player of the year after finishing second in the country in scoring (23.4 PPG). She also averaged 6.5 rebounds and made over three 3-pointers per game.

“Most of Howard’s offensive help will come from Chasity Patterson, who averaged 11.5 points per game after sitting out the first semester following her transfer from Texas. Kentucky lost five seniors, so Mitchell likely will have to get some production from the No. 14-rated recruiting class, headlined by top-30 recruit Treasure Hunt.”

As talented as the upcoming team is expected to be, ESPN believes Kentucky will be even better in 2021-22 when the team’s trio of talented transfers become eligible.

“Whatever success the Wildcats achieve this season, they could still be a year away from even bigger things,” ESPN added. “Transfers Robyn Benton (Auburn), Olivia Owens (Maryland) and Jazmine Massengill (Tennessee) all become eligible in 2021-22.”

Here are the official rankings:

  1. South Carolina Gamecocks
  2. Stanford Cardinal
  3. Baylor Lady Bears
  4. UConn Huskies
  5. Louisville Cardinals
  6. Mississippi State Bulldogs
  7. NC State Wolfpack
  8. Arizona Wildcats
  9. UCLA Bruins
  10. Oregon Ducks
  11. Kentucky Wildcats
  12. Maryland Terrapins
  13. Arkansas Razorbacks
  14. Texas A&M Aggies
  15. Oregon State Beavers
  16. Northwestern Wildcats
  17. Indiana Hoosiers
  18. Iowa State Cyclones
  19. DePaul Blue Demons
  20. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  21. Ohio State Buckeyes
  22. Missouri State Lady Bears
  23. Syracuse Orange
  24. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  25. Michigan Wolverines

The NCAA has announced that the 2020-21 women’s college basketball season will begin Nov. 25, with each team allowed to play a maximum of 27 games.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

4 Comments for Kentucky WBB ranked in top 15 of ESPN preseason rankings

  1. BowdenQB4ever
    9:13 pm September 28, 2020 Permalink

    Another day, another WBB post with zero engagement. It’s almost like people realize it’s a sport of haves and have nots, and despite the money we’ve thrown at the program and the damage we did to memorial they still aren’t any closer to competing with the big dogs.

    • ukkatzfan
      11:50 pm September 28, 2020 Permalink

      Did you read the article ? I was hoping all the transfers went through and WBB would be final 4 this year. I still wouldnt rule them out.

  2. ukkatzfan
    11:47 pm September 28, 2020 Permalink

    #11 sounds a helluva lot better than top 15.

  3. CahillsCrossingNT
    6:12 am September 29, 2020 Permalink

    They’ll go nowhere. Mitchell is an empty suit just like Calipari. Neither can coach a lick.