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Aug 18, 2010 2:48 PM by Alan Cutler

Would ESPN Like To Change UK's Ranking?

Duke is ESPN's Preseason pick as number one. That probably doesn't surprise any True Blue Fans.

Andy Katz has Kentucky 13th.

Here are his reasons. Katz put this out in May. You have to wonder if would like to change his mind after Kentucky's three game exhibition series in Canada.

"13. Kentucky: This could be a reach. I don't dispute that argument. John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton are all gone. You might be asking why I'm not punting Kentucky from my top 25 all together? Well, the recent history of UK and that of John Calipari at Memphis tells us not to assume demise when a reshuffling of talent occurs. Sure there is a talent drop off, but the return of key role players like Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins and a stellar recruiting class led by Brandon Knight, Enes Kanter (assuming he doesn't run into a major suspension for amateur issues), Stacey Poole and Doron Lamb means the Cats will be able to compete with any team in the country. The newcomers don't have as much star power as this past season's freshman class, but the talent is still headline quality. Kanter is the key. If he is good to go by SEC play at the latest, Big Blue should be right in the thick of the race."

ESPN also put out their schedule for Super Tuesday. Calipari's Cats play four times.

Time (ET)
Jan 11
7 p.m.
Wisconsin at Michigan State
9 p.m.
Florida at Tennessee

Jan 18
7 p.m.
Michigan State at Illinois
9 p.m.
Kentucky at Alabama

Jan 25
7 p.m.
Florida at Georgia
9 p.m.
Purdue at Ohio State

Feb 1
7 p.m.
Purdue at Wisconsin
9 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Florida

Feb 8
7 p.m.
Indiana at Purdue
9 p.m.
Tennessee at Kentucky

7 p.m.
Mississippi State at Kentucky
9 p.m.
Michigan State at Ohio State

Feb 22
7 p.m.
Illinois at Ohio State
9 p.m.
Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Mar 1
7 p.m.
Illinois at Purdue
9 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Kentucky


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