Found October 31, 2013 on College Spun:
Ashley is probably happy. The Kentucky Wildcats, despite not reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2013, will be ranked No. 1 in the preseason AP Poll for 2014. That’s what happens when you land a recruiting class complete with five of the top ten players in the country. The past two years have been a roller coaster ride for UK fans. In 2011, the Wildcats won the NCAA title in putting together one of the most dominant seasons in recent memory. But last year, despite another impressive recruiting class, Kentucky struggled most of the season and bowed out in the first round of the NIT against Robert Morris. Michigan State, Louisville (last year’s champ), Duke and Kansas round out the top five. Here’s the entire list, which was just released: 1. Kentucky2. Michigan State3. Louisville4. Duke5. Kansas6. Arizona7. MichiganT-8. SyracuseT-8. Oklahoma State10. Florida11. Ohio State12. North Carolina13. Memphis14. VCU15. Gonzaga16. Wichita State17. Marquette18. Connecticut19. Oregon20. Wisconsin21....

James Young, Julius Randle star in Kentucky scrimmage

That's not going to do much to quiet the hype. The University of Kentucky basketball team's most talked-about freshmen of the preseason, guard James Young and forward Julius Randle, put on a show and the Wildcats' likely starting five dominated the Blue-White scrimmage Tuesday night in Rupp Arena. Kentucky mixed and matched rosters, so Blue's 99-71 win over White...

No. 1 Kentucky starts with more high expectations

John Calipari is at again: Kentucky has the top-ranked recruiting class ever and the coach is insisting his young Wildcats have a long way to go. If this talented eight-man freshman class that includes six McDonald's All-Americans jells according to plan, the journey could include a Southeastern Conference championship. As it is, the Wildcats will begin No. 1 with monumental...

Young, Willis Shine in Kentucky’s Blue-White Game

Last night’s Blue-White game was the Big Blue Nation’s first chance to see their new ‘Cats play in a real game setting. The chance for this time to finally start bouncing back after last season’s NIT visit was here. At the tune of just over 15,000, fans Rupp Arena was buzzing with excitement over this latest No.1 recruiting class. We’ve heard a lot of about the Harrison...

2013-14 NCAA Preseason Preview: No. 2 Kentucky

For more preseason coverage of the 2013-14 college basketball season, click here. Let me get this straight: the University of Kentucky boasts the best recruiting class since the Fab Five and they aren't ranked No. 1? This has to be some kind of misunderstanding, right? I understand that you have to pay respect to the champs, but the University of Louisville lost their leader...

Know Your Opponent: Transylvania Pioneers

The Kentucky Wildcats begin their season with Transylvania for the third time in a row. The Wildcats beat the Pioneers 74-28 to open the 2012-13 season. Transylvania posted a respectable 20-8 record last season and qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Pioneers fell in the opening round to Illinois Wesleyan. You may be surprised to know that the regular season series...

Calipari's question: Where does Willis fit?

Derek Willis's performance in Kentucky's Blue-White Scrimmage has forcesd UK coach John Calipari to re-evaluate his plans for freshman forward. Could the most unheralded member of the Wildcats' latest No. 1 recruiting class get more PT than expected this season?

Breaking Down the UK Blue and White Scrimmage

Two weeks after its Midnight Madness event, Kentucky hosted the Blue-White scrimmage, with the Blue squad earning a 99-71 victory over the Red team. In front of a crowd of 15,305 fans, UK’s No. 1 recruiting class used the stage to showcase their development in John Calipari’s system. Here is a breakdown of the top performers from last night: SF James Young – 6’6” 215 Pounds...

AW Photo Gallery: Blue-White Scrimmage

This photo gallery features several images from Tuesday's Blue-White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena, including Willie Cauley-Stein denying Derek Willis' attempt to dunk over him on a night that featured 19 slams by the Cats.

AW Video: Calipari on First Exhibition

In this Video feature, Kentucky coach John Calipari talks about the Wildcats' performance Friday night in their first exhibition game of the season, a 76-42 win over Transylvania.

AW Video: Calipari Talks Exhibition Prep

In this Video feature, Kentucky coach John Calipari talks about the Wildcats as they prepare for their exhibition opener on Friday night against cross-town Transylvania University.

Cats learn lessons in exhibition victory

Kentucky coach John Calipari may have gotten exactly what he wanted from Friday night’s exhibition game against Transylvania.

Calipari debating how far to extend rotation

Kentucky’s newly-minted No. 1-ranked team is eager to play someone in different-colored jerseys, and John Calipari is ready to see how outside competition may affect his rotation plans entering the season.
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