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Projections are in: UK poised to move back to No. 1

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It will be another couple hours before the two major polls come out, but we already have a pretty good idea who will be rising to No. 1 in men's college basketball on the heels of Syracuse's first loss this weekend at Notre Dame.

In a fitting metaphor for Presidential primary season, think of CBSSports.com's Top 25 (and one) rankings as the exit poll before official ballots are counted. In that vein, John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats are projected to rise to No. 1 for the first time this season after Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman released their weekly rankings.

The Cats are the new top-ranked team in the land, and Parrish and Goodman had this to say about them:

The Wildcats' win over Alabama was their 47th straight victory at Rupp Arena. It was enough to launch them into the lead spot of the Top 25 (and one) once Syracuse lost.

Sitting behind UK at No. 2 is future Southeastern Conference mate Missouri, meaning basketball in the SEC is about to get that much better in 2012-13. Current SEC squads also currently in the poll are Mississippi State (No. 18) and Florida (No. 23).

Stay tuned for the rest of the day as we'll be loaded with basketball-related content. I'll be posting something as soon as the new rankings come out and there's a good chance UK will have another winner or two in this week's SEC awards. Also, Calipari and select players will be available this afternoon as UK road trips to Georgia for a game on Tuesday, so keep an eye out for video and a story.

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