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Pomeroy rates UK preseason No. 1 for second straight year

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It's been over six months since I wrote a post here on Cat Scratches mentioning kenpom.com, so as I'm sure you can guess, I was pretty excited when Ken Pomeroy released his preseason rankings on Tuesday morning.

In both the Associated Press and coaches polls, Kentucky checks in at No. 3 behind Indiana and Louisville, but Pomeroy disagrees - or at least his computer does. According to kenpom.com, the Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in the land based on a formula that combines last season's results with incoming talent.

This marks the second year in a row that John Calipari's Cats have been Pomeroy's preseason No. 1, and I think we all remember how that worked out last season.

It also bears mentioning that UK fell from its perch atop the kenpom.com rankings in November before ascending back to No. 1 as the calendar hit March. This season, Coach Cal has his most inexperienced UK team to date, so I think it's safe to assume the Cats will fall from No. 1 early in the season as they find their feet. Whether the 2012-13 team matches the the 2011-12 edition's return to the top is more of a question.

No matter what happens, you can be sure to find plenty more mentions of how UK is looking in Pomeroy's tempo-free ratings over the next five months or so.

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