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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, 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, 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 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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