Wildcats Face NJIT on Saturday

Albany head coach Will Brown had a glowing assessment of Kentucky.

NJIT at Kentucky
Sat., Nov. 14 - 8 p.m. ET
Rupp Arena
Lexington, Ky.
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UK 2015-16 Team Stats NJIT (2014-15)
1-0 Record 21-12
0-0 Conference Record 0-0
.560 FG% .457
.431 Opp FG% .401
.353 3FG% .376
.667 FT% .696
78.0 PPG 71.8
34.0 RPG 33.6
8.00 BPG 4.52
16.00 APG 14.91
6.00 SPG 7.03
He praised the Wildcats’ length and athleticism with Derek Willis at small forward. He predicted Skal Labissiere would be the first or second pick in the NBA Draft. He called Tyler Ulis the best point guard in America.

Through those raves, Brown hadn’t yet mentioned Jamal Murray. Had he forgotten about the star freshman whom he had lauded as the best player in the country in the lead-up to both teams’ season opener?

Nope. Rather, he doubled down and added comparisons to a pair of players who rank among the NBA’s top-10 all-time assist leaders....Read More

UK Starts Season at No. 1 in Coaches’ Poll

UK begins the season as the top-ranked team in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll for the third season in a row.

The Wildcats share the preseason top spot with North Carolina. The two teams both garnered 749 points from the ballots of 32 Division I coaches. UNC had 12 first-place votes, compared with UK’s 11.

Four preseason coaches’ top-25 teams are on Kentucky’s 2015-16 schedule (No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Kansas, No. 19 LSU and No. 20 Vanderbilt).

Wildcats Tabbed No. 2 in AP Top 25

For the fifth straight season, the Wildcats are ranked in the top three of the Associated Press Top 25 to begin the season, as Kentucky checked in at No. 2 in the preseason poll.

Kentucky picked up 10 of the 65 first-place votes in the preseason poll. North Carolina was ranked the No. 1 team in the country with 1,566 points, followed by UK (1,520), Maryland (1,487), Kansas (1,410) and Duke (1,350).

The Wildcats have been ranked in the preseason top five in six of John Calipari’s seven seasons in Lexington.

Kentucky Picked to Win SEC

A select panel of both SEC and national media members picked UK to win its 47th SEC regular-season championship in 2015-16. It’s the 11th time since the 1998-99 season the Wildcats are the overall preseason favorite.

Trio of Wildcats Tabbed Preseason All-SEC by Media

UK sophomore guard Tyler Ulis and freshman forward Skal Labissiere were tabbed to the six-man All-SEC First Team alongside Danuel House (Texas A&M), Damian Jones (Vanderbilt), Stefan Moody (Ole Miss) and Ben Simmons (LSU).

Senior forward Alex Poythress was named to the All-SEC Second Team with Dorian Finney-Smith (Florida), Malik Newman (Mississippi State), Charles Mann (Georgia), Tim Quarterman (LSU) and Alex Caruso (Texas A&M).