Kentucky Wildcats Basketball 2013 News and Updates
10/25/13 - Head coach John Calipari, known as the best recruiter in college basketball, “hit the jackpot” in 2013 with his five-star freshman recruits, a set that quickly became known as the best freshman class on paper in NCAAB history. The Wildcats have the most all-time wins and NCAA Tournament
appearances and rank second (just behind UCLA
) in championships. Over the summer, the Kentucky Wildcats have emerged as the team to beat in the coming season, and national championship hopes are high.
Calipari is confident, intending to take his squad to 40-0 on the season. UK will begin their run on Nov 8 at North Carolina-Asheville, and will begin the Statefarm Champions Classic
on Nov 12 against Michigan State
in one of the best non-conference games
this season. The first SEC play will come on Jan 8 against Mississippi State
. Get ready for Big Blue Madness and witness history in the making as the Wildcats eRUPPt Lexington at Rupp Arena
Though, the young team’s inexperience left UK unranked last year, finishing 12-6 in the SEC
, after an astounding loss at Robert Morris
in the opening NIT round. This season the Wildcats have been ranked #1 in the preseason coaches’ poll—the first team in the poll’s history to have been unranked last season, jumping to #1 the next. Expect great things from the six All-American freshman players (including Julius Randle
, and twins Aaron & Andrew Harrison) who may all start at the same time, filling the holes left by Archie Goodwin (Phoenix Suns
) and Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia 76ers
) to the NBA. Also in the line-up, are two NBA first-round-talent returners Alex Poythress and athletic defender Willie Cauley-Stein, who will compete with recruits James Young and Dakari Johnson for starting positions at forward and center.