[Moderated by Matt Jones]
Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, California, and Kentucky all share a common trait. They are the only states that have multiple schools ranked in the top 25. Of those states Kentucky is the only one with three. In Kentucky basketball is king and it’s always fun to determine where the basketball teams in the state rank. Submitted for your approval is the definitive list of the top ten teams in the state of Kentucky:
10. Morehead State/EKU: Last year was a great year for the Golden Eagles. They knocked off Louisville in the tournament and had Kenneth Faried taken in the draft. Unfortunately this year has not been so kind with their only claim to fame being that they played Murray close. Conference buddy EKU is experiencing similar woes. Hopefully these teams can bounce back and find great success like Murray. Morehead and Eastern face off this weekend in a battle to decide the second best Kentucky OVC team.
9. Louisville– The school that doesn’t exist clings to life inside the top 25. The Cards have beaten up on the bottom of the Big East to somewhat recover from their tailspin. With 4 of their final 7 games on the road the redbirds are going to have little room for error if they wish to receive higher than a 5 seed. I for one am hoping that they can continue their recent trend of dominating Syracuse to give the Cats some breathing room at the top of the rankings.
8. Georgetown College: 19-5 The Tigers are coming off a trip to the NAIA final four and have a good chance of making it again. The team has to be excited about the city’s recent appearance in the Super Bowl and will use that motivation to cut the nets.
7. Northern Kentucky/Kentucky Wesleyan: Our great state also has three teams ranked in the top 25 in Division II as well. NKU and Kentucky Wesleyan both hope to win a national title this year but face a tough challenge against teams such as Colorado Mines, Bowie State, and the top ranked team in Division II ( More on them later)
6. Scott County-23-4 Sadly Louisville isn’t even the highest ranked group of Cardinals on this list. Scott County has been a top ten team all season and are currently facing the toughest part of their schedule in a loaded 11th region.
Tournament play begins in a few short weeks and in a month a state champion will be crowned. If you have never been to the Sweet 16 go, it’s one of a kind experience.
5. Transylvania 17-2 Transy is the 16th ranked team in D3. Yet they are the only team on this list to score on Anthony Davis. Transy wrote the script on how to play the Wildcats (Yeah, thanks for that by the way! I thought we were bros?)by introducing a broomstick to practice. The Pioneers look to finish the season strong while bringing their tough brand of play to all of D3.
4. Bellarmine– 21-1 The Knights captured last year’s Division II title and look to repeat that success. Bellarmine has a great chance of doing that as they are the top ranked team in D2.
3. Murray State-23-1 The Racer’s learned a little of what it is like to be Kentucky these past couple of weeks and got everyone’s A game. That’s just what you face when you are undefeated and have a target on your back. The Racer’s had a great chance to finish the regular season undefeated but choked harder than Boise State each November.
2. Kentucky Hoops– 21-3 The UK girls could beat most of the teams on this list. They even match up with the Men’s team pretty well too. As Wilder wrote below the ladies currently control their own destiny in the SEC race and look to bring home their first conference title. After cutting down those nets I look for the Lady Cats to reach their first Final Four. Britney Griner! We comin for you sista! Go Cats!
1. Kentucky– 24-1 Duh! Kentucky’s second starting five could be the top of this list. Heck I’d say Anthony Davis plus the WBA would be a top 25 team. Kentucky is the best team in the state and the best in the country. What more could you ask for?
The state of Kentucky has a real chance of capturing the national championships in every college basketball tournament. From D1 to D3, NAIA, and even women’s basketball Kentucky is dominating the sport. Our state is truly the king of college basketball.
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