Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: UK back in the AP Top 25

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Feb 9, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Auburn, 72-62. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The latest recruit rankings for are out for the 2014 basketball class and there are Kentucky targets all over it.

Karl Towns is #8 on the list and the only current commit. Check it out here.

Dec 2, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops spoke to reporters at press conference, introducing him as the new football coach at the Nutter Field House. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN bloggers examined whether or not Mark Stoops and Kentucky are a threat to Charlie Strong and the Louisville Cardinals. Here is what Andrea Adelson and Edward Aschoff had to say:

Aschoff: I’m not ready to crown Stoops as the next great recruiter, but if I’m at Louisville, I’m a little worried about what Stoops could do in and around the state of Kentucky. Sure, Strong got the state’s top player, but he was supposed to. What Stoops did was bring in three of the state’s top 10 players. Louisville grabbed two. It’s not like Stoops blew Strong away in recruiting, but for such a short turnaround, what Stoops did was very impressive. He got wide receiver Ryan Timmons, an ESPN 300 member, to sign with Kentucky over Florida and Ohio State. AND he got ESPN 150 defensive end Jason Hatcher to flip from USC to Kentucky. . . .

Adelson: Well, I think you bring up an excellent point, Edward — both head coaches are defensive-minded coaches. That is a huge departure from the former head man at Kentucky, Joker Phillips, whose experience is on the offensive side of the ball. So, yes, I do agree that it is going to be interesting to see how they both try to wrangle defensive players into their respective programs and how they each recruit Florida. Louisville signed nine from the state last week — in addition to the 32 already on the roster. But Louisville has major advantages right now. Its football facilities are better; its football stadium is better; its BCS history is better.


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