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Three goggles? Love ’em or hate ’em?

Kentucky player Doron Lamb flashes "three goggle" after hitting a 3-point shot.

Move over “jersey pop,” “John Wall dance” and the “Dougie,” make room for the latest self-promotion symbol in college and pro basketball, the “three goggle.”

Sports Illustrated writer Seth Davis, a Duke graduate who is also an in-studio analyst for CBS’ NCAA men’s college basketball coverage, notes his hatred for the “three goggles” in his latest Hoops Thoughts column. UK players including Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb often flash the sign after scoring a 3-point basket.

From Davis:

Let me be clear: I hate the three goggles. I understand kids should be able to have fun while playing a game, but there’s a big difference between exuberance and showboating — and the three goggles gesture clearly falls into the latter category.

The symbol is made by forming “goggles” with the traditional “A-OK” hand sign and then placing the “O” over both eyes while also simultaneously sticking three fingers into the air. Some players cover only one eye but the message is the same: Look what I just did!

According to The Wall Street Journal, the trend began in the NBA as a joke. Now it can been seen most any given night on basketball courts throughout the land. Some fans even fork over their hard-earned bucks to buy “three goggle t-shirts.”

Recently Kentucky Coach John Calipari went on record as being “all for three goggles.”

Whether you view it as showboating or consider it simply much ado about nothing, like most fads, the three goggle phenomenon will eventually fade away, replaced by the next self-aggrandizing gesture–which is also destined to delight most fans and infuriate select sportswriters.

 

 

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Kentucky also takes top poll spot in ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.

It will be No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday at Rupp Arena.

 

In addition to climbing atop the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll earlier today, Kentucky is also the new No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll with 22 of 31 first place votes.

The ESPN/USA TODAY Board of Coaches is made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions.

 

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Kentucky is your new AP No. 1.

Kentucky is the new AP No. 1.

Kentucky is the new Associated Press No. 1 men’s college basketball team, receiving 46 of 65 first-place votes. UK returns to the top spot in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2009-’10. The Wildcats (6-0) replaced North Carolina, which had been No. 1 since the preseason AP poll.

New AP Men’s Basketball Poll:

1. Kentucky

2. Ohio State

3. Duke

4. Syracuse

5. North Carolina

6. Louisville

7. Baylor

8. Connecticut

9. Wisconsin

10. Florida

That means it’ll be No. 5 North Carolina at No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday at Noon at Rupp Arena in one of the most highly-anticipated games in recent memory.

 

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CBSSports.com ranks Kentucky basketball #1.

Kentucky now ranked #1 in the land.

CBSSports.com has released their latest Top 25 and Kentucky is sitting on top of the men’s college basketball world in the CBS poll.

Kentucky was ranked #2 in the latest Associated Press and Coaches Polls but is expected to also be ranked #1 in both of this week’s polls due to be released on Monday.

Previous top-ranked North Carolina lost to UNLV this weekend, enabling Kentucky to most likely move up one spot and become the latest #1 team in the land.

Kentucky faces St. Johns at home on Thursday evening, followed by the much-anticipated match-up next Saturday at Rupp Arena between UK and North Carolina.

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