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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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Kentucky Coach Joker Phillips earns “helmet sticker.”

Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips.

Fresh off the Wildcats’ upset win over Tennessee, Kentucky head football coach Joker Phillips joins the “star-studded list” of those receiving an ESPN College Football Nation Blog “helmet sticker” for week thirteen of the 2011 regular college football season.

The fictitious stickers (in this case) are awarded for extraordinary achievement. Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes was the first to award actual helmet stickers (1967) for individual player contributions. The eye-catching and coveted helmet stickers, worn prominently on a players actual football helmet, are more than a simple nod of recognition. Today, they are a time-honored tradition for twenty-two Division I FBS teams.

Earlier this season, Junior tailback CoShik Williams was one of five Southeastern Conference players who were also selected for an “SEC Helmet Sticker” by Chris Low, SEC beat writer for ESPN.com, for recognition of his performance against Jacksonville State in October.

 

 

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Rock bottom for Rocky Top?

Not since the Hindenburg disaster have we seen such suffering.

ESPN’s SEC Blog writer Chris Low’s post from Saturday notes that the folks from Tennessee feel as if they’ve now hit rock bottom. The loss to Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington was apparently the icing on the cake.

“Sobering,” “embarrassing,” and “pain” describe the feelings that flood forth after a loss to Kentucky in football.

Oh, the humanity…

 

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Was that the worst Tennessee team ever?

Amy Smotherman Burgess / News Sentinel Photo

In case you attended or watched yesterday’s historic Tennessee versus Kentucky SEC battle at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on Saturday, and was wondering if you were watching the “worst” Tennessee team in history, the answer is no. At least according to the Web site GoVolsExtra.

What you saw was the third-worst Tennessee team in the school’s history, according to site writer John Adams.

“The 1906 and 1909 teams were worse. They both went 1-6-2 and didn’t score in 15 games combined,” notes Adam in his current column.

Oh. Okay. Thanks for clearing that up.

If you searched the Commonwealth from Pikeville to Paducah today you probably couldn’t find a Kentucky football fan who cares one iota whether that was the third-worst, or even the worst Tennessee team that trotted off the field in Lexington yesterday with their tail tucked between their collective legs. All that really matters is Kentucky won. Albeit won ugly. But in the history books of Kentucky football it will go down as one of the most unlikely and most satisfying wins ever.

Long live the new streak of Kentucky over Tennessee. 1-0. It’s a start.

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DickieV believes Joker Phillips is one of the “happiest dudes in sports today”

Iconic sports personality Dick Vitale posted on Twitter earlier this afternoon that Kentucky football head coach Joker Phillips is one of four of “the happiest dudes in sports today.”

After yesterday’s historic win over Tennessee, who could argue?

When fans are calling for your head, one fast way to quiet them down is to win. And when that win is over your arch rival Tennessee–a team your program hasn’t defeated in twenty six games–“happy” is probably an understatement.

Dick Vitale Twitter post from earlier today.

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Bring back the Beer Barrel?

The Battle for the Barrel trophy.

Now that Kentucky has broken the 26-game losing streak to Tennessee, is it time to bring back the historic beer barrel which was once upon a time awarded to the winner of annual rivalry game? An alcohol-involved car crash involving two Kentucky football players in 1998 prompted the end of the beer barrel exchange.

The traditional ceremony was cancelled for the 1998 season and the two SEC schools mutually agreed to permanently discontinue the tradition before the 1999 game. Bring it back or forget about it? Vote here.

Read more about the Beer Barrel trophy on Wikipedia.

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