Thursday, October 29, 2009

How Keegan voted — Preseason AP basketball poll


Here is how Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan voted in the AP preseason college basketball poll, released Oct. 29, 2009.

  1. Kansas
  2. Michigan State
  3. Purdue
  4. North Carolina
  5. Kentucky
  6. Texas
  7. Villanova
  8. Duke
  9. West Virginia
  10. Tennessee
  11. Butler
  12. Michigan
  13. Georgetown
  14. California
  15. Louisville
  16. Washington
  17. Mississippi State
  18. Maryland
  19. Dayton
  20. Kansas State
  21. Oklahoma
  22. Georgia Tech
  23. Clemson
  24. UConn
  25. Illinois


Scott Smetana 10 years, 2 months ago

I don't see how you can put anyone but KU above Texas.

Trace Stark 10 years, 2 months ago

Texas = higher Kentucky (at this time) lower

sdoyel 10 years, 2 months ago

Do you not realize the squad that Michigan State returns????

keeb1211 10 years, 2 months ago

Purdue returns all 5 starters from last years sweet 16 team and returns 6 of their top 7 scorers to boot. They are picked to finish second in the Big 10 only behind MSU. Not saying the deserve to be listed 3rd but I wouldn't think they should be much lower considering UK and UT have lots of talent but none of that talent has played a minute of college basketball as of yet.

mandomax 10 years, 2 months ago

Kentucky at number 5 is a joke, and seeing that the AP put them at number 4 makes me laugh even harder. Granted, they have a fabulous incoming class (Wall, Cousins, etc.) but this is a team that didn't even make the tournament last year. This is as infuriating as Wall getting voted ahead of Sherron in a ranking of point guards this year. An untested team with a new coach should not be ranked so high in the preseason poll. I can't wait until their first couple losses. Kentucky will finish the season ranked, but I predict they fall out of the Top 25 at least once before then.

Jangaroo 10 years, 2 months ago

Kentucky scares me. Everyone keeps saying they haven't played a minute of college basketball. Who cares? No one is saying they are gonna go 40-0. John Wall is already the #1 draft pick. Has there ever been a team as talented as Kentucky that has fallen apart?

Scott Smetana 10 years, 2 months ago

Didn't we almost beat MSU last year with a very raw team? Didn't MSU graduate their best player? Didn't we get a monster recruiting class?

I see a big gap between 1 and 2.

jaybate 10 years, 2 months ago

Keegs must want a job at a paper in a Big Ten town.

Billy Derringer 10 years, 2 months ago

hey jangaroo-

"Has there ever been a team as talented as Kentucky that has fallen apart"--

how about the 97 hawks or 2003 MSU top 10 preseason and finished with 13 losses or 2003 arizona preseason # 4 finished with 10 losses and first round loss in ncaa or this one hurts 04-05 preseson # 1 ku finishes out of the top 25 and losses in rd 1 or 06-07 Lsu preseason # 6 didnt finish in top 25 or 07-08 indiana preseason top top 10 finished out of the top 25 or last year notre damm preseason top 10 finished with 15 losses

so in my memory there has been many teams that have fallen apart, who will be this years team only time will tell, but i happens almost every year!

Jangaroo 10 years, 2 months ago

None of those teams have the talent Kentucky has this year, Kentucky is gonna be a top 5 team all year.

Teams you mentioned and there NBA Drafts: Michigan State - ? Arizona - Andre Iguodala goe 9th in 2004 Kansas -Wayne Simien goes 29th in 2005
LSU - Tyrus Thomas goes 4th in 2007 LSU - Glen Davis goes 35th in 2007 Indiana - Eric Gordon 7th in 2008 Indiana - DJ White goes 29th in 2008

Kentucky 2010 mock draft ( 1st John Wall 17th Pattrick Patterson 20 DeMarcus Cousins

<p> 1st. John Wall 13th Patrick Patterson 25 DeMarcus Cousins

Ben Kane 10 years, 2 months ago


what are your reasons for putting Texas so low. That's troubling. At the very least you can make an argument for them to be 2/3 and with the east coast bias that we all know and love you need to be stepping up and supporting teams like texas that have every right to be higher until there is a fundamnetal argument that supports them being lowered. Being a preseason poll, I think you should have tapped them up a bit more.

KUFan90 10 years, 2 months ago

I don't think the 97 team "fell apart". 2 losses on the season and an off shooting night against an Arizona team that was on a roll <> falling apart.

oregonjhawk 10 years, 2 months ago

Agreed KUFan90, that 97 team definitely did not fall apart. I believe our only regular season loss was in double overtime at Mizzou. Man, just thinking about that AZ game, even 12 years later, absolutely infuriates me...

CrodieBroyle 10 years, 2 months ago

derringer, didn't we beat arizona in the elite 8 in 2003, i don't think they were out in the 1st round

Michael Auchard 10 years, 2 months ago

Somebody just had to bring up the '97 team. What an awful game that was...

Ryan Mullen 10 years, 2 months ago

I'm actually surprised that Keegan did not have Missouri ranked in the top 10 saying how he has a love fest with them. In fact from what I have heard his dream is to hear his name chanted at Mizzou arena. One side says K E E then the other G A N.

Billy Derringer 10 years, 2 months ago


"didn't we beat arizona in the elite 8 in 2003, i don't think they were out in the 1st round"

----- arizona 2003-2004 lost in the first round the year after we beat them they was preseason # 4 at the start of the 03-04 season..

and maybe saying the 97 team "fell apart" was not justice, but boy that team broke my heart

Eric Williams 10 years, 2 months ago

@jangaroo and others

John Wall is talented, but give me a break.

You do realize that even the "great" John Wall couldn't win the North Carolina state high school championship. I mean, most HS players don't make it to the next level, so if he was supposed to be a top 5 NBA pick LAST year, then he should have been like a man among boys.

Nope. No high school championship, yet b/c of him UK will be too talented for other college teams? Give me a break.

One analyst watched the UK Midnight Madness and said that the players looked "gassed" trying to run Calipari's dribble-drive. A team that is out of shape right before the season is not a recipe for a 30-win season.

weezer247 10 years, 2 months ago

I don't think anyone can honestly expect Kentucky to go undefeated, especially given their challenging early schedule (UNC on 12/5, UConn on 12/9, UofL...). But John Wall is by far the most explosive college basketball player I have seen in the last 5-10 years, and Patrick Patterson is a dominant force down low.

Although the starters may be inexperienced (with the exception of Patterson), their bench will include many seasoned players as well as a few highly touted recruits in Orton, Hood, and Dodson.

By the time SEC play is wrapping up, UK should be one of the best teams in college basketball. Being ranked number one in the preseason is nice, but there are only two days that being number one actually means anything, Selection Sunday and the first Monday in April).

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