Future Kentucky Wildcats Goodwin, Poythress dominate McDonald’s All-American game

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Kentucky Wildcats fans have a lot to be excited about in the present, as they’re taking on their hated rival Louisville in the 2012 Final Four, but last night’s McDonald’s All-American Game also might have made UK fans think about the future for a bit.

Usually, you don’t think about next year’s recruiting class until the season is over. However, the way incoming UK freshmen Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress performed in the exhibition brought thoughts of next year here already.

And perhaps it helped in the recruiting of Muhammad Shabazz? Who’s narrowed his college choices down to four.

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Muhammad Leads West To McDonald’s All-American Game Win

 

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 Sure, the McDonald’s All-American game is an exhibition; the outcome serving as a backstory to the talent on the court. But when the West team’s 25-point lead was cut to four in the final minutes, it became imperative to earn a win.
“We’re talking about the 24 best players in the country, not just 12 (on the West team),” said Gordy Kerkman, head coach of the West. “You really knew, it sort of felt good to be 24 up, but you never feel safe.”

North Carolina Ties All-Time Record; #1 in AP Poll for 8th Time

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With the release of today’s college hoops AP preseason poll, the North Carolina Tar Heels further cemented themselves as one of college basketball’s most storied programs.

The Tar Heels, returning all five starters from last season’s Elite 8 team, were the landslide #1 (62/65 votes) in the Associated Press’ preseason poll. It’s the eighth time they have been #1 with a bullet since the poll started in 1961-62.

You can compare this poll versus our poll, which we initially released the day after the 2011 National Title game.

And the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

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North Carolina #1, Kentucky #2 in College Hoops Preseason Coaches Poll

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The North Carolina Tar Heels claimed 30 of 31 first-place votes to earn the top spot in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches preseason poll. The Kentucky Wildcats received the other first place vote and start the college basketball season ranked second with Ohio State Buckeyes, Connecticut and Syracuse rounding out the top five. The Duke Blue Devils are sixth, followed by Vanderbilt, Louisville, Memphis and Florida.

You can compare this poll versus our poll, which we initially released the day after the 2011 National Title game.

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Kentucky Wildcats Land Top Shooting Guard Archie Goodwin

The Kentucky Wildcats have owned the top ranked recruiting class in the nation the past three years. College basketball royalty, they’re off to a good start already in the 2012 recruiting cycle. It started with NC State transfer Ryan Harrow, a point guard. Now UK has an elite shooting guard to pair with in the backcourt: Archie Goodwin of Sylvan Hills (AR) committed this week.

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