Don't Get Too Excited Yet, Kentucky Fans

Cole ClaybournCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA - JANUARY 26:  Head coach John Pelphrey of the Arkansas Razorbacks talks with a player against the Louisiana State University Tigers on January 26, 2008 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Immediately following No. 1 Texas' loss to No. 9 Kansas State, all I kept seeing on Facebook and Twitter were comments about how Kentucky is No. 1 now.

Well, quite simply, no they're not.

They're still the No. 2 team in the country. That's a fact.

Yes, they're now the only remaining unbeaten team, but they're not No. 1 yet.

It's like the spelling bee. Just because the kid spelled the word wrong doesn't mean you win. You still have to spell your word right.

In Kentucky's case, they still have to take care of business against Arkansas on Saturday if they want to be No. 1.

Do I think Kentucky has a good chance to win the game? Sure.

Can they get beat? You bet.

Although they're playing a struggling Arkansas team, it's still a conference matchup and anything can happen. Just ask Kentucky about Auburn.

Arkansas has point guard Courtney Fortson back who missed much of the first half of the season, and is coming off a win at home over Alabama.

Arkansas won't pose nearly the threat to the Wildcats that Florida did, or what Tennessee will come Feb. 13, but that doesn't matter.

Stranger things have happened.

Kentucky is playing great basketball right now without a doubt, but is now the target of college basketball and will get everyone's best shot, even Arkansas'.

The point I'm trying to make here is for Kentucky fans to not jump the gun on this one. They still have work to do.

But if you must call Kentucky the No. 1 team, at least knock on wood afterwards.


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