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BOZICH | Kentucky's number one -- but so are Duke, Louisville, LSU in computer polls

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you watched 35 seconds of Kentucky's 72-40 victory over Kansas in Indianapolis Tuesday night, you know that John Calipari's team played like the best college team in the nation.

Blocked shots. Dunks. Unrelenting defense. Blocked shots. Layups. Sharing the basketball. Blocked shots. Dunks.

If you watched the entire 40 minutes, you know the Wildcats overwhelmed Kansas in ways that one of Bill Self's teams has never been overwhelmed. UK's two platoons looked like 22 platoons.

But computer formulas do not watch games.

I'm sure that's coming.

But not yet.

Programmers enter data – and that data is analyzed.

So I checked the three major college basketball computer rankings this morning to see how the numbers shook out after the Wildcats' overwhelming victory.

Ken Pomeroy's numbers fell in line: Kentucky jumped from third to first. It's UK, followed by Duke, Louisville, Arizona and Wisconsin. Pomeroy's formula started the season with Duke on top. Louisville was ranked first Saturday. Then Duke moved ahead. Now, it's Kentucky. (The link.)

What about Jeff Sagarin? His numbers have been around forever. I trust them.

Sagarin has several formulas. His preferred formula is Predictor. It's got the heaviest dose of margin of victory. (The link.)

Here is Sagarin's Predictor top five this morning – 1. Duke; 2. Kentucky; 3. Louisville; 4. Wisconsin; 5. North Carolina.

How about Sagarin's blended ratings? Less margin of victory, more strength of schedule.

1. Louisville; 2. Duke; 3. Kentucky; 4. Wisconsin; 5. Gonzaga.

Then there is the formula created by the NCAA, the one you always see mentioned in February and March – RPI (Ratings Percentage Index).

You won't believe this one. I didn't. (The link.)

1. Louisiana State; 2. Kentucky; 3. Texas Tech; 4. Army; 5. California-Irvine.

I'll stick with the teams the way I voted them on my Associated Press Top 25 ballot Sunday night.

1. Kentucky; 2. Wisconsin; 3. Arizona; 4. Duke; 5. North Carolina.

Eric Crawford and I will have fun discussing this on Wednesday morning during our weekly SportsPageLive chat at WDRB.com. Join us.

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