Background: Kentucky and Ohio State are 1) and 1a) in the nation right now. The Wildcats beat Kansas and North Carolina. The latter win came despite being outscored by 21 from beyond the arc.
Best Player: If Terrence Jones can't ball, I don't know who can. Kentucky, and the national landscape, got a big boost when he decided to return for his sophomore year. He leads the team in scoring with 15 points per game and adds 7.5 rebounds per game, and...it doesn't seem as if he has really kicked it into gear yet this season. He has improved his shooting percentage and he has a stronger supporting cast than last season, but his numbers are slightly down. He'll continue to improve as the season goes on.
Why they are undefeated: Kentucky is probably the most talented team in the nation. Jones, Doron Lamb, Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist all average double figures.
Defensively they lead the nation in blocks. Jones averages 2.5 a game and freshman Davis averages 4.5 a game! 4.5! His block against UNC sealed a one point win.
And if you don't believe me when I say they are talented, watch the attached video. Realize they had 18 blocks in that game to go along with their trapeze act on offense.
Next Loss: Kentucky is in the top two and therefore they shouldn't lose. Of course, teams don't go undefeated, but that doesn't make it any easier to pick an upset.
UK had trouble defeating inferior opponents on the road last season. They lost to UGA, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Arkansas before making the final four. It's unreasonable to predict a similar resume this season, but it is more likely they will lose on the road than at Rupp.
All that said, I'll predict that their first loss will occur at Vanderbilt on February 11....if it doesn't occur this weekend in Bloomington (I picked Kentucky on the other slide, and I'm sticking with it).