Top 10 squads Kentucky and Louisville open Friday



LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — High expectations abound for both No. 2 Kentucky and No. 9 Louisville when they begin their seasons on Friday night.

Both programs are expecting deep runs in the NCAA tournament, but each are taking decidedly different early season paths.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino could win his 600th game when the Cardinals play Tennessee-Martin to start a stretch of 12 of 13 at home.

Kentucky faces Marist before a weeklong trip with stops in New York to face No. 13 Kansas and two games in Uncasville, Conn., as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.

Wildcats coach John Calipari says that he’s sticking to his previous statement that at least 60 teams could beat Kentucky even after an 85-point exhibition victory over Division II Morehouse.