Kentucky’s football game with Eastern Kentucky University on Saturday has a 1 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on WKYT only. Hopefully, the local cable companies will be able to keep the channel active since similar programming is not on any competing stations.

WSAZ’s MyZ will have the

Kentucky-EKU game delayed at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Next week’s game at Vanderbilt has been selected by the SEC Network for broadcast at 12:30 p.m. and that one will be on WSAZ.

Now for basketball, which is a lot more complicated.

Tonight’s exhibition game against Clarion — coach John Calipari’s alma mater — will be on Fox Sports South and tape-delayed on WSAZ’s MyZ at 11:30 p.m. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

When the Cats open the season for real a week from tonight against Morehead State, the game will be televised on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m.

MyZ will carry one game live when Miami of Ohio plays Kentucky on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. However, MyZ will have three more games on tape-delay at 11:30 p.m. — Nov. 19 vs. Sam Houston State, Nov. 21 vs. Rider and Dec. 23 vs. Long Beach State.

Many of the early-season UK games are going to be on Fox Sports South, which not many of us seem to get around here. I don’t have an answer for you. If you have Dish Network, it seems some of the alternate channels in the 400s sometimes pick up a feed from Fox Sports South. DirectTV has a plan where you can purchase a Fox Sports package for three months.

Time Warner’s package of Fox Sports is Fox Sports Ohio, which works well when it is baseball season with coverage of the Reds.

If the UK games can’t be found on your television network, the radio is always a good option. Locally, these stations carry the Cats — WUGO 102.3-FM, WLGC 105.7-FM and WRVC 92.7-FM. Programming begins 90 minutes before kickoff/tipoff.

No. 1 in Sagarin

Those who are avid college basketball followers, of which they are many in hoops-crazy Kentucky, are familiar with the Sagarin Ratings.

It is the ranking system that appears in many newspapers and the NCAA uses it as a resource to seed the tournament brackets at season’s end.

The Sagarin Ratings, in cooperation with ESPN, looked at the last 70 years of college basketball and put together an all-time top 330 ranking of every team that has competed in the NCAA. More than 2,000 games were put into the computer for every team to come up with the ranking.

Guess who’s No. 1?

Why, it’s the Kentucky Wildcats.

That result may be a bit surprising given the dominance of UCLA (1960s and 1970s) and North Carolina and Duke (during this decade).

Kentucky has an overall ranking of 89.81 and had the top decade in the 1950s and 1990s. They were only second by six-tenths of a point to Oklahoma State during the 1940s.

UCLA was second overall at 87.57 followed by Kansas, North Carolina and Indiana.

Louisville is ranked 11th overall, Western Kentucky 44th, Marshall 108th and Morehead State 159th.

These rankings are for play since 1940. View the entire rankings composite and by decade at http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2009/1004/cbe1.pdf.

Musketeer success

Greenup County’s Middle School football team had a successful campaign, reaching the Middle School seventh-grade state semifinals before falling to Corbin 26-6 last Saturday in Lexington. Coach Bruce Hunt’s team finished 10-4.

Tonight’s playoff openers

‰CLASS 5A

Ashland 32, Dixie Heights 21: Tomcats better be ready for a talented team coming to Putnam Stadium. It won’t be as easy as whistling Dixie.

Johnson Central 39, Scott 6: This one will be easy.

‰CLASS 4A

Knox Central 20, Boyd County 7: School of hard Knox for the Lions continues.

Bell County 49, Greenup County 6: Bells will be rung on Log Mountain.

Rockcastle County 14, Rowan County 13: Mild surprise here as Rockcastle slows Rowan running game.

Lawrence County 38, McCreary Central 16: It starts getting tougher after this one for undefeated Bulldogs.

‰CLASS 3A

Sheldon Clark 20, Russell 14: Early exit for Red Devils, who haven’t been eliminated in the first round since 1998.

Belfry 42, Lewis County 6: Lions are in the playoffs, but not for long.

‰CLASS 2A

Corbin 54, Morgan County 0: Ouch! This one will not be pretty.

‰CLASS A

Raceland 28, Lynn Camp 6: Rams keep marching toward potential rematch with Lexington Christian Academy.

Fairview 22, Williamsburg 16: Eagles go on the road and get playoff victory — and a rematch with LCA next week.

Harlan 35, Paintsville 6: End of the line for the Tigers here.

‰OHIO DIVISION IV

Ironton 28, Highlands Sparta 13: Fighting Tigers are tough to beat at home in the playoffs.

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