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VIDEO: Kentucky's ridiculously lavish new residence halls

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

It's comforting -- uplifting, really -- to know Kentucky students are living life better than I am right now. The video above shows the $25.8 million project that's been completed on the campus in Lexington. A 172,064 square-foot pair of dormitories -- sorry, residence halls -- Central Hall I and II.

This is how some Kentucky students will live. Four stories high, the halls are externally connected by a courtyard that doubles as a mini amphitheater. The buildings feature high ceilings, modern furniture, state-of-the-art security and key-card swipe systems to enter every nook of the structure. Each room -- or suite -- has a microfridge and microwave. The bathrooms boast separate sinks inside granite counter tops. There are ice machines and laundry rooms that have iPod app-savvy cycle and information systems.

I suddenly feel like I've been transported into typing voiceover copy for "House Hunters."

More residence halls like this are on the way, set to open in 2014 and 2015.

This is the latest on-campus upgrade for UK; have you forgotten about Wildcat Lodge? It's not exclusive to Kentucky athletes -- because NCAA bylaws prohibit that -- but it is essentially where a majority of UK players habituate. It's not just the basketball team that draws frenzy to the university; it's almost like the program is catalyzing a new generation of passion and devotion to UK as a brand.

(H/T, John Clay's Sidelines)

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