It seems to be a unanimous agreement that the Kentucky Wildcats are going to be really good this basketball season.
john Calipari has brought in yet another No. 1 recruiting class to go along with one of the top defenders in the nation, Isaiah Briscoe. On top of that, the Cats are No. 2 in the preseason AP poll and Vegas has them as the second-best bet to win it all.
But don’t tell Sports Illustrated all of that, because Kentucky isn’t even mentioned in their Final Four predictions.
Ok, I'll just file this away for now. pic.twitter.com/9sORCENW7s— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 9, 2016
The dark horses that they have listed over Kentucky are almost laughable.
Obviously, this means that Kentucky wasn’t picked by any of them to win the National Championship. Seth Davis and Chris Johnson picked the Duke Blue Devils, while Luke Winn and Brian Hamilton picked Kansas.
But Kentucky didn’t just get snubbed from the Final Four. SI didn’t mention Kentucky in freshman of the year discussion (again, I stress that the Cats have the No. 1 recruiting class). Nor did they get attention in the breakout player or impact defender categories, which De’Aaron Fox and Isaiah Briscoe should get some attention in.
And there was one more thing that didn’t make sense. In the article, a “Not buying the hype on” section is featured, and not a single expert picks Kentucky. If they’re the No. 2 team in the country and they aren’t included in the Final Four predictions, clearly you’re not high on their ranking. It’s as if this panel forgot the Cats entirely.
It appears that Kentucky isn’t getting much respect from SI; hopefully their on-court performance will change that.
Oh, and does anyone else find it laughable that, for the teams that SI did pick over UK, defending champion Villanova isn’t among them? There must be some kind of biased for any Wildcats at SI.
You can find the entire article here.