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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: 50 Days to Basketball Edition

The 2019-20 college basketball season officially starts in 50 days. Kentucky is a high-value pick to win it all.

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

I know it’s football season, but with only 50 days (inclusive) until basketball season, I’m starting to feel the itch.

This year’s Kentucky team really looks like a winner, and although we seem to think that every year, I really love the mix this season is bringing to the hardwood. We have shooters, we have scorers, we have defenders, we have guards, forwards and even a center. In other words, this bunch has skill, depth and even some experience.

Yesterday brought this article from CBS Sports delineating the best bets among the projected contenders for the 2019-20 season. Michigan State, for sure, will be good. Memphis is talented, but for me, the jury is still out on how good they can actually be. Florida has a quality squad, but I’m skeptical of Louisville and Texas Tech.

Duke, as the article says, doesn’t look like a good bet at 10-1. There is a lot of skill there, but the Blue Devils don’t look like they did last season with two all-world players. It’s hard to believe in Arizona right now with all the FBI stuff going on and their recent lack of success.

What I love about this team is its versatility, and depth of talent combined with just enough experience to make them look like a potential world-beater. No other teams really look like they have that potential other than perhaps Memphis, and that’s mostly because of their best-in-the-nation recruiting class and especially, James Wiseman. But Penny Hardaway is not a proven commodity coaching this kind of talent, and I expect that to show up early and often.

I can’t wait for October 11th. I know you can’t either.

Related: 50 things to get you ready for college basketball 50 days from opening night.

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