The Kentucky Wildcats are almost always in the national title picture under John Calipari’s tenure. But even more so, the numerous college coaches around the country always respect Calipari and his ability to reload year-in and year-out.
Matt Norlander surveyed more than 100 college coaches over the country and asked them which team they thought would win the 2020 NCAA championship.
The Michigan State Spartans took home a staggering 54% of the votes followed by the Kansas Jayhawks at 17%.
Kentucky comes in at 12%, good enough for the third best among college coaches.
Here is what some of the coaches had to say about the Wildcats:
A few years back you couldn’t turn on a television without seeing or hearing Coach Cal and the Wildcats, but lately people are doubting them both on the court and on the recruiting trail. Every team goes through a down cycle, even Kentucky, but they are going to be a hungry bunch all year and into March.
They bring enough good players back and have made a lot of Final Fours [under John Calipari]. Good recruiting class as always. I expect the [bigs] to be a question early, but the backcourt with (Tyrese) Maxey and (Ashton) Hagans and (Immanuel) Quickley could wind up as the best in the country.
Kentucky was an overtime period away from making the Final Four last year, but fell apart in the end and lost to Auburn.
With a new and improved Ashton Hagans and EJ Montgomery, will Kentucky have that fire and hunger that one coach thinks they will have?
The first test of the season for Kentucky is a date with the favorite to win it all against Michigan State. Both teams return good amounts of players, but Kentucky, yet again, has the star-studded freshman class to combat some of the veterans that the Spartans are returning.
November 5th is certain to be a battle.