Well, that is what the folks at the Athlon Sports College Basketball Yearbook are saying. Rick Bozich mad the trek to the store (in the rain) to pick up the preseason mag and here is what he says it predicts:
Set your DVR for April 6 and 8. Athlon has a Louisville-Kentucky national semifinal game – with the Cards winning the rematch in Atlanta. In the opposite bracket, Indiana defeats Kansas.
Two nights later, the Hoosiers defeat the Cards for the championship.
I don’t know about you but a Final Four is great and all, but that scenario sounds like a nightmare to me. On the other hand, John Calipari and Kentucky’s quest to repeat as National Champions is the number one thing to watch in college basketball this season. Don’t worry, Louisville fans have already printed a t-shirt celebrating the Final Four season and Tom Crean has already built a trophy case for the Athlon Magazine. As for Kentucky, we are just going to let this season play out.
It’s a lot of pressure being the number one pick in the NBA Draft. Just ask John Wall. Last year, John Wall averaged 16.3 points, 8.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds a game. Solid numbers for sure, but some of those in the Nation’s Capitol still think Wall should be doing more. John Calipari weighed in on the issue and defended his former star player:
“What’s happened is, you took a 19-year old and put the weight of the world on him, saying to him, ‘We’re expecting you to drag this team to another level.’ Well, there are no young guys [who can do that]. [Even] Anthony Davis isn’t that guy,” Calipari said.
“Now, if you have a good team, Anthony and John will make you better. If you remember, I had Derrick Rose. But the way the [ping pong] balls dropped, he ended up playing on a pretty good team. So, all of a sudden, he’s an All-Star in two years, and all of a sudden he becomes the MVP of the league. But he’s on a good team. So, what’ll happen is, as [the Wizards] build that team, John will come out more.”
Speaking of former Wildcats, Heshimu Evans is having a nice career playing ball in Portugal. Here is a chance to see what he is up to as well as possibly lean a bit of Portuguese as well: