Oct 11, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats practice facility during basketball media day at Memorial Coliseum. Credit: Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE

Wildcats Recieve A No.4 Ranking In Mike DeCourcy's College Basketball Countdown

As the Kentucky Wildcats 2012-13 campaign is set to start, Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News gave another team breakdown, this time the Wildcats were involved.

DeCourcy obviously likes Nerlens Noel, by comparing him to Bill Russell and Kenyon Martin.

C – Nerlens Noel, Fr., 6-10/228. He is a shot-blocker who, with his quick jumping and defensive intelligence, is reminiscent of Kenyon Martin and Bill Russell.

Those are pretty strong words. He does think that Cats have a few weaknesses though. He even stated that he isn’t a big fan of some of the starters for the Wildcats, and target Ryan Harrow and Kyle Wiltjer. “These Wildcats have one player (Ryan Harrow) who was a starter for a mediocre N.C. State team and one 12-minute player (power forward Kyle Wiltjer) who isn’t incredibly athletic.”

I find that a little offensive, but that’s his opinion. There isn’t any reason that we can’t prove him wrong. Wiltjer and Harrow have the potential to become a major factor the Calipari’s offense.

He also thinks that Kentucky’s five biggest games will be against- Duke, Notre Dame, Louisville, Missouri, and Florida.

I pretty much agree on that, but I do think that Baylor will pose a threat for the Wildcats. I am honestly not buying Missouri right now. There is absolutely no way that they will come into Rupp Arena and win, but that is just my thought. Expect  the Duke game to be one of the most action-packed games to start off the season. Not only that, we will see the Duke game follow our season opener against Maryland. That could very well be one of the toughest two-game stretches of the season.

It doesn’t look like we’ll see DeCourcy even think about betting against the Wildcats this upcoming season.

“With Kentucky, the thing to do is trust that Calipari has attracted enough talent to replace the truckload that just traveled out of the program. It’s also safe to assume he will find the correct formula to mix the players he has gathered into a championship contender. It’s conceivable the Wildcats eventually will hit a snag, and if ever that’s going to happen, it’s now, with a point guard who never was considered an elite prospect. But who’s betting against them?”


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