#1 2094 (4-3)
#2 2076 (6-1)
#3 2071 (6-2)
The common theme in college basketball is that there probably will not be one dominant team this year. But who would have figured that the top three winning-est teams of all times would all have losses headed into December? The biggest shock has to be Kentucky, who has lost THREE times already, to Duke, Notre Dame, and Baylor. Thing is all three are quality teams, but this was not expected. Kansas has picked up a couple of games overall this year, but they were beaten by Michigan State by just 3 points. North Carolina keeps pace with Kansas but fell twice this month, to Butler and Indiana.
What does the rest of December hold? Let’s take a look:
KENTUCKY: The Wildcats have had an unexpectedly rough start so far, but most of December looks like smooth sailing. UK plays Samford, Lipscomb, Portland, and Marshall at Rupp. Then on December 29, UK travels to Louisville for the War of the Bluegrass against the Cardinals. Kentucky needs to use the next month to get their team chemistry settled and will be back on track if they can pull the upset at Louisville. I know that Dieng will probably be out for Louisville and I look for Calipari to get this team on track and pull the upset on the road. Look for UK to finish 5-0. I realize this is a very homerish move, so sue me.
KANSAS: December is going to tell us a lot about the Jayhawks. Kansas has home game sure wins versus Belmont, Richmond, and American, but it is not all cupcakes for Bill Self and company. Colorado comes to visit on 12/8 and then Kansas travels to Ohio State for a pre Christmas treat on 12/22. Those two games will test the Jayhawks. I expect Kansas to beat Colorado but will fall to the Buckeyes for a 4-1 finish to the month.
NORTH CAROLINA: Look for North Carolina to right themselves with wins in Chapel Heel versus East Tennessee State, East Carolina, and McNeese State. The Tar Heels also travel to Texas and host UNLV. The think they can handle Texas, but UNLV is playing pretty well and will shock the Tar Heels at home. Look for UNC to finish 4-1.
Here is what the All Time Wins Race should look like on New Years Day:
1. Kentucky 9-3 – 2099
2. Kansas 10-2 – 2080
3. UNC 10-3 – 2075