Before I start, let’s hop in the Way-Back Machine and revel in the glory that took place last night when Illinois punked the Hoosiers on ESPN:
Now, back to our regularly scheduled blogging. Indiana (twice), Duke (twice), Louisville and Michigan have all occupied the top spot this season in college basketball. None of those four teams seem to want to hang onto the ranking for very long. Last season, North Carolina, Kentucky (twice), and Syracuse were the only three teams to hold the top spot, and Kentucky took the #1 ranking in week 12 and never let it get away for the rest of the season.
Kentucky and UNC were the class of college basketball last season and they had a combined eight losses overall, Kentucky had only two of those eight. The teams that have occupied the top spot in 2012-2013 have a combined 11 losses and it’s only week 14. The parity in college basketball this season is on par with what the NFL experiences in the Playoffs on a yearly basis.
As there are no power teams in NCAA hoops, there are some very good ones but none are great, this is anybody’s year for the tournament. A team with a load of talent that has thus far under-performed according to standards can start to click and make a serious run. This team is your Kentucky Wildcats.
They have the depth to do it with a nine man rotation. They have the talent with at least three NBA draft picks taking the floor every game. They have the coaching with John Calipari, a man who has gone deep into the tournament in all three years that he has been at Kentucky.
But the SEC still isn’t over yet. The Wildcats still have a lot to prove and not much time to do it as March is right around the corner. Florida is looming in less than a week. ESPN College Game Day will be occupying Lexington when the Missouri Tigers come to town on February 23rd. On March 2nd they have a tough road game at Arkansas, a team that just blew Florida right out of Little Rock. And then, they end the regular season with the Gators visiting on Senior Day.
It’s a wide open field, and if Kentucky can gain some momentum with quality wins, then the door is open for an NCAA run.
The SEC tournament will give Kentucky another opportunity to win games against quality teams. The fact that the contests will be on a neutral court will go in their favor as BBN will pack the house.
There are multiple teams that can take it all this year, why not the Wildcats?