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CBS Sports analysts not picking UK to win SEC

Sacha Killeya-Jones (Jeff Houchin Photo)


Going into the season, Kentucky was again the popular choice to win the Southeastern Conference regular season title as coach John Calipari’s team usually does.

Today both Florida and Texas A&M are ranked ahead of Kentucky in the top 10.

Five of six CBS Sports college basketball analysts are not picking UK to win the SEC as of today.

Three of them picked Florida and two went with Texas A&M. Both have veteran teams, especially compared to UK.

Only Gary Parrish picked Kentucky to win the SEC championship. Here are the other picks:


Matt Norlander: Florida

Chip Patterson: Florida

Reid Forgrave: Florida

Kyle Boone: Texas A&M

Jerry Palm: Texas A&M

The Wildcats host Texas A&M Jan. 9 and Florida Jan. 20. They play at Texas A&M Feb. 10 and close the regular season at Florida March 3.




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  1. Can’t say as I blame them. This years UK basketball team has a tremendous youth issue. While they are winning, they are not overly impressive in doing so right now. There is no senior or junior leadership, and that could be a real problem as the season progresses. UK is young by design. It’s that way, every year, and it is getting a little old for me. Calipari’s quest is to sign a new No. 1 class every year, and put a whole UK basketball team in the NBA every year, starting over with another list of super freshmen the next season. I have a hard time remembering names anymore with the turnover rate, and turmoil every year that a complete new team creates. Calipari’s system has resulted in but one national championship for UK in 9 years under Calipari, so far to date, but many deep runs in the NCAA tournament to his credit. I predict his system will eventually catch up with him sooner or later, maybe this year, but it has worked well so far. Florida looks like the team to beat in the SEC this year, but I would not count Calipari’s team out just yet, time will tell. I do not think this year’s team is as loaded with overwhelming talent as in years past though. We are about to find out as the SEC schedule looms ahead.

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