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National championship “very much in play” for Kentucky

Ashton Hagans (HoopScene Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

By the time the basketball season starts, Kentucky likely will be a consensus No. 1 pick in all the preseason polls.

ESPN moved UK to No. 1 immediately after Reid Travis transferred from Stanford to Kentucky. A few days later CBS Sports did the same thing.

“Kentucky lost a lot of players early to the NBA Draft, per usual. But you can still reasonably argue that, all things considered, this has been a great offseason for the Wildcats,” wrote Gary Parrish.

He pointed out that the return of P.J. Washington and Quade Green for their sophomore seasons along with Travis’ transfer and Ashton Hagans reclassifying to the 2018 recruiting class gave UK an “immensely talented roster” that for a change also has experience — a rarity for Calipar at UK.

CBS Sports has Kansas, Duke, Tennessee and Gonzaga rounding out the top five with Nevada, Virginia, North Carolina, Villanova and Auburn completing the top 10.

“You could make an argument for Kansas. Perhaps Duke too,” Parrish wrote. “But nobody has a better mix of experienced talent and incredible talent than UK. So a fifth Final Four in a 10-year span seems possible, and a second national championship for Calipari is very much in play.”

Las Vegas oddsmakers also have UK at 6-1 to win the national championship, the lowest odds of any team.

2 comments

  1. This is the talking season now. UK has been very talented for 10 years now, but only has one National Championship banner for all that talent. I remember all the talk about the UK 38-1 UK team. Remember that team? UK has it to do, and on the court is where it gets done. We shall see. It is time for No. 9.

  2. Andrew Harrison single handedly stopped the 38-1 team from getting to the finals and winning a title, but Calipari was in love with that guy. He pretty much cost KY the title the year before when Connecticut played circles around us. Cal always seems to fall in love with guards who shoot 30% from 3 and 40% from inside the arch…and he lets them take way too many shots and then not play defense. If Cal doesn’t design an offense to capitalize on the frontline of Travis,
    Washington, and Montgomery he will never be able to recruit another quality big to UK.

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