With the kickoff to the 2010-11 season behind us, it’s time to turn to the preseason prognostications of what’s to happen on the court this year. Several preseason polls and all-american teams have come out recently, so here’s a roundup of what they, them and those people are saying about the Cats and the rest of the college basketball world for the year to come.
–First, KSR buddy Jeff Goodman puts together his Top 25, with Duke at the top and Kentucky slotted at #15, although he hasn’t adjusted the rankings since news over the weekend of Purdue’s Robbie Hummel suffering a season-ending knee injury, which will likely put the Boilers somewhere behind Kentucky. Florida is the highest-ranked SEC team at #10, and possible early-season foe Washington sits inside the top 10, at least until we beat them in Maui and take that from them, too.
–Meanwhile, over at CBS, the one they call Faux-Hawk has his own version of the top 25, where he adds another team and calls it the Top 25 (and one). While the creativity of that is unmatched, what does match is the team at #1 in this ranking…Duke. Parrish says that this year’s version may have even more options than last year’s championship team, despite what they lost from the title run. Florida also tops the SEC squads in Parrish’s poll at #8, with the Cats at #14, Tennessee at #21 and Georgia ranked 24th. Of course, the Cats’ ranking is pending the freeing of Enes, which Parrish says would vault the Cats into the top five. The Hawk also released the CBS Preseason All-America team, led by North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes as the Player of the Year. Although no Kentucky payers made the list, Parrish went on to add after the article that if Kanter were eligible he would have been considered for 1st or 2nd team honors.
–And from the halls of the Worldwide Leader, Andy Katz brings us this preseason breakdown. Kentucky checks in at 11th, just behind Syracuse and the Gators. Purdue drops to #23 in the wake of the Hummel injury, with Duke, Michigan State, Pitt, Kansas State and Ohio State making up the top five. Georgia also makes an appearance in Katz’s poll, coming in at #25.
–Finally, a little tidbit for your gambling fix. Bodog has some future odds up for winning the 2011 national title, with the Cats listed at 10-1. Kentucky is one of only a handful of teams to go off at 10-1 or better, with Duke the favorite at 5-1. Florida is next best in the conference with a 20-1 line, and Tennessee is at 22-1. In the ‘Sucker Bet of the Year’ category, Louisville is going off at 25-1.
So there you have it. A little bit of preseason talk to make sure your whistle is properly whet. Thank me later.