Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated took the time to lay out a pool of teams from which he guarantees the national champion will come, and luckily for those of you interested in having a reason to watch the rest of the season, Kentucky is on the list. These aren’t necessarily the best eight teams in the country, but simply an octet that he guarantees will contain the eventual champ. The ‘why’ as to him putting Kentucky in the group goes a little something like this:
Of the teams that already rank in the top five efficiency-wise, the Wildcats have the most upside. Their two highest-usage freshmen, hybrid forward Terrence Jones and point guard Brandon Knight, have yet to hit their peak, and junior leader Darius Miller has been surging in his past five games. They fit the teams-with-NBA-talent-win-titles formula — Jones and Knight, at the very least, have a future in the league — and they’re a much better shooting team than the loaded club that went ice-cold in last season’s Elite Eight.
The rest of the list includes BYU, Duke, Ohio State, Tennessee, Washington, Georgetown and Texas. Yup. Tennessee.
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