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Dick Vitale ranks UofL, UK, and IU in his top three

Dick Vitale just released his Preseason Top 40, and like many other media members, puts the Cats, Cards, and Hoosiers right at the top. In fact, he puts Rick Pitino’s squad at number one, predicting the Cards will make it to the Final Four and maybe even the National Championship game:

1: Louisville
I made this pick at this year’s Final Four and will stick with it. Peyton Siva, Chane Behanan and company got a taste of this year’s Final Four. They will make it to Atlanta and go a bit further.

It’s okay, guys. We’re close behind:

2. Kentucky
John Calipari simply reloads as Big Blue Nation welcomes in Nerlens Noel and the top class in America.

…and of course, the Hoosiers:

3. Indiana
Tom Crean is thrilled that Cody Zeller and Christian Watford returned to Bloomington. The Hoosiers also have a great incoming class.

With that out of the way (in my mind, the Truth just busted out an awesome and incomprehensible rap about JC Penny), let’s look at the rest of Dickie V.’s top ten, which includes some old powers rising to the top again in Michigan and Michigan State:

4. Kansas
5. Michigan
6. Michigan State
7. NC State
8. Baylor
9. Syracuse
10. Ohio State

Agree? Disagree? With Louisville and Indiana near the top, one thing’s for certain: we’ll be doing plenty of trash talking next season…

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26 Comments for Dick Vitale ranks UofL, UK, and IU in his top three

  1. Bradley
    4:17 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Hate them both, but IU has a MUCH better roster than UL. UL will be good, but REALLY struggle to score again. They were one of the worst shooting teams in America last year and that was before Chris Smith and Kuric left.

  2. Phil
    4:19 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    UL won’t be in the top 10 at the end of the season.

  3. Moody
    4:31 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody know where tony Parker picked.

  4. UK
    4:32 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I see Watford and Zeller as bigger threats than Siva and Behanan

  5. Brother Michigan
    4:32 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    IU will be in the top-5 all season (can’t say what they’ll do in the tournament, buy anyone who claims they can for any team is delusional), UofLol won’t be in the top-10 by the mid-point of conference play. For the rest, I think Ohio State might be ranked a little low. They lose Sullinger, but DeShaun Thomas had some extended flashes of brilliance in the tournament.

  6. HartcoCat
    4:38 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    This must be the end of the world (2012) no N. Carolina or Duke!

  7. SteveM
    4:40 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I think # 2 is closer to the truth than not. U of L was lucky to be at the Final Four and their lack of offense from essentially the same tewam will be their downfall. IU should be much better than the Tards.

  8. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    4:41 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    No way Louisville has that spectacular of a season. The losses of Kuric and Chris Smith will be huge from a leadership perspective. They’ll have a good season but they’ll underachieve in the post-season compared to this year.

  9. Chuck
    4:41 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Did IU beat anyone on the road last season? . I am skeptical of IU and UL.

  10. White Kool-Aid
    5:06 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Seems to be the same top 3 wherever you look, the order varies a little, but I’d say it’s a fair assessment. I agree with #1, UL will have to score more than 60 ppg to stay there. Either way, it’s gonna be a long wait until November…
    On another note, here’s a challenge for the #BBN: My cousin just started writing for b/r. The kid grew up in a house FULL of UL fans and somehow ended up a die-hard UK fan, which is just awesome! His first piece about UK posted this week and it immediately drew a Cal-hating troll. If he gets 30 or more comments on an article, he gets paid. Since 30 comments is chump-change for BBN, show some love to a blue-blooded Bellarmine kid by leaving a comment, and maybe flame the troll in the process. Here’s the link:

  11. Real Cats Fan
    5:11 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    This might be the first time in history that Vitale did not have either Duke or UNC in his top ten. Boy, I bet it hurt for him to leave them out of that list!

  12. soggyUKgrad
    5:14 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t understand ranking UL that high. yes, they got hot at the right time last season and rode that hot streak all the way to a Final Four. however, not a single UL player made 1st,2nd,or 3rd Team All Big East for the regular season. now we’re supposed to believe that UL is loaded with talent?!? UL lost 4 of their last 6 before the big east tourney started. OVERRATED!!!!

  13. john4uk
    5:18 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Where’s UCLA?And where’s Duke with their stud Plumlee Brothers and coach of the universe K?

  14. Chicago Chris
    5:29 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Echoing #13… where is UCLA? Or has Ben Howland to prove he can work with young talent (and not be worked BY them). I did see another poll that had Duke in the top 5, so there are differing opinions there.

  15. Bobbynite
    5:44 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Why are the top three spots blank? Are they holding all three for UCLA? Wait do I like that team well enough to say their name? I’ll have to get to you later.

  16. big tim
    5:57 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    i would understand iu at #1 cause there loaded but uofl no, uofl got a lil bit of talent but they will be one of the teams the top cause this year you dont have to many good teams louisville had an easy run threw the tourney

  17. STEVE!
    6:09 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t believe four Big Ten teams will be in the Top Ten at the end of the year.

  18. jc
    6:22 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    IU will be awfully tough next year; we saw that this year and everyone is back. I can easily see them in the top 3.

    I agree with most on here concerning UL – what’s changing from this season? They’ll need to score to win (not being a smarta## here) and I don’t see where it will come from.

    As for UK, they might be ranked this high in March but have no business this high going into the season. Wiltjer is the only returnee with any experience to speak of and he is still a liability (but getting better) on the defensive side of the ball. If you think we relied heavily on freshmen the past three years, you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet!!

  19. jc
    6:26 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    to follow up my thought in #18, by March I’d expect Cal to have these guys clicking and making a strong push into tournament time; possibly making run at #9 if everything falls right.

    Of course, the wildcard here is how we finish out the ’12 class. If Bennet commits we SHOULD be in the top 5 by March but I still don’t see us there at the outset; with or without Bennet.

  20. louieg
    6:28 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    The only reason UL got past Florida is Billy slowed the game down and tried to pass the ball around to eat up the clock.If he would have let them keep their foot on the gas UL would have been watching the final four on a big screen in some bar!!!!

  21. JV
    6:40 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    No way UL makes it to the final 4 next year. They will be a major disappointment.

  22. REAL BLY
    6:45 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    UCLA will be tough…they just landed Parker and are now the 2nd ranked recruiting class. COME ON BENNETT!!!

  23. UofL fan
    7:13 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    We’ll be doing plenty of trash talking next year…after UK fans climb out of their bunkers when Football is over.

  24. CrybabyBobby
    7:49 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    What about UCLA and UNC

  25. the Big Dog
    10:47 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    UNC and UCLA have as much talent as any team including UK. Bennett would make the difference. As for U of L, they will be solid but they can’t score. If Blackshear stays heathly he will give them some options they didn’t have this past year. I would say they have one or two NBA players and I doubt they will repeat the success of this season.

  26. Cats
    9:58 am April 24, 2012 Permalink

    Could this change if UK lands Bennett and Lyons, or even just Bennett? With Bennett they would have a VERY good starting 5 with Harrow Goodwin Poythress Bennett Noel. Young but we all now know young players can do it.