We’re halfway through the season, which means it’s time for midseason reviews from the national media. Despite a slow non-conference start, Gary Parrish predicts that the Cats will rally, win the SEC, and go to their third straight Final Four in Atlanta:
3. Can Kentucky make a fourth straight Elite Eight?
This might seem farfetched considering the Wildcats are unranked and 0-4 against schools in the RPI’s top 50. But you’d be foolish to dismiss a team with three lottery picks (Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress) and a point guard (Ryan Harrow) who is averaging 16.8 points and 4.3 assists in his past four outings. In fact, here’s my prediction: The Wildcats will win the SEC and make a third straight Final Four and fourth straight Elite Eight, then reload with a fresh batch of freshmen who will be talented enough to maybe go undefeated next season. (But we’ll deal with that last part at a later date.)
More and more people are predicting a Final Four finish for the Cats. It all starts with a big win at Vandy tonight.