It’s that time again when the national media trots out their predictions for the coming year in college basketball. Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn gets a head start with 10 predictions for 2013, including Louisville winning the national title, conference realignment and a letdown season for the Cats, followed by an epic 2013-2014:
Kentucky won’t recover in time to win the SEC or make a Final Four run … but they’ll open 2013-14 at No. 1. The Wildcats have plenty of room to improve, but their offense seems too flawed to ever be dominant. This feels like a “finish third in the SEC, get knocked out in the Sweet 16” kind of season, which, while a letdown, will be incentive for at least two of their freshmen to stay out of the NBA draft. They’ll then serve as key contributors on a team heavily favored to win the 2014 title. John Calipari’s next recruiting class, with the Harrison twins, James Young and (very likely) Andrew Wiggins, should fix all of UK’s offensive issues.
While I would argue that it’s hard to know anything about this team’s fate right now (they seem like a different squad each night), there is some comfort in being able to look ahead to brighter days if things go south come March. Especially if those days include Mr. “Very Likely,” Andrew Wiggins.