For some reason, the lobby at the McDonald’s next to where I live closes at midnight, which means when I went there for nuggets last night at 12:30, I left miserable and crispy nugget-less. And whenever I get set on something, and can’t get it, it’s all I want for the next few days. Which is why I was thrilled to see that CBS Sports fed my basketball appetite with nugget-sized bits of information on all the important college basketball teams, plus Indiana.
In case you weren’t aware, college basketball is now exactly three months away, with ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon igniting the season on November 12th. But because there’s no such thing as “too early,” here’s the relevant information on Kentucky, the SEC, scheduled opponents and other local competitors, in a convenient, fun-size format.
From national champs to NIT chumps and back again? Anything’s on the table this year, including 7 1st round picks in June. #bestclassever
Louisville (Big East to American Athletic)
Russdiculous. Cool Hand Luke. Montrezl. Other elite additions. Defending champs return loaded; you’ll hear “2007 Florida” mentioned a lot.
Clearest challenger to Kentucky in the SEC, the Gators (despite personnel losses) have the talent to make a run at (at least) a fourth straight E8.
2.0 version of last year’s crew should be a F4 threat. If the Spartans downloaded a better Appling, the Green machine will run even better.
Guys Roy’s age should be wearing P.J.’s, not suspending them. Despite talent trending upward, the Heels will miss Hairston if he’s gone.
Someone has to be the SEC’s third-best team, but Vols should be better than default choice. March into the NCAAs on tap; B4A is big, tho.
Two top-five picks have departed, and now the Hoosiers need to work on maintaining their revitalized status. The B10 won’t be forgiving.
Oh, Indiana had two top-five picks leave? Kentucky had that happen in 2010, and still got to a Final Four. Granted, the same thing happened in 2012 with worse results, so let’s hope Indiana’s recovery looks more like last year than 2011.