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Four of five Sports Illustrated writers pick UK to get to the Final Four

Kentucky’s been to four Final Fours in the past six years, and according to the writers at “Sports Illustrated,” fans should have confidence they’ll be headed to their third straight this April. In their College Basketball Preview, four of five SI writers picked the Cats to go to the Final Four in Houston:

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Unfortunately, none of the writers picked Kentucky to win the National Championship. Seth Davis chose Maryland; Luke Winn North Carolina; Brian Hamilton Oklahoma; Lindsay Schnell Kansas; and Chris Johnson Villanova. Boo to them.

Kentucky was all over the rest of the preview, though. Luke Winn picked Jamal Murray as his Freshman of the Year, predicting Murray will lead UK in scoring. Brian Hamilton named Tyler Ulis his Breakout Player of the Year, calling him Kentucky’s “jet fuel” this season:

The ball should be in Ulis’s hands far more this winter and he ought to be a double-digit scorer who adds a half-dozen assists per outing, at least, as a sophomore. If Kentucky wants to push the pace, Ulis will be the jet fuel. He probably won’t crack the All-America discussion because of the more glamorous personnel around him, but he’ll make a significant leap toward that level.

Alex Poythress was Lindsay Schnell’s pick for “Impact Defender” while former Cat Kyle Wiltjer got two votes for Player of the Year.

Check out all of SI’s picks for yourself at the link below.

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6 Comments for Four of five Sports Illustrated writers pick UK to get to the Final Four

  1. Rajonrondo9
    11:15 am November 11, 2015 Permalink

    Is Vandy really as good as people think they will be? They sucked last year.

    • J-Dub421
      11:26 am November 11, 2015 Permalink

      Even if Vandy does well during the season, they always choke early in the tournament.

  2. HeshimuMeansWarrior
    11:22 am November 11, 2015 Permalink

    Better question…Is Kansas really as good as advertised? I know they have some decent returning players and a good recruiting class, but this isn’t out of the ordinary for them. They never live up to expectations in the tournament. How should the Jan 30 game play out?

  3. theSkinny81
    11:28 am November 11, 2015 Permalink

    Well, to be fair, Maryland has a returning Melo Trimble, a seasoned guard, to lead them. (Who Jamal Murray absolutely punished in the Pan Am games, before ever stepping foot on a college campus)

    And then there’s UNC, who returns Marcus Paige (who is injury prone) and still has Roy Williams at the helm (who always seem to flame out lately. Oh, and don’t let #FakeClasses take your focus off the season)

    Kansas will be a tough out, as always (if they can get past the second round, and have a full roster that includes Cheick Diallo when the tournament begins)

    Villanova is dangerous yet again, just like the last two years (and didn’t make it past the round of 32 either time)

    Oh, and watch for…. Oklahoma….. and whoever their coach…. is.

  4. deltasig41
    11:49 am November 11, 2015 Permalink

    I’m so tired of seeing Jay Wright Villanova teams getting preseason accolades as if they’re going to be one of the best teams in the country. We’ve seen this same narrative play out year after year for the past decade…Villanova will win a lot of games in the regular season against bad teams. They’ll do well in a bad conference. They’ll get an undeserved 2 or 3 seed, then they’ll lose in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

    They’re very similar to those Clemson teams from a few years back…Smoke and mirrors, I guess.

  5. Catsby80
    1:19 pm November 11, 2015 Permalink

    i agree with deltasig here above me… Villanova is perpetually overhyped… I also find it odd that none of these experts has duke in their final four… anyone putting oklahoma in their final four is wasting their breath.