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:
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.