ESPN went against the grain in their preseason power rankings, opting for Kansas as their No. 2 team instead of placing Duke-Kentucky at the top. That’s probably not the biggest surprise though. Ranked No. 13 in the AP Poll, ESPN puts the Cards at No. 5.
Before you question the credibility of the four-letter network, Jay Bilas’ best and worst case scenarios should put a smile on your face.
Best Case: “SEC champs, Final Four, national championship. Kentucky has just as much NBA talent as Duke — maybe more.”
Worst Case: “Second-weekend casualty. Youth is the only thing that keeps Kentucky out of the Final Four.” Bilas added: “Look, Kentucky won 94 games the past three seasons. That success isn’t stopping this year.”
Early Bracketology from Joe Lunardi projects the Cats as a No. 1 seed and Vegas gives UK 8-1 odds to win the National Title.