Kentucky is third in the country in Sports Illustrated’s 2016-17 preseason projections, but the Cats were noticeably absent from SI’s Final Four picks, which came out this morning. Neither Seth Davis nor Luke Winn nor Brian Hamilton nor Chris Johnson picked Kentucky to make the Final Four, the majority of them opting for Duke, Oregon, Kansas, and Wisconsin instead:
Davis and Johnson picked Duke to win the title, while Winn and Hamilton went with Kansas. Okay, big deal, haters gonna hate, but if you continue reading SI’s season preview, Kentucky was also shut out of categories like Freshman of the Year (I can think of three Kentucky players who could win that), Breakout Player, and Impact Defender (De’Aaron Fox?).
If you’d like to read SI’s preview — which is chock full of Duke love — anyways, click here.
Or, just watch this compilation of unlikely animal friendships, which is probably much more worth your time: