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UK is third in the fancy Sports Illustrated College Basketball Projection System

In order to find the true No. 1 team in the land, Sports Illustrated’s College Basketball Projection System simulates every team’s season. And then it simulates them again. And again. And again. It simulates them 10,000 times, then ranks every team accordingly.

Last year it was pretty spot on. It predicted the top four teams in adjusted efficiency (in exact order) and determined Duke and Wisconsin would have the most efficient offenses, which they did. It tabbed Kentucky as its No. 1 overall team.

This year the S.I.C.B.P.S. determined North Carolina is the top team, with the Cats falling just shy of a repeat preseason ranking at No. 3.  The fancy analytical system that I’ll never understand projects Kentucky will rank fifth in offense efficiency and 12th defensively at season’s end, with a conference championship and one-seed in the tournament.

Have a look for yourself, via

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Now, would someone mind explaining to me how it equates all this stuff when Kentucky returns less than 15 percent of its scoring and 23 percent of its rebounding? I don’t get it. Seems like there aren’t a lot of numbers to go by.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

5 Comments for UK is third in the fancy Sports Illustrated College Basketball Projection System

  1. Rixter
    5:22 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    John Wayne Gacy??

  2. Blue
    5:25 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    One would assume this is using the assumption that Diallo is declared eligible to play at Kansas…If he isn’t, I don’t think there’s any way they’re the 2nd best team in the country. He’s a difference-maker.

    That being said, if last night is any real indication, Kentucky’s offensive ranking may be a tad too low. For being so early in the season, I loved the way we moved the basketball, both with the dribble and the pass, and how well the floor was spaced. Throw in the 50% from 3, and it was a strong-looking offensive squad. Obviously the opponent has to be taken into account, but before the guys were obviously gassed, it was one of the more fluid offensive performances we’ve seen in quite a while (especially in the first “game”).

  3. Jamal Murray
    5:32 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    There is no way Duke has a better offense than Kentucky

  4. chad
    7:08 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

    2 weeks till Duke…… Let that sink in

    • chad
      7:22 pm November 3, 2015 Permalink

      Last time we played them was in Atlanta and I made a fool of BBN by drinking 11 well bourbon and cokes and punching a blue devill fan in the guts as hard as I could because I thought, at the time, that he looked like Laettner. In retrospect, that was the least classy thing I could have possibly done but when Duke beats you…… considering the history….. and you have a chance to make a Dukie suffer… what do you do?