Kentucky Wildcats: National Championship or Bust?

Mark Zerof – US Presswire

The Kentucky Wildcats once again have the flashy young talent that continuously get themselves into the debate for the best team in the country. The Wildcats are not as talented as they were last year, but it will not slow them down. Expect them to finish at least in the top three in the SEC and one of the top regular season records in the league. The SEC is significantly better than it was last year, and Kentucky might struggle in a few games early in the SEC season.

The Wildcats have been consistently a national title contender under John Calipari. This year will be no different; however, Kentucky will not win the NCAA national Championship. They will not make it, not because they are a bad team, but because there are no experienced superstars on the team. No Doron Lamb or Terrance Jones to carry the team in overtime games against Tennessee or Florida. The Kentucky Wildcats are young, and while they will end up in the Elite Eight, they will not win the national championship.

Players to Watch:

Nerlens Noel. He is this year’s Anthony Davis; however, what Kentucky loses in blocking ability, Noel makes up for in scoring ability. He will be able to carry the team on his back in games where everything seems to be at stake.

Upset Alert:

This is Kentucky. Teams are going to be trying to upset them, not the other way around. The Florida vs. Kentucky games will be intense and must-watch, but they should split the games home and away. They play an extremely tough out-of-conference schedule along with being in the tougher half of the SEC, which will work against the young roster.

Predicted Regular Season: 23 – 5

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