About six weeks ago I wrote an article that echoed the panicky sentiments of Kentucky basketball fans. In my defense, the state of affairs in Lexington wasn't fantastic to say the least.
The coach was a befuddled curmudgeon, the players were quietly threatening revolt, and the team would finish .500 in the SEC despite two All-America candidates in the starting lineup.
What a difference six weeks makes.
Now the coach is one of a handful to take two different schools to the Final Four. Two of the top big men recruits will suit up next year and it's very possible the favorite to be the No.1 pick in the 2010 NBA draft could wear blue and white in Lexington.
One of those All-America candidates from last season should be back once he finds out he's a likely second-round pick this season. The other one figures to be mid first-round but may come back to avoid being the "best UK player not to win an NCAA tournament game."
Here is the most likely starting lineup and bench for the 09-10 season:
Starters - G Xavier Henry, G Jodie Meeks, F Darius Miller, F Demarcus Cousins, C Daniel Orton
Bench - Kevin Galloway, Jon Hood, Perry Stevenson, Deandre Liggins, Josh Harralson.
Now that's much better. I'm not sure the Prince of Ashland Park can guide this squad to an immediate Final Four but, barring injuries, they should be in the Sweet 16.