Breaking Down The Wildcats

Kevin WelchContributor INovember 14, 2008

Kentucky Wildcats are embarking on their 106th season as one of the most storied teams in all of College basketball. Second year coach Billy Gillispie will lead a very talented, inexperienced ball club through a treacherous non-conference schedule: with perennial teams such as North Carolina, Indiana and Louisville.

The Sec is down this year says the so called "experts". Even if they are correct, there is no mistake the SEC will be very competitive within the conference. Tennessee is the favorite to take home the East while being closely followed by Florida and Kentucky

Dick Vitale has called out the media, "This Kentucky team is underrated" Well Mr. Vitale I couldn't agree more. 

Kentucky loses its two leading scorers Joe Crawford and Ramel Bradley, but returning a healthy Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson. Gillispie brought in Kentucky Mr.Basketball Darius Miller and five star point guard Deandre Liggins to provide immediate help for the Wildcats.

Can this Kentucky team compete with the likes of Florida and Tennessee? Yes they can, and here is why; preseason 1st team All-SEC Patrick Patterson will not be stopped by any of the SEC teams. Patterson will continue to impress the NBA coaches while striving to be what cannot be denied a future lottery pick.

Jodie Meeks is one of the leagues best three-point shooters, with the extension of the three-point line which makes him even more dangerous. He has a quick shot which gives him a good advantage over the defenders. Meeks has also improved on driving to the basket, which should make the three-pointer even more open. 

A few bold predictions I have for this team


  • Crack the top 10
  • No.3 seed in the NCAA Tournament
  • Knocking off No.1 UNC and No.3 UL
  • Winning the SEC and the SEC tournament
  • 14-2 conference play
  • Undefeated at Rupp
  • Elite Eight
  • Patterson wins SEC player of the year
  • Patterson 1st team All American
  • Meeks and Patterson 1st team All-SEC