Sports Illustrated’s college basketball issue hits newsstands today.
The magazine ranks Kentucky No. 4 in its pre-season poll.
The preview of UK highlights the youthful starting five and development of sophomore Kyle Wiltjer.
“Hopefully in a month you’ll watch us and say, ‘Man, they really got better.’” UK Coach John Calipari said. “And in another month you’ll say, ‘Man, they’ve got a chance.’ And in another month you’ll say, ‘Man, they’re right there.’ That’s our hope.”
The preview also notes the number 7 – the years in a row that a Calipari team has ranked among the top 15 in adjusted defensive efficiency.
That is a telling number for the Wildcats, the magazine said.
S.I. predicted a Final Four run for this Kentucky team.