The Kentucky basketball team has been selected as the preseason favorites to win the SEC crown by the conference’s media members.
The Kentucky basketball program is one of the most dominant forces in the history of collegiate sports. With eight national championships and 30 SEC Conference Tournament titles, Kentucky has an extensive history of brilliance and dominance.
Thus, it comes as no surprise that the Kentucky Wildcats are being heralded as the favorites to win the SEC title in 2016.
The Wildcats landed one of the most revered recruiting classes in the country. By landing the likes of Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones, and Malik Monk, Kentucky effectively reloaded in a championship-caliber way.
The media is clearly optimistic about Kentucky’s chances of meshing in Year 1.
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That belief has been validated by past Kentucky teams.
Calipari has been leading freshmen to success throughout his coaching career. Since coming to Lexington in 2009, Calipari has led Kentucky to a national championship, a second National Championship Game, and four Final Four appearances.
The hope in Lexington is that, in 2016-17, the Wildcats will win more than just the SEC.
Isaiah Briscoe is returning to provide leadership to a young team with infinite potential. Once regarded as a potential lottery pick, Briscoe is out to achieve career redemption during his sophomore season at Kentucky.
If Briscoe’s can improve as a shooter, his leadership could be enough to help Kentucky go all the way, a la Terrence Jones in 2011-12.
Fox and Monk are regarded as potentially elite guards who can complement Briscoe and lead the offense to explosive success. Adebayo and Gabriel have tremendous defensive potential, as well as versatile offensive games that can add an invaluably new element to execution.
Killeya-Jones has a body and athleticism that compares to Willie Cauley-Stein.