I'm a bit of a contrarian here, but I actually don't even think UK is the favorite to win the SEC. When you look at what Florida is returning, and the fact that Billy Donovan is their coach, all the time I'm leaning more towards the Gators being the top team in the SEC, at least in the preseason. We can say all we want about "greatest recruiting class ever" but that will be proven when they demonstrate that in tough games against the elite of the league next year-and not a moment before. Kentucky should be really good by the time it's over, but with the exception of 2012, when you're dealing with freshman, you're gonna start slow. Don't be shocked to see them lose a few games out of conference, before they get going and finally challenge Florida later in the season. What's a lot more important to me than their incoming recruiting class is how well their returners can develop into the "upperclassmen" leaders that have aided the freshman and made the program successful in the past. If that doesn't happen, Kentucky could easily underperform and lose 7-8 games next season, great recruiting class and all.
But they will NOT be in the NIT. That I feel confident saying.
@mutigersbball Good points and agreed if Poythress and WCS do not get more fire in their belly. The competition from these freshmen will make or break them. Wiltjer is not as important to develop because UK is so loaded at his position, and they now have some tremendous shooters on the wing (Aaron Harrison and James Young). All that said, if Andrew Wiggins signs on to Kentucky, it is game over. Even the most skeptical analysts about UK (namely Seth Davis) agree on that. We shall see!