In SI.com’s pre-season power rankings, they say the choice between Louisville and Kentucky for No. 1 is not clear-cut and that their belief is based on the assumption that power forward Chane Behanan will indeed be back from his suspension.
WHat do they say about Kentucky? “Sitting in on a Kentucky practice last month and reviewing tape of its exhibition games has led me to conclude that 6’9″, 250-pound freshman Julius Randle is more like an industrial silo of talent who could very well be the national player of the year. The 21-and-11 line he posted in the Wildcats’ second exhibition game (against Montevallo on Nov. 4) should be a regular occurrence given how difficult he is to guard. Randle is technically a power forward, but Kentucky starts him on the perimeter in its dribble-drive offense, and he’s an exceptionally good attacker off the bounce for someone of his size.”