Here’s a look at some of the top storylines in and around the Big Blue Nation:
-Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News has a good feeling about John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats’ chances of being a Top-10 team during the 2010-11 seasons. It comes with one catch however, revolving primarily around the eligibility of freshman phenom Enes Kanter.
In an interview with Larry Vaught, DeCourcy discusses topics ranging from Calipari and the media, along with the Kanter situation saying,
“UK with Kanter is potential top 10. Without Kanter, probably a 6-7 seed in the NCAA. Without Enes, you're essentially playing with a backup big man, a converted 3-man at power forward and five guards. Show me the team that has held up physically with that rotation and pulled a top four seed.”
So, you kindly get a barometer of how good the Wildcats can be with Kanter down low, along with the rest of the incoming freshman class and the returning players like DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller.
Both teams are undefeated on the season, but Kentucky has yet to see a team like the Gators thus far on the season. Florida has a lot of team speed and quarterback John Brantley is starting to come around, despite not showing any flashy numbers like former quarterback Tim Tebow.
Kentucky will have to play an all-around game for a full 60 minutes, something that ‘Cats have yet to do during the start of the 2010 season.
The Wildcats have posted some impressive numbers thus far, but it comes against inferior competition in the form of Louisville, Western Kentucky, and Akron.
Led by quarterback Mike Hartline and an excellent duo of SEC playmakers in Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb, Kentucky is one of the better offensive teams in the nation. The ‘Cats are 15th in the nation in rushing yards—242 yards per game—while scoring at will—44.3 points per game—making their game against Florida one of the more intriguing ones during Week 4 of college football.
The big question mark is can the Kentucky Wildcats offense and defense deal with the speed that the Gators will present this Saturday?
The Big Blue Nation will find out soon enough.