Mag Power Rankings: 5-1
Can Julius Randle challenge Andrew Wiggins for the No. 1 draft pick?
- Mark Zerof/USA TODAY SportsKentucky has so much talent that Calipari may bench key returnee Alex Poythress.
Joe Lunardi's projected NCAA tourney seed: 2
Returning minutes: 44 percent
What you should know: PG T.J. McConnell, a pass-first transfer who can shoot (43 3PT percentage at Duquesne in 2011-12), will be a stable presence early while coach Sean Miller experiments with the 6'9" Gordon at SF. Hollis-Jefferson (6'7", 215) and his go-go-gadget arms will give Miller a lockdown defender in the mold of Stacey Augmon.
Around the basket: With two slashers like Hollis-Jefferson and Gordon, the Cats should see their easy buckets rise to 2010-11 levels, when Derrick Williams owned the paint.
Short jumpers: The Cats' motion O will allow Miller to isolate Gordon on the block. When the rim is guarded, look for Gordon and junior G Nick Johnson to pull up for a short J.
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