Kentucky, the preseason No. 1 that entered the Big Dance unranked, has reached the Final Four as an eight seed. The Wildcats will face Wisconsin, which upset top seed Arizona in a thriller.
Arizona coach Sean Miller may very well have the best defensive team he’s ever coached, but either Mayes or York is going to have to emerge as a legitimate outside threat for the Wildcats to get to a Final Four.
After years of struggling as a whole nationally, the conference is set to have its best overall season in a very long time.
Arizona will be the deepest team Sean Miller has had in his nine seasons as a head coach. The Wildcats have 10 legitimate candidates to start and won’t see much of a drop off when a reserve takes the floor.
Virginia Tech transfer Dorian Finney-Smith will visit Iowa State this upcoming weekend and then possibly Georgetown before making a decision.
For Miller and Lyons, the connection was instant. Miller recruited the talented guard when he was head coach at Xavier and he needed an elite-level player to lead his offense.
Sean Miller told me prior to the season that he hoped his young team would develop to the point where they’d be playing their best basketball toward the end of the year.
Some people told me I was crazy when I made that statement prior to Kentucky’s win over Louisville on Saturday but when you watch “MKG” play, it’s tough not to see why he’s more valuable than anyone else in college basketball.
Much like their games already this season against Duquesne and Ball State, Arizona found a way to navigate a deficit and wind up with a victory.
If God’s Gift Achuiwa, the Red Storm’s sole hope for a low post presence can’t stay on the floor for 30 minutes, St. John’s will have a hard time staying competitive on the backboards regardless of their opponent.