6. Will this Kentucky team win John Calipari his second NCAA championship? Since arriving at Kentucky in 2009, John Calipari has redefined the one-and-done approach to college basketball while producing 28 NBA Draft picks. He’s led the Wildcats to four Final Fours and one NCAA championship. Yet critics say he should have won more titles with all the talent he’s recruited and coached. This current team doesn’t look like it has a future No. 1 draft pick like Anthony Davis or Karl-Anthony Towns but led by freshmen guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, and sophomore Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky is a nightmare to defend and ranks No. 3 nationally in scoring offense at 93.5 points per game. Another deep run in the NCAA Tournament seems highly possible, and a second championship for Calipari would only add to his Hall of Fame legacy.
Here’s the Grayson Allen trip. pic.twitter.com/FCF2r5sbKP— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) December 22, 2016
7. Will Lonzo Ball lead UCLA to its first Final Four since 2008? Before the season began, Bovada installed UCLA at 50-1 odds to win the NCAA championship. Syracuse (20-1) and UConn (40-1) both faced better odds. But here we are in early January and No. 2 UCLA looks as dangerous as any team in the nation. Yes, they are coming off their first loss of the season to a very potent Oregon team, but UCLA also went into Rupp Arena and ran a high-octane Kentucky team off the court. Led by projected top-5 pick Lonzo Ball and fellow freshman T.J. Leaf, alongside a strong supporting cast including Aaron Holiday, Bryce Alford, Thomas Welsh and Isaac Hamilton, the Bruins rank No. 2 in Division 1 basketball in offense at 93.9 points per game. They are one of many bluebloods with a chance to make the Final Four, and the college version of “Showtime” sure could make the Big Dance fun to watch.
Stop what you’re doing and watch Malik Monk destroy the universe with this dunk till the end of time. pic.twitter.com/MWfJAjbimZ— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 22, 2016
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Markelle Fultz Lit Up The NCAA In Non-Conference Play. @MarkelleF Is Ready For The Pac-12! ?? Blessing – @BallerVisions pic.twitter.com/xVJymnhJHw — ReBORN HD Highlights (@ReBornHDTV) December 28, 2016