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Jeff Goodman Picks Louisville To Be Number 1
June 19, 2012By Jon Hancock of KentuckySports.co
The basketball analysts at CBSSports.com each picked a different team to be preseason number 1, Gary Parrish picked Kentucky, Norlander picked Indiana. Mr. Jeff Goodman picked Louisville to be the number one team in the nation. Goodman wasn't Cardinal fans favorite person last season due to continuously belittling their team, but Card fans may have a change of heart after they read Goodman's latest article.
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No disrespect to John Calipari or Tom Crean, but that's why the Louisville Cardinals enter the 2012-13 college basketball season as numero uno.
Pitino will be 60 years old when the season begins. He'll also have more than 600 career D-I victories under his belt, a half-dozen Final Four appearances and one national title.
He'll have a point guard in Peyton Siva that has three years of experience -- including the last two as a starter. He'll have a pair of talented wings that no one truly saw last season: Wayne Blackshear was a heralded freshman who was coming off two shoulder injuries and didn't make his college debut until mid-February; and Luke Hancock will vie for a starting spot after sitting out a year ago following a transfer from George Mason.
Pitino has a big-time duo up front. The ever-improving Gorgui Dieng, who nearly averaged a double-double as a sophomore and is one of the most intimidating shot-blockers in the nation, to go along with undersized but strong power forward Chane Behanan, who grabbed 7.5 boards per game as a frosh a year ago.
The starting lineup isn't the only place where Louisville holds the advantage over both Kentucky and Indiana.