UConn: I have no idea how good Rudy Gay is, but Charlie Villanueva seems poised to explode this year. The frontcourt rotation of Villanueva, Josh Boone, Ed Nelson, and Hilton Armstrong should be the nation’s best.
Kentucky: Relying on Rajon Rondo, Joe Crawford, and Randolph Morris makes Kentucky this pre-season’s biggest mystery team. Chuck Hayes will likely remain the nation’s finest role player while Patrick Sparks and Kelenna Azubuike try to limit the pressure on the freshman guards. Competition for the rest of the spots in the rotation is wide open. If one or two of candidates demonstrates a particular, exploitable skill, Tubby Smith will have another outstanding and dangerous team.