Southeastern Conference Television analyst Joe Dean Jr., who was an assistant coach at Kentucky under Joe Hall, admitted going into last season that he thought a case could be made that Kentucky might be only the fifth best team in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division. Of course, the Wildcats went on to win the SEC tournament and advance to the Final Four, something Dean says many friends who are his friends didn’t let him forget.
“I may never live that down, but going into last season, and even for part of the season, Kentucky just did not look like a Final Four team,” Dean said. “This year, it’s not that way.”
Dean shared these insights on Kentucky, which plays Kansas on Tuesday night in New York:
Question: What do you see for Kentucky this year in the Southeastern Conference?
Dean: “Obviously it’s late October and lot to be determined by the new players, but John Calipari’s track record tells us he is pretty good at bringing in new players and getting a lot of good performance out of them. I¿have them picked as the No. 1 team in the SEC without a doubt. With Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller back, and they are all really, really good players and good leaders, they will be good. If the new guys perform the way I think, they will be very good.