UK coach John Calipari gave Lindy's basketball yearbook his picks for the 2012-13 college basketball season.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – I went to the grocery store looking for a snack, and I found a tastier five-course meal: The arrival of the first college basketball yearbook for the 2012-13 season.
Lindy's Sports won the fast-break to the magazine rack. I paid my $7.99 for the local edition, which features Gorgui Dieng of Louisville and Kyle Wiltjer of Kentucky on the cover – and touts U of L as the Number One team in America.
Time to share some Lindy's nuggets:
*Who does Kentucky coach John Calipari pick as the teams to beat this season?
Indiana and Louisville. Calipari inhaled and exhaled with mammoth expectations all winter last season. Why not let Tom Crean and Rick Pitino experience the same joys this winter?
"If I had a (pre-season) vote, I'd probably say 1-2 would be Indiana, Louisville," Calipari told Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com. "Their key guys are all back, and they were championship-level teams last year who happened to play Kentucky, maybe the best team in the last 10 years – and both had a chance to win their games against us."
*What did the Lindy's editors say about Calipari's selections? I'd already shared the news that U of L was ranked first, Indiana second and Kentucky fifth. But there's another local program with reason to schedule a Selection Sunday party: Murray State is ranked 25th.
*How highly are local players ranked at their positions?
Point guard – Peyton Siva of Louisville is third, behind Aaron Craft of Ohio State and Matthew Dellavedova of St. Mary's; Ryan Harrow of UK is 20th; Jordan Hulls of Indiana is unranked.
Shooting guard – Isaiah Canaan of Murray State is Number One; Wayne Blackshear of Louisville is ranked fifth; Archie Goodwin of Kentucky is mentioned as a freshman of note. Alex Poythress of UK, strangely, is not mentioned.
Small forward – Victor Oladipo of Indiana is ranked 19th, although Oladipo played more guard and ball-handler for IU last season; Luke Hancock of U of L is No. 24. The nation's top small forward? Doug McDermott of Creighton.
Power forward – Chane Behanan of U of L is ranked fourth, behind C.J. Leslie of North Carolina State; James Michael McAdoo of North Carolina and DeShaun Thomas of Ohio State. Indiana senior Christian Watford is ranked 11th. Wiltjer is three spots behind Watford.
Center – Cody Zeller of Indiana is ranked first, ahead of Tony Mitchell of North Texas and Jeff Withey of Kansas. Dieng sits fifth, one spot behind Mason Plumlee of Duke. Kentucky's Nerlens Noel is named as a freshman of note.
*Top backcourts: Louisville is ranked second, behind Missouri.
*Top frontcourts: UCLA leads the way, followed by Indiana (second), Kentucky (third) and Louisville (fourth).
*How do they handicap the conferences?
Louisville is the pick to top Syracuse and Pittsburgh in the Big East. Siva, Behanan and Blackshear are all named first-team all-league while Dieng in on the second team and Hancock the third.
That's right – five of the top 15 Big East players are on Rick Pitino's roster.
*Kentucky remains the team to beat in the SEC, ranked ahead of Florida and newcomer Missouri. Poythress and Noel are named first-team all-SEC while Wiltjer and Harrow are picked for the third team.
*Indiana is the pick to top Michigan and Ohio State in the Big Ten. Zeller is named first-team all-league with Watford and Oladipo sit on the third team.
*How do they rank the conferences?
Big Ten; 2. Big East; 3. ACC; 4. SEC; 5. Big 12; 6. Mountain West.
*Any word from Lindy's on women's basketball?
You bet. Louisville is ranked sixth nationally, one spot ahead of Kentucky.
UK guard A'dia Mathies is recognized as a second-team all-American while U of L guard Shoni Schimmel was picked for the third team.