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Andrew Wiggins to Kansas was the best option for college hoops fans

May 14, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

Big 12 Media Day Basketball AP

Last month, after Russ Smith, Doug McDermott and CJ Fair announced their intentions to return to school for their senior seasons, I penned a column about just how great the 2013-2014 college basketball season is shaping up to be.

You can read it here.

Everything that I wrote in that post remains true today with the exception of one nugget. Kentucky is going to be the best team in the country, once again, but they’ll be challenged for supremacy in the Commonwealth by a Louisville team with the talent to repeat as champs. Michigan State is going to be up there, as well, but Michigan and Ohio State have their sights sets on bringing home the Big Ten title. The new Big East should be awesome, especially with Dougie McBuckets back in the fold, while UConn and Memphis should have enough pieces to challenge Louisville in the AAC. Syracuse will turn the ACC into a three-team race, alongside Duke and UNC, while Oklahoma State should have the horses to contend with Kansas in the Big 12.

And there lies the difference.

Kansas landed Andrew Wiggins on Tuesday afternoon, meaning that the Jayhawks are undoubtedly the favorite to win the Big 12. They will also be a favorite to make the Final Four and a legitimate contender to win the National Title.

And that is what Wiggins picking Kansas was the best decision he could have made from a college hoops perspective.

Wiggins was never going to North Carolina, so we’ll leave them out of the discussion for now. If he had ended up at Florida State, he would have toiled away in relative anonymity, playing for a team that he would’ve made good enough to potentially sneak into the second weekend of the NCAA tournament. At Kentucky, he would’ve starred for a team that already has too many stars, turning the college basketball season into a year-long race for an undefeated season.

But at Kansas, Wiggins not only makes one of the best fanbases, one of the top programs, and arguably the best head coach in the country a title contender, he allows everyone else — Louisville, Michigan State, Duke, Florida, Arizona — to keep their names in title contention.

That’s not to Kentucky would have waltzed their way to an undefeated season and a national title, but it would have been their title to lose, much in the way it was heading into the 2012 NCAA tournament.

But with Wiggins at Kansas, it means that this year’s national title picture will be as wide open as last year’s.

The only difference?

Last year, the title race was wide-open because there wasn’t a dominant team in the country. This season, the race is wide-open because their is a dominant team — Kentucky — but there may be ten schools that have enough talent to truly challenge the Wildcats.

So yeah, the 2013-2014 season is going to be awesome.

Is it November yet?

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. senorpapino - May 14, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    How about we see Kentucky play a game before calling them a dominant team and the clear cut favorite? Of the four years of Cal at Kentucky, they only won it all when they had the #1 and #2 overall picks in the draft (clearly will not be the case in 2014 with Wiggins, Parker, and Smart all going ahead of any UK player). Let’s see if they are even the best team in their own state.

    • ukcatsfan - May 15, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      I agree 100% with your statement of seeing them play before we crown them. I do think they are going to be very good…..but let’s make them earn something first!

  2. barkleyblows - May 14, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Wonder how much self and KU spent on this recruiting class.


  3. imforbigblue - May 15, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    UK haters are funny. UK by far is better than UL easy and will show it. UK is 9 deep and every player was a top 25 player and there bench will be better than most teams starters. UK never needed Wiggins to be great like KU or FSU needed him we are still better than KU hands down. Wiggins is way over hyped am I the only one who watched him get out played in the Jordan game by UK players and the McDonald’s game? If he don’t score 20 Plus ever game and win player of the year he’s nothing more than shabazz from UCLA all talk

  4. bigmeechy74 - May 15, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Robert Morris

  5. imforbigblue - May 15, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Yeah when UK plays Robert Morris again this year and wins by 40 what will be your bullshit line?

  6. joelcollins2 - May 22, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Reblogged this on JCKC Sports.

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