Well, this won’t take any pressure off No. 1 Kentucky.
Former Wooden Award winner and NBA superstar Anthony Davis, who led the Wildcats to the 2011-12 national title, guaranteed a Kentucky NCAA championship in 2015 during an interview that was released by Red Bull on Monday.
He even leaned toward the camera for emphasis.
“The team that will win the NCAA tournament in 2015 … the one and only best team in the world, University of Kentucky Wildcats,” Davis said. “That’s a guarantee. Kentucky Wildcats, bleed blue.”
With its struggles in matchups against Ole Miss and at Texas A&M, No. 1 Kentucky hasn’t exactly looked invincible in recent weeks. Per ESPN Stats & Info, the Wildcats have shot just 33.9 percent from inside the arc since Christmas, the worst 2-point field goal percentage in America. They even lost their unanimous hold on the No. 1 slot in the latest Associated Press Top 25.
During this week’s SEC media teleconference on Monday, John Calipari admitted that his team has some things to address and questioned if it had lost its “swagger.”
Davis isn’t concerned, it seems.
He even suggested that this season’s undefeated Wildcats, a team featuring nine McDonald’s All-Americans, could compete with his Kentucky squad. Davis’ squad featured four first-round draft picks in that summer’s NBA draft.
“This team right here is a great team,” Davis said. “They’re an unbelievable team. Great defense. It’d be a tough matchup.”