Athlon Magazine, which features Peyton Siva on this season’s cover, picked the University of Louisville basketball team to finish 10th in the Big East Conference and to do no better than the National Invitation Tournament during the upcoming season.
But that was before the following occurred, in no particular order:
- Justin Coleman declared ineligible.
- Robert Sallie, an expected transfer from Memphis, failed to enroll.
- Gorgui Dieng declared ineligible by the NCAA clearinghouse.
- Russ Smith out eight to 12 weeks with an ankle injury.
- Jared Swopshire out for six weeks with a sports hernia injury.
One has to wonder how much confidence the Athlon scribes would have today in their original predictions.