Dick Vitale says Kentucky still No. 1

My column this morning argues that the return of Russ Smith puts Louisville right there with Kentucky in the debate who will be the pre-season No. 1 college basketball team next season.

Dick Vitale isn’t buying it. The Hall of Famer tells Rick Bozich of WDRB that there is no question which is the better team heading into 2013-14.

“With Russ Smith coming back, without question Louisville starts next season as a top five team,” Vitale told Bozich. “But Kentucky is Number One.”

Vitale’s reasoning. He says that the edition of Andrew and Aaron Harrison makes the Kentucky backcourt superior to Louisville’s backcourt. Bozich disagrees.

“Sorry, Dick,” he writes. “The Harrison twins are terrific. But they won’t be better than Russ Smith – and the guard that Rick Pitino decides to pair with Smith in the backcourt, no matter if it is Ware or one of three recruits – Chris Jones, Terry Rozier or Anton Gill.”

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