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UK looks like the sport's only trustworthy team

Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:43 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 6:49 pm
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By Gary Parrish

Kentucky played another basketball game and killed another basketball team on Saturday.

This time the victim was LSU.

And it's starting to look like the Wildcats are the lone trustworthy thing in the sport.

Sure, John Calipari will continue to question his team and build others up because that's what he does. But there's no denying that the third-year Kentucky coach doesn't just have the nation's most talented roster. He's also got the country's top team. And the Wildcats are playing like it. And they're just a wild 3-pointer away from sitting here in late January with a 22-0 record.

Think about that.

If Christian Watford's buzzer-beater doesn't swish, Kentucky is undefeated.

Nobody else is literally one shot away from perfection.

Syracuse was handled at Notre Dame. Ohio State was handled at Illinois. Missouri was handled at Oklahoma State. North Carolina was handled at UNLV (and destroyed at Florida State). Baylor was handled at home by Missouri. Kansas was handled at Iowa State. Duke was handled at Temple. Georgetown was handled at Pittsburgh. Michigan State was handled at Northwestern and Michigan. And I just listed everybody else in the top 10 of the latest AP poll. Put another way, seven (Syracuse, Ohio State, Missouri, Kansas, Duke, Georgetown and Michigan State) of the nine schools not named Kentucky that are ranked in the top 10 have lost to a currently unranked opponent, and the other two have either lost at home (Baylor to Missouri) or been routed (North Carolina at FSU).

Meantime, the Wildcats are rolling.

I'm not saying they'll finish the regular season with one loss.

But they sure look like they could, don't they?
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Comments

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:19 pm
 

UK looks like the sport's only trustworthy team

good for you i post when i can and happened to be on travel this weekend spending more time in airports and hotels than home with my wife.. so time was permissive to be on a message board for a bit. lax and atl are horrible airports in regards to delays so it is what it is. enjoy your day and enjoy not having to work all weekend



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:51 pm
 

UK looks like the sport's only trustworthy team

ok fine.. ku was at full strength and the same team they are now ... whatever makes you feel warm inside .. look at the statistics.. also look at the difference between ku at home and then everywhere else this season..
Dude, I didnt say KU was at full strength. But dont say UK was either. Their pg was a senior, ours was a freshman. And it can go deeper than just those two.

I read an article, then I read the comments. I might post a comment, and i might relpy to one. What I wont do is argue all through the night, get up the next morning, get back on, and try to argue again.

The fact that you have tells me that there is no reason to make this my first time. No matter what i wont win. Even though, I dont understand what there is to be won. Or what the point would be.

I'm gonna move along now. Enjoy the rest of your day, even if it consist of worrying about UK.




Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:31 pm
 

UK looks like the sport's only trustworthy team

I like the unbalanced schedule. Keeps the team on their toes. Many times this year 1st half struggles with lesser teams show that we underestimated them coming in. The fact that we are winning those games, along with the gritty close games, shows this team is far better prepared than last years final four team that lost 6 close road games against lesser teams.

At this point in the season I couldnt be happier. 4 freshmen, 2 sophomores, and 1 senior have 1 loss on the road by one point. I find them to be very trustworthy. I trust atleast 4 of 7 players are going for double digits. I trust 2 players will atleast have 6 blocks between them. I trust we will score and I trust we will defend to the point that we wont get embarassed by anyone.

So, if Parrish wants to say we are the most trustworthy team I'm not going to argue. Some, not all, Syracuse fans have shown that they dont fully trust that their team can hold it down now that Melo is out. And thats okay. I trust that he will be back and Syracuse will be a #1 seed. So why should one be worried that Gary Parrish doesnt trust Syracuse.

Everything will play out. When, and if, UK and SU meet, I fully trust that UK will be ready. Its barely past the half way point and by that time both teams will have played a tough schedule. UK will have the experience. It wont just be SU's depth vs UK's talent, it will be SU's battle tested depth vs UK's battle tested talent.

And I trust UK.





Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:02 pm
 

UK looks like the sport's only trustworthy team

ok fine.. ku was at full strength and the same team they are now ... whatever makes you feel warm inside .. look at the statistics.. also look at the difference between ku at home and then everywhere else this season..



Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:40 am
 

UK looks like the sport's only trustworthy team

a few tough games a whole lotta fluff and thats it. you beat unc , louisville at home and kansas (before they got their act together) on neutral ground.
when we beat kansas, 4 of the 7 players we play were playing their 2nd college basketball game ever. in MSG on national t.v.

looked like they got their act together real quick




Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:27 am
 

UK looks like the sport's only trustworthy team

here is the statistical lowdown on schedules.. uk has beaten : unc (6) ku(7) louisville (29) alabama(36) arkansas (59) loyola md(74) at home or neutral sites as their best wins with a loss to (25) indiana on the road. thats 6-1 against the rpi top 100. uk then has 9 wins over rpi 101 to 200 teams and the rest are against rpi 200 plus teams. the best road win uk has was of recent vs lsu and then vs a gritty yet underperforming ut squad. su has beaten marquette(10) florida (17) wvu(18) seton hall (31) nc state(60) bucknell (67) marshall (68) pitt( 81) va tech (83) stanford(84) nova(93) and cincy (100) .. and then lost to notre dame (82) . cuses best road win is nc state. they also have three top 100 rpi road wins and five neutral/road rpi 100 wins s uk having 2. su is 13 -1 against the rpi top 100. su then has 8 rpi 101 through 200 wins and 3 200 plus. the numbers dont lie. i dont see how anyone says uk has a tougher schedule end to end. its much easier to prep for a few tough games than a large amount of competitive ones. with that said uk wa smart.. challenege the young team but also let them play an easier overall non conf slate to help them gel.. just wise planning. scheduling aside these are two very good teams. i think the scheduling toughness issue had been put to rest.



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:06 am
 

UK looks like the sport's only trustworthy team

mutant there you go again.. you have nothing but your unproven opinion.. its not nuff said because you typed it... prove it.. numerically.. or pipe down.. thats nuff said. - thank you come again sometime



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:03 am
 

UK looks like the sport's only trustworthy team

swagg read your uk pals posts that make sense and are logical. uk is not goliath to cuses david. melo, joseph, waiters are all future nba talents. cj fair will be as well. they might not be ready today but the talent is there. cuse guys kill you because they wont acknowledge uk is much better .. last i knew basketball was a team game. just ask the knicks. take it easy on the sugar and read the schedules and look at the rpi. cuses schedule is rock solid .. not top heavy (which means nothing) or full of fluff . uk has some top 10 wins and a lot of low end rpi wins.. therefore there is no argument to who has a more balanced competitive schedule. all that aside both teams are close in talent level when you factor in experience and the impact of a top player getting in foul trouble. cuse has another future nba guard in mcw who doesnt play much as he is the 4th guard. good luck to you when you start playing florida and vandy on the road.. it will be a good measuring stick for a young talented team.



Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:51 am
 

UK looks like the sport's only trustworthy team

For all the fans who like stats here is a few to chew on to compare UK vs SU.  These are from the NCAA site thru 1-26-12. 


Rebound margin=UK-10 SU outside top 50  Scoring defense=UK-18 SU-37  FG% defense=UK-1 SU-16  
Personal fouls per game=UK-17 SU-19  FG%=UK-20 SU-31  Scoring offense=UK-T20 SU-24  Blocks=UK-1 SU-3  3PT Defense=both out of top 50  Scoring margin=UK-2 SU-5  Steals=UK-out of top 50 SU-1

 So these teams are close in alot of stats and it would be a great match-up. Hope we get to see it and settle things on the hardwood. Uk's man up defense gives them a edge on a nuetral floor IMO.    



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:20 am
 

UK looks like the sport's only trustworthy team

You Cuse guys kill me.Syracuse has what maybe two NBA prospects and they're late first to second round guys?On a team thats suppose to be so deep thats just scary i tell ya.Kentucky has 5 guys projected first round and four of um bein in the lottery.Talent,Talent,Talent thats what UK has over Cuse.Cuse may have this depth i keep hearin about but where was that depth @ ND?If you lose one key piece, if your as deep as cuse, why should it matter?OH and they really took it to WV today @ HOME.If the refs would of showed up to work today that game would of went to OT and who knows what might of happened. They dont have NO WHERE NEAR THE TALENT UK has and if you believe it you need to quit watchin basketball and find a new sport to pretend you know about.The schedules between the two is out the door as you can make argument about that from both sides.But as far as who's the better team well theres no need to argue that one.......Go Big Blue Baby!!


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