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One night after KU gets nice road win, UK matches

Posted on: February 17, 2010 1:42 am
Edited on: February 17, 2010 1:52 am

John Calipari changed clothes, threw on some glasses and addressed the media.

He said what everybody was thinking.

"[Mississippi State] should've won the game," Calipari said. "We kind of reached out and grabbed one."

Yes, they did, and so the Kentucky Wildcats improved to 25-1 despite trailing by seven points with less than three minutes left in regulation. UK forced overtime thanks to Patrick Patterson's baseline jumper, then took advantage of the shorthanded Bulldogs -- not to mention a terrible non-call on what should've been a goaltending call -- and escaped Mississippi State with an 81-75 victory that pushed the Wildcats' league record to 10-1.

It was the type of game most teams lose but special teams win.

That's the simplest way to describe it.

And after watching Kansas and Kentucky similarly overcome late deficits on the road in consecutive nights, is there any denying the NCAA tournament title game should be KU vs. UK? As I've said since October, the Jayhawks and Wildcats are the two teams with the best players and highest ceilings, and now they're operating in that manner.

Kansas and Kentucky have a combined record of 50-2. Each has an All-American guard (Sherron Collins and John Wall) and center (Cole Aldrich and DeMarcus Cousins), plus complimentary players who would be stars anywhere else (Marcus Morris and Xavier Henry at Kansas; Patrick Patterson and Eric Bledsoe at Kentucky). Both are winning big at home, beating good teams on the road, and developing a swagger that has them on a collision course.

Predicted date of impact: April 5

Predicted site of impact: Lucas Oil Stadium.

Admittedly, Syracuse and Villanova will have something to say about this -- as will Purdue, Duke, Kansas State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan State, Georgetown and a handful of other teams. But if things go the way they should go, we're headed for Bill Self vs. John Calipari, for Sherron Collins vs. John Wall, for Cole Aldrich vs. DeMarcus Cousins, for a title game that would be more hyped than any in recent memory given the star power on the sidelines, on the court, and the tradition of the two schools.

So go ahead pencil KU deep into your bracket.

UK, too.

The past two nights have been convincing in that way.

And if you're still not convinced, you're just being stubborn.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Kansas, Kentucky

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2010 11:34 am

Now It's Two: Not "Three"

Just about a month ago, Gary had Kansas, Kentucky, and Texas in his top three. Pulling these teams out and saying they were the three only very good teams in the nation, leaving all others being simply good or less.

Now there's two? Would it only be due to the fact they both only lost one game? Let Kentucky play the same schedules as Purdue, Villanova, Syracuse, and Kansas, too.

Kansas has shown they're deserving to be where they are, being a team in the Big 12, where his third "top three" team Texas couldn't hold on. Texas might be and just as well be a better team than Kentucky. They only play tougher competition any given night.

It's completely wrong to be pulling a team like Kentucky out and making them look like they're something great. Truthfully, Gary, you cannot believe they're that great of a team witht he type of schedule they've had this season. The Wildcats played 10 preseason games against lower-quality conference teams and half of their ranked opponents have slipped from being top 25 teams.

They're on a simple path compared to any of the top 15 teams this season.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2010 11:56 pm

One night after KU gets nice road win, UK matches

Does your comment mean to imply that losing on the road to a ranked team is worse than losing to an unranked team?

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2010 5:18 pm

One night after KU gets nice road win, UK matches

"You are talking about the team that lost to an UNRANKED SEC opponent that was missing all but one of thier starters...  Surely Kansas couldn't get beaten by a Lowly SEC team"

Once again, untrue. Tennessee was ranked #16 at the time the game was played and is currently #20. If you're going to post, try being factual in your arguments...

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 2:08 pm

One night after KU gets nice road win, UK matches

"Only two things scare me, and one is nuclear war."

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:33 pm

One night after KU gets nice road win, UK matches

only two teams scare me in April. (Yes April, as in 3rd and 5th)
Alot of teams scare me. I have watched all the top teams and really haven't been overly impressed by any of them. I wouldnt be suprised if any of them won the tournament. But I also wouldn't be suprised to see any of them take a second round exit either. I agree with Grizzly, this year should be a wild and wide open NCAA tournament. I wouldn't be suprised the way the top teams are performing this late in the season if a hot 3rd - 6th seed team ends up cutting down the nets the first Monday in April.

Since: Feb 9, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2010 8:10 pm

One night after KU gets nice road win, UK matches

I won't put down UK.  As a KU fan, only two teams scare me in April. (Yes April, as in 3rd and 5th)
 Syracuse and UK.  Feel that these 3 have seperated from the pack for 3 distinct reasons, and all are different reasons for each team.  In no order of importance (cus they all are).  Cuse = best defense  UK = best talent  KU = best team ball.  I feel more confident in KU playin against the zone than talent.  I want Cuse before UK first in a title game, plus we have 03 as motivation for revenge.  The thing w/ UK though is Wall is due to not pull his team out at some point.  When he decides to go "NBA" on these college kids, he can and does completely take over.  He was brilliant to go to a sleazy sleazy calipari dribble drive offense, cus it's what he'll do next year.  By the way UK fans, you guys even have to admit Cal is a sleazeball.  He plays that "O" cus he knows 1 and dones especially guards will come to show their skills for the draft.  He has no interest in these kids, but to ride their talent for one year.  The beauty of D1 is team ball, not pick and roll.  Watch TNT if that's your gig.  Anyway, UK very good, but what's the answer when Wall falters???? Do you have one???? Or do you and your coach go Memphis 08 round 2???

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 7:03 pm

One night after KU gets nice road win, UK matches

So what you're saying is that because Kansas can't beat EVERY Top 25 team they play on the road, that they're now suddenly not that good?

I don't see why it makes a difference if the Big 12 is technically the best or second-best conference, because A) you're comparing 12 teams to 16 and B) it's still, at worst, the second best conference in the country.  So that 11-0 mark is still pretty damn impressive.

Kentucky's biggest wins are home games against Vandy and Tennessee, and their loss is to a 14-10 South Carolina team who lost to Wofford this year and whose second best win would be against who, Richmond?

Kansas has played nine teams in the RPI top 50 and went 8-1, including 4-1 on the road.  And Kentucky has played 4 teams in the RPI top 50 and went 4-0, with zero road games.  As you can see, your argument is completely invalid.

Kansas has beaten Kansas St, Temple, Texas, and Texas A&M on the road, plus Baylor, Cal, TTech, and Missouri at home.  Their one loss is on the road to an 18-6 team ranked 19th in the RPI.

Your move.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 5:59 pm

One night after KU gets nice road win, UK matches

I agree with u 100% Gary...I hope and pray it plays out and kentucky and kansas make it to the championship game cuz it would be the best game ever!!!! Good teams find ways to win and thats all i have to say about kentucky winning last night!!!!

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2010 5:56 pm

One night after KU gets nice road win, UK matches

wow, if im not mistaken, we beat the same tennessee team that u all could not beat by 11 pts....Ky still has games left that will be quality wins(if they get them) @ vandy, ten and then the sec tourny...kansas beat a suspect temple team and there best win other than that is kansas state..texas is overrated as well as the big 12....Gurantee ky could do the same as kansas in that conference if not better..I mean kansas played one sec team this year who was playing 4 non-scholar players and lost!!!!!! so how bout u jump of ur high horse and come to reality that kentucky is young and very talented and will only get better as the season goes on!!!!!

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2010 5:19 pm

Would have, Could have, Should have.....

We hear it every year, these two tems belong in the final and it will be the only two with a chance..... blah, blah, blah. I have watched the top teams all year and to be honest Kansas is the best with Kentucky, Purdue, Syracuse, and Villanova all even in the second pack. I honestly believe any of these teams can and will win the championship, however this year is sooo wide open compared to yeas past any number of 15 or 20 teams could win it.

This should really be the greatest year of March Madness in a long long time!

Grizz, Boiler-Up!

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