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Dear Gary (on UK's inexperience)

Posted on: March 9, 2010 12:07 pm

Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: I'm not a Kentucky fan, but I'm definitely impressed with their talent/athleticism.  Every time I watch them, however, I also sense their inexperience.  I feel like I'm watching the Fab Five from Michigan circa '92-'93, and that they are one Chris Webber timeout away from ruining a chance at history?  Any thoughts?

-- Farrell

Sure, they're capable of screwing this up.

I think that's a fair assessment.

But they're 29-2 and, like you said, awfully talented. In fact, I'd argue that the Wildcats are slightly more talented than the Fab Five, which makes them a reasonable pick to win the national championship. You can also take Kansas or Syracuse, maybe even reach for Ohio State. But the teams with the best players are the teams that have been winning titles lately, and UK is the team with the best players this season.

We'll see how it goes.

It's going to be a fun few weeks.
Category: NCAAB

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2010 1:03 pm

Dear Gary (on UK's inexperience)

Dear Gary,
I am a Kentucky fan, and I was reading some articles on the net this morning getting ready for the game tonight. I could count on one hand the articles about this team that I've read this season that didn't slam the coach, the players, the fans, the history, and I no longer wonder why we are a paranoid and defensive lot. Attached is an article from the New Orleans Times Picayune from this morning. It's funny that the writer would go to such lengths to paint Kentucky in such a negative light, dragging up suppositions from sixty years ago, to remind the good citizens of New Orleans that Kentucky had a coach who people accused of being a racist. The fans of that team will fill the city and spend millions of dollars this weekend in their fair city, and they are shown this level of respect. Nice. I'm just sending it to you because I tried to find some info and a 2-yr old article came up in which you had made a joke about Rupp and race. This is why we can't laugh.

Cheryl Wright-Watkins

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2010 8:53 pm

Dear Gary (on UK's inexperience)

You are forgetting an important fact.  Coach Cal doesn't call a lot of time-outs.  We are sure to have one left for Boogie!!!!  WOO HOO!  Gotta love March!!!!!!!!

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2010 7:51 pm

Dear Gary (on UK's inexperience)

*not afraid to SIT anybody

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2010 7:50 pm

Dear Gary (on UK's inexperience)

I agree that UK is more talented than the Fab Five.  Only 3 of Ky's starters are freshmen, with one sophomore.  But the big difference maker is a junior - Patterson.  He won't get rattled at crunch time.  Wall has shown his ability to actually increase his accuracy during late game pressure.  As long as Cousins isn't in foul trouble, he seems to have grown much more mature in dealing with pressure.  Bledsoe is the real weakness when identifying the inexperience factor.  He tends to try to force things to happen, is very streaky, and if he isn't hitting his shots, it could cost UK a championship. 

One thing to note: Calipari seems to know when to leave guys in the game and when to go to the bench (Harris, Dodson, Liggins, Stephenson). He's not afraid to anybody. That will assist in overcoming some of the inexperience.

Love this time of year!

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2010 3:35 pm

Dear Gary (on UK's inexperience)

I think it's also fair to say that EXPERIENCED talent has been winning titles lately.  KU was more talented in 2007 before lottery pick Julian Wright moved on, but they couldn't win the title until 2008.  UK can certainly win it, but I'm still picking KU.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2010 1:29 pm

Dear Gary (on UK's inexperience)

It appears that the inexperience may be a blessing; however they may shoot their way to a NCAA title or shoot themselves in the foot by getting a match up in the regionals that will work against them.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2010 12:34 pm



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