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UK can shoot its way to Final Four

Posted on: December 31, 2010 3:45 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 3:52 pm
 
Kentucky doesn't have five first-round picks on this team.

Three, probably.

But definitely not five.

So by that measuring stick this season's Kentucky team isn't nearly as talented as last season's Kentucky team, and yet I won't be surprised if this season's Kentucky team goes farther than last season's Kentucky team, which is to say all the way to the Final Four. They're young, sure, but they play with a unique level of maturity. Also:
  1. They're really athletic.
  2. They can really guard.
  3. They can really shoot.
(I like No. 3 the most.)

John Calipari has had four teams earn No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament.

They were:
  • UMass (1995-96)
  • Memphis (2005-06)
  • Memphis (2007-08)
  • Kentucky (2009-10)
Two of those teams made the Final Four (although both appearances were later vacated) and two did not, and the two that didn't lost in similar fashion, i.e., as favorites who couldn't make a gosh darn jumpshot. The 2005-06 Tigers shot 35 percent from 3-point range on the season and lost 50-45 to UCLA in the Elite Eight because they finished 2-of-17 from beyond the arc. The 2009-10 Wildcats shot 33 percent from 3-point range on the season and lost 73-66 to West Virginia in the Elite Eight because they finished 4-of-32 from beyond the arc. In other words, Calipari's two No. 1 seeds that lost in the Elite Eight lost because they shot just 12 percent on 3-pointers in Elite Eight games, which is both an astounding statistic and something I can't see happening to his latest dynamic team that looked great in Friday's 78-63 win at Louisville.

The Wildcats aren't the nation's best 3-point shooting team.

But they're in the top 20.

Kentucky is shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range as a team and has two guards -- Doron Lamb (54.9 percent) and Darius Miller (47.4 percent) -- making about 50 percent of their 3-point attempts; Brandon Knight (38.3 percent) and DeAndre Liggins (36.1 percent) provide two more capable shotmakers. So is this the type of team that's going to miss 88 percent of its 3-point attempts in an important game? No, I don't think it is. And that's why it might be wise to call the Wildcats the SEC favorite and add them to the list of serious Final Four candidates.

They won't have five first first-round draft picks like last season's team.

I assure you of that.

But the less-talented Wildcats might be good enough to play for a national title, regardless.
Comments

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2011 1:52 pm
 

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

First off, who did "Traitor Rick" betray?  Don't say UK, because he did his job there, did you forget 1996?  UK fans treat him like the ex-girlfriend they want to get back with that's sleeping with their best friend so they bash her instead.  It's been 13 years, get over it.  He's been at UL longer than he was at UK.
Secondly, UK is good, but let's not kid ourselves, UL is not that good.  Against mid-major teams without a strong inside presence they will win, but against solid D1 schools with a center, they will lose.  UK will run through the SEC like a hot knife through butter.  The SEC is no better a basketball conference than the Big East was a football conference this year.  When they meet a team with poise and resilience they will lose again, i.e. WVU.
Lastly, Parrish rides Cal's jock worse than UK fans ride their success from the 40's and 50's.  So let's not give him too much credit on being "in the know".  
In modern day RELEVANT basketball history, Duke, UNC, Michigan State, and Uconn are the powerhouses in NCAA men's basketball.  Sorry UK, but the facts are the facts.


The only "fact" I can see in your entire post is the following:

It's been 13 years, get over it.  He's been at UL longer than he was at UK.

I will agree to the factual basis of this statement.

The rest of your post is all opinion and conjecture, with a liberal dose of slander stirred in.  I'll take a pass on that concoction.

You sir are full of yourself and male bovine feces.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2011 1:40 pm
 

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

fairmindedfan,
First of all, you should change your ID since you clearly have difficulty being objective. To speak of UK fans riding their success in the 40's and 50's is just plain ignorant.  Yes, Kentucky did win more games in those decades than any other team, but UK also had the second most wins in the 30's and 90's, fifth most in the 60's and 70's, and were top ten in the 80's and 2000's.  No other program is even close to that kind of domination over eight different decades.  To use your words, sorry but the facts are the facts.
Pitino will forever be deemed a traitor by true UK fans for returning to college coaching at an arch-rival.  A similar analogy would be if Bear Bryant had left Alabama for the NFL and returned to Auburn.  Rick did nothing illegal or immoral by doing so and he was exercising his right to work wherever he wanted - nevertheless, it was insensitive and as it turns out, a questionable decision by UL.  Another illustration would be that Muslims have every right to build a mosque at ground-zero, but I have every right to think them uncaring and inappropriate for doing so.



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2011 1:03 pm
 

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

Favorite by who?  Outside of the bluegrass state very few people knew this game was even being played.  Keep dreaming



Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2011 1:01 pm
 

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

Gary Parrish---look at the last play of the game yesterday--did you witness the flagrant, suspension- worthy foul from that classless Jennings? This needs to be addressed by both U of L AND the NCAA!




Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2011 11:52 am
 

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

IF YOU GET SICK READING THIS, YOU MUST HAVE SPENT LAST NIGHT IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER WATCHING YOUR TERRIBLE CARDS TRY TO KEEP UP WITH THE  HOT SHOOTING CATS, GO TO SLEEP AND DREAM. MY ADVICE IS NOT TO READ THINGS THAT MAKE YOU SICK



Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2011 11:51 am
 

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

fairmindedfan.....My last comment was to you.



Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2011 11:41 am
 

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

Sorry you are so bitter.  Thought about calling you a name, but I'm better than your rambling.



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2011 10:35 am
 

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

Really jestep123?  You're gonna bring up losses from a few years ago?  How does that have any relevance to this years team?  We had a different coach and different players.  You're ignorant for even bringing this up.  Probably the most irrelevant post I have read in a long time.  Get a life douche bag.



Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2011 10:24 am
 

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

Come on Patty, his name is Enes Kanter.  If you are a true UK fan you would know that. 




Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2011 2:36 am
 

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

Can Loserville just do themselves, their fans and everyone else a favor, and admit they are nothing more than a little brother, and a bastard little brother at that, who tries and tries to be a real member of the family, but will never be anything more than second-rate?  Loser university, loser city, loser fans, loser name for an arena, loser coach....you will never matter to 98% of the state, and the 2% you DO matter to, the rest of the state doesn't claim anyway.  Enjoy the rest of your season, including the week in and two weeks out of the Top 25, and the secodn-round exit from the dance.  You suck.


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