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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.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2011 2:22 am

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.

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2011 2:04 am

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

Do you really believe the crap you just wrote?  UK is by far the better team.  Better defenders, better shooters, better athletes, better TEAM players and have a better coach.  Louisville will always be the little sister.  Keep believing that a broken finger caused your loss.  Keep playing weak schedules and it will continue to prepare you to play weak.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2011 1:37 am

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

I'm really surprised by the number of posts from Cards fans making excuses for their defeat today.  As Traitor Rick pointed out, Kentucky was clearly the better team and IMHO would have beaten most teams in the country today.  I know that is painful for Louisville fans to swallow, but is the reason for Kentucky fans excitement.  What Parrish observed in his column was something of an epiphany for the Big Blue Nation as well - this team realistically has a chance to go even farther than last year's deeper, more talented squad.  Not saying that it will happen, just pointing out that now we can actually see it as feasible.  Louisville fans should hope that Benedict Pitino spends more time recruiting and coaching, and less time in Italian restaurants.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 11:08 pm

UK can shoot its way to Final Four


Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 11:03 pm

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

Well put .Loserville fans have complained about the sun in their eyes. their mom was calling them or they had a hangnail on their thumb. sore losers bad players bad coaching Chicken Chokers at the Poultry Palace

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2010 10:39 pm

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

Enes Kanter is not, nor will ever be a Kentucky player.  I agree with your other points, but UK fans need to stop pointing to the fact that Kanter is not playing.  Move on. 

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2010 10:18 pm

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

Well I ain't ready to put them in the final four but to say UL was without their 2nd Guard who are you refering to because only Buckles and Swopshire were out. Neither one would have made more than a few points different in the game. U of L was dominated so thoroughly and it wouldn't have mattered who played.. I think Gary's point was UK has the potential to make it to final four because NCAA tournament is guard dominated and our guards get buckets! He didn't declare us the favorite to win just said it's possible. But this years team is less talented but doesn't necessarily mean they are worse.  I think by March UL will be on the bubble and maybe even in the NIT. You can't play high school teams and lose to Drexel. UL will have 1 quality win all season vs UNLV. And by the way only reason people heard of Drexel was because UK beat them last year for their 2000th win! 88-44. So to say you will go further in March is absurd

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2010 9:39 pm

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

Ha, ha!  What about all these Loserville fans making excuses about injuries to their team.  Kentucky is playing without their best player (Enes Kanter)!  We lost 5 players to the first round of the NBA last season, remember?  You were beat today by a team with more heart, more effort, more teamwork, more talent, better coaching and MUCH better tradition!  You guys sound pathetic bringing up injuries, so just stop!  Ha, ha!

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 9:21 pm
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Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2010 9:05 pm

UK can shoot its way to Final Four

Like your thinking, but still too early to tell about NCAA Tournament. Lot of games to be played, and seeding will have to help some. I don't quite think they are there yet.

Go Big Blue

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