Have No Fear Big Blue Nation!
02/27/2014 10:43 AM
You know you like it Scottie…just enjoy the show!
Seriously! Don’t fear the “projected” #5 seed that Joe Lunardi of ESPN and Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com have for their “bracketology” Cats fans because all is definitely not lost. Dependent upon the outcome of the regular season and SEC tournament, the #17 Kentucky Wildcats still have plenty of time to climb the rankings and end up with a #4 seed or even possibly a #3 seed in the NCAA tournament. Even if UK ends up with a #5 seed there have been three #5 seeds to make the National Championship, Butler (2010), Florida (2000) and Indiana (2002). None of these teams won it all, but this shows that it is still possible to make it to the big game.
The hope for myself and probably most every UK fan is that the Cats climb to at least a #4 seed, with Arizona winning it all in the infamous Championship game against Kentucky in 1997. If UK were able to make it up to a #3 seed this would be ideal. There have been five National Champions to come from a #3 seed, most notably Connecticut (2011) having to beat a Kentucky team led by Brandon Knight and Josh Harrellson to advance to the Final Four, Florida (2006), Indiana (1981), Michigan (1989) and Syracuse (2003). Don’t forget just 3 years ago that 2010 UK team made an amazing run to the Final Four as a #4 seed, knocking down higher ranked teams on the way. That was a very memorable team because of their run in March, could we possibly see a repeat of that fairy-tale run this year?
On the negative side, the lowest W-L record of a Kentucky National Championship team was the 1958 team coached by legendary coach Adolph Rupp that beat Seattle to win it all. Their record was 23-6, while I know they played less games back then, to match this record the Cats basically can’t lose any more games the rest of the year and that seems highly unlikely.
I don’t want to spend anymore time on the negatives. This year’s squad is UBER talented and with the rest of the country still trying to find out who the “elite” teams are, UK could slip right past everyone to grab their 9th championship. Don’t forget that every year there are Cinderella teams and although the University of Kentucky basketball program is the most successful in history that doesn’t mean they can’t have a team of super talented freshman make a run. Just remember we are every other school’s Super Bowl, meaning even if they are a higher rated team, they can psych themselves out by “over-hyping” their game against the Cats. After seeing Andrew Harrison and James Young actually make their “clutch-time” free throws and the poise Julius Randle showed in making the game-winner Saturday, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH THIS TEAM!
…..Interesting side note the two Championships the school in Louisville (Lil’ bro) won in the 80’s they were a #2 seed. No reason to know that except to tell our “sister” school that they still need 5 more rings before they catch up to the Cats. It is worth noting that the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985 and made what we know today as “March Madness”.