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Frankly, I think tonight's game & this season as a whole were the best thing that could have ever happened to several guys on Kentucky's roster.
Sometimes in basketball and in life, you need to suffer a setback in order to move forward and I think for both John Calipari and several players, this season was a very humbling experience.
I think on the heels of last season's national championship, the ESPN All-Access and maybe a couple guys playing with one foot already out the door, this team just got poisoned.
Maybe tonight's loss can plant the seed for change in some of these guys and build the foundation for next season.
Totally agree... and for all the rivals that are laughing tonight, they will not be next year when we have 8-10 NBA players on our roster.
Yeah, being humbled is always a significant life experience. Not sure it's the best for everyone involved because we haven't seen them respond yet and that is the most important thing.
Next year's team will be the best come tourney time. I hope preseason they're mistreated and picked 100th to motivate.
Because of Cal's success reloading the 2010 team and making the Final Four in 2011, I just think the expectations for this team just got completely out of wack.
It's no coincidence that Florida (2008), North Carolina (2010) and UK (2013) all went to the NIT in years after basically having to replace an entire roster.
Chris I felt uneasy after the blue white game..I was stunned at how bad harrow looked..Poythress is a kid who needs time...Archie will have to change his approach if he comes back
Chris, I dont think it was the best thing that could have happend, I love UK to much to say that. However I do agree that this should be a huge learning exp for every player on this team and for Cal.
Who ever does come back has this yr to teach them one big lesson. Team is Team and I is not in team.
UK has a huge chance on wed to add a big time player, cross our fingers.
Sometimes suffering is the only way you can really learn. Only way the lesson actually sticks.
A lot of lesson's this yr
In some ways, I think Calipari is a victim of his own success. And to be fair, he's helped perpetuate the whole one-and-done thing with his "best night in the history of the program" comment.
Although UK has had a lot of them, in all actuality, there are very few guys that are good enough to be one and done.
Expectations for this team and individual players, were out of wack from day one.
Chris I absolutely agree with everything you said. I think Cal got so much wind in his sails that he tried to play this season with a short roster and save rides for next year's mega class but he was faced with the reality that he can't just put 6 guys who were anointed to the NBA while HS juniors and win in big time college ball. So he pushed the envelope and failed, we can move on. What I really question is that he put too much criticism on players. It doesn't set well with me. What Cal says about a kid will follow him forever right or wrong. If this is a family then treat these guys like a family and take care of problems internally. Something struck me that Harrow said last night to the effect that he had no where to go. That may be true. Wiltjer may have screwed around too much last year and not conditioned enough but he is still a kid. I hope Cal can find a way to work with these guys to improve and not throw them on the trash heap because this year went south. That wouldn't reflect well on anyone. Their shortcomings certainly didn't help but this team's faults were far from one or two guys' fault. It was a system failure.
Yes it is going to be very ugly for some teams next year. They know who they are. Athletics like life simply comes down to ups and downs. Personally, this is really good for this program going forward in my opinion. Tough on Cal, don't like that, but a learning experience and one that future UK players will have beaten into their heads from the moment they step on campus.
Look, this works well for the basketball program long term and frankly it allowed for this as well.
It gave Mark Stoops the spotlight to start putting the foundation concrete and bricks into a football program that has been hibernating for the better part of almost 60 years. Just my opinion here, but
I anticipate a championship level mens and womens basketball program, meaning NCAA titles for both. A baseball team going to Omaha, Craigs bunch competing for a VB NCAA title and a football program on course to play in Atlanta down the road to go to a BCS bowl.
Really, can we ask for more. No, a small setback this year paves the way for great things for Cal and the guys next year and beyond. And it allowed us to visualize what can happen with the rest of our major sports.
Keep seeing this in threads, but Archie is the least of the problems from this year. Archie will compete just fine next year if he does return.
Somewhat a perfect storm for such a monumental step back, although we all anticipate the step back being very short-lived. I certainly agree with Chris that the humbling nature of this season should be a good lesson for the kids on the roster who will be returning.
I expect that this season will also result in Cal evolving somewhat as a coach (which is what great coaches do as the game changes). Cal is always going to be about getting the best talent, and that is generally the best recipe for success. But moving forward, I expect Cal may be more inclined to recruit a few kids who are not elite "one and done" types, but who are very good players who will be in the program for 3-4 years to provide experience and a steady hand when needed. The one and done types are what have elevated UK's program over the last few years, but the best two post-season runs (2011 and 2012) included experienced players who helped UK survive some of those tough games down the stretch. Next year may be an exception due to the crazy good recruiting haul UK will be bringing in, but in most years, UK will need 2-3 of the solid, experienced guys to play quality minute for UK to play at the level fans expect.
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