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Grantland’s “The Terrible Truth About Kentucky”


Grantland.com and its lengthy articles and Subway advertisements has a new piece up about your Cats — and it’s worth a read. Shane Ryan debunks the three myths that surround John Calipari and Kentucky basketball: (1) Freshman can’t win (2) Kentucky can’t shoot (3) Cal is dirty.

Here’s what Ryan says about myth #1:

1. Freshmen can’t win a title
Yes, most title teams are senior- and junior-heavy. But Calipari’s formula of recruiting five-star prospects who are likely to leave early looks less and less vulnerable all the time. Two years ago, the Wall-Cousins-Bledsoe team lost the fluky West Virginia game and were denied the Final Four. Last year, a less talented squad made a trip to the Final Four before running into the Kemba Walker juggernaut. This year, the road losses and shooting woes experienced by those teams are nowhere to be found, and the overall talent is as great as it’s ever been. Anything can happen in March, but who would bet against this team taking Calipari to the next level — the championship game or the title itself?

Read about 2 and 3 over at the site.

Grantland: “The Terrible Truth About Kentucky”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 responses to “Grantland’s “The Terrible Truth About Kentucky””

  1. Holmes Hall Alumni

    Nice to see a little perspective from the media.

    Sure, we didn’t win it all the last 2 years – but do you think anyone was hope’n to see UK in their bracket? Hell NO.

  2. Maxwell

    I’m going to cry like a baby if/when we win #8. It’s gotta be this year. How can we have a better team than this going into March?

  3. Raazoul

    Grantland also has a good article called “Power Rankings”. Of course we are on top of the list, but the guy has a funny idea that our players should do a music video to remember this fantastic year. He thinks we should remake the “Bone Thugs N Harmony” video! LOL

  4. AMIRITE

    HAHA THEY COVERED THIS OVER AT AMIRITEGUYS.COM ! LOL

  5. Larry T Clemons

    I just want ONE MORE CHAMPIONSHIP THAN UCLA, that’s all…Go Big Blue. Gallery721.com

  6. ATLCat

    It’s funny because the guy that wrote this used to write on a blog that talked mainly about UNC & Duke

  7. Blue-Haze

    Where was this program before coach Cal took over……it has been unbelievable !! There is a lot of jealously among coaches. And media. Let’s enjoy the Wildcat Ride !!! Ain’t seen nothing any better.

  8. thenameobdigity

    Who had a younger starting 5 last year…. UK or UConn? Yeah UConn. Get off me

  9. MemphisCat

    Good article, and seems to be very truthful. Please ignore the Troll’s with the bait.

  10. kybigblue
  11. Scrapinfificat

    Love the last line ~ T-shirt worthy.
    “Experience matters because it brings composure, but by now we know the terrible truth about Kentucky: They don’t scare.”

  12. Dash

    He also said it made him feel good when he read the lies so it’s not all good from him.