The 2012-13 season is still a few months away. However, the guess here is that the Cats will not be able to improve upon last season’s performance, which saw losses to hated rival Indiana (which didn’t even make it past the Sweet 16 lol) and Vanderbilt (which is more known for its academics than athletics). To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:
*Shout At The Devil: Recruiting service MaxPreps released its updated rankings for the class of 2013 this week. At this moment, the top 3 players are Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Julius Randle. Kentucky is reportedly the leader for all three of those players. Also, there is a chance that Andrew Wiggins could reclassify to the class of 2013, and if he does, he will likely be the top ranked player in the class. UK also leads for him. In other words, there is a chance — a good chance — that Kentucky will land the top 4 players in the 2013 class. This, of course, begs the question: Has John Calipari gotten lazy? The players he is bringing in possess so much talent and raw ability that they require almost no coaching. Compare Cal’s approach to that of Rick Pitino at Louisville, for example. Pitino continues to shrewdly sign players who are unranked, unknown, and unskilled. That way, when they manage to step on the floor without falling down, Pitino is lauded as a “great coach” and “master motivator” and “skillful developer of talent.” In fact, the former UK coach has positioned himself and his program in such a way that he is said to have “outcoached” John Calipari (h/t Kent Spencer) in the last 4 meetings between the two even though Calipari has won all 4 games, none of which have been particularly close. Until Calipari starts recruiting terrible players, he will always be perceived as someone who is scared to take recruits and “coach ‘em up.” In the meantime, he continues to take the path of least resistance.
*Same Ol’ Situation: Much ado has been made about the fact that Anthony Davis is a member of the U.S. Men’s Olympic team. However, this doesn’t appear to be anything worth bragging about. In a game vs. Lithuania last Saturday, the U.S. team needed a desperate 4th quarter comeback to fend off the Lithuanians, and then on Monday, the Americans only led by a single point at halftime. In other words, Anthony Davis doesn’t seem to be making much of a difference and his team isn’t really all that good. Perhaps had he worked on his game a little more diligently when he was at UK, or had he been developed by John Calipari and company during his time in Lexington, the U.S. wouldn’t be having so many close calls. And not to add insult to injury for the many anti-Duke/pro-Kentucky partisans out there, but it should be recalled that the 1992 Olympic team featuring Kentucky-killer Christin Laettner had no such close calls. Coincidence? (Hint: No.)
*Don’t Go Away mad (Just Go Away): It was recently announced* that the best team in college basketball last season was North Carolina. Though this is sure to cause some consternation among Big Blue Faithful, facts are facts. Yes, Kentucky won the head to head matchup against the Tar Heels, but that was only due to the fact that UNC missed a staggering 35 field goal attempts and 3 free throw attempts. Had any of those shots found the mark, UK gets beat. And yes, North Carolina lost to Kansas in the NCAA Tournament (the same KU team that UK beat for the “championship”), but that game didn’t count because North Carolina had a player hurt. So while Kentucky fans will attempt to find solace in trinkets such as hats, t-shirts, rings and official record books, the experts** have spoken. North Carolina was the best team last year.
*By Doug Gottlieb
* On this date: On this date in 2008, Kentucky didn’t have any players in the Olympics.
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