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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Bring. It. On.


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If you follow me on Twitter, and honestly why wouldn’t you (@BryantheIntern), you may have seen yesterday my point that there is no more overblown and overused argument in this fanbase than that of the “biased draw every year against Kentucky”.  I don’t need to break it down any further than this: UK makes the NCAA money.  All the NCAA cares about is money.  Therefore, they are not going to try and intentionally eliminate the Cats quicker than necessary.  Plus, the NCAA selection committee is made up of a group of individuals who have little to no connection to Calipari (besides our AD who isn’t in the room when UK is being discussed).  I recognize that Arizona is a tough match-up for us; probably a tougher match-up than Gonzaga or Wichita State would have been.  But that is completely because of Deandre Ayton.  And if you think the statement “let’s partner Arizona and Kentucky up because UK can’t defend Deandre Ayton” was said in the committee room, you are delusional.  The fact is that Arizona is actually no better, as a team, than Gonzaga or Wichita.  They are just a worse match-up for the Cats.

But all of that is not what I am hear to make a point about.  Here is my point: STOP BEING SO SCARED.  This constant complaining about our draw comes off as scared.  Scared to play any team of substance.  Scared to play any team that could challenge us.  Scared to actually lose.  Well guess what?  67 teams are going to lose over the next 3 weeks.  Only one team will finish the season on a 6-game winning streak.  So being scared to lose is fighting an almost certain losing battle.  Kentucky is likely to lose, let’s be honest.  So my question is why not make the games worth it?

In 2014, was it not more worth it to beat an undefeated Wichita State, Louisville, and Michigan on the way to the Final Four?  Would it have been as rewarding to beat Colorado, VCU, and Oklahoma State?  Of course not.  What made that run great was the great shots against great teams.  Kentucky has the draw to prove whether or not they are truly a great team.  Beating Arizona, Virginia, and Cincinnati would be a fantastic run — much more rewarding than begging for some weak draw.

Let’s also add the fact that a 5-seed is not owed anything.  One and two seeds deserve to have balance in their brackets.  When your season has been as up and down as Kentucky’s, even with how it finished, you don’t get to complain about anything.  Kentucky didn’t deserve to get the weakest 4-seed or the weakest 12-seed.  We have a lot of nerve thinking because we are Kentucky that were deserve anything.  We don’t deserve a great draw anymore than Gonzaga deserves a great draw this year.

So here is my message that I hope people jump on board with this weekend and hopefully beyond: BRING. IT. ON.  Bring on the best and toughest draw that can be thrown at us.  If we are truly a deserving Final Four contender, then it won’t matter.  And if we are not, then we’ll get beat Thursday or Saturday.  Bring on the best this country has to offer so that if we can bring our best to the table and are a deserving team, the run will be that much sweeter.  I don’t go into this tournament scared of anybody.  Just because we are Kentucky does not mean we deserve special treatment — it means I want to play and beat the best.

We’ll have to do that this season.  And I say BRING. IT. ON.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

32 responses to “BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Bring. It. On.”

  1. JTHinton

    Any final four run is very exciting and entertaining….whether it be vs UNC, Duke, and Kansas or Murray, Morehead, and Transylvania

  2. Keith Biggins

    “Let’s also add the fact that a 5-seed is not owed anything. One and two seeds deserve to have balance in their brackets.”

    UK was the highest 2 seed last year and how were they rewarded? Play a 30 win Wichita St team in the first weekend, UCLA in the Sweet 16 who had beaten them already that season, and UNC who went on to win the whole thing. I agree with “Bring It On” lets beat whoever they put in front of us, but UK never gets a break from the committee.

    1. rabblerabblerabble

      I think you’re making BTI’s point there, pal.

  3. 1IH

    BTI in a bubble your point would be more accurate to the situation but it’s not about our draw against ourselves it’s about other teams draws against our draw. The entire South Bracket is going to be a bloodbath. The winner of this region will either be steeped in the fire or destroyed by the previous battles.

    That is the overarching theme here, Michigan State & Kansas have cakewalks as usual comparatively speaking.

    1. cjmcgurk8

      Kansas, Duke, and Michigan State are all in the same region. I wouldn’t consider that a “cakewalk” for any of them. AND Auburn is the 4 seed

    2. Eazy

      Kansas has a cake walk the the elite 8 but it gets tough there. For us, our elite 8 game would actually be easier than our 32/16 round games. And I wish Auburn was our 4. They are done. Lost 4 of 5 and are totally depleted. Meanwhile, Arizona is one of the best teams in the country and one of the favorites to win it all. No comparison.

  4. macattack

    I’m with you on this. A.) we don’t deserve special consideration this year, and B.) I love the way this team is playing, but I’m still not sure we won’t throw out another clunker and have it all be over. I feel like if this team keeps playing the way we’ve been playing we can give Arizona and Va all they can handle, or even beat them, but we could lose to Davidson too. So I’ll echo BTI… Bring it on! I’ll put my team up against anybody else’s team.

    Separately, I think a lot of the “NCAA screws us” talk every year stems from UNC and Duke always getting favorable brackets and matchups. But I don’t even think that is in play as much this year. I thought the selection committee did a pretty good job overall. I would’ve put Miss St. in, but that’s the only difference.

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      They gave Duke a free pas to the second weekend with perennial victim Iona and walking dead Oklahoma. It’s still in play.

    2. macattack

      Same thing everyone said about South Carolina last year in Duke’s bracket. If Trae Young gets hot, they can beat Duke.

    3. Mathlete

      Duke doesn’t have anyone one who could stay in front of Trae Young for 40 minutes if he goes on the attack. Don’t necessarily bank on Duke winning that matchup.

      Don’t count Iona out just yet either! They love the 3 ball and anything can happen when a team can shoot and is playing with house money anyway. VCU, Lehigh, and Mercer proved that.

  5. SoCalCat

    I think the draw is fine. I would worry more about this team looking past a team perceived to be inferior. Hopefully, it has learned that playing as a team is far better than not. It would be incredible if this team went far into the tournament given the inexperience it has.

    1. 1IH

      This ??

  6. Optional Facts

    I love BTI!

  7. Sentient Third Eye

    UK can handle tough competition. I agree, bring it on.

    But there’s still a question of basic fairness. Every program should have an equal shot at a tough draw every now and then, and absolutely no one can make a rational argument that this has happened in the past decade or so. The NCAA seeds Duke and UNC like they investigate their repeated rules violations. Can you say “kid gloves”? Can you say “sacred cows”? I can say “corrupt as hell”.

  8. Dallas

    PREACH! I’m sick of hearing fans complain every year about our bracket. I’d rather beat great teams in route to a run then bad teams. If we get beat by a great team it don’t hurt as bad as getting beat by a team that isn’t up to par. Ask duke they know all about them losses in the 2nd round.

    1. rabblerabblerabble

      You’re not going to believe this, but UK actually has 3 losses in the 2nd round since 2005. How many does Dook have? Two.

      Perhaps you are talking about the “2nd round” as the opening round. You are correct that Dook has more “2nd round” losses since 2005 (3) than UK (1).

      UK does lead Dook in the number of NIT berths since 2005 by a whopping 2-0 margin, though.

    2. rabblerabblerabble

      Went back to 1998 and got tired of looking. Figured 20 years was a good stopping point, plus got to include UK’s 1998 title.

      UK actually had two more 2nd round losses in that time (2004 to UAB and 2000 to Syracuse), bringing their total 2nd round losses to 5 in the last 20 years. Duke still only has 2 [insert thinking face emoji]

      Going back to 1998, UK maintains its commanding 2-0 lead in NIT appearances.

      Keep on preachin’, brother.

    3. JPGott2

      dabbler, I love how you are incorporating the Billy G and Tuby years for your argument. Duke has severely underachieved compared to seed and exit, especially with Coach K being at the helm for ever.

    4. rabblerabblerabble

      Hey man, I just wanted to get a good sample size. 20 years seemed like a good cutoff.

      Where did I say that Duke hasn’t underachieved in the tournament since Calipari got to UK? Although I’ll take the two titles and losses to Mercer and Lehigh….I think.

  9. KYJelly

    I don’t think this sets up too bad for us. We proved in the tournament that we are good at taking away a teams best weapon and making someone else beat us. Arizona may be the only team in the country that is hotter than we are right now, but they aren’t unbeatable. Limit Ayton somewhat, rebound, and run your offense and we will win

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      It’s just annoying that somehow we keep ending up every few years in games where the commentators say, “This is only the second round, but this is an Elite Eight matchup”. Why does that consistently happen only to UK and a handful of other schools, but it never, ever happens to certain other schools?

    2. Sentient Third Eye

      But I agree with your analysis. To be honest, the winner of UK-Arizona (and I don’t know who that will be) is my tournament favorite.

  10. Smyrna_Cat

    Isn’t BTI the one who said it was a good thing that they didn’t call a foul against UF and it was better for us to go ahead and lose than to tie the game?

    Geez.

    1. BigBlueNationDude

      Got on here just to see what smyrna would say about bti post. Everytime. Like he is some kind of prestigious author.

  11. Mathlete

    FWIW – Kenpom’s bracket helper puts us as basically a coin flip head-to-head with AZ (52/48 advantage UK).

    1. Mathlete

      Also, they’d have us losing to UVA 64-57 in the next round, but that would be our worst offensive performance all year and is MUCH lower than our recent production.

  12. natertatter

    not trying to down you bryan the intern………..badly written article………..you have no clue it seems………but……. LETS NOT BE SCARED……..LOL

  13. Megan

    This is BTI not sucking. Relish it.

  14. BBNBRIAN

    “…But all of that is not what I am hear to make a point about…” *Here. How can I get an internship, or a proof reader job for this site?

  15. JPGott2

    This is Wichita St./ UK part 2. Miss seed Zona and put them in the round of 32 against us.

    For those saying we should have played better and not been a 5 seed. Well, I say UNC lost 10 games to and are the top 2 seed (Wofford loss and all). I am for earning a title. But not for the blatant miss seeding to have a massive ratings game in the round of 32 while UNC can coast.

    1. rabblerabblerabble

      Surely you understand that there is more to seeding than wins and losses, right? That UK is ranked 18 in KenPom and UNC is 7? BPI has UNC at 7 and UK at 21. RPI has UK up at 12, while UNC is 4. Like a few others that have commented, you are making BTI’s point.

  16. bluegrassstu

    Finishing the season with a 6 game winning streak? It is highly possible the team winning the title will finish the season on a longer winning streak.