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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What does an Early Season Loss Mean?

At this point, overreaction from this fanbase after each loss is just expected.  The idea that after the Washington game UK was a Final Four team, but after losing the UCONN we are headed towards 10-12 losses is just ridiculous on both accounts.  It is FAR TOO EARLY to be able to accurately assess how good this team can be.  They have enough raw talent to beat any team in the country, and that in itself makes this team a possible Final Four team.  But, if they don’t play well together like they did against UCONN, they could easily be headed towards a 2nd round exit. 

But one thing we all need to agree on is the fact that early season losses do not equate to knowing how well a team will turn out.  There have been 10 Kentucky teams that have made the Elite 8 or further since 1990, and EIGHT of the ten lost their first game before the 5th overall game, where this years team lost theirs.  In 3 of those times, UK teams lost to unranked opponents.

Overall point: RELAX WITH THE OVERREACTION!!!  GIVE THIS TEAM TIME.  LOOK AT THE RESULTS BELOW AND THE SUCCESS OF THOSE TEAMS.   

2009-10 (20th game)
South Carolina: unranked

2004-05 (5th game)
North Carolina: Ranked 9th

2002-03 (2nd game)
Virginia: unranked

1998-99 (5th game)
Pittsburgh: unranked

1997-98 (3rd game)
Arizona: Ranked 1st

1996-97 (1st game)
Clemson: Ranked 20th

1995-96 (2nd game)
UMASS: Ranked 5th

1994-95 (3rd game)
UCLA: Ranked 5th

1992-93 (12th game)
Vanderbilt: unranked

1991-92 (2nd game)
Pittsburgh: unranked

(Stats courtesy of Jon Scott)

Article written by Bryan the Intern