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Define Disappointment

The hype for this year’s Kentucky basketball team is almost unprecedented. First of all you have the best recruiting class in the history of college basketball coming in. Then you factor in a bunch of key returners ready to play after a disappointing season. To top it all Cal has made it clear he wants his team to strive for 40 and 0. The expectations for this team are out of control and there is no Denzel in sight to bring a stop to the hype train. Without question the year should be just as fun as 2012 but if the team can’t reach that lofty goal of hanging number nine which of these finishes would make you say the year was disappointing?

Sweet Sixteen Or Worse

With as much talent as this team has it would be hard to imagine the team coming up short in the sweet sixteen or earlier but stranger things have happened. Remember when  Brandon Knight and company took down highly favored and overall #1 seed Ohio State. Sometimes you just run into a buzzsaw and if that happened it would certainly be disappointing. Having not seen this group play a game yet a situation occurring with chemistry issues would also be disappointing. The Cats look great on paper but if they are finished before the second weekend is over there could be a bit of unrest develop amongst the fanbase. Especially coming off of an NIT year.

Elite Eight

Finishing in the Elite Eight would be respectable but it could still be disappointing. Just look at the John Wall team, they were arguably the best team going into the tournament and got caught by a hot WVU squad. It was a beloved team that had a great season but still the year was dampened a bit by the finish. Just one game more and they would have been held in reverence forever. This team could face a similar fate. The expectations are so high that if they go down in the elite eight it would just damage the way team is looked back upon.

Final Four

It would be hard to view reaching the final four as a disappointment. Unless of course the team was beat by an inferior opponent like a Wichita St or to a rival like Louisville. Again the Brandon Knight team when from disappointing during the SEC to beloved all due to a final four run. Reaching the final four provides validation for the year and is deserving of raising a banner. Nothing disappointing here.

National Championship Or Bust

While this is an unreasonable stance there are a number of people who certainly feel this way. There is too much randomness and too many good teams to hold the expectation of a championship next season. The Cats should be the favorite without a doubt but holding this view just takes all of the joy out of watching sports. We all know fans like this though. If their team can’t hoist a trophy they collapse into a deep dark depression until the next season tips off. It’s a rough existence.


Big Blue Madness is four months from today and everyone is geared up for yet another awesome year. If number nine goes up then it’s going to be a great time to be a Wildcat but you never know how things are going to play out. So how will you define disappointment for the coming year?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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29 Comments for Define Disappointment

  1. SW52
    12:03 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Honestly, anything less than a FF would be disappointing given the level of talent and depth this season….even on the heels of what just went down with an NIT loss.

  2. UK
    12:05 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Honestly I’m disappointed every season we don’t win a Natuonal Title. I understand we can’t win every year but most years I still think we can. Of course I’m happy when teams overachieve like the 2011 Final Foir team, but I still thought they should have won the whole thing. If that makes sense at all.

  3. Boogie
    12:10 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I agree, anything less than a final four would be a disappointment for me. Would love to see Wiltjer play a role too.

  4. tltaworl
    12:14 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Anything less than a final four is dissapointing every year. Crazy things happen at the final four but that should be a minium every year. It is disappointing when we don’t get there and shocking when we don’t even get past the Sweet 16. A Sweet 16 loss should be an upset every year. Because we should be one of the top 8 teams every year.

  5. Spoiled
    12:15 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I will be disappointed if we win the National Championship if we don’t also crush our foe by 33 points or more. Sometimes even winning it all isn’t enough. 40-0 & win by 33+ or the season is waste of time. But bring on FB, we can recruit like crazy and I don’t even care if we win as long as we out recruit UofL.

  6. Katdaddy
    12:15 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I think the 2011 team would’ve won the championship if it hadn’t been in a dome.

  7. Unreasonable Stance
    12:18 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Count me among those with an unreasonable stance that would be disappointed with anythign less than a natonal championship. This team is unique and not sure if there’s been another team with the top to bottom talent that this one does other than the 96′ team. I didn’t even put the Nat’l Championship expectation two years ago because I thought depth could be an issue, but it won’t be the case here. The only things that could derai this team from the championship is work ethic and chemistry, and those are both things that would be extremely disappointing.

  8. Haroldh
    12:19 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Championship or bust.

  9. Omitted
    12:20 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    #7 youth and inexperience?

  10. JRHop
    12:22 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Great Denzel joke, had me chuckling at my desk.

  11. Hollahollaholla
    12:23 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    After last year’s disappointment and UofL’s great year, the only thing that would make up for it would be #9.

  12. Hanging # 9
    12:24 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I completely understand that it seems unreasonable and silly to expect freshmen that we’ve never seen play in blue to hang a banner, but come on what else are we supposed to think? We’ve seen it happen, it’s no longer impossible to win one with “the one and done’s”, and this team seems to be (dare i say) better than the ’12 team. This roster reeks of depth at every position and we can already see glimpses of what we begged of Poythress last year. Willie is another year older and wiser. Wiltjer will be able to return to his ’12 roll of spot up sniper and shoot the lights out from anywhere on the court. Our 1 and 2 guard are literally as close as humanly possible, i mean damn they share chromosomes can’t get much closer than that. So why not aim for the stars and not only want them to hang a banner but EXPECT it. Expect greatness and anything less from this amazing collection of talent would be a let down.

  13. TJCATZ
    12:38 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Anything less than a final four would be disappointing. There is too much talent there.

  14. ajh
    12:40 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    championship or bust. the players would say the same thing

  15. BlueDeuce
    12:48 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky is much like Miami…recruit the best (or hire the best in Miami’s case) and nothing less than a Championship is expected. To me, with 5 straight #1 recruiting classes, the results have to show or you should start looking at another way. Not saying one and dones can’t, just saying if they can’t on a every other year basis then it might be time to look at “other ways to recruit.”

    Cal’s first year was a success but disappointing. After a long wait to be on top again with not only players but the style of play, I think that UK team set the table for the next few year. Then the next year they make the Final Four, then the next win the whole thing…that is a “every other year” type team and that is what I think of UK as. They should be in the Final Four every other year with a great/loaded team to bring home the banner!

    Disappointment to me is last year for sure! The couple of years with BCG and as a whole, the Tubby years. UK was set up in the mid 90s to be an every other year team to the Final Four and after getting there in 98, they came close but never made it. So even Elite 8’s are a failure at some point if you never make it to the Final Four. Even Final Fours are a dissapointment if you never break through to the Championship game and not winning at some point would be a disappointment. Look at UCLA and their run of 4 in a row…never won though.

    This year’s team anything less than the National Title game would be a dissappointment to me. I really expect them to win it and several to stay for another run at it!

  16. Lamont
    1:00 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    To me nothing short of a first round loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT will be considered success

  17. Catlanta
    1:09 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I’m always going to be disappointed with anything less than a title. Doesn’t mean it isn’t a good year, or that I didn’t like the team, but I am definitely always disappointed.

  18. H.A. Milton
    1:24 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I fall into the last category and expect anybody down with the cause to be the same…

    “It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” – W. Somerset Maugham

  19. pressure
    1:44 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    No pressure boys!

  20. CatsFanFrankfort
    2:03 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    As much as this year’s class is compared to the Fab Five, it would certainly look a whole hell of a lot better if we won the championship and cement them as genuinely the best incoming class of all time. Michigan lost back-to-back championship games; if we make it to that game and lose, it will be equated to the run that Michigan had with the Fab Five their freshman year. We certainly dont want that. And while making a Final Four is awesome, it would definitely hurt to lose that semifinal game, especially considering our talent. It did hurt to lose to UCONN in 2011, but most of the sting at that point came because the other opponents in the FF were soft and the game was just played close but terribly on both sides, which made us think we could have won it all. But in my mind, it didnt hurt as badly as it might this year (or even the WVU game with the 2010 team), because of many factors: no one expected us to get that far in the first place, we already had those huge wins against OSU and UNC, and we made our first Final Four in 13 years. Not to mention UCONN was on an incredible run…but if we lose a FF game this year, we would all feel slighted big-time.

    So in conclusion, we gotta get #9!

  21. bung
    2:26 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Nat’l Champs with lots of fast breaks…just like every year…

  22. Sully
    3:02 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Can we let the guys all get on to campus first? Maybe start the fall semester, get some real practices and games under their belts? The post reads more like a “Not Jerry Tipton” piece. Relax, folks, and let’s enjoy the anticipation and the ride.

  23. Dave
    3:12 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    National championship or bust boys!!!

  24. Ridge Runner
    4:45 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Being pre season ranked #1 along with the hype, talent , etc.. I mean, what are we fans supposed to think? Ya know…? #9 or it’s disappointing. I think it’s really simple. It isn’t fair perhaps but it is what it is.

  25. She's A Caawp!
    4:47 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not ready to assign expectations to this team until I see how they preform together against another good team. As we saw last year talent doesn’t always mean wins. Let’s ask this question again after they have played Michigan St., North Carolina, and Louisville…

  26. She's A Caawp!
    4:48 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    #22…spot on

  27. She's A Caawp!
    4:52 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I’m so confused by some of you posting on here, you say “Championship or bust” and “this team has soo much talent,” sure the team has talent but we havent seen them play together yet. How can you expect anything from a group of guys who haven’t had an official practice together?

  28. Dee W.
    5:50 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    “Brandon Knight” team? No disrespect to Brandon Knight, but how did it get that designation? Many other players who contributed just as much. Disappointing SEC? We won the SEC Tournament Championship to cap it off…

  29. Andrew Cassady
    5:56 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    It’s easier to call it the Brandon Knight team because that was his one year here. I could call it the 2010-2011 Final Four Team but that isn’t as direct as calling it the Brandon Knight year. In the Cal era it’s easy to refer to the team by the point guard.
    They went 10-6 in the SEC so I’d say that is pretty disappointing. They improved with each game and were a force come tournament time.