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Dick Vitale says the Cats came of age in Oxford

Dick Vitale has had a lot of opinions about this Kentucky team and he hasn’t been afraid to share them throughout the season. Vitale has predicted the Cats’ stumbles more than once, but now, he feels that, like a boy going to his first tailgate at The Grove, the Cats had their “coming-of-age” moment in Oxford:

At Ole Miss on Tuesday night, Kentucky beat a ranked team for the first time this season. There had been other opportunities, like the Duke game in Atlanta in mid-November. Beating the Rebels was a statement game, and there were naysayers out there questioning whether the Wildcats were worthy of making the NCAA tournament. The résumeé was lacking before the boost in Oxford.

Kentucky looked more like a unit. Ryan Harrow did a solid job at point guard. Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin showed why there was so much hype as they played up to their potential.

The key was Nerlens Noel in the paint. He showed why he is one of the best shot-blockers in America, setting a school-record by swatting away 12 shots. When I saw Noel play in high school, I wrote that he was the best shot-blocking prospect that I had seen in more than 30 years of covering the game.

Vitale continues on to say that not only will the Cats go to the Big Dance, but have the potential to be a very dangerous opponent. Sounds good to me, baybee.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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17 Comments for Dick Vitale says the Cats came of age in Oxford

  1. cracka
    10:37 am January 31, 2013 Permalink

    teach ’em ’bout kentucky, dickie!

  2. LuvDaCats
    10:45 am January 31, 2013 Permalink

    No doubt Cal has all the ingredients.

  3. bloobloodcat
    10:53 am January 31, 2013 Permalink

    Beginning to believe that we will get a 9 or 10 seed in tournament, capable of making a run, but no Final Four this season baybeeee! Next year though!

  4. emlang08
    11:01 am January 31, 2013 Permalink

    Was embarrassing that there was even mention of “Bubble Team” 2-3 weeks into the season. #1 reason, Team was starting 3 kids who could barely enlist! Look at game one, of their collegiate career, they held on to win at the Barclays against the number one rebounding team in the nation. Not an excellent win, but Game one, on the road, in an NBA arena, against a formidable opponent was not shabby either.

    The Bad loss at ND hurt, but it was a road loss at a Hostile place with a good team.

    Tex A&M loss, a LOT of good teams would have lost that night!

    Lou, AT Lou, with loads of experience, after beating them how many of the last years in a row, in a season they were predicted to go to the final four, to get down by 17 and Come back to lose by 3 all the while missing 11 FT’s

    At Bama, Road SEC game, that we could have won, lost that because we did not stomp on the throat and put the game away in the first leaving a comeback potential. Again, a game we loss by less points than FT’s missed (arghh)

    Baylor loss – Most unexplainable of all of them

    SO I see one really bad loss there, being Baylor, but bubble talk before we were even out of December was just Media loving to dog UK, because we are generally on top.

    My mind, whoever predicted us preseason #3 should lose their job and their sports coverage privileges!!! to even rank a team that does not return a starter is somewhat ludicrous!

  5. Fancy Big City Learnin'
    11:03 am January 31, 2013 Permalink

    ” résumeé?”

  6. Kyle Wiltjer
    11:03 am January 31, 2013 Permalink

    Ummmmm….I had 26 points…Dick.

  7. bluecreeker
    11:10 am January 31, 2013 Permalink

    The dick… I like to call him, is a full blown retard.

    Kyle Wiltjer is the heart of this UK team…..without him on the floor they have no offense (other than Goodwin driving the lane hoping for a free throw he can’t make).

    SO much for the Dick’s intuition and Bball knowledge. Any mo could watch this team and know Wiltjer IS THE LEADER.

    How bout that dunk y’all………..Dats da ticket!!!

  8. bluecreeker
    11:11 am January 31, 2013 Permalink

    Oh yea…….UK fans remember Dick, we remember every word you worthless POS.

  9. SexnNursinHomes
    11:12 am January 31, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like Dukie V is back on the bandwagon..

  10. bigbluejon
    11:33 am January 31, 2013 Permalink

    #4) How does the media love UK enough to rank us #3 in preseason when we weren’t that good, but at the same time hate us enough to have the audacity to consider bubble talk when we’re 12-6? Can’t be both ways, brother. I think the media has been pretty favorable of us this year.

  11. UK Fan
    11:35 am January 31, 2013 Permalink

    Duke Vitale is a finalist for the coveted “dumbest human being on planet earth” title. With his 49 word vocabulary and his unfailing habit of waiting to take a position on any topic only after it is blatantly obvious to everyone who remotely follows the game of basketball, his opinions on anything should be dismissed out of hand as uninformed, superficial and without substantive content. His outrageous condemnation of UK when it appeared we were going to bring Billy Donovan in to coach, should never be forgotten by UK fans and that alone, should disqualify him from having a forum for speaking of anything UK-related ever again. KSR should be ashamed to have mentioned his comments on anything having to do with UK on its site.

  12. emlang08
    11:48 am January 31, 2013 Permalink

    #7 – At least Goodwin was 12-14 from the line at Ole Miss, positive thoughts!

  13. emlang08
    11:50 am January 31, 2013 Permalink

    #10 – The media ranking us that high preseason was embarrassing on their part. As soon as the world saw that just maybe last years immediate bonding/Gelling of 18 yr olds was the anomaly and not the norm, it went to bubble talk rather than, maybe they need some time to figure out who they are as a team!

  14. bluebals
    12:32 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    he’s a bandwagon if we lose Saturday,he be like this UK team is not that good baybaby.

  15. your a dick
    1:22 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    I like dickey v. Good for the game. Says what he thinks. Some people just can’t handle it.

  16. seriously
    1:25 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    11) wow….Smh

  17. IlliniKat
    3:23 pm January 31, 2013 Permalink

    Who care what Dick Vitale says… Thought he was still following Manti around Notre Dames campus!!