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DIME Magazine gets it


Kentucky is gearing up to destroy everybody next season.

That’s the title of DIME Magazine’s latest feature on your University of Kentucky Wildcats. It sounds so good, and it’s so true. The author writes, “It is highly unlikely that Kentucky isn’t cutting down the nets this time next year.”

One more time: “It is highly unlikely that Kentucky isn’t cutting down the nets this time next year.”

Happy Tuesday, friends.

Give it a read here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

44 Comments for DIME Magazine gets it

  1. clint
    10:33 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    I totally agree with you Drew. Go Kats!!!!

  2. bluey
    10:36 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    LOL Alex Cline thinks none of the freshemen are coming back. The guy has no clue.

  3. H.A. Milton
    10:38 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Perhaps I just don’t ‘get it’ but, the whole so and so gets it thing, makes folks seem slightly autistic.

  4. RahRah
    10:49 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t wait for next year’s team and yes, I definitely think we will be the best team in the league. That said, I refuse to think of a championship or and undefeated season as a given. Way too much randomness in the ncaa tournament. Way too many teams looking at us for their “Superbowl” game. Way too many opposing fans waiting to storm the court and selling out games against us even if they ususally don’t come close to sellouts.
    Too many slightly above mediocre shooters having the game of their life because they get so fired up to face UK.

    We are going to be great no doubt, just adding a little perspective.
    CATS 2014!

  5. Dave
    10:50 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Probably true but we probably shouldn’t put so much pressure on these guys who aren’t even on campus yet! There will be a fine bunch of articles written between the end of this season and the start of the next one proclaiming to know the top 3, top5, etc. but we should use this last year as a reminder that no pundits or writers or analysts truly no how the season will shake out or in our case which players are ready for prime time and which are not. Just trying to be levelheaded and fair to the kids.

  6. Greg
    10:50 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    C’mon. Let’s not have a repeat of last year where we were ranked so high preseason and hadn’t proved jack squat. Would love to see some press on how rankings don’t mean anything to help Cal gets these kids ready to work hard coming in. I think we “should” be pretty great but we don’t need to have to widen the doorways at the Craft center so these kid’s heads can fit through the door. By the time they get hear they’ll be poopin’ ice cream at levels we’ve never seen.

  7. GoForIT
    10:50 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Get facts before writing an article like that. Not a good article to post. I like his idea but there are better ones that point to the same thing but with facts.

  8. tom5673
    10:54 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    couldn’t agree more #4. our roster is going to be ridiculous next year. literally, the most talented group of recruits out of high school ON PAPER ever. but, anything can happen in the tournament and on the road in the sec. like fgcu over georgetown anything! that being said, i can’t freakin’ wait until big blue madness. go cats!

  9. catsfan1965
    10:58 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Consider that the team that I have seen mentioned as vying for preseason #1, Duke, will lose Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry, and Ryan Kelly. That means, as of now, Duke will only have 1 player over 6’8″, Marshall Plumlee. Plumlee is so good he has racked up a whopping ed to get on the court for a total of 49 mins in two years (after redshirting his freshman year) and is a whopping 1-8 during that time. So the team expected to challenge UK by some will have a lineup of Quinn Cook G, Rasheed Sulaimon G, Jabari Parker F (#3 Rivals), Alex Murphy/Amile Jefferson F, Marshall Plumlee C as a starting lineup with Tyler Thornton G, Andre Dawkins G, Matt Jones G (#35 Rivals), Semi Ojeleye F (#33 Rivals), and Josh Hairston F on the bench. Jabari Parker will be a great player, but does anyone really believe that roster will be able to compete with UK next year?

    10:58 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Fellow cat fans,

    Do we really think these freshmen will come back? I think kids come to Kentucky thinking they should be one and done. If they don’t go they’ll think they’re a failure. Personally I think they should come back (outside of Noel.) They would get eaten alive in the league. Would kids really want to spend time in the NBDL than at kentucky? Like some of the others that think they can leave early. Would love to know your thoughts.

  11. I Am Spartacus
    11:00 am March 26, 2013 Permalink


  12. Michael F. Jox
    11:02 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    It only takes one bad game in the tourny. We found that out a few yrs back.

  13. RCK
    11:05 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    #10, I think they all come back next year, and thats counting Noel. These kids dont think they are failures, they just dont have that kind of personality. We has fans might try and label them failures and thats a shame if we do but you will see them back.

  14. Lebanon Lawyer
    11:07 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Does this even make sense?

    “Alex Kline, who runs the Recruit Scoop on, actually doesn’t see this year’s freshmen coming back.

    ‘I don’t see them coming back at all,’ Kline says. ‘Based on that, I think Kentucky is on course to win a national championship in 2014 with the talent and depth they have. Depth is the key word here. They need depth in case of injury this year. Had Nerlens Noel stayed healthy, Kentucky likely makes the tournament and becomes a threat to everyone.'”

  15. Jen
    11:09 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    “It is highly unlikely that Kentucky isn’t cutting down the nets this time next year.” Dime magazine gets it. It being cringe-worthy double negatives.

  16. Jen
    11:13 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Poythress was probably shouting in this picture because he thought of actually having to play hard for the entire time he was in the game. “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” It should easier for him to go all out in the 5-9 minutes he gets next year.

  17. Dave
    11:17 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    #9 There will be a lot of good teams next yr with experience. IU and UofL are reloading with top 10 classes as well and neither team is losing as much as we’d like to think. There was a dozen teams in the field of 68 returning nearly all of their starters. Fortunately for us a lot of schools will be switching conference affiliation and therefore may experience some bumps in the road. We’ll be fine just trying to temper the 40-0, 9 draft picks, national championship in the bag already crowd. It’s irrational and reckless. If the team wins 28 games, no championhips, and only 4 guys get drafted is the season a failure?

  18. BlueMark
    11:33 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    #14 – I agree. The article makes no sense in a couple of places.

  19. ajh
    11:36 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    #17 – IU is losing Zeller, Hulls, Watford, Oladipo, and that other white guy. They are losing A LOT

  20. jaws2
    11:38 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Show me on the court at game time boys; That is all.

  21. ajh
    11:39 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Correction. Sheehey is only a junior.

  22. ajh
    11:43 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Carolina will be a force next year as well, especially if they get Wiggins

  23. bob
    11:53 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Ohio State or Duke will be preseason #1.

  24. Mattcat68
    11:59 am March 26, 2013 Permalink

    This team may just have the most talented collection of college players ever assembled, but they will also have the most hype and pressure ever placed on a team before. They will be freshmen. If they win the title, great, but I’m not expecting it. If they go undefeated, great, but I’m not expecting it. If this year has taught us anything it’s that you can have all the talent in the world but it still has to mesh and it takes a lot of work from everyone.

  25. Bert Reynolds
    12:03 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Ok who Leaves the team (NBA or transfer) and what will the starting line up look like next year??? Any good rumors floatin around? please share…

  26. UK 1
    12:07 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Duke will also have former McDonalds All American and 6’8″ SG Rodney Hood , transfer from Mississipi St. Dude is the real deal. Let’s not put pressure on freshmen to compete with grown men again. We all saw how that ended this year. Let’s wait and see how they gel come gametime, i’m done with assuming 5* recruits are all great. We could have another Poythress/Goodwin situation again next year, who knows. Some of these kids are just busts, plain and simple.

  27. UK 1
    12:09 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    9) Not many freshman get playing time behind NPOY candidated (Mason Plumlee, Ryan Kelly). Coach K rarely plays freshmen, and Marshall Plumlee was a McD AA, so let’s not assume he’s horrible. I’d rather Duke have the #1 ranking to start the season, take some pressures off our young pups.

  28. Mattcat68
    12:11 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    We also kept saying “no one wants to play Kentucky in March” all season, until it was March and we still sucked.

  29. catsfan1965
    12:12 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Why would Noel give up a probable #1 draft spot (I really don’t think that McLemore, Smart, Zeller, or Porter are going to be picked ahead of him) to wait and go into a draft that will probably include Wiggins, Parker, Randle, the Harrison twins, etc. Not only will he lose 10 million plus in potential earning by waiting qa year, but will likely get less money on his first contract if he is a lower draft pick. I also think WCS will leave because Noel will be #1-5 pick and WCS may well be a lottery pick and 7’0″ players can stick around for a long time even if they underperform (WCS still has much to learn). Harrow will obviously ot be drafted and I think that in the best case scenario Goodwin and Poythress fall just outside the lottery. Normally, I would advocate that they leave because of the weak draft, but I don’t think either one is ready to be thrown into the D-League snake pit. They both have talent to succeed eventually, but I think the D-League flameout risk is too high for them if they leave now. So unless they want to play in Italy or Greece, I think that, unlike previous years when there was no chance guys would return, I think there is a decent chance they will this time.

  30. Platinum Unis
    12:20 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    24 – This year’s team did NOT have all the talent in the world. Next year’s team will.

  31. Mattcat68
    12:25 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    #28 person using my nick, I was not one of the people saying that. 🙂

  32. Mattcat68
    12:27 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    30, it’s still going to take a lot of hard work and the team will have to mesh. I don’t care how much talent they have.

  33. bbr
    12:29 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    “Rodney Hood is a 20 year old 6 foot 8 inch 187lb SF. He is currently projected as pick #11 in round #2 of the 2014 NBA Draft. He is currently ranked #35 in our …” Draft Express

  34. Mattcat68
    12:31 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Oh and #30, this year’s team certainly had enough talent to beat Robert Morris, right? 🙂

  35. bbr
    12:33 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Unless some folks go to the NBA early, Ohio State is going to be tough – one Sr this year.

  36. catsfan1965
    12:37 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    #17 – I didn’t say that there wouldn’t be any good teams next year, I was just comparing a team, Duke, I had seen two pundits meantion as a potential preseason #1 to UK. As for the schools You mentioned, IU is going to lose Zeller, Oladipo, Hulls, and Watford and replace them with Troy Williams (#38 Rivals) and Noah Vonleh (#7 Rivals). They will be a good team next year, but their talent level will be much, much lower next year. As for UL, most of their players are back but they lose their PG Siva and Dieng will almost certainly go pro this year when he will go much higher than he will next year. UL will replace Siva with a JUCO 4-star Crhis Jones and Rozier (#80 Rivals 2012) who redshirted. I think it is not likely that they play as well as Siva. The other recruits Anton Gill (#48 Rivals) and Akoy Agau (#86 Rivals) will not be much of a factor next year. The loss of Dieng alone will make UL a much weaker team than this year.

  37. catsfan1965
    12:58 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    #27 – I have watched all of the Duke players play at Duke and in HS. First, Plumlee was ranked #79 by Rivals. He would not have been a McDonalds AA if he played anywhere other than Duke. As for playing time, of course, Mason is going to get the minutes, but I can assure you that if Marshall was any good this year, he would have seen more than 49 minutes all season. Jefferson averaged 12.9 mins per game as a true freshman. Next year Duke is either going to play 5 players under 6’8″ and get blitzed by top teams or they are going to suffer a massive dropoff in talent and experience at the 5 spot. That doesn’t even take into account the loss of the 6’11’ Kelly

    As for Coach K never playing freshman, Kyrie Irving, Austin Rivers, and next year, Jabari Parker, disagree, among others. Coach K recently just hasn’t been able to recruit freshman who are good enough to play. Players like Murphy, Jefferson, and Matt Jones aren’t talented enough to be major factors as a freshman at a top school. Bottom line is that Duke will be worse than last year, maybe by alot depending on how everything shakes out.

  38. catsfan1965
    1:08 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    I do think OSU will be better next year than Duke next year. OSU doesn’t have anybody new coming in that will be a major contributor, they will only lose Ravenel from this years team. However, the loss of Ravenel will make smaller what was already a small team. They will have experience, but I think size is going a problem for them as their only player over 6’7″, 6’11” Amir Williams, has a very limited skill set. The reason people are so high on Duke next year is because people are counting on Jabari Parker to be superman and carry the rest of the Duke team on his back.

  39. catsfan1965
    1:28 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Rodney Hood will certainly be a major contributor next year for Duke, but they already have a bunch of shooting guards and small forwards and none of them are the shooters that Curry (42.6%) and Kelly (45.9%) were. Sulaimon is a very good shooter (38.9%), but he shot most of his 3s this year when he was the 4th to 5th guy everyone was worried about behind Curry, Kelly, nad Plumlee. Duke shot 40.3% this year from 3 as a team and they may not have a player next year who shoots 40% from beind the arc.

  40. Linda Taylor
    3:34 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    I wish that article had not given such short shrift to Marcus Lee, barely mentioning him. I think he will make a significant contribution to the team next year, especially if WCS enters the draft. For me personally it is too early to begin prognosticating our team or any other team’s possible performance next year (though I do think we will have an amazing team with the commitments we already have). We have yet to see the final rosters of literally every top team and are only guessing on who will stay and who will go pro. Everyone is still waiting with bated breath to see where Wiggins and Gordon end up. Fortunately it won’t be long until all of those questions are answered and more concrete projections (if there is such a thing) can be made. If Archie, Alex, WCS, Kyle, and even Ryan all stay, the competition in practice will be fierce and lead to the improvement of all. Whether Jarrod and Jon will be on the team is also a big question. Looking at what we know the roster will include, it looks like the leadership role will probably come from the freshman class, similar to our recent championship team.

  41. Mikie
    7:12 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Hope these kids don’t get the swelled head like this years team of McDonald’s All Americans. It was painful to watch a group that thought they only had to put their time in then go to the NBA. Rude awakening we all received.

  42. Sgt. Jimmy
    7:33 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    All this talk about next year is, I believe, to soften the dissapointment of this year. Number 1 recruiting class and nimber 3 rating in the polls. My grandmother used to say “never count your chickens before they hatch”.

  43. bluemister
    7:36 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    And Alex drops another rebound. Hope he and all the freshman stay and get better, that will make next year’s team better, and Harrow moves out of state

  44. koop
    8:00 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with 42’s poultry example. Didn’t we learn anything this year, with the hype placed on a bunch of freshmen in what turned out to be a very disappointing season.