Cause I need you now, tonight. I need you more than ever.
ESPN.com’s Myron Medcalf spent yesterday opining for a while on the 2005 UNC Tar Heels, who won a championship despite several regular season losses, including an opening loss against Santa Clara. His point? It’s only December, and there’s a lot of basketball yet to be played.
True to form, Medcalf picked exactly three teams that he still believes in, and if you’re into reading titles, you probably already know where this is headed. That’s right, Mr. Medcalf thinks that the Wildcats still have plenty of upside, and can right the ship before the window of opportunity closes for good:
Kentucky: Three Wildcats (Archie Goodwin, Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress) are ranked in the top 10 of Chad Ford’s top 100 NBA prospects. So Kentucky doesn’t have a talent problem. It has a youth problem, a point guard problem, an inexperience problem. The Cats were not as good as they thought they were and now they know it. But I think falling out of the Top 25 takes some of the pressure off this young team. It’s the perfect platform for a turnaround. They just needRyan Harrow to evolve into a leader and a trustworthy point guard.
He’s right on point with this being the perfect time for a turnaround. And not just because the conditions are right, but because if it can’t happen in this stretch of games before the Louisville and SEC games get here, well then it might be too late.
Speaking of Louisville, Andy Katz gives us a little freebie in the same article, citing Memphis over the Cardinals as the week’s upset pick.
Geron Johnson and Shaq Goodwin have found their footing for Josh Pastner and Memphis lately and this game against an old rival is at home and could be a turning point for the Tigers this season. With Gorgui Dieng still out for Louisville, the Cardinals continue to be vulnerable inside. The Tigers will take advantage in front of a frenzied FedExForum crowd.
After the Neal Brown hire, a Louisville loss would be the only thing to make this week better. Early Christmas, anyone?