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ESPN Thinks Cats Can Turn It Around, Bright Eyes

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?

Article written by Corey Nichols

21 Comments for ESPN Thinks Cats Can Turn It Around, Bright Eyes



  1. Rockfield, KY
    9:03 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    I seriously don’t care what happens to UofL right now. I just want us to improve and be ready to beat them on the 29th.



  2. JPhelps
    9:21 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    It might be too late after the Louisville and SEC games get here? Did you not watch the 2010-11 team? If you did, then how can you say that. Now mind you, we don’t have a Brandon Knight. Ryan Harrow isn’t Knight, but his TO to assist ratio is better. But he doesn’t have to score like Knight did. 2010 didn’t have an Archie Goodwin who is as fearless a slasher as I’ve ever seen. He’ll be your Knight-like assassin. Cal just has to reign him in and get Harrow to dish to his weapons. Apologies, but I don’t think its ever too late for a Cal team to make a move and history has my back on this one. I’d bet more than a few people would agree with me as well.



  3. kentuckyjoe
    9:24 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Excellent statement Corey on the state of the hoop Cats. I personally believe they could be poised for greatness just like last year’s team. They need RH to be the man. I think that, at this point, he’s well ahead of where Marquis Teague was last year and we know how that turned out. When he gets comfortable driving this bus we’re ready for blast off.



  4. kentuckyjoe
    9:25 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    2 – here’s one that would agree with you.



  5. Jarweed
    9:28 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Things have gone about like as SHOULD be expected. Cal really meant it would be tough going at first. Now it should be expected that keep improving all the way to the Final Four.



  6. LoganBleedsBlue
    9:29 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    I disagree. I hope Lougsville goes undefeated all the way up to the 29th. That way we have the opportunity to absolutely crash the tweety bird spirit.



  7. kentuckyjoe is delusional
    9:34 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Ryan Harrow is “well ahead” of where Marquis Teague was last year??? Dude, he’s not even starting.



  8. UK Fan
    9:43 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Despite the talent and energy, until this team develops a consistent shooting threat, this team will not achieve the greatness predicted for it.



  9. Chicken Little
    9:44 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    The SKY is falling. Or it’s not… no wait.. yes. No, well, no. I think this video by Wildcat Lyss (evidently Hoosier Lyss’ BBN alter ego) sums it up pretty well, using good buddy Casual Gamer Reed (UK’s #1 YouTube Fan!) as the catalyst for her madness. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_briHEqh4vg



  10. UK Freshmen
    9:55 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    They forgot to list another problem: The Coaching Problem



  11. RPI
    9:56 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Our RPI needs Louisville to win every game they play except against us…..



  12. HughHefty
    9:57 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    #7 that was epic



  13. 2020
    10:01 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    In 1987-88, Kansas was #7 preseason and started the season 12-8, including 1-4 in conference. Their 55-game home court winning streak was snapped (sound familiar?), losing 3 games at home. I don’t think Danny Manning is walking through that door for UK, but I don’t see UK going 1-4 to start SEC play either.



  14. OldFart
    10:07 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    11 You mad bro? Jealousy is an ugly thing.



  15. KSR Is Full of Haters
    10:23 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    “…a Louisville loss would be the only thing to make this week better.”

    When Kentucky loses a game and IU fans or Card fans say something about it then KSR is all up in arms, blaming the other fanbases of not having any class. However it’s this two faced approach that makes this site the worst thing for the Big Blue Nation. If you all want to “take the high road” when it comes to fanbases, then practice what you preach. A Louisville loss doesn’t do anything to make UK any better right now and it surely won’t help us in winning another title, either. You are all pathetic.



  16. Post 16 is full of idiots
    10:32 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    16 We don’t care what IU or Card fans say, we just care that they come to KSR to say it. I have never been to a Louisville or IU site, even when they lose. I don’t go trolling and they do, that’s why we get “up in arms”…so, you can take your “You are all pathetic” and shove it up your imbecilic arse.



  17. theWilkman
    10:33 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Another yawn-inducing morning post.



  18. Turn Around
    10:34 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks #13, I figured someone would get a kick out of that video, it’s pretty entertaining



  19. Census cat
    10:38 am December 11, 2012 Permalink

    WKU game is on Aug. 31 which is a Saturday but the time is TBD. Maybe it will be a 8:00 kickoff on ESPN or ESPN2



  20. UK Freshmen Has Peaked
    12:18 pm December 11, 2012 Permalink

    What helpful anaylysis you bring to the table #11. The next time you post something that makes sense will also be the first time.