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Goodman: “College basketball needed Wiggins to go anywhere except for Lexington”

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Jeff Goodman was one of the few national analysts who correctly predicted to that Andrew Wiggins would pick Kansas. He believed in the pick so much that he wrote an entire article about why Wiggins picking Kansas saves college basketball next season. His reasoning? Had Wiggins picked Kentucky, the Cats would have dominated college basketball, whereas now that he’s headed to Kansas, the wealth will be spread out a bit:

Kentucky would have been one of the favorites to cut down the nets come April with or without the smooth, athletic and talented 6-foot-8 Canadian forward. The only drama that Wiggins would have added is whether the ‘Cats would have been able to run the table in 2013-14.

I know what you’re saying. We built up last year’s Kentucky group as a Final Four and national title contender, and look what happened. But this group is different. It has experience with key returnees in Cauley-Stein, Kyle Wiltjer and Alex Poythress to go along with this insanely talented freshman group. It also has a point guard in Andrew Harrison and quality depth. It has a warrior in Randle. There’s also a toughness that will resonate throughout this group as opposed to last season, when Nerlens Noel was about the only one that Calipari could count on to bring it on each and every possession.

Kentucky will be just fine without Wiggins and could well still cut down the nets in Cowboys Stadium. However, college hoops is better served that he wound up in Lawrence.

I don’t think Wiggins’ decision to go somewhere other than Kentucky narrows the gap between the Cats and everyone else that much, but talk of total domination might be out the window until this group gels in the second half of the season. The real winner of all this? The Champions Classic, who will pit four of the nation’s top teams against each other in Kentucky, Michigan State, Duke and Kansas.

To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best, right?

[Goodman: Andrew Wiggins decision is yet another winner for college hoops]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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46 Comments for Goodman: “College basketball needed Wiggins to go anywhere except for Lexington”



  1. CUK02
    2:01 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    It’s over. He’s going to Kansas. Stop posting about it.



  2. Ryne
    2:05 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    #1 agreed… Who is this guy they keep talking about?



  3. SexnNursinHomes
    2:05 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Randle
    WCS
    Harrison
    Poy or Young
    Harrison

    That is one sick ass starting 5.



  4. L1C4
    2:05 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Back to Back.



  5. CUK02
    2:09 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Back to back….hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.



  6. SexnNursinHomes
    2:11 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    4- Hardly- Your little team is cute. Kinda like a poodle getting buttslammed by a Teddy Bear.
    awwwww sooooo cute……



  7. The Facts
    2:12 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    A couple months ago Wiggins’ brother said his brother was going to shock the world which tells me Wiggins knew where he was going for the last 2 months. He just used Kentucky for his publicity and play up the hype and led us all on which I do not appreciate. From a business standpoint, this was a horrible decision. Calipari with 8-9 future NBA players as teammates would of provided the best preparation for the NBA.

  8. I always knew Goodman was a socialist.



  9. BBN FAN
    2:13 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    just read two places that wiggins brother said he wanted to to UK but his parents “forbid” it. Wow



  10. CAAAAATS
    2:18 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Has anybody else seen what wiggins brother has been saying about wiggins wanting to go to UK but parents telling him. THAT’S THE ONLY SCHOOL WE FORBID



  11. LOL
    2:18 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Matt’s head looks perfect on that body



  12. Otis
    2:19 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I truly enjoy and look forward to get buttslammed by my national champion basketball team. They enjoy also. Works out good for all.



  13. Louisville
    2:19 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    There is a shortage of Beard trimmers and 40’s in Louisville. We are asking to the State’s support to bring more in as our line beards are getting to long and we are becoming sober….please help



  14. BobKYCats
    2:19 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    @SexnNursinHomes: I don’t know if that’s true, but it certainly wouldn’t surprise. You could point at random at a group of UofL students, fans, and athletes, and have a 99% chance of picking out a rapist, a car thief, and at least two people who have knocked over a convenience store in the previous week, as well as several general studies majors.



  15. Goldberg
    2:19 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    The Louisville fans who keep posting on here are like the slow kid who keeps saying something stupid over and over again and has no idea everyone is laughing at him. They really have no idea. UK was going to be absolutely loaded before Randle signed. Think about that. Let it sink deeply into your line beards. Then, Randle (top 3 player) signed. Absurd. Loaded team with #1 class suddenly became an ABSURD team with the #1 recruiting class OF ALL TIME and some serious debate about 40-0 started (a little ridiculous, but the fact that people were talking about it in real terms tells you what this team became). Poythress came back…WCS came back. The best outside shooter in the SEC in Wiltjer is there. Folks, this is all still about to happen. And that has nothing to do with Wiggins. And there’s nothing little brother can do about it.



  16. SexnNursinHomes
    2:20 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t believe his parents forbid him to go to UK. KU is about to get hit with NCAA violations.



  17. SexnNursinHomes
    2:21 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    BobKyCats- Totally agree. Every word of it.



  18. BBN lifer
    2:21 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    #15

    And I hate Louisville. There is a fox sports story that says wiggins wanted to go to UK but his parents would not let him. They gave him the choice of FSU and playing near his brother. It made it sound like they picked for him. He didn’t have much say.



  19. theSkinny81
    2:21 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    4 – Hilarity ensues.



  20. BBN fan
    2:24 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I POSTED # 10 and I hate loserville I really did read that wiggins wanted to go to UK but his parents told him he was only allowed to go to FSU or KU I think his brother was the one quoted in the interview.



  21. Sources Please
    2:24 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Can anyone link to the articles with his brother saying he wanted UK?



  22. Steady
    2:25 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I still like our chances!



  23. Corey Davis
    2:25 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    So let me understand this in a way Matt, Shane, Tony Schiavone, and all of us wrestling fans will understand…

    It would be like Wiggins (Stone Cold Steve Austin) joining UK (The Corporation). I get that. I GET THAT.



  24. Chris
    2:27 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    If the story about his parents is true and Kentucky was taken out of the running by his folks, it would have been nice to let #BBN know so we didnt have to go through the Drama!!



  25. blackhawk509
    2:28 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    What happen to the CA tweet about Wiggins coming for the twins?



  26. Indiana Cat
    2:28 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Please, let’s quit talking about it. It’s finally over and we are going to be a great team that will be very difficult to beat. We have our team and let’s move on and focus on who we ARE!



  27. BOSOX
    2:29 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I watched the Wiggins decision and his parents did not look very happy!!!



  28. Chris
    2:33 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Wait yeah where is the tweet about Wiggins coming for the twins? If u are going to remove that then why post the 5 u did?



  29. inlinefor9
    2:34 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    If no link gets posted I’ll assume the rumor about his brother saying he wanted to go to UK is false.



  30. The City of Louisville
    2:36 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    We are posting this warning. This Friday welfare checks are due in. We highly recommend people stay away from Louisville as there will be an increase in drunk driving, random gun violence and animal violations.

    We further recommend that everyone hide there line beard trimmers and not tell anyone if you have any 40’s in the fridge as you would be a target.

    There is also a chance that this will all happen within 15 seconds depending on local friction.



  31. UL fan
    2:38 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    He there is a party at the soup kitchen…



  32. UofL Student
    2:45 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    u gies r meen



  33. bung
    2:46 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    he wanted the fast break…



  34. Al/in/Indy
    2:52 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I love it when Lil’ Bro and his Uvel friends try to upstage anything on a UK site. But we as BBN have to remember 2 things…..(1) KSR is helping the little guys in his reading apprehension (mainly because there are very few pictures to relate to) and (2) by the time they win their 4th NCAA championship most will be retired and living in assistant quarters (that’s based upon the fact they’ve moved out of the grandparents basement AND Wendy’s has a 401k they can pay into)



  35. Don
    2:52 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares what Corky says is good for basketball?

    Good luck to Wiggins.

    We will be MORE THAN fine next season.

    I remember when we couldn’t sniff a decent 4* much less sign 5-6 5*’s in one class…keep your perspective! lol



  36. Linda Taylor
    2:56 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    34 (gog8ors) – You said he was going to FSU. Wrong like usual. It seems to me you should be hanging your head in shame yet again, not pretending like you were correct. You did NOT say he was going to KU. NO ONE who reads this blog believes anything you have to say. You have proven time and again you don’t know what you are talking about.



  37. Nate
    2:58 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Who would have imagined that UK could stoop even lower?

    Simply disgusting. I hope every coach prints out the racist ignorant hate you morons have spewed and leaves it in the living rooms of every recruit Cal slithers after.

    Shame on Ignorant Blue Nation



  38. ErinCal
    3:02 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    “I don’t think Wiggins’ decision to go somewhere other than Kentucky narrows the gap between the Cats and everyone else that much”. Make this claim with no support – TT you are a damn fool! Just total horsesh.t!!!!!!



  39. Jim 1
    3:02 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    So Wiggins really was a prima donna like some UK fans seem to know a while back, not wanting to share in a team conceipt but to be the star of the show.

    Many UK fans, including myself, bought into Wiggins being someone who avoided the limelight and had no desire to be the star. That’s fine if he wants to be the star, but at UK he could have been part of #9 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP.

    Wishing him the best of luck in his career.



  40. Al/in/Indy
    3:02 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Linda Taylor……I didn’t say that ha ha ha



  41. Al/in/Indy
    3:04 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    37, just eat sh!t and go away!



  42. Marty
    3:18 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Wish wiggins would of chosen Kentucky! It seems he was not interested in coming in the summer time to not only get a jump on school but basketball. We have the number 1 class. James Young, Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Andrew and Aaron Harrison. The Ky boys as well. We have Willie Cauley Stein, Alex Polythress, Kyle Wiltger. I really like our team without wiggins.



  43. goUKats
    3:26 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I wish the KSR staff could find something other than Wiggins to write about.Please KSR,no more Wiggins articles.



  44. Linda Taylor
    4:03 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    40 (Al/in/Indy) – No, you didn’t. It looks like the comment was deleted. That’s why I put the screen name of the person who made the comment in parentheses. So many things get deleted on this site when you just refer to a number it can get confusing.



  45. JF
    4:36 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    37 – Yeah, like no other fanbase has these kinds of people.



  46. Rob
    5:47 pm May 14, 2013 Permalink

    1st let me say i’m glad the decision has been made, 2nd i love coming to ksr but dang 3 pages of wiggins and he didnt pick UK, had he picked UK this site would have blown up with wiggins crap. Dang guys get off the mans junk already..