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Kentucky Blows Up CBS’ “Ten Things You Need to Know”

With college basketball season officially getting underway today (I can’t believe I just typed that), Jeff Goodman at CBSSports.com highlights the ten things every fan (or casual viewer) should know heading into the season.  There’s no surprise that of the ten, Kentucky made it’s way into three of them.

Goodman started off his column by admonishing Kentucky fans, and even Kentucky foes, that the 2013 class of Wildcats is not like its predecessor.

1. Do NOT compare this year’s Kentucky squad to last season’s group that cut down the nets. Sure, the Wildcats will still have a chance to get back to the Final Four, but there’s no Anthony Davis or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in this group — and there’s also no veteran like Darius Miller who can show the young bucks. The veteran on this year’s team is Julius Mays, a one-year transfer from Wright State who began his career at North Carolina State. However, there’s still more than enough talent for UK to mature into one of the elite teams by the time February rolls around. This group features a new crop of freshmen — led by freak shot-blocker Nerlens Noel, scoring wing Archie Goodwin and talented forward Alex Poythress.

He followed that up with comments on the elite quality of the season’s initially ranked teams; not only Kentucky and Indiana, but several other elite programs (and Louisville) fill up the Top 25, leaving a lot of darlings out in the cold.

3. The big boys are back. The AP preseason poll is loaded with teams that have won national titles. In fact, each of the top 14 teams have won at least one national title. It’s basically a Who’s Who in college hoops with UCLA, Kentucky,Indiana, North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, North Carolina State, Michigan State, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan,Syracuse and Arizona. That means we’ll have most of the rabid fan bases involved this season unlike in years past.

Finally, Goodman predicts that, unlike recent years, Kentucky and Louisville might be on equal footing this season.

5. Rick Pitino won’t be overwhelmed talent-wise this season against UK. The Louisville head coach, who recently signed an extension through 2022, has a team that can finally go toe-to-toe with John Calipari’s Kentucky team. The Cards have experience, enough talent, balance and one of the best coaches in the country.

Don’t be fooled, #5 is actually a tremendous compliment.  Particularly the language that the Dirty Birds “can finally go toe-to-toe with … Kentucky.”  Over the last three years, the competition in the rivalry took a back seat to the intrigue and passion (of which there was plenty), and has been largely one-sided.  Goodman isn’t saying that Louisville is better, which is probably a wise decision, just that it won’t be so unfair when Cal heads to the Grease Bucket this year.

With the entire day full of college basketball, and the Cats tipping off tonight against Maryland, there’s really only one thing I need to know: Will Jimmy John’s deliver a sandwich directly into my mouth? Because I don’t plan on taking my eyes off the TV all day.

Article written by Corey Nichols

24 Comments for Kentucky Blows Up CBS’ “Ten Things You Need to Know”



  1. Bob Sugar
    9:08 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Wait a second.. Louisville was favored in the 2010 matchup (Brandon knight harrellson year). And was ranked in the top 5 in the 2011 game. Yes Kentucky won both games, but Louisville was supposed to go “toe to toe” with them in those games too and couldn’t.



  2. Han
    9:09 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll believe Rick’s team can go toe-to-toe with us when he doesn’t have half his squad injured from practicing too hard and keeping body fat too low, and when his pre-season All Big East players actually play like All Big East players.

    We’ve heard every year that Siva is an elite PG, that Louisville’s front court is great. Let’s see it.

    And no street ball fouling, Rick. It’s cheap, and we all see what you’re doing.



  3. Bob Sugar
    9:13 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    My apologies UK was actually favored in the 2010 matchup but still considered a “toe to toe” matchup for UK and louisvi



  4. Bradley
    9:24 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky wasn’t favored against UL the Knight/Harrelson year.



  5. Jughead
    9:27 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Prick Latino is annoying, but he’s good for college hoops. And, impregnating assistant coach’s wives.



  6. KcMunk
    9:28 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone taking note on the season Eric Bledsoe is having so far??? He is on an absolute tear in his limited minutes behind Chris Paul.



  7. Bob Sugar
    9:33 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Nice try Bradley…



  8. RYNO
    9:34 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    6) Yes- He deserves to start somewhere, but the Clippers played it smart. They refused to trade Bledsoe when they had a chance, and now they have probably the best 1,2 punch at PG in the league- and they’re winning.



  9. Miguel
    9:43 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Bob sugar, you’re wrong. Louisville was favored by 3 the day of, per the extinct Bodog. I know this bc I nearly doubled my bank account on that game



  10. emlang08
    9:51 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I heard Starting PG for UF suspended



  11. Rumor
    9:53 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Hearing Mays is out for tonight’s game.



  12. The Drew Cassady
    9:54 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Is their a radio show today?



  13. KY_99
    10:05 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    The one thing I love is EVERY analyst says don’t compare this team to last years team. OK that’s fine. BUT last years team was exactly where this years team currently is sitting in the minds of the “experts”. We were too young with an athletic but untested player in Davis. A highly talented player in MKG but needed to work on scoring, Jones who had a very questionable attitude and motor. There were tons of unanswered question then as there are now. I believe this years team albeit in different ways can be great as well. We shall see! GO CATS



  14. KY_99
    10:09 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    @12- Mays seems to be front and center in practice gear in the pic. He has his knee wrapped which means he has been practicing. Not saying your wrong just making an observation.



  15. barn
    10:15 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    14–i agree, but after watching the 2 exhibition games this team appears to me to be playing together better, at this point, than last year’s team.



  16. KY_99
    10:20 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    I would have to agree. I was shocked. Yes Harrow has a turnover issue but who didn’t (wall, knight etc) It’s a new system for him and when you’re playing it moves much faster than practice. We have a huge upside and I think it revolves around WCS. Adding another force to play next to Noel will leave teams throwing up 3’s BC they are afraid to drive.



  17. HicksPickSix
    10:22 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Corey loves it when guys deliver things into his mouth…



  18. UofL fans are liars
    10:27 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    UofL will compete with UK this year, I do believe. I am a UK fan, but if UofL will win, this is the year to do so. It happens from time to time, little brother pulls of a win.

    If UofL loses, what will be there excuss this year? Three years ago UK cheated because Cousins wasn’t thrown out. Two years ago UK won because UofL was “too injuried”. Last year, game one was the refs fault and game two was because “time ran out” or UofL could have made a comeback.

    Always something with Cards’ fans. Let’s just be honest. UK has been better since the mid 1920’s.



  19. WERUK
    10:29 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, as a season ticket holder im 100% against Petrino.Dont forget at Arkansas he hired and covered up the chick and afterwards lied to Administration about his relationship with her.
    Joker has built a great relationship with former players, would they accept Petrino? Ive heard no..



  20. Jim
    10:40 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    20 – Who cares the players suck. Have Petrino go get new and better ones. It wouldn’t be that hard seeing as we had THE JOKE as a coach and he brought in crap.



  21. dragonlord741
    10:44 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Speaking of predictions for the season, in a move that surprises no one, that tool Thamel thinks UK won’t be good this year:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/basketball/ncaa/11/07/preseason-crystal-ball/index.html?eref=sihp



  22. My mouth
    10:52 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Jimmy John’s Sucks!!!



  23. My mouth
    10:54 am November 9, 2012 Permalink

    Give me some Quiznos!!!