Mike DeCourcy is handing out midseason awards, and the Cats got one that’s not so flattering: Most Disappointing Team.
1. Kentucky. Is it fair to judge a team with so many freshmen so harshly? Honestly, we’re not trying to be harsh. Perhaps it’s just that if you look at our preseason top 25, almost everyone included is doing roughly as well as expected. Except UK. And perhaps it’s the bar that was set for this group of Wildcats by their predecessors. But it’s also giving up 40 points to a mid-teens scorer and losing at home to a middling Baylor squad. Kentucky can do better.
The Cats are followed by North Carolina, West Virginia, Texas and Oregon State. It’s not all bad; DeCourcy also names Nerlens Noel his fourth best freshman, behind Marcus Smart, Anthony Bennett and Shabazz Muhammad.
Let’s hope that when DeCourcy hands out his end of the season awards, the Cats will end up as the Most Surprising Team.