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Nugget-Sized Basketball Preseason Opinions

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For some reason, the lobby at the McDonald’s next to where I live closes at midnight, which means when I went there for nuggets last night at 12:30, I left miserable and crispy nugget-less.  And whenever I get set on something, and can’t get it, it’s all I want for the next few days.  Which is why I was thrilled to see that CBS Sports fed my basketball appetite with nugget-sized bits of information on all the important college basketball teams, plus Indiana.

In case you weren’t aware, college basketball is now exactly three months away, with ESPN’s Tip-Off Marathon igniting the season on November 12th.  But because there’s no such thing as “too early,” here’s the relevant information on Kentucky, the SEC, scheduled opponents and other local competitors, in a convenient, fun-size format.

Kentucky
From national champs to NIT chumps and back again? Anything’s on the table this year, including 7 1st round picks in June. #bestclassever

Louisville (Big East to American Athletic)
Russdiculous. Cool Hand Luke. Montrezl. Other elite additions. Defending champs return loaded; you’ll hear “2007 Florida” mentioned a lot.

Florida
Clearest challenger to Kentucky in the SEC, the Gators (despite personnel losses) have the talent to make a run at (at least) a fourth straight E8.

Michigan State
2.0 version of last year’s crew should be a F4 threat. If the Spartans downloaded a better Appling, the Green machine will run even better.

North Carolina
Guys Roy’s age should be wearing P.J.’s, not suspending them. Despite talent trending upward, the Heels will miss Hairston if he’s gone.

Tennessee
Someone has to be the SEC’s third-best team, but Vols should be better than default choice. March into the NCAAs on tap; B4A is big, tho.

Indiana
Two top-five picks have departed, and now the Hoosiers need to work on maintaining their revitalized status. The B10 won’t be forgiving.

Oh, Indiana had two top-five picks leave?  Kentucky had that happen in 2010, and still got to a Final Four.  Granted, the same thing happened in 2012 with worse results, so let’s hope Indiana’s recovery looks more like last year than 2011.

 

Article written by Corey Nichols

17 Comments for Nugget-Sized Basketball Preseason Opinions



  1. Ummmmm...
    6:05 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    John Wall and Demarcus Cousins did not go to a Final Four in 2010. They lost to WVU in the Elite Eight.

    Are you really a UK fan or do you just pretend to be one on this blog? Get your facts straight dude. Embarrassing.



  2. Linda Taylor
    6:11 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    1 – You didn’t understand what Corey wrote. He didn’t say that the 2010 team went to a Final Four. He said they had two top-five draft picks leave. Then the 2011 team went to the Final Four. I know reading comprehension can get tricky at times.



  3. HookedOnPhonics
    6:37 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry #2 but the writer stated exactly that: “Kentucky had that happen in 2010, and still got to a Final Four.”
    KSR writers knowledge of basic paragraph structure is the problem, not our reading comprehension.



  4. DB11
    6:44 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    @3 Precisely



  5. HicksPickSix
    6:49 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    The brilliant, thoroughly researched work of Corey Nichols graces us with its presence once again. If imagine that posts 1, 3 and 4, as well as this one, will be deleted soon. God forbid anyone legitimately criticize the inaccuracies of one of KSR’a most reputable writers!



  6. DH
    6:50 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    3) Did you bother to read the sentence before that where he said, “Oh, Indiana had two top-five picks leave?” Then went on to say that Kentucky had two top five picks leave in 2010 and still made it to the Final Four. I’m with Linda on this. Wasn’t that hard to comprehend



  7. y'allflunkedtheSAT
    6:56 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Reading comprehension. Corey has posted numerous “fails” in the past…This however was not one of them.

    People left the team for the NBA and the FOLLOWING year’s team went to the final four. Clear.



  8. Linda Taylor
    7:00 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    3 – His sentence was referring back to the article’s sentence about Indiana. The entire article was about the upcoming season. Context is important when reading anything. His sentence was not an island in the middle of nowhere, it was within the context of the article and made perfect sense in that context. My goodness. Read it again. This time read what CBSSports wrote about Indiana and then Corey’s response. If you still don’t understand it, then there is no hope for you.



  9. Han
    7:19 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    Lest we forget, Billy D’s repeat champs at Florida returned 4 NBA draft picks (Green got drafted, right?) and another dude, starters. Louisville lost a bit more than that, namely their starting senior PG and JR center.



  10. Captain Obvious
    8:03 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    1,3,4,5 how embarrassing for you dummies. You no comprehend English?



  11. bigbluetrue
    10:20 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    I have to agree that trying to compare UL to the back to back UF teams is a joke. The UF teams had legitimate NBA talent, UL does not. The Cards were blessed last year to be playing in one of the weakest seasons in college basketball history. They won’t have that luxury this year and will be exposed for the average team they really are.



  12. J in Orlando
    11:24 pm August 12, 2013 Permalink

    This season will show UL to be quite overrated…they may have a good record, being in a mid major conference, but they do not have the benefit of a severely depleted talent pool all around them like last year…Mi St, Baylor, UF, and UNC all will be much tougher opponents



  13. rj
    6:04 am August 13, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky’s loaded wlth elite pro level players, check-mate trey. also uofl would need at least 2 players on pro rosters to play a pre- season game, unless your into watching D-league games.



  14. Whoopty dew
    9:38 am August 13, 2013 Permalink

    #13 So I guess since last year’s UK team went to the NIT then your championship team was overrated???



  15. CATS
    10:04 am August 13, 2013 Permalink

    11 & 13…. You are exactly correct! loserville was the best team in a down year for college basketball, Period. Their 2 best players are gone & lack of NBA-bound talent will bring the hype down to earth sooner than later. The new juco PG is 5’10” & the 5’11” (at best) russ smith will be lost in the trees with this year’s crop of talent… Goodnight uofLOL



  16. CATS
    10:06 am August 13, 2013 Permalink

    16… troll–in 2012 we had the best team in a LOADED year for college hoops (due largely to the NBA lockout scare) FAR FROM OVERRATED… Chalk one up to yet Another Delusional loserville fan…!