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Three out of seven ESPN analysts pick Hoosiers to upset the Cats


Apparently the trendiest upset pick in college basketball this week is the Hoosiers over the Cats. In ESPN’s College Basketball Writers’ roundtable, three out of seven analysts made Indiana the David to Kentucky’s Goliath.

4. What’s going to be the next big upset?

Brennan: Hey, why not — I’ll go with Harvard-Connecticut, Thursday night’s big game. Sure, the chances seem slim, especially in Storrs. But the newly ranked Crimson are playing very well, the Huskies are still figuring things out … if a few things go Harvard’s way, well, you never know.

Gasaway: Court, prepare to be stormed: Indiana stuns Kentucky. Sure, the top-ranked Wildcats are the superior team. But the Hoosiers will be playing at home, the crowd has waited for a game like this for three years, and Tom Crean’s team will sink enough 3s to win a close one.

Katz: Don’t be shocked if Murray State upsets Memphis at the FedExForum on Sunday. The Tigers had a solid win at Miami on Tuesday, but the Racers are cruising at 9-0 after winning the Great Alaska Shootout and crushing Dayton. Murray has the confidence and the experience to hang with the Tigers, even on the road.

King: It wouldn’t be a huge upset, but I won’t be shocked if Mississippi State beats Baylor in Dallas on Dec. 28. The Bulldogs are one of the few teams with a frontcourt that can match up with the Bears’ trio of Perry Jones, Quincy Miller and Quincy Acy.

Leung: Indiana could very well surprise No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday. The Hoosiers are undefeated behind a strong start from freshman Cody Zeller and the crowd is sure to be a factor against the rival Wildcats.

Medcalf: Indiana over Kentucky. Tom Crean’s Hoosiers are due for a huge win. Assembly Hall will be buzzing like Times Square on New Year’s Eve for this matchup. That atmosphere will fuel an emerging IU’s upset over the Cats.

O’Neil: Washington beats Duke in New York on Saturday. The Huskies have lost two heartbreakers in the past week — a last-bucket loss to Marquette and an OT loss to Nevada. So they’re due. And while I’m sure Mike Krzyzewski has turned the Ohio State game film into a Zapruder tape, breaking down every missed assignment and miscue, there’s no doubt that dose of humility is playing on the Blue Devils’ minds.

I am shocked Dana O’Neil didn’t pick against the Cats. Combine this with her positive piece about Terrence Jones from earlier in the season and she might as well be throwing up three goggles. Maybe she’s divorcing the Triumvirate?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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44 Comments for Three out of seven ESPN analysts pick Hoosiers to upset the Cats

  1. Cowboy
    4:24 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Get served hillbillies. Go back to your trailers and factory jobs too.

  2. schwing
    4:26 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    correction: 3 of the 7 desperately want UK to lose.

  3. KSR Spy
    4:27 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    3 of 7 don’t normally write about college hoops…and it shows.

  4. Jimmy
    4:28 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Easy I’m a hillbilly and I work on a warehouse, also a kentucky fan.

  5. HillbillyInBC
    4:28 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    All they can come up with is the crowd? How is the crowd going to be a factor after #anthonydavissaysshutup?

  6. ajlageman
    4:28 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Ask people to put money on the game for iu to win and the number drops by 90%. Not saying it won’t happen, but if the picker has nothing to lose they just want the story.

  7. Ha!
    4:30 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Where is everyone getting this koolaid, and how do I get some?

  8. Designated Drinker
    4:32 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    None of their reasons have anything to do with the game of basketball. IU is due??? So are the Cubs, but that hasn’t helped them. Number 1, go back to mending your sheep lonely farmboy.

  9. Ronald D.
    4:33 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Dana O’neil could pass as Tyler’s Mom

  10. In Your World Horatio
    4:35 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Cowboy, your perspective is skewed-if you even have a perspective. Back to your hovel please.

  11. blue suede shoes
    4:41 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    drugs…opiates probably…methodone clinic

  12. gasman
    4:46 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Isn’t the game on ESPN? Sounds like they are just trying to make sure lots of people tune in……..

  13. WoFo
    4:48 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Call us hillbillies all you want. What ever lets you sleep at night. And I bet my factory job pays for a bigger and better house than yours!

  14. Tyrannosaur
    4:50 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    7 & 8) Exactly – the main reason all 3 pick them is their home crowd – not a very strong argument. Sure they’re undefeated, but their best win is against a mediocre NC State team. Reality comes a callin’ Saturday for the hoosiers.

  15. Tyrannosaur
    4:51 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    * Should have been 7 and 8

  16. SexnNursinHomes
    4:52 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    1- hahaha, yeah, life is soooooooooooo much better up there in Beverly Hills, Indiana

  17. Runnin' Hoosiers?
    4:52 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    ROFL…..this is going to be hilarious when UK crushes IU. As #7 says, gimme some of that kool-aid, it must be danged good.

  18. Dacci
    4:57 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    The title is misleading. The analysts aren’t “picking” IU to win. They are just saying they have a chance at an upset… There is always a chance….albeit…a small one.

    *insert picture of Lloyd Christmas with an IU shirt on saying “so your saying there’s a chance…”*

  19. blueink
    5:04 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    if the crowd is still going nuts when they are down 25+ then i will be impressed

  20. 2KATS
    5:05 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    lol its all of the no name analysts that predict the upset. all of the reputable ones dont mention it

  21. BigBlueJim
    5:09 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Great Picture! That is exactly what IU will be feeling about 2 minutes into the game! GO CATS!!

  22. Nassau65
    5:13 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    i think UK takes it, but i’ll know more probably by Sunday.

  23. WKYFan
    5:15 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Nice to see Murray State getting some attention. I’ll be at that game. Go Racers!

  24. Miguel
    5:19 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    20. Exactly! They are trying to make a name for themselves by shooting in the dark. Worst case scenario, a bunch of angry cats fans, and blindly hopeful iu fans, will know their names, for a brief period, until UK wins by 25

  25. Wildcatfan
    5:20 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    It is just amazing how dumb you can be and call yourself a journalist. I guess reporting sports news requires no intelligence, at least it is that way when you work for espn. UK will win against Indiana and it won’t be close. As a matter of fact, UK would win this game without either Davis or Jones. Indiana is that bad.

  26. Bill
    5:20 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    This will be the first tru road test for our cats and I’m nervously anxious to see how they respond to a tru road atmosphere. Do I think we’ll lose… No but with that being said if their shooting like Carolina did against us and we’re throwin up bricks like we did in the first half of the Carolina game then Yea they could pull it off. Cats win 78-67!

  27. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    5:20 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    7 – Apparently, Tom Crean is the new Jim Jones.

  28. Notgonnahappen
    5:21 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Ong these ppl are crazy. It makes me wonder how they get jobs in sports. Funny when ppl make 10 predictions and only 1 is right how they can say I predicted that.. Lol uk by 15+

  29. thefan
    5:22 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Guess Cats have to win by 30.

  30. eightandnoless
    5:24 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Why is it when the Kentucky Wildcats reach #1 in the rankings these guys always hit the web talking about how fast we will be beat..I personally find that funny..but its fuel for our guys Im sure..I promise one thing we will start January undefeated..and they just made it that much more personal..IU wont even get close..Enjoy the game..oh yeah are we this good or is the rest of the country that bad..CATS BY 16 easily

  31. Whattawig
    5:27 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    I love all this attention on the game and so many picking the upset. No way the Cayts are going to take the game lightly now. I bet Cal is feeding these quotes directly to the team. I can’t wait.

  32. playersfan
    5:32 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    The only way Indiana wins is hitting 3’s out of their mind. Play the three at the start, in their face, don’t let them get confidence or it could be a long night. KY has a tendency to play the 3 soft to begin with, until a team gets confident and hot.

  33. Notgonnahappen
    5:36 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Nc hit the 3 all night they hit what 60%. It doesnt matter its notgonnahappen.

  34. ukbluek
    5:43 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    not trying to be a douche or anything, but the reason Dana didn’t pick Kentucky was because it was a list of the matchups they thought would be the next big upsets. I’m sure if she was asked who she thought would win that particular game she would adamently attest her big blue fandom and pick the Cats. just trying to help. go big blue!

  35. "Crimson and Crean"
    5:53 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    We are not the most overrated undefeated team in the history of athletics. Ok?

  36. ???
    6:08 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Easy call to make for these hacks
    If iu wins they are the smartest
    Uk win well it was just a shot

    Lame espn noone cares about your predictions
    Let me guess unc and duke 1 seeds

  37. ???
    6:11 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Really all

    The indiana douchers not hoosiers

  38. Mack
    7:24 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    “Medcalf: Indiana over Kentucky. Tom Crean’s Hoosiers are due for a huge win.”

    What does “due” have to do with anything; I think I’m due to win the lottery!

  39. Blue Haze
    7:26 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    is that a pic of Rinardo Sydney squaring off with IU?

  40. Ky El Toro
    7:55 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Off the subject, but does anyone know the Joe B vs. Bobby knight won/loss record against each other?

  41. jesco white
    8:09 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    This unibrow shit is getting old. Its messed up that UK fans keep talking about it. I know we love em, but what if it was your kid? Geez, we really have some immature fans who are turds.

  42. 19snl60
    9:03 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    where can i find a clip of bobby knight smacking joe b with a program. if that happened today. the team and all fans would retaliate in the worst way.

  43. jgarnett56
    7:58 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    All the talk is just talk KY by 13.

  44. david ball
    7:05 pm December 8, 2011 Permalink

    yeah…a trap game…obviously, UK will be focused on Chattanooga on Dec 17th and will forget about their first real road test on the 10th..right…sorry…UK’s defense will overcome IU’s lack of star power and the final will be UK 81-IU 63…write it down…oh…and Chattanooga will lose too in a week (another trap game as the Cats prep for Samford & Son)…Loyola (MD) and Lamar (wasn’t that the name of Fred Sanford’s kid?)…I see a theme building…UK will still be undefeated when Dec 31st rolls around and Louisville comes a’callin