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What College Basketball’s Flux-Up Means for Kentucky

More flux = More court storming.

 

On Monday’s SEC teleconference, Calipari’s main talking point was how the Cats were a team “in flux.” With Harrow and Cauley-Stein both needing time off from the team for various reasons and other players developing at a different rate, the Cats have had a hard time hitting their Dougie simultaneously- which has resulted in a few baffling losses and empty wins (I still remember Vanderbilt, guys).

 

But the Cats are hardly alone in their inconsistencies. Indiana’s glorious, karmic loss to Illinois on a buzzer-beater last night means that for the fifth week in a row, the #1 team in the country has lost. College basketball itself is in a state of flux, changing from week to week and leaving viewers and analysts alike confused as to who the best team really is. There have been more upsets in college basketball than Kevin Stallings’ stomach after a meal at Golden Corral.

 

So how does this weird year affect Kentucky and our post-season? Let’s make a pro-con list.

 

Pros

– Our losses don’t look so bad, for the most part. Looking back, UK’s six losses have come to Duke, Notre Dame, Baylor, Louisville, Texas A&M, and Alabama. Aside from the blowout at Miami, Duke has been one of the few consistent teams this season. Notre Dame and Louisville are still ranked, and Alabama has won out at home in the SEC thus far and remains in the hunt for a bye come SEC tournament time. Baylor has been on a bit of a downward spiral recently but played a strong game against Oklahoma State last night.

– But what about that Texas A&M game? Yeah, that sucked. But look- other top teams in the country have suffered unacceptable losses to lesser teams as well. Duke lost to Miami, Florida lost to Arkansas, Kansas lost to TCU, Louisville lost to Villanova, and Syracuse lost to Villanova AND Pittsburgh. It’s not pretty, but that’s just the way the games are rolling this season. As we get closer to March, it’s looking less and less likely that any team will enter the tournament having won all of its gimme games.

– Uncle Mo is in town. Since the loss at Alabama, the Cats have seemingly pulled it together and won their last four games, including that much-needed “signature win” over Marshall Henderson Ole Miss. Teams that are on the upswing entering March are looked upon much more favorably by the NCAA Selection Committee, and Kentucky could benefit from their second-half-of-the-season surge.

 

Cons?

– The Cats are still under the national radar. After entering the 2012-2013 season with expectations that weigh more than Renardo Sidney placed upon them, the Cats have quietly faded into the background of college basketball chatter. It’s not that they aren’t improving- it’s just that no one seems to be noticing. Amidst all the recent upsets and the revolving door that is the Top 25, Kentucky is kind of getting ignored. Of course, this could be construed as a benefit if you’re one who likes to enter the post-season as an underdog; however, it’d be nice to get that upper-half seeding in March.

– Similarly, our best player is getting less attention than he deserves. Last year, Anthony Davis was the crown jewel of the “Kentucky coronation,” and he reaped countless benefits from the publicity that Kentucky’s domination garnered. Nerlens Noel, on the other hand, has been putting up the same kinds of numbers but receiving much less attention because his team hasn’t been as magical to follow. In the end, it’s about the team’s results, but it’d still be nice for Nerlens’ awe-inspiring contributions to get recognition.

– The Cats could still get bit in the butt. With all the parity in college basketball, a young team like the Cats can’t afford to take one game off. Games against Auburn, Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi State aren’t gimmes anymore, and the Cats HAVE to keep their momentum going in order to achieve their potential this season.

 

In short, the Wildcats can use the parity this season to their advantage by capitalizing on their recent momentum and making a late surge before Selection Sunday. Like the rest of college basketball fans, I’ve enjoyed the roller coaster that this season has been. But when it comes to the Cats, I’ll take Team No Flux any day. 

 

@KristenGeilKSR

Article written by Kristen Geil

22 Comments for What College Basketball’s Flux-Up Means for Kentucky



  1. knightynight
    3:09 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Duke losing to Miami isn’t looking to be a bad loss at all. they are legit.



  2. Otis
    3:11 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    1- I think how badly they were beaten is what makes it a bad loss.



  3. Dr. Funke
    3:12 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    I hate duke as much as the next person but to say the Miami loss is a bad loss is just dishonest. Miami is playing like one of the best teams in the country right now, they are top ten, and they are the only team from a major conference to still be undefeated in conference play.



  4. Kaboom
    3:17 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    If wiggins commits would UK’s ’14 championship roster start
    PG Andrew Harrison
    SG Aaron Harrison
    Wing Andrew Wiggins
    Wing James Young
    C Marcus Lee/dakari



  5. Kaboom
    3:19 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Dakari off the bench, maybe macintrye too. Polson hood Willis lanter Kentucky boy backups



  6. Kaboom
    3:21 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    *Macintosh
    Damn Apples autocorrect hating on Mac



  7. WhaWhaWhat
    3:27 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Who’s MacIntosh? Did we pick up someone that I’m not aware of?



  8. Smiley Pete
    3:33 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Miami is really good, a loss at Miami is hardly a bad loss.



  9. Scott
    3:37 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Curious if interest in PF in 2013 class means bad news on Randle, Gordon, and Wiggins.



  10. Musehobo
    3:39 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Though Noel didn’t get a lot of attention at the beginning of the season, he’s been all over the media’s tongue as of late.



  11. Roland
    3:44 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone else notice the chatter from the espn announcers during the UCLA game. I don’t know who they were, however; the on going claim from one announcer was about how championships are Won with Big Men.

    The other announcer seemed annoyed at the first.

    I tuned out to watch another game. The game was Boringggg.

    Anyway, I was getting the feeling that the 1st announcer was underhandedly talking about Noel but I never heard Noel mentioned by name.



  12. UK Blue
    3:53 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Miami is top-10



  13. Owen
    4:02 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Duke losing to Miami isn’t bad in and of itself, but you aren’t realizing that losing to anyone by 30 definitely is.



  14. Dr. Funke
    4:18 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    13 – Granted, but do you think anyone in the country would be favored to win at miami? You certainly can’t lump that loss in with the likes of TCU, Arkansas, and A&M.



  15. Smiley Pete
    4:29 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    @11 – I’m pretty sure Bill Walton was commentating for UCLA.



  16. YourBoyBlue
    4:50 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Noel is having a great year, but he is NOT putting up AD like numbers. Gotta learn to put the ball in the basket before that convo should even be considered.



  17. Larry
    5:12 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve got to disagree somewhat with you Kristen. Miami beating Duke was not unacceptable considering they are also without a big part of their team- Ryan Kelly. Not defending Duke cuz I can’t stand them but I still want to be real about things. Now, KU losing to TCU is one and you can even make an argument about UK losing to AnM as well.



  18. Roland
    5:13 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    #15, you are probably right about Bill Walton being the announcer teamed with Dave Pasch for PAC-12 games on Thursday nites.

    Bill did make a good argument for Big men winning championships.

    The whole game between the 2 was chatter about things outside the game they were announcing. It was like a radio show, if you weren’t watching.



  19. Roland
    5:16 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Bill Walton rolled fatties b4 they were called fatties. A man B4 his time. jk



  20. dave
    6:59 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    that stallings analogy doesnt make any sense.
    unless you think “i had 5 upset stomachs last night” is right?



  21. Mrs. Patterson
    7:28 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Impossible. Nothing weighs more than Renardo Sidney



  22. Roland
    7:37 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Barkley would give Sidney, a weight competition, but, Barkley could,(and did), play outstanding college basketball. Sidney has not.