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What could go wrong?

The top five teams in college basketball are very strong. The teams have more strengths than weaknesses, says Myron Medcalf of ESPN. But college basketball is a funny game, and crazy things happen. The game is unpredictable, and a season’s worth of hope can flash before a rabid fan in the blink of an eye.

One too many out-of-conference losses, a freak injury, or the meat grinder of March could all set a team back from achieving the ultimate goal. To the surprise of no one, the youth argument is again being applied to this season’s Kentucky team.

What could go wrong with Kentucky? The freshmen play like freshmen.

Last season’s Kentucky team was special. Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were the subjects of national headlines because of their youth and talent. But UK was bigger than the two freshman stars. Terrence Jones was mature enough — down the stretch — to take on a complementary role. Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb and Darius Miller solidified the nucleus … Throughout the history of college basketball; there are more examples of freshmen fumbling through a season than succeeding, especially when offered key roles with elite teams. Although Calipari has mastered the formula for the one-and-done generation better than any other coach in the country, there’s always the possibility the freshmen on his roster will make the mistakes most freshmen make. Calipari’s current group is young and strong. That’s the norm in Lexington. Youthful errors that lead to limited success, however, are the norm everywhere else.

Talent over experience, right Coach Calipari? The best players in the country will always be the best players, regardless of their class. I wonder how many coaches would turn down Andrew Wiggins from a starting spot on their team this season. Considering many NBA scouts would already have him drafted and playing in the league if he were able to, my guess is zero. The opinion of freshmen playing like freshmen already seems misplaced.

What leads writers like Myron Medcalf to believe Kentucky will fumble through this season with its freshmen? The norm in Lexington is to survive and thrive with diaper dandies. John Calipari has proven that you can win games and win championships with his absurd 102-14 record at Kentucky. And this year will be the first time he’s started a non-freshman point guard. John Calipari doesn’t recruit “freshmen” he recruits “the best players.” There seems to be a drastic leap between the two.

The only question now is when will this debate finally be put to rest? Is it going to take another banner? That likely won’t be a problem.

Not to disrespect this 2012 team by already looking ahead another season — but if Calipari is able to land Wiggins for 2013, you’re not only looking at a possible all-freshman starting five… Not only an all-freshmen National Championship starting five… But an all-freshmen undefeated National Championship starting five.

Think that would stop all the talking?

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

22 Comments for What could go wrong?

  1. 1st
    3:05 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink


  2. Scotty Sharp
    3:07 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    That’s my preferred starting five – the five that opened the 2H against Transy the other night.

  3. Revolution#9
    3:15 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    Can WCS not palm a basketball????

  4. SuperCats
    3:18 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    2) agree, Goodwin needs to play point over Harrow.
    Mays is too good not to start.

  5. Computer Blue
    3:20 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    Even with all that talent, an all-freshman undefeated starting five is pretty improbable.

  6. behindenemylines
    3:21 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    as long as we land wiggins or gordon, next yrs title or bust, and that 40-0 is a realistic goal

  7. Justin
    3:23 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    I believe that he is holding the ball with both hands for photographic symmetry.

  8. BPsycho
    3:27 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    #3 He’s in the middle, if he poses like the others I think it would look funny. I’m not sure if he can or not though ha.

  9. BPsycho
    3:28 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    #7 Yeah that.

  10. eastcoastcat
    3:28 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    Next year is next year. NOW is THIS years time to shine. Im feeling like this team can just blow up and take everybody down. We’ll see how good these other teams are and go from there. But if anybody else looks as strong as Nerlens, I’ll be blown away. Keep workin’ on that HOOK and bustin your ass in practice kidd.
    See ya in Brklyn.

  11. s'up
    3:41 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    Easy, Romeo. Medcalf in your quote doesn’t say he ‘believes KY will fumble through this season with its freshman,’ as you say – he says it ‘could’ happen. What could go wrong, not what will go wrong. And he’s absolutely right, an unproven young team may have difficulties. I hope not and I doubt it will happen but it could.

  12. Clyde
    3:46 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    Vote for UK to win Friday night:

  13. Mack
    3:50 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    What 7 said!!!!!!!

  14. Musehobo
    3:53 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    Here’s the thing about this team…yes, they’re young like the teams before them (that went to Elite 8, Final Four, then won a Championship). But this really is the first year that there’s a lack of upperclassmen leadership SOMEWHERE on the team. Our only upperclassmen who will see time are transfers and are also new to the team. Don’t get me wrong, I think these guys are good, but I am expecting a bit more freshman-like play from these freshman. What last year’s team did was unbelievable, but let’s not let that become what’s expected.

  15. playersfan
    3:55 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    Cats have secret weapon. Jimmy Dykes only national media person that has discovered WC-S. Bilas doesn’t even mention. If improvement continues he and Noel are 1-2 in draft next year.

  16. Dirty21
    3:59 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    Caliperi gospel Article real nice shots @ knight and good read

  17. Archie
    4:17 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    Playersfan – slowwwww down

  18. 3 fan
    4:18 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with those who say there is your starting five. Harrow and Wiltjer off the bench.

  19. Rap Music
    4:49 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    I’m the reason UK won’t win it all.

  20. Bobbum man
    6:41 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    @ #3 – my exact thought when I saw this picture

  21. Blueswade
    7:22 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    Uh….da ‘ELITE’ basketball I’d upside downish.

  22. The Original #4
    10:19 pm November 7, 2012 Permalink

    What could go wrong? Tyler Thompson could spread her legs for starters!