After laying in bed for way longer than I should’ve, I’ve stopped “crying in my soup” and started moving forward. For the last 24 hours, BBN has been talking about “we should’ve done this and that.” Now, it’s time to take a step back, take a deep breath, and ask what this loss really means.
Where are we seeded now?
This game was significant in terms of fighting for a number 1 seed for both Kansas and Kentucky. Kansas’s only other major win was against Duke in the beginning of the season, and that’s not looking too good now. Kentucky’s major win was against UNC, who just lost at Miami yesterday. Kansas still has two opportunities for big wins against Baylor, but this was Kentucky’s last chance to get a win against a top 10 team. Unfortunately friends, our seeding can only go down from here. Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm both agree that with a Kansas loss UK’s highest seeding is a No. 2.
Is this the 2013-14 team?
In August, I had the chance to see part of this team scrimmage at the Coach Cal Fantasy Camp. I remember texting my dad saying “this is gonna be another 2014-15 kind of team.” After last night, I’m reminded of how I felt after that March 1, 2014 loss against South Carolina. Then, Coach Cal implemented the famous “tweak” we made an improbable run, Aaron Harrison hit game winning three’s, people named their kids after him – you know the story. This team and this fanbase need another tweak. What will boost our morale before March?
Who’s our leader?
This team needs to find a leader like, yesterday. Who’s gonna be our MKG and start a breakfast club? Who’s the guy we print out shirts for that say “ROAR FOR 22?” Who’s our floor general? This team needs someone to step up for the rest of the year. Earlier in the year, Cal said this was Briscoe’s team. Now, he’s in a slump, if not him who else?
This may be a Sunday of mourning but, remember Cal’s teams always get better. In the words of Cal himself “Thank God it’s not March yet.”