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4 Grand Pronouncements After One Bahamas Game

We have televised basketball in August so there is only one reasonable thing to do. Hyperbole! All 10 Cats impressed in today’s game so let’s make some grand pronouncements for the upcoming year and beyond.

1. Alex Poythress Will Have a Breakout Year

Without Alex Poythress Kentucky would have never made it to last year’s title game. Practice reports from the summer indicated he was a new player. Still, many were hesitant to buy in that POY had turned the corner. That is until today. Alex finished with 10 and 6 and some crazy athletic plays which saw him spending more time soaring through the air than he was on the ground. In 22 minutes of action there was no real time that he sank back and disappeared. It’s time to pronounce that it’s a new day for Alex Poythress and the rest of college basketball has been warned.

2. The Harrisons Will Be Basketball’s Most Improved

Ladies and Gentleman we now have the Harrison twins we thought we were getting last season. Today they executed with efficiency, shooting a combined 7 of 14. Aaron was the scoring machine as he drilled 6 of 10. Andrew dished out four assists. The duo are the stone cold killers that we saw during last year’s NCAA tournament. Then they have seemingly endless depth with Hawkins, Booker, and Ulis coming off the bench. It’s unbelievable. Speaking of Ulis…

3. Tyler Ulis Will Break Rondo’s Steals Record

Tyler, the creator blew everybody on twitter away today with his scrappy play and great passing. He finished with 5 assists, 2 turnovers, and 2 steals in just 18 minutes of action. My pronouncement for Ulis is that at some point before his Kentucky career is over he will break Rondo’s 87 steals record. Ulis was getting it done on both ends of the court and he’s likely to be wreaking havoc likely the next four years. At just 18 years old, the kid is only going to get better, faster, and more dangerous. If today was any indication Ulis will go down in UK history as one of the most beloved wildcats.

4. Time For Nine

Okay it’s a bit too early to say anything about the Cats raising banner number nine but it’s hard to imagine anyone taking down this team. Foul trouble will not be an issue for this team. Fatigue? Non-existent. Kentucky may lose a few games this season but they will only do so by beating themselves a la 2010 and 2012.  Buckle up folks, it’s going to be a fun year.


What grand pronouncements are you ready to make following just a glimpse of this year’s team?



Article written by Andrew Cassady

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32 Comments for 4 Grand Pronouncements After One Bahamas Game

  1. For real
    5:41 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Seems like 2010 and 2012 would have shown you that talent doesn’t necessarily equal a great team. Please refer to the Spurs spanking the Heat for further reference. Your remarks and expectations create a hyperbole that destroys the fun of following UK basketball. If they don’t win it all then the season is a failure and if they do win it, it was expected.

    • yeah
      6:11 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      Spurs have 3 HOF’s on the team, do the Spurs lack talent that only you don’t know about?

  2. Robshairgel
    5:47 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Body language and free throw shooting will both be improved a great deal.

  3. tony stewart
    5:52 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    We are going to kill the competition this year!

    • BNClay
      5:54 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      Way to soon for that joke.

    • smh
      5:55 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink


    • Luther
      11:19 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      40 – 0, baby!

  4. pfife
    6:02 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    I liked the backcourt pressure KY’s depth allowed. Puerto Rico was gassed in the 2nd half.

  5. Dr. Funke
    6:07 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    It’s way too soon for championship predictions/expectations. If there is one thing to be learned from last year, it is preseason hype is about as valuable as a sweet sixteen t-shirt.

    • Bradinmississippi
      6:39 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      If I’m not mistaken last years team was the national runner up

    • tobias is that you
      7:03 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      You sir are not mistaken.

  6. C'mon
    6:12 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    C’mon y’all……It was a Puerto Rico team that consisted of two mediocre players at best. The average age of that team 35yrs old. Lol

    Look…. It’s good to be excited, and we have a lot to be excited for. But has history not taught us anything!?!?

    To quote my dad….. Don’t get the cart before the horse!

    • bigbluetruth
      10:13 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t forget this also was the first time on the floor that wasn’t a pick-up game or practice, and with-out WCS and Lyles. They are a pro team (we know it’s not the NBA) but smart and wise players. This team will be much better from start to finish than last year’s team and Alex will be a beast and make at least one hi-lite play each and every game.

  7. Ukcatzfan
    6:14 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    My pronouncement is,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Its one practice game and way too early to make any PRONOUNCEMENTS

    • tom
      11:07 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      Amen. Amen. And Amen. These young inexperienced writers on KSR NEVER learn. Jones needs to school them a bit on reality.

    6:15 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    I think we can all agree that Tyler Ulis is going to be fun to watch and hard to keep off the floor…

    • chester
      2:11 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

      Ulis is unreal

  9. Brad
    6:24 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Lots of great butts on the hardwood today.

    • Bruh
      10:00 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

      bruh really

  10. All-Americans
    6:31 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Jay Bilas said something about UK having more All-Americans than entire conferences. Does anyone remember what conference he was referring to? How many did that conference have?

    • 44 Stitches
      6:39 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      He said UK and duke both have 9 McDonalds All Americans which is a record. Bilas also said the Big 12 only had 7 and the Big 10 only had 6 McDonald’s All American’s in the entire conference. If I remember it correctly.

    • All-Americans
      7:20 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      Thanks, 44!!

  11. 2mites
    7:17 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Ok Cat fans lets not go overboard yet. These summer games are opportunities to gel the team and the players to get used to each other. These are nothing but overhyped exhibitions and no where near indicators of what this team will do and who they yet have to play. We do expect a lot of our Cats and I do believe this team will not disappoint. The Gold Standard is very much alive and well.

    • Blue
      7:58 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      Party pooper

    • Garlic Bread
      8:06 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      Well, at least 2mites isn’t calling for Calipari to be fired yet…..

    • bigbluetruth
      10:19 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      I’m sure 2mites is one of those fans that can outplay the Harrison twins and Alex, out shoot Willis and Booker and with his size he’d dominate Ulis. I for one am glad he wasn’t on the floor today to expose Towns and Johnson. I’m sure he’s one of those fans that sits (on his ass in Rupp) complaining about every UK player and everything they don’t do right on the floor. You know the type, if Andrew guards the same player on every play of a game and gets beat on D once or twice SEND HIM BACK TO TEXAS.

  12. Are You Kidding
    9:40 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Amazing what one summer pre-season game will do to a KSR weekend staff writer’s mind. With just one game against a team that was obviously out manned and who ran out of gas , every player is an All American and the team is ready to challenge the SPURS for the NBA crown. Maybe not the same staff writer but MATT ELAM in one practice went from possible redshirt freshmen to the #1 Defensive Lineman in the country. Patience!!!!!

  13. The Real Smitty
    10:06 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Title or bust. This team is much better than last year. Too many 5* NBA players to settle for anything else. I said it. Mark it down.

    • bigbluetruth
      10:20 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      People like to be negative just in case they lose 2-3 games, then it’ll be TOLD YOU SO.

  14. bigbluetruth
    10:22 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    It’s a shame because Alex and Willie stay 3 years they’ve failed. Both will be lottery picks this year and I hope they laugh all the way to the bank just for the haters and doubters.

  15. Bobbum man
    1:32 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

    40-0!!!!! average margin of victory: 23.6…. Mark it down!!!!!!

  16. Soda
    2:37 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

    I think we knew that each of these players were extremely talented, but now we have an idea of what a talented “team” we are going to have….and this team has the potential to win it all, and will have a lot of fun trying. How soon can we get football season over with?