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50 coaches named teams they fear in March; Kentucky not mentioned


Jeff Goodman over at The Walt Disney Company’s ESPN website has a pretty neat college basketball poll up and its results are quite disrespectful to your Kentucky basketball team.

Goodman and his colleagues asked 50 college basketball coaches to name which team they do not want to face in the postseason and the responses are quite surprising.

West Virginia is the most feared team, according to the poll, with 14 of the 50 votes placed. Up next is Villanova with nine votes, Duke with six and then Kansas, Oregon and Virginia with four votes.

To see the entire list of teams, which includes LOUISVILLE, check out the results here.

But you should know that not one coach said they are afraid of the Kentucky Wildcats.

They should get afraid.



Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

13 Comments for 50 coaches named teams they fear in March; Kentucky not mentioned

  1. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    2:06 pm February 17, 2017 Permalink

    Probably 50 coaches that have never sniffed the final 4. I would be very scared to play any team in March. Its win or go home baby!! Anything can happen and before you know it, one upset can change the outlook of an entire region. You think you have a cake walk with a team like Lehigh and boom, down goes Duke!

  2. Mathlete
    2:22 pm February 17, 2017 Permalink

    Kentucky’s an obvious choice though, so saying Louisville, Oregon, or Virginia lets coaches act like they’re paying attention to other teams outside of what’s on their schedule

  3. fauxbobknight
    2:23 pm February 17, 2017 Permalink

    so you’re telling me coaches arent afraid of a young, immature, streaky shooting (at best) team that hasn’t played a full 40 minute game on the road in a month and a half? what gives???

    • trumpetguy
      7:37 pm February 17, 2017 Permalink

      fauxbobknight, sarcasm just a little over the top, but you are correct. Coaches with just a little common sense know that UK very vulnerable in half court offensively. In crunch time of a tight game, UK can’t go through Bam on offense because outside of five feet, he is turnover prone and a poor FT shooter. They will play off Fox and Briscoe and let either shoot perimeter jump shot. Pressuring either one invites a drive to the basket. That is the only way they can beat you. Pretty much means Monk will be forced to get a basket, whatever means he can use….3’s off the dribble are fools gold, look great when they go in, but not what you want in an elimination game. Cal may have Willis on the bench because of recent defensive breakdown/put back allowed, etc. Defensively, if the other team needs ONE basket in last 45 seconds, they will run a ball screen, UK will switch, then Bam/Gabriel/Willis will get stuck trying to defend a smaller, quicker player and will get beat off the dribble or foul on the drive, resulting in 2 FTs. Who knows, maybe we can lead by more than one possession in last minute……we will see.

  4. Chad
    2:24 pm February 17, 2017 Permalink

    Well, I do remember the last time we went into the tournament as an “underdog”. I seem to remember it worked out pretty well, not ideal but good none the less. I would rather have a chance coming in overlooked then feared.

  5. secrick
    2:49 pm February 17, 2017 Permalink

    Bull * THEY FEAR US *

  6. 2Dogs
    3:17 pm February 17, 2017 Permalink

    I can think of 20 teams that should be feared more than Duke.

  7. 2thepoint
    3:46 pm February 17, 2017 Permalink


  8. Aar
    3:49 pm February 17, 2017 Permalink

    First, consider the source – Goodman. He loves to earn clicks by dissing’ BBN.

    Next, when was this “poll” taken? Before Tuesday there was not much to fear from the Cats based upon recent performances.

    Then, one somewhat dominating performance (only won by 25, didn’t improve season points average) over a Lunardi “first four out” team does not instill tournament fear – especially from a team that has shown itself to be offense first throughout the season. (note: based off of the UT game, I believe this team is getting to be defense minded but it’s too little of a sample size. Let’s see them climb the KenPom defensive efficiency charts first)

    Lock down UGA on the road, exceed season scoring average and beat them down by 30+ points or Blow Florida out of Rupp then poll the same coaches again. Bet you get different results….

    BTW, we ain’t beating UGA down by 30+ on their hardwood and we ain’t blowing Florida out. They’re both good and proud teams. Beat both of them soundly (by ~15) and don’t let the bunnies slip by (not that I believe TAMU is a bunny. That’s a serious trap game for these young cats) THEN I’ll believe this team is REALLY post-season ready!

  9. SHCooper
    3:57 pm February 17, 2017 Permalink

    Yeah and every year you have major upsets. I like not being feared.

  10. Bluebloodtoo
    4:43 pm February 17, 2017 Permalink

    Yeah, they don’t really look all that scary when they lose to 4-5 teams they should have beaten easily. You earn respect, you don’t just get it because you wear a UK uniform or you had a 5 star rating coming out of high school.

  11. Brad Bader
    5:27 pm February 17, 2017 Permalink

    This one is a little Buzzfeedy, even for KSR.

    Fifty coaches were polled about which single team scared them entering the tournament. If you had to pick one team in college basketball right now that is the scariest team, does UK really fit the bill? We live or die on the shoulders of Malik right now. And the only “good” team we’ve beaten is UNC. Hard to feel disrespect when I’d pick a handful teams ahead of us if I was polled.

    If any team should feel disrespected, it’s Gonzaga. I don’t know if they made the list (since Drew links to content behind a paywall) but the fact that they’re undefeated and got leapfrogged by Duke, Virginia, Kansas, and especially WVU is a real slap in the face, I would think.

  12. runningunnin.454
    6:09 pm February 17, 2017 Permalink

    Their opinion will change if they see us in their bracket.
    They’ll fear Monk will go off for 47….
    and there’s nothing they can do about it.