Hopefully not this kind of company.
Clearly, today is a good day for University of Kentucky athletics. Mark Stoops nabbed the school’s first ever 5-Star commitment in Matt Elam, and while stars don’t necessarily indicate success at the college level, the excitement over the amount of talent Matt Elam provides is merited.
But that’s football.
And I never thought that we’d need a football recruit to cheer us up in the middle of basketball season, but after Tuesday night’s loss at LSU, it looks like that’s the shape we’re in. Things are looking a little bit rough for Kentucky, but if it makes you feel any better, plenty of other elite programs are sucking harder than we are. That helps, right?
Just take a look at four of the blue-bloods having bad, even worse seasons:
Aaron Craft is every ESPN employee’s favorite person, for almost no reason except he looks like he could be everyone’s nephew. The Buckeyes started hot, but are in the middle of a skid worse than anything I experienced before I learned the importance of changing my underwear. Three years ago. And don’t let the “Big Ten is the toughest conference” argument fool you. The worst loss for OSU was the most recent one to Penn State, which is an unimpressive 11-10. That put their league record at 3-5, and I don’t care how good your conference is; if you can’t beat half the teams in it, your year isn’t so great.
P.J. Hairston was kicked off the team, but that doesn’t explain the absolutely baffling season the Tar Heels have had, winning three of four games against ranked teams, while losing six of ten to unranked foes. They beat the Cats, and then immediately lost to Texas (which, to be fair, is now #25). They’re stacked with All-Americans, and can’t manage a winning record in the ACC. Say what you will about Kentucky this year, but we’re still 5-2 in the SEC.
Nobody likes Wisconsin basketball. I think Bo Ryan tolerates it. It epitomizes the Big Ten philosophy of “out-slowing” your opponent and is responsible for some of the lowest-scoring games of basketball since they got rid of the peach basket and stopped playing at downtown YMCAs. After starting the season at 16-0, and getting hyped up as a championship caliber team, the Badgers have lost four of the last five. That includes a loss to Northwestern at home, which should be enough to shame the players into volunteering for the D-League early.
Screw duke. Sooo hard.
Look at all that disappointment. Savor it. It’s not all bad for us, is it? The Cats have lost some games they shouldn’t have, but that doesn’t mean that this team is without hope. And it certainly doesn’t mean that the coaching staff is incapable of putting together ANOTHER championship team. Coach K, Thad Matta, and Huckleberry Hound are all having down years, too. It just takes a little perspective: good programs have rough spots. If you take into account that all but one of our losses were decided by five or fewer points, you’ll see that this team has at least been in striking distance most of the time. Don’t let a down point in January cause you to give up hope in March.
“The night is darkest just before the dawn, but I promise you, the dawn is coming.”