In case you missed it yesterday, there’s a new article over at CoachCal.com about this year’s players dealing with pressure and expectations. There’s no doubt that every season there’s pressure to win at Kentucky. Each year, Kentucky reloads and aims for another national title. That’s what everyone has come to expect, including the fans, players, and coaches. Just ask Derek Willis.
“We’re the most talented team every year, regardless of what anyone says,” Willis said. “That’s the way it is. That’s the way it’s going to be probably for the next decade.”
Tyler Ullis agrees.
“As a team, I expect to win a national title,” Ulis said. “That’s what I want to do, that’s what we all want to do as a team. I don’t know if we can do what we did last year, but if we can that’s great, if not then if we win the national title that’s even better. That’s what we want to do.”
Obviously, there’s no talk of 40-0 this year, and that’s the way it should be. This year’s team will be completely different, a lot younger and a bit smaller. There shouldn’t be any added pressure to go undefeated, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a fun season. These players are some of the most talented kids you’ll see on the court, but according to Coach Cal, it may take some time.
“I’m telling you, early on we’re going to be ugly,” Coach Cal said. “We gotta hope that Tyler is so good that we get by being ugly. But I’m going to have fun. I’m having fun right now practicing. The guys are trying, they’re working. We’re not as big, we’re not as deep.”
For more on this season’s expectations, check out the full article at CoachCal.com.