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Da’Sean Butler says he’s picking the Cats to win it all


Even though most of them were still in middle school in 2010, the Cats faced a familiar foe this afternoon. Da’Sean Butler, the leading scorer on the West Virginia team that beat John Wall and the Cats back in the 2010 Elite Eight, was the starting power forward for Champagne Chalons-Reims, scoring 10 points in his team’s 81-58 loss.

Although he mocked the Cats by doing the John Wall dance back in 2010, Butler was extremely gracious in defeat this afternoon, praising the Kentucky players for their overwhelming size, talent, and depth. In fact, Butler was so impressed he said that he “might have to jump on the bandwagon” of people predicting the Cats to win it all:

“Extremely talented. Extremely big. Everybody’s active, especially the bigs. They’re a really big team. I heard Bilas had them picked to win it. I might have to jump on the bandwagon. They’re a really good team, man.”

Butler said that Kentucky’s platoon-style substitutions spoke volumes about their depth and hint at good things to come: “You sub out five and your next five is just as strong as your first five, it’s good things coming your way. Very good things.” While the more experienced Champagne squad had the Cats down early, Butler said he was impressed by how Kentucky rallied, took the lead, and never looked back. “They’re a really talented team. As soon as they got up, they got up. If they can do that now, I’m pretty sure they’ll get better as the season goes along. If they can keep us down like that, I’m pretty sure they can keep some good teams down too.”

Could the Cats be developing that killer instinct we’ve been looking for the past few seasons?

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9 Comments for Da’Sean Butler says he’s picking the Cats to win it all

  1. kybb
    8:15 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    If anybody missed the games, you can go on WatchESPN watch the replays. Here’s yesterday’s game:

  2. UKgrad'13
    9:03 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    I’m not going to make any predictions yet, we all know how that can turn on us at the end of the season. However, it’s impossible to deny that we are clearly way ahead of where our team was at this point last year, like way way ahead. And we aren’t even at full strength. I know we all probably say this every year, but this has to be the most anticipated season in the history of our great tradition.

  3. Liggins
    9:26 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    Do the John Wall now Da’sean.

  4. Kevin C.
    10:01 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    Yeah, this just feels like 2011-12 all over again. The new guys came in humble, but with a singular goal, and the returning guys returned for the same singular goal. It will be extremely difficult to beat this team from Nov-Feb. ; come March, it will be all but impossible.

    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      10:06 am August 12, 2014 Permalink


  5. Han
    10:10 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    With so many roster changes over the years, we haven’t had a lot of consistency in intensity. It’d be nice to have a squad that never lets up until the games are locked up. A lot of that is on Cal, too, of course.

    But it’d be fun to win every game comfortably. Close games are only fun when you win.

  6. Bryan
    10:25 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    The good, bad, ugly…….the good….were good!!! The bad….nothing so far!…the ugly, come regular season time it will be UGLY for the teams on our schedule….(btw we were without wcs/lyles) thats a bad scary ugly in a good way!!!;)))

  7. Bryan
    10:28 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    Ill go on record right now to say WCS will be a man possessed on the court this year!! And our best player among many we have

  8. KyJones64
    9:01 pm August 12, 2014 Permalink

    This team is playing with a big chip on it’s shoulders. It’s early and they’ve barely had any major practice. The veterans are playing like they should and the newbies are playing like expected. Tremendous talent coupled with experience + depth = a championship team. This team is gonna wear their opponents out! When you can substitute an all-star with another all -star your gonna be very successful. Scary good? Yeah I would say so…… Every team we play will be intimidated come mid-December! Go Big Blue!!!