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Gary Parrish thinks Kentucky is on its way to meeting pre-season expectations

A few weeks ago, as Kentucky was sporting an 0-3 record against the 3 ranked opponents it had played, the common line being thrown around was that the pre-season expectations were way too high for this team. How could they be anything but disappointing with such lofty expectations? A few weeks have passed, and Kentucky has picked up a quality win against Louisville, while taking positive steps in a 2-0 SEC start. The story line is changing and evolving as the critical eyes watching Kentucky game in and game out are seeing progress. Gary Parrish of CBS Sports believes some of the previous problems are working themselves out. At times though, Parrish still sees characteristics of a young team, including Aaron Harrison’s decision (or non-decision, rather) at the very end of the game when he couldn’t decide whether to lay the ball up to extend the lead or kick it back out to run the clock out.

“So, obviously, these young Kentucky Wildcats are still very much a work in progress. Regardless, let the record show that the nation’s preseason top-ranked team is on a four-game winning streak that’s taken them from 8-3 to 12-3, and the issues they had in November and December seem to be diminishing with every 40 minutes of basketball.”

Parrish says that although this team isn’t “great” right now, and probably wouldn’t be favored to win a 68 game tournament right now… things are pointing in the right direction.

“But Calipari’s roster of McDonald’s All-Americans is undeniably pointed in the correct direction, and the best way I can explain why is to revisit that silly lob in the final seconds of Saturday’s 71-62 victory over Vanderbilt here at Memorial Gym. Again, the lob was equal parts senseless and ridiculous; don’t ever forget that. But the lob was also an anomaly because UK’s number of moments laced with inexperience– Calipari calls them “AAU plays”– are decreasing on the regular. So projecting greatness for the Wildcats suddenly doesn’t seem as silly as it did when they started the season by losing three of their first 11.”

Not only are guys like Parrish starting to re-write the script on this Kentucky team, but Calipari himself is finding more and more to be positive about. Although he knows his team isn’t there yet, his post-game comments showcased a sense that they are, for now at least, on the right track and improving more than they are taking steps backwards. For a young team loaded with talent, that’s exactly where you would hope to find them at the start of conference play.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

9 Comments for Gary Parrish thinks Kentucky is on its way to meeting pre-season expectations

  1. Catlogic15
    6:09 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    It would be difficult make anyone a favorite in a 68 game tournament. At least we only have to play 6 games.

  2. Last Team Standing
    6:14 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    68 games. Wow. Sounds more like an endurance contest.

    • cincicat
      6:34 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

      He’s close. Not 68 games, but only 65.

      2 play in games
      1st round : 32 games
      2nd round: 16 games
      3rd round: 8 games
      4th round: 4 games
      5th round: 2 games
      6th round: 1 game
      2 + 32 + 16 + 8 + 4 +2 + 1 = 65 games

    • CatsFanFrankfort
      9:43 am January 13, 2014 Permalink


      Wrong. There are 67 games. There are 4 first-round play-in games. Just do the math this way: for any type of single elimination tournament, all but one team is eliminated, right? So if you envision a 4-team bracket, that means there are 2 semi-final games and 1 championship games (3 losers, 3 games). So since there are 68 teams, that means there are 67 losers, thus 67 games.

  3. Elliott Brownbridge
    7:00 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Well that be veri kind of yu Gary to say UK be dooin’ gooder now days that is reel special. thank ye.

  4. sdcro
    7:08 pm January 12, 2014 Permalink

    There are 4 playin games… Or you can just think of it this way, if 68 teams, then 1 champion and 67 losers, so 67 games.

    • CatsFanFrankfort
      9:44 am January 13, 2014 Permalink

      Somehow didnt see this! Same thing I mentioned in reply to above comment!

  5. lou eaton
    9:06 am January 13, 2014 Permalink

    We are improving BUT there is a tendency to still NOT move the ball briskly like after we are ahead in double digits which means that the team tends to let up instead of continually attacking. IF we can get to the point of coming out at the beginning of a game and playing with greater intensity on defense then this will help the offense. As the game progresses we tend to back off on three point line and if Vandy had had more outside shooters then the game could have been different.

  6. TheBettor
    11:02 am January 13, 2014 Permalink

    That indecision by Harrison left me shy of a some $$. I took the line at Cats -9.