ESPN’s Jeff Borzello is the early leader in the clubhouse for this week’s WTF-Are-You-Talking-About Award with his piping hot take on Kentucky being college basketball’s biggest underachiever. Borzello named five teams that have underachieved with success on the recruiting trail, and Kentucky tops the list as his biggest underachiever in the game.
Here’s what he had to say:
Kentucky: Two Final Four appearances, a title-game loss and a 38-0 start to a season — and that’s underachieving? One has to remember, this is all relative to recruiting class rankings. In the past four years, Kentucky has had three No. 2-ranked recruiting classes and the No. 1 class (in 2013). However, the Wildcats missed the NCAA tournament once in that span and then received a No. 8 seed the following year. Injuries have played a factor (Nerlens Noel in 2013), but there’s also been underperforming among the elite recruits. What the last two seasons have shown, though, is that John Calipari is getting more and more accustomed to mixing freshmen and veterans. NCAA tournament absences likely won’t be on the docket moving forward. [ESPN]
“Two Final Four appearances, a title-game loss and a 38-0 start to a season — and that’s underachieving?” is exactly right there, Jeff.
For his next groundbreaking piece, maybe he’ll name all of the programs that would trade places with Kentucky since Calipari has been in Lexington. That’d be a quick assignment.