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Lessons The Cats Can Learn From The Fab Five

Yesterday Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal made a very interesting comparison between these Cats and Michigan’s group of super freshman, the fab five. Both teams came into the season with mega hype and star power but if the Cats are going to finish like the fab five and reach the title game they are going to need to learn from history. Here are some of the lessons the Cats can learn from the fab five:

Don’t Read Too Much Into Early Losses:

Like the Cats that young Michigan team came out of the gates stumbling to a 9-3 record. Early in the year the Wolverines had to play the top ranked 1992 Duke Blue Devils who we are all to familar with. They took the experienced Blue Devils to overtime where they would come up just short. You can see a similar parallel to our Cats who took on the second ranked Spartans earlier this year. It was a close finish but the freshman just weren’t ready to take down the more experienced team.

The Wolverines would drop eight games that season before it all clicked.

They Were Ready In March

When everything finally did gel the Wolverines became a machine. You can point to a March 4th victory over the 2nd ranked Indiana Hoosiers that gave them the confidence boost needed to make a deep tournament run. The Cats will need a similar confidence building win somewhere this season. Perhaps it can be next week over the 6th ranked Cards or maybe even later in the year over Florida or Missouri. For Michigan the win over a top teir team launched them to an 8 game win streak that ended in the title game.

Our young Cats will click like the fab five did. Each game we have witnessed improvement after improvement. Remember against Michigan State when Andrew Harrison continuously got beat back on defense or the weak passes made against UNC. Very little of that was present against Belmont. Having a team that relies completely on underclassmen results in a project that will simply take time to come together.

 

Both teams will likely go down in the history books as assembling the greatest recruiting classes of all time. However what both teams have demonstrated is that you may end up with a good number of losses as the year goes on. Do you think the Cats can make a similar turn around and reach the national championship?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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19 Comments for Lessons The Cats Can Learn From The Fab Five



  1. bigblue091812
    2:37 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    Belmont was the beginning of a 27-1 run. A close loss in Gainesville on Senior Day will be the only blimish from here on out. The Cats have played teams with a combined record of 84-58, LOSERVILLE has played teams with a combined record of 68-69. It matters who you play and this schedule will pay off for the CATS and will expose LOSERVILLE for the Russ Smith taking 30 shots a game team that they are. On the 28th, UK 78, LOSERVILLE 67. Cal goes 5-1 against SLICK RICK and LOSERVILLE has to worry about their 2 games aginst UCONN and 2 against Memphis then they’ll get beat out in the sweet 16 in March.



    • harry
      3:01 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

      I cant agree, it is about match-ups, free throws, fast breaks, pressure and experience. Record is not a gauge for me.



    • uk40-0
      4:21 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

      Louisville are the champs. UK are the over hyped losers. UK fans talk talk talk. But your team are selfish losers. U ofL are champions. Champions. Not UK losers. NIT losers. Hahahahahaha



  2. harry
    2:57 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    that basketball is a team sport!



  3. bung
    3:13 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    we won because we scored a bunch of points…we scored a bunch of points because we improved our assists to 14 and cut down our turnovers to 7 and got WCS 10 shots… at unc we had 17 turnovers and only 9 assists and WCS only got 3 shots…the fast break would add points if everyone would run…right now there often isn’t anyone to pass to on the break due to the loafers…looavul beat us last yr 20-2 on fast break points…we need to score more on the break…You are welcome



  4. Stu Katz
    3:15 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    Not sure I saw much improvement in the 1st half against Belmont.



  5. bung
    3:31 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    looavul last year and Mich St. and Unc this year outscored us on fast break points 55-8 add in zero fast break points against Baylor and you might say it shows an area we need offensive improvement since we lost all those games…



  6. bigblue091812
    4:09 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    They have to out rebound us to have many fast breaks. The Harrisons will be able to throw over the pressure of Smith and Jones. Harry, you must be a LOSERVILLE fan if you think who you play doesn’t matter.



    • uk40-0
      4:25 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

      I think harry is a fan of actual champions who prove things on the court. Not pathetic paper ranking champions who’s fans act like a recruiting class equals wins. Louisville are champs who play as a team. UK fans keep talking even when they have lost 15 games in the last year and a third. Pathetic paper chumps



  7. K2da
    4:10 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    Cal claims he runs the offense based on his players and abilities yet he won’t run a zone knowing the fact his guards are slower than a bottle of ketchup.
    Go figure.



  8. JB
    4:33 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    Well one thing the fab five did was actually play in a basketball conference…if KY loses 8 or more games while playing in the SEC with no quality wins they may find themselves missing the tournament yet again….That is possible…..



  9. Bleh
    4:49 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    It’s possible but very unlikely at this point. Any quality team will just zone us and we’ll struggle to score. And we don’t score at all in transition. We pretty much can’t score at all without Randle in so any game he gets in foul trouble will be a loss. Unless someone starts shooting a decent percentage from 3s we are going to be a very easy team to play D against.



  10. Hillel Slovak
    5:27 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    These comparisons……will be killing an old chilli pepper.



  11. Come on
    5:45 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    Hey 40 and 0,
    Cal 4. Pitino 1



  12. BBNFL
    6:12 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    They don’t need to take anything from the fab five, they never won a title!!



  13. Shooter
    6:32 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    This team couldn’t carry the Fab Five’s jocks…… Not even close.



    • K2da
      7:23 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

      Not even on the same planet….not one player could start for that team.



  14. G
    7:46 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    From what I’ve seen so far, comparing this team to the Fab Five is ridiculous. More KSR propaganda.



  15. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:14 pm December 22, 2013 Permalink

    The Michigan fab 5 never won a Big 10 or NCAA title. So, UK should find someone else to model themselves after.