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?