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Mark Krebs Says There’s “No Doubt” Kentucky Had the Best Team in 2010

Photo via UK Athletics

Photo via UK Athletics

If you’ve followed this site or listened to Kentucky Sports Radio this morning, you know that it’s a big basketball weekend in Lexington. That’s because the city has been tabbed as one of the eight host cities for “The TBT” a single elimination, five-on-five basketball tournament where the first prize winners get $2 million.

It really is a cool event, and the Lexington regional is loaded. “The Bluegrass Boys” feature a bunch of locally-known guys, as they’re coached by Wayne Turner, and feature names like Dominique Hawkins, Ramon Harris and others. “Loyalty is Love” is one of their opponents, with DeMarcus Cousins as their GM, and others – including Daniel Orton – on their roster.

The games began at 3pm ET at Frederick Douglass High School and will go all night, and as a lead-up to them former Wildcat Mark Krebs, joined KSR’s Aaron Torres Sports Podcast to preview the event.

Krebs also discussed his time playing for the Wildcats with Aaron, most notably his final year in 2010 when the Wildcats made the Elite Eight. That was of course John Calipari’s first team in Lexington, one which featured a slew of guys who are still currently in the NBA, including Cousins, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Patrick Patterson and Darius Miller.

So yeah, that was a loaded team, and if you think the guys on that team still don’t think about “what could have been,” think again.

That team knows it was the best team in college basketball. And should have won the title.

We were no doubt the best team left in the tournament that year,” Krebs told Torres. “I go back and talk to Darius, John and those guys and that’s the first thing they say ‘Man, I wish we could go back and win it. It would be awesome.’”

Unfortunately, it simply wasn’t in the cards for that Wildcats team, as a cold shooting night against West Virginia cost them a year’s worth of work. That is the nature of a one and done tournament of course, where the best team doesn’t always win. That’s not just the case for the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats, but so many teams throughout college basketball history.

Which leads to the question: How many titles would Kentucky have right now if it wasn’t a one and done event? The answer: Almost certainly a lot more.

“It just goes to show you that when it’s one game, winner go home [it’s different],” Krebs said. “I think if it were a seven-game series we would have won it, and Kentucky wins it a lot. But when it comes down to one game, you just never know.”

Still, when reflecting back on his time at Kentucky, Krebs had nothing but great things to say. He is the rare player (maybe the only one actually) whose time in Lexington actually spanned three different coaching staffs, as his first year in 2006-2007 was Tubby Smith’s final season at the school, before he played two years under Billy Gillispie and then a final season under Calipari.

And as fun as his four years were in Lexington, he can’t believe it’s been 10 more since he last played in 2010.

“I just feel like it goes by so fast,” he said. “When I go back to watch practice or see Coach Cal, when I get back there, it’s almost like no time has passed. But when you actually look at the teams that have come through, the amount of pros that have come through, and all that has happened in 10 years, it’s mind-boggling.”

To listen to Krebs’ full interview on KSR’s Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, click here.

And if you’re interested in attending the TBT, action tips off at 3pm local time at Frederick Douglass High School, with the Bluegrass Boys playing at 9pm ET.

Article written by Aaron Torres

Aaron Torres is covering football and basketball for KSR this season after four years at Fox Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Aaron_Torres, Facebook or e-mail at [email protected] He is also the author of the only book written on the Calipari era, “One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats.”

22 Comments for Mark Krebs Says There’s “No Doubt” Kentucky Had the Best Team in 2010

  1. 4everUKblue
    4:17 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    December 2014 John Wall was way ahead of K and dUKe on the brotherhood thing.

    Wall described the fraternity as a “brotherhood” that filters through generations. He recalled older Kentucky stars such as Derek Anderson,Tony Delk, and Wayne Turner returning to campus during his year in Lexington and Ron Mercer, a first-round selection in the 1997 draft, took a geology class with him.

    • Ridge Runner
      5:38 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

      Excellent perspective, 4ever!

  2. Cousins Fake Tooth
    4:21 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    Best team doesn’t always win. Even the best team missing 20+ 3 pointers is gonna lose.

    • Ridge Runner
      6:06 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

      I hate it but have to give tip of the hat to Huggys guys who were relentless in that 1-3-1 defense. It certainly didn’t help with our off night shooting from the perimeter. Reminded me some of our 2nd half shooting against Georgetown in the ‘84 Final Four when nothing fell.

    • runningunnin.454
      6:51 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

      Didn’t we play in that Syracuse football stadium? I believe the poor depth perception will adversely affect a good shooting team. On the other hand, WVa , that year, was one of the poorest shooting teams in the country…yet they hit every three they threw at the rim, twisting sideways, falling out of bounds, etc.

  3. Arch Stanton
    5:02 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    Best team…unfortunately the coaching was ranked outside the top 25.

    • nocode96
      5:49 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

      We got another one here folks.

    • Arch Stanton
      5:56 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

      I apologize. Cal is the greatest coach in the history of the game. HAIL CAL!

    • 4everUKblue
      6:01 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

      That’s more like it Archie!

    • runningunnin.454
      6:52 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

      Can we call you Archibald?

    • KYCat4EVER
      10:14 am July 21, 2019 Permalink

      SPOT ON Arch! Best post all summer long!

      Listen, for REAL KNOWLEDGEABLE Wildcat Fans who have been pointing out the lousiest bench coaching and excuses by coach
      PROCESS… we now have another example of how a LOT of former players feel about this joker and his philosophy of Prostituting UK Basketball to the NBA!

      Time for the small contingency of Calipari’s Cooks to wake up: Louisville’s Program is all ready out of the gate ahead of ours… in building their program for NCAA and not NBA, and when Coach PROCESS finally retires, our UK BASKETBALL philosophy and reputation is going to take a while before it heals!

      GO BIG BLUE!

  4. Ridge Runner
    5:40 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    Nature of the beast with 1 game on the line for sure. We all know of more examples of that than this particular season.

  5. TOMCATS1990
    6:08 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    They had a off night they got beat sucks. 97 team should have brought home #7 against Zona.

  6. just a guy
    6:39 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

    I’ll get killed on this but our cold shooting was only part of the problem. WVU was playing a backup PG, we never applied pressure on him to create turnovers. Not once. The next game against Duke and WVU looked lost. UK was the best team, no doubt, everyone knew UK woulda beaten duke, but poor game plan over all, not just poor shooting, lost that game.

    • Arch Stanton
      6:57 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

      Careful there buddy. Don’t you dare even think to imply that Cal had any blame to shoulder in that loss…. Them’s fighting words!

    • kjd
      10:45 pm July 19, 2019 Permalink

      Woulda beat Duke except WV beat us first. ?

  7. astanford322
    4:22 am July 20, 2019 Permalink


  8. bd2153
    9:31 am July 20, 2019 Permalink


  9. bbn606
    11:05 am July 20, 2019 Permalink

    Well let’s just claim a National Title like football teams used to do.