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NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster: “Kentucky has it all”

We’ve given you our thoughts on Kentucky’s run in the Bahamas; now, the national media is weighing in. NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster shared his five takeaways on the Cats, who he ranked third in his preseason poll behind Kansas and Gonzaga back in June. After watching Kentucky roll in four exhibition games, Dauster said any of those three teams could be number one, along with Duke.

“And after watching 160 minutes of Wildcat basketball this weekend, that ranking is more than justified. Kentucky has it all. They have size. They have depth. They have perimeter scoring. They have guards that can really, really pressure the ball. They are going to be able to get on the glass. Their sophomores look terrific. Their freshmen look ready, and have the luxury of not being asked to carry the load from the get go.

Perhaps most importantly, there is lineup versatility. They can play big; or small; or roll out a lineup that can press and force turnovers; or play a team that is going to be able to put up points in a hurry.”

All that being said, Dauster voiced some familiar concerns, specifically whether or not all those stars will accept their roles and be cool sharing minutes. That’s never been a problem in the Calipari era, but he does make a good point: if Quade Green continues to buy into his new role off the ball, he could be a huge piece of the puzzle, ala Quinn Cook for Duke back in 2015. Like all of us, he was also floored by Sophomore Nick Richards and Tyler Herro.

“For a team that has questions about where they are going to get offense in the halfcourt and whether or not they can space the floor, Herro is a guy that is going to force Cal to play him a lot of minutes,” Dauster wrote.

For more, head on over to NBC Sports. I have a hard time agreeing with Dauster that Kansas and Gonzaga are as good or better than Kentucky, but the rest of his takes are spot on.

[NBC Sports]


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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31 Comments for NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster: “Kentucky has it all”

  1. NYCCatsFan
    11:13 am August 14, 2018 Permalink

    So you agree with his points when they are pro-UK, but when he says anything pro another team, you disagree with him

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      11:19 am August 14, 2018 Permalink

      No, after watching Kentucky up close, I just don’t see how Kansas and Gonzaga are better.

  2. Jiminy Crickets
    11:25 am August 14, 2018 Permalink

    Gonzaga no way, but Kansas is loaded

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:31 am August 14, 2018 Permalink

      UK also, is loaded.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      12:48 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      I didn’t say they weren’t. He said he’s not sure how anyone could put KU over UK. I’m just saying KU is loaded too

  3. DelrayCat
    11:33 am August 14, 2018 Permalink

    Had I not witness the Bahamas trip, I’d say Kansas was a clear #1. Not now. UK is better, but KU are a clear second best team. And Duke will barely be top 10 all year.

    • henderblue
      2:15 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      Christians4trump you’re an idiot. So many things can go wrong. First up is everyone staying healthy and being healthy in March and into April. From there it’s a game shot. Bad officiating, a bad shooting game. We obviously have the talent and in a best of 7 series we would be hard to beat, with a healthy team. We will have a fun year with a team that will be a joy to watch. Just enjoy the ride. An NCAA Championship is a long way from guaranteed for anyone. And Booby is right, you don’t speak for the majority of UK fans. More likely a small minority

  4. Christians4Trump
    11:50 am August 14, 2018 Permalink

    If Cal dosnt win the title with THIS Yrs team,,,,, then maybe he has to go HMMM ?? ALL talk and NO results is starting to ware on the supporters !!!

    • Booby Petrino
      12:34 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      Let’s be clear: you do not speak for a majority of the fan base. You can’t even spell, let alone speak for me.

    • Iamheasyouarehe
      12:43 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      Duke is now accepting disgruntled fans, feel free to jump ship. Personally I don’t want anyone but Cal.

    • Iamheasyouarehe
      12:44 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you Booby, I doubt he speaks for even 5%.

    • krautdog
      1:32 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      In my mind, he speaks only for “TRUMP…….”!

    • yodasgreendong
      12:51 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      Why are you always on here trolling? You’re either a terrible troll who isn’t very good at it because you come off as incredibly stupid, or this is who you really are, if that’s the case, I pray for you, because you must be so miserable.

    • Realme
      12:52 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      Christians4Trump has to be a parody account. It sounds a lot more like what a Trump / Christian hater would say in trying to make them look stupid, than it does a real person.

    • bigbluebanana
      1:05 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      I tend to agree with you Realme

    • Booby Petrino
      1:07 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      Real, that makes sense. I haven’t seen them post much so I didn’t think about that. I do recall them making comments, I just can’t remember any of them.

    • Iamheasyouarehe
      1:16 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      Here are a few of CFT’s posts:
      Christians 4 Trump July 10, 2018 at 2:14 pm | Permalink
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      So Uk is excepting me to spend all that money to go to Bahahas and stay in a resort filled with SIN,,, just to watch them play that level of oppnoent ??? i dont think so MITCH ,,,this is just another money grab by this greedy administration while crapping on the REGULAR fans !!!!

    • Peas and Carrots
      1:30 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      He’s just a liberal ftard trying to make Trump supporters look bad. Choke on some quinoa loser!

    • bigbluebanana
      1:47 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      You using the term “libtards” and saying what you just did makes us look worse than most anything CFT has ever written. Thanks!

    • Booby Petrino
      1:56 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      yeah not a fan of using tard as an insult, but I did laugh at “choke on some quinoa”

    • Christians4Trump
      2:00 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      U d**k noses no so much about ME uhh !!! lol I am the farthest from a libtard,,, and if u knew me you would no thats the TRUTH !!! U just dont like opinoins that are DIFFERENT from yours ! YOU were saying some thing about libtards HMMM !!! cal has got to win beacuse were getting tired of NOT !!!!!

    • Iamheasyouarehe
      2:12 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      Speak for yourself CFT, you represent maybe 1%.

    • Booby Petrino
      2:58 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      It’s pretty funny when someone sounds so dumb that you have to assume it’s a parody account. I’m going to go with parody, they just sound way too stupid for reality at this point.

    • J-Dub421
      2:58 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      And please stop putting spaces before punctuation. Your writing is utterly disgraceful.

    • 4everUKblue
      3:03 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      Nice try Slater!

  5. Catman1
    11:54 am August 14, 2018 Permalink

    kentucky is #1 in the country. LOL 3rd is an insult lets be real

  6. ukbradstith
    12:18 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    Gonzaga, Kansas and Duke are loaded. Put Nevada in that group too. I don’t know how you can say for certain we are a clear cut #1. Id rank uk, Kansas, zags, Nevada, Duke, Tenn, but certainly couldn’t argue if someone ranked a different order.

  7. BluemanGreen
    12:54 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    uhhh. nevada? lol no.

  8. Angelo
    1:06 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    Great post-Tyler! had another good one yesterday you could/should comment on.

  9. ukbradstith
    2:51 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    5 of 6 top scorers return, plus added a 5 star forward to the mix. You do know the Martin twins returned, right?