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SEC coaches on whether or not Kentucky is a title contender

After some early struggles, it’s looking more and more like Kentucky is the team everyone thought they’d be before the season began. But are they a title contender? Everyone reading this is yelling, “YES!” at their phone or computer right now, but ESPN’s Jeff Borzello put Kentucky just outside his list of six teams that have the best chance of winning it all: Tennessee, Duke, Virginia, Gonzaga, Michigan, and Michigan State.

Not including the Cats in that group seems ludicrous to me, but Borzello argues that Kentucky’s perimeter shooting could keep them from winning it all, a sentiment shared by an unnamed SEC assistant.

Now that Hagans has shored up the point guard spot, the biggest potential weakness for Kentucky is its perimeter shooting. Johnson is the lone player on the roster shooting better than 40 percent from behind the arc, and Herro is the only other one with more than one made 3 per game this season.

They have begun to look a little better from the perimeter in recent weeks, shooting 40 percent or better in three of their past four games. In the Wildcats’ three losses, though, they shot a combined 14-for-55 from 3-point range.

“They don’t shoot it consistently enough from the outside, outside of Herro and Johnson,” an SEC assistant said. “You have to be able to make shots to make a deep run.”

Between PJ Washington, Immanuel Quickley, and Jemarl Baker, I think the Cats will be fine in that area, but it was nice to see another SEC coach give Calipari praise for the job he’s done this season.

Kentucky also has a top-10 defense nationally and has allowed just four teams to score one point per possession or better since the Duke debacle.

“It’s because of Cal,” one SEC coach said. “It’s his ability to get his guys to defend, compete, rebound at a high level. And when it comes to the tournament, defense travels.”

That’s what we’re counting on.

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26 Comments for SEC coaches on whether or not Kentucky is a title contender



  1. Go Deep
    6:11 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    This team is coming for the title.



    • unbridled
      7:51 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      No doubt about it.



    • unbridled
      8:01 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      If you think the cas aren’t a contender this year….you are an idiot. I knew they would be before the season. I knew they would be during their funk…although I didn’t understand how such a talented team could regress and play in such a funk…but I knew they have the potential to go on a special run in the tournament. This ESPN’s guy is a joke.



    • BigolBlue
      1:40 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

      Not unless they aquire anthony davis



  2. Truman Claytor
    6:21 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Just outside the top six is a fair assessment, and metro to see this team come into the terminal to the radar



  3. Memphis UK Cat
    6:25 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Well let’s beat some prison a$$ and take one off the list



  4. KYcats11
    6:36 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    I’ll take Kentucky. You can have the field.



  5. ukcamel
    6:59 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    I’d take Kentucky as the third-best odds after *takes swig of Old Crow* Duke and Gonzaga.

    The only reason anyone doesn’t think we are one of the top contenders is that drubbing we took game one. It might as well have been last season and even then it was flukish. Had we only lost by even 8-10 it would basically be forgotten by now.



  6. 72uksprinter
    7:10 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    “Herro is the only other one with more than one made 3 per game this season.”
    WTH? This is from “an unnamed SEC assistant?
    Glad this guy is on someone else’s staff. What an idiot.
    Johnson and Herro have multiple 3s, yes.
    But, so do Washington, Baker, Quickley and – I think – Travis.
    I’m calling serious BS on that guy’s BB IQ and any opinion he has.
    Go Cats!
    Keep improving and no one’s opinion will matter when we hang up Number 9.



    • BluemanGreen
      7:30 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly what I was thinking lol



    • Keets
      7:30 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Don’t think that part of Tyler’s article reference was attached to the SEC assistant’s quote, but I think that was Borzello. And think that the “more than one made 3 per game” sentence refers to Herro and Johnson as the only players averaging more than one 3 per game (not players that have hit more than one in a given game).

      BUT as for Johnson being the lone player averaging better than 40% from 3, I think that now we actually have 3 players at that clip or higher (Johnson, Washington and Baker).



    • Blue Jesus
      10:31 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      The assistant didn’t say that first off, and it refers to average threes per game.



  7. michaelb
    7:10 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Cool .. that just means they’re sayin if we get a Lil hot from 3 we’re unbeatable . I’ll take it.



  8. LilBigBird
    7:11 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    I had to zoom in on Cal’s face. Hilarious.



  9. BBNDan7
    7:20 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    MSU lost arguably their best player, they aren’t making the sweet 16



    • BlakeBlueNation
      10:53 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      I’d argue Cassius is better than Langford but I agree. I think this knocks them down



  10. Ez21
    7:24 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Didn’t you all just write the other day that PJ is shooting over 40% from 3?



    • BluemanGreen
      7:31 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      He is lol



  11. binarysolo
    7:38 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s see… yup, still my favorite pic of Cal.



  12. TorpedoVegas
    8:12 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Duke is inconsistent when it comes to perimeter shooting as well. I guess they can’t win a national title. Derp.



  13. lexcatfan2367
    10:09 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Who is Jeff Bezos anyway?



  14. BBNnCLE
    10:12 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    You lost me at Jeff Borzello



  15. KY Blue Blood
    10:23 am February 1, 2019 Permalink

    ESPN = Useless



  16. UKfanman01
    11:01 am February 1, 2019 Permalink

    Rofl. I like my team! I dont care what Jeff….. Borzello? thinks about UK’s chances. Put us in the same bracket as Duke and let The Cats roll.