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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Four Wins Needed to Not Be Forgotten

One amazing characteristic about the nine years of John Calipari has been the amount of memorable teams that he has produced at Kentucky.  I think you could argue that six of his teams (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017) will always be remembered as some of the best in the modern era.  Some of those teams earned that because of the personalities on the teams, some of them earned that because of their results in the NCAA Tournament, and some did it through a mixture of those two things and classic moments.  The 2013 team was completely derailed by the injury to Nerlens Noel but, to be fair, that was shaping up to be a mediocre season with him.  That team was destined to be forgotten.  The Ulis-Murray team is on the fringe of memorable because of their early exit in the NCAA Tournament but those two guys will still be remembered for a very long time.

This team stands on the verge of being forgotten.  What has been the moment that will go down in UK lore?  Who is the personality on this team that we will always remember?  They don’t exist.  This team has had a fine season.  A solid season.  There is certainly talent on this team, a few guys that will even play in the NBA.  But there just hasn’t been anything to consider this season “special”.

All it will take for that to change is 4 wins though.  Four wins and this team can at least be remembered as a good team.  Here’s how they can do it:

  1. 2 wins in SEC Tournament (make final) and 2 wins in NCAA Tournament (Sweet 16)
  2. 1 win in SEC Tournament (make semifinal) and 3 wins in NCAA Tournament (Elite 8)
  3. 4 wins in NCAA Tournament (Final Four)

If this team can not do one of those three things above I think an argument can be made this is the most forgettable season in the Calipari era.  Now, if they accomplish Option 1 and make the final of the SEC Tournament and the Sweet 16, that doesn’t mean they will be considered a great team.  They would likely still be considered Cal’s 2nd or 3rd worst team.  But I think people could then look back on this season and say they accomplished the limit that their talent gave them.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, if the Cats lose to Missouri or Auburn, missing the SEC Tournament final for just the 2nd time in the Cal era, and then don’t make it out of the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, you’d have to say this season was a bust.  This was the 5th ranked team in the country in the preseason.  They have McDonald’s All-Americans all over the roster.  They, in theory, had a decently deep bench compared to other Cal teams.  The pieces were, in theory, all there for another great season.  At this point it hasn’t happened.

This team stands on the precipice of having the worst penalty a team could have: to be forgotten.  But all they need is four wins to remove that from consideration.  Can they do it?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

18 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Four Wins Needed to Not Be Forgotten

  1. 2Dogs
    11:15 am March 8, 2018 Permalink

    What’s the criteria for BTI to be forgotten?

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    11:49 am March 8, 2018 Permalink

    Did the Unforgettables win 4?

    I forget.

  3. CatsfaninFL
    11:49 am March 8, 2018 Permalink

    Honestly this putting all frosh teams in top 5 preseason needs to stop. It rarely works out. Even frosh laden teams with experience take their lumps during the season.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      12:00 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      It is rare when it comes together. Experience is needed.

    • check
      12:28 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      True. I can only remember Michigan’s Fab 5 as the last time it worked out for an all-freshman starting line-up. That was 1988. Anything since then?

    • CatsfaninFL
      12:52 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      Well it worked out in the end for us in 2014… made it aa far as Fab5. But totally all frosh is just so rare.

    • bigbluebear
      2:26 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      Not that it matter, but the Michigan fab five was not 1988

  4. bosch8184
    12:56 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    Sweet 16s and SEC Finalists are the traits of a good Kentucky team now?

    We’re really bending over backwards to lower the bar for this group.

  5. jaws2
    1:10 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    By Kentucky standards, this has been a down year of basketball. There’s just no way around that. If this team can get on a roll and make it to the final 8, I’d consider this a pretty good year. We’re absolutely spoiled by history here, but hey, that’s who we are.

  6. bigbluehank
    1:12 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    Since when was a UK team considered “good” for winning no more than their opening weekend NCAA tourney games? Tubby was raked over the coals for accruing such results. People seem hesitant to do the same with the current coach.

  7. ryang1234
    2:03 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    We have had many memorable teams. But even on the less-than-memorable teams, we’ve had players who I will always remember and respect for what they brought to the program. Ulis and Gilgeous-Alexander are two that come to mind on recent teams.

  8. Brad Bader
    4:10 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    I think even if they win the SEC tournament, this team needs at LEAST a Final Four berth to be remembered.

    Granted, I’d argue that there are several forgettable teams in the Calipari era. In fact, I think the only truly memorable ones are:

    2009-10 – The John Wall and Boogie Show
    2011-12 – Champs
    2013-14 – Cold-Blooded Harrisons take us to the title game
    2014-15 – 38-1

    The rest have a few memorable players, like Knight and Ulis and Murray, but I think they’ll be largely forgotten in 10 years, like the vast majority of other seasons since UK started playing basketball. Being memorable is tough.

  9. plumloopy
    6:30 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    2017 may be recent in memory but I don’t think they’ll end up being truly memorable. Yes, they almost went to the FF, but I don’t think anyone really sees that loss to Carolina as an upset. 2010, by comparison, was the best team in that tournament and that idea continues to be borne out by those players’ success as pros. Now THAT loss was an upset.