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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Let’s Self-Police Ourselves This Summer

In February, this basketball off-season was going to be quite easy.  The team was headed towards a very dissapointing season, the recruiting class coming in was less hearalded than those before it (if a #2 class can be that), and Willie Cauley-Stein was likely gone and maybe the Harrison twins as well.  The expectations would be down, the incoming guys were probably going to be given time to adapt, and the general hype would be eliminated.  But since the beginning of March, everything has fallen into place perfectly for UK.  The amazing NCAA Tournament run, the injury to WCS likely being key to his return, the Harrisons and everybody else returning.  It has likely made this team a preseason #1 and the one with the most returning experience in the Calipari era.  But it also brings HYPE back into the picture once again.

Let’s not forget how bad the hype of last year’s team burned us for 4 months, both internally and by opposing fanbases.  It was miserable to be a fan at times last season.  And much of that was brought on by ourselves.  There was only a small minority of fans calling for 40-0 last year, but the large majority of fans stayed silent when those expectations were thrown out.  So that is why is offseason we need to police ourselves.  There will be the vocal minority torching the call-in shows and message boards once again because they have short memories.  It is inevitable.  So I am calling on fans to not let these 3 statements go with rebuking our own fans.  Because at the end of the day, those that make fools of themselves will make fools of all of us:

1. “40-0”
-Let’s get this out of the way first.  Do not, under any circumstances, allow the 40-0 talk to start up again.  Not by one single fan.  And I don’t even think it’s absurd because last year’s team lost 11 games.  I say we can’t allow that kind of talk because of these reasons: 1978 Kentucky, 1991 UNLV, 1992 Duke, 1996 Kentucky, 1999 Duke, 2004 St. Joseph’s, 2005 North Carolina, 2012 Kentucky, and basically any other year.  There have been countless teams since 1976 that are likely going to be better than next year’s Kentucky team.  And none of them went undefeated.  And very few of them only lost 1 game.  The last ONE LOSS national champion was 1971.  Every national champion has lost at least 2 games since then and 31 of the 38 since 1976 have lost 3 or more.  Even the best lose games so it’s pointless to even go there.  

2. “Our 9 McDonald’s All-Americans prove we are better than you”
-That is a true statement, if all 9 guys play like All-Americans.  Being a high school All-American doesn’t mean you are immediately a college all-american, of even close.  Do we think Marcus Lee played like an All-American this year?  The point is claiming McDonald’s All-Americans equate to national championships is another pointless stat.  If that were the case, Kentucky would have won the last 5 national championships.  There are so many other reasons to argue this team is going to be really good, so don’t use the weakest of arguments.

3. “Our Second Five Could Beat Most Teams”
-Another dumb thing to say.  Why?  Well, most of our 2nd five will be freshman and I already proved that we have NO IDEA how good those freshman will be.  And secondly, our FIRST FIVE lost 11 games last year.  And we lost our top 2 scorers.  With that said, I have little doubt that our 2nd five is better than anybody’s elses 2nd five.  If you say that our bench is the best in the country, that is not a hyperbolic statement at all.  But don’t blow it so far out of proportion it makes you sound silly.      

Look, next year has the potential to be really, really fun.  As did this year.  But until you see how these 10-12 guys mesh together, there is no way to know.  ON PAPER, this is probably the most talented team in the country.  That talent doesn’t guarantee anything though.  It doesn’t guarantee an undefeated season, it doesn’t guarantee all of our All-Americans will be great, and it doesn’t mean we can just throw any 5 out there and win.  It simply means we have an advantage in talent.  It’s a great advantage to have but don’t allow the minority to ruin this offseason of excitement.  Don’t let it go to the extremes.  Take the responsibility and self-police ourselves for the next few months.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

62 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Let’s Self-Police Ourselves This Summer

  1. CATS
    9:07 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    What . . . our second 5 could go 40-0. Piece of cake.

    • TNO
      10:07 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

      Perfect response. Where’s the “Like” button

  2. Musehobo
    9:10 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Agree with the overall sentiment of your article. We definitely need to lower expectations. But actually, number 3 is true. Our second five could beat most teams. Imagine we cleared house this year…the twins, Randle, Young, WCS, and Dakari all leave (assuming Lee/Poythress stay). Do you really think we would win less than half of our games next year? The truth is even with the 2013 team where we “struggled” all year, we finished 21-12.

  3. Notmattjones
    9:11 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Our second five is better than everyone else’s. We have two first rounders coming off the bench (assuming Karl towns starts that would leave dakari or wcs and Lee). Then we also have a proven great defender in Hawkins who should only get better. If Hawkins gets beat out by Ulis or Booked then they have to be legit. Agreed with most of your article but our bench was why we made it to the title game and if is why we deserve the hype

    • Brian the Derpface
      11:58 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

      Hawkins has no offensive game at this level yet. If Hawkins gets beat out, it just means the other guy can create a shot already. He’ll get there, but it’s just not going to be instant.

  4. bung
    9:13 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    I have lowered my expectations to 38-2 ..SEC Reg season and tourn champs…win # nine…avg 86 points per game…lead nation in assists and fast break baskets…Then we can build on that the following year…

  5. Jones Returns
    9:13 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    BTI sucks

  6. Old Codger
    9:16 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    BTI is an assclown!

  7. tltaworl
    9:25 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Sounds like somebody needs to sing a Christmas carol.

  8. Keith Stuart
    9:25 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Thanks for the perspective, one that so many who view UK from the lens of 40-0 can’t seem to fathom.

  9. Becky Wright
    9:28 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    While we are all so excited, we def need to step back and remember the struggles last season, so that we don’t get lost in the hype this upcoming season. With that said though, it’s sooooo easy to get lost:

  10. SelfPoliceOurselves?
    9:31 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    This guy must work for the Department of Redundancy Department.

    • Do whut?
      6:45 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

      One of my favorites is the guy who gets up at 6 a.m. in the morning.

  11. OneAndDone
    9:35 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    First of all, you suck. While I generally agree that the hype will be rediculous, you made a really stupid degrading comment about Marcus Lee in your second point. You said: “Do we think Marcus Lee played like an All-American this year?” While we barely got to see him play at all due to the talent ahead of him, I would argue that he certainly played like an All-American when he got his opportunity in the tourney. And I’ll go as far to say that without Lee, we aren’t in Houston.

    • arlo
      9:40 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

      we aren’t in houston with him.

    • Mack
      9:54 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

      About 300 miles north in Dallas, but your point is valid!

    • OneAndDone
      10:47 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

      Touché. Dallas, not Houston.

  12. raccoon
    9:42 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    We should lay off any 40-0 talk, but some day a team will go undefeated again. It is just a matter of time.

    And it is also silly to say that a team is better off losing a game. I honestly have little doubt that UK would have done anything different in 2012 had they won against Indiana and Vandy. The best team doesn’t always win and people like to use that excuse that it was because they needed a loss, but if you look at Florida this year or Kentucky in 2010 you see that sometimes it’s just the way the ball bounces.

  13. kentuckyjoe
    9:47 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    I hope all fans see, and heed, your post.

  14. Straightshooter
    9:54 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Wait, if we are out of the state, what are we supposed to talk about then? Ale8???I never really know too much about anything, but basketball, and as a UK fan I don’t really know how to speak humbly about our program. Are we supposed to talk about how Cal is going to have a tough time dividing out the minutes?? Bull shit. I always know a BTI post when I see one. He is the guy that you run into and feel forced to talk about the Cats in that way where you really don’t want to be a part of what he’s a part of. Kind of separating my fandom from the weaker fans.

  15. JMM
    9:56 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    “The last ONE LOSS national champion was 1971. Every national champion has lost at least 2 games since then and 31 of the 38 since 1976 have lost 3 or more.” — except, of course, the 1976 Indiana team… good research though…

    • OneAndDone
      10:49 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

      Back in ’76 I could throw a pigskin a quarter mile…

  16. Prof. G
    9:56 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    They could suffer one or more major injury. Remember what happened when Nerlens went down in Gainesville?

    They could have one or more attitude problems from guys who don’t respond to coaching. Remember how Archie pouted>

    They could have guys who just don’t get it. remember Alex as a freshman?

    And, as with this year’s team, Coach Cal may stumble through the entire season before he gets the right formula.

    So, everybody calm down, relax, and just take it easy. UK gets to practice early in the summer, play together on a foreign trip. and work on diet and conditioning. By November, we should be seeing a juggernaut. Enjoy!

  17. Brian
    9:57 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    BTI is a Debbie F’ing Downer if I ever saw one. A fanbase full of BTI’s would be way better than a fanbase over excited fans with over inflated expectations right? Moral of the story, BTI sucks!

  18. SoCalCat
    9:58 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Wholeheartedly agree with BTI. Flame on 😉

  19. RichmondRob
    10:02 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    I heard BTI on Lachlan’s show. They were talking up UofL and downplaying UK. I expect that from Lach but BTI has no loyalty. I don’t care much for BTI. He sucks and his negativity mucks up this site. I don’t read his garbage opinions. Next he’ll be arguing we have the worse team of all time. What a joke!

  20. Elwood Blues
    10:03 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    BTI, you’re the only person on this site who makes a damn bit of sense.

  21. John
    10:08 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    This article is awful.

    The only people that are worse than the ones saying we ARE going 40-0 is the ones saying to not talk about it and that we definitely will not.

    No one in the 40-0 camp thinks that it’s likely to happen. You need two things to go 40-0. You need to be really talented and you need to be really lucky. The first part of that I think the majority agrees with. We are hugely talented. Even that can be debated tho. You could make an argument that while we are deeper this season, the 4 incoming FR do not make up for the losses of Randle and Young. The second part of that…..the lucky part is just something we’ll have to wait and see about.

    That being said, you pointed out in the article very good teams that maybe lost more than 1 game but were still talented enough to go undefeated. Just because something hasn’t happened in a long time doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t happen in the future. Wichita St lost one game this season. And in that game they played great, we just played better. Had we not, who knows. 2012 UK lost two games…….one on a crazy buzzer beater shot and the other coming in an SEC Final that to be honest neither the team nor Cal really cared about (they didn’t play well that entire tournament). 2010 UK only lost 3 games.

    You have several teams in a given year lose 2,3,4 games. With a little more luck, ANY of them could have gone undefeated.

    Lastly we forget, this isn’t some fan created thing. Cal said it was his goal to coach a team to 40-0 so while I think it’s foolish to start printing t-shirts before it occurs there’s nothing wrong with setting high goals in the hopes of achieving them.

    • Blake
      12:41 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

      Agreed. I feel like I’m at a strict catholic school when he says “Do not, under any circumstances, allow the 40-0 talk to start up again. Not by one single fan.”

      Let’s conservatively guess that there have been roughly 25 teams of next year Kentucky’s caliber since 1970 (I think we’re better than half of the preseason #1’s in that span). One of those teams went on to go undefeated and others have been a game or two away. Roughly a 1 in 25 chance to go undefeated is not likely or reason to print a t-shirt, but it’s still very much within the realm of possibility.

  22. AZBlueCat
    10:15 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Looking at cleavage is like looking at the sun. You don’t stare at it. It’s too risky. Ya get a sense of it and then you look away. —Jerry Seinfeld

    40-0. You can let your mind wander there, but never discuss it. We will likely be favored to win each game next season. If we get through non-conference we treat it like a pitcher throwing a perfect game.

  23. Crazy People
    10:22 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    If you disagree with BTI’s post, then you are probably the small percentage of fans that make the rest off BBN look bad.

  24. Rupture
    10:22 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Unless Towns and Trey start, next year’s team
    won’t be much better than last year’s team.
    So, yes the 40-0 hype is silly.

  25. History
    10:24 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    The two best teams in my lifetime, ’96 and ’78, couldn’t go undefeated nor could the third best team, ’12. All three teams were loaded with experienced NBA talent. Even with all these guys returning, we don’t have a Tony Delk, Antoine Walker, Kyle Macy, Jack Givens, Anthony Davis, or MKG on this team. We do have an outstanding group of talented players but they must play like a team to be successful.

  26. Greg
    10:35 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Let’s not forget the media’s part in this . They get the ball rolling by giving teams lofty preseason rankings, and then sit back and feed the frenzy all season. If a teams doesn’t meet their early expectations, they are deemed failure’s by not meeting those expectations. It’s a vicious cycle.

  27. catfan4life
    10:41 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t like bti either because he is a tubby apologist, but he is right with this post. I can remember before the start of last season one fan said 40&0 guaranteed. Let us just enjoy having a super talented team that can actually win every game. By the way the incoming freshmen can make free throws which cost us victories in most losses last season.

  28. somerset bill
    10:53 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    is self-police-chief an elected or appointed position?

    i will agree with you on the 9 all-americans. most people miss the key fact in those comparisons to the number of mcdonalds all-americans on nba teams. it is the bobcats that have the most. that is the best indication that it doesn’t translate directly to wins.

  29. Lee
    11:24 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

  30. M&M wildcat
    11:34 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Marcus Lee played great when he got to play. I don’t buy that he didn’t get to play because of the talent in front of him…. There was games early in the year that the other two had zero points and maybe one rebound. Don’t we remember when we was talking about WCS disappearing. DJ hadn’t found himself yet. At that time our centers were as bad as anyone in the country. Marcus couldn’t find his way on the court then?
    I think he was overlooked by the coaches.
    Then they say he didn’t play because he played behind two great players.
    They started playing good, but for a good part of the year they sucked. So that statement I think is very incorrect.

  31. Catcard
    11:37 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    40-0?? All the returning players have accumulated 22 losses in 2 seasons and lose young and randle and no9 is on the way next season?? Lol lol!! BBN is dumber than Hoosier fans!!!

    • Jim 1
      12:02 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

      It must be difficult being a Louisville or IU fan praying that someone. just anyone please knockoff this UK team and end this 40/0 dream. Well I think most all UK fans would feel just fine with 38/2 and number 9.

      Hey, why not 40/0?

  32. Jim 1
    11:40 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    What is this the thought police of the Obama administration or the liberal gang based in DC?

    This all started after the 2012 championship when Cal was ask, what’s next? His reply was what about 40 & 0? That had been his goal for sometime and he knows how difficult it is to reach that goal. UK fans are no different so we dream of going 40/0 and with the talent on this team it only fans the flame. Yes we do know the last game is the most important of all and with thought we say why not 40/0.

    The 40/0 dream suits me just fine but the most important is #9.

    • Gotta say it
      1:59 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

      You are a douchebag!

  33. CATS40and0
    11:44 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Come on Bryan! The Cats has 9 McDonald’s All-Americans next year; more than all but one NBA team. If they played in the Eastern Conference, they would likely be .500 or better. Let’s celebrate our good fortune as UK fans, not throw a wet blanket on things!

    • CATS40and0
      11:45 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

      Plus: None of those college teams you listed, none since the UCLA teams of the late 60s/early 70s will have the talent advantage over ooponents that UK will have next year. The 2014-15 Cats will be in a whole different galaxy compared with other college teams

    • LOL
      5:35 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

      You are ridiculous. Any and all UK teams ever would NEVER have a .500 or better record against NBA teams. Probably not even .250

      Grow up.

  34. easypeezy
    11:50 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    The thing to remember is it is going to take a whole lot to beat last years results. Florida had a tremendous regular season and lost before we did in the tourney. We need to win it all to have a better year. The tourney is all that matters and she is a fickle beast. Most fans are enjoying being in the hunt and want cal to stay forever but it’s the vocal few really feed the national punk media. I love where cal has us year in and out. We will win some more championships if he stays and I think he would love to chase down UCLA. UConn has hurt us more in that regard last few years and I hate them for it 🙂

  35. Imac606
    11:55 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Is this a not jerry Tipton post?

  36. kybigblue
    11:56 am April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t forget Duke has 9 McDonald All Americans this year and UF has 5 five star players. It wouldn’t be easy but we should have a better regular season record thus giving us a better seed in the NCAAT.

  37. ukfan
    12:00 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Who are you to tell me how to feel about my team? We will go 40-0, our second 5 would be ranked in the top 10, and our 9 mcds AA’s are all going to be future NBA players.. so suck it BTI

  38. I. Melvin
    12:26 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Thanks, BTI. You are absolutely correct.

    (Really hope ukfan’s post is a joke.)

    We finally got the humility thing going and quite nearly won the whole thing.

  39. Hoosier Cat
    12:36 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Wouldn’t this past year’s team be about 38-2 with banner #9 if they made about 30 more free throws?

  40. David
    12:57 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    alright…is it okay then to state that the Cats will go 39-1 and still bring #9 home ?

  41. Bill
    2:39 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Not really worried about 40-0. I want 6-0 in the NCAA tournament next year!

  42. Ace
    3:27 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    One of the most sensible articles I have ever read on this site….well done! If this article annoys you, then you are probably part of the fanbase that lacks common sense and makes the rational fans look silly at times by simply being a UK fan.

  43. John Locke
    3:50 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    While the general tone of this post is ok (yes, no one should EXPECT 40-0), who is BTI to tell fans what to think or what to say? Is is inherently wrong to think that with the amount of talent returning that rapidly matured at the end of the season, the idea of potentially going undefeated is absolutely ludicrous? Because it is not. Also the remaining rationale for BTI’s “thought police” post are logically fallacious on a number of grounds.

    1)BTI is factually correct that there have been a long list of teams over the past 38 years that have been associated with talks of an undefeated season. The problem is, however, that the 2014-2015 Wildcats will not be playing the 96 UMass Minutemen, nor will they be playing the 2012 Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington. Those seasons were a result of those specific teams, their makeup, and the matchups they faced throughout that particular season. So while it is true that next season’s team may not have been able to go undefeated in 1992, that does not mean they cannot in 2015. It is innately illogical to say simply because a completely different team could not go undefeated 20 years ago, with different players in a different era where it was a different game, that this year’s team cannot. The fact that the 96 team of the 2012 team may be better than next year’s team has absolutely no bearing on the record they can achieve.

    2) BTI is using a straw man to suggest that UK fans actually think that McDonald’s All-Americans = an automatic championship. No one is arguing that just because they have the title “McDonald’s All-American” the championship is ours. However, that status can be correlated to success. It is a rare feat to win a National Championship without at least one burger boy. The John Calipari era at UK shows that with more MAA, there is more potential for success. In five years at UK, Coach Cal has raised 3 banners in Rupp Arena (one title), and probably had the best team in the NCAA Tournament four of those years. Some teams take longer. But the teams with the most MAAs (2012, 2014) made the final game. Next year we will have nine. It is not unrealistic to think that by having so many, we will probably be VERY good.

    3) Yes, our second team will be better than most teams. I think BTI conflates his argument; he essentially hears this contention and automatically thinks “better than most of the top 25” or “better than most of the top 10.” Of course that will not be true (especially at the beginning of the season). But tell me a team that starts Ullis, Booker, Towns (or WCS or Dakari), Lyles, and Lee would not find its way into the top 25 at some point in the season? Moreover, BTI ignores that the VAST majority of NCAA teams are not very good. While the second team may struggle to pull out wins against some BCS conference teams, they could probably run through the Sun Belt with ease.

    In short, this is just a moronic BTI post, per usual. If there is any reason for fans to not talk about 40-0, it is because we will look like idiots when/if we lose. Fans speculate, it is what we do in the off season. So for those out there that want to discuss the potential of an undefeated season, in the words of Cal, do not let BTI or any other member of the though police “steal your joy” of being a fan.

  44. Biglaw Dawgin'
    4:03 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    For once I agree with all of BTI’s main points.

  45. Marty Montgomery
    4:09 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    While we may not should start the 40-0 talk, with the right personalities, and such it’s possibility. Previous teams have gone undefeated in post season play and also some maybe even in some cases have gone undefeated in the SEC regular season. and some even did so in non-conference play. /no/ Men’s team has ever went 40-0 but could it be done? yes.. and why shouldn’t it be UK to do it first?

    As far as the All Americans? again if they are truly bought into the team/we concept and not the I concept, they will be college all-americans. As far as the second five beating most teams.? Considering 99% of most college teams don’t measure up to probably the whole team’s talents. the second 5 probably itself could go 40-0 with most teams. The only real competition these days in the SEC is Florida. that are consistent comparable competition. The other teams rotate or seem too as to whose the other best teams and Missouri and A&M are too new within the league to really know as yet of their success. let them stay as long as Arkansas, and South Carolina have then we’ll talk about their SEC performance records. Sure the 40-0 shirts from last year however may not have been needed. but I will always think UK Basketball will go 40-0 in the preseason…. Just like I’m surprised when the foortball team gets anywhere near 6-6 in a season. If football ever got close to 12-0 consistently I’d be thinking every team was going 12-0 (or whatever it would be anyway). but yes… I’d love to see 200-0 for the next 5 seasons. in basketball. then see what would be said…. Is it likely to get 200-0? no but one season of 40-0 /is/ likely and if not next year? then it’s due to the players. and had WCS and others made some fts we’d be 39-1 perhaps even 40-0 and have number 9 this year.

  46. willie t
    4:44 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    do we even know the number of regular season games yet? If only 30, can we start talk of 39-0?

  47. Ukcatzfan
    5:40 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    31-3 reg season and sec tourny
    6-0 ncaa tourny
    # 1 overall seed
    First round in LOOserville
    Second round in cleveland
    Final four in indy

  48. Cats+Cal=victory
    5:51 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    BTI, I agree with your sentiment, but not with your writing. You could have and should have made your point in one short paragraph. Instead you go for point by point trying to prove that your opinion was fact–it is not–it is just your opinion. Frankly from the stuff you’ve posted on this site in the past, I don’t think you have enough knowledge about basketball to give writing here much credit. That is my opinion–not a fact–but I’m not going to list point by point a bunch of examples to make it look like I’m right. You do too good a job doing that all by yourself.

  49. Realistic
    7:39 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Did you guys learn nothing from this season? 11 losses, I am excited too but lets chill out with hating on bti, he’s trying to not make us look dumb as a fan base when and if we lose our first game next season.