Good morning, Big Blue Nation. I don’t know about you, but I woke up still basking in the glory of yesterday’s win over the Dirty Birds down the road at Louisville. Kentucky owns Louisville. More specifically, John Calipari owns Rick Pitino. The names on the back of the uniforms may change from year to year, either due to being drafted in the NBA or being kicked off the team… but the end result is almost always the same. Cats > Cards and that’s all there is to it. Take a few minutes this morning to settle in with a ton of great articles following yesterday’s battle of top-5 teams in the country. Go Cats. Go Krogering.
— Often times in a team’s first true road trip, you expect the veterans to carry the load. You expect freshmen to play like, well, freshmen. John Calipari said after the game “I like my freshmen.” And rightfully so. As Mark Story of the Herald Leader put it, Kentucky’s freshmen came to the rescue in the toughest of environments yesterday.
— Myron Medcalf (who can maybe only be trusted so much considering he didn’t put Tyler Ulis or Andrew Harrison on his Top-10 point guard list) of ESPN wrote a column in which he described Kentucky as America’s most hated (and loved) team. In his words, “The train is rolling. So get on or stay off.” Medcalf no longer believes that the talk of chasing history is simply just talk. He says not only could the Wildcats run the table, but they might “smash the table.”
—- Many feel as if Kentucky’s running down of history can only culminate in an undefeated season. Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News sees it differently though. DeCourcy believes that undefeated or not, Kentucky will challenge history.
—- You know a Kentucky team is really, really good when Pat Forde can’t help but jump on the train. With the final non-conference challenge met by Kentucky yesterday, Forde fully believes that Kentucky should enter the March Madness sweepstakes riding an undefeated streak. Forde proclaims, “Next stop, 34-0.”
—- Tyler Ulis put on such a show yesterday in front of a national audience that many are now clamoring for the pint-sized point guard to take on a larger role for the Cats moving forward. Tim Sullivan of the Courier-Journal is among those chattering for such a move. The situation is very tender though with a sophomore point guard in Andrew Harrison on the team as well. Sullivan describes the situation caused by Ulis’ performance yesterday by saying, “Tyler Ulis gives Kentucky its best chance and its most awkward issue.”