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Will LSU Struggling Help Kentucky?

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This has been discussed at length the last two days on Twitter, in blogs, on the radio and probably in work places. After LSU dropped a game to Houston yesterday to fall 4-4, many – including Eamonn Brennan from ESPN – wondered if LSU is wasting Ben Simmons.

Obviously there was a large debate about that statement with a ton of time left in the season. The one flip side though is LSU doesn’t have a ton of chances for quality wins, so they need to start making a run and making it run now. Before the season started many thought the addition of a player like Simmons to LSU or Malik Newman to Mississippi State would help the SEC because other teams besides Kentucky would finally have that big name talent.

Well, what about now with these guys on the path to miss the NCAA Tournament? The end goal for these guys is obviously to make the NBA and improve draft stock, but you have to think they are too competitive to enjoy not winning at the NCAA level. I don’t think right away there will be a huge benefit to the likes of Kentucky, Duke and Kansas if LSU, Mississippi State and Cal all miss the NCAA Tournament this year. However, if this is a trend that continues for 3-4 years, look for those All-Americans to stop ‘staying at home’ and going to the programs that win and get them to the NBA.

 

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

12 Comments for Will LSU Struggling Help Kentucky?



  1. kenny
    5:39 pm December 14, 2015 Permalink

    Isn’t California now 8-2? This is the second post today that mentioned Simmons alongside Jalen brown at Cal like Cal is having a terrible year. Again I could be wrong but I thought they were 8-2



    • @BallBlog_Chad
      7:04 pm December 14, 2015 Permalink

      Are you an OSU fan? Yeah, they’re 8-2, but they haven’t played anybody. Their losses are to San Diego St and Richmond.



  2. UKinIN
    5:43 pm December 14, 2015 Permalink

    Simmons is from Australia, went to high school in Florida and his godfather is an assistant coach on the LSU staff. Brown is from Georgia. Newman is the only player that stayed home.



  3. The Rest of the story
    5:54 pm December 14, 2015 Permalink

    The only problem with LSU is the head coach. That guy could screw up a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.



  4. m4ff3w
    6:03 pm December 14, 2015 Permalink

    Someone could have said similar about the Cats 2013, no?



    • deltasig41
      6:23 pm December 14, 2015 Permalink

      The big difference in making that comparison is the name on the front of the jersey…Schools like Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, UNC, etc have down years occasionally…They’re not going to have a legit title contender EVERY year, even if they do so more often than not. Schools like LSU, Cal, or Mississippi State, on the other hand, need to take advantage when they DO have the talent to compete with the blue bloods. And if they don’t…Well, you get my point. In addition to that, despite the Cats’ struggles in 2013, they already had a highly-touted class coming in the following year, and were the defending national champions. To anyone paying attention, a dip in performance should have been expected, although an NIT berth surely was below expectations. LSU, MSU, and Cal are attempting to build programs into perennial winners…Kentucky was/is firmly established.



  5. BobNWeaver
    6:50 pm December 14, 2015 Permalink

    There is a reason for the old adage that you can’t win with freshmen, because it takes too long for them to learn the game. As LSU and MissState and California fail with their freshmen, it is a testimony to Cal and his coaching at UK that he takes freshman and has them being “good” in November and Final Four worthy in March. ***”Cal’s Got This!”***



  6. mobile2
    7:25 pm December 14, 2015 Permalink

    LSU’s coach could have LeBron and Curry on that team and still waste their talents. Why anyone would be surprised is the real question.

    Just goes to show how hard it is to bring in a bunch of freshmen and win.



  7. jim111
    8:09 pm December 14, 2015 Permalink

    There is a difference between having 1 or 2 Big Macs and having 7 or 8 Big Macs as UK nd Duke keep and some are back for 2-3 years.



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:34 pm December 14, 2015 Permalink

      Louisville sucks, troll. Calipari owns your HOF coach. 😉

      #7-1



  8. kenny
    8:18 pm December 14, 2015 Permalink

    Ball log_chad, no I’m a UK fan, just saying they are 8-2, it’s too early to put them in the LSU category. LSU clearly has underachieved, the jury is still out on Cal.



  9. kenny
    8:23 pm December 14, 2015 Permalink

    UNC is 7-2 with losses to northern Iowa, and Texas.