So now that the yelling has been done and the texts answered angrily, what do we make of the Kentucky Wildcat’s first loss of the season? Well for starters, this loss will have virtually no effect on Kentucky’s chances of a national title. You are going to lose a few games on the way to the title and this is December, not March. There is no need to panic.
That said, a few red flags go up. Free throw shooting. Lax three point defense. Why didn’t anyone foul? What was up with Terrence Jones? But keep in mind, we have a superstar coach who is very well paid to get to the root of the problem and answer those questions.
It was an interesting day in college basketball as #1 and #2 lost and North Carolina beat Long Beach State by just 6. So who is going to be number one when the polls come out? Syracuse should be the new number one team but number two will be an interesting story. I am thinking that Kentucky and Ohio State may just drop a spot to #2 and #3. You can’t hold a last second loss on the road against Kentucky too much or a loss without Sullinger against the Buckeyes, can you?
If not, Louisville could snake up to number two in the ESPN poll (they are four there), but I can’t see Louisville making the big jump in the AP poll over North Carolina even. I am predicting 1)Syracuse, 2)Kentucky, 3) Ohio State, and 4) UNC in the AP Poll. Let’s see.
And finally, how about a stat that I have not seen anyone throw out there yet? Is it possible that Tom Crean is the first coach ever to knock off a #1 UK team with two different teams? I think that’s a given, right?