Friday night marks the official kickoff for the Kentucky Wildcats’ college basketball season.
It could not have come at a better time with the football team suffering from a four game losing streak. While football has a bye week this weekend, the college basketball season is sure to excite fans. That’s not to say that the football fans are not excited–it will be much different in the next few seasons when Mark Stoops is able to use his players and none of those that Joker Phillips recruited to play in a much different system.
With the start of the new college basketball season, let us wipe away the painful memories of losing to Robert Morris in the NIT. Let us look forward to making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
There are those that will argue that Kentucky is ranked way too high in the preseason polls based solely on the performance from last season. But there’s a difference. The key difference is the talent of the incoming freshman. There’s no denying just how painful it was to watch the team last season. This year’s freshman crop in general is more talented than last year. This doesn’t just go for Kentucky but all schools, too.
Moreover, in hindsight, John Calipari didn’t really recruit a point guard for last year. Nobody on the staff entertained the thought that Marquis Teague would be going pro after just one year of college basketball. Ryan Harrow, for all his issues, just wasn’t the point guard that could be useful in Calipari’s system. Teague would have been better staying another year at Kentucky instead of only playing an average of 8.2 minutes over 48 games this past NBA season.