Recently John Calipari and Kentucky fans have caught a lot of heat for “overhyping” the Kentucky Wildcats Basketball team in the preseason. While everyone wants to argue whether the media or the team itself created the “40-0″ hype, one thing is for certain. Everyone, including all of the national media bought into the hype on Kentucky and swung and missed. The Wildcats were the number one team in the preseason poll, so obviously the writers were horribly, horribly wrong in their prognostication skills. Almost every writer worth their salt had Florida chasing Kentucky, rather than the other way around.
However, the media does not want to hear that they were wrong on Kentucky, so UK has become the most analyzed team in the country. You would think that the media was never wrong the way they took the Wildcats underperforming so personally. But the media also swung and missed on Michigan State as well, the number two preseason team.
And today, Kentucky is out of the polls and the Spartans are barely hanging in at #22. And the media was horribly wrong on several other teams, but all you really hear discussed is John Calipari and Kentucky, proving that they are in fact the most analyzed team in America.
I know that memories get foggy, so let;s take a look back at that preseason Top 25.
|AP Top 25|
|2||Michigan State (22)||0-0||1,543|
- Others receiving votes: Tennessee 176, Creighton 145, Indiana 111, Colorado 83, Iowa 83, Harvard 46, Boise State 22, Villanova 14, Georgetown 11, Arizona State 11, Washington 8, UNLV 8, Pittsburgh 6, Stanford 6, LSU 6, Boston College 5, La Salle 4, St. John’s 3, Saint Louis 3, Missouri 3, Cincinnati 1
Granted, predicting college basketball teams in October is an inexact science, but there were considerably more misses in this poll than hits and I guarantee that you did not hear about the misses more than you did about Kentucky. Even though the pollsters missed wildly on the top two teams in America in the preseason.