1. Last year’s Sweet 16 loss is now completely in the past
Some days it seems like Kentucky’s Sweet 16 loss to Kansas State was an eternity ago, other days it feels like it just happened. Regardless, the Big Blue Nation can take a major step towards putting that dreadful defeat in the rear view mirror by focusing on this year, which will officially begin on Friday in Rupp Arena. It can take longer for some to get over a dissapointing tournament loss, many people are scorned forever. I believe that I fall somewhere in the middle. It still burns me when I sit down and really think about the way that Kentucky lost in the Sweet 16 and the fact that Loyola-Chicago was the only thing standing between the Cats and another Final Four. There are surely more painful losses than the one to Kansas State but you will be hard pressed to find an easier path to a Final Four.
But hey, there was nothing for the players to hang their heads about, and like me, I am sure all of the them are thrilled to get back in action. Based off all indications and practice reports, this team is hungry and wants to obliterate the competition. Hopefully the returning players remember the feeling of letting that game slip and will use it as fuel come March Madness.
Per usual, the Kentucky basketball program will open up the season with Big Blue Madness. The event will take place Friday October 12th at 7 pm in Rupp Arena an officially kick off the 2018-2019 season.
2. Kentucky has the weapons to be insanely good
This team has already given fans tons to be excited for during the various events of the summer. Including the Big Blue Bahamas Tour back in August and the Pro Day that was held just last weekend. Anybody that has followed Kentucky basketball over the last few months should understand how incredibly talented this team is and that they absolutely have enough pieces to win a national championship. Couple in the fact that the opening game is against the Duke Blue Devils in the Champions Classic, that means fans should be jacked up like they are on high amounts of Mountain Dew. I don’t know if it gets any better than this. Kentucky is damn near 10 players deep, returning experience, added in a Pac-12 first team big man, and the opening game is against Duke. When you imagine some of the line-up options that Calipari will have it his disposal it becomes clear very quickly that opposing teams will have a nightmare trying to match-up with UK.
UK will have tons of experience in the back-court with P.J Washington, Nick Richards, and Reid Travis.
3. The Cats are better than Duke.
To be honest, before the Big Blue Bahamas Tour I may have given a slight edge to Coach K’s 2018 recruiting class over Kentucky’s. But when watching Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro, Ashton Hagans, EJ Montgomery, and Immanuel Quickley I began to realize how incredibly talented this group is. Maybe more importantly, how eager they look to play defense and stay within their role on the team. I am very high on RJ Barrett (I think he will be a top 3 pick in the NBA draft) and also think Zion Williamson is special. But the collective talent of Kentucky seems to be a more cohesive unit that will be more prepared come November 6th in Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.
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