There’s a lot of pressure that comes with being a preseason number one in any sport, and in college basketball, fortunes can change from day to day. The Kentucky Wildcats were saddled with that ranking at the beginning of the season, and have since stumbled their way to a 22-8 record, and are clinging to the tail end of the top 25.
Despite their struggles however, head coach John Calipari still believes this team can make some noise in the NCAA Tournament.
His statement to USA Today:
“We have some numbers that aren’t great, but when you look at all that, to have people say this team’s done, I just don’t believe it. I mean, a team that has this kind of skill and ability? And other teams have lost four out of five and go on the road and lose, lose a home game to somebody … and, ‘OK, wait ’til they get ready for the tournament.’ That’s what this team is. So let’s hope the light goes on.”
If there was any time that’s a good time for the “light to go on” it would be in the tournament. But Kentucky isn’t alone in the problems of previously highly-ranked teams. Four of the top five teams — and six of the top 10 — in the preseason Associated Press poll now have at least seven losses. [Source: USA Today]
Kentucky does have a lot of talent, and are exceptionally good at rebounding and blocking shots, but this team has got to find some consistency in shooting the ball and has to cut down on turnovers if they want to hang around long in the tourney.