Over the summer, all the members of Big Blue Nation were already lining up to purchase their 40-0 gear in support of the 2014-2015 edition of the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team. Were their boasts and predictions prescient or fodder for the gristmill for a fan base that rightfully supports the most elite program in the history of the sport?
After the Cats triumph over their much maligned Bluegrass rival in the Louisville, Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, it appears all these individuals just very well may have viewed the future in their very own crystal balls. The Cardinals were not an unworthy opponent and actually should have captured the contest on their home if they could have capitalized on Kentucky’s mistakes. To everyone outside Big Blue Nation’s chagrin, however, the Cards were not up to the challenge but did serve notice they would be a force to be reckoned with come March. And they revealed one other tidbit to the world…the Cats will not join Indiana with a perfect season. They can and will be beat. It’s only a matter of time.
We won’t examine the semantics of why Indiana was able to go undefeated and Kentucky will not. Yes. The SEC is a doormat with year with Florida and Tennessee both experiencing rebuilding campaigns, but Kentucky turned the ball over far too many times against Louisville. Chris Jones is no match in size for Andrew Harrison, yet the vaunted Kentucky guard could not hold onto the ball when facing his defensive pressure. Bring that kind of force to bear against the sophomore venom and then hit some outside shots. If Louisville would have managed to do that, they would have been up when both buzzers reverberated in the Yum Center.
Also, it’s very likely these young Cats could become complacent. Take them out of Rupp after coasting through the first part of the SEC schedule and they could be ripe for the picking. There are several other reasons the Cats have chinks in their armor, including not consistently hitting the outside shot and missing free throws, that can and will pop up to haunt them, so let’s sit back, relax and watch the rest of the season. There is no such thing as invincible. Even Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Man O War and Zenyatta all went down in defeat. Why does Big Blue Nation think these Cats are not vulnerable to exactly the same thing?
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