Kentucky has lost their last two games in uninspiring fashion, this has the big blue nation in fits… and it should. However, Coach Calipari has no worries about this team after the fight he saw on Saturday night.

Now, Calipari has some reason to be optimistic. He is getting a full roster (almost) back for the first time all year. Also, his teams traditionally get it come March and become a top-8 or 16 team.

The problem is that this team is not like those other teams. This team does not have a DeAaron Fox, or Malik Monk, or Bam Adebayo. Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis are not walking through that door. Nor is Boogie Cousins, Devin Booker, John Wall, or Karl-Anthony Towns.

My point is that while this team has an upside to it (UL game), it does not have National Title-esque upside, in my opinion. There is not a single player on this team that would be the best player on any other Calipari team. Even the NIT team had Nerlens Noel, who would be UK’s best player on this team.

Kevin Knox has the ability, but not the intangibles. Jarred Vanderbilt has the measurables, but his ability to shoot or have a mid-range game is TBD. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander could end up being that guy, but he is too inconsistent and has not adjusted to being scouted like great players do.

Cal may have liked what he saw Saturday night, but what I saw was a team that lives and dies by the three shoot 6 for 30 from the arc, get outrebounded by double digits, and shoot 33% from the field… yet come into a rowdy Rupp and win.

I saw a team go to Columbia and implode against an NIT team that played rather poorly. I will admit, while I am not hitting the panic button… I am keeping it close by.

Kentucky has 9 of their final 12 games against top-50 or better-rated teams, and six of those are on the road. This team has a decent chance of finishing the regular season something along the lines of 21-10.

Luckily (and ironically) the strength of the SEC will save UK from being considered a bubble team if that happens.

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello went in on the Wildcats in this article, saying it is time to adjust expectations for this team… I am inclined to agree, unfortunately.

WILDCATS BANTER

  • Kentucky Football did get a commit yesterday. 3-star WR from Alabama LiAllen Daily committed to the ‘Cats, giving them a much-needed boost in depth at the position.
  • We recorded our Football Podcast last night and we had some fun stuff to talk about, as well as some news, with a sprinkle of some nonsense, per usual. Listen to it here.
  • Kentucky Football is hoping to finish off the 2018 football recruiting class strong with Xavier Peters, Chris Oats, Nick Lewis, and Kavosiey Smoke. All 4 of those looked very likely a few weeks ago. However, rumors of Peters visiting Florida, coupled with Ohio State offering Chris Oats have everything in flux. Ohio Recruiting analyst Bill Greene has some good things to say and may make you feel better about both.
  • The Lady Wildcats dropped another loss, this time to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Maci Morris did return and had a game-high 19 as a positive.

  • The Kentucky men’s soccer team had a player, Alex Bumpus, get drafted by the MLS.

NON-WILDCATS BANTER

  • Jalen Hurts cut off his hair:

  • The Super Bowl is set… It is going to be the New England Patriots vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

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