I never thought back at the start of the year the Wildcats and Cards would be this good. Right now they are on a collision course. I hope the tourney folks put them in opposite brackets. The prospect of an all Bluegrass NCAA title game is too much for my feeble mind to handle. I just hope the 'Ville the doesn't blow us out by 20 points again.
GO BIG BLUE!
WIENER OF THE DAY! July 6, 2002!
I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it. --George Carlin
I just can't see King Richard's troops doing that to us again. But, I think that loss was the best thing for us, we've gelled since and seem to be on a mission. The great thing is that what the team is doing well does translate to the post season. Full court offense becomes half court in March, but good ball movement, smart shots and suffocating defense rule supreme. Still have to finish SEC play strong, and I don't think the trips to Athens and Gainesville will be easy, but they are looking SO tough. The big plus is the chemistry and team play. Sort of makes you think that maybe you don't need a bunch of superstars that will never be juniors or seniors when you can set a team up to always have quality, motivated upperclassmen on the court.
I'm sooo happy the second half of the Vandy game seemed to jump start these Kentucky beatings they're handing out lately...First two (and a half) games of SEC play, you guys just kind of sleepwalked through...then you outscored Vandy by like 30 points in the second half (we were up by 15 at some point in the first half), and haven't looked back.
Let me say it again...I'm SOOOOOOO f'n happy we could help you out.
My season's in the tank...good luck to yours. When's footb...ummm....baseba...ummmm....next baske....ummmm...women's lacrosse start??
Originally posted by JWstormFalse its a NC thing Duke, UNC, STate, Wake, Charlotte............. we have a lot more teams in the NCAA routinely.. hell even UNCW where i used to go made it in.
More teams, eh?
Given that we can only "rely" on UK and UL (pending King Richard reclamation and flashing back to Denny's hey-day) we're not too shabby. Western has to win their way in from the Sun Belt conference and then we can hope that the Ohio Valley Conference winner will be either Murray State, Morehead or Eastern, but that is the extent of our D-1 schools. Considering that fact, we're looking at 2/6 on a regualr basis and potentially 4/6 (which has happened numerous times), that's fairly solid. If you look to the lower levels of play, Kentucky Wesleyan is a POWERHOUSE, as are some of the NAIA schools (I think Wesleyan is a D2 school and not an NAIA school, but I could be wrong).
The population sizes could also have a little to do with this, North Carolina with 5.4 million and Kentucky with 3.5 million, there are 1.54 people in NC for every one person in Kentucky. It would only make sense that the state with the larger number of D1 schools would have more in the tourney every year.
I'm not trying to take away from NC b-ball history, dUKe and UNC have great histories, but so do UK and UL. Given that they were ranked 2 & 3 at the time of the initial post which just said that b-ball LIVES in the bluegrass, I'd have to agree that all is relatively well.
Sub .500 playoff teams isn't new to the NBA in recent years, but yeah, it'll look especially bad if the East has the final two seeds at .500 or worse while the West currently has TWELVE teams with at least an even record.