[Moderated by Matt Jones]
We probably deserve it, but ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan and Jason King seemed to lack any semblance of confidence in this year’s Kentucky team in their college basketball weekend roundup. Here’s what they had to say following the Cats’ lackluster 75-70 win over LSU.
King wrote that he is shocked that Kentucky isn’t better by now, citing Kentucky’s near-loss to the Tigers as evidence. He added, “I honestly think Kentucky was a better team in November than it is right now. If that’s true, it says more about this team’s mental makeup than it does its talent.” That statement really hit the nail on the head. We all know that there’s not a problem of talent in Lexington this year. For whatever reason we just can’t seem to put it all together.
Brennan wrote, “Kentucky does not look like a tournament team. Unless the tournament in question is the NIT.” His reason? Defense. He writes, “The Wildcats had allowed .97 points per possession in SEC play prior to Saturday, seventh-best in a league that most certainly does not house seven good teams. (Maybe three.) It ranked last in the league in forced-turnover rate, and it had allowed SEC opponents to grab 32.1 percent of available offensive rebounds, 10th-best in the conference.”
You can read the rest of King and Brennan’s thoughts here, if you’d like. I should warn you though, it doesn’t get any better.
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