Troy Losey Jr.
A lot of people were talking about the success of Kentucky and what they had accomplished this year. Yes, it was a great accomplishment trying to go undefeated and set the bar that Bobby Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers did. The problem with all the hype wasn’t that Kentucky lost and the streak ended but how over-hyped people made them sound and how invincible people thought they were.
We had laughable discussions at the beginning of the year that they could beat a professional basketball team in the NBA, and then Larry Brown stated they would make the playoffs in the East this year. These talks are crazy and, in my opinion, not real.
All year it was discussed how the over-hyped team would never fold, but under pressure they showed us that they would. To call a team full of first and second year students the greatest of all-time was a bit over the top, and we saw why on Saturday night. Don’t get me wrong, I was rooting for Kentucky after my Nova Wildcats were knocked out, but this team wasn’t poised to go undefeated after struggling to come back against Notre Dame last weekend. Honestly if they would have been victorious over Wisconsin I doubt they would have beaten the Blue Devils from Duke tonight.
It was a shame to see the streak end and at the final four level, but with all the star power and the continued media talk of success, it was bound to fold on them like the Patriots did against the Giants in their undefeated Super Bowl quest.
Overall, it was a great season for the Wildcats but one that will be thought of as a failure. They lost in the finals last year and another game short this year makes the season a long journey to losing against the Badgers of Wisconsin.
We will see what the future holds for Kentucky and their many freshmen; my guess is they’ll be ready to go next year and be right back where they were this year with the same chance Wisconsin got in consecutive years.