College basketball season is here. It started over the weekend, but for me really kicked off last night when Kentucky played Duke and won. It was their third game of the season, but the first against a top tier team. Excluding defensive rebounding I think they looked pretty good.
Since Kentucky basketball has returned I would just like to send a friendly reminder that there will be times I’m unavailable over the next several months. Click here for a list of those times.
I also just saw that Kentucky jumped to having the top recruiting class for next season with their signings over the past couple days, including this morning.
The first week of March Madness has come to an end and it’s been a wild one. Of the 11.5 million brackets completed on ESPN, only 1 remained perfect at the start of Saturday. This tournament is all about surviving and winning by 1 on a controversial call or blowing a team out counts the same. Sixteen teams survived including Kentucky, Duke, and Louisville. Many teams didn’t, including 1 seed Villanova, 2 seeds Virginia and Kansas, and a few 3 seeds. Kentucky didn’t play as well as I would like them to in either of their games so far, but they survived and advanced. Their defense was good overall, but their offense was inconsistent and will need to be better for them to continue to win. The next game is against West Virginia on Thursday night, then Saturday against the winner between Notre Dame and Wichita State. May the Cats continue to survive and advance.
The Kentucky basketball team is pursuing perfection. I’m sure every team was, but Kentucky has made it through their regular season without a loss. There were a couple scares, overtimes, and below par performances, but they’ve made it through the first 31 games. For the most part the regular season doesn’t matter. It’s just preparation for the post season, with the exception of the Louisville game, which always matters. Now comes the part that does, the SEC and NCAA tournaments.
As far as I’m concerned the last team to get this close was 1990-91 UNLV team. They were dominant. Coming off a national championship season and returning all starters, including several NBA first rounders, it was more surprising that they didn’t go undefeated than it would have been if they went undefeated. I know Wichita State and Saint Joseph had undefeated regular season since then, but I didn’t feel like either would win the title, and neither did.