April 8th, 2013 11:57 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Kentucky
Tags: Julius Randle, NCAA, Robert Morris, UK
Last week, Kentucky basketball signee Marcus Lee made his goal for the 2013-14 season crystal clear — perfection.
“I think that’s what we’re all thinking right now. One of my goals is to go flat-out undefeated. That is my goal — to be the best team out there, hands down…
I think my class is just a team full of non-quitters. They just refuse to lose and refuse to quit, especially with the twins (Andrew and Aaron Harrison), Julius Randle. They just refuse to lose.”
Sounds good, but you have to wonder how the holdovers from UK’s 2013 class will react to those words. Were some members of that class “quitters?”
Randle, another one of the six McDonald’s All-Americans John Calipari is adding this offseason answered “Why not?” when asked if 40-0 is a goal for Kentucky next season.
Well, what else is he going to say? Trying to win every game should be the goal of every team in the country. Randle also added that he and his fellow signees “haven’t done anything or proven anything” yet. The aforementioned Aaron Harrison said his team would “proclaim” that a national title is on the way, “but it is not about words…. it is about what you do out there on the court.”
That’s a better approach than Lee’s. Especially considering that UK’s last class of guaranteed winners didn’t guarantee on-court wins at all. In fact, a first-round NIT loss at Robert Morris served as the ultimate comeuppance for a group that never seemed to realize that listening to Calipari is part of what helped Kentucky’s three previous teams reach the Elite Eight, the Final Four, and then the national championship.
That loss at Robert Morris should also serve as a scarecrow moving forward. It should ward off the slightest bit of overconfidence. Hell, it should be the first thing Calipari shows his new recruits when practice starts later this year.
All that said, for Lee and for Big Blue fans who are already dreaming of a perfect season, just how realistic are the Wildcats’ chances?
If you go by history… not very.
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