The University of Kentucky Wildcats are good this season — real good.
If you’re filling out an NCAA March Madness bracket, chances are that you picked them to win it all. That’s because they haven’t lost yet this year — coach John Calipari’s squad has followed a balanced attack of Tyler Ulis, Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns and the rest to a 34-0 record.
Washington Wizards All-Star point guard and Kentucky alum John Wall is impressed — but not that impressed. He remains convinced that his 2009-10 squad (also featuring fellow All-Star DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings) was superior.
When asked whether the current Wildcats are better than his, Wall bristled. ”Well, they got the better record, but I wouldn't say that,” he told CSNWashington.com. “We were a better team, but we didn't win … They’re going to have the leverage because they went 40-0 and got a national championship to back it up.”
Cousins echoed his buddy’s sentiment. "I mean, yeah. [John is] right. They would be considered the best, but we all know the truth," the big man said. "Hopefully these guys do pull this off.”
Wall and Cousins’ team fell just short of the Final Four in their postseason run, so it’s hard for them to boast too much about their college success.
But regardless of how things pan out in the 2015 tourney, the contemporary Wildcats have a tall NBA order to fill if they’re to live up to the professional acumen of their forebears.
Not only did that team feature Wall and Cousins — two max-contract players worthy of building a winning roster around — but they had six other ballers who’ve done NBA time. The most prominent of which are Patrick Patterson, currently a key rotation player for the Eastern Conference contender Toronto Raptors, and Eric Bledsoe, the Phoenix Suns’ dynamo who would be an All-Star himself if he played on the other coast.
In time, we’ll see if these young Wildcats can have as big of a collective impact beyond this spring.
— John Wilmes