DeCourcy explains why underachieving not fair tag for UK

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)


It has been a few weeks now since ESPN’s Jeff Borzello revealed his list of the most underachieving college basketball teams for the last four years and put Kentucky at the top of his list.

If memory serves  me right, Kentucky went 38-0 during the 2014-15 season and lost in the Final Four. The season before Kentucky reached the national title game. Last season  UK won one game before losing to Indiana in the NCAA.

The first of the four-year period was when UK failed to make the NCAA with Team Turmoil — and don’t forget that Nerlens Noel also got hurt or UK likely would have made the tourney.

Also don’t forget that UK may well have won the national title in 2014 if Willie Cauley-Stein had not been injured during NCAA play.

Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy sees obvious flaws in declaring UK was the nation’s most underachieving team the last four years.

“The problem with the recent series of assertions that UK underachieved by collecting No. 1 recruiting classes and not winning a championship over the past four years is that even if you stack No. 1 recruiting classes on top of each other for a decade, if the principals all leave after a year you’re still having to start over each year,” DeCourcy said.

“Eventually, you might have the best class in a down year, and thus the freshman aren’t going to overcome more talented veterans elsewhere. Or you might have the best young team but it hasn’t been through an NCAA Tournament and might not have the awareness to handle it.”

Way too logical for some, but also why DeCourcy is still the nation’s best college basketball writer.


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