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By LARRY VAUGHT

Louisville had barely won the national title when columnist Paul Klee (@Klee_Gazette) of the gazette.com in Colorado Springs was already writing about Kentucky’s 2013-14 season and projecting UK as the 2014 national champion.

He noted that this past season how”disinterested and disorganized and discombobulated the Wildcats often appeared,” something he wasn’t used to seeing from a John Calipari team.

For next year, he notes that UK has “six legitimate McDonald’s guys” already with Andrew Wiggins likely to also join UK in his opinion. That’s when he recalled how Calipari noted after the 2012 championship that he would like to coach a 40-0 team.

He concludes his post with this — “One thing’s certain: The best team in college basketball won the title. Barring major injury or other jarring development, that team in 2013-14 will be Kentucky.

37 Responses to Colorado Springs columnist already projecting UK as 2014 champion

  • UKFAN197TONE says:

    Unbelievable. OK, it’s not.

  • MATT SLONE says:

    It’s nice that a lot of folks see us as the favorites next season, but, we’re a long way from proclaiming that at this point. I can see a few teams possibly competing at a high level if a few certain kids don’t go in the draft. UofL, Indiana, Kansas, Florida, UNC, maybe Duke or Michigan. Probably missing a few too!
    Hard to go against teams with experienced guards, shot-blockers and great defensive teams. I’m really curious about our teams defense next season?? Lots of youth, will have to come together pretty quickly.

    Thanks Larry!! These articles have helped me out of a very depressing day.

    Go Big Blue!!!

  • TrueBlueJohn says:

    I think we owe Louisville a round of congratulations for winning their third championship. A great achievement. Something the Cats did 62 years ago.

  • RJ says:

    While Paul Klee’s beliefs are certainly entertaining, I think he has been smoking too much of that stuff that Colorado just leagalized! :)

    Anyone who thinks that the KY team that we saw this year is any match for the two teams we watched in the national championship should join Mr. Klee in lighting up one!

    That said, I think the Cats have the current talent and new talented players to get it done, it a far from tested team. I wish it were otherwise.

  • RJ says:

    Excuse me! “it is a far from tested team”. One of these days I’m going to learn to proof read this stuff!

  • eddie says:

    i do think they will hang number nine next year

  • cats79 says:

    It looks good on paper,but the game is played on the floor and i think we are putting our kids in unfair sitations of saying things like they are going to go unbeaten and win number nine. We got six months tell open pratice and anything can change from here and tell then. Its just to much parity out there anymore. GO CATS!!!

  • LindaS says:

    Duh, how can you judge a team who has not practiced together or stepped out on the floor yet? I think we went through this before the beginning of the past season from hell. Oh yea, we had a winning season, but it sure was a hard one. The team was ranked #5 I think which was way to high for those kittie kats. They talked the talk but did not walk the walk. No one was consistent from game to game except for one unfortunate injured player. Let us hold our enthusiasm and expectations until Dec. Then we can talk. Don’t judge these young men and put so much pressure on them, they are doing that just fine themselves. Evil Twin Sister says, “hello”.

  • Larry Pup says:

    Just can’t wait for Pitino to bring his national champion Louisville cardinals to Rupp In Dec. There are dues to be paid.

    • larryvaught says:

      That UK-Louisville game is going to be huge. Matching last two national champions. HOw often does that happen

      • Scott says:

        Three times in 2011, when Carolina played Duke. Your point is still valid, though.

      • Anonymous says:

        Amen to that Larry V. By the way, thanks for the Pitino 8 years at Kentucky Camelot article. Last I saw there were 84 posts on the subject. Boy was it a lively and at times quite humorous conversation. Some of these people should write a book. They could quite possibly make a tidy sum. Thanks for your hard work Larry V.

      • Larry Pup says:

        Amen to that Larry V. By the way, thanks for the article Pitino “I Love Kentcky, My Eight Years There were Camelot.” Last i looked there were over 82 replys or posts. Some quite humorous. I declare some of these fellow fans could write a book and quite possibly make a tidy sum. Thanks Larry for your hard work.

      • Larry Pup says:

        Amen to that Larry V. By the way, thanks for the article Pitino “I Love Kentcky, My Eight Years There were Camelot.” Last i looked there were over 82 replys or posts. Some quite humorous. I declare some of these fellow fans could write a book and quite possibly make a tidy sum. Thanks Larry for your hard work.

      • Kokamo Joe says:

        UK will enter the season ranked as number one. They will breeze through the preconference schedule. UL will roll into Rupp with a new and young set of guards and be overwhelmed with Calipari’s troops.

        UK’s team will be reloaded and have little to do with it’s championship, except history. Ditto Louisville. It’s center will be gone. It’s tandem of guards will be gone.

        We don’t really know how good either of these team will be. On paper UK will be the best team in the country. I assume that Calipari can get them to play together like he did his first three teams. Louisville? Pitino said that his best center will be Zack Price, a little used player.

  • Karen Sprinkle says:

    Can we wait until the incoming freshmen have at least stepped foot on campus this summer to start making these predictions? Please?

    • larryvaught says:

      No, Karen UK fans can’t because national media is doing it for them

      • Karen Sprinkle says:

        I guess that’s true. And I’m as guilty as the next person of reading each of the articles talking about how great UK will potentially be next year and smiling. I do remember at this time last year the national media was already ranking the teams for the next season.

        Oh well, I’ve always said that there’s only two seasons in Kentucky–basketball season and waiting for basketball season. (although this year it appears we do have some pretty exciting times to look forward to in football).

        • Larry Pup says:

          Watch it Karen, there are many UK football fans out here. You were about to step in it. I’m glad you clarified your position. UK football is alive and well. I’ve never seen 68, 000 in Rupp yet.

          • Karen Sprinkle says:

            While I don’t want to antagonize anyone, basketball is my first and last love. You’ve never seen 68,000 in Rupp because it only seats 25,000, more or less. I do have to admit that I am looking forward to seeing what all the fuss is about with the football team this year. :-)

        • TheProfessor says:

          I think that the basketball season never ends for UK fans. The activities of the season change with the weather.

  • King Ghidora says:

    Big news this morning besides the signing of Hawkins. The SEC fired chief of officals, Gerald Boudreaux. Could it have something to do with the SEC officials that worked the NCAA tournament. I didn’t pay close enough attention but apparently it was SEC officials that were responsible for Louisville getting so many favorable calls in that game. Not only that but UK’s favorite offical, Doug Shows, actually got to work the tournament. You remember Shows. He called what was it 5 games that UK lost this past year including the home losses. I’ve been saying for a few years that UK has been getting ripped even in Rupp. Maybe the embarrassment of the Final 4 was finally enough to make the SEC officials realize they were running a joke of a system. If Shows is gone next year I will take back my requests for UK to leave the SEC.

    That final game was an absolute joke when it came to the officiating. The announcers even commented on the bad calls repeatedly and they rarely go against Louisville for any reason. There were so many bad calls in that game it’s hard to pick one to point out. The goal tending that wasn’t called was one. The clean block down the stretch by Burke down the stretch that was called a foul. NBC ran a story talking about the “poor officiating” of the game. From what I’ve been able to find out Tony Greene was responsible for almost every bad call in that game. People criticized Greene, Shows and Hibbert for the way they called the tournament games. We all know about Shows. Did you know there is a web site dedicated to proving that Greene is on the take? They have a lot of evidence about bad calls he has made that apparently resulted in teams either beating the spread or not beating it. It looks very fishy. So did the calls in the title game. I said after the game there should be an asterisk beside UL’s name. It looks like a lot of people think that.

    Here’s a link to one of the stories. It’s enlightening to read through the comments.

    http://espn.go.com/ncb/conversations/_/id/9153200/gerald-boudreaux-sec-head-officials-sources-say

  • King Ghidora says:

    Just for effect here’s the site concerning Greene, who made most of the bad calls in the title game.

    http://istonygreeneonthetake.blogspot.com/

  • King Ghidora says:

    More news from this morning. Denzel Ware withdrew his verbal commitment to UK last night. He was expected to be a big part of Stoop’s first team. What a shame.

    • larryvaught says:

      No real surprise with Ware. Committed to florida state, committed to UK, transferred day before postseason basketball opener to Alabama, now committed to Florida apparently

  • SuzieCat says:

    This time last year UK was number three in the country. How far did that get us?

    • Karen Sprinkle says:

      And Coach Cal said everyone who voted Kentucky that high should have been drug tested. It seems to me the 2012 National Champs were predicted pretty high in the “way too early polls”, and that turned out okay. :-)

      • Karen Sprinkle says:

        The eventual national champs from Kentucky were ranked #2 (behind North Carolina) in most polls that came out after the 2011 national championships.

  • TheProfessor says:

    This year, 9 of the top 12 pre season teams were still playing in the Sweet 16. I would rather have my team included in these discussions than omitted.

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