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By LARRY VAUGHT
Were you impressed by Kentucky’s grit at Mississippi State? Did the win only make you feel better about Kentucky’s chances to win a national title?
If you answered yes to both questions, let’s go to FoxSports.com’s Thayer Evans, a senior college football write who previously wrote for the New York Times and Houston Chronicle, to burst your bubble. He was in Starkville for the game and was not the least bit impressed with John Calipari or his team.
Here’s part of how he blistered Calipari’s Cats:
“They looked vulnerable for the first time since their lone loss at Indiana two months ago, a game in which they trailed by 10, their previous largest deficit this season. Yet for the favorite to win the national championship, Kentucky on Tuesday night looked a shadow of the super team many thought it was becoming. Instead, it actually looked like a classic Calipari team.
“The type that has more talent than anybody else in the country, but somehow fails to play to its sky-high potential. A team like the one Calipari had during the 2009-10 season, his first at Kentucky, which featured a record five NBA first-round draft selections, including the No. 1 pick in point guard John Wall, but lost in the NCAA tournamentâ€™s regional finals.
“This Kentucky squad isnâ€™t as talented as that one, but has the same type of ingredients with sensational freshman forward Anthony Davis, a lock to be the first pick of Juneâ€™s NBA draft, along with three other potential first-round selections in freshman forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, freshman point guard Marquis Teague and Jones. It also showed Tuesday night that itâ€™s capable of the same lapses that cost Calipariâ€™s teams dearly in the past.”
So just in case you were impressed by the Cats’ comeback, take it from Thayer. You should not be happy with the win. Then again, maybe he is a college football writer for a reason â€” he doesn’t understand the value of a dramatic comeback win on the road.