By LARRY VAUGHT
It’s time to let the Kentucky basketball hype officially begin.
First ESPN analyst Jay Bilas matter of factly noted Sunday that “no team in the country can match Kentucky’s talent” before adding that Duke did also have nine McDonald’s All-Americans. However, he never said Duke had equal talent.
Then after the game, sophomore guard Aaron Harrison didn’t bang the 40-0 drum for the Cats as players did last year. But he also didn’t back off the potential this team has after the easy exhibition win over the Puerto Rican National Reserve Team.
“Not many teams, college or pro, can say they have 10 guys good enough to be on the floor. We’re a special team,” Harrison said.
Not yet, but certainly the pieces are there. Even coach John Calipari knows that.
“I’m pleased. We did what we wanted to do,” Calipari said after the game. “I don’t think anybody gave us a bad effort, which is amazing for 10 practices.”