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By LARRY VAUGHT
It’s hard not to be biased toward Kentucky when it comes to the ESPY awards that will be presented Wednesday night starting at 9 on ESPN.
Kentucky’s national championship basketball team has been nominated for the best team award, but will have to beat the Miami Heat, New York Giants, Alabama football, St. Louis Cardinals and the undefeated Baylor women’s basketball team.
That’s not an easy task. But remember UK was 38-2, had the top two picks in the NBA draft in Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and had six players drafted. The Wildcats were 16-0 in Southeastern Conference regular-season play. One loss came on a buzzer-beating shot at Indiana and the other loss came in the SEC tourney final when one might argue that UK was already focused on winning the NCAA title.
Don’t forget, too, that Davis swept the top honors as the nation’s best freshman, best defender and best overall player. He was even invited to the Olympic tryouts.
It just seems that the combined story lines for Kentucky basketball were the best of any team this year and that’s why the Wildcats should claim the ESPY as the nation’s best team.