This Kentucky team was supposed to go undefeated, but Witchita State accepted that challenge and we gave it up in a close game to Michigan State early in the season. We had 6 McDonald's All-Americans, two major returning sophomores in Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress, and a little bit of experienced leadership in Josh Polson. We've never been deeper and never had a better potential to use the dribble-drive offense that Coach Cal likes with Cauley-Stein, Poythress, Dakari Johnson and Julius Randle as tall, strong talent in the inside. But alas, we're only 21-8 and are looking at a 7-seed for the NCAA tournament.
It's interesting that Kentucky fans are so negative with a season like this. No program that I'm aware of has such high expectations of their team year after year; Kentucky expects greatness every single game, every single season in order to hang another banner in Rupp Arena. We're the winningest team in Division I Men's Basketball history, with the second-most championships and a plethora of post-season records like post-season wins and Final Four appearances. But with the challenges facing John Calipari, it's time he changes gears just a little bit when it comes to new recruits for this legacy.