There is one thing that this Wildcat team has that has been missing for nearly a decade and that "thing" is swagger. For those of you who do not understand, take a look back in the history books at the "Untouchables," a Kentucky team from 1996. A team that featured players such as Ron Mercer, Derek Anderson, Antoine Walker, and Tony Delk.
This team is beginning to take its form, and it is looking a lot like the "Untouchables." The unbelievable thing is that most of this team is composed of underclassmen. Granted, John Wall, who has arguably been the best college basketball player in the country in these beginning months, is not playing as a typical underclassman.
We all knew that the Wildcats were going to be good, and we all understood that it was promised to be a special season, but no one really believed that Kentucky was going to get past both UNC and a proven UConn team. With UK off to an 11-0 start, and the best start by a first season head coach John Calipari, the 'Cats have the sky as their limit.
A minor stop will take place tonight at 7:00 at Rupp Arena. If you are a fan of college basketball, you have to appreciate what may be done tonight. A legendary milestone that, no doubt, will be reached by many more programs, could be reached for the first time tonight. 2,000 wins, in the end, is a small step for a giant leap that UK fans will be looking for tonight, but they cannot win the championship tonight, so why not celebrate something else?
All fans need to realize how extraordinary this milestone is for a program. Granted, it would be getting downplayed by UK fans if Kentucky was not the first team to reach this feat. Reading message boards is one of the greatest things I have experienced today. Kansas, UNC, and UCLA fans come together as one and try to make excuses as to how UK will fail.
My message to those fans is this: Sure, Kentucky basketball has failed, but haven't your programs as well?
UCLA disappeared after winning all of their championships, until they recently came back.
Kansas, we all know Roy Williams was your savior.
UNC, no one is forgetting about Matt Dougherty and the struggles you faced while he was at the helm.
UK had their downfall for about 10 years, as well.
Understand how great it is to be able to see the top four most prestigious teams play at the same time while all are in power. All three programs have great coaches, and great recruiters at that.
Hearing how dirty one guy is when it comes to recruiting should bring a smile to everyone's face as well. Sure, Calipari may have paid off a recruit or two. To bring in the No. 1 recruit in the country, that is what happens. To think Durant didn't receive anything would be nuts. Kansas was under investigation when Roy Williams left, too. All we know is that Calipari is bad at hiding it. Bob Knight was right for questioning the integrity of the game, but to be honest, the finger should be pointed at the NCAA. Clearinghouse allowed for Derrick Rose to play, so how is that Cal's fault? Just something to think about.
In the end, basketball got to this game tonight somehow, and we all have been proud fans, watching every minute of our favorite team take the hardwood. Sure, maybe your team won't be the first to do it, but understand how great it is to be entertained for 2,000 wins and realize what the history of the game has meant to you since you began watching.
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