What they're saying about last night's beatdown

by:Mrs. Tyler Thompson11/19/14


[caption id="attachment_168882" align="alignnone" width="600"]Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics[/caption] What's the national media saying about last night's game? Because there's nothing more fun to do the morning after a win, let's go through the headlines. Matt Norlander, CBS Sports: "Kentucky, Duke's Jahlil Okafor are the monsters of the sport"
It was complete domination. Buffalo looked twice as good against UK -- at UK -- two days ago than Kansas did Tuesday night. The Wildcats swarmed, flew, blocked, rebounded, attacked. They looked like Autobots in a Michael Bay movie. One after another. Constant disruption and destruction.
Gary Parrish, CBS Sports: https://twitter.com/GaryParrishCBS/status/534927773836390400 Rob Dauster, NBC Sports: "No. 1 Kentucky’s size, depth overwhelms No. 5 Kansas, makes 40-0 seem possible?"
Simply put, this was a systematic beatdown of a team ranked in the top-5 nationally, one features five potential NBA first round draft picks. It was an evisceration of a program that has won a decade’s worth of consecutive Big 12 titles. We may not see a more dominating all-around performance than this all season long, at least not one featuring two teams that play at the high major level.
Nicole Auerbach, USA Today: "The Big Picture"
A year later, Kentucky's roster is different — more fortified, and spilling over with talent — and these Wildcats look practically unbeatable. This is such a deep team, it's hard to imagine Kentucky losing a game unless seven or eight different players have an off night. Sure, the two-platoon system may run into trouble; fouls could be a problem. Egos could be another issue. But for now, Kentucky looks like it has the talent to be a national title contender once again. That doesn't mean the Cats will get there. But right now, we know they could.
Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News: "No. 1 Kentucky devastates Kansas as much with teamwork as with talent"
It wasn’t as impressive as their commitment on the floor, but there was something to be said for the Wildcats’ engagement while on the bench, also. And remember, all of them spent more time there than great talents would in most any other program this season, with Calipari most often using two complete platoons of five players each. None of UK's players got more than 21 minutes against the Jayhawks.
Seth Davis, Sports Illustrated: "Deep, talented Kentucky hints at greatness in throttling Kansas"
Fine, it’s only mid-November, but it's not too early to ask the question straight from Never Neverland: Can this team go undefeated? The answer is, yes it can. Doesn’t mean it will. Doesn’t mean it’s likely. But it can.
Mark Titus, Grantland: "We Went There: The 2014 Champions Classic"
9. That said, Kentucky is going 40-0 and winning the national title by 70. HOLY HELL – DID YOU SEE HOW DOMINANT THE WILDCATS WERE?! I’d crap my pants if they did that to Grambling State. But Kansas? The Jayhawks have multiple first-round picks and they couldn’t even get the ball to the rim. I have no idea how any team will be able to beat Kentucky this year. This team really might be better than the 2012 team. Hell, they might even be better than the Philadelph– [Lightning strikes all around me as a voice from the heavens says, “Stop.”]

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