UK Sophomore Alex Poythress Says Why Not Go for 40-0 [VIDEO]
With the Kentucky Wildcats putting 6 of the top 10 freshmen in the country on the floor for the 2013-2014 college basketball season, there’s been talk that this is the best team John Calipari has ever had.
I read many basketball analysts’ columns and they all seem to be on the same page with this assessment. And I’ve seen video of most of these new kids on YouTube and I’ve read the stats. This is an extraordinarily talented group of kids coming into Lexington. I’ve been watching college hoops for a long time and I can’t remember anything quite like this collection.
So, when there’s this kind of talk, there also exist conversations about the possibility of Kentucky going undefeated…40-0. I can’t imagine that it will happen because of the level of difficulty of that accomplishment, even for a veteran team. I mean UK will have to face a talented and EXPERIENCED Michigan State squad in just over a month on November 12th in Chicago. The Spartans–like the Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals–are expected to be the top three ranked teams in the first Associated Press college basketball poll.
And speaking of Louisville, the Cards come to Rupp on December 28. Not only are they experienced, they have almost everyone back from a national championship team. Then there’s a road game at much-improved North Carolina. And, finally, one of the Florida games in conference play will take place in Gainesville.
So 40-0 will be an incredibly tall order for a freshmen-heavy club, regardless of how sick the talent is on the team.
But sophomore Alex Poythress isn’t fazed. He says “Why not?” among other things in a post-practice interview. And it’s good to hear a level of confidence from the kid that many of us didn’t hear last year.
Unrelated aside: I didn’t know Poythress’ parents went to Kentucky Wesleyan.
Anyway…undefeated? I doubt it. Final Four/title contender? You bet.