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Win national title last year, get embarrassed in NIT this year.
I think I would just because another title would mean so much, but it sure would suck losing in the NIT to a Robert Morris especially since we haven't been to the NIT since 1997 and I would hate to see our tourney streak end.
Which coach do I get?
I'll take the title and their upcoming class but not going to trade Izzo for Cal. I can't imagine looking back on the 1999, 2000, 2001 season and seeing Cleaves and Mo Pete got paid and cheated their ways into college like Kentucky's guys.
Michigan State University is the university of Michigan
No. Eventually Cal will fall...even at Kentucky.
He threw all his players under the bus after the game last night with his "hijack comment." He's going to have some issues if some or all stay as some of them are saying now. He's got another big frosh class coming in and if his 2012-2013 one and dones aren't in fact, one and dones, he'll either have to not renew some big time recruits scholarship, or not accept some of his in comings. (I doubt it will happen, Cal's posse and handlers will get in these kids, regardless of how much trash Cal threw at them over the course of the season, and pump 'em up to new heights.)
This year UK team proves there are no guarantees in recruiting, We shouldn't assume next year's one and done crop won't fall apart like this one. I think last year was more of the exception rather than the norm.
No...build good programs not good teams.
Kentucky isn't a good program?
Yes, another National Championship helps move MSU up the ladder of top college hoops programs. Only UCLA, Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, Duke, UConn and Kansas have more than 2 titles. It'd be great to join that list. We are tied with Cinci, Florida, Louisville, NC State, Okla State and San Francisco with 2.
Losing in the NIT 1 year isn't going to move Kentucky down the ladder.
That's how I feel. I think others aren't answering honestly.
When Magic left after the 1979 NCAA title and then MSU failed to make the tourney in 1979-80 is somewhat similar to what happened to Kentucky these past two seasons.
You asked about the last two years. In the last two, no they are not a program school. Building a good team based on one-and-done players isn't program anything.
Was the 1979 title bad for our program because Magic went pro after 2 years?
Marriage is like flying with kids, if the flight had 500 connections, never ended, Ted Striker were your pilot and you ate the fish.
Kentucky basketball is glamorous and glittering but it ain' got no soul.
No, because you can't cherry pick two years and expect it not to effect anything else. If you're losing in the first round of the NIT, something is wrong and you can't expect things to just return to normal the next year. This team may not win the NC this year, but it has the tools, and next year, it may not win the NC, but it will have the tools. I'd rather have a program that will be in the tourney, and always be a threat due to consistent recruiting (of the right type of players) and coaching, than have a program that is built on one and dones.
Would you describe MSU as a great program in 1980 because they won a single championship?
Kentucky is a name, no doubt. I think its misleading to say Cal has built a program in the 3 years he has been there.
Calmer than you are
Take away all the sleaze and cheating... and YES. National titles are forever. Nobody remembers down seasons for long.
In a second and you're an idiot if you think not.
If, by your question, we assume that we lost Nix, Payne, Dawson, Appling, and Trice after winning it last year - obviously. Banners, banners, banners.
If we did it with a group of mercs - no.
Having 2 Final Fours and 1 NCAA title in 1980? I think we were ahead of many at that point.
Do you think an NCAA tourney streak of making the tourney is more impressive than another National Championship?
I don't think all the guys that came back for the alumni game in Jenison earlier in the season come back to a Kentucky like program.
Don't dismiss that night. It was a great show of how beloved our program actually is by those who have been following it, and part of it for a long long time. Plus it was a lot of fun.
I'm still confused why UK great Pat Riley didn't show up at last year's UK Championship run, when one of his non-UK affiliated players was able to sit front row at almost every game.
Come on down James Young...
Especially since UCLA had one seemingly 2/3rds of them at that point.
Young signed his LOI. Unless released, he can't go anyplace else.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
I'm not talking about what is impressive, I'm talking about each as indicators as to a programs worth. I think having the most consistently good program in the last 10ish years, we did win program of the decade after all, is better than having terribly inconsistent seasons built on one and done players with no experience that is just as likely to lead to an awful season like this years, as a great season like last year.
Kentucky did an alumni game in September, so yes, they do have players that come back just like we do.
Kentucky Coach John Calipari announced Friday that the Wildcats will host an alumni game Sept. 15 in Rupp Arena. Calipari plans to bring back most of the Wildcats currently in the NBA for the game.
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