Originally written December 04, 2012 on Diehardsport:
Kentucky basketball has had its success under John Calipari, reaching the Elite 8, Final Four and winning a National Championship in his three seasons as head coach. The 2012-’13 Kentucky team, however, is not playing up to the level of Calipari’s previous Kentucky teamsThe Wildcats are currently unranked after losing three games (Duke, Notre Dame and Baylor). A consensus top 5 preseason team, Kentucky was clearly over-hyped from the get-go having not a single returning starter from last season’s National Championship team.Tuesday night’s match-up with Samford was not supposed to be a tough contest, which is wasn’t, Kentucky who won by 32 points. I was what, Bennie Seltzer, Samford’s first year head coach said about Kentucky that will provide the talking points from the game.Samford coach urging his team, “this is the worst Ky team I’ve ever seen.”— Steve Moss (@smosswkyt) December 5, 2012Even though Seltzer was using this as motivational purposes to his players, saying this year’s team is the worst in Kentucky history is an overstatement. Yes, they’re not playing like a cohesive group of five star freshmen yet, but Kentucky basketball under Billy Gillispie wasn’t much to write about.  Was Seltzer talking only about the three previous Calipari led teams? If so, then he has a case.Seltzer: “There’s no John Wall. There’s no Eric Bledsoe. There’s no DeMarcus Cousins. Those guys were high, high level.”— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) December 5, 2012Forward Willie Cauley-Stein, who finished the game with a double-double, responded to Seltzer’s comments saying, “It’s like a slap in the face, because we’re putting in the work.”Calipari also responded to Seltzer’s comments following the game.Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images
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