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Dream title: KU vs. UK

May 20, 2009

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A chain of events good for the quality of play in college basketball started on the final day of March when coach John Calipari left Memphis for Kentucky and concluded Tuesday when John Wall, the nation’s top recruit, committed to Kentucky.

The key event in the middle of those major happenings came when brothers Xavier and C.J. Henry, who had been looking forward to playing for Coach Cal at Memphis, committed to Kansas.

Think about it: Before Calipari changed jobs, Kansas was the smart pick for preseason No. 1, and Memphis was the fashionable pick for No. 2. Back then, the rosters Self and Calipari coached weren’t nearly as loaded as they are now.

Sure, Calipari lost the Henry brothers, but he compensated by landing Wall. Plus, had Calipari stayed at Memphis, he wasn’t going to get to coach Patrick Patterson, one of the nation’s top big men. Patterson averaged 17.9 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks as a sophomore at Kentucky. Scoring machine Jodie Meeks hasn’t made up his mind whether he’ll stay in the NBA Draft or return to Kentucky.

Let’s assume Meeks stays put. Just in case Kentucky, No. 1 on college basketball’s all-time victory list, and Kansas, No. 3, play for the 2010 national title April 5 in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, let’s look at the matchups.

A lot can happen in 322 days, so why start hyping the potential matchup already? Because members of both fan bases will spend a good portion of each of those 322 days fantasizing about such a title game. (For those who always wondered about the particulars of actress/Kentucky fanatic Ashley Judd’s fantasies, there you have it.) Calipari must trim the total of scholarship players from 17 (with Meeks) to 13, but we’ll leave it to him which players go the way of Tyrone Appleton and Quintrell Thomas.

Point guard: Long and blurry quick, Wall was considered by some to be the best player in the nation, the Derrick Rose of his class. Rose lost to a Kansas team in which sophomore Sherron Collins played the majority of minutes at the point. Collins is a senior now, Wall a freshman. Eric Bledsoe, a hotly recruited incoming freshman, provides depth for Kentucky. Self can turn to C.J. Henry or Elijah Johnson to relieve Collins or can shift Tyshawn Taylor over from shooting guard. Slight edge: Kansas.

Shooting guard: If Meeks comes back, Kentucky has a first-team All-American. Look for big improvement from Taylor. Big edge: Kentucky.

Small forward: Xavier Henry shapes up as KU’s first one-and-done player. Kentucky can counter with junior-college transfer Darnell Dodson. Edge: Kansas.

Power forward: Freshman Thomas Robinson, an ultra-athletic rebounding machine, will push sophomore Marcus Morris for playing time. Patterson blends the best qualities of both and has more experience. Big edge: Kentucky.

Center: Cole Aldrich defends and rebounds such large areas and steadily improves. Freshman DeMarcus Cousins is the nation’s No. 2 recruit, second only to Wall, according to Rivals.com. Slight edge: Kansas.

The outcome: The team with the player who hits a guarded three to send it into overtime wins.

Comments

jayhawkkiller 4 years, 11 months ago

Point made! Hurry up Jr., your going to be late for middle school!

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ArumerZwarteHoop 4 years, 11 months ago

Is Kentucky even a state? Or is it a province like Puerto Rico? Where the hell is it?

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jayhawkkiller 4 years, 11 months ago

Probably Tubby Smith was the last to win in his first year coaching at a new school. Where was that at? Oh yea,UK! Nobody wanted to bring up our record against you? Just keep throwing the stones and I'll keep burning your arse up with the facts. Makes you mad doesn't it. 7 national titles, 13 final fours, and more wins than you or ANYONE ELSE!

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duplenty 4 years, 11 months ago

"Check your overall record with us, its laughable."

You have 61 games over us. That's laughable?

You know what is laughable? Getting your ass kicked all over the place.

"On December 9, 1989, AP #2 Kansas beat Kentucky 150-95 in Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas started the game hot and was in obvious control prior to halftime, Kentucky's Rick Pitino used all of his team's six timeouts before the half ended. After the break, Kansas coach Roy Williams started the second rotation players and subbed in the remaining players on the roster often, leaving the starting five players on the bench. When Pitino continued to have his first string players use a full-court pressure defense against the Kansas back-ups, Williams (reportedly following an obscene gesture made by Pitino), called a timeout and told his team that the starting five players would be going back into the game and that they were to run up the score as high as possible. Two technical fouls were called on Pitino, the first for throwing a towel onto the court, the second for arguing a call with an official. Following the game, Pitino told the assembled media that he would never schedule Kansas again. The 150 points scored by the Jayhawks set the school record for most points scored in a game, and the team's 80 first-half points set the record for most points scored in a half. "

Nothing good ever came out of Kansas, huh? Yep, that Wilt Chamberlin fella sure was a joke, right?

How'd UK finish last year, anyway?

Oh, right.

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ChiHawkInKS 4 years, 11 months ago

Wow, a person from Kentucky ripping on Kansas? Isnt Kentucky famous for having inbred rednecks?

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logicsound04 4 years, 11 months ago

Hey jayhawkkiller,

I'll give you two things:

1) Your incoming class may be better than Kansas', but that doesn't really matter, considering we have a far better returning class.

2) I agree that ragging on Calipari for having to trim his roster is dumb, considering KU and Self did more or less the same thing to Appleton and Thomas.

Don't get your hopes up about another title, though. Not this year at least--you are underestimating the adjustment period of a new coach coming in. Just for kicks, why don't you let me know the last team to win a title in their new coach's first year at the school...

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ArumerZwarteHoop 4 years, 11 months ago

UK players aren’t fit to wipe up sweat at the Phog.

Just like hillbilly from Kentucky aren’t fit to set foot in the state of Kansas.

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ArumerZwarteHoop 4 years, 11 months ago

UK is laughable and so is jayhawkkiller

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jayhawkkiller 4 years, 11 months ago

You jawhawk clowns are funny! Your incoming class is not even in the same ballpark as ours. Check your overall record with us, its laughable. Keep ripping Coach Cal, he has never had a violation. Didn't your own beloved coach hoghead run a couple people off this year? I guess thats different though. Face facts, best thing ever come out of your crappy state was our great coach Mr. Adolph Rupp! Nothin in kansas but tornadoes and trailer parks..........

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kuae99 4 years, 11 months ago

On any Calipari-coached team, the word 'scholarship' is a mutable term.

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KansasVoter 4 years, 11 months ago

"Calipari must trim the total of scholarship players from 17 (with Meeks) to 13"

That's a pretty scummy thing for a coach to do. He should not have been able to sign any additional players over the scholarship limit.

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Eride 4 years, 11 months ago

Err... I would love that match up against UK for the title game because it almost ensures KU will win.

Don't forget that UK was an NIT team last year and that they have a new coach and are going to need to learn a new system. Even if Meeks returns... UK will not be getting to the Final Four, much less the title game. Experience matters.

Remember, KU was about a minute from beating the runner up last year in the Sweet 16 (and with EXPERIENCED players probably would of, cough cough) and added three 5 star players to its roster. Not only does KU have more returning, experienced talent, its recruiting class is potentially on par with UK's class.

I would expect this kind of drivel from the legion of UK idiots out there but from you...? In our own paper? Go to catspause.com, your asinine comments belong over there.

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Robert Rauktis 4 years, 11 months ago

This guy must be desperate to produce a column. He should stick to watching "General Hospital".

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