Originally Posted by Homer Bailey
My argument now is the same as it was when it happened. Of these three teams, Syracuse and WVU had the strongest resumes, and that part isn't even really that debateable. Syracuse finished weakly, but beat WVU in Morgantown, so it wouldn't really make sense for WVU to get a 1 over Syracuse.
The irony here is simply amazing. I've never in my life seen a more obnoxious and egotistical fanbase as the UK fanbase over that 48 hour period between the Elite 8 and the final 4. John Wall this, John Wall that, who's gonna guard Cousins, Patterson's gonna show you what you missed out on, Bledsoe is a first round pick and our 4th best player, WVU doesn't belong on the same floor as you guys, etc. There was a thread on the rivals college board just listing the quotes from the UK fans after the game, and none of them had the spine to show up after the game to back up the beating they had just taken
You taking the stance you've taken as a UK fan makes no sense to me. Do you not find it all complimentary that WVU fans would have rather played Duke than UK? If I had to do it all over again, who would I rather play? It's still Duke! The odds of Duke shooting whatever the heck they shot from the field against WVU (and Zoubek demolishing any box out, and grabbing every offensive rebound on the few misses that they had) are minimal, just like the odds of UK going 4 for 32 from 3 again are minimal. Glad to hear you took pleasure in Da'Sean blowing out his ACL though.
As I originally said, I was not trying to rub anything in, but it's clear you had no such intentions, so I'll have some fun.
YouTube - WVU Basketball Team doing the John Wall Dance
Just for clarifications sake, if you are going to the Cats Pause, you're in the wrong place. Anything Rivals or Scout for that matter is a joke. They are called the "Rupp Raftards" for a reason.
I didn't say I took pleasure in watching DaSean Butler blow out his ACL, but mostly commenting on how it ripped the heart out of the state when it happened.
The vindication comment has more to do with attitude than anything. Everything you said about how Kentucky acted leading up to the WVU game is an exact parralel to how WVU responded before they played Duke. Same result happened.
The odds of Duke shooting whatever the heck they shot from the field against WVU (and Zoubek demolishing any box out, and grabbing every offensive rebound on the few misses that they had) are minimal, just like the odds of UK going 4 for 32 from 3 again are minimal.
Kentucky's biggest weakness all season long was shooting the three. Once Kentucky started launching them and getting away from pounding the ball inside, I knew it was going to be a long game. The fact they went 4 of 32 from three didnt surprise me, it was that they abandoned what worked well early in the game in pounding the ball inside to Cousins. Asking Duke to beat you by the three, even at that clip, is asking to get beat.
I said it in the previous threads and I'll say it again, Kentucky got outplayed by WVU and Cal got outcoached by Huggins. I'll also give WVU another advantage that Kentucky didn't have, playing in a dome with a much bigger crowd. The biggest venue outside of Rupp that Kentucky had played in that season was Madison Square Garden, which is small in size to the Carrier Dome. WVU's experience in that environment helped them.
One difference though with next years team, all shooters coming in. Especially Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb, the latter of which was recruited by Huggins for WVU.
What is even scarier is that we beat pretty much the exact same WVU team in the Vegas tournament the year before with a much weaker team (although you have NO idea how much I wish we had Jodie Meeks for the WVU game this year) and a coach who drew up a much better gameplan that time around.
Cal was interviewed last month and alluded to something else. He said the reason Kentucky lost to WVU in the tournament was because they were looking ahead to Duke. I can believe that, given the fanbase and the players (especially Wall), but WVU still won and Huggins has dominated Cal ever since the two have went at it.