Key Moments in Kentucky Basketball History

Christina Bassett
December 3, 2016

Kentucky Basketball history has many key as well as memorable moments. Key moments in Kentucky Basketball history will live on in the hearts of many for years to come. For example in February 8, 1903 Kentucky recorded its very first win. The win was an 11-10 victory in favor of Kentucky.

Another very unforgettable and key moment in Kentucky Basketball history was when Kentucky finished their very first season with a record of 1-2. First seasons are always look upon with great happiness and appreciation. In addition, many of these key events make for excellent basketball stories.

Adolph Rupp was hired to coach the Kentucky Basketball team in the year 1930. Rupp’s very first win was over Georgetown. A teams first win is always a memorable event. In addition, in most cases the coach that brought the team to their first victory is always highly respected among team members as well as the public.

In March of 1948, five very talented and dedicated players helped Kentucky win their first NCAA Championship. The five talented players included Alex Groza, Cliff Barker, Kenny Rollins, Ralph Beard and Wallace Jones. Due to this stunning victory the five players were named “The Fabulous Five”. The team won a total of 36 out of 39 games which is quite impressive to say the least.

In 1950 Alex Groza was named the “Teams Most Valuable Player”. Alex Groza managed to score a stunning 82 points in just three games. Groza certainly possessed talent and team devotion.

In 1951 Kentucky continued its lucky streak. Due to the efforts of Rupp, the team won its third NCAA Championship. Kentucky was able to beat Kansas in this game with a final score of 68-58.

Also in 1952 Bill Spivey was named “Outstanding Player”. This was a key event in Kentucky’s history due to the fact that Spivey would leave the team for good after the 1952 season concluded. Being named “Outstanding Player” will always be remembered by fans and other team mates.

In 1958 Kentucky won their Fourth NCAA Championship. Kentucky won over Seattle with a final score of 84-72. This was considered a true victory for Kentucky because they conquered Elgin Baylor.

Jumping a head a bit to the year 1989. Rick Pitino was named Kentucky’s head coach. Pitino had two years experience coaching the New York Knicks. Coaching the Knicks gave Pitino some excellent coaching experience which served him well in his career.

In the 1995-96 season Kentucky had nine players that played in the NBA. It was quite evident that Kentucky developed a reputation over the years as being a tough and talented team. The nine talented players earned the name “The Untouchables”.

Finally, in 1998 Jeff Sheppard was chosen as one of the NCAA most outstanding players of all time. This was certainly a victory as well as a major accomplishment for any sports figure.

Key events in Kentucky Basketball history will be talked about for years to come. Memorable events in sports can always fascinate the public and give them something to talk about with their friends and family.

 

Why John Calipari Should Not Leave Kentucky for the NBA

Christina Bassett
November 28, 2016

John Calipari is a college basketball coach through and through. His career at UMASS, Memphis and Kentucky has shown he knows how to recruit, coach and win with college players. He has taken three different teams to the Final Four, played in the title game twice and won a championship. He has achieved everything that is possible in college basketball, but he should not go back to the NBA. This article explains why the NBA is not the right place for Calipari.

#1: He Has Failed In The NBA Before

Calipari took the Nets job after leaving UMASS in the late 90s. He was assured of success because he was young and energetic. He went to a Nets team with young talent, but he was unable to do anything with the team. Professional players do not act like college players in the least, and he was done in three seasons. The same Nets team he failed with went to the NBA Finals twice under Byron Scott with Jason Kidd at point guard. Calipari failed because he does not know how to maximize pro talent.

#2: He Is A Brilliant College Coach

Calipari knows how to coach young players who need to develop in a system. His teams play a half-court offense that trains players to be patient, and his teams play hard defense. Anyone who does not play defense on a Calipari team stands out, and he has trained many great players in his time in the NCAA. Trips to the Final Four with UMASS, Memphis and Kentucky offer evidence that his college coaching is superior to his professional coaching.

#3: His Ego Does Not Need Feeding

John’s ego was once fed by his need to go to the NBA and succeed. He has since won a championship at Kentucky, been to the Final Four multiple times and his family has grown up. He is an older man who does not need the NBA to validate his career, and the lack of ego boost is more than enough reason to stay at Kentucky until he retires. All indications are that he does not want to leave Kentucky, but reports will surface every year as coaches are fired.

#4: Other Coaches Do Better In The NBA

Bradley Stevens left Butler to take the Celtics job, and Boston is playing well. He has adapted to the NBA in a way that Calipari never could. John is a smart man who understands that he is simply not built to coach an NBA team. He may believe he has the tools in him somewhere, but he is wise enough to see that it is not in the cards.

#5: Other Pro Coaching Failures

Rick Pitino is the most closely-associated coach with Calipari. The two came up in the same era, coached at similar schools and now coach rivals in Kentucky and Louisville. Pitino went to the NBA with hopes of winning, but he was flamed out just as fast as Calipari. He has taken three teams to the Final Four, won titles at two different schools and it arguably a better coach. Calipari must see that the NBA is not for certain men.

John Calipari may be reported as in contention for several NBA jobs, but he is not leaving Kentucky. He is in a place in his life where he does not need the stress or the challenge. He is one of the best, and he does not need to go to the NBA to prove that. Staying at Kentucky while piling on accolades is a far safer route for him as a coach.

Best College Basketball Schools in the Country

Christina Bassett
November 28, 2016

Basketball is making very many careers for athletes, analysts, merchandisers, marketers and administrative officials. Colleges play a crucial role in the basketball world, and any individual with talent should carefully weigh their options before choosing which college to attend if they have basketball in mind. The NCCA’s March Madness is a tournament organized for 68 first division teams to knock each other out till a national champion is determined. The real objective of this competition is to give scouting agents a chance to select talent for their NBA teams. For this reason, the March Madness has always stood as the supreme test for all college basketball teams. I figure that since school is meant to train and mold their students for a bright future, the college that secures the most promise for a majority of its team members ultimately becomes the victor. This standing is notwithstanding the outcome of the championship games. From an average of the last five years, I have listed the top seven most dominant men’s basketball colleges.

7. The University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
This college is not doing as well as its past glorious years when it produced Michael Jordan. Though it clinched the national championships twice in the last decade, this college team has not had any top three drafts yet. The Tar Heels have produced seven draft picks for the NBA under Hall of Fame Coach Roy Williams but are yet to impress as they used to once.

6. University Of Arizona
This college is famous for its rivalry with its coach’s former team. Since Hall of Fame Coach Lute Olson started coaching the Wildcats, the team has always had a fair shot at the national championship. They have produced an impressive 39 draft picks since 1980. The team has been eying a spot in the Elite Eight and might soon clinch one if they keep up the spirit. The current coach has had his focus on bringing in remarkable talent to the Wildcats, and because of his efforts, the team can boast of producing lottery pick slots number two (Derrick Williams), number four (Aaron Gordon) and number eight (Stanley Johnson) in the last five years.

5. The University Of California – Los Angeles
The team’s rich history of having once won the national championship for seven straight years continues to mold the team by haunting them with a culture of sheer hard work. Over the last decade, the team has come under fire from fans for not winning the championships. Coach Steve Alford has not been given a break for at least making it to the final fours since 2006 to 2008. The team has had only one lottery pick in the last five years. It has produced great players nonetheless.

4. Syracuse University
The team won its first national championship in 2003. After producing NBA draft pick number one that year, the team has gone to produce more draft picks. In the last five years, Syracuse fans have been treated to eight NBA draft picks by Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim.

3. University Of Kansas
The team is said to be soaring in success because of the team’s head coach ‘theFather of Basketball Coaching’. Under Coach Bill Self, this college basketball team has been winning most of its games. It has in the last four years produced:
• Andrew Wiggins
• Thomas Robinson
• Joel Embiid
• Ben McLemore

2. Duke University
This team is the defending USA 2015 College Basketball National Champions. The team boasts of 86 NBA draft picks in its time in competitive basketball. The past five years have seen this team produce NBA first draft pick in 2011, the second pick in 2014 and third pick last year.

1. University Of Kentucky
This team has the most prolific credentials for producing top notch players in the last five years. Since its last championship victory in 2012, they have won the number one draft pick twice, and four other unprecedented player picks. This team is just the best at spotting and growing talent.

Utah State at USC Preview & Score Predictions

Christina Bassett
September 20, 2016

It’s that time of year again, football season is upon us! With the seasons changing, the boys of fall come rolling out of their respective tunnels and slamming into the field ready to play one of the most popular sports in the country. College football has a place in almost every sports-fan’s cable recordings. If your teams happen to be either member of the pac-12, USC or Utah State , you will be glad to know they will be playing each other again!

At their season opener, Alabama handed the Trojans literally it’s biggest season opening loss. One player stated that USC just didn’t take the game seriously enough and as a result they had their asses handed to them.

Utah State however, wailed on their first week opponents, tearing down the fields with plays that took the runners down the yard lines like a boss but the plays required very little precision. It will be a matter of finding out if their first week of play was genuinely skills, or just a fluke.

For their respective performances, each team has a shot at winning. Very few wild cards will need to be thrown out for either team to have a run away win. Both teams will have to the match up more seriously than normal.

USC has always been, and continues to be, an extremely strong team. Their defence is strong and when played against a purely offensive team, they are able to slam them into to the ground. However if Utah decides to bring their A game to the table, USC will wind up being very hard pressed to beat a team that is so strong. It will be interesting to see how the game plays out.

While both teams have potential, USC has a history of taking home the win, something I don’t see likely to change just because they are playing Utah. Though Utah is coming off of a very strong opening week, they will likely fold to USC by a moderate point spread. I am going to guess somewhere between a 7 to 4 point difference between them. Maybe a little more even. Especially of USC shows up and takes the game seriously.

Weather you are a fan of professional football and dedicate yourself to only watching the NFL or whether you are a died in the wool, die hard college football fan, this game will be an excellent match up between two teams that are used to winning. I’d recommend anyone who has any interest to take the time and tune in to find out how the outcome will fall, but I’d be willing to bet it ends up being an awesome game for both sides of the stadium.

Even if you don’t have the time to sit down and watch it while its going live, still it will be an excellent opportunity to put that DVR to good use and catch later in the evening! Tune in and find out for yourself if you think I’m lying.