Can the Kentucky Wildcats Rebound From Horrible Start?

By Trevor Lowry
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

If you are a fan of the Kentucky Wildcats, you can’t like what you see to start off the 2012-13 college basketball season. With a 5-3 record to start the season, can Kentucky rebound from its horrible start?

The Wildcats were one of the favorites to win the national championship entering the year, thanks to them winning it all last year. Everyone knew that Kentucky would look completely different this season, since most of the team went onto the NBA, but no one knew it was going to be this bad.

Luckily for Kentucky, it will go through a streak of easy competition. Fans have to realize that this young and talented team lost to three very good teams.

The Duke Blue Devils have already beaten three top five teams, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have gotten off to a hot start and look like one of the best teams in the Big East and the Baylor Bears have just as much talent as anybody.

Those are three very tough teams to play no matter where you come from.

Kentucky’s young players just couldn’t adapt to the tough competition this early in the season. You have to remember that most of the Wildcats are freshmen. Just give them some time and they will be just fine.

With that said, four Wildcats are averaging 10 or more points per game, which includes three freshmen (Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress). Goodwin is leading the team in points (16.4 PPG) and Poythress isn’t too far behind, averaging 15.4 points per game.

As for Noel, he is having a great first season in college. Just take a look at his numbers. Noel is putting up 11.4 points per game, 9.4 rebounds per game, three steals per game and 2.9 blocks per game. This kid really knows how to fill up the stats sheet.

This team has not had time to adjust to each other, but once it does, Kentucky will be very dangerous.

Ryan Harrow needs to be used more at the point guard position and the rest of this team needs to learn how to play unselfish basketball like last year’s national title team. Once this team puts all of its individual skills aside and focuses on the team, it will be just as good as anyone.

In the time being, Kentucky will get a break from tough teams. However, when the Wildcats take on the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals on Dec. 29, expect them to be ready to pull of the upset.

All of the hype of seeing all of the freshmen on this team is over. Now it is time to actually focus on the game of basketball, and you better believe that Kentucky will rebound from a very disappointing start.


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