I have seen over and over the argument that "South Carolina is a more talented team than Kentucky" and I'm tired of it.
Rivals 2005 team ranking Kentucky doesn't show up here (its the Jared Carter class) and neither does South Carolina
Rivals 2006 team ranking The class of Meeks, Jasper, Stevenson, and Porter comes in at number 11. South Carolina does not appear.
Rivals 2007 team ranking The class of Patterson, Legion, Stewart, and Williams registers at number 13. South Carolina is again absent.
Rivals 2008 team ranking Liggins, Miller, Galloway, and Harrelson register at number 21. Still no South Carolina.
We've all been round and round about what it really means to have 5 star rankings versus 4 stars. And yes, Legion and Jasper are gone. Ultimately, the fact that cannot be denied is that Kentucky definitively has outperformed South Carolina in the recruiting battles.
In fact, I would argue that looking over those lists... the only two teams who are arguably more talented than Kentucky are Tennessee and Florida... and we beat them!!!
I'm not a negative person by any stretch of the imagination, similarly I'm not one that looks for excuses. When I make a mistake, I will own up to it. (Often I will explain my reasoning that lead to the mistake... but I make no excuses.) Its time for this team to play to their potential. We do NOT have the talent to compete with the UConns and UNC's of the world, what we should expect is to be competitive night in and night out in the SEC. That is reasonable for a fan to expect.