In a postgame interview with Scott Van Pelt, Jay Bilas dogged Kentucky’s start to the season.
While acknowledging Kentucky’s youth, Bilas talked about how much room for improvement exists for this Wildcats squad. “Kentucky played a lot better than I expected,” he said to start off his comments on the Wildcats. He went on to say that Kentucky “didn’t play well” against Utah Valley and Vermont, therefore they exceeded his expectations against Kansas.
Bilas pointed out some weaknesses he’s seen this season, namely shooting and rebounding; both areas in which Kentucky has already improved tremendously this season. Bilas rounded out his comments by saying, “They’re clearly a work in progress, and I think they’re going to be very good. But this is not the same kind of team we have seen the last few years from the Wildcats. ...this team does not look like a championship contender.”
I’m a little disappointed in Jay Bilas making this call this early in the season. While it has become obvious that there are going to be growing pains this season (and the bumps may be more significant than in the recent past), I think it is a bit early to write off this Kentucky team just because they’re not the “same kind of team” we’ve seen in the last few years.
This team is clearly different, but the ceiling could not be higher. I trust in Calipari’s ability to coach and prepare this team over the course of an entire season. I mean come on Jay, since when has a season been decided by the first three games?
This team will improve and there is a very good chance for a deep tournament run. March is still a while away.
You can watch the full interview here: