Friday, October 17, 2014

National Writer Thinks Kentucky Can Actually Go 40-0 in 2014-15

Finishing a season 40-0 is impossible in modern day college basketball. Right?

Not according to Reid Forgrave of Forgrave thinks the Kentucky Wildcats actually have a legitimate shot at the historic mark in 2014-15.

Here is an excerpt of Forgrave's article:

A college basketball team has never won all 40 games, which is what it would take for John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats to go from Nov. 14 -- when they play the Grand Canyon Antelopes in Lexington -- all the way to April 6, when a new national champion will be crowned at the Final Four in Indianapolis.

The 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers were the last undefeated team in Division I hoops, going 32-0. UNLV didn’t lose until the Final Four in 1990-91. The 2003-04 St. Joseph’s squad made it all the way to the Atlantic-10 tournament before losing a game, to Xavier. And last year’s Wichita State team headed into the NCAA tournament undefeated and (I thought) had a real shot of going 40-0 and winning it all – until the top-seeded Shockers were upended by, wouldn’t you know it, the Kentucky Wildcats in what was one of the tournament’s most exciting games.

So what’s the chance at perfection? Um, not great. Maybe 3 percent? Maybe a little bit more? If you’re betting one team against the field, and that’s what you’re doing when you say Kentucky could win every game, you always take the field, of course. Especially when the rare teams that have given perfection a run in the past few decades have tended to come from conferences where powder-puff schedules make these things more possible.

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My Thoughts: Personally, I think 40-0 is an impossible feat in today's college basketball. That being said, it is difficult for me to point at any one game on the schedule and say, "I think UK loses this game."

Mark it down, however, the Wildcats will drop a game early in the season, or a in a tough road environment, or in the SEC portion of the get the point. I'll go with 38-2.

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