What if the Harrison twins don’t come back to Kentucky?

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We all like “what ifs” right?  We ask ourselves a lot, “what if?”.  Well I have decided to turn the two-word question that can cause hours of conversation into a blog series.  Every Friday I will address a Kentucky sports moment, commitment, season, event, etc.  and ask “what it?”.  I will address certain points and explain why I think it could have happened.  Hope you all enjoy.


When the Harrison twins committed to Kentucky and added to the already loaded 2013 recruiting class for UK, we thought 40-0 was going to happen.  As we all know, that didn’t happen but Kentucky still made it all the way to the national title game against Connecticut and, well you know.

That summer, Julius Randle and James Young left for the NBA, and after that every player that played for UK the previous year had announced they were returning.  There were three other announcements to be made though, yes three.  The Harrison twins and John Calipari.  That summer, after LeBron James announced he would return to Cleveland and play for the Cavaliers, John Calipari was a candidate for the job.  He was offered a 10-year deal, worth $80 million dollars.  He was also offered a position as the team president.  His decision rested upon whether the Harrison twins returned to UK or left for the NBA.  The twins announced on April 25th that they would put their dreams on hold and return for their sophomore season and Cal decided he would also stay and coach Kentucky.  With all that, What if the Harrison twins don’t come back to Kentucky?

Undefeated season doesn’t happen

The Harrison twins were a big part of Kentucky winning 38 straight games to begin the 2014-15 season and they aren’t given enough credit.  Two sophomore guards, with Final Four experience, at the helm for that insanely talented team made it what it was.

With no Andrew and Aaron Harrison, that undefeated streak doesn’t come close to lasting 38 games.  It’s sad to think about, but it’s true.  And, Kentucky probably doesn’t beat Notre Dame.  Remember that long three Aaron hit? Kentucky doesn’t win that game.

John Calipari leaves for the NBA

As I said above, when LeBron James announced he would return to the Cavaliers in the summer of 2014, Cal was a big candidate for that job.  And, the twins’ decision really determined whether he left or not.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison to the NBA, means John Calipari to the NBA.  Even more of a reason Kentucky doesn’t come close to an undefeated season.

Who does UK hire?  I don’t even want to think about that.

Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis start

Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis were the “reinforcements” for the Harrison twins in 2014-15.  If the twins go to the NBA, Ulis and Booker are the starting guards for that team.  This means Booker is definitely gone and possibly Ulis too.

No sophomore Tyler Ulis?  Yeah, I don’t want to think about that.

John Calipari doesn’t last long in Cleveland

In Calipari’s 184 games with the Nets, they went 72-112 (39%) and made the playoffs once, where they got swept.  Not great.

If Cal goes to the Cavaliers, odds are it doesn’t go well and he’s out of Cleveland quick.  David Blatt went 83-40 (67.5%) in 123 games with the Cavaliers and made The Finals in his first year and he was still fired.

If Cal is fired, does he retire? find another job? Who knows.

This one is pretty short, but these four things would’ve been huge occurrences.

Go Cats.


Check out the other parts to the “what if?” series:

https://thekentuckysportsblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/what-if-jodie-meeks-doesnt-go-to-the-nba/

https://thekentuckysportsblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/what-if-40-0-happened/

Hope you all enjoyed.

 

 

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What if Jodie Meeks doesn’t go to the NBA?

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We all like “what ifs” right?  We ask ourselves a lot, “what if?”.  Well I have decided to turn the two word question that can cause hours of conversation into a blog series.  Every Friday I will address a Kentucky sports moment, commitment, season, event, etc.  and ask “what it?”.  I will address certain points and explain why I think it could have happened.  Hope you all enjoy.


When the Billy Gillispie era ended at UK and John Calipari took over, there were some big NBA draft decisions to be made in Patrick Patterson and Jodie Meeks.  Once Patterson decided he would return to school, Meeks was the one big decision remaining.  On April 7, 2009 Meeks declared for the NBA draft but didn’t hire an agent, which gave him the option to return to school.  In an interview done in late May of that year, Meeks said, “If I am not first round, then I’ll go back to school”.  On June 15, 2009, Meeks announced that he would stay in the draft and forego his senior season at Kentucky.  So, with that, what if Jodie Meeks doesn’t go to the NBA and stays at UK for his senior year?

Does Eric Bledsoe come to Kentucky?

Eric Bledsoe was a natural point guard coming out of high school.  Bledsoe was considered a five-star player by Rivals.com, he was the no. 3 ranked guard, and the no. 23 overall player in the 2009 class.  After John Wall committed to Kentucky, Bledsoe was forced to play the shooting guard role.

If Jodie Meeks returns to UK, Eric Bledsoe doesn’t come to Kentucky.  If you disagree, think about this.  Does a five-star point guard/shooting guard commit to Kentucky to be a back-up?

Undefeated?

What could’ve been.  Ever since Kentucky lost to West Virginia in the elite eight in 2010, the consensus is that if Jodie Meeks had stayed at Kentucky, UK goes undefeated.

That team had everything.  Fast and quick guards, experience, and big men that could rebound and play in the paint.  The only thing they were missing was a shooter and Meeks was just that.

If Meeks stays, there’s a good chance Kentucky goes undefeated that season and wins the 2010 NCAA title.

Sophomore Eric Bledsoe

Freshman Eric Bledsoe with freshman John Wall was one hell of a duo, but, if Eric Bledsoe still comes to UK and plays behind Meeks, he plays a second year at UK, without a doubt.

A Brandon Knight/Eric Bledsoe guard duo would’ve been crazy. If this happens, there’s a good chance Kentucky wins the national title in 2011.

One of the best

Jodie Meeks broke the UK single-game scoring record with 54 points against Tennessee, a record previously held by UK legend Dan Issel that no one thought would be broken.  He set the record for most threes in a game by going 10-15 from behind-the-arc in the same game against Tennessee, a record previously held by another UK legend in Tony Delk.  He scored 854 points in his junior season, second to Dan Issel.  He also broke the single season three-point record with 117.

List of Meeks’ accolades: Named SEC freshman of the week three times, unanimously selected to the All-SEC freshman team, selected to the freshman All-American team, unanimously selected to the All-SEC first team his junior year, USBWA District IV player of the year, and second team All-American by the Associated Press, USBWA, NABC, and by SportingNews.com.

Keep in mind, Meeks played really only two seasons at UK since his sophomore year was cut short with injuries, playing only eleven games.

If he stays and performs the way he did his junior year during his senior year, we’re talking about a potential jersey retirement.

Hope you all enjoyed.  Go cats.


Check out the first post of the “what if?” series:

https://thekentuckysportsblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/what-if-40-0-happened/

What if 40-0 happened?

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We all like “what ifs” right?  We ask ourselves a lot, “what if?”.  Well I have decided to turn the two word question that can cause hours of conversation into a blog series.  Every Friday I will address a Kentucky sports moment, commitment, season, event, etc.  and ask “what if?”.  I will address certain points and explain why it could have happened.  Hope you all enjoy.


We have asked ourselves this a lot and it’s very hard to think about as a UK fan but,  What if 40-0 happened?  That season and the way it ended will eat at the emotions of every UK fan around, and if you say you’re over it you’re lying.  This is hard for me too because, well, you know.

If Kentucky had completed an undefeated season in 2014-2015, it would’ve changed a lot:

The “overrated” narrative with Calipari would not be a thing

Everyone thinks Cal is an overrated coach because of all the talent he brings in at Kentucky and only has one title to show for it.  The 2014-2015 year is a big part of the narrative because of the coaching down the stretch.

If Kentucky had gone 40-0 that season, this wouldn’t be a discussion you could have.

Greatest season in college basketball history

The greatest tradition in college basketball would have the greatest season in college basketball history, especially with the way they would have done it.

John Calipari retires

This is something you really have to think about if Kentucky goes 40-0 in the 2015 season.  I personally don’t think he would have retired, but the argument is certainly there for him retiring.

Two titles, an undefeated season, four final fours, and twenty-five draft picks.  Would’ve been one hell of a run.

Jersey Retirements

This is another thing you really have to think about if Kentucky goes 40-0 in the 2015 season.  The “unforgettables” in 1992 all had their jerseys retired and in my opinion the 2015 team would be in the same discussion.  Although, in 1992 you had only four retired jerseys and this team could have eight, you would definitely have to think about it

The unbeatables?

Best college basketball team ever?

40-0 is a very difficult feat and there’s a reason no one has ever done it.  Going undefeated with the schedule they had and with the way they did it,  it sure would be hard to find a better team.

Kentucky has nine titles

I know this is obvious, but an undefeated season includes a national championship banner.

Anyone have any tissues?

I fully acknowledge that I may and probably did miss some things and that’s okay because the list of things that could have happened is a mile long.

Go cats.