Bleacher Report on Uk basketball and football

The Bleacher Report released two interesting articles about Kentucky basketball and football this week.

The Bleacher Report

Don't look now, but Kentucky has won two bowl games in a row, with wins over Florida State in 2007 and East Carolina in 2008.
    So the expectations for 2009 and this Kentucky football team are probably higher than ever. With Tennessee making a coaching change, and Georgia replacing their entire backfield, this could be a year for Kentucky to crack into the top 3 in the Eastern division.
2008 Regular Season Record:
6-6; Win over East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl
Three easiest games in 2009

1. Eastern Kentucky 11/7

2. Louisiana Monroe 10/24

3. at Miami (OH) 9/5

The Wildcats have one of the easiest out of conference schedules you can find. All 4 out of conference games are at home, the toughest being a game against Louisville.

Kentucky also has Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee coming to Lexington, a 1-2 record against those three would be a positive.

Three hardest games in 2009

1. Florida 9/26

2. at Georgia 11/21

3. Alabama 10/3


The Bleacher Report

For a team that didn't even make this year's NCAA tournament, the Kentucky Wildcats received as much, if not more, coverage during and after the tournament than the recently crowned national champion North Carolina Tar Heels.

That's what happens when you're Kentucky and you hire John Calipari as the new men's basketball coach.

In 1998, Kentucky, under first-year head coach Tubby Smith, ascended to the top of the college basketball world by winning their seventh national championship.

But the problem for many in the Bluegrass State is the Wildcats haven't been back.

Since the last banner-hanging ceremony, Kentucky has advanced to five Sweet 16s and three Elite Eights.

They've captured four regular season SEC titles, along with four SEC Tournament championships.

In that time frame, eight Kentucky players—Kelenna Azubuike, Keith Bogans, Joe Crawford, Chuck Hayes, Jamaal Magloire, Randolph Morris, Tayshaun Prince, and Rajon Rondo—have all cashed NBA paychecks.

Current players Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson have both declared for this year's NBA Draft. To date, neither player has hired an agent; therefore, both are eligible to return to school.

Certainly, most programs in the country would be thrilled to have Kentucky's résumé of the past 11 years.

Most programs aren't Kentucky, though.

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