If Kentucky doesn’t win the 2012 NCAA men’s basketball championship, they’re going to leave a lot of people disappointed and confused. The Wildcats are loaded with NBA talent. That doesn’t always translate into a championship, but Kentucky looked to be in a class of its in through its first four tournament games. Considering there are many people who believe they could take down an NBA team or two, John Calipari’s boys should have no problem winning their next two games.
“I think one game — Kentucky couldn’t play in the NBA or anything like that — but one game at Rupp Arena, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kentucky win one game,” former Maryland coach Gary Williams said during an interview with ESPN 980 on Tuesday. “Because you’re gonna have five players off that team playing in the NBA, and probably playing significant roles in the NBA. And that’s why I say that, for one game.”
That makes three NBA teams that Kentucky could beat now. Over the weekend, Charles Barkley said he believes the Wildcats could beat the Raptors and maybe the Bobcats. Williams at least justified his comment by saying he could see it happening one time at Rupp Arena, but even then I don’t know.
There are some terrible NBA teams in the league right now, but they’re still NBA teams. The players on the worst NBA rosters were the best players at their colleges. Yes, plenty of them are flops and draft busts, but it would be tough to imagine a bunch of 18, 19, and 20-year-olds taking down an NBA team. Then again, maybe I haven’t seen enough of the NBA teams in question.