ATLANTA — So is Kentucky’s path to the Final Four wide open, easy street, or is this all just a trap ready to spring on John Calipari so his critics might celebrate a failure to capitalize on all these upsets in the NCAA Tournament?
Host Curtis Burch and beat writer Kyle Tucker discuss that — and the official announcement of Penny Hardaway to Memphis — on the latest episode of Wildcat Country, your daily Kentucky podcast presented by SEC Country. The rundown:
- Recapping the Wildcats’ run in Boise, Idaho, and all the carnage in the South Region bracket that led us here: 5 seed UK vs. 9 seed Kansas State and 7 seed Nevada vs. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago.
- Does Penny officially becoming a college coach, at his alma mater Memphis, make him a serious threat to pick off some Kentucky recruits? He coached UK lead and No. 1 overall 2019 prospect James Wiseman in high school and AAU, as well as the Cats’ first 2019 commit, D.J. Jeffries.
- Do we buy that the national media is out to get Calipari and the Cats? Is there really some big agenda against Kentucky? Kyle says he doesn’t buy it (at least in a broad sense, although he concedes there are a few folks out there with a bone to pick). He does think it’s crazy to say that in a reseeded Sweet 16 the Wildcats are just the 10th-best team.
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