Mac Attack 4/2: ESPNU’s Tim Welsh calls in to talk about how beatable Kentucky is, if Calipari can keep winning with his recruiting strategy, and if he thinks Cal will bolt for the NBA.
Welsh is very confident that Kentucky will take the National Championship title in tonight’s game. He says with the exception of two blips on the season, Kentucky has very few weaknesses, despite being a young team.
“The game in the SEC tournament where they were sleepwalking through it…they really re-ignited after that…I don’t see a weakness, especially with Teague playing as well as he has been…this goes to the credit of Calipari and his greatness as a coach and how he has been able to mold this team…so unselfishly offensively where no one cares who scores…your only veteran player is now a 6th player on the bench…”
Welsh thinks Kansas, while an excellent team, still has a long way to come before being the caliber of team that Kentucky is. He believes that if Kansas can get Kentucky off their shooting game and manage to hold them back from hitting threes, there is a chance for Kansas to stay in there and make it a good game.
“Kansas is not that strong, they have been very inconsistent…they have a long shot…Kentucky has been very good offensively and has a lot of different weapons and options offensively…”
Many people criticize Calipari for embracing the notion of being a one and done coach sending kids to the NBA. Welsh believes that this is actually the greatest strength of Kentucky-Calipari manages to convince his players that they need to win and make it to the Final Four, which he does, and in return, he gives them the tools to be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft. This formula clearly does not work for all coaches, but in the case of Calipari, the formula has been one for success.
“That goes to the greatness of his ability as a coach…he has the number two class for next year already…those kids, the success that he has built with these kids…to get them to win in the season and then to get them drafted in the first round, people want to play for him! …It is going to the Final Four AND going to the NBA all in one swoop…no one else can sell that. …When you have that formula down, he is going to keep going with that! …Kentucky people don’t mess with him, they love what he is doing…if he has a little bit of an off year, I don’t think they will even criticize him…”