Tonight in Lexington, the Kentucky Wildcats took care of business against Ole Miss, handing the Rebels a 16-point loss at Rupp Arena. John Calipari was very pleased with his team’s effort, but he certainly wasn’t surprised — he feels that his team has been wildly over-criticized by the media this year (because it set the bar so high in the first place), masking how good it really is. After the game, he vented a bit (not angrily, but enough to get his point across) about all of the attention the Wildcats deal with, particularly after losses — he deems some of it a bit excessive:
Calipari: “This is the most over-analyzed team I’ve ever seen in the history of the game. At any level. In any sport.”
— Aaron Smith (@ASmithRivals) February 5, 2014
Cal on over-analyzing…laughing about people saying his team shouldn’t be ranked after LSU loss.
— Thomas Beisner (@Beisner_cn2) February 5, 2014
Calipar taking media to task a bit tonight (esp national) for over-analyzing Cats, penalizing UK more for setbacks than other teams.
— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) February 5, 2014
This is nothing new from Calipari — he, perhaps more than any other coach, loves to play the “woe is me” card, when really it is only his past success that has set the bar so high and raised expectations, not the media. And while this team definitely has millions of eyes on it, I think it’s a bit of a stretch to call it the most over-analyzed team of all time.
That being said, he might have a point this season about how his team is being evaluated, considering that the Wildcats are 17-5 but have been written off by such a large number of people. Of course, when you start the season ranked No. 1, anything but perfection is going to be considered a disappointment to some.