Throughout the course of the season, the Kentucky Wildcats have looked like an unstoppable bunch. So, with the Wildcats only one win away from calling themselves the best in college basketball, people are starting to wonder how they would fare against the next level of competition: The National Basketball Association. Earlier in the week, Stan Van Gundy said that he couldn't even fathom the Wildcats topping the lowly Washington Wizards.
“Look, it’s absurd. I mean, people will say, ‘Oh, Kentucky, you know’s, got four NBA players.’ Yeah, well the other team’s got 13. “Could anything happen on a one-night thing? I mean, I suppose, you have major upsets all the time. So, maybe, but it’d be rare and in a series it’d be a joke. It wouldn’t be close. That’s just the way it is. John Calipari’s got a lot of talent; he does not have 13 NBA players. He just doesn’t. And even if those guys all are, they’re all NBA rookies. I mean, when has that ever been a success in the NBA? So, no, they’re not going to win.
However, according to Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated, former NBA coach Larry Brown believes that Kentucky could beat more than just one team. And to take a page out of LeBron's book, "not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven," but 15 teams!
Larry Brown just told me: ''I disagree w/Van Gundy that Kentucky couldn't beat an NBA team. I think they could beat about 15 NBA teams.''— Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) April 1, 2012
Usually, we would just dispel such a claim, but this is coming from one of the winningest coaches in NBA history. He has to know talent when he sees it, right? What do y'all think? If Kentucky were to square off against an NBA team, do they have a good chance at coming out victorious?
[via Tim Layden]