Following Kentucky's win last Saturday, Portland head coach Eric Reveno said UK and Solid Blue fans have to plenty about which to be optimistic.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky doesn't appear to have another national player of the year on its roster this season, like Anthony Davis. Don't look for the NBA Draft's top two picks of 2013 to come from UK again. But UK's cup is overflowing, according to Portland head coach Eric Reveno.
Nine games into this season, Kentucky already has one more loss than it did in 40 games last season. This is not the 38-2 national champions of 2011-12. But it can be one of the top eight or ten teams in the country, according to Wildcats' head coach John Calipari.
The mood of Solid Blue fans seems to suggest this current group of players won't be leading Kentucky to a third consecutive Final Four appearance.
Following UK's 74-46 win over Portland last Saturday, Reveno said that he sees a Kentucky team that will be much improved in a couple of months.
"It looks like a group of young guys trying to do the right thing, trying to compete, trying to do what their coaches are asking of them, trying to make the smart play, rotating on defense," Reveno said.
"I know my team is going to be better in two months and I know under the coaching staff, this team is going to be better. So, I always say when speaking of my team to people that are asking that it really is a matter of the observers’ perspective. The glass is either half full or half empty. It says more about the critic than it does about the team. There is a lot in that glass at the University of Kentucky. You know, from my perspective their glass is overflowing, so they will be fine. They are working through some early-season issues like everybody. ”