In at least one U.S. city, this week’s walk-up to college
basketball’s Final Four hasn’t provoked debate regarding the potential for
top-ranked Kentucky to knock off Louisville.
And this particular market doesn’t seem that interested in how the Wildcats
would fare against Ohio State. Or Kansas.
In Washington, D.C., the prevailing Kentucky discourse is propelled by the
conjured notion that the No. 1 seed in college hoops could knock off the NBA
Wizards. For the record (and for now), the 11-38 Wizards still officially
qualify as an NBA franchise.
Anyway, escorted into that city’s topical wheelhouse by two radio sports-talk
hosts, this idea gained traction when former University of Maryland coach Gary
Williams said it could happen.
Well, with a specific caveat.
This hypothetical showdown would occur at UK’s Rupp Arena, allowing us to
assume the Wizards would be playing by house rules. And it would only be one
game. While providing the reasons behind his argument on the D.C.-area radio
show in question, Williams used variables such as the rabid home crowd,
Kentucky’s starting lineup of five NBA prospects and its athleticism to support
To widen the scope of opinion, I was requested to supply knowledge from two NBA
employees who make their bones scouting college prospects. Because they’ve been
asked to disc