Nov 19, 2014
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Who wins?

Occasionally we’re graced with a college sports “super team” that’s so talented it prompts some of us to ponder just how good it really is. Could it beat a pro team?

This debated raged during the Detroit Lions’ 0-16 season, but in football the scenario is much more farfetched — the size, the talent, the speed, etc. Alabama or Florida wouldn’t have stood a chance on the field with the Lions that year.

Here we are again, as the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team has one of the most talented rosters we’ve witnessed in recent memory. Georgetown College coach Chris Briggs, following a 69-point loss to the Wildcats in an exhibition game, said Kentucky could have beat some NBA teams that night.

John Calipari, in all his wisdom, strongly disagreed.

“I hear Coach Briggs got excited after the game last night, Calipari said on Twitter. Let me be clear: If we played ANY NBA team, we would get buried. ANY.”

I couldn’t agree more, but Calipari’s objection isn’t going to stop people from asking, especially after the Wildcats disposed of No. 5 Kansas by 32 points in what was the team’s first serious test of the season.

The NBA’s Philadelphia’s 76ers currently sit at 0-10, and Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, a former Kentucky Wildcat, fanned the flames this week by insisting the Wildcats could beat the Sixers.

There are many factors to consider. Are we playing with an NBA shot clock? Six fouls or five? NBA quarters or college halves? All are vital to the outcome.

Then there are the rosters. Obviously, the 76ers are entirely made up of NBA talent — some may dispute that point — but how many players on Kentucky’s roster will make it there? Current mock drafts project half of its 16 players would go in rounds one and two.

That’s just scratching the surface, and none of us have the answers. It’s a debate where I’m sure coaches would have great insight, which is why I decided to write this post.

What do you think? Could the best college team beat the worst pro team in its respective sport?

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Who wins?

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By Kevin Hoffman, Managing Editor

Occasionally we’re graced with a college sports “super team” that’s so talented it prompts some of us to ponder just how good it really is. Could it beat a pro team?

This debated raged during the Detroit Lions’ 0-16 season, but in football the scenario is much more farfetched — the size, the talent, the speed, etc. Alabama or Florida wouldn’t have stood a chance on the field with the Lions that year.

Here we are again, as the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team has one of the most talented rosters we’ve witnessed in recent memory. Georgetown College coach Chris Briggs, following a 69-point loss to the Wildcats in an exhibition game, said Kentucky could have beat some NBA teams that night.

John Calipari, in all his wisdom, strongly disagreed.

“I hear Coach Briggs got excited after the game last night, Calipari said on Twitter. Let me be clear: If we played ANY NBA team, we would get buried. ANY.”

I couldn’t agree more, but Calipari’s objection isn’t going to stop people from asking, especially after the Wildcats disposed of No. 5 Kansas by 32 points in what was the team’s first serious test of the season.

The NBA’s Philadelphia’s 76ers currently sit at 0-10, and Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, a former Kentucky Wildcat, fanned the flames this week by insisting the Wildcats could beat the Sixers.

There are many factors to consider. Are we playing with an NBA shot clock? Six fouls or five? NBA quarters or college halves? All are vital to the outcome.

Then there are the rosters. Obviously, the 76ers are entirely made up of NBA talent — some may dispute that point — but how many players on Kentucky’s roster will make it there? Current mock drafts project half of its 16 players would go in rounds one and two.

That’s just scratching the surface, and none of us have the answers. It’s a debate where I’m sure coaches would have great insight, which is why I decided to write this post.

What do you think? Could the best college team beat the worst pro team in its respective sport?






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