We all know how passionate sport fans like to make bold and uncharacteristic predictions regarding certain teams or scenarios. One of the most talked about predictions in recent years has been that the men’s Kentucky basketball program could beat some of the NBA teams because of the extraordinary talent on their roster that usually only play one year of college basketball before going on to the professional level.
Most recently, Chris Briggs, Georgetown College’s head coach made the same prediction after his team got annihilated by Kentucky by a score of 121-52. In the postgame press conference Briggs said, “Those guys are unreal. I told the guys in the locker room, they could have beaten some NBA teams tonight, there’s no question in my mind.”
Briggs continued to say, “I knew they were good coming into this game, but sitting out there watching it in front of their eyes, on the sideline, honestly I don’t see how they’re going to get beat this year. I don’t like to say that, because I know people have off nights, and things can happen and this-and-that, and injuries and things like that, but if they play like they did tonight, they’re an NBA playoff team.”
Head coach of Kentucky basketball John Calipari did not share the same sentiment as he talked about Brigg’s comments via twitter:
I hear Coach Briggs got excited after the game last night. Let me be clear: If we played ANY NBA team, we would get buried. ANY.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 10, 2014