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Charles Barkley says Kentucky could beat Toronto, Charlotte

Mar 26, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

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This happens every year right before the Final Four. Some loudmouth says that the best college team in the land could beat the worst NBA team.

This year’s loudmouth is Charles Barkley. Guess we shouldn’t be shocked by that. Here is what he said, via our sister (brother?) blog CollgeBasketballTalk, which you should be reading anyway.

“Nobody can beat this team. The Toronto Raptors can’t, the Bobcats maybe. But there’s nobody in this NCAA tournament that can beat this team.”

No. No they could not.

And for the record, Charles, Toronto is better than Charlotte.

Kentucky is immensely talented, no doubt. Anthony Davis will be the No. 1 overall pick with good reason, he can develop into a special player. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is maybe my favorite player in this draft because while every year at the draft we talk about “what a great motor” some player has Kidd-Gilchrist actually has one and lives up to it. Terrance Jones, Doran Lamb, the list goes on and on with guys who are going to get a shot in the pros. They are going to get a chance to develop.

But it would be men against boys. The strength of NBA players, the level of execution is far superior. Even on the Bobcats. Kemba Walker ate up college players last year and he is much better now. You think there is a college kid strong enough to stop Corey Maggette on the drive? Bismack Biyombo would be swatting shots into the third row. Gerald Henderson would have his way. Look at it this way — Tyrus Thomas was the No. 4 pick overall and he struggles to make it work in the NBA. The talent level is just far superior across the board.

Best of seven series, maybe Kentucky wins one. Maybe. Now, if you have a time machine and can keep this Kentucky team together when they are all 25 and they play these Bobcats, that could be interesting. But right now, boys against men.

And Barkley knows that, but he gets paid to be outrageous.

  1. pudgalvin - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    In an NBA game with NBA refs, Kentucky would lose approximately 100-45 to the Raptors, maybe 90-50 to the Bobcats There’s a reason every rookie save for maybe 1-2 exceptional talents every 3-4 years struggles mightily for his for 1-3 seasons in the NBA. Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose, both much better players than anyone on Kentucky this year, were average players their first years. Both showed signs of brilliance, and both showed that it’s a huge adjustment to play against NBA players, even against the worst teams.

    • passerby23 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      I didn’t actually hear Barkley say it, so it’s hard to know whether he was being a bit sarcastic, but you’re right, Kentucky would take a beating by the worst NBA team. Not only could they not beat an NBA team, but every NBA team playing them would take it very personally and make a statement to crush them. There’s no chance Kentucky comes close to even winning a game in a seven-game series. The margin of victory would be at least 40 points in every game.

    • bklynfatpants - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      The Kentucky Caliparis would lose and then have to vacate their season at the end of the year for recruiting violations.

  2. ixepex - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM


  3. tampajoey - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Oh Charles, I love you and even I think it’s stupid to think Kentucky can beat an NBA team.

  4. boilerup1869 - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Charles Barkley and Stacey King are the two best commentators in hoops. So funny.

  5. urfinished - Mar 26, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    He was making a joke…but his point is this team is ridiculous.
    I love Charles.

  6. jumbossportsblog - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog and commented:
    Gotta love Chuck

  7. acdc363 - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Toronto is so much better than charlotte

  8. mungman69 - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Charles Barkley (Big Mouth, Empty Head)

  9. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Mar 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    yeah that’s why charlotte has beat toronto 7 out of the last 9 games they’ve played.

    • boilerup1869 - Mar 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      i think you’re missing the point here

  10. sdelmonte - Mar 26, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Yes, but I bet Charlotte would be outcoached. And certainly outrecruited.

  11. tonystrong - Mar 26, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    I had this argument the other day with someone. The Bobcats run Kentucky off the floor! It’s not even close. The Bobcats bigs have thumped with Dwight Howard, you think they’d have a problem thumping with Anthony Davis? It’s cute to think about it but it’s men against boys. I’m glad this article was written because it’s exactly what I was saying in my argument. The Bobcats are bad against NBA players, grown men. They’d have no problem disposing of college players, aka: KIDS!

    • tampajoey - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      This conversation is brought up every year by some homer college team’s fans. Never going to happen.

  12. lakerluver - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Charles is a chuckle head.

  13. tampajoey - Mar 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Kentucky could probably beat a few WNBA teams. Who knows… now that would be interesting. Is the WNBA still even around?

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