Kansas State versus Kentucky, why experience matters

March 24, 2018

The recent basketball game between Kansas State and Kentucky was a clinic in why experience matters. As far as talent goes Kentucky on paper was the more talented team of one and done freshmen. It had taken all season for the team to gel into a cohesive basketball team. Here is the fly in the ointment except on rare occasions it takes a team multiple seasons to mature and gel into a championship team.


Kansas State on the other hand on paper was the less talented team had been playing together and maturing together for a longer period of time. Kansas State not being a one and done school has the advantage of the senior leaving and freshman entering rotation of players. This is the healthy way to grow championship teams as it allows the seniors to guide the freshmen as they mature on the court.


As Kansas State prepared for their game with Kentucky they set a goal of pressuring the much less experienced Kentucky team to take them out of their comfort zone and to keep them off balance. The game plan worked to perfection with Kansas State winning the game. The game was played to the Style of Kansas State and Kentucky was never able to establish itself always being off balance. It is my contention that if Kentucky had one or two experienced starters on their team the out come of the game would have been different with the more talented team prevailing.


It is my observation that companies need to work on their hiring practices. It has become apparent to me that companies are becoming overloaded with young inexperienced management and people with degrees having nothing to do with the companies core expertise and not enough experienced mature people with a degree or not. A company can continue to operate on no experience but the affects on employees within and outside organizations are negative at best.


The truly great basketball teams have freshmen and seniors and the best run companies have a healthy mix of young talented people and experienced mature people.


I give John Calipari a lot of credit for what he accomplishes with freshmen teams but if he wants to win the big dance he needs experience as well.

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