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Cal still likes his team


Despite the disappointing loss, Cal still likes his team.

Why?

“One guy goes for forty out of eighty. …We did what we were supposed to do to stay in the game and then they have a kid who goes nuts on you.”

Overall, Cal was positive about his team’s performance, especially the play of Nerlens Noel, whom he called “outstanding.” Is Nerlens becoming this team’s leader? Cal said that in order for that to happen, he has to starting showing that leadership in practice, not just in games.

When asked what the Cats need to win from now on, Cal said discipline: “The will to win is having discipline with three or four minutes to go. We don’t have that right now.”

Regardless, the man still likes his team. Do you?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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100 responses to “Cal still likes his team”

  1. Me

    “like” is a subjective term…but they aren’t very good

  2. Steve

    No

  3. Class

    Of course I still like this team. A loss to #31 (cause really, thats who we lost too) isn’t the end of the season, its just a hurdle. I was at the game, and its, hands down, the most exciting game I’d been to this season. The crowd was great, we didn’t play too horribly, but we just didn’t pull out the W. Overall, kudos to Turner and Go Big Blue! :)

  4. Oh Yeah!

    I do!

  5. OhioJoe4UK

    Not liking the team when the two starting guards combine for 9 turnovers, take 4-5 questionable shots each, and get minimal boards. I hope Cal secretly agrees.

  6. blueaville

    i still like my team…my team is the uk wildcats and thankfully these players won’t be around long.

  7. kentuckyrules

    TILL THE END OF TIME AND THEN SOME! Losses come and go, big whoop. Dude shoots for 40, what can ya do?

  8. Claw

    The talent is there. Playing as a team with a sense of urgency and understanding their roles is far from completion. Coach will figure out this whole thing. He has to. There is too much pressure on him not to figure it out. Let’s enjoy the ride BBN.

  9. Fancoulo

    This team is coming together, in another two or three months they will be very good.

  10. Bubba Earl

    Cal, let me remind you of a fellow named Pete Maravich, Coach Rupp always stated that 1 man will not beat my 5. He averaged 38 points on us and we would still beat them by 15!!

  11. Fancoulo

    This may be the best UK team of all time, no wonder Cal likes them

  12. Sarah White

    I will always love my CATS. Get to work, guys. We are behind you still.

  13. UK Freshmen

    I wonder if the team still likes the coach.

  14. Umm

    You all sound like a bunch of Whiney woman! How many losses did the team 3 years ago have….. 9 and they ended up in the final four! This team will be fine

  15. clint

    Really guys and gals this team is NOT good. Sure hate to say that but the truth will out in the end. Calipari has tried everything and it hasn’t worked because these guys are OVERRATED. Hope they make the tourney! Go Cats!!!!

  16. kentuckyrules

    #15: yup, you are right…cal should just play the bench for the rest of the season, for EVERYONE here knows that you only get till January 12 to get ready, all times after that, no room for improvement…their ceiling has been reached….right??

    Get real…good God. The team is GOOD, we just don’t play like it. Ever play basketball? Sometimes, even the ‘good teams’ at the gym get beat.

  17. Ruppeat Offender

    I kinda like them. I really like a couple of the guys – Noel and WCS. I kind of like Harrow and Mays. I like the rest of the rotation a lot less. They just don’t play hard/smart/with heart – depending on which guy we’re talking about. Goodwin and Poythress are maddening because of their potential. Wiltjer – well, I scream at him a lot. I don’t think he deserves any more minutes than Hood or Beckham. He doesn’t play Defense at all, he doesn’t play Offense on the interior. Frankly, a 6’0 guard would be just as effective if they could shoot the 3.

  18. Steady

    Team? I see two or three “team” players.

  19. oldschool

    Is Drake being fitted for a NIT championship ring?

  20. Rixter

    Matt is owning this guy

  21. oldschool

    Matt’s being extremely rude on the radio. Why won’t he let people with other opinions speak?

  22. Mike

    5 mins. left in the game in Fayetville and Vandy has only scored 24 points…that’s how bad they are and yes, that is how bad we are as well.

  23. Sean

    They cant afford to lose too many more SEC games. Thats the problem. Like them or not, they will miss the tournament if they dont pull it together quickly. You cant go unranked all year in this league and hope to play in the Big Dance.

  24. oldschool

    Matt – this is the first season of truly seeing “the system”. To say it works is extremely premature.

    Let’s re-examine this debate in about three years.

  25. Greer

    I like everybody on the team, but the only one I see on the team going 100% is Noel, maybe Harrow. Fact is, Noel is the only one worthy of a starting spot. You would have thought, Poythrees, but he just doesn’t have the drive yet. I would try to convince him to get every rebound, that’s it… he would dominate.

  26. Bob

    I want to see a senior day dammit!

  27. classof68

    Oldschool- you’re way too optimistic.

  28. Jared

    I thought oldschool’s bitter ass got banned from this site.

  29. From 10,000 Feet Up

    I guess that last caller wanting “Senior Night Again” forgot about the 10 year Tubby experiment.

  30. fatcat

    I dont know what he likes about them. I told you guys saturday night that this isn’t a tournament team. As a team they haven’t showed improvement at any phase of the game. Individually there has been inprovement with harrow, noel and wcs. can’t win many games with just those three. N.I.T!

  31. Claw

    We will get better. Just have to make the Big Dance and by then we’ll be firing on all cylinders and just have to win six games in a row. I am drunk and vomiting over this game. It was embarrassing. Still, sometimes hope is all you have.

  32. classof68

    Matt is a really angry young man tonight.

  33. Sweet William

    nope

  34. colonel_sanders

    I have to disagree. Our biggest liability is also the guy who determines how far we go in Goodwin. Dude goes for 40 and couldn’t miss. Still, this is a game we had no bilusiness in losing. I think we lose 5 or 6 league games but win the conference tourney and hope that we “click” in March.

  35. All the time

    Every day is Senior day at Rupp. Just look at all the blue haired old folks in the stands

  36. FatBlueKid

    Well, I still like them. This is a talented team and I still argue one of the 3-5 most talented teams in the country but talent does not always win. Cal for whatever reason is not hitting the right button with this club. You have to hate to lose and take it personal. These kids don’t. Are they selfish?? Are they thinking about going to the NBA? I don’t know but the thing that bothers me is they don’t seem to care that they lose. We are Damn lucky to be 1-1. I was an idiot that thought they would run the table in the conference. Right now at this moment. We have 11-7 in a pretty poor conference written all over it. Rupp is now not a sure thing and we showed that going on the road regardless of opponent, even an Auburn is no guarantee. I don’t care about last year, I don’t care about next year. It is 12-13 and so far it sucks!

  37. bdown

    It’s easy to be a fan when the team goes 38-2 and wins the NC, but true fans stick with the team during rough times! I still like this team and have faith they can make some noise if they can get it together and make it to march madness

  38. Jared

    Also, the reason Matt was being rude to that guy is because that guy has the same crappy attitude that he says the players have. He’s alleging that they do not respect the program, just want to get to the NBA, blah blah blah. UK fans, hell, any fan, who says that about their young players is no better than what you’re alleging.

    You — an adult — are criticizing an 18 year old kid for NOT PROVIDING ENTERTAINMENT up to your standards. What do you have to lose by watching this game? Nothing, unless you bet on it or something. People like John, or Bob, or whatever his name was, have no problem treating these players like nothing more than a piece of meat, but then act flabbergasted and offended that a kid would accept millions of dollars to go play a professional sport after only one year in college. “How dare you think for yourself, meat, now get back here and entertain me!”

  39. fatcat

    # your nuts anybody that know bb can see that this team sucks.

  40. fatcat

    #16

  41. Run fat boy run

    Frustrating game and frustrating year but I still trust Cal and still love my Cats. All ya’ll haters i’m begging you to get back on this site bout this time next year. Some people forget the misery of a couple years ago. Spoiled fan base equal pathetic fan base. We are sitting on a gold mine. Keep being miserable, probably still pizzed we lost 2 games last year.

  42. Grumpy Gus

    UK is garbage this year. Dare in say worse than Cals 2nd season. He really needs to set these guys straight. It’s not fun to watch these guys at all. When does football season start again?

  43. fatcat

    Cal can’ t win with this group guys. He has one really good player and two decent players. i wouldn’t care if he never put kyle and poythress in for another min. Are you guys not watching this team. they’re terrible.

  44. JQ

    CAL gets paid to be a BULLSHIT artist

  45. Korean Tacos

    Anyone else hearing Wiltjer is being talked to about transferring?

  46. blueaville

    Hopefully, I won’t be around either.

  47. Tbone

    Tired of all this belly aching and crying—some guy who averages 15 a game goes for 40 and you whine and cry!! Grow up you bunch of POS!! Be UK fans and support your team or leave KY! WE ARE THE BBN and we will have your back if you play for the blue and white!!! The real BBN will that is! Ignore all these other POS complaining on here!!! #WEAREUK

  48. classof68

    Radio Ron is senile.

  49. fatcat

    Where is drunkin troy at tonight? His parents must have hiden the alcohol from him tonight!

  50. Korean Tacos

    I have not heard this but I thought I would troll by and stir crap up.

  51. j. Dinkle

    I mostly blame Coach Cyprien and Peter Warden, everytime they have been in Rupp we lose…..Gillispie Effect!

  52. Ryan Lemond = Mayans

    Ryan Lemond, you really need to stop predicting these games to be blowouts. Everytime you do the game goes close and in the case of this game… the pot boiled over. From now on just repeat the spread that Vegas has.

  53. classof68

    I am very positive about most things. But not UK basketball. I like to post when things are bad.

  54. clint again

    told everyone this team is just NOT good. Favored by 15 lose by 12. 25 pt. turnaround. I agree with fatcat.

  55. oldschool

    It is the epitome of irony when I refer to someone else being rude. Look at all my posts if you want to see what rude means.

  56. SeoulCat

    Radio Ron, shut up. Get off of your soapbox, and go run in another uncontested Senior Olympics race.

  57. fatcat

    #47 click on the little x at the top right of your screen and go to hell then.

  58. shame

    Alex poythress sux!! The dude cant dribble and he’s scared to play. No freaking way that dude goes to the nba. If he does, then im going! People say the same shit.” They’ll be good by march”. BS! They are good as they are gonna get. Same crap every game.

  59. HoptownPred

    I still like my team. The fans(?) calling this the end of the world would keep me away from U.K. If I were being recruited. No fun & some real scary fans. Rupp used to say after a loss,” the sun will come up tomorrow” and it will. This is not the end of civilization, unless you have no life and Cats B-ball is all you have. Some of you are sounding just like Tennessee Vol football fans, and that’s not a compliment.

  60. James K

    Granted, but a good defensive team puts that guy on his ass a couple times. Elston Turner isn’t Michael Jordan. I’m not the type of person to say this, but it just would not have happened last year.

  61. GummyBear

    @#38 Jared… Best comment on here in a long time. You summed up the problem w the “I hate 1 and doners” perfectly.

  62. Run fat boy run

    59 boom, you hit the nail on the head. I live out of state and sometimes I am embarrassed of my people. I know there are a lot of trolls on here be we have way more than our share of idiots. It’s no wonder people make fun of us, we fuel the fire.

  63. Run fat boy run

    61, so you are saying we need to call the class coming in next year and say “sorry boys we don’t like one and doners”. I’ll let Cal choose the talent, he’s done pretty damn good so far.

  64. Run fat boy run

    61, I think i misunderstood your post after reading 38. My bad.

  65. Nonesuch

    Look for those NBA teams to come calling as putting together totally new squads each year looks more and more futile.

  66. Green River 46

    If Turner had only twenty points, They would still had won , because they would get the rebound and put it back in. Seems like we are always out of postion.

  67. KY Realist

    I told you simpletons he is a pathetic coach. He needs 5 to & NBA players to mask his s@itty coaching. He has 4 NIT’s at Memphis to back me up. He is a fraud. Cal would have won 13 games with uofl’s squad last year. Cal had 2 future all-stars and a total of six pros. Rick had zero. Yet, it was anyone’s game. Wake the F up hilljacks. Uncle Wes did not buy Cal enough pros. It is his fault

  68. bluristhurr

    The whole team looks worse compared to the start of the season except for Noel and Harrow

  69. Cal'sSweatyNipples

    Dribble drive = roll the ball out there and watch all your knuckle dragging players try to make a play. Cow does not have the players to play playground basketball.

  70. HAHA

    Denver went farther with TEBOW, HA HA, HA HA

  71. Duncan

    We stink

  72. Stoops train is rolling

    Now that the game is history , what about the recruits for football , any word how it went

  73. Tubby

    If UK goes to the NIT, will you fire Cal and get a new coach?

  74. TJ

    I do not like this team.

  75. Catlogic15

    Well, Poythress stays so Wiggins says “Thanks, but no thanks”.

    Puts #9 in jeopardy. Thanks Alex.

  76. Jerk

    I just don’t know what to say, it seems like every time I watch these guys I just get the feeling they are not going to win, and I just can’t see any effort from wiltcher at all. And poythress man it’s frustrating. Maybe he should focus only on rebounding for a while. really need a couple guys to do nothing but rebounding. Have no shooters, mays leads with his right foot, can’t hit that way, not a pure shooter. Wiltcher, what can you say, thought he would be a shooter, but he just can’t move. I don’t know, just frustrated to lose to these guys at home, think they just need a gut check and some drive, it’s just like, well I don’t care half speed is all I’m gonna do, why should I sacrifice, I’ll be in the NBA next year, except for Noel and Harrow and WCS. Just bummed out!

  77. niaps

    UK fans just have to face the truth here. These players are just not what we all thought they were. Good for freshmen but not against any experienced team. They will compete but this is a far cry from a tourney team of any kind. The Cats are surely a bubble team at this point and if the selection were made today they stay home. Noel and Harrow are the team leaders but this team lacks a go to guy and a consistent 3 pt threat. WCS hurt this team today and gave very little help. A seven foot guy like him should be at least a 7 or 8 rebound a game player but seems to be way out of position all the time and looks weak. An average team is what we have and what we have to live with.

  78. BLUE BLY

    Consider me ” officially concerned ” about this team…….Pohthress is an absolute mystery!!! Wiltjer is never going to be good on D….EVER!!!

  79. Oohlala

    Geez people, these guys weren’t that bad today. Turners 40 sunk us but he hit threes from way behind the line. Any coach in America would tell his team to let guys shoot from there. Making them is a fluke. Turner averages 15.5 pts a game and no one could possibly know he would or could go 14 of 19 today. Nerlens was fantastic today. Other than turnovers the other guys gave their normal contributions for the most part. If Turner puts up his normal 15 pts we probably win. Also this team was 11 and 3 before today. They are not a terrible team.

  80. VinnyCent

    Cal won a championship last year. Does anyone remember that?

  81. Ron Lewis

    You’re all missing the big picture here. We have too many coloreds that bring out smarts down. We need more kids like Richie and John and Derron that know how to play tough and not this city Harlem globetrotter crap. It’s a sad state of the game.

  82. Oohlala

    No other team in the country could lose their best six players to the nba, reload and do any better than this team is doing.

  83. JBR

    Cal is starting to sound like Joker…weak and making excuses to dance around what the problems really are. Matt got all upity on his call in show on some guy and showed his “personal attachment” to the team, thus really showing he cannot be objective. He wants to throw down reality when he needs defense, but emotions the rest of the time. I think Cal is the best coach we could possibly have…but we have to call a spade a spade…he REALLY IS a “roll the balls out and let’um play coach”. He is proving that this year, as he has made NO progress with this team. But as Matt stated on his show…every other year, that is all Cal should have to do for a title, so we can accept it…but call it what it is, and don’t act like it isn’t happening. Cal has no idea what to do with this group.

  84. Wildcatsteeler

    Other than Noel this team is very soft and unmotivated. Even a slightly physical team pushes them around and they just stand there on rebounds waiting for someone else to get it. Oh well. An Elite 8, Final 4, then a Championship. I can live with a down season. Especially considering the class coming in next year.

  85. Ben

    This team will have to win one road game to finish league play at eight and eight! A twelve loss team will not have a very good run in the NIT. Come on next year. Good by old hello new!

  86. UK56 Always

    Cal took a similar team to the E-8 he followed that with TRULY a bunch of overacievers to a final 4. Cal can coach he just can’t play. He can’t shoot free throws, he can’t block out. What we are all forgetting is that EVERY team that plays us, (including Duke, IU, UL), will always bring their “A” game. If we don’t show up and play hard, EVERY game we will lose. It’s still early. Maybe a few losses are what our fan base needs. Now we can appreciate the wins more. GO CATS!!

  87. kingrex

    I think it is clear now that what Cal has meant by “like” is that on a personal level he knows they are good kids. That cannot be totally discounted, but they are not a good team. You win some and you lose some. If we got Bennett it could have been interesting. They are what they are…..

  88. Oohlala

    As someone who has been going to Rupp for over thirty yrs I can remember many teams with slow starts and 8-10 losses. I’ve been in the building for my share of home losses and I can say that this year is the worst fan support I’ve ever encountered in BBN. We won a championship and reloaded with freshmen. Whether these guys were one and done or not a freshmen team is still a freshmen team. They need time to figure it out and they need the fans support, not constant criticizing and bitching and moaning. Every time Noel doesn’t block a shot at the rim people groan. If he tried to block them all he would foul out. He has the good sense to get the ones he can and not foul on the others. These kids are still only 18, adjusting to college life and figuring it all out. Let’s support them cheer when they need it, not only when they are winning. We used to shout Go Big Blue!!! In Rupp. I haven’t heard that chant this yr once. We can’t win every game but we can be true fans every game.

  89. catdaddyd

    #70 Denver did not go farther with Tebow. Denver won wildcard and made it to semi-finals last year. Denver, this year had bye into semi’s.

  90. Oohlala

    Ive seen several comments about the blue hairs in Rupp. I’m not quite to the blue hair stage yet but those blue hairs along with me as tteenager always supported and rooted for our team in Rupp. It seems that so many of our fans are becoming like Card fans. When they hit a hot streak their fans are up and running off their mouths about how they are gonna kick our ass. When they aren’t good their fans fade away, get real quiet and talk about the early eighties. We have been spoiled since Cal got here but we have to have some down years. We should cheer these guys on and hope they come around for the tournament and make a run. If you win the last game no one remembers the earlier losses. If all you care is winning every game and bad mouthing our kids when they lose you should start going to Louisville or Duke games. We don’t need fair weather fans in Rupp Arena.

  91. bigblueincincy

    This team is very frustrating to watch but They are still my team and will always support them. Cal is a good coach and a great recruiter. This years group just doesn’t have the drive to be great right now. It happens to every program in college basketball. Just relax and give these young men some support and quit bashing them. You won’t have the team that you had last year every year. But todays game I will take the blame, I forgot to put my lucky UK hat on until it was too late. My bad fellas, won’t happen again.

  92. Quigs

    How do you all call your selves fans. We won the nc last year. NIT is fine with me but I see this team winning the sec tourney when their backs are against the wall.

  93. Jules Camara

    @Oohlala You’re a real seeya next Tuesday. Cards fans go quiet and talk about the 80′s? LOL! Nothing like hyping banners won before black people could play college basketball and there was no shotclock. You’re pathetic.

  94. Wildcatsteeler

    I’m betting Noel is wishing he had went somewhere else about not. The only player on the team with any heart and desire. Imagine how dominant he’d be on a good team.

  95. FatBlueKid

    Call me out all you want but folks let’s not call players out please, saying player X sucks, etc. etc.. I think we went through this a month ago. All you do is hurt the program. Whether kids read these or not, I don’t know. Recruits do. Don’t say something behind a message board you would not say to someone’s face. Complain all you want but please do not call 18-21 kids out

  96. Logic

    @ Jules Camara. Yeah those banners from the 70′s, 90′s and now 2012 were when black people couldn’t play basketball. Also, playing the race card is tired and pathetic. Back in the 40′s and 50′s if the race card is your answer, your Louisville team didn’t allow black people to play either. I completely agree with Oohlala that IF you are a fan, be a fan. I am disappointed that we have lost the games we have lost, but I don’t call for the coaches head and say he can’t coach or attack the players personally or even blame who actually attended the game. We unfortunately can’t win every single game and until the NBA changes its rules I will still take my chances with the top talent in the nation to represent the GREATEST college basketball school in the nation.

  97. Oohlala

    @Jules….I live in Louisville and want to support the Cards as well but it’s hard when I have UL fans constantly talking trash at me when UL has a good yr. I respect all these kids for having the talent to get out on the court and perform. I listened last year to several of the fans I know talk about how great they were. Then when they hit a losing streak, these same fans would tell me..” I quit watching. Theyre not as good as I thought they were.” . Then when Louisville went on a winning streak in the big east tourney they were suddenly telling me how great the Cards are again. 95 percent of fans are great. It’s the few ridiculous ones I refer to. We have those kind of fans too and I’m just saying that lately it seems like we have a lot more of them. I love the Cats, win or lose I pull for them the next game. We are trying to run recruits off with our ridiculous comments and insults about these kids lately. And I never made my argument about race. That’s on you. You must have a race problem, not me.

  98. Calitucky

    We should make a pretty deep run into the NIT.

  99. bigblueincincy

    We will make the NCAA Tournament and I believe with a good draw we can win a few games. We have the talent, we just need to mature alittle bit and start having alittle chemistry. This is a very young team with NO upperclass leadership. It will take alittle time. Just give these KIDS alittle patience and it will all pay off in the end.

  100. Special Eddie

    Anyone on here to talk bad about our players (kids), coach, or program, needs to learn this site is for true fans to discuss their team… Not crybaby douche nozzles that took off their UK gear during the BCG era….. So tired of the bandwagon fans. Remember this team is better than any of Tubby’s last three teams or BCG’s….. Careful what ya wish for!