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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


It’s that time of week again. Time to take an unbiased look at what’s happening with Coach Cal, World Wide Wes, and the overly-hyped freshmen who seem to comprise the UK roster each year. This season, the team hopes to make the NCAA Tournament, obtain a favorable draw, and a relatively simple path to the Final Four. They also hope against hope that unlike the previous Final Fours in which John Calipari has coached, this one will stick. For those who want to stay informed and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

* Just Lose It: After UK beat Florida last Saturday, Kentucky celebrated John Calipari’s 500th career win. However, as we reported earlier this week, this is not true. We reported that the win over the Gators was actually career victory #458, thanks to vacated wins at UMass and Memphis. Upon further review, though, it appears we jumped the gun. Calipari has not won 459 career games. The correct number is actually much lower. In 2009, his Memphis team was credited with 33 wins. But, that team included one Tyreke Evans, who chose to play at Memphis simply because Derrick Rose did. Since Rose was ruled ineligible after the 2008 season, it stands to reason that Evans’ entire basis for picking the Tigers was fraudulent. So scratch those 33 wins. Also, does anyone really think John Wall would have chosen UK if not for the success Cal had with Rose and Evans? Of course not. See you later, 35 wins from the 2010 season. In addition, several calls to former players and opponents of Calipari revealed that in a win UMass had over Xavier in 1994, they used a basketball that was not regulation. So scratch that victory from the books. Likewise, in a 2002 Memphis win against Cincinnati, the guy who kept the clock was later arrested for writing a bad check. So there goes that win. Research is still being conducted, but as of now, it appears that Calipari’s actual career victory total is just 389 and shrinking.

* Ain’t No Half-Steppin’: Last season Kentucky’s record in games that were decided by no more than 5 points or in overtime was 8-0. Before the Cats edged Vandy (thanks solely to an off game from SEC Player of the Year John Jenkins), that record this year was 0-6. The obvious conclusion? John Calipari is regressing as a coach. One would think that in his second year at the school, his players would have a better understanding of his system, and would be better able to execute in late game situations. However, this is not the case. Apologists will predictably say that last year’s team was simply better at closing out games, getting stops, making plays, etc. However, if Cal had spent more time actually coaching basketball, as opposed to writing books, writing on his Twitter account, answering mailbag questions, and initiating fundraisers, maybe he’d have a few more wins to show for it.

* Still Not a Player: Much has been made of Kentucky’s 6 man rotation this season, and the Cats’ lack of depth is often cited as the primary reason that a long postseason run isn’t in the cards. John Calipari has often said that he “can’t use” players who don’t produce. One of these players he apparently “can’t use” is center Eloy Vargas, who backs up senior big man Josh Harrellson. However, is it really true that Vargas doesn’t produce? Could it be that he is the missing piece preventing UK from achieving its goals of a deep run in March? Consider:

> Harrellson missed 60 shot attempts this year; Vargas has only missed 23;
> Harrellson has missed 7 three pointers, while Vargas hasn’t missed any;
> Harrellson has missed 11 free throws, Vargas has just missed 9;
> Harrellson has 20 turnovers, to Vargas’ 11;
> Harrellson has committed 72 fouls, compared to the 31 committed by Vargas
> Vargas was a highly rated recruit who originally played for former national champion Florida, while Harrellson is a junior college transfer;
> Vargas is taller and speaks one more language than Harrellson.

Of course, with all this in mind, one has to wonder why Harrellson has played 540 more minutes than Vargas this season. Could it be that the criticisms of Calipari as a “bad bench coach” have some merit? One more piece of damning evidence against Cal’s failure to use Vargas: The 2 points he scored in the recent win against Vanderbilt proved to the be the difference in the ballgame.

* Happy Birthday: Finally, a Happy Birthday to Brandy Pearl. The wife of Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl turns 18 this week.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

25 responses to “Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook”

  1. ThankfulCat

    The Senior Night win will be vacated too for promoting the individual attire of a student athlete which is a clear NCAA violation and offers a distinct recruiting advantage for UK in the state of Florida where jorts are commonly worn.

  2. Pokey Chapman

    Numbers don’t lie looks like Josh is overrated….(actually for as little as he plays I didn’t realize Vargas’s numbers were as bad as they are).

  3. oblivious B.I.G.

    still cant believe you fellas let this hackjob write and post on this fine site, disappointed in you all



  5. indiana uk fan

    this dudes nuts vargas sucks.

  6. Ky76

    The 18th birthday line….made pop come out my nose…..GREAT STUFF.


  7. Ky76

    I still can’t believe people don’t get Sarcasm….NJT is AWESOME…

  8. Russ Ham

    Why does Jerry even still have a job at the Herald leader? He is the most negative sports writer in the history of UK basketball!

  9. Mobile CAT

    He’s at it again ! NotJerry, please do not turn out to be BTI

  10. UK Student n Fan

    3- you are an idiot if you still cant figure it out.

    5- I’m certainly happy you aren’t from Kentucky, you are a Ruh-tard.

  11. Hokey

    Is this real??? (j/k)

  12. JoeBob the Idiot

    Guuuuuuhhhh, wi we let thisn gie that haytez are teem right on this hur ssiyut?? He alwuys be sayin meen thangs bout mi cayuuttts!!

  13. The Real Pioneer


  14. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis

    Sorry ‘KSR Braintrust’, but cheering on persistent Mockery of Negativity, Ignorance, & Deceit leaves one feeling dirty.

    Tipton pleasures himself off of a very similar type of dirtyness, or else he wouldn’t do it. So in a twisted way, to mock a negative entity is actually flattery at it’s highest level.

    Your keeping him relevant, even if it’s for a percieved inside joke.

    It’s as if BTI’s disease (people who look a bit dumb but after further inspection are clearly retarded) has begun to multiply.

  15. flibbertigibbet

    10) I think the #3’s name implies he is joking.

  16. The Real Hambone

    hey #10… too negative now… watch that

  17. Bg Cat

    What Is Up With The Real Pioneer ? He Needs To Just Get Off Troy Mckinleys Package ! He Is Getting To Be About As Anoying As Old School. Maybe He Is The Same Person. Either Way , He Should Be Banned 4 His Stupidity.

  18. I love Jesus

    I thank God for Jerry Tipton and Bruce Pearl. Who else would we pick on if it weren’t for those two? GO BLUE!

  19. Women Everywhere

    NJT forgot to point out that the UK Hoops (women’s) team has won a very close, pivotal game in the SEC tournament, while Coach Cal’s team hasn’t even won ONE

  20. Bledsoe's Biceps

    Loved the birthday wishes. Just surprised to here she is actually that old.

  21. Bledsoe's Biceps


  22. BlueJ

    This is absolutely great!!

  23. barn

    is that ugly-ass picture not jerry tipton?

  24. Sheeeeiiit

    Pretty good. Not as in depth as some of his other posts. I guess he is busy with UK hate day. Anyway keep it up NJT.

  25. drewsster02

    I’m thinking that the name Terry Jifton might suit this classy sportswriter better.