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The Fab Five’s Monday News and Views


Wow.  What a weekend that was.  What was a two-day emotional high of basketball greatness came to a bit of a frustrating halt Sunday evening when CBS aired their NCAA Tournament Selection Show and the Cats fell short of where they expected to be seeded.  Before we get started on breaking down all of the insanity and excitment of the weekend that was and the week that will be, let’s stop and salute the Fab Five documentary, which aired on ESPN Sunday night.  Unlike Pete Thamel, who refused to watch because there weren’t enough NCAA violations discussed (seriously), my anticipation of the film was rewarded with a film that was as enjoyable and entertaining as I thought it would be.  It covered all of the trash-talking, baggy short-wearing greatness that defined an era of basketball that was a huge part of the childhood of people of my age, while also noting that there was a man on the grassy knoll in the game against North Carolina (Mike Talley calling a timeout on the bench) and that former Michigan player Rob Pelinka, now Kobe Bryant’s agent, has turned into Christian Laettner’s twin.  And if you still hate Laettner, they said some things about him that would get you filtered in the KSR comments section.  It was an honest and excellent portrayal of a team that will forever remain one of the most memorable of my generation.  The film was a great way to finish off a major weekend of college basketball.

Now onto a few UK notes…

 - Sucking the air right out of what was an infectious feeling of excitement and postseason optimism around the Kentucky world, the NCAA placed the Cats as a #4 seed.  Even worse, they’re the lowest of the four seeds and are placed in the East region with top overall seed Ohio State.  Considering the way the Cats rolled through the season’s final three games and the SEC Tournament, as well as boasting an RPI of 9 and a Strength of Schedule of 12, it seemed like they got shortchanged.  Considering Florida – a team they’ve beaten twice in the last two weeks and whose non-conference schedule is miles short of what Kentucky put together – earned a two-seed, it seems completely ridiculous.  The NCAA committee had the difficult task of wading through 10-15 teams with similar resumes and clearly dropped the ball with Kentucky’s seeding.  When the polls come out Monday, they’ll be in the top-10 or right on the cusp of it.  Their RPI, strength of schedule and Sagarin Rating will be in the same area.  And they’ll be looking at the tournament’s top overall seed in the Sweet 16.  Doesn’t seem like the committee got this right.  No matter how many times they shake Gene Smith’s hand on television.

 - If you were shocked by where the Cats landed in the bracket, you weren’t alone.  Coach Cal said simply, “Wow.” and “It Stinks.”  Cal said that he doesn’t think it’s personal with the Cats, but questioned whether the SEC Tournament results were even equated into the decision to seed the Cats fourth and the Gators second.  In Calipari’s opinion, the bracket was made and the committee had to fill a two and a four with the Cats and, ultimately, just didn’t feel comfortable with putting the Cats as a two-seed.  Calipari expressed frustration with UK’s top-10 RPI earning a four seed and how his team’s resume seemed to be better than the Gators, but said the Cats are not going to sulk.  He called the first round game “hard”, the second round game “really hard” and the potential matchup with Ohio State “impossible”, before adding that he’s going to focus on making sure his team comes to play.  At the end of the day, that’s all you can do.  And with how they’ve been playing right now, that’s not a bad thing.

Here’s a clip of his reaction to Florida’s seeding:

 - Adding even more insult to injury, Kentucky is ranked 10th in the new USA Today/ESPN Poll.  Proving again that the polls mean nothing, the other four seeds are ranked 9th (Texas), 11th (Louisville) and 16th (Wisconsin).  The three seeds are ranked 8th (UConn), 12th (BYU), 14th (Syracuse) and 15th (Purdue).  Full poll here.

 - As far as the entire region goes, Ohio State appears to be the only truly imposing team in the East.  West Virginia in the second round will be an interesting matchup, but you have to like this team’s chances of cracking the 1-3-1.  The teams in the bottom half aren’t world-beaters, except for possibly #2 seed North Carolina, who has the length and size to again present problems for the Cats.  Calipari cited them a few weeks ago as the only team besides the Cats who have improved drastically since the beginning of the year.  If Kentucky can get a rematch with them, they’ve already succeeded. 

 - Lost in all of the tournament debate and frustration was the exceptional performance in the SEC Championship game Sunday.  A day after they put together what was probably their most complete game of the season, Kentucky took another major step forward in the SEC title game by clobbering Florida with their defense.  All season long, Coach Cal has talked about trying to get his team to commit to defense and they clearly did so against Florida.  It wasn’t their best game offensively, but they were clearly in control throughout because they were united on defense.  Beating one of the better teams in the country (and a #2 seed!) when they weren’t playing their best basketball is the most positive sign yet that Kentucky has taken the next step toward being an elite team.  Given their draw in the NCAA Tournament, that appears to be an imperative and positive step forward.  They are clearly clicking at the right time.  I would have opted to cut Chandler Parsons hair instead of the nets, but, other than that, it was a great performance by Cal and his team.

 - Coach Cal also expressed pleasure with his team finally finding an identity over the season’s last six games.  Calipari said his team is a “speed team that grinds it out” and that it took him five months to diagnose them.  Better now than never, I guess.  What is most obvious though, is that they’re now completely committed to defense and they’ve added a couple of nice wrinkles to their offense.  They can shoot the ball very well.  They have a player in Brandon Knight who can take over a game.  They have a guy in Darius Miller who can create mismatches and make big shots.  A team that looked so one-sided in the preseason now scores in a variety of ways and is as diverse as their roster can allow. 

  - Outside of Lexington, the big NCAA Tournament story in the bluegrass is the matchup between Louisville and Morehead State.  Obvious Pitino jokes and the greatness of Kenneth Faried aside, the game also puts Morehead coach Donnie Tyndall and his swagger on a bigger stage, which is a wonderful thing.  Tyndall said earlier in the week he wanted a matchup with the Cats and, after he was given a date with the Cards, said “we’ll see who the better coach is Thursday” and noted that “our team will fully expect to win the game”.  You have to love that.

 - Each year, the Zapruder-like videos of each NCAA team celebrating their berths provide some great uncensored moments.  Last year, it was the Middle East Tennessee State player grabbing his junk and thrusting at the camera.  Sunday, it was the West Virginia player dipping front and center as WVU’s seed was announced.  The NCAA:  Where stereotypes happen.

 - We’re going to get going heavily on Princeton previews this week, but just know that the Tigers have a player named Hummer and a guy whose mom was on Baywatch.  Though it was only a one episode appearance and she wasn’t a lifeguard, it was still notable enough for Harvard students to chant “Baywatch” at him when they played this week.  And that’s good enough for us.

 - Also, let’s give a quick shoutout to the UK Rifle Team for winning the national championship.  It was the first title of the Mitch Barnhart era.  Hopefully the second is coming in just about a month.

 - Don’t forget to register for the KSTV Championship Challenge.  Filling out a bracket can earn you a shot at winning a Samsung 40″ television.  Not a bad deal.

That’s it for now.  Stick around throughout the day as we get you going with the NCAA Tournament coverage.  Matt will be back in studio for Kentucky Sports Radio at 10am on Talk Radio 1080 to discuss a huge weekend for Kentucky.  In the meantime, let’s bid a final farewell to a great weekend in Catlanta.

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Article written by Thomas Beisner

101 responses to “The Fab Five’s Monday News and Views”

  1. sypher's ball boy

    First

  2. Domino

    No choice but to take them as they come. But surely the national media will take note of this travesty. Right?

  3. tdogg4033011

    balance is what has made this team so good over the last 6 games. No more watching Jones
    try to create ….. now its team ball & good defense. Lets make a helluva run. Very
    fun team to watch.

    GO CATS !!!!

  4. i hate the internet

    Am I the only one that is ready to roll through the NCAA tournament? This is the weakest field EVER since expansion, with no teams that are looking invincible. The Cats are playing loose and with the swagger that you love to see in March. Will we win it all? I can’t say, but I can say that this is the first year that I have felt genuinely optimistic about that question in a long time, and that includes last year.

  5. Sean

    Not personal?

    This is the SECOND year in a row with UK and Cal that the tourney seed keeps putting the hardest path before UK while Duke has the easiest path.

    It’s OBVIOUSLY personal. 9th RPI and a FOUR SEED !??!?! WTF ?!?!

    WHo here thinks Florida or San Diego State is better than UK? Absolute garbage. First they f***ed us up the Enes, and now this. It’s not a co-incidence.

  6. dean adams

    the Cats rpi is 7th and their sos is 8th

  7. Bluecalizone

    Gene Smith=A Black Bob Knight, just saying.

  8. UKblue

    Hoping the NCAA snub will give the boys some extra fuel to make a run to Houston.

  9. JeffCat

    Just watched the vids of Jorts, Knight, and Miller at UKathletics.com. We have had many classy, articulate players in our glorious past and these three are right up there with the best. They didn’t have anything derogatory to say to the cameras but you can tell that they’ve got a chip on their shoulders after this seeding. I think we’re in for one of the most special tourney runs we’ve had in a long time.

  10. Bekster

    Btw Beez, it was an ETSU player grabbing his “Johnson City”, not MTSU. You’re welcome :)

  11. cking98

    That dude is an idiot. Go cats!!

  12. BlueJ

    Did the sec tournament actually happen? According to the seeds given out, I think maybe I was just dreaming.

  13. UKblue

    (10) lol, i go to ETSU and did’nt even catch the typo. Nice catch.

  14. Triple J's

    The last few years my brother, a friend, and I have put together are own tournament field before the committee does the real one. If you have a second check out our field on the blog page at http://triplejsmarchtomadness.blogspot.com/ We did better than Joe Lunardi and actually better than the committee cause we had V Tech and Colorado in instead of U.A.B and VCU. So missing two teams not too bad. So head over there leave a comment or two we would appreciate some thoughts. Go Cats!!

  15. Catlanta91

    UK screwed, but what a weekend. Will miss BBN being down here. I love you people.

  16. johnny1212

    maybe we shouldve lost to florida on purpose, hell id rather be a 5 seed in any other bracket. then again, i doubt our seed wouldve been any different if we lost by 30 today.

  17. jesco white

    West Virginia is going down to Clemson. WVU has a hard time on offense and I can see the press hurting them.

  18. emmerts gay

    We have a huge and passionate fanbase that would donate and support……. God if I had the money I would run an ad campaign on cbs during the entire tourney, pointing out the obvious uk/cal/duke bias. You know just showing the numbers. Maybe if we all pitched in we could do it. And maybe then it would embarass them. The facts should embarass them. And I’m not just talking seeding, I’m talking Enes vs. Selby, Rose vs. Magette, the whole 9 yards. Maybe it would open people’s eyes and make a little difference, such an ad campaign would certainly be a big topic of discussion during the tourney if pulled off. I’d pitch in would you? 10 bucks from every big blue fan would get it done

  19. For reals

    F you, NCAA selection committee. F you and your mothers.

  20. lpool003

    19.
    I love the idea… and trust me I am right there with you on the points you are making… but, I think running ad’s about that bias will make us look classless and petty. If we do that, we stoop to their level and that makes us just as bad as they are. The best way to stick it to them is to go all out in the tourney and prove we are one of the best teams in the country. If we make it to a final four, the ad’s would be irrelevant. At some point we are going to have to accept the fact the NCAA is completely in love with Duke and Coach K and just move on.

  21. WildCobb Salad

    1. is a fag.

    i love that picture.

  22. dan THE man

    nothing about job opening in Arkansas?

  23. Computer Blue

    The head of the committee is the AD at Ohio State. I say we thank him by taking out his team. We should end the SEC tournament on Saturday so their lazy a**es will actually consider all the games we play.

  24. WildcatinNYC

    The NCAA Committee is about stocking the tournament full of “intriguing” match-ups first and about appropriately seeding teams second (or third or fourth). They love potential re-matches like ourselves and WVU. There was evidently no scenario that could have played out in the SEC tournament to avoid that game. Another example, have Memphis’ coach play against his alma mater. The NCAA does this cute bullsh*t all the time! Another thing they love to do is stack one region with high profile coaches so that they can say, “Wow this region has 20 final fours represented!” UK gets toyed with more than most teams because we have the best fanbase and a lot of tv viewership.

  25. ITS TIME FOR CHANGE

    wow they got us again i guess they were too busy under coach k’s desk praisin MASTER SPLINTER to actually look at numbers ridiculously obvious discrimination im in #19 maybe we can get the kanter family to donate that extra $31,000 in the bank SICK EM !

  26. Scott

    23) I’ve heard they’ll go after Missouri’s coach but also on their list is Travis Ford…which doesn’t seem like a step up from Pelphrey.

  27. EatitNCAA

    This seed made me feel like I lost my best friend. I swear that in years someone from the selection committee will come out and say they messed up and accidently switched Florida and the Cats and didn’t realize it until it was announced. We could not have received a worse draw, I’d rather have Michigan State’s 10 seed. The only team that we could not win a best of 7 or at least take it 7 is Ohio State.

  28. ITS TIME FOR CHANGE

    it should be discussed on some level not to mention but HOW many teams have we beat seeded before us

  29. rob baldwin

    How lazy can a group of people actually be? I maen it is the freaking job to get this right and they cant even do it, yet come close. We are at no worse a #3 in my opinion and everbodys elses. These lazy bums couldnt erase one or two teams and put us in our proper position. It is a dam shame that these people are that pitiful. We made a statement today and it totally got over-looked. Well guess what? There are many more statement to be made from this team and I feel sorry for any who gets in our way!

  30. ITS TIME FOR CHANGE

    they are really gonna hate us next year hahhaha they are doing it cause they are scared of the future of uk because they know we are coming butt they may have awakened the beast in this team and thats a scry thought ooh and kanter owned sullinger in the nike hoops summmit with record numbers and is now a COACH ! Josh can handle him he seems to take insttruction well and has more heart into now in his senior seson what could it mean for his future? #1st round pick and living the dream …why not give 150% We Got This go cats!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. cking98

    Dont worry boys next year we will have the overall #1 seed, and duke will again have the easiest seed.

  32. kelly

    If you don’t think CBS has influence in the committee room…think again. The NCAA is CBS’S bitch..CBS wants certain match-ups for TV and ratings which equals money. NCAA is money whores.

  33. old_school

    I watched the Fab-5 and was reminded of everything that’s wrong with College Basketball. Grown men paying players and the overt racism (yes- reverse racism is still racism) is not the way to go about building a color-blind society that we’re told is the ultimate goal.

    Now – on to the NCAA seeding.

    I thought UK was deserving of a possible 3 seed, but a four is not that disappointing on the surface.

    However, in light of UNCONN getting a 3 and Florida getting a 2 – the selection committee left itself with a lot of explaining to do – but in the end – that committee is not accountable to anyone – which makes the situation one they’re apt to repeat in future years.

    I don’t have a real issues with any of the 1 seeds, although Duke and Pitt are both questionable – the problem is – outside of Kansas and Ohio State, there really is a logjam of other really good teams and Duke and Pitt had as solid a resume as any others that could make a case for a 1-seed.

    I hate that Louisville and Morehead are playing in the opening round – a repeat of two years ago when the Eagles and Cards had to play early on. I remember UK having to play EKU a few years ago in the first round and it’s rough having to root against other state schools. Would much rather have seen Morehead go up against someone else early on.

  34. Blueburg

    Great victory. Nobody wants to play us right now. I think that speaks for itself.

  35. Mattcat68

    Just imagine how pissed Ohio State must be to see UK as their sweet 16 opponent. They are the number 1 overall seed and here they have to face a team with the #7 RPI.

  36. UKWildcats86

    34. I hope you arent talking about black on white racism when you say reverse racism. If you took that away from the fab five doc then you sir are ridiculous and a racist. Hopefully Im just misunderstanding you.

  37. jesco white

    34 Your posts usually get on my nerves because you dont like Cal, but I feel the need to respond this time. Where in the Fab Five was there “reverse racism”? If anything at all racist was in the doc. it was everyone writing Fischer and all that using the N word, and calling Fisher bad names for being jewish. I bet your 40ish and obviously white, and all you took from that was reverse racism. The idea of reverse racsism is fake any way. Yes there can be bad black people who hate white people, but its the dominant culture who are the only ones who are capable of being racist. Race is all fake any way as we are all African Americans since Civilization started there. You are a douche, and other than sounding old grumpy and white, you really dont bring anything else to the board ever.

  38. jesco white

    thanks ksr for not posting my rant at the racist old school.

  39. UKGOBIGBLUE

    This just further shows the hypocrisy of the NCAA !!!! We better get used to this because the NCAA is going to always find a way to screw over Cal & UK any opportunity they get in the future. Cal is getting too many good recruits, pissing too many other schools & their admin off. Since the selection committee selecting these teams are from other schools (i.e Ohio State), expect this to keep happening to UK. This is just a blatant slap in the face; it’s nothing more than the NCAA sending Cal & UK a message, you’re getting too big, and this is how we are going to control you !!

    I feel sorry for Colorado, they really got screwed !!

  40. NotTheSlickistRick

    37) No misunderstanding there
    38) More likely in his 70′s. He has never gotten over integration of the SEC, or Brown v. Board of Education. He probably has one of those funny triangle hats with tea bags hagging off them, hung right next to the white robe & hood.

  41. UK BASKETBALL FROM EVERY ERA

    I ALWAYS GET SCREWED, BECAUSE RUPP BUILT A BEAST, AND THE FOOLS IN THE EAST DON’T LIKE ME.

    DIDN’T LIKE ME THEN, DON’T LIKE ME NOW.

    BUT, ALL I DO IS WIN WIN WIN.

  42. Inside Info

    #21 I agree that the NCAA is in love with coach K and we just need to move on. What bothers me is it really does seem that they have a hard on against UK and I believe coach Cal. I know they will always kiss coach K arse but I just wish UK could get their fair shake.

  43. AKA cold buckets

    That draw sucks, especially when you consider Florida got a 2. The worst part was having to listen to Gene Smith, the head of the selection committee, comment on seedings. It diminished the little amount of faith I had in those guys. He said that all the members of the committee have different criteria for selection, said UK “slid” at the end(?!?!?!?!), and when asked about Florida, said that “we feel they deserved the 4 seed.”

    I know this is probably a ridiculous theory, but I honestly believe that the committee accidentally switched UK and UF on the bracket sent to CBS. If you switch us and UF, there would be a potential Ohio State-Florida rematch in the Sweet 16, and a game with us either playing UCLA or Mich. St. And you know the NCAA loves their “sexy” TV matchups. They really F’ed this one up.

    dem CATS finna go hammmmmm tho.

  44. The Real Hambone

    39… what an asinine statement that ‘that the only racism in a society can only come from the dominant culture’. That is a canned answer that came up when the Black Panthers were guilty of intimidating white voters at a polling place, I believe in Philadelphia. Racism is racism and for you to blatantly call 34 ‘white and 40ish’ proves my point. You’re the racist here.

  45. nick cat fan

    This just goes to show you that no matter what U of K will always get screwed the selection Dumb asses prove themselves idiots I agree with Jay Bilas do those guys at the NCAA know that the basketball is round. I mean it’s obvious that they didn’t take all games into consideration on seeds if they did Ky and fla would have both been 3 seeds there is no way we get a 4 seed with our 2-1 record agaist fla and they get a 2 seed no way with our RPI and SOS we get a 4 seed in the Tourny with our record agaist Top 50 RPI teams and if it”s the I test they should be using with six straight wins to end the season 3 of them agaist top 25 teams that we were hosed by the NCAA I really think something needs to be done but the only they that can be done is that ESPN take over college basketball and get away from the Currupt NCAA and Mark aka I”m the downfall of the NCAA Emmert and his taliban type leadership do what I say not what I do. This is absolutely rediculous that the NCAA is so idiotic and get away with it time and time again feel bad for Alabama and Anthony Grant should be in no way VCU and UAB get in over them and V Tech and Colorado I bet alumni had something do with that greasy palms for sure. I am done pissing myself off thanks for reading me rambling.

  46. Inside Info

    I believe they already had most of it worked out, and didnt want to have to change teams around. We are kinda lazy, and really dont want to mess with all that changing, and we hate UK anyway so just screw them. If this was a different team I believe they would have took the time to fix it. I also think our championship game on Sunday was one of the biggest factors in us getting screwed. Other schools our getting a extra day of rest then the SEC, that by itself should be reason for change.

  47. AKA cold buckets

    Man, I can’t believe how this day went, from winning the SEC and LOCKING US IN to a 3 seed. Three hours later we’re a 4 in the toughest region and Florida is a 2 in the easiest……huh???

  48. old_school

    Rose talks about how he hated Duke and the “Uncle Toms” they recruited.

    Why is it than any black American who happens to come from a middle-income family, or who chooses to vote conservative, or who doesn’t toe the Al Sharpton/Jessie Jackson line is called an “Uncle Tom” – That is blantant racism.

    Granted – Rose said he has tempered somewhat his opinion and spoke back then as an 18-year-old – but DUKE and other schools constantly get criticized here and elsewhere because they happen to have white players.

    Why can’t fans simply enjoy the game, paying little attention to what color the players are, and just applaud the efforts of those who step onto the court.

  49. AKA cold buckets

    “I’m not racist, you’re racist!!!” –Every commenter

  50. OSU AD is the head of the selection committee

    athletic_director@osu.edu – that is the guy to email if you really feel like you have to email someone. He was the head if the selections committee this year.

  51. nick cat fan

    One more thing if. I was Ohio St I would be pissed Overall Num 1 seed and by far hardest bracket just like last year there is other teams getting easier roads to the title then others and by the WAY when we play Ohio St and Sullinger does is under hook on the post player guarding him that he gets away with every game and does it most of the game I hope Jorts brakes his f”ing arm off and shoves it up his ass donLt mind Ohio St no hate just donLt like a player that gets away with mugging other playerS every game

  52. uncle fester

    every single white person who has ever accused a black of being a ‘reverse racist’ is automatically a racist. Doesn’t mean reverse racism doesn’t exist, but the people who consistently pull that card are always, ALWAYS, racists. Like all stupid people, their only strategy of self-defense (in this case, defending their closet racism) is the mirror image of what they are being accused of, ie the I know you are but what am I? strategy. This essentially sums up conservative political thought.

  53. Band Of BlueCats

    23- Mike Anderson #1
    Buzz williams #2
    Travis Ford #3
    My opinion Buzz Williams is best pick. Does well in Big East. His teams play hard. He has Texas and Arkansas roots and at Arkansas he could win division every year.

  54. shaking my head.

    To think that only the dominate culture can be racist is so absurd. A racist is someone who doesn’t like a certain race of people because of their race. Pretty simple huh? If I look at a black man and don’t like him because he’s black then that would qualify me as a racist. Same goes for any other race. Not liking someone is not being racist unless their race is the reason for not liking them. I have met people of a lot of different races that I like, and also some that I don’t like. Doesn’t make me racist. I believe one cannot be judged by the color of his skin. I am a firm believer that actions speak louder than color.

    53 Does that mean that any black person that says a white person is racist is automatically racist as well. When you read a story of someone that committed a crime against someone because of their race, then that person is a racist. And, it doesn’t make me a racist for saying that.

  55. casey p.

    All i know is Kentucky fans get too touchy when it comes to race. I don’t know if that stems from this team’s history or the demographic of the fans. People will have their opinions and it is what it is but try not to over analyze. Go cats.

  56. barn

    listen all ye faithful: we can beat th’ ohio state. we will match up well. unless the stripes decide to take us out early. of course we have to play 2 games first. go cats

  57. NCAA Selection

    We took into account that UK had home games in the SECT and UK had to beat only one ranked team to win it. We also were not impressed with how the refs gave UK like 25 more free throws than Florida.

  58. Never Commented

    So if the big east is the top conference think about this….we played 3 if their top teams going 2-1 with wins against two if their top 4 seeds and a loss against their eventual tourney winner??

  59. Ridiculous

    Not only are we a 4 seed, but we are the lowest 4 seed. So, had we lost to Florida, I guess we would have been at least a 5 seed.

  60. Devil's Advocate

    59) We also would have been in last place of an SEC West that had zero NCAA tourney teams. I think that must have weighed heavily on the NCAA committee.

  61. slow007

    I’m guessing Ohio State isn’t crazy about our draw either…

  62. SammyB

    The only logical excuse, outside of the fact that the NCAA hates our dominance on the collegiate level(and coach Cal), is that the bracket was made up before the game was even played yesterday. They assumed Florida would win, and when they lost it was too late, brackett already made and turned in. The NCAA screwed Enes to try to derail our season and know they do this, it is obvious to me and anyone who actually takes the time to look at the situations. The problem I have is that they continue to get away with this at the expense of young men who strive to do the right thing and do their best and get screwed for their effort. There has to be someone to govern the mistakes that are made and to justify decisions that could ultimately effect someones future. The NCAA gets away with this time and time again and their is no reprecussion. I have always been a cat fan and have become used to the hatred and unfair treatment by other teams and by the NCAA, but something has to be done, asking for a fair shake is not unreasonable is it? There needs to be a board of committes with represintatives from each conference to pass or veto any judgement made by the HEAD committee. This year for Kentucky has been the most effident for the hatred that the NCAA has for Kentucky, no one can deny this given the facts!

  63. Calthemotivator

    Relax Cat fans. I needed something to motivate my players so I told them to seed us forth. After we ankle break Princeton and run through the Clemson press, we will take down an OSU team that is about as deep as we are. Even with Sulkingirl, they are one of the worst rebounding teams in the NCAA. Then it’s on to spank the Baby Blues. No home cookin to help them get 37 FT’s in Newark.

  64. Mr. Obvious

    I got an idea, lets storm the castle in Indy and raise hell bout all the injustice that has been done to the cats in the past 12 months! Do what, we have already done that; well no wonder we got shafted. I do not share Calipari’s belief that this was not personal. This was the NCAA smacking our hands for getting out of line on the Enes stuff among other things. I think we need to go forward in silence because if we dont, they will just shaft us next year when we should be the overall No 1 seed. As far as Mr. Smith goes, I dont if he has a severe lack of respect for our team or if he was just trying not to show favoritism to his precious buckeyes. It is doesnt matter really cause we are going to beat them all. I sure do miss C.M. Newton on that committee though. He didnt care what it looked like to the rest of the country.

  65. Kidnut

    Line them up…Princeton, WVU, OSU, UNC, Duke, and KU. Can’t wait and Go Cats!

  66. catcrawler

    I BELIEVE IN THIS TEAM

  67. bung

    when Nc2a has to hand us the trophy send Enes out to receive it for UK

  68. Old School Sux

    Why I’m not suprised about old_school’s feelings towards the fab 5.

  69. theHATEwill makeusGREAT

    we got this … boom goes the dynamite and all that … down go the tigers, down go the mountaineers, down go the buckeyes … gonna be sweeeeeeeeeet !

  70. Lazlo

    Yeah, shut up old school … This year proves that the NCAA has become corrupted to a point they have lost all credibility and need a thorough housecleaning, start with the top clown Emmert.

  71. Franktown

    UK got a bad draw… but not impossible…

  72. Franktown

    The NCAA committee ready phucked up on this bracket…

  73. Steady

    I’m not convinced that West Virginia is that good (wasnt convinced last year either)…and I know, if UK keeps playing the way they are, they can beat Ohio State…The draw sucks, but to win it all you have to play and beat the best…Go Cats!!!

  74. Czech KY fan

    27) Ford has done WAY more than Pelph. Good coach. IMO Pelph should have gotten a smaller, mid-maj job b4 taking the reins @ Arkansas.

  75. bilbo

    I don’t think we got screwed at all. If we can’t beat Princeton and West Virginia, to make it to Ohio State then our place in the bracket doesn’t matter. I would rather play Ohio State rather than Kansas or Duke.

  76. dykster

    What’s with all the Florida love? I mean really, I just don’t get it. They’re good and all, but a #2 seed, and most of the espn heads putting them in the elite eight at least?

  77. Coach Enes

    Will the people who constantly say, “Seeding doesn’t matter, you got to beat the best to win it all” please shut the hell up. Are you serious? The Draw is EVERYTHING. It takes a ton of luck to win it all, and the path you take and the teams you might get to avoid until the the very end makes all the difference in the world. Prime example: Duke last year. Upsets fell just right for them and they got to play Butler in the title game. The Cats would be crushed Duke and absolutely destroyed Butler for #8 lasy year.

  78. bung

    a Mr. Kentucky is MVP of sect…..nice

  79. bluesince66

    I was listening to the game on the radio yesterday and Mike Pratt had one of the best line I’ve heard. It was after Darius ahd abussed Parsons again and Pratt said I wonder if Darius has the title on him, because he sure does own him. It was great.

  80. Roach K

    Coach Cal is right. They did seed Kentucky before the SEC tourney was over. That HAS to be what they did, because they have us as the 16th overall seed, which is exactly where we were ranked prior to winning the SEC tourney. That’s about as proof positive as you can get with circumstantial evidence…

  81. Roach K

    It’s crazy for Florida to be a 2 and us a 4, considering we beat them twice in the last week (with the second game not even close by the end), us having a better RPI, better non-conference wins, AND only two games separating us in overall record. Crazy. At the most, we should have both been 3′s.

  82. bilbo

    78???? Upsets can fall right in our lap this year. LOL chill

  83. Ben Dover

    Hey 14, your bracket blows as much as the NCAA’s.

  84. Whatumacallit

    im with you old school!! all these know it alls cant stand the fact that the player of the year in both the nation and the sec, along with the defending ncaa champs are unathletic crackers whose coaches realize a lay up counts the same points as a dunk!! no need to argue with them. let them enjoy the greatest athletes assembled (miami heat) getting whipped by some european guy and duke once again beating every “athletic” team in the field, even though its because of a favorable draw in their twisted minds

  85. Kevin Bacon's Dancemoves

    What a bunch of bullsh*#, this is freaking ridiculous.

    THERE HAS TO BE A MISTAKE, I mean they had to accidently mix us up with Florida!

    Those guys at the NCAA are complete morons who know nothing about college athletics.

  86. UKfanNKY

    The selction committee really screwd up!!! These guys are a bunch of idiots!!! Oh well, it is what it is……time for the CATS to go a kick some butt and prove to these idiots they have NO clue!!! Time to prove something now!!!!! GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!

  87. Bill

    Where is the list of who is on the seeding committee?

  88. LP

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pumped about the potential match-up that is Sullinger V Vargus!

  89. LP

    I will take Pete Thamel’s Mother, Phylis Thamel, out to a nice sea food dinner, and NEVER call her again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  90. KSR1080Fan

    I like what #36 said…” Just imagine how pissed Ohio State must be to see UK as their sweet 16 opponent. They are the number 1 overall seed and here they have to face a team with the #7 RPI.”

  91. Bill
  92. WildCobb Salad

    Anyone who doesn’t think racism works both ways should try living somewhere like Durham where they’ll yell “STUPID WHITE BITCH” at your wife. I bet you still think that’s not racist.

  93. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    The committee obviously didn’t care about the conference tournaments. It shows even more that these conference tourneys are about making money and not about basketball. It seems to me if you’re not going to consider them, then the conferences shouldn’t be allowed to have them.

    Another factor may be that the SEC ends on Sunday rather than Saturday, so the committee doesn’t have as much time to give the same consideration to our champion as the Big East and others that finish on Saturday.

  94. calipariismyhero

    You do know WVU doesn’t use the the 1-3-1 this year don’t you?

  95. UKWildcats86

    49. riiight because the big racism problem that I took away from the doc was Rose calling duke players uncle toms, not the thousands of racist letters using racial slurs and death threats provided by michigan fans at the time. Usually you just sound ignorant about basketball but now I know your are simply ignorant

  96. Al's IndiCats

    91 I couldn’t have said it better. I’m still pissed about our seed, but if you think hard enough jusdt imagine what OSU, WV, Princeton, ect. ect. are thinking. If I’m reading this right ‘Nova may very well play OSU in the second game and OSU maybe looking past that game to the possible game with UK. I watched some of the OSU, Peen St. game and to be honest I’m not sure other than Sulinger if they have the personell to match up with us….But think of it, OSU is in the gym cussing and fretting over the possibilities of having to face us at a time when we’re clicking on all cylinders.

    Vitale has it right, the NCAA has GOT to get a Basketball Commissioner to stop what is happening to the college game today. Too many members have agendas, and like in congress everyone has a ear mark for this and that for their beloved schools. Agendas are not supposed to be with an institution that are supposed to be about leveling the “PLAYING FIELD”.

    GO CATS, DO YOUR THING! You’ve already made us as proud as you can, let’s go for revenge this time!

  97. Duffman

    Orlando Antigua really likes him some ice cream

  98. Smack Talk

    Old school is a fool as usual. That doc was epic. Reverse racism…smdh. You sound like those UM alums that wrote those letters and notes to Fischer and the Fab 5.

  99. NBA league pass

    this is the quote of the day (from number 52). Hilarious.

    “and by the WAY when we play Ohio St and Sullinger does is under hook on the post player guarding him that he gets away with every game and does it most of the game I hope Jorts brakes his f”ing arm off and shoves it up his ass”

  100. jrose

    the doc didn’t seem that racist, after all those were just kids anyway. however, if you watched the interview with jimmy king on espn first take….now that’s one racist dude. said he would never go to duke because of all the white players and that black kids who do go to duke are sellouts…..this from a grown man…what!?

  101. Andrew

    What bothered me most about the wonderful fab 5 documentary was simply another reminder that Kentucky should have beaten Michigan. We were the best team in the tourney that year and would have won, but Dale Brown went flying out of bounds under the table for a loose ball and ended up hurt. I believe he was the best defender and phenomenal shooter. There are also the two quick questionable fouls called on Mashburn late in the 2nd half that changed everything.