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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Is the UL Game Just “Gravy”?


I don’t think it’s any insult to the players or coaches to say the last couple weeks of UK results have been surprising.  The loss at Florida at the end of the year did not give fans much confidence in what the SEC and NCAA Tournaments would possibly result in.  But the last 2 weeks have truly been a joy to watch, even with the loss to Florida in Atlanta thrown in there.  This team is finally playing up to it’s potential and now, all of the sudden, a Final Four is not out of the realm of possibility.  But following the win over Wichita State yesterday, I saw a sentiment repeated several times on social media that “everything from here on out is bonus”.  That’s essentially because this team has “overachieved” from where we thought they could go 2 weeks ago – any more success would just be bonus.  The word used often is gravy.

Others I am sure would argue that now that this team is playing at a much higher level, the expectations have changed.  That losing to a UL team you’ve already beaten and who didn’t exactly look like world beaters in their first 2 games would be a disappointment.  And the fact it is Louisville we will be playing only adds to this feeling.  Some fans would argue whether Kentucky is a 5 point underdog or a 55 point underdog, losing to Louisville is never OK.  I’d like to think if Kentucky was playing Arizona in the Sweet 16 that fans would be more willing to look at the big picture and consider this run a success even with a loss.  But if the Cardinals are the team that ends your season, it will be a sour taste.

Personally, I think now that we have seen just how good this team can be, the expectations have to change.  And with those changing expectations come the belief that losing to Louisville will not be OK.  Doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate what the last 2-3 weeks will mean.  It just means this team will have left some wins on the table.  I mostly don’t want to lose to Louisville because it basically eliminates the win from earlier in the season AND takes away a little bit of the joy of beating them in the 2012 Final Four.  That being said, if the Harrisons play like they have been, I see no reason the Cats will not win on Friday night.

So, what about you?  Has the bar changed for this team or is anything that happens from here on out just bonus from where this team finished the regular season?  

Article written by Bryan the Intern

70 responses to “BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Is the UL Game Just “Gravy”?”

  1. GrumpyOldDude

    Personally, I think it’s gravy from this point forward…..same answer I had for friends back in October when so many whackos were predicting 40-0 records.

  2. Frimpong

    I’ll be disappointed in the season unless I see an Elite Eight at least. I still have high postseason expectations. Doesn’t change if the team is no good.

  3. Champs

    The bar can’t be moved up and down. We strive for excellence and expect it. This is Kentucky and we don’t settle. If we did our neighbors up the road would call us little brother instead.

  4. asdf

    It might be gravy if it wasn’t Louisville. Beating them at ever available opportunity is more important than winning a title.

    1. SayWhat?

      more important than winning a tittle? That’s nonsense.

    2. Wild Blue

      Agree, agree, agree, agree, agree, agree, agree, agree, agree, agree, agree, agree!!!!!!!!!!!!^^^^^^^^^^^

  5. Blue Blood

    Are you kidding me????? WE ARE KENTUCKY. We didn’t hire Coach Cal for sweet sixteens. We don’t recruit for only 2 tourney wins a year. We don’t hang banners for making it half way through the ncaa tournament. No gravy please… its fattening.

    1. Tom Crean's twin

      What he said^^^^^

    2. Bunny

      Agree!

    3. Yup

      Exactly! Our jerseys don’t say ‘Kansas!’

  6. Cards by 15

    The all-american Russ smith goes for 25, the final four MVP goes 4-4 from the 3 point line and montrezl puts randle on a poster. Get ready to be brought back to reality kitties.

    1. Zac Brown

      Hahaha!!! Little early to be that drunk isn’t it??????

    2. btowncatfan

      I would like to remind you that RP is 0-5 against UK teams in NCAA years under Cal. He is 1-0 against our NIT teams, this ain’t the NIT. Cards going down!

    3. L1C6(in a few days)

      Thanks for the laugh, Card Tard. I love to start my day w a good laugh! Cards suck!

    4. sammydog

      Montrezel H will be so hyped up and out of control he will probably get tossed. The guy is psycho. Russ’s energizer bunny battery will finally run out as he drives into a brick wall.

  7. bda6115

    LOLOLOLOL!!!! @ Cards by 15

    Your high if you actually believe that.

  8. AJ@edu

    Personally I think Matt Jones is a class “A ” hypocrite it wasn’t just a month ago he was criticizing the way calpairi ran the program having freshman every year don’t you think it’s time for Matt Jones to shut his mouth and appreciat what Kentucky and Calipari has done this year and in the past years so think about that the next time you run your mouth, you’re one of his worst critics next to Jerry Tipton, so enjoy the ride in the tournament like the rest of us in the big blue nation and stop talking about all the negative stuff we don’t want to hear, other you bleed blue or you don’t there’s no middle ground haters will hate, oh and go Big Blue !!!

    1. Nat

      You sound like a babbling idiot.

    2. Grammar Police

      Are you sure you’re not a Louisville fan? Your elementary-level writing skills make me tend to believe that you are one. That is the longest run-on sentence I’ve ever seen. It almost doesn’t even make sense. Let me introduce you to punctuation – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punctuation. Oh, wait, you may not be able to read that if you’re a Louisville fan. Sorry to confuse you.

  9. Catlover

    Ricky P was told to ” Lockup not Knockup” What dreamers they are.

  10. digger

    Are you keeping track of this tourney? Hell No, the rest isn’t gravy! With UK’s talent, size, coaching and momentum….they can win this whole thing. My expectations were not real high for the Wichita St game, but they are now. I would be very surprised if UK loses to UL….really surprised. UK has a major size advantage in the front and backcourt. UL has struggled against Manhattan/St. Louis, and this UL team was swept by Memphis. Memphis gave them problems inside and with penetration from the PG into the lane. I see UK by double digits against UL and in the elite 8, we can defeat Mich or Tenn! WE ARE THE MOST TALANTED TEAM LEFT, WE ARE THE BIGGEST TEAM LEFT, WE ARE THE BEST REBOUNDING TEAM LEFT. Gravy???? NO

    1. 2mites

      I agree whole heartily that UK is now in a very favorable position. UL will be tough but I really expect the Cats to win by at least 8. The only team left in the tourney that UK could have real problems with is the Gators. Can they make it to the final 4 if so it could be another match up for the 4th time and then expect another classic.

  11. Mxyzptlk

    If going to the Sweet 16 was good enough, Tubby Smith would now be in his 17th year at UK.

    1. Bunny

      Excellent point!

  12. Cards by 15

    You guys lost to South Carolina, You’re an 8 seed for a reason. Good job on your win against the most overrated 1 seed of all time, but you was a lucky bankshot from losing.

    1. Zac Brown

      We was but we ain’t. Think I sense fear.

    2. 2mites

      Wait a minute Tard troll they also had a lucky bank shot so we still win and you still lose Friday.

    3. L1C6(in a few days)

      lol you guys didn’t beat any good teams. UConn proved to be a flop. We beat you when we weren’t that good, you guys don’t stand a chance now that we are really playing well. You barely scraped by friggin Manhattan. I feel sorry for you if you’re dumb enough to believe the crap you’re spewing. Are you a UK fan just playing jokes on us this morning? LOL!!!

    4. Al B. Frank

      Good job on your wins against the… um… which ranked teams did you beat this year? Oh, yeah, Cincinnati. By one. In Overtime. The team that was eliminated by the powerhouse that is Harvard.

    5. Bankshot

      Pretty sure WSU hit a “lucky” bankshot a couple minutes later douchebag. Your boys nearly lost to Manhattan….GTFOH

    6. CatFan

      Again…..You lost to Memphis TWICE, Manhattan had your number until the refs took the game over, it was only THEN you birds slopped your way to a win over St.Louis…..ST. FREAKING LOUIS!!!!!
      Now there’s your gravy. Eat your bird seed and shut up!

    7. Mc

      UL was better last year. Wichita State is better this year. Wichita State should have beat Louisville in the Final 4 last season. Think about that for a bit.

    8. sensingfear

      Cards by 15……Fat Drunk and Stupid is no way to go through life son !

  13. Bigmacsak

    Just remember card fans randle didn’t play the second half of the game on dec 27. Plus Cards don’t match up to us. Big mouth Harrell will get in foul trouble trying to keep up with these guys.he is not a threat around the rim.your playing a grown man team now.this isn’t the athletic conference! Let’s give pitino his first sweet 16 loss and stay humble! Length+height=win

  14. Cards by 15

    Good god!! You people were wanting your coach fired and was bashing the players 2 weeks ago and now “you’re going to win it all”? You guys are hilarious. I will repost a link right now where you guys were calling this “the most underachieving UK team of all time”.

    1. Al B. Frank

      Good God! You’re hilarious. You claim to be a Louisville fan, but you are spending all of your free time on a UK site. Aren’t there any good UL sites for you to hang out on?

    2. 2mites

      We are sorry you have to face a team you know you cannot beat but your diversion means you are trying to focus on something that matters squat now so enjoy Tard you won’t lose another game till Friday.

    3. L1C6(in a few days)

      hey Tard you all were doing the same thing about Pitino last year. Wanted him fired mid-season. Then at the end of the year when things picked up, you started singing his praises again. And please try to remember, a few posters on a website does not equal all of BBN.

    4. CatJourney

      Haters gonna hate and trolls gonna troll I guess.

      Bottom line your handle is ludicrous (oh sorry…its real word not associated with a rapper from Atlanta…Google is your friend) your silly team team goes down by six or more Friday night.

    5. CatFan

      If memory serves me correctly you all did the same thing a few years back….You had RP on the next train out of that ghetto school when you couldn’t even win a game in the Big Least! Then all of a sudden he’s the greatest coach in America.
      Here’s what the real laugher is, he kept Chane on the roster UNTIL right after the UK/uvel game, then that following Monday he kicked him off the team. The same can be said for Ware also….Let’s see how this plays out? Let’s see if Ware’s still on the team after you get your perverbial feathered asses handed to you..GO CATS!!!!!!!!!

    6. rahrah

      Yep, same exact thing that happened with a huge part of your fan base last season, if you think back. You guys were screaming for Rick’s head halfway through the season. The vast majority of us love and trust our team and our coach no matter what. And man, are we having fun now! The main difference I see is that we are coming to celebrate together on OUR website and you are trolling here instead of enjoying your team.

  15. cdc_uky

    Expectations always remain high for UK basketball. I would have rather loss to Wichita State then lose to Louisville in the next round. So I would say a win on Thursday would not be Gravy but just the next step in the road.

  16. Danny Ray

    Good read BTI. Check out this Hitler/Pitino rant. Hilarious.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXUVU1p55Ng

    1. 2mites

      Those clips are so freaking funny

  17. CatJourney

    The ONLY gravy for me at this point would be a nice bowl full to serve with fried dirty bird Friday night!

  18. Expectations never changed

    I have posted on more than one occasion here that these players were going to get it. This is not the same weak-minded team of last year. This team was much more akin to 2011.

    I posted several times how this team would get it, just like the Fab 5 did in their Freshmen year after losing 9 games and being a 6 seed with little expectations of making a title game.

    Too many trolls come to this site and pose as UK fans, it’s true….but there WERE plenty of UK fans including Drew and Matt that had lost all hope. Sometimes you gotta step back, breathe, and hit delete instead of send.

  19. Matt

    Maybe its just because I live 30 miles from the KU campus and my “Kentucky basketball is superior to everything else” brain kicks in but I always look at anything less than a final four as a disapointment. Any thing less than Sweet Sixteen is embarrassing. I do not think this next game is gravy for them. I do think they will win as Louisville struggles with long athletic teams. But it won’t be an easy win. Their will be no easy wins for the rest of the year. If they get by Louisville. Michigan and Tennessee are playing great ball and then you have the final four. There are no easy wins in the final four.

  20. stevieb

    The bar has changed but that’s because the coaches and players raised it. They proved they are great. Whatever round we go down in (if we go down) I want to go down playing our best and with the best effort. Then regardless of who it is, this season will feel like a success.

  21. JRS1972

    I was driving through Florence this weekend and the most white trashed up Mustang I have ever seen passed me in the left lane; matted black paint, smoked plastic covers on every light, tinted windows – the whole package. The driver was wearing a flat brim cap and pulling a Detroit lean while talking on his cell.

    The car passed on by and I saw U of L vanity plates and thought to myself “Well, obviously”.

    1. TPACAT

      The Mustang part made me sad… Are you sure it wasn’t a Civic with a fart-cannon?

  22. C_Cov

    Personally I think anything after UofL is gravy

  23. Oldcat

    I would have agreed with the gravy thought all year but the total incompetence of the ncaa selectors has changed that conception. Now we are left with almost a repeat of the SEC tourney and our regular season so we have a great opportunity to exceed prior reasonable expectations, especially considering the current rapid improvement we have seen. If these young kids ever put 2 halves together any opponent will be in serious trouble.

  24. Greg

    We MUST beat Louisville. It is Never ok to loose to the dirty birds. We MUST end their run at a second title in a row. If we don’t evil will rule the world.

  25. SCott

    BTI is the worst. I disagree with basically everything he ever writes.

    1. ukbradstith

      It’s a question. It’s not a statement. You ant disagree with a posed question.

  26. blue

    i just want to hang another banner

  27. tltaworl

    It is simple, the bar at Kentucky is not adjustable. Final Four is the expectation every year. And we should win enough championships by doing that.

  28. ShooterMcGavin

    How about no expectations? Let’s just be grateful that we are winning and that we are a part of this. What happened to the sweet little lady that called in and was super positive? Go cats!

  29. jmfatz47

    Ultimately, when and if we lose, it will be an upsetting day. After beating Ohio ST in 2011, was anyone satisfied at that point? No. We had UNC looming and everyone could taste the FF. After winning we got UConn again and that loss hurt as bad as any. Knowing that the title is within grasp will always trump any moral victories or provide “gravy” on top of the potatoes. Why not win the whole thing? I want Florida in the championship. How sweet would it be to beat them to complete the title run?

  30. Cal's First 5 year Reviewer

    Let’s Review what Cal’s done since he arrived:

    Elite 8
    Final Four
    Champions
    NIT crash & burn
    Sweet 16 (If it ends Friday)

    15-3 in NCAA Tourney Since he has arrived on the UK Campus.

    A loss Friday (and last year’s debacle) would leave us all bad burb to taste, but peeps.. that is quite a 5 year meal. The man is delivering! Already, it is hard to find many 5 year spans to match it in UK history.

    A vote for GRAVY with a twist. But since it would be U of L twice in 1 season and the 2nd in the NCAA Tourney, I would say a most delicious DESSERT on hardy 5 year run for Kentucky Basketball.

    1. RexRox

      You are absolutely right! It just amazes me every time I hear someone complain about Cal. His record speaks for itself. As far as I’m concerned he can stay on as our Head Coach for life!

  31. Chris

    Why would a win take away from what we did in 2012? What an idiotic statement…….

  32. WestKYcat

    We are Kentucky. Our expectations don’t change with our opponent, which tournament we are in, or how and where we are seeded. We expect victory. To win the championship, we have to beat three or four really good teams. We shouldn’t care what name is on the jersey. Just play hard and win. We are UK!!!

  33. Transition

    I know ads are part of the business, but you’re starting to sound like Rush pretending he knows about computers. Like the way you pitched Fig Newtons yesterday, though.

  34. ukbradstith

    Expectations do change. If you expect the title or final four every year you’re delusional. I expected a couple losses and a good shot at the title this year. After a little while, I had to lower my expectations. Sometimes I raise my expectations if the team starts clicking better than expected. Either way, I’m a big fan and I enjoy the ride every season and want it to go as long as it can.

  35. Mark Liptak

    If they beat Louisville again Friday, everything that went on (or didn’t go on) during the season is forgiven.

    Make the Elite 8 and anything after that is gravy. It is so difficult to get that far even with a physically talented and imposing team.

  36. Blue Jesus

    Now we’ve seen what they can do I’ll be disappointed if we don’t advance any farther, but frankly that victory was so awesome that if does all end on Friday I’ll still be proud of what they did.

  37. Michael Ganesan

    The kids have done well! Go CATS. Playing with a compressed expectation for freshmen to play like seniors is a tall order. Suffice to say, did anyone ever doubt that Kentucky will beat Wichita State? There were many but few would have the guts to come forth and acknowledge their lack of faith in this team moving forward. Even Matt Jones in his pregame show with Oscar Combs vacillated between beating the shockers and losing to the shockers. I for one reminded many of my friends to give the kids a chance to play and felt like the game was theirs for the taking if they so desire to. The kids have done well. As we cheer them on, the goal to beat the Cards and to move on to the finals must remain their goal and if it is, they will win it all. They have the talent and the support of a great coaching staff and an awesome fan base. Yes they are young but now is the time to shine! Go CATS.

  38. fencepost

    I said from day ONE we will cut the Nets April7th in Tx. That’s my Story and I am sticking to it Go Big Blue

  39. Soda

    Based on their overall performance this season, I stated at the start of the tournament that a sweet sixteen appearance would be “over achieving” and be something worth celebrating. I am sticking to that. This team improves, yes. It also gets worse. We could easily beat UL Friday, and we could just as easily collapse. I really hope we beat UL, but if we don’t, i am already impressed with what the team managed to pull together in the end. Go Cats.