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NCAA TOURNAMENT EXCITEMENT! (Friday Show Thread)


Kentucky opens NCAA Tournament play in about 12 hours.  Matt and the gang will preview the matchup with NKU, discuss the first day of the tournament and make approximately 17 Tom Crean jokes.

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65 responses to “NCAA TOURNAMENT EXCITEMENT! (Friday Show Thread)”

  1. Ridge Runner

    We should just talk props to NKU and lessen any pre game hype. Then, roll out the stops for Sunday’s game. Really great NKU made the tourney

  2. Realme

    Gonna be a looooooooooooooooooooong day.

  3. Laker Cat 18

    There were hardly any true upsets yesterday. Really odd for the first day. Northwestern/Vandy wasn’t an upset special. I didn’t think Xavier/Maryland was that much of an upset. Middle Tennessee was probably the only true upset in the 5/12 match-up.

    1. Laker Cat 18

      On that topic, is there a more lucky team in the NCAA than Northwestern? Won two games late in the season that they probably should have lost.

    2. Ridge Runner

      And funny thing Laker…
      The Midd Tenn win was from a Vegas favored projection. To further your point…

    3. Laker Cat 18

      That is true. Weren’t they like a 1 point favorite? I had forgot about that initially. Richard Pitino is vastly overrated.

    4. runningunnin.454

      By the way, Laker Cat, almost a good call on the UNC Wilm-Virginia game; that was much closer than I would have thought.
      But hey, my bracket’s still perfect.

  4. WatchutalkinboutWillis

    I think NKU deserves our best. Our best effort, and our best smack talk. We will destroy them…but I’m so happy they made it.

    1. Ridge Runner

      Ehhhh I hear ya but I dunno

  5. runningunnin.454

    Gutsy performances by UNC-Wilm, Bucknell, and Princeton.
    Got to feel bad for the Vandy player….worst I’ve seen since Fred Brown of Georgetown mistook NC’s James Worthy for a team mate and passed him the ball when they were 1 point behind, and less than 10 seconds left in the game. That qualifies as your “worst day ever”.

    1. Laker Cat 18

      Thought I had Wilmington! They looked great for the first 15 minutes of the game.

    2. Ridge Runner

      Yes and Chris Webbers Michigan timeout

    3. rickwhitetx

      I don’t think the Vandy foul was that bad. There were 16 seconds left, Northwestern was going to hold for the final shot and win if they made it. Vandy’s foul extended the game for them. The real mistake, in my opinion, was shooting a 30 footer with 5 seconds on the clock. He should have driven in, tried a contested shot and maybe get fouled and/or make the shot to win.

    4. runningunnin.454

      That’s right. LaChance just dribbled the clock away, I thought what is he doing?
      I long shot is also going to kick way out, leaving no chance for a put-back.

    5. Laker Cat 18

      You’re down 1 with time running out. Why even settle for a 3 at that point?

  6. Laker Cat 18

    I understand logistics and story lines, but man I hate playing another team I want to do well for themselves in the first round. I’d rather they put them with Louisville so I feel alright cheering for them. Congratulations to the Norse of NKY!

  7. Realme

    Today in Matt Pronounces Names: Frito Corleone.

    1. CATandMONKEY

      Glad I wasn’t the only one who caught that. Matt’s already somewhat-tenuous grasp on his man-card slips even further. A love for fake wrestling in no way makes up for a lack of expertise regarding perhaps the greatest pair of movies in history. GF3 doesnt count.
      Props to Real for “out-manning” Jones😄

    2. runningunnin.454

      Well, Frito left the family business, went to Dallas, and started the Frito-Lay company.

    3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      And became the Frito Bandito.

  8. runningunnin.454

    Vandy had time to still win the game; why did LaChance fire up a 30 footer?

    1. Ridge Runner

      Yup, the Fisher Davis foul not the only bad play there…

    2. runningunnin.454

      Yeah, too bad LaChance didn’t luck that last shot in, and get his team mate off the hook.
      You know Fisher-Davis is having a really bad day.

    3. maximumscott

      Yea, that had no Lachance of going in.

  9. maximumscott

    The biggest error was Drew calling their last timeout at 730 mark. A tv timeout was on the way and they werent really down that bad at that point. Terrible coaching decision

  10. RealCatsFan

    I got a chuckle out of Matt talking about UK needing to be aggressive and “step on their throat”, because it reminds me of what I deal with coaching girls’ juniors volleyball. All of the testosterone driven euphemisms that might work well to fire up a bunch of teenage boys doesn’t always work for girls who have grown up being told the value of being “nice” to people. It’s funny, because I am always telling them that they need to release their inner “bitch mode” on the opponent. 🙂 Last year I was on a tear during a timeout, and I was going to use the wolf versus sheep comparison. I was meaning to tell them that we need to be the wolf, and not the sheep, and it started off with me yelling, “Hey ladies, right now we are playing like shhhhh—–” and when the “sh” sound was coming out of my mouth, I looked down to see my own daughter recoiling in horror at what she thought I was getting ready to say. We all had a good laugh, and it actually loosened everyone up enough to play better and win the match. 🙂

    1. Laker Cat 18

      I don’t coach girls for that reason. I’m not good at relating to them in frustration. LOL.

    2. Realme

      Took me well into adulthood to realize I don’t owe politeness to every jerk that comes along. If you manage to weed a little of that tendency to feel like you are supposed to be nice no matter what, some of them might be more assertive in other aspects of their life. Not a bad life lesson for a girl at that age.

    3. RealCatsFan

      LC, that’s why it’s ALWAYS good to have a female assistant coach around. No way I will ever be able to understand the intricate workings of the female teenage mind. I’m much too coarse and cro-magnon for that. 😀

    4. RealCatsFan

      Good advice, RM. The group I am coaching this year is just a great collection of young ladies. All great students and generally hard workers, although they can melt down into complete goofiness at the drop of a hat.

  11. RealCatsFan

    Did I miss something? Is Isaac transferring?

    1. Realme

      He told a reporter he wasn’t sure what he was going to do next year. Might have to explore his options.

  12. Realme

    Can’t blame Isaac for feeling that way, but I hope he stays. Also hope he gets to the point where he doesn’t make a big mistake as soon as he gets in a game. He definitely has a short leash, but it’s up to him to prove he deserves more trust from Cal.

    1. RealCatsFan

      Cal needs to bring Jorts in to talk to Isaac.

    2. runningunnin.454

      Right, when he rebounds, he needs to squeeze the ball and not bring it down low.
      Actually, I think we could make more use of his 10-12 foot jump shot.

    3. Realme

      Agree about that shot. He doesn’t miss from there.

    4. RealCatsFan

      I think he is more like Skal than he is like Bam. In other words, he plays better with the basket in front of him.

  13. RealCatsFan

    Stoops should recruit the “husky” Taylor Co male cheerleader for his offensive line. Anyone that big with that kind of dexterity and athletic ability might be a good lineman. Bet Matt Elam can’t do that!

    1. Realme

      I’d kind of like to see Elam try.

  14. RealCatsFan

    Is the NCAA ever going to do anything to UNC? What a bunch of crap!

    1. runningunnin.454

      Doubtful, they are the “untouchables”.

    2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      ^^^Sadly I believe you are correct sir.^^^

  15. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Okay, a show of hands for those who will stay up for the KSR post game show tonight? I probably will, but will probably still fall asleep, especially since the game will almost certainly start late

    CATS!!!.

    1. Realme

      Probably me, since I don’t have to get up early tomorrow. Depends on how amped up this game gets me.

    2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Again though, I’m in CST, so it’s not as bad for me as for many Cat fans.

  16. Realme

    It’s not just DA-licious (oh, it’s creepy), it’s infed instead of info.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      It’s the nosewhistle getting in the way. 🙂

  17. Realme

    Jdub told us all about this stuff a week or two ago. Nice that some national media is starting to pay attention to this garbage.

  18. RealCatsFan

    I just can’t help but get aggravated with some of the writers out there who still try to take shots at Cal and UK, when you see crap going on at UL, UNC, KU, and Duke that ought to garner WAY more criticism.

  19. secrick

    When your up 1 you don’t foul. I read a post that said that was a smart move and i disagree with that. Fell sorry for the kid but isn’t Vandy a school where only the smartest players can get in.

  20. runningunnin.454

    Well, haven’t heard any Crean jokes yet.
    I know he had some injuries, but how do you beat North Carolina and Kansas at the first of the year, and then totally collapse.

    1. Realme

      I hope an SEC team brings him in. It’d be a win win. We get to still enjoy his goofiness, and he’d probably make a team better.

    2. runningunnin.454

      Crean to LSU would be funny; from a basketball school to a football school…and first game, there’s 800 fans there.

  21. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    To that last caller: I don’t think anyone thinks we aren’t capable of beating anyone on a good night. It’s the draw we got, and anyone can have a poor night of shooting, defense, turnovers, etc.

  22. CATandMONKEY

    Jones with a point in the win column for knowing ” The Shakes.” He has a lot of musical territory to reclaim though.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Yep, they’re kind of a trendy hot group right now. I can’t name one song but I know someone who really likes them.

  23. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Ya see, this is why this show is so popular. This Red State segment is hilarious!

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      And sorry for overusing “this”!

  24. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Nazr Mohammed.

  25. Laker Cat 18

    As far as the Indiana opening, I don’t think you fire Crean unless you have a verbal commitment from at least one of your top 2 or 3 candidates.

  26. secrick

    I say Bobby Knight to Indiana . No really do you think they will try and get Alford?

    1. Laker Cat 18

      Try? Yes. There’s only 1 reason Alford returns and it’s the whole “home state” thing. He’s taken a premier program back toward the top of it’s peak. I don’t see it happening without more $ being thrown his way. Man, that would jack up the Ball family plan.

  27. secrick

    I would say Mr. Ball thinks he could probably coach the UCLA team as good as Alford can.

    1. D0nc0smic

      I don’t know if Indiana would be interested, I don’t think he is a very good coach. I think he would take the Indiana job in a second, his son is graduating and Lonzo Ball is entering the draft. UCLA is going to be terrible next season, and whoever is the coach will have to either play LiAngelo Ball, who is terrible, or deal with the obnoxious father complaining to the media every day about how the team would be winning if LiAngelo was playing.

  28. secrick

    Didn’t Indiana offer him the job once before or am i wrong about that.