By Nick Roush on ©March 17th, 2017 @ 9:45am
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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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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
Gonna be a looooooooooooooooooooong day.
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.
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.
And funny thing Laker…
The Midd Tenn win was from a Vegas favored projection. To further your point…
That is true. Weren’t they like a 1 point favorite? I had forgot about that initially. Richard Pitino is vastly overrated.
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.
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.
Ehhhh I hear ya but I dunno
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”.
Thought I had Wilmington! They looked great for the first 15 minutes of the game.
Yes and Chris Webbers Michigan timeout
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.
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.
You’re down 1 with time running out. Why even settle for a 3 at that point?
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!
Today in Matt Pronounces Names: Frito Corleone.
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” JonesðŸ˜„
Well, Frito left the family business, went to Dallas, and started the Frito-Lay company.
And became the Frito Bandito.
Vandy had time to still win the game; why did LaChance fire up a 30 footer?
Yup, the Fisher Davis foul not the only bad play there…
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.
Yea, that had no Lachance of going in.
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
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. 🙂
I don’t coach girls for that reason. I’m not good at relating to them in frustration. LOL.
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.
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. 😀
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.
Did I miss something? Is Isaac transferring?
He told a reporter he wasn’t sure what he was going to do next year. Might have to explore his options.
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.
Cal needs to bring Jorts in to talk to Isaac.
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.
Agree about that shot. He doesn’t miss from there.
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.
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!
I’d kind of like to see Elam try.
Is the NCAA ever going to do anything to UNC? What a bunch of crap!
Doubtful, they are the “untouchables”.
^^^Sadly I believe you are correct sir.^^^
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
Probably me, since I don’t have to get up early tomorrow. Depends on how amped up this game gets me.
Again though, I’m in CST, so it’s not as bad for me as for many Cat fans.
It’s not just DA-licious (oh, it’s creepy), it’s infed instead of info.
It’s the nosewhistle getting in the way. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crean to LSU would be funny; from a basketball school to a football school…and first game, there’s 800 fans there.
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.
Jones with a point in the win column for knowing ” The Shakes.” He has a lot of musical territory to reclaim though.
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.
Ya see, this is why this show is so popular. This Red State segment is hilarious!
And sorry for overusing “this”!
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.
I say Bobby Knight to Indiana . No really do you think they will try and get Alford?
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.
I would say Mr. Ball thinks he could probably coach the UCLA team as good as Alford can.
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.
Didn’t Indiana offer him the job once before or am i wrong about that.