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November 14th, 2019

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Eddie Gran’s Biggest Enemy? The 3rd Quarter!

This is gonna be a tough week for Mark Stoops and Eddie Gran.  The loss to Tennessee followed a similar script to what we’ve seen too many times under the leadership of Stoops and the offense of Gran and that is missed opportunities, conservative mentality, and heartbreaking losses.  But just where should the Gran-led offense be criticized the most?  I am good with the conservative nature of the Stoops program.  It has probably benefited UK more than it has hurt us over the long run.  And it is just how Stoops is.  His program has brought us some amazing wins and we should accept the way things are done.

But I think there is something that has nothing to do with the conservatism and more to do with the “skill” of the coaches.  After one half of football you would think that adjustments are made in each and every game and you will see improvements in the 2nd half.  Under Eddie Gran, that hasn’t been the case far too often.  Eddie Gran has now been the offensive coordinator for 45 games against FBS opponents.  In 17 of those games, or over 1/3 of them, the Cats have been shut out in the 3rd quarter:

0 3rd quarter points
2016: Southern Miss
2016: Florida
2016: Alabama
2016: Vanderbilt
2016: Georgia Tech
2017: Mississippi State
2017: Tennessee
2017: Louisville
2018: South Carolina
2018: Texas A&M
2018: Vanderbilt
2018: Missouri
2018: Louisville
2019: South Carolina
2019: Georgia
2019: Missouri
2019: Tennessee

Now, I was not a math major in college but I think it is impossible to expand a lead or make up any ground on a deficit if you don’t score in a quarter.  UK would go on to lose 10 of those 17 games.  And I think you have to look at whatever adjustments on the offensive side of the ball not working as a key factor.  UK has not gained momentum in the 3rd quarter very often under Gran.  Compared to the 17 games above, UK has scored 10 or more points in the 3rd quarter just 9 times:

10+ 3rd quarter points
2016: New Mexico State
2016: Mississippi St.
2017: Southern Miss
2017: Florida
2017: Vanderbilt
2018: Florida
2018: Penn State
2019: Toledo
2019: Arkansas

Notice what you see there?  8 wins in those 9 games.

Kentucky’s production in the 3rd quarter must improve in the final 3 games of this season.  I would expect close games against Louisville and possibly Vanderbilt and UK can not come out flat out of the halftime again.  Whatever adjustments Eddie Gran has been drawing up during the break have not been working at all.  So keep an eye out for the remainder of this season to see if UK can improve in this area.


KSR Show Thread 11/14: Jeremy Piven joins the KSR Crew

Ari Gold is in the house. The fast-talking star from Entourage, Jeremy Piven, will join Ryan Lemond and Drew Franklin Thursday morning to talk about his upcoming comedy show in Lexington and provide the BBN with some much needed levity.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (772) 774-5254.

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Today on KSR: MACtion Cartwheels Create Smiles

Of all the weeks, this has been one of them.

Ever since Kentucky handed the Michigan State Spartans an L, the wheels have been shaking. A pair popped off at the two-yard line Saturday night before two more blowouts were brought to Rupp Arena. There’s no better slump buster than a fun Vanderbilt victory, but that isn’t possible for at least two more days.

Luckily, there’s MACtion.

While Kentucky was embarrassing itself on the SEC Network, Western Michigan and Ohio dueled in Athens. MACtion is notoriously innovative, and by God, they’ve done it again. The former boat-rowing Broncos pulled out all of the stops, cart-wheeling their way to a 37-34 victory over Ohio.

For a few seconds, the agile offensive lineman brought a smile to my face. Despite the awful stretch of games, happiness can still exist. Thanks, MACtion.

 

Hear from Mark Stoops

The KSR Commenters weren’t too happy to hear what the offense had to say earlier this week. Maybe they’ll be happier to hear from Kentucky’s head coach this evening.

Hear Some Wonderful Podcasts

Boy, do we have a treat for you. If you didn’t already listen to the Matt Jones Podcast, do that now. The KSR Football Podcast and 11 Personnel helped me put the Tennessee loss to bed, and I think it could be equally as therapeutic for you. If you need UK basketball therapy, Aaron Torres, along with Jack Pilgrim and the Sources Say crew will have you covered later today.

VCU got LSU

Will Wade’s top 25 team went to Richmond and almost escaped with a victory, ultimately falling to Virignia Commonwealth 84-82. Just because Wade used to coach VCU, doesn’t mean the students were going to take it easy on him.

It wasn’t the only good game on TV Wednesday night. A few other scores from around college basketball:

  • #16 Ohio State 76, #10 Villanova 51
  • #4 Louisville 91, Indiana State 62
  • Northwestern 72, Providence 63
  • St. Joe’s 96, UConn 87
  • Marquette 65, Purdue 55
  • NC State 86, FIU 77
  • #11 Texas Tech 103, HBU 74

Lou City Championship Tickets On Sale

Louisville City FC will try to Three-Peat as USL Champs Sunday night against Salt Lake City’s Real Monarchs. Tickets go on sale to the general public this morning at 10 a.m. With the game at Lynn Stadium, there aren’t too many available seats. Click here to get them before they’re gone.

Who Needs Pants?

Not this guy.

Jeopardy Championship Tonight

The epic rematch we’ve all been waiting for is finally here — Jeopardy James vs. Emma the Librarian. The only contestant to ever take down James, will the legendary player receive vengeance, or could Francois possibly spoil the duel? It’s going to be an epic battle we’ll be talking about for years and I can’t imagine a better promo to get you fired up for the primetime showdown.


The Sources Say Podcast Ep. 14: What happened against Evansville? Will Isaiah Jackson commit to Kentucky?

KSR’s Jack Pilgrim is joined by Travis Graf and David Sisk of Cats Illustrated for episode fourteen of the Sources Say Podcast.
This week, the trio of recruiting insiders opened the show by breaking down Kentucky’s embarrassing loss to Evansville and how it came to fruition.
A few talking points:
  • Who were the main culprits?
  • If Tyrese Maxey isn’t scoring, who else will?
  • What the heck is wrong with Ashton Hagans?
  • Should Kentucky fans be worried about the team moving forward?
  • Which loss was more painful: Duke last year or Evansville this year?

Then, Pilgrim, Graf, and Sisk talk to Isaiah Jackson’s head coach at Waterford Mott, David McGlowan, before breaking down the five-star forward’s recruitment leading up to decision day.

Among the topics:
  • What should Kentucky fans know about Jackson as a player and person? What’s his personality like?
  • Who, if anybody, knows where Jackson is going to school?
  • Does Kentucky have the best guard options for the athletic forward to play with?
  • Sisk breaks down his recent conversation with Jackson’s father
  • Kentucky hasn’t visited in five weeks… Why?
  • Reading the tea leaves…
To close the show, the Sources Say crew answers questions out of the mailbag from the Big Blue Nation.
  • Who will share point guard duties next year?
  • Does Coach Cal regret backing off of Jalen Green and Josh Christopher?
  • What’s the latest with Jonathan Kuminga?
  • What else will Kentucky do in the frontcourt?
  • Where is Patrick Baldwin Jr. going?

You can subscribe to the official Sources Say Podcast feed to get the show sent directly to your phone weekly on iTunes right here. Not an iTunes listener? You can also subscribe to the show on Spotify.


November 13th, 2019

VIDEO BREAKDOWN: What went wrong in Kentucky’s loss to Evansville?

You guys have seen the stats, read the quotes, and watched the player and coach reactions from Kentucky’s upset loss to Evansville on Tuesday evening.

But now, there’s a video breakdown of the embarrassing loss and how it all unfolded.

Rob Dauster of NBC Sports uploaded an 8-minute breakdown of Kentucky’s costly mistakes, where they struggled, who the main culprits were, and how the Wildcats move on from here.

The top moments of frustration? Nate Sestina’s defensive breakdowns, lazy and errant passes, poor shot selection, and the team’s inability to make use of the size advantage down low, among others.

He also addressed the cold, nasty weather that may have affected how mentally prepared a bunch of 17 and 18-year-olds were for a game against Evansville on a Tuesday night.

Take a look at the breakdown below:

Still frustrated? Yeah, me too.

Luckily for the Wildcats, though, the majority of the mistakes Kentucky made don’t seem to be long-term issues and are certainly fixable.

We’ll see how they respond on Monday against Utah Valley.


Early losses and scares of the John Calipari Era

Last night’s loss to Evansville is the most embarrassing of the John Calipari Era, but it’s not the only time the Cats have looked like crap early on in the season. In an attempt to cheer myself up, I opened up the archives to look back at all of the November and December losses and scares from the past decade. While most teams avoided upsets like last night’s, a few of them did not, and even Calipari’s best squads looked vulnerable at times.

Nov. 16, 2009: No. 4 Kentucky 72, Miami (Ohio) 70

Kentucky needed a last-second shot by John Wall to avoid being upset in only their second game of the season. Miami led by as many as 18 points in the first half and stayed in it thanks to 15 threes and a zone that stymied Kentucky’s guards for most of the game. John Wall wasn’t perfect in his Kentucky debut (he had to sit out the first game for accepting improper benefits from his AAU coach), but he came through in the clutch.


Nov. 24, 2010: UConn 84, No. 8 Kentucky 67

No. 8 Kentucky lost to an unranked UConn team in the championship of the Maui Invitational and it wasn’t even close. The Cats had no answer for Kemba Walker, who scored 29 points, and outside of Terrence Jones (24 points) and Darius Miller (15 points), Kentucky’s starters were a combined 6-26 from the floor.

“That was a shellacking,” John Calipari said. “We were outplayed, out-coached, out-everythinged.”

No wonder he doesn’t want to go back to Maui.


Nov. 20, 2011: No. 2 Kentucky 62, Old Dominion 52

Kentucky’s loss to Indiana in Assembly Hall is the obvious game people will point to from the national championship season, but don’t forget the Cats needed a 12-1 run to beat Old Dominion in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut a month earlier. Darius Miller played hero, coming off the bench to score 13 points and dish five assists.

“We got out of here alive somehow, and the reason we got out of alive is because Darius played,” Calipari said. “If he didn’t play, we’d probably get beat by 10 or 12.”


Dec. 1, 2012: Baylor 64, No. 8 Kentucky 55

The 2012-13 team had already lost two games at this point, but the 64-55 loss to Baylor in Rupp snapped Kentucky’s 55-game home winning streak. The Cats shot 30% from the field, 10% worse than in the 64-50 loss at Notre Dame the game prior. This will sound familiar, but the Bears just wanted it more.

“I would say it’s us not going out there and trying to beat them as bad as they want to beat us,” Archie Goodwin said.


Nov. 25, 2013: No. 3 Kentucky 68, Cleveland State 61

Cleveland State led No. 3 Kentucky by 10 with 7:41 remaining before Andrew Harrison’s three-point play gave the Cats the lead with 2:08 left. From there Aaron Harrison hit a three with 1:22 remaining to push Kentucky’s lead to a comfortable margin.


Nov. 16, 2014: No. 1 Kentucky 71, Buffalo 52

The 2014-15 team was dominant, but even they had their moments early on. In the second game of the season, Kentucky trailed Buffalo 38-33 at half before taking over in the second half and cruising to a 71-52 win. The Cats went on to clobber No. 5 Kansas 72-40 in the Champions Classic only a few days later. That was a fun day.


Nov. 30, 2015: No. 1 Kentucky 75 Illinois State 63

Illinois State was tied with Kentucky at halftime 31-31 before the Cats came back to life in the second half, holding the Redbirds to 29% shooting. Tyler Ulis sat out the game with a right elbow injury and played through the pain in Kentucky’s next game, an 87-77 loss at UCLA.


2016-17: N/A

The Cats lost to UCLA 97-92 in Rupp Arena on Dec. 3, but the Bruins were ranked No. 11. The closest an unranked non-conference opponent got to the De’Aaron Fox/Malik Monk team was 23 points (Stephen F. Austin, Hofstra).


Nov. 10, 2017: No. 5 Kentucky 73, Utah Valley 63

Kentucky trailed Utah Valley by nine at halftime, missing 15 consecutive shots at one point. The second half was much better. The Cats shot 59% and outscored Mark Pope’s Wolverines 48-29 to get the ten-point win. A few days later, they struggled vs. a good Vermont team, only winning by four, 73-69.


Dec. 8, 2018: Seton Hall 84, No. 9 Kentucky 83 OT

Last year’s overtime loss to Seton Hall in the Citi Hoops Classic is still fresh on our minds, but that wasn’t the only time Kentucky struggled early on last season. After losing to Duke in the opener, Kentucky trailed Southern Illinois 44-37 in the second half before Immanuel Quickley and Quade Green sparked a run to take the lead. A few games later, Bubba Parham almost beat Kentucky single-handedly with 35 points, including 10 threes, but the Cats held on for the 92-82 win.

 

Should things go well this season, last night’s game will be at the top of every list like this. Fingers crossed.


Drown Your Tears in Evansville’s Incredible Celebration

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Tuesday night stunk. As bad as it was for Kentucky fans, it was equally amazing for the Purple Aces.

Evansville is not exactly the type of school that has moments like this happen often. They celebrated accordingly, and honestly, I am happy for them. Of course I wish it wasn’t at UK’s expense, but their postgame celebration in the locker room with Walter McCarty had the feel of March Madness in November.

Back in Evansville, the students lost their mind, and rightfully so. They performed a hilarious NSWF rendition of Sweet Caroline and held an impromptu pep rally to greet the team once they arrived back in town.

On a cold Tuesday November night, the most electric place in America was Evansville, Indiana.