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According to Lunardi, UK’s loss makes them the second team out

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Joe Lunardi updated his bracket projections to reflect Kentucky’s loss to Vanderbilt, and as expected, it’s not good. Lunardi says the loss moves Kentucky to the first four out, along with UVA, Maryland and Alabama.

If they don’t make the tournament, Jeff Goodman thinks Cal should decline an NIT invitation: “If I were Calipari, I’d decline the (NIT) invite and end this season with some semblance of dignity.”


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130 Comments for According to Lunardi, UK’s loss makes them the second team out

  1. SoutheastUKfan
    10:42 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Would absolutely decline the bid. Just bow out, the title defense is impossible, nothing to play for. Save the players the agony.

  2. rainaman
    10:43 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    What des he know about dignity?

  3. bosshog
    10:44 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Let me begin by saying that I’m very glad that I have a wife, kids and a very beautiful and full life to come home to tonight after this national embarrassment at the hands of a 15-16 Vanderbilt team. All the jokes made at the expense of Kevin Stallings will be on us tonight in one of the most miserable performances in the history of UK basketball. Actually it is quite difficult to think of a more insipid performance in our history. So, now it comes time to write the epitaph on this excruciatingly painful and uninspiring season. What to say? NIT bid? Please, no, decline it so that this team can be no more and so that Cal can go to Gethsemani and take a week or two to meditate and reflect upon how the all-access circus mentality has destroyed our ability to build a fundamentally sound, hungry and determined basketball team less than one-year after we dominated the sport….how the “players first I’d never want to offend an aspiring 5-star basketball recruit” has decimated a coaches ability to mold “ballers” into real basketball players and men who have balls and know what it takes to win….and what an honor and privilege it is to wear the blue and white….etc.etc.etc…I sincerely hope that this is the last basketball game we’ll ever see this group play…not because I hate these kids or want to see them fail…but because they’re not ready for this stage, they never were ready for it, and the circus into which they we’re thrown never gave them a chance….it is time to scrap that script, close out this year, and begin again next year with the business-THE SOLE BUSINESS-of learning how to become a team and win basketball games.

  4. joey brackets
    10:44 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    This season needs to mercifully end. Now. It’s over. It’s either that or go lose to Eastern Michigan.

  5. Jordan
    10:45 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Decline. For sure.

  6. BPsycho
    10:45 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    No N.I.T

    NO N I T

  7. blue
    10:46 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    He’s an idiot! Wait the Nit championship game will be UK vs. UNC and the NCAA Will be “Wyoming vs. Butler”. What game are you watching?

  8. bosshog
    10:46 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Let me begin by saying that I am a complete jackass!!!

  9. Still saying there's a chance
    10:47 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink


  10. maybe
    10:47 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I think when ole miss loses to missouri we move up one spot…it could go either way on sunday…i think they put us in play in game in dayton to draw big money…think it would be nice to get in, who knows maybe they win one and put a scare in someone…either way i’m not dissappointed…bbn is about championships and cal got us our first in 14 years last year…he will get us another in the next 4 years…i’ll take it any day

  11. BlueTexan
    10:47 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    It’s (thankfully) over…NO NIT!

  12. harroq schmarrow
    10:47 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    If I hear Joe Lunardi’s name one more time, I’m gonna f**king lose it!!! He’s a moron who probably still lives in his mom’s basement and has a bill due to Columbia House Records. What a lucky SOB!!!

  13. chase
    10:48 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Please do NOT accept a NIT bid.

  14. Andy In NKY
    10:48 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Decline it this season needs to be over. Its best for everyone. An nit loss would just prolong the misery of this season. But stay positive people next year will be MUCH FUN FOR BIG CHIEF!!

  15. SoutheastUKfan
    10:48 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    You’re faced with a situation in which you’re playing NIT in Memorial while the Big Dance plays out down the street in Rupp. I’m sure there are players with decisions to make, not NBA decisions either. It would be embarrassing to get an NIT 1 seed, blow it against a MAC or CUSA school in Memorial, set up an all around ugly situation. Title defense has ended, season ended.

  16. Lil c
    10:48 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Could someone please delete boss hogs post.

  17. Geronimo
    10:48 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Ha,ha..I know “Bosshog,” the a%hole who keeps posting that same comment over and over….he’s doing an IRB approved experiment for a psychology class about fan behavior after a disappointing loss. He’s a psychology grad student and this is part of his work….so, be advised that if you’re taking the bait here you’re going to be featured in his research! LOL!

  18. I've seen enough
    10:50 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Why would anyone think we would give any more effort than we did tonite? Pleas NO N.I.T!

  19. UK Sucks
    10:50 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    No Not Interest Tournament Bid Please. This has been the worst season since BCG last season. F**K the dumbs**t. Cal needs to do himself and all of Big Blue Nation a favor, decline bid and just close the book on this crappy season.

  20. 77 grad still proud
    10:50 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    WTF, when did Lunardi come up with first 4 Byes? Have I been asleep or this new???

  21. Mike
    10:52 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Lunardi and Goodman…u both rock….agree on both comments.

  22. Fire Cal Now
    10:53 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    No NIT and Cal should resign. If not we have this sheet to look forward to every other year.

  23. kentuckycarter
    10:53 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    We absolutely DECLINE the NIT bid. Billy Clyde should have declined in 2009. WE ARE NOT AN NIT PROGRAM!!!!!!!!! (If I were Chane Behanan this is where I would say) POINT. BLANK. PERIOD!

  24. Cats in the NBA
    10:53 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    17.) Yeah, but other people are saying fake stuff, too. So what is his research on, fake comments?

  25. maybe
    10:53 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    12…thanks for lol on a bad night…columbia house records…that’s hilarious

  26. Shawn
    10:53 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I hope we decline the NIT. Losing In the NIT and we officially are no better than a BCG that had less talent than we do. Just end the season with some dignity and start preparing for next year.

  27. Ridge Runner
    10:53 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    This seaon? Ahhhhh hell….no comment.

  28. kentuckycarter
    10:54 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    22 What the hell is wrong with u?

  29. Ridge Runner
    10:54 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    can’t spell..can’t think….ahhh hell

  30. GummyBear
    10:54 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Why would they decline a bid? You want to play as much basketball as you possibly can, whether its in the NIT or NCAA. You can always choose to stop watching if you want the season to be over.

  31. Ridge Runner
    10:55 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    28, he’s a troll. The blog is and will be full of them for awhile.

  32. Jarweed
    10:55 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Joe Lunardi is the most overrated human being on the planet, make it the galaxy. NOW that the Cats are out of the SECT, if I hear one more thing about Lunardi I might stop watching basketball for the remainder of this week. And I love tourney basketball, even w/o UK. Lunardi can go down to the nearest river and soak his head in it for all I care. Screw his bracketology, screw ESPN & Duke.

  33. bankshot
    10:56 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    From this point forward Coach needs to put his energy into next years team. Nothing from this year helps next years team. Therefore, if any of the current players come back they need to focus on how they can help support the starters. If they have any attitude about that then they need to move on.

  34. oldschool
    10:57 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Cal has to accept the NIT invitation. He’s a player’s first coach and he owes it to these kids to get them back on the court and pad their stats for the NBA scouts. Remember – it’s not about the team, or the program – it’s about the players. It’s about that magical night in the middle of the summer when David Stearn calls out names.

    Cal gets it!

  35. JoeLunardi
    10:58 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    #12 My mom said I could have a girl over if I ever find the right one on the Internet.

  36. Blues
    10:59 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    UK is the best NIT program around. We can beat Eastern Kentucky with ease.

  37. UK Homer
    10:59 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    NIT wins count toward our all-time winningest program total too you know. Bubble teams are dropping left and right, so we may be going to Dayton if we’re lucky.

  38. Jacob
    11:00 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t understand la salle also lost to am even worse team but yet they are still there. Have they beat a team in the top 100

  39. Geronimo
    11:01 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    End the season with some semblance of dignity? LMFAO! What semblance? That we can keep it to within 20 against a sub .500 team? Oh, I’m sorry,I got the math wrong….Vandy got to .500 with their victory over us! Well, at least we’ve got Saturday clear tomorrow, I hope the weather is nice!

  40. L1C4
    11:01 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    UK fans need to cheer for the Cards in the tournament! We will cheer for UK in the losers (NIT) tournament.

  41. Seriously?
    11:02 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    #22…In four seasons Cal has 2 final four appearances, 1 Elite Eight, 2 SEC Tourney championships, 2 SEC regular season championships and 1 off year and you want him gone? Not to mention the biggest accomplishment of all, the #8 banner we hung in RUPP just under a year ago. Go be a bandwagon fan somewhere else and don’t jump back on ours when we’re back on top next season.

  42. Jerk
    11:03 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Who can stand to watch this team anymore. cal takes the blame and rightfully so, I watched harrow just walk by cal when he was trying to tell him what to do, it was like cal didn’t exist. Cal lost control of this team a long tome ago, they have no respect for him or UK basketball, hope he gets rid of at least three Ap, Rh and AG. Un-coachable.

  43. UKBlue
    11:03 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Please God just end the season, make this train wreck STOP !!

    L1C4 you better when this year or you will never when again.

  44. wildcatwill
    11:03 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    #40 Hell Hasn’t frozen over yet so there will be none of that….

  45. millertime
    11:04 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I am a long time big blue fan and grad, but its over for me. I am officially a louisville fan now. I dont like the direction the program is going in.

  46. rixter
    11:04 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder who the third four out are?

  47. jbhuk15
    11:05 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Glad to see all the losers out tonight spewing their non sense. Especially that prick oldschool.

  48. rixter
    11:06 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    # 40, what is Lick4?

  49. Hmmmm
    11:06 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    4 players(3 without Noel) that should be in the NBA next year and they can’t even win enough games to solidify and at large bid?

  50. Jerk
    11:06 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    #41, don’t forget about the NIT bid this year, he ain’t god, he has blew his share of games at UK , remember west Virginia ?

  51. Ricky N' Robert
    11:07 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Double Dropkick this season

  52. rixter
    11:07 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    We thought we were getting 4 Cal freshmen this year, and we wound up with 4 Pitino freshmen

  53. Not Down For Long
    11:09 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    #40 your team is playing on ESPN right now and you’d rather be on KSR? What kind of loyal fan are you? Remember last year when we beat you in the Final Four, hang a banner and you can come back and talk smack. How many championships have we won since the last time Loserville won a championship? At least 3! Enjoy talking smack while you can because we will destroy you in Rupp next season.

  54. Rae
    11:11 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    45. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

    Seriously though, if one year makes a program or system in your eyes, we don’t want you. Just don’t come back when the Cards choke in the tournament. Them and IU can’t both win it, and both expect to. One will have a disappointment of a season.

  55. Sam
    11:11 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    49…What players are you watching? Poythress, Goodwyn, and harrow are not NBA players. AP and AG will get drafted but will spend their time playing in the D league. Mark it down, you will NEVER hear from those guys again after they leave here.

  56. oldschool
    11:12 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’m a really unhappy person who spends all his time on a fan website while pretending to be a fan myself. I enjoy being negative in every post in order to try and make other feel as miserable as I do. The sky is falling and coach cal is the worst coach in all of basketball.

  57. DG
    11:13 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Like many have said I think the committee would put UK in over a team like MTSU or LaSalle just to sell tickets and get ratings. I hope that UK can make it in but I’m not sure they deserve to

  58. BandwagonFan
    11:13 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    #45, you gonna jump back on the UK bandwagon next year when UofL is losing and we’re back on top? This season was disappointing but it can only go up from here. That’s all right though. Come to Rupp next season when we play your new favorite team and walk out with your head down after we demolish them. True fans don’t just “decide” to root for the rival school.

  59. Rae
    11:13 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    50. All coaches have down years. Coach K lost to Lehigh. Roy Williams had an NIT year after their NC. Give Cal as much credit for wins as losses.

  60. Brent
    11:14 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    L1C4 aint that the gayest crap uve ever heard???? throw up those loser signs!!!

  61. Big cat
    11:15 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Goodman needs to wash his mouth out with a revolver. He’s probably right, but that makes him no less of a douche bag

  62. Just Let It Be OVER
    11:16 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Just let this season be over. I am not so sure I want this team to go to the dance as they will most likely embarrASS UK and themselves.

  63. rixter
    11:17 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    WOAH… Joe Lunardi has Duke falling ALL the way the the LAST # 1 seed with their first round humiliating loss in the ACC tournament

  64. Lance
    11:18 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    He has us in the first four out and is loving every minute of it. He always tries to pit the selection committee against UK.

  65. Mark Liptak
    11:18 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Lunardi is correct in my opinion.

    End this season, see who is returning next year (because they aren’t getting drafted…) and basically tell them, “you’ll buy in or you won’t get off the bench and will never see the NBA unless you buy a ticket to a game…”

    Mark Liptak

  66. Hmmmm
    11:18 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    55, The latest draft projections I saw had all 4 of those guys being drafted. I certainly wasn’t including Harrow in that mix but was talking about AP, Goodwin, Noel and WCS. I think everyone except for Noel will end up in the D-league. But even with that said, they should certainly have won more games this year against teams that were way less talented.

  67. Soooo Glad
    11:18 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I almost drove 6 hours to see this game. I am sooooo glad that I didn’t. I don’t have a good feeling about this Team and really haven’t from the begining. I agree with 62, let it be over.

  68. NBA
    11:20 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    If you put this entire team together you wouldn’t get one good NBA player.

  69. Bigslap
    11:20 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Just say no to the NIT.

  70. PtownCat
    11:21 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    45 @millertime, then you never really were a UK fan… sorry.

  71. NIT
    11:22 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Wouldn’t want this team to go to the NIT as they don’t have any pride and would totally screw up even that opportunity.

  72. YeaJustQuit
    11:23 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Glad there are so many quiters in this fan base! You all are r bunch of losers with no pride or respect for your school! Rollover and run like the bunch of biotches you are! Grow up…….

  73. Non-interested observer
    11:25 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Considering how money hungry the NCAA is, I think UK still gets an invite. If it comes down to Lasalle or UK, I think I know who will sell more tickets. If an NIT invite is the only option, UK has to go. The NIT is ran by the NCAA. To turn down the invite would be like begging for the NCAA to rule a player ineligible or some other bogus action. Just a thought from a UK viewer by marriage (not a hater but a Cards fan).

    11:25 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with not going to the NIT. The sooner this season is over the better for all involved.

  75. Not at All
    11:26 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Hey #72, our problem is not that we quit on this team, our problem is that this team quit a long time ago and we just keep hanging on like a battered spouse. We really should seek help.

    11:27 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    45 – So that National Championship last year didn’t do it for you? You’re an idiot troll!

  77. Worst Case
    11:27 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    With the quit in this team they will probably quit going to class, not finish the semester and then drag down our “graduation” rate. They will be practicing for the NBA.

  78. Spring Practice
    11:28 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Has football spring practice started yet?

  79. DesignatedDrinker
    11:33 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Decline it, agree with Goodman for once. Go get Wiggins.

  80. YeaJustQuit
    11:34 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    You walk into that locker room and tell a bunch of young men you are done with them…… Sad! You start something you finish no matter how bad it might be! I saw this team at Rupp beat uf and mizz and on those days they could play with any team in the country, so the majority of you can rollover and take your ball and go go home but I’m sticking next to the CATS!

  81. Rae
    11:37 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    77. I would hope Cal threatens them with bad reviews to NBA scouts. If a guy is uncoachable, Cal might not want to say so, but if a guy stops going to class he could let a few words slip into the wrong ear and kill a guy’s career.

  82. football school
    11:39 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink


  83. WKYblue
    11:42 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Please just get this misery over with. Cal clean house this year n start over next year. This is the most embarrassing team that’s ever set foot on the Rupp Arena floor. Sad really sad. Encourage all of em to enter the draft or transfer. Start with a clean slate next year. No returning players next year cud make things better. Kick em all out n keep recruiting.

  84. Duffus
    11:44 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    It’s time to turn the “AIR RAID” sirens on——-STOOPS TROOPS!!!

  85. Ukblueis4ever
    11:50 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    As bad as I want this season to be over,I believe there has never been an SEC team with 12 conference wins, not make the tourney… This could be the 1st…

  86. Chachi
    11:50 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Folks, we just shit the bed!

  87. Mike Scott 50
    11:54 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    We go to the NIT. We get more money for our university and conference to play in the post season, no way we pass up a bid. It is interesting that the past five years we have two final fours and a national championship to go along with 2 NIT appearances. If we don’t make the NCAA this year, Tubby Smith will be our only coach that has not missed the NCAA.

  88. catfanatic
    12:02 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    even if we make the tournament who are we going to beat? this team has absolutly no fight or heart. last years team would beat this one by a hundred points. no one on this team desearves to wear the kentucky uniform because they are not playing for the school or the program, they are all concerned only about theirselves. please no more games, let this season die a merciful death

  89. mtodduk08
    12:12 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Well I really hate to see us not get in the Tourney it really kills me that like many fans I give up a lot to make sure I dont miss a game,and I agree with some posts about us being talented, well young or not if your 5* freshman you should be a really great basketball player and we have 5 of them and 2 Mr. Kentucky`s and got smoked by a vandy team with a couple 3 * players that also were young, just shows if you cant play as a Team you wont be a good team they all need to return to help the next class then will be back in top 5……GO CATS………… Come back freshman

  90. Japrick
    12:14 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    If they play, I’ll watch. I’m addicted. But that said, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if they didn’t play another game.

  91. mashburnfan1
    12:16 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Decline. Who really wants to watch this group anymore.

  92. mtodduk08
    12:29 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    As for the NIT Hell No if we dont make the tourney we need to start working on players for next yr and Cal needs to talk with Poythress,Cauley-stein harrow they need to come back as for Goodwin I think him and Poythress could be 2 of the best players in college basketball if they came back and learned to play as a unit

  93. Louisville
    12:39 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Welcome back to earth lol

  94. Tennesse Wildcat
    12:50 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    First, we have to accept a bid to the NIT as per what #87 mentioned. I agree with this. As we have been saying, it is what it is. This team we have right now is just over-rated and under-achieving at best. I also agree with #92’s post about the players needing to come back. We should have at least four back, not including Polson and Hood. In some ways this team kinda reminds me of the 1978-79 team that followed the championship team in 78. We lost Chuck Alexinas to transfer after christmas, and Dwight Anderson to injury during the SEC tourney, but that team never quit and really hustled. I don’t agree with some of the coaching tactics and strategy about Joe B, but he did keep a full bench. Now we just wait and see. Really depressing.

  95. bluebee
    12:58 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I am disappointed this year but fully support Cal. He has done phenomenal these last few years. However, the last time I heard he makes over 4 million a year. Making that type of money does not mean NIT bids. The criticism is deserved, but he will bounce back.

  96. KYfaninFL
    1:22 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    The team should be permitted to vote if they would prefer to play in NIT.

  97. BluKarma
    1:22 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Those of you saying decline the Nit heck Cal, made a living off the Nit before Douglas Roberts, Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans. Memphis was like the NIT champs back to back under Cal.
    We Uk, nuts will be at Memorial packed to the rafters saying we are going too win the nit championship gurantee it we are nutcases.

  98. BluKarma
    1:25 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    @59 this team has 4 nba first rounders , even after one going down 3 were still playing so know Cal, doesn’t get any slack in my eyes!!!!!!

  99. Jb
    1:33 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    May still get in, if not I hope NIT is accepted; I love UK bball

  100. sccat
    1:52 am March 16, 2013 Permalink


  101. Josh
    1:57 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    They should take the NIT invitation if that’s all that’s available for the money. Also, hopefully, it will take the one-and-doners (like Goodwin/Poythress) down a peg and show them just how overrated they are. Maybe they’ll be humbled into realizing their real worth instead of their “NBA potential” and stay another year. I am a real fan and will root for them, even in the losers’ tournament.

  102. catinthehat
    3:26 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Last years TEAM brought me so much enjoyment, as a UK fan I was proud and bragged about them, and they had my back and no one could talk smack about my Cats, accept for those darn Hoosiers, that is until my Cats pimp slapped that Hoosier @$$ out on the NCAA Tournament!

    This years squad has been like a roller coster up and down and Out, the only consistently bright spot was the center position even after Noel went down big Willie stepped up, unfortunately there’s 4 more positions to fill, a floor leader, a defensive stopper, a clutch shooter and a rebounding beast, a sixth man would have been nice too.

    Next years hopefully Team looks very promising can’t wait to see how the roster fills out?

  103. catinthehat
    3:32 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Vanderbilt a team that lost as many players as we did from last year, but did not reload as we thought we did, did Vandy even have a top 100 player?????

  104. Andrew
    3:45 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    how in the hell are Cal and Oklahoma in? look at their resume and then someone explain it to me. not saying UK deserves to be in because we haven’t done anything to help our own cause but Oklahoma and Cal suck and have identical resume’s to ours.

  105. Dee W
    4:54 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t like the idea of being in the NIT, but then again, I also like watching UK play and the players are on the team because they like playing basketball. If they will put in the effort (unlike in that last game), I say take the bid. They will certainly still get fan support based on the last time we were in the NIT – packed house.
    However, if they play like they just did with Vandy it doesn’t matter if it is the NCAA or the NIT tournament, it will be a disaster. If they can play with heart and effort, I would enjoy getting to watch them play if the NIT is the only way for that to happen. That’s entirely up to them and their own attitude. If we can advance at least a few games in that tournament it adds to our overall total in the win columns – those games count on the record just like any other official game.

  106. Graves County
    6:23 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    UK SHOULD accept an NIT bid. They are not better than the NIT that is for sure. Cal should force these kids to play in the NIT. First and formost, Cal should be forced to play in the NIT. This is Cals team with all freshman. He needs to learn he needs players who stay longer than 5 months at UK. He does not recruit them now and the experienced players have all graduated.
    Second, he needs to force these freshman premonis that he does recruit that life will not be given to you. If these guys have a hard time with Vandy, Tennessee and Arkansas, please explain the Lakers and Spurs to me next year?
    Play in the NIT and maybe Cal will learn something he does not have. Humility. I hope he has the courage to play the NIT because if they chose not to play the NIT, it will should the players and fans that Calipari thinks he is too good for it. Clearly he isnt. Only 2 UK coaches have never been to the NIT. Pitino and Smith. Both of them won NC as well. So Cal is not special.

  107. Go to the NIT now
    6:27 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    The hell with letting the team vote. They already think its a players program. THIS IS KENTUCKYS PROGRAM. It is not the Univerisity of Goodwin or Stein or Harrow or Proythress. When you were in college, did your History teacher let you chose the questions to the exam? WTF is going on now at UK with basketball then? These are 18 yr olds. Adults lead, kids follow, not the other way around.
    Play in the NIT……because you deserve to and to act like we are better than that makes UK look like a bunch of people who think these deserve something because they are at UK….which sadly I think is what we have now at UK.

  108. playersfan
    7:32 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I say decline the NIT, start working for next year. Go back to 5th grade basketball and teach fundamentals like passing the ball, 3 on 2, 2 on 1 fastbreaks, etc. these kids have dunking down pat, but nothing else.
    Be respectful, just recognize this is not a good team. They are not the defending champions. I like Saban’s approach at Alabama. We are not the defending champions, last years team was national champions, this team has not won anything yet, do not permit the words defending champions to be used by the media, or fans.
    Next years team are not losers, just like this team was not national champions. We have to wait and see what they are, but its exciting to think what they can be.

  109. Nick Saban
    7:56 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Nick Saban gets it… Doesn’t have to use “players always right” approach either
    I heard him make those comments and thought
    how well spoken they were.. I’m for sure not even close to giving up on Cal. I hope he retires
    Here many years from now…we will get there

  110. Stan
    8:15 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    One of the best post of the night #108. Well said. Cal will correct the mistakes made this year and we will be back on top next year. Until then, I agree, be respectful to the kids and the program. Nothing but good things ahead for our Cats!!!

  111. mark liptak
    8:35 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    The entire season was as predictable and redundant.
    Mark Liptak
    Mark Liptak

  112. markp
    8:39 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    You can’t tell me we aren’t in the top 64 teams in the country. Forget Lunardi! Get rid of the conference tournaments and make it a wide open NCAA for all teams. Get rid of the subjective crap from clowns like Lunardi.

  113. mark liptak
    8:47 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    guys, that other post isnt me. This is me right here.

    Mark Liptak

  114. not mark liptak
    8:52 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    112- did you watch the game bro? This UK team got pounded like a drunk slut at a frat party by Georgia, Atkansas, Tennessee, and now Vandy. I’m not one to take pot shots at our kids but this is the worst “team” we have had for a long long time.
    They held their own destiny in their hands. Then they took a big sh.t on it.

  115. Getcha Popcorn Ready
    8:53 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    The only reason I would consider the NIT would be the public relations ramifications of not accepting the invitation.Will it come off as elitist? Will it give other programs fuel in recruiting against us? I’m sure I echo the sentiments of many in saying, “We’ve seen enough.” We do not have a very good team and I think most of us have realized it and have come to accept it. Quite honestly, I think we would get bounced in the first round of the NIT anyway, which will just make us all even more bitter.

  116. Balls Deep
    9:03 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    115. U are correct!

  117. SoFLCat
    9:44 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    If these guys are going pro, then NO to the NIT.

  118. bosshogs nutz
    10:03 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Let me start by saying I am giving myself the ol double knuckle right now…

  119. Fake Tom Leach
    10:14 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I get paid by the game…he better not decline a NIT bid! I’ve been eyeing a new Swiss Timepiece from Genesis!

  120. BlueCat
    10:20 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    This is a very disappointing season for Wildcat fans everywhere and needs to be over soon. Not accepting a N.I.T. bid would be counter productive for the program as it would mean less revenue for the program, a public relations nightmare, and ammunition for other programs to use against us in future recruiting as has already been pointed out. The best thing we can do for the program is to accept whatever bid comes our way and continue to be the best fanbase in college basketball. Fill the arenas with blue and hope we win. If we lose its over and we have still supported our team and added revenue to the AD coffers for coming seasons. If we win then its a good thing no matter the tournament.

  121. Big Bear
    10:21 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    It is all speculation from the Talking Heads at this point. Everyone touting potential brackets is only speculating. This includes Joey Brackets. Sunday will tell the tale. Everyone is in a hurry to jump ship. Given the season, I understand. Maybe if playing for your season to continue isnt enough; maybe redemption is.

  122. Bro Greg
    10:23 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Just get this misreable season over with. This team has not a clue of how to play as a team. I just wish they knew how to make free throws.

  123. Judy
    10:47 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff Goodman should marry Pat Forde as they are equally pathetic.

  124. ukcat58
    11:14 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Absolutely NO to NIT! Worst group of UK players I have witnessed in my over 55 year of being a big blue crazy. There is no I in team and this group had a couple of cancerous players that destroyed the locker room and ultimately broke the heart of BBN. The fan base gives so much emotional energy and financial capital to this program it is unconscionable that we could be asked to invest more this season. I wonder if this will impact Randell decision next week? Any and all recruits have to be embarrassed beyond belief.

  125. barn
    11:20 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    if we don’t make the biggen then i hope we decline the nit. i know we wouldn’t do that because of $$, but i don’t see any other purpose. i don’t think the players would want to play in it, especially the 3(?) who are going pro, and would guess most fans don’t want it either.

  126. ukcat49
    11:40 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    We need to play in the NIT if for no other reason but potential wins. Kansas is getting too close to us in total wins.

  127. filbert
    12:23 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Im just ready to end the season tired of watchn this team. #45 you need to take your loser ass over to the lville bandwagon! They been waiting decades to accomplish what we did last year

  128. Red Bird
    1:02 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Meet with the guys, if they want to continue to play, go to the NIT, if they don’t. End it. Mercy kill.

  129. Matt Jones's useless degree says
    4:14 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    1. Cal can’t coach
    2. Our team is full of prima-donnas
    3. UofL is really good this year
    4. WKU is dancing and we are not
    5. Cal can’t coach

  130. Big Ed
    12:36 am March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Shouldn’t go to the NIT. Take the video games and the headsets during basketball season and maybe the players would get the message and concentrate on the job at hand.