I want to take everyone back to a better place and time today, the 2002-03 season. That’s the team that went undefeated in SEC play, #1 seed, blah blah blah. But, what people often forget about that team was they were incredibly inconsistent, lost to Louisville by 18, lost an exhibition game, was only 9-3 in non-conference play, and had not gotten past the Sweet 16 in 3 years.
Then they went to Vanderbilt on January 14, 2003, and fell behind 36-28 at halftime. Let’s point out right now that the heat was really, really on Tubby Smith at that point. Do you see where I am going with this?
46-16. That was the second half score. Kentucky won that game by 22, and didn’t lose again until the Elite 8. They became a #1 seed that year, AND the next. The point is, in college basketball, things can click just like that. You never know when things will suddenly work. Cliff Hawkins was absolute crap on the floor until that point in the season, then became a rock at the point guard spot. Maybe Porter or Liggins will have the same thing happen.
Stick with this team Cats fans. Far too many of you have jumped off the UK and Gillispie bandwagon. Now more than ever is the time to ride this out, because it will be worth it if and when this team or the next one pulls it together. Because as a Cat fan, those of you who have jumped off don’t need to come back. Go ride the UCONN bandwagon instead.
1. Good news out of Lexington: Hal Mumme doing well after his prostate cancer surgery.
2. In case you didn’t know, the UK women’s tennis team is quite good. They are 6-0 and ranked 20th in the nation. In their most recent match, they took down #31 Ohio State on Wednesday.
3. Hillarious story coming out of the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. It looks like Peyton Manning has figured out a way to make the Colts relevant again in the AFC. Start trying to actually kill the other QB’s in the conference. First up was Jay Cutler, who is a diabetic. I will make you read the story to figure out what Manning did.