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Cal: “We were stabbing ourselves in the eye.”

John-Calipari-not-impressed

After the game, Cal didn’t have many positive things to say. In fact, the only good news he could find was that the rest of the teams that needed to win seemed to be loosing as well: “I just hope we’re the best of the bad.”

The Cats had a golden opportunity to solidify their tournament resume and punch their ticket. Instead, they “laid an egg,” according to Cal: “It was in our hands and we didn’t take care of business.”

The worst offender? Ryan Harrow, who Cal singled out for poor lay: “We had one guy (Harrow) go 2 for 15 and missed 12 layups.”

Hard to argue with.

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121 Comments for Cal: “We were stabbing ourselves in the eye.”



  1. Matt gray
    9:44 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Bench him



  2. Ryan Narrow
    9:45 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    This team has no heart. The Missouri and Florida wins belong to RUPP and the 24,000 in the stands.



  3. just sayin'
    9:45 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I didn’t expect a win but didn’t expect it to be this ugly. It’s tough to beat a team 3 times in one season unless one is so much better than the other, and obviously this UK team ain’t that. I expected a better performance and a close loss and at this point would have been happier with that.



  4. Chad
    9:45 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    bye bye harrow



  5. SUCKIN'
    9:45 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    WE SUCK! THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT.



  6. Kristen Geil's Abs
    9:45 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Hard to blame the game on Harrow, but harder not to.



  7. James
    9:45 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I guess Cal will have to bench Harrow for their next game in Memorial Colesium?



  8. Wise guy
    9:46 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Bye bye harrow. Hello Mr. Harrison.



  9. SUCKIN'
    9:46 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    THEY’RE A BUNCH OF PU$$!3$!!!



  10. dribble drive high five
    9:47 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Hello scotch. Hello bourbon. Haven’t seen you guys in a while…



  11. bob
    9:47 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    “Loosing” would be letting a bit of slack in the rope that is around my neck. “Losing” is what we did.



  12. Elvis Is Alive
    9:47 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I felt like stabbing myself in the eye with the Washington Monument watching this poor excuse of a team.



  13. markp
    9:47 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Miss Teague a lot right now.



  14. dribble drive high five
    9:47 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    All the blame should be put on a certain fan who’s bachelor party is next saturday night. That is the real reason we will not be in the NCAA tourn



  15. Dennis miller
    9:47 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    The kid from Madison central looking better and better



  16. Syrin
    9:48 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I said all year this team goes as Harrow goes.



  17. Cal is God
    9:48 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Cal is right, whoever recruited Harrow and was in charge of his development should be harshly criticized!!!



  18. rainman
    9:48 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe coach should come up with some solutions to our
    problems, and leave the cute little cliche’s alone!
    A lot of our problems are leadership, and that’s what
    the staff is pid millions for!



  19. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    9:49 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    This team plays with the least amount of pride of any UK basketball team I have EVER SEEN.



  20. Wise guy
    9:49 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    “Loosing” anally might be what happend the way vandy man handled us.



  21. Bird in Kentucky
    9:49 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Then why in the hell did you keep playing him Cal? Hell anyone else could have done better. I can’t stand Harrow, he flat out is terrible and nothing but a cry baby, and freaking Mays telling everyone else what to do while he is turning the damn ball over.



  22. Shelbyjoe
    9:49 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I dont think ryan will be back next year



  23. barn
    9:49 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    i don’t know what else cal could have done with this team. our guards can’t shoot. the ‘master blaster’ poythress disappears. kyle can’t defend. our best player goes down. archie would have looked much better if he had better players around him. willie gave it all he had & that all was pretty damned good. i think we could still make the dance



  24. Cal is God
    9:49 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Harrow was here last year, who would have known he was this bad.



  25. MRW_BBN
    9:49 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    You can’t miss lay ups or play poorly if you are riding the pine. Unfortunately Harrow was able to stay in the game. Candy couldn’t miss and we couldn’t buy a basket. Only thing making this loss better is duke losing!!!



  26. bluetooth
    9:50 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    hurry andrew and aaron ! we are in need of your services really bad



  27. Ryan Harrow
    9:50 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    My bad, its hard to make shots while I am trying to decide where to transfer to.



  28. bosshog
    9:50 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.



  29. dribble drive high five
    9:50 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Calm down peoples, we did lose 6 guys to the NBA last year after a National Title. How many programs could immediately turn that around?



  30. crackerhillbilly
    9:51 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    There is a bright side. The Forgetables will not get an NCAA bid, thus preventing the embarrassment of losing in a play-in game. Decline the NIT bid – why bother. We can now put this awful season behind us and move on.



  31. Cal is God
    9:51 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Cal has said that if we win the title and no one gets drafted he would be disappointed, so by the same token, if we dont make the NCAAs but have guys drafted, he will not be disappointed



  32. oldschool
    9:51 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Cal honestly thinks is squad deserves a spot in the tournament? Really?

    Come on Cal. You’re a player’s first coach. Surely you understand it would be better to go to the NIT were it’s possibly you could win a game or two and help lottery picks on our team pad their stats for the scouts.

    Don’t be a hypocrite Cal – think of the player first! Besides – Drake needs an NTT ring for his left hand.



  33. WildcatRider
    9:51 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Does anyone know if the post game show is being hosted live somewhere?



  34. slimflannery
    9:52 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Disappointing all around. I was hoping to play the Hogs as the team would have been up for a revenge game. Instead, we played a team that we barely beat twice. Felt the team just expected to win this one again with the UK fans packing the place out. Hard to see this team never really get on track this year after the way last years’ team had such great chemistry. Of course, this is the first of Cal’s teams w/o an NBA guard to lead the team. We’ve been spoiled a bit as fans, but I will continue to back the CATS. A bandwagon fan I am not. Besides, every win keeps us that many more in front for all-time victories.



  35. Doubting Thomas
    9:52 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen the ball bounce one team’s way so many times in a game. Vandy had 4 or 5 shots that went in that had no business going in. The one shot from in front of our bench was unbelieveable. Go back and watch the tape and look at coach’s reaction. This team is very young and doesn’t have much confidence. I believe they quit when they saw so many bounces go against them. We can’t win the NC every year!! I just wish this team had some fun and gave a little more effort. We’ll se how they play in the NCAA tournament. You never know.



  36. Wise guy
    9:52 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Harrow will make a good backup to Harrison and pols on next year. If he don’t. Transfer. He would make a great water/ ball boy.



  37. Mike
    9:52 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    One of Cal’s MANY mistakes of the year was not giving Hood more PT.



  38. Jim
    9:52 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I hope that Harrow, Poythress, Goodwin and Wiltjer all leave. Cal should give them their walking papers. They do not belong at UK.

    This is the worst UK team since Sutton’s last year at UK and it is NOT cal’s fault.



  39. Cals a Coward
    9:52 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Take responsibility Cal. I’m pretty sure you had the ability to bench Harrow…



  40. Hope
    9:52 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    31, I agree, who cares that we lost as long as we get guys drafted



  41. MacGruber
    9:54 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    After the effort I saw tonight, I believe we should decline the N.I.T also. This team is done playing, and I feel like most fans are done watching them.



  42. Blueswade
    9:54 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Even if we make the tournament we arent going to make any noise.
    Time to just shut the season down and move on.
    Spring is just around the corner.



  43. Truth
    9:55 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Cal had no bench, its not his fault, wait…maybe he could have recruited more players, nah its not his fault, wait maybe he could have developed this group, nah its not his fault.



  44. Mike
    9:55 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Harrow, Poythress, and Wusstjer,,,,what can we get all of you for “going away” presents??



  45. Troy
    9:55 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’m as unhappy about this loss as anyone, but I gotta say the stereotypes about our fan base being a bunch of spoiled ass holes is certainly supported by this thread. I hope Wiggins isn’t rewarding this. Maybe Harrow can be there one day when one of you fall, and then kick you in the gut over and over again. That’s what supportive fans do. Kick their team when they’re down after an embarrassing loss.



  46. CatSinceBirth
    9:55 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Does Cal know how to teach offensive sets? This team seems so out of sync on the court practically every game this year. They stand around, the players have to be directed to spots on the floor. I personally think we see just what kind of coach Cal is when he has inferior talent, but talent that was recruited to be more talented than most teams. Not at all impressed with either Cal, or this team. This team doesn’t deserve an NCAA bid, no an NIT bid. The Cats wouldn’t stand a chance in either. In one manner or another, I hope every last one of these players leave with the exception of WCS.



  47. oldschool
    9:55 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    37 – I agree with you completely. All he heard was how well Hood was practicing – but he never got any minutes. Then the end of the season when Cal had no choice – Hood gets thrown into the mix with virtually no experience, no rythym and no confidence in his game. That ALL falls back on the head coach – the same coach who whined that he didn’t have a bench.



  48. what
    9:55 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    $#, if its not his fault, then who is to blame



  49. dribble drive high five
    9:55 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t understand why some of you guys think that Hood was the answer this year. He’s had his opportunity.



  50. oldwino
    9:55 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Should have known better than to spend good money to go see this team play. Their pattern all year has been to not show up after a big win and they sure didn’t show up. What a waste!



  51. what
    9:56 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Dribble drive, dribble drive



  52. MacGruber
    9:56 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I am more excited about the Mcdonald’s game than selection sunday. That is just wrong.



  53. Blueswade
    9:56 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Cal looks like that gymnast girl with the pissed off sneer……



  54. Korean Tacos
    9:56 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’m just trying to figure out how Goodwin develops a “just draw the foul” style of play and can’t hit freethrows. How does that make sense? I mean if he wasn’t looking to draw foul first vs hit the shot first, I’d understand it better.



  55. No Problem
    9:57 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Give Cal a pass this year, bridge year, but if they stumble next year, then we have a problem



  56. RahRah
    9:57 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    For gosh sakes, is that Hood’s dad that posts here all the time? I like the kid too, but no way was he going to be a major factor.



  57. bcat
    9:57 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Wish our good players would choose UK over the D-League.



  58. dribble drive high five
    9:58 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    dammit korean tacos, now I’m hungry for korean tacos



  59. bung
    9:58 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    48 points…



  60. bankshot
    9:58 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA committee is a farce if they put KY in the tournament. It would be for name only because this team hasn’t done anything to deserve a bid. And for anyone to spend any money on attending a NIT game should be ashamed.



  61. Sk54blue
    9:58 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Next year’s best selling tee shirt……”I still HATE HARROW”. I agree with Tipton I too wish he had a “huskier tone”.



  62. crazycatfan
    9:59 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    #35 – Agree! When their threes just kept falling, I kept thinking, “How can you compete with that!” Then their other shots bounced all over the backboard and FELL IN!!!! It was Vandy’s night …



  63. MacGruber
    9:59 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I would have bet anyone that Cal would never field an N.i.T team while at Kentucky. There has got to be more to this story , there is no way this team could be this bad.



  64. Mr.Offense
    9:59 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Cal, you said in the pregame that you were only worried about us and how we play.
    You should have given some consideration on to defend Vandy. Their offense looked easy and ours looked hard. Why do other teams make it look so easy to score on us. WOW. Worst team in KY basketball history that I’ve witnessed in my lifetime.



  65. bung
    9:59 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Hood should have played more…the others keep doing (or not doing) the same thing



  66. NKY_UK_fan
    9:59 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’m going Rip Van Winkle but not sleeping 20 years. Just until November.



  67. KyTom
    10:00 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Thankful this season is over. This team had no heart, no guts. People reaching for loose balls instead of diving. I can’t wait to see these guys leave Lexington. Best of luck where ever they go.



  68. bigbluegdud
    10:00 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    MacGruber – agreed. My postseason excitement is 1) 03/20 Randle announcement 2) McDonalds game 3) Jordan Brand classic



  69. bung
    10:01 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    maybe we will learn the fast break next year…shoot free throws…and have a couple of half court plays



  70. NKY_UK_fan
    10:01 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    You know UK is not good if they have to play Polson and Hood. No disrespect to them, but you don’t go far or win National Titles with them playing decent to significant minutes. Wake up people! You are blind if you don’t see Calipari puts players from KY on the roster to appease so many of you.



  71. barn
    10:01 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    the biggest surprise this year, given cal’s track record with great guards, was missing on harrow, and having to rely on a transfer from wright state. this team was doomed from the start with all the problems our pt guard had at the beginning of the season



  72. williamtitan
    10:01 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    blame cal, not harrow. he cant coach worth a damn…



  73. edrnm
    10:02 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Is that a WTF I can’t believe this crap face or what in that pic of Cal?



  74. dribble drive high five
    10:02 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with you macgruber, despite what people on message boards say, Cal is a great coach. Hard to imagine what has gone on this year.



  75. bung
    10:02 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    the defense isn’t the problem…they only scored 64 pts



  76. B-man
    10:02 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    For all those who say, “calm down, we lost so many players last year” and “We’re a very young team”…I’m fine with that rationale if we just lost to say, Duke, Michigan, Florida, etc. HOWEVER, we just lost by nearly 20 pts to a Vanderbilt team that is equally young and lost 6 guys in their rotation from last year’s team. Not to mention that the entire arena was filled with UK fans…basically a home game.



  77. NKY_UK_fan
    10:02 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone else think the offensive sets this year didn’t mesh with the team like in years past?



  78. Harrows Kotex
    10:02 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    This was a humbling extremely infuriating loss. It makes me think back to the “Kentucky Effect” and the ESPN All Access at the beginning of the season and just want to vomit.



  79. oldschool
    10:03 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Nothing I like better than a UK blowout. I get to come on here and act like somebody that knows about basketball, when really all I know about is players…well boys…..young boys. Go CATS!



  80. KyTom
    10:03 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Many people owe Sean Wood an apology. He had this bunch pegged right from the start and he was vilified for stating the truth about this bunch.



  81. cotton nash
    10:03 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Then,…the ONLY PERTINENT QUESTION would be,….. “That being the case Coach Cal (that one player went 2 for 15 and made four turnovers),..then why would you INSIST to play him 30 minutes of the game (or however many minutes he played)”??????????? In fact,…an even more pertinent question migh be,….’Why would you insit on playing someone THAT BAD for over 30 games? Because he asked if he could have his starting job back??? What if one of the cheerleaders asked if they could start, Cal??? Would you let them start???” I thought Saul Smith was the worst Kentucky player I had ever seen,….that got unlinited minutes in spite of being HORRIBLE. Now CAL has outdone the TUB,..with his insistance of playing Harrow,…..no matter how bad he is. I give Cal a pass this year, after his previous 3 years. But he outdid himself this year with his determination to play Ryan Harrow ALL YEAR LONG,..when any one of the cheerleaders would have been better. Not just one game,…he insisted on playing him THE WHOLE SEASON!!!! That does not bode well for next year. Maybe Harrow will NOT be back next year,…and that will take that moronic move OFF THE TABLE,..to where Cal can’t make that same mistake again!!!! I can only pray that is the case. Anyway,….Go Big Blue!!!



  82. bung
    10:04 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    we don’t have offensive sets…



  83. NKY_UK_fan
    10:04 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    76. Not to mention Vandy was 15-16 entering the game. Tuuuurrrrible loss.



  84. bung
    10:04 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    a guy like ryan plays 30 minutes but Hood cant even get in some games?



  85. Sk54blue
    10:05 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    This game was a collaboration of all the consistent faults that has plagued this team all season long.



  86. Delk for 3
    10:05 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Thank God this season is pretty much over. I’ve never hated a team so much in my life. What a bunch of scrubs.



  87. NKY_UK_fan
    10:05 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Going into this year’s SEC tourney felt like it did the last 2-3 years under Tubby and both years under Gillispie. Had a strong feeling the result would be the same.



  88. dribble drive high five
    10:05 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    B-man – so you instead propose to type hateful comments on message boards? Or perhaps we should tweet these kids! I have a pitchfork, we can put together an old fashioned mob!



  89. KyTom
    10:05 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Kidd-Gilchrist would have personally beaten every one of these guys with a bat for their lack of hustle, and pride.



  90. cparkrookie15
    10:06 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Harrow should have never been in a Kentucky uniform along with some of the others.



  91. NKY_UK_fan
    10:06 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not ripping Calipari, and I’m thankful for what he’s done at UK. That being said, how were the faults and inconsistencies of Goodwin and Poythress not blatantly obvious while recruiting them?



  92. bluetitan
    10:07 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I am as upset as anyone. However i refuse to bash our players or Coach, who btw just won a NCAA championship. But does anyone understand we had 5 new starters? 3 of who are freshmen? And our best players are freshmen? They are 18 yr old kids! We have been lucky that freshman the last few yrs matured so quickly! So this yr the kids act like freshmen and we want to kick them all to the curb and fire Cal? Take any other team that starts 3 freshmen and see if they do any better. Cal always has done a amazing job with freshmen. Something most probably couldn’t. I’m still proud they won 20 and may just may still make the Tourney. But remember they are just freshmen.



  93. Troy
    10:07 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I just don’t see how ANY NBA scout looks at this team and thinks we have multiple NBA players. Goodwin and Poythress will never get beyond the developmental league. WCS MIGHT be an okay back up. Nerlens was the only NBA level talent on this team. NO team with THREE NBA players loses by 20 to this Vandy team.



  94. NKY_UK_fan
    10:08 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Also, couldn’t Calipari tell Harrow was soft during his transfer year during practice? I assume so, so why didn’t Calipari try anything and everything to find another point guard?



  95. Harrows Kotex
    10:08 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I have a bunch of friends that live in Raleigh and they predicted that we would absolutely loathe Ryan Harrow before he left Lexington. They were right. Ryan it was great knowing you, now get your ass on the first bus back to Atlanta. You have disgraced the Kentucky uniform as few players in our proud history have. You are not alone in your shame however, your playmates were equally weak. Are we sure these guys were high school seniors and not high school freshman when we got them? Poythress should not be allowed to step foot in the Craft Center again……he should transfer to Middle Tennessee State where be belongs.



  96. Mark Liptak
    10:08 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Anybody who thinks these guys are NBA bound need to have their head examined.

    Physically soft, mentally weak…the motto of the 2012-13 Wildcats.

    Mark Liptak



  97. JBR
    10:09 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    18 is correct…Cal is always playing psychologist with the media and fans and needs to be coaching more. Did anyone notice that when we went to a 2-3 zone that we stopped vandy cold for several possessions (that started our run until we remembered we can’t score)? With THIS team, that zone would have been a much better option all year…but his Pitino-esque pride and stubborness would not allow him to alter his way.

    I agree with the other posters…Poythress, Goodwin, Harrow should not be offered their scholarships next season. They are receiving those to play basketball and represent our University and program…not to completely quit and not care about anything.



  98. UKGrad83
    10:10 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Makes me pine for the days of the Unforgettables. Those guys had heart, played as a team, and the whole was greater than the sum of the parts. Last year’s team had it too. I wish Cal would have gone with Polson and Hood – at least they hustle.



  99. Troy
    10:11 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, and I’ll tell you why he played Harrow. Because he GOT 12 lay ups. You never anticipate a guy missing lay ups. He’s better than Poyhtress and Goodwin.



  100. bluetitan
    10:12 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    So based off how Archie and Alex played as freshmen we should just let them walk. Hmm does anyone remember Darius Miller as a freshman? Just disappeared for games? Just seemed out of it at times? Pretty sure he turned out pretty good.



  101. JBR
    10:12 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    So, 92, just because they are freshmen, that means they don’t have to give effort, or care, or have pride and fight for things? This season has just exposed Cal…he is not a great coach. He is THE BEST recruiter, and a good coach…I’ll take that if we win it every other year…but I can gripe also when our guys quit on the name on the front of their jersey.



  102. bung
    10:13 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    actually harrow got close enough to the basket to chose between shooting and a dish….he picked wrong…



  103. barn
    10:16 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    99//i don’t see how anyone can bash cal for this one. vandy couldn’t miss and we couln’t make. good point about harrow. 12 missed layups. he got to the basket 12 times–but couldn’t score. we shot 50% at the foul line–vandy 90%? we just don’t have shooters on this team. i think next years guards will change that



  104. kentuckyrules
    10:17 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Worse team in UK history, and still have 21 wins? I’ll take that PROGRAM anyday, good or bad. Have a good night all.



  105. kentuckyrules
    10:19 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Wise words and why I like COLLEGE basketball: Any given night any team can win.



  106. Tigercat
    10:20 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Vandy 8-17 3point shots
    UK 8-16 Free throws
    Says it all



  107. DerbyDemon
    10:30 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I hope that I’m not the only person that believes this “team” isn’t the only bunch that needs to take a long, hard look at itself. It would seem the “suits” on the coaching staff need to take a good while and ponder why they could NEVER get this group of individuals to buy into a system–of any kind and/or get them motivated. I would rather watch Polson and Hood play 40 minutes (because they at least try) than watch a bunch of over-hyped, under-performing head cases go through the motions for 25 minutes. The majority of this team doesn’t deserve to wear a jersey with “Kentucky” on it. They quit, plain and simple. Pitino’s first-year team would have mopped the floor with this bunch because they had heart and pride–something that obviously escaped most of this bunch. As for the coaches, well, a loss to a 14-15 Vandy team in the first round of the SEC kinda’ says it all. If there is a god, I hope they turn down an invitation to the NIT. And Cal, I love ya’ man, but it’s time you took your head out of your a$$ and learn to play a zone when necessary.



  108. sincerely concerned
    10:33 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t care how many shots Harrow missed all game, the fact that this team doesn’t have one player that can take over a game is the reason we lost. After awhile Harrow was taking shots just because no one else would. We as UK fans have become spoiled the last few years with point guards. Harrow is not a terrible pg, this team just didn’t mesh well at all which is one of the variety of problems. Cousins, Wall, and Bledsoe were all inseparable, just like Lamb/Jones and MKG/Davis. I agree this year can be put down as one we would all like to forget but all in all it does show us how impressive it was that the ’11-12 team was so dominate. Whoever stays will be rewarded with next year’s class and whoever leaves, best of luck to them. Either way this was a team made up of kids, everyone move on. We are BBN and we will prevail.



  109. mudcreekmark
    10:33 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Six assists. That says it all doesn’t it? A good point guard will average 6 assists himself. Our whole team got six!! That just shows how low this teams basketball I.Q. is. They just don’t understand the game or how to play it. We threw a lob pass that hit WCS in the chest. Harrow drove the lane and had all 5 players collapse on him and he still shoots the ball. I have never seen a team in my life that has such a low overall basketball I.Q.



  110. sincerely concerned
    10:47 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Win or lose at least they chose UK. These guys at least deserve the respect of the fans. They could have picked any program in the nation and even though some will say they should’ve, they chose to come to UK, the greatest program in college basketball. Not everyone can live up to expectations and those that try shouldn’t be punished because of it. Go Big Blue!



  111. cotton nash
    11:15 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    #97 BINGO!!!!! Right on the money. Wiltjer was in the middle of the back line with the 2/3 so he could not hurt us on defense. Yet,..we had Wiltjer for offense,….something we desperately needed all year. We went on a 10 to 0 run when he played the 2/3. But Cal is WAY TOO STUBBORN!!! He would rather LOSE with a man to man, than win with a zone. That’s what worries me. We always have the best talent,…but Cal’s vow and pledge to ONLY use man to man cost us this whole year. And no one ever asks the simple question,..”Why do you REFUSE to ever use a zone????” He says he’d rather sit on the toilet than use a zone. Oh really? Well,….I guess then you answered the question. Next question?????



  112. Frank
    11:16 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Hey 87, you must be on crack. Tubby never went to the NIT like his 2 successors have. Do not criticize a coach who never went to the NIT at UK. There has only been 2 UK coaches never to go to the NIT, Pitino and Smith.

    I blame Calipari for continuing to recruit no one that stays longer than 5 months at UK. Too much pressure for 18 yr olds, no matter how talented they are. Cal has always had experience at UK UNTIL this year. We all know how successful Cal is with NO experience dont we.
    This is Kentuckys program, not the players. Hell these kids dont last 5 months and many of us have been here a lifetime. And I am not talking 25 years either……………….



  113. Frank
    11:18 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Well said 93.



  114. No NCAA or NIT
    11:30 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I understand that everyone is upset. Even the coach was upset, but that was no excuse to throw a guy under the bus. Cal treated Harrow as his guy. He wanted him running the team. I am disappointed that UK Lost, but to see Harrow’s distraught reaction puts this season and what just happened,in perspective, it’s just a f***king game. I am seriously considering not ever watching an other basketball game again. It’s really retarded to think that basketball is life or death. UK winning or losing does not pay my damn bills. Sheesh.



  115. bitterUK
    11:44 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with many of comments concerning lack of effort and wimpy play of these guys. Easy for me to critize these kids from my recliner but I can not excuse lack of intelligence and execution of fundamentals (e.g. hey 22, 33, and 15 how about one of you blocking someone out on a rebound once in a while and when the ball is bouncing on the floor in front of you how about actually going to it and grabbing it?) 15 (CWS) has potential but I do not see all the adulation he is getting. He is still weak with the ball, can not consistently make 2-3 foot shots, and still recklessly throws the ball away. He is not alone on these issues as he along with his teammates still make the same plays there were making in November. That said, I think ultimately this falls on Cal. Love the guy and believe everyone is entitled to an off year but hey Cal at this point isn’t it time to play the guys who seem to want to give effort and who show some intelligence out there i.e. Polsen, Hood, and yes regardless of some of his negatives Archie



  116. disbelief
    12:50 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    114 your exactly right many of these people have no life. they forget it is just game and that the players are kids with a life not put on earth for the fans enjoyment /or be their puppets



  117. harrowfan
    2:05 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    lol like that #48… if any uk players/recruits do read this stuff I want to make sure you know that the negative posts are from either rival fans or the literally 1% of our own fanbase that aren’t realistic… it’s just a small portion and they are the loudest. Just know that there are soooo many thousands of fans that have your back no matter what. Hope everybody comes back. Tough loss. Next year will make up for it!! Go CATS!



  118. billy bob
    8:23 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I dont blame harrow as much as I blame cal getting a good back up point. i have said it befor and will say it again when polson plays meaningful minutes on your backetball team at this level we are not going to win



  119. sunnycat
    1:51 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    The “fans” have every right to criticize the team and players. Some of these guys are at UK to showcase their talents for a pro career and know Cal can get them to that level. After a year of college and- a “kid” goes pro and signs a muti million dollar contract at the age of 18-19 years old can he then be criticized and if not what is the age limit on when they can be held responsible for their actions?



  120. sunnycat
    1:54 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    117. Yeah lets reward mediocrity.



  121. kelly
    5:46 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    To single out a young man for fault as Calipari did and for that young man to take responsibility as Ryan did shows such a difference in character. I am so disappointed in Calipari and the BBN culture that begat him.