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Cats drop a heartbreaker, 73-72, at Indiana

iu-buzzer(KY Forward)

I’ve been around this site for a while. I’ve written several post game summaries. I have never had to do one while my hands were shaking from anger/disappointment/bewilderment, but I can now cross that off my list. This was a game that Kentucky did not necessarily deserve to win, if ‘deserve’ means that they were the better overall team on the day. But, deserve or not, Kentucky had the game won…right up until they didn’t. They seemed to have overcome an absolutely terrible first half performance, a no-show by Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis’ first bout with foul trouble and the raucous environment in Bloomington to battle back and pull out a tough win on the road. Instead, they had a lapse in free throw shooting, and then concentration, at the worst possible time, giving Christian Watford the chance to sink his heart-breaking three at the horn to upset the Cats. His shot simultaneously put the first loss on the UK’s record and put Indiana back on the college basketball map. I hate him.

Onto the notes…

–First things first, you have to give credit to the Hoosiers. They played hard, they withstood every Kentucky run, and they earned the win. Yes, they got several bounces (and calls) to go their way, but when you’re the aggressor those things seem to happen. Indiana never doubted that they could win the game and, save for a couple of minutes in the second half when their offense reverted to going 1-on-1, they never strayed from their gameplan to take it straight at Kentucky and it worked all day long. Kentucky could’ve, and probably should’ve, won the game, but this was simply Indiana’s day. They deserve all the credit they can get.

–Now onto the last play. Yes, Kentucky should have fouled. They had two fouls to give and Cal said after the game that the plan was to foul and leave IU with only a couple of ticks to inbound and try and make a shot. Marquis Teague tried to foul in the backcourt and UK missed another opportunity to give one up as Indiana drove into the lane before the kickout. Watford hit a big shot, but it was one he never would have had the opportunity to take if the Cats had executed the way they should have. It’s a mistake that most will chalk up to being a young team, but when you blow a play that is as simple as just hacking someone before they can nail a dagger to win a game, it’s really just a lack of focus and execution. However, the lesson is likely learned and if there is a next time for a situation like this I expect the Cats to get it right.

–I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about free throws down the stretch. We all saw it. You have to hit the free throws, especially Doron Lamb. He’s the person everyone wants at the line in that situation, and he will continue to be even though he missed a huge one. But, part of winning close games (especially on the road and in March) is hitting your free throws. Kentucky has to do better if they’re going to reach the heights they’re capable of.

–Aside from the failures in the last 30 seconds, the major negative to take away from the game was the performance (or lack thereof) of Terrence Jones. Cal said after the game that Jones gave the Cats ‘zero’, and they essentially played crunch time without him in the game. He registered a completely unacceptable and mind-boggling line of 4 points, 1 rebound and 6 turnovers in 28 minutes on the day. Four points. One rebound. Six turnovers. That’s exactly two more points and two less rebounds than Eloy Vargas. Eloy Vargas was not a preseason All-American, and Jones certainly didn’t play like one today. If he had made any kind of positive impact on the game, Kentucky wins. Instead, he was a complete no show in a game where the veterans should have been the steadying force that saw the team through in a tough environment. Doron Lamb, and eventually Darius Miller, performed those roles like they should have, while Jones played poorly enough to warrant riding the pine down the stretch. He’s too good of a player to put up a performance like this in a big game, and I expect him to bounce back. For today, though, Jones was the Cats’ biggest disappointment.

–One guy who looked like he was poised to join Jones in the doghouse, at least in the first half, was Marquis Teague. In the first 20 minutes he turned the ball over, missed easy layups and played generally out of control. He even started the second half on the bench, but when he came back in the game he looked like a completely different player. Teague scored every one of his 15 points after the half and looked more like the player that we expected than he has all season. That second-half performance alone would be enough to get excited about, but to do it in a game where he was under immense pressure in front of a home-state crowd that was very hostile toward him showed a lot of guts. It was a loss for the Cats, but I feel like Teague grew up in the second half and it was a performance he can build on.

–The best player on the floor today for the Cats, by far, was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He was locked in and aggressive from the start, and ended up with 18 points and 9 boards on 9-12 shooting. He got it done on both ends, cleaned up the glass in Jones’ absence and carried the Cats through the first 20 minutes while every one else except Lamb basically looked like a deer in headlights. There’s no doubt that he is the motor of the team and he was the only player to give a consistent performance over the whole game. Even in a loss, he was a joy to watch.

–We’ll hit on a few points for some of the other guys:

—>Doron Lamb also played well for the most part, and although his 5-14 field goal shooting performance wasn’t sparkling, he was one of the few guys who was aggressive and looking to score, leading the team with 19 points. The free throw he missed at the end is what people will remember, and rightfully so, but it shouldn’t be lost on folks that he was one of the few that came to play from the start.

—>Darius Miller’s day was a story of two halves. In the first, he was a non-factor and looked like vintage Disappearius. In the second, he carried the Cats for a stretch. He answered Indiana’s shots and kept Kentucky in the game as the Hoosiers were trying to make a decisive second-half run. People are conditioned to be disappointed in Miller, but today he overcame a tough first half and played like a senior after the break, which was what the team needed.

—>Anthony Davis had the toughest game of his young career. Indiana clearly wanted to go straight at him to get him in foul trouble, and they were extremely successful in doing so, albeit with at least one questionable call helping along the way. Davis has to do a better job of staying straight up on people or teams will continue to try and get him off the floor with fouls. When he’s on the bench the team is completely different and it showed today. It was a difficult game for him, especially considering the missed free throw at the end, but Davis is still developing and will learn from this one. He’s still a beast.

—>WLOY!! The basket Eloy got was huge and he played as well as we’ve seen him play thus far.

And finally, some quick hitters:

-If I had to hear Dick Vitale talk about getting the ball to Cody Zeller one more time, my head was going to explode. We get it, Dickie V. You don’t have to tell us every single time down the floor.

-Indiana shot 9-15 from outside, including hitting their first six, and 7-9 overall, after halftime. In the last two games, Kentucky has given up 20-33 (60.6%) from three-point land. That has to get fixed.

-Yes, Mr. Oladipo. That was a nice dunk.

-The officiating in the first half was awful. That is all.

That’s just about it. It’s a regular season loss that hurts as bad as any in recent memory, but there are some positives to take away. The fight the Cats showed in the second half, while not matched by their execution in the final minute, was encouraging. I love the toughness they demonstrated and if there’s one major silver lining from the loss it’s that this team has shown it’s not easy to put away. Unfortunately for the Cats, on this Saturday, unlike the last, they ended up on the wrong end of a 73-72 score in a game that came down to the final ticks. All we can hope for is that the team will learn and grow from this moving forward. For now, though, it’s time to pick up and move on until the Cats lace ’em up against poor, poor, UT-Chattanooga one week from today. That’s all for now. See you tomorrow.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

248 Comments for Cats drop a heartbreaker, 73-72, at Indiana



  1. RidgeRunner
    10:23 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    OK…umm…still no reason on our pre season all american getting 1 board and lack of play?



  2. lucky n KY
    10:24 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Terence Jones didn’t show up.



  3. BBN
    10:27 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb, Teague & Gilchrist were studs in the 2nd half. The rest of the team played scared like big pussies. Cal needs to give Jones an ultimatum concerning the late nights.



  4. Wow
    10:30 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Cal’s post game was a joke. He didn’t really talk about Jones. Just another example of how Cal lets his players run the show. Jones should have been suspended earlier for fleeing the scene. But Cal must keep his balls in his wife’s purse.



  5. Syrin
    10:31 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    IU and UNC gave us their BEST shot, and we won one, and should have won another.

    UK – 2012 champs

    By the way, put those teams in the gym in practice, and they don’t shoot 60%. Teams really have a knack for elevating their performance against us.



  6. Cal Purnell here
    10:33 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    I would have never thought UL would be ranked higher than the CATS on 12/31.



  7. Syrin
    10:33 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    My ONLY critcism of Cal is in relation to Wiltjer.

    When we NEEDED scoring, Witljer passed up WIDE open shots because it is CLEAR Cal has told him not to shoot. So one of our potentially most explosive scorers is afraid to shoot. We know Wiltjer is not in there for defense and rebounding, and on a day when TJ is handing the ball to the opposition, not rebounding or scoring, let Wiltjer come in and LIGHT IT UP !!



  8. NL
    10:34 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    On the free throw shooting, what’s up with the heads right behind the backboard? I understand the stuff on the sides and even underneath the basket, but right behind the backboard waving in direct line of sight with the rim??? WTF.

    They were literally standing in the aisles to do that. Do we do that? Do other teams? I honestly don’t know and I’m just curious.



  9. MARK HAMILTON
    10:34 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    DOES WOW HAVE FACEBOOK



  10. just sayin
    10:34 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    why is it that people are taking up for Jones? i love Ky basketball..but this man is always out at the clubs..just saying stop being such a hot head..play basketball and make millions soon, your peformance tonight will not get u anywhere, grow up..



  11. RidgeRunner
    10:35 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Jones…

    I will support the kid until I know for sure what was going on. –and that is the crutch of all of this. As a pre season all american, you are thrust into the spotlight as any entertainer out there in any other field. When you show the lack of effort that he demonstrated, it is just plain natural for the speculation to run wild.

    Coach or someone needs to address this overly rediculous effort. If it’s a medical reason, personal reason, etc… It needs to be stated. Otherwise, it is natural for the rumor mill to run rampid and terrible things to grow and grow in regards to TJ.



  12. Jones
    10:35 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Why do all of you think Jones had a late night? Partying at the hotel in Bloomington or something?



  13. jdneedstoknow
    10:37 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    We lost, on the the road to a team that shot lights with one of our best players no showing up. We will be fine. Love this teams heart. Go cats. PS. glad some of you all our not my boss cause there are days that I suck at my job and I am 50.



  14. Syrin
    10:37 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    By the way, I am usually all over the refs, but I thought they let teams play. We got fouled on a bunch of shot attempts, but a bunch of our steals could have been called fouls and they missed a few travels by Lamb.

    Anthony Davis’s second foul was caused by TJ coming OVER Davis’s back pushing him into the shooter. Watch the tape. His third and fourth fouls were just dumb. Hacking across arms and lunging at a threee point shooter? Come on, Anthony. You’re smarter than that.

    Oh well, GREAT game to learn from. I truly believe we don’t lose another game.



  15. E Cat
    10:38 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Cats will be fine. Right now, just performing on talent. No real flow on offense, and have not learned how to defend (especially in transition, leaving open shooters all over the floor).

    Two things I did not like though:
    1) Gilchrist (instead of Miller), should have been on Watford in the 2nd half.
    2) At the end of the game when we rebounded an IU miss, you can’t pass to Davis when the other team is going to foul. Davis is a 50 percent FT shooter. You have to get the ball to Miller or Lamb (though Lamb was awful at the line too).



  16. Just Saying
    10:39 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    IU’s best player has missed the entre season with a knee injury and they still beat us. We have never lost a good player to injury under Cal.



  17. Coach Cal
    10:40 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Hey guys, please listen. Sometimes I roll the ball out there and my players do not produce. It is too difficult for me to teach them how to win. There are three keys to winning: #1 – you need good players, #2 – you need good players & #3 – you need good players. So hey, I will add a couple of McDonald’s All-Americans and we will be fine.



  18. Truth
    10:41 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Cal basically let Jones know he can do whatever he wants off the court when he refuses to suspend him after he fled the scene of a wreck. That speaks volumes. Cal is a win at all costs coach and his track record proves he will not do the right thing.



  19. Mack
    10:41 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    As a team one wanted to win the other thought it would have been nice to have won. Foul shots and missed layups would have more than sealed the win before the last few minutes. The best team on this night won. Begs the question of do they practice foul shots or have anyone to instuct them?



  20. Have been Waiting for 13 yrs
    10:42 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    UK is a big target for all of the entire basketbal worldl, especially with a #1 ranking. It’s us against the world. The players need to realize that and let the haters be there motivation.



  21. E Cat
    10:42 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    I pray we get IU in March. It would not be pretty.



  22. Cal'sGut
    10:44 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    I like it when Cal tells a player to “make a play” or “do what you do.” That is basically the extent of his coaching abilty. Anyone ever check out his Memhis squads (4 NIT’s) while at memphis. He was horrible until Uncle Wes starting sending all his nephes to Coach Cow.



  23. BBN
    10:44 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    UK would beat Indiana by 20+ on a neutral court.



  24. Tennessee Wildcat
    10:46 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Well, now we have another week to get ready for UT Chattanooga. I was disappointed that Wiltjer wouldn’t try a three while he was open out there. The freshmen will grow and I hope that Wiltjer will hang in there because he will be really good when the playing time becomes more avilable next year. I hope that Cal can get Jones attention. He is real important for us to be the elite team that we know we can be. Growing pains and authority can be difficult for all of us some time or another. I still believe we will lose about three more games, likely on the road in the SEC. It will be hard to win at Vandy, Florida and Mississippi State. This team will get much better as the season continues and I hope we can run off a long winning streak. Go Cats!



  25. RidgeRunner
    10:46 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Teague really impressed me in the second half & finished with 5 dimes. He’s coming around and we still have not played 10 games yet.



  26. IUGrad
    10:47 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    23) Well, we know you can’t win at IU Queer.



  27. BleedBlue
    10:47 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    My son was at McDonald’s Thurday morning at 2:30 am and he said Jones and two other ballplayers where there



  28. Gilchrist on D
    10:47 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Jones is a piece of shit. Don’t forget it. I wish he had gone pro



  29. he says she
    10:49 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Indiana played a great game and deserved to win based on their effort. UK still should have won based on talent and grit… and, of course, had they hit just a couple more free throws. That being said, from the point UK was up 20-14 until halftime, the refs swallowed their whistles on several UK possessions… some consecutively. I understand that can happen and probably should happen when you play on the road, but there were several bad calls or no-calls that completely halted UK’s run and switched momentum back to IU. This game was a great learning experience for Kentucky — something that will help them in March.

    But congrats to IU. I’m glad they got this win against us because they needed a jolt in their program and Crean is a great coach. Their fans, although completely annoying this past week, can now have hope that they will be better than bottom feeders in the Big Ten/12.



  30. Ekamuf
    10:49 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    My biggest problem is this. #15 you hit on it, Davis getting the ball with 25 sec left at half court and taking the foul. Davis gets a rebound, passes to Lamb, who passes to Teague, who passes to Davis, who gets fouled and bricks the front end of a 1 and 1. If you go back and watch there is a point shortly after in a timeout where Jones looks at Lamb and tells him to keep the ball, which is exactly what I was getting at. In that situation Lamb should know he should keep the ball and take the foul. Even though he didn’t have a great night at the line, he is the best free throw shooter on the team and if we have the chance to have him at the line at the end of the game, then we need to grab that opportunity by the balls and not let go. I think everyone would agree that we would feel much more comfortable if Lamb had been going to the line rather than Davis with a chance to build our lead to 3.



  31. Truth
    10:49 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Imagine how good IU would be this year if they had the same payroll as UahK.



  32. Inside Your Mind
    10:50 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    IU played their guts out just to win by 1 point to a team with it’s all american not showing up and it’s stud freshmen on the bench most of the game. Get some damn perspective people. Any other day we win by 20. Come March we’ll be the team everyone thinks we are.



  33. Rumor
    10:51 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Jones stays out and gets smashed almost every night. He’s the second coming of Jared Pricket.



  34. Very disappointed.
    10:51 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Cal always has the best players. He is the best college coach in the game,…except when the game is actually being played. He is an average to poor game coach!!! Hence, he has NO championship titles. This team is possibly good enough to win in spite of him,..but we shall see. No excuse for him letting Teague screw up time after time after time the first half. He’s got Teague afraid to shoot a crip shot. Talk about no confidence!!! If he is afraid o shoot a crip,..and can’t make one when he does,..then he has no reason to be in the ballgame. That’s Cal’s fault!!!!!! I love Cal,..but he is a poor game coach. His sole goal this year should be to keep Anthony Davis in the ballgame,..whatever it takes!!!! No reason Davis should have guarded Zeller. And whoever he put on him,..should have had double team helpn him like we did his older bro. Cal is a poor game coach. Always has been,..always will be. He doesn’t understand. No reason to have Jones on the bench at the end of the game. Very stupid indeed!!! One single play could have made the difference. But it’s hard to make a play when you are on the bench. Kentucky does not deserve Terrence Jones. He gives up millions to come back,..and the fans are still down on him. Bless his heart. The Cats had twice the talent the Hoosiers put on the floor. And due to stupid game coaching,..they lose. Oh well.



  35. Dave
    10:52 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    I think its a great learning experience for UK to go on the road and compete. It was not the same in NYC or the Mohegan Sun. That being said, I know Cal learned tonight and so did the young players but what concerns me is the lack of control from Jones and Miller. If we want to indeed be “the gold standard” we need to learn how to win.



  36. Holme
    10:52 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    No way IU matches up. I think they stole this game. Hoosiers are not nearly as good as they played today. At least Cats are no longer #1. That ranking is only important at the end. Otherwise it’s a burden. Where were you Mr. Jones?



  37. d0gballs
    10:55 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    The Oladipo dunk….Jones was slow to help if you even want to call it that IMHO



  38. Boom baby
    10:55 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Do we finally touch on the point that cal needs to focus on FREE THROWS?!?!?



  39. Very disappointed.
    10:56 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    That’s “crib” shot,..not “crip”.



  40. Hoss
    10:56 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Thank God it’s basketball season?



  41. WestKy UK Fan
    10:58 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Few things….

    1) Two fouls to give at the end and we can’t foul anyone to run some time off the clock? Why was everyone out of the paint on Lamb’s last free throw? Wouldn’t some pressure, and/or a foul bringing the ball up, have made IU take some more time off the clock and they probably don’t even get that shot off?

    2) What’s with the baseline runner screen to the wing offense that they wanted to run all day? IU couldn’t stop dribble drive, yet we kept running a roody pooh set play offense the entire first half that we’ve not run damn near all year?

    Jones…well, nothing to say about Terrence. Not sure where his head was and I tip my hat to Coach Cal for keeping him out the last 5 minutues, although I don’t know that it’ll get a message across to him. But, I still can’t understand those first two things, espeically that set play to start most every offensive stint over and over that never worked. Their guards couldn’t stop dribble drive and we pretty much tossed it away.



  42. INCALWETRUST
    10:59 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Stop worrying. We played terrible and lost at the buzzer to a team that played out of thier minds. Cal will fix it. Last years team couldn’t win in the SEC on the road , and they went too the final four. On a different track. All these kids have been the Hero all thier lives. KY is the Empire. Cal is Vader. Embrace the darkside and start killing these other teams.



  43. RealityCheck
    11:00 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    When will you sheep realize Cal is not a coach? He has 6 burger boys and cannot coach his way out of a wet paper bag. He runs no plays, there are no pick and rolls, you never see any screens. He rolls the ball out there and passes it off as dribble drive (AKA streetball). If he cannot overwhelm the other team in the talent catagory, he cannot win. He buys players, that is all he is good for.



  44. Tennessee Wildcat
    11:00 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Merry Christmas, everyone.



  45. t jones effort
    11:01 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Smh just woke up and missed the enitre game



  46. DirtyD
    11:02 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Something had to be wrong with jones, did anyone else see him shoot that air-ball from about three feet out?



  47. Hoosierfan
    11:03 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Why did it hurt so bad? Thought you wanted to take IU off the schedule? Talking out off both side of your mouth now! And yes I live in Lexington!!! Go Hoosiers! Maybe next year guys, oh wait we may not play you all next year! LOL



  48. JJ
    11:03 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Any news on whether Jai Lucas has committed?



  49. theSkinny81
    11:04 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    #43 what game were you watching? pathetic troll.



  50. Truth
    11:04 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    46) He’s a drunk and smokes weed all the time. No one wants to discuss the truth.



  51. CA UKFAN
    11:04 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    We lost one game…….we need a new coach cuz losing a game is unacceptable. LOL, some of you trolls crack me up.



  52. old_school
    11:06 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Great college basketball game – regardless of the outcome.

    But for someone like me who values the college game, along with the concept of student-athlete and teamwork – seeing IU win that game was satisfying.

    UK has great, unmatched talent – but talent alone does not always mean success. IU also has great talent, but talent that’s been seasoned by experience and they are playing for pride – not necessarily their draft stock.

    This was an old-school win by an old-school team playing the old-school way.

    I’m HAPPY!!!!!!



  53. Truth
    11:06 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Also, Cal will never suspend or call out a player, regardless of what they do off the court.



  54. Coach Cal
    11:06 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll stop by McDonald’s on the way home and buy a couple more All-Americans. You bet your arse the next time I roll the ball out there for my guys, their athleticism will carry us to a win.



  55. bleedblue96
    11:07 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Davis is soft. A terrific talent, but soft. A true big man will dominate him



  56. DirtyD
    11:09 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    @50 he really was stumbling around !!! I really like jones 2 that really is disappointing because he can b the best player on the floor anytime he wants!!



  57. Get over it
    11:10 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    5,13,32,36,etc- IU had their worst shooting game of the season- yes, they hit 3’s in the 2nd half, but don’t act like they played out of their minds; both teams were overcome by the atmosphere in the 1st half and played poorly, and IU played poorly in the last 5 mins to let us back in the game. May be time to start giving them some credit. They can all hit jump shots and free throws- never really been Calipari-coached teams strengths outside of a few players

    Also no crying about the officials- we shot as many free throws as them in a tough game to officiate; there’s no environment like the one in Assembly Hall in all of college basketball so it will only get easier from here



  58. Matt
    11:10 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    lose 1 game and the players suck? lose 1 game and the coach sucks? Grow up. You’re either with this team or you’re not. I for one remember the cats getting their butts kicked under Gillispie a few years ago to IU. Forget those times? I figured as much. IF you don’t like this coach or this team, cheer for someone else. Cal is a good coach and a good recruiter. He got UK back to being a #1 team in the nation. Isn’t that what you wanted? Are you not entertained? Forget the St. Johns game and how fun it was? Forget the UNC game and how great it was? Damn. Just stop. Enjoy the ride because its still pretty dang fun.



  59. BigBlueSkyDog
    11:11 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    My worst fears realized. We had three or four guys who played poorly today. Jones is especially disappointing. He looked like he never got off the bus. I still think we should drop IU. They don’t have enough class to be on the same floor with us. Watching them rush the court was proof enough.



  60. BigBlue
    11:11 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    No need for melt down here…we had an off night and lost a game…
    Those ‘fans’ trashing Cal need to back up a step…his leadership brought us back to the top…he may not be perfect, but he has brought us a LONG WAY over last two years…grow up and take a loss without crying and turning on the coach and team….



  61. Matt
    11:12 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    I like to keep my mouth on Cal’s sack region.



  62. catfan65
    11:12 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Lets get some perspective here. If one looks at the entire regular season, the only game UK was/will be favored by less than 5 (as in the IU game) will be the last game at FL. That includes the UNC game and when the cats play @Vandy. Those who read my comments on the line thread saw that I said UK -5 was a sucker bet and that the game should go under the total. Of course, UK is way more talented than IU (as Teague’s 2nd half abuse of Hulls showed), but those who thought this was gonna be a cakewalk were deluding themselves. This ends the outside chance that UK goes undefeated, but other than that it changes nothing. Teague showed the detractors he can play (despite his questionable judgement in passing to Davis when IU was trying to foul) and I think the Jones bashing is a bit premature (even with the childish sulking). UK is still the best team in the country and I do not think the performance today should set off any alarms among the UK fans.

    Also, the guy that said that IU lost their best player in Maurice Creek is smoking crack.



  63. Greg
    11:14 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    It amazes me reading all these posts bashing coach Cal and the short memories some people have when thinking back on the last few seasons of Tubby and the Gillespie nightmare. What do people want? No wonder Cal says you can’t last more then 10 years here, some of you nutjobs are just crazy.



  64. Ukalltheway
    11:17 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    People need to grow Nd realize a loss is not the end of the world. When call wins 30 games he is amazing, he loses one he is terrible. Go to hell you are not true fans. Its a loss it happenz they hit everything they put up. March is all that matter a**holes. Love you boys dont let the ignoarant majority ruin your time here. There are Plenty of fans here thatdont jump off the bandwagon on a last second three



  65. Troll
    11:17 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    I have never seen a fan base so quick to turn on their team. Its a road loss in December. UK is still loaded, and has no bench. It is still a final four favorite. Know something about basketball.



  66. look at the positive
    11:17 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    at least we don’t live in indiana, where you knock up your own grandma.



  67. DirtyD
    11:18 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    They trampled poor miller while he was on the ground the whole team jumped on him!!!



  68. Ukalltheway
    11:19 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Minority not majority

    66.) your right these people make me sick



  69. BROW-JONES
    11:21 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    nice article. This is just a taste of what the Cats will get all season. the road game’s in the SEC this year will be tough and come March this team will be as tough as nails.



  70. overrated
    11:21 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    overrated



  71. UKfaninWisconsin
    11:21 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    1. as much as i hate B1G 10(11 1/2) basketball, IU doesnt stand a chance in there cant wait to see sullinger, or wisconsins polar bears rape Zeller
    2. didnt we learn the first time to ALWAYS put a guard on Christian?



  72. Dudewhocares?
    11:22 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    GOOD loss for Kentucky. A growing pain. They need that. Better to lose this kind of game in December than March!!!



  73. The sun.
    11:24 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    No worries…I’ll still be here in the morning!



  74. Tired of Missing FT's
    11:27 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Hit a couple of FT’s at the right time and we could have won a game where we played worse than anytime all year. I am tired of the missed FT’s and lack of confidence at the line.

    That said, I believe the youngsters (including TJ) will build off the loss.

    Coach Cal is still the best thing going for the program so ease up.



  75. DeezStun
    11:28 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    First of all, Indiana played a hell of a game. There’s no doubting that. You people need to realize that there’s a point where you can’t guard a team shooting that well.

    Jones was bad. We all realize that.

    I don’t think Cal can make the FTs for the players, so let’s not blame him for that.

    Besides, there’s no “bad” game coach in the NCAA. There’s a reason they get paid millions and you don’t. Calipari does a better job than any of you would, and we need to get behind him and this team.

    One loss isn’t a killer. This team can and will be special. MKG, Teague, and Miller, even Lamb, have come up big. Davis had an off night, his first this year. Don’t worry. GO CATS.



  76. Skeps
    11:30 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Jones didn’t produce because IU was just waiting for him in the post. You force it inside so much the defense is ready to steal it from you. Does anybody know how many 3’s we shot in the 2nd half? They just totally avoided them. Wiltjer kills me by passing up his wide open 3’s.



  77. Rupp's Runt
    11:33 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    I hate that the Kats lose but it creates a opportunity for this young team to learn before March Madness. Kats need to hit foul shots. Do not loose focus ever. Defend the three. All of these items have haunted us in the tournament the last two years. Maybe we learn, maybe we don’t but the opportunity is now available. I bet by the end of the season, this game is viewed as a very valuable tough lesson and one we will use in March and later in New Orleans.



  78. ukbandman
    11:36 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    We lost a road game on 12/10. The world did not end. Last year we lost 7 road games in the SEC and we were dynamite in the NCAA. IU deserved to win. Let’s not hit the panic button. Jones had a bad game. No one knows the reason. He was fabulous in the NCAA last year and has been a very good player in all other games this year. Let’s cut him some slack. He may have been ill or distracted for some valid reason. We have beaten UNC and Kansas and will beat UL. We are likely to win the SEC and be a monster team come March. Coach Cal will make the necessary adjustments. He is a great game coach. Sorry we lost but it will not be the last time this year. We have great athletes and tremendous upside. By the way IU is a decent team with a great coach. Let’s give credit where it is due.



  79. mike
    11:36 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    We know 43, isnt he GREAT, Oh you forgot one small thing, HE WINS! GO BIG BLUE



  80. David from San Diego
    11:37 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    To offset the overreaction of negativity from a lot of fans, here are some positives of today’s game :
    -mark it, Teague had the turning point of his career at UK in the 2nd half and played with courage and made big plays & shots
    -Lamb missed the FT at the end but so what, he made tons of plays to help us come back and stay in it to the finish and is still a winner
    -Miller displayed again in the 2nd half he is the assertive player and leader we hoped he would become. I am happy with his progression
    -MKG is MKG, and we love having MKG on our team, he is a special player with a John Wall type will to win and make big plays
    -while Davis was on the bench a lot, people overlook how many inhuman rebounds he had in todays game
    -we faced the perfect storm (on the road against a rabid crowd) of foul trouble, plain silly 3 pt shooting from an opponent, meshed with bad FT & 3 pt shooting, & the worst officiating we will see all season (don’t care what is said, the refs were out to get us) and still could have won today
    -this team no longer has to play with the pressure of being undefeated and have a lot to learn from and for Cal to teach with
    -the team still showed it was resilient and has the courage to come back when we are down
    -Eloy wasn’t great but had some decent minutes which will be the key to how far this team goes in March…. can’t emphasize that enough
    -Terrence Jones off performance gives him incentive just to work harder which I am confident will happen and he will continue to be great, I hope the fans will get off his back, he’s been a big reason we won several games thus far this year, including against UNC

    Summary: it hurts to lose period if you are a UK fan…. all the time and certainly to Indiana but they earned it today. UKs team didn’t come out and promise us an undefeated season. Losses are to learn from and that is what this will be. I hope all the fans have a sip of bourbon, take a deep breath and remember that we have a team full of unselfish, hard working, gutty, talented players and we are lucky to have them and Coach Cal. We have a shot at the National Championship this year and that realistic shot is unchanged by today. Get behind this team again and be glad we don’t have Tubby running this program into the ground anymore. Be thankful Coach Cal has put of back on the map, because he has. And one more thing, who cares what we are ranked this week and no one should care a bit who is ranked number one this week. It has nothing to do with our overall goal this year. Lets regroup get some wins and be ready to beat Louisville in a few weeks. Go CATS!



  81. Skeps
    11:37 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    UK 2-7 from 3. That can’t get it done.



  82. BigBlue
    11:37 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    As much as it sucks, this loss will be a net positive for this team…some of there weak spots were exposed…it will give the team an opportunity to re-focus…
    A blind hog finds an acorn every once in a while…the IU’s of the world get 15 min in the sun every 5 to 10 years…they will be talking about this one win for 25 yrs…now that is sad.
    Let’s take the loss, get better and move on…support your team and coach



  83. The champ
    11:38 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    This will makes us stronger . IU played a great game and hit a lucky shot to win. Jones wake up and understand that you can’t quit or pout when times get hard. Please grow up and be the leader of this team. Cal will use this a game as a learning tool. We expect alot and the team has to understand that. This is Uk and we are the best . No 1 does it like UK .



  84. lucky n KY
    11:38 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    @76 Say what you want, but Terrence Jones getting 1 rebound is a freaking joke.



  85. River
    11:41 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    75) It’s also Davis’ last year, and therein lies the problem. He’s got about 20 games left. How many more bad ones are you willing to give him. Same was true for knight last year; his last bad game was his last game period and it cost us the NC. If he’s the #1 draft pick he’s not allowed to have bad games.



  86. The champ
    11:41 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    IU has been awful for a long time. Good win IU hope your NIT Toury run is a great one. Because you guys are going to get killed in the big 10.



  87. Helvete
    11:43 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    If there’s anything good to come out of this it’ll be a teaching lesson to this team. Just because you beat UNC doesn’t mean that every other team is going to lay down for you. Losing to IU sucks, but that’s life.



  88. Cat fan
    11:44 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    If anyone noticed Teague was jogging back on the last play of the game



  89. Calipari'sInYourEar
    11:44 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    For the 1st time I can confidently say that I witnessed where Cal “doesn’t get it”

    1. Begin Games: Miller should start, Lamb at point, Teague on bench
    2. End Games: Lamb, Miller, MKG, Jones, Davis
    …..Davis nor Teague should touch the ball within the final 1 minute if it’s close, since every team from now on will try to foul them.
    3. Out of conference games you don’t play with are Louisville, UNC, or Indiana.

    Watch the reply of tonights game and you will see when it was near the end and the ball was passed to Teague, the Indiana players tried to foul him.

    Cal needs to be taken to the classroom on this. Even those who get it 98% of the time still have something to learn from people who were here long before him. Respect traditions and respect the BBN.



  90. DeezStun
    11:49 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Doesn’t anyone else think it’s funny that IU fans stormed the court.
    I mean, it’s not like they have FIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS… only 2 fewer than UK.
    So much for “tradition-rich program”



  91. Jones Retuns
    11:54 pm December 10, 2011 Permalink

    Post game interviews for players and coach cal:

    http://johnclay.bloginky.com/#



  92. ???
    12:01 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I really hate 25% of uk fans
    You embarass the state
    Please move or cheer for another team
    Id call you retarded but you have s choice the mentally handycap dont



  93. Calipari'sInYourEar
    12:05 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Can you imagine if Calipari ends the home and away series with Indiana now?
    And not giving us a chance at redemption next season in Rupp?

    That would be an epic tragedy, now.

    Then again, maybe this is what he wanted… to get UK fans interested in this series again so he can dump UNC and play his buddy Crean.

    I can only hope Cal was coaching this game clean. I can only hope his ego didn’t get in the way here.



  94. Michael Kidd-Langford
    12:10 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    75, I agree with most of what you said, except this:

    “…there’s a point where you can’t guard a team shooting that well.”

    The problem is, IU going 9-15 from deep isn’t an isolated incident. UNC went 11-18, we even let Portland 11-23.



  95. The Rich White Man in Control
    12:10 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    The officiating was terrible in the first half? Yes, but the real dagger thrown by the zebras came when Gilchrest was battling for a loose ball and was called for a travel late in the game. Led to a IU basket that put them in the lead. Pathetic and inexcusable. Cats lost the game and have themselves to blame first, but an evenly called game would have resulted in a W.



  96. blueblue
    12:11 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    OK. Some how far does the men’s team drop, and how high does the UK Hoops team rise??



  97. Calipari'sInYourEar
    12:16 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Hey at least we get to climb the rankings soon with a gimping of #4 ranked Louisville in 2 weeks.



  98. anthony
    12:20 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Stop seeing what you want to see and realize what is going on out on the court. Yes, Miller had a few good moments. Then he had two moments that directly lead to the loss. One time on defense he let his man get wide open after the guard drove the ball and Darius had no clue where the ball was. Then, after Teague failed to foul, Disappearius had a couple of chances to foul and he did nothing.

    Disappearius has lost his shooting touch and is having a rather pathetic senior season. Some people just aren’t leaders and Disappearius is one of them.



  99. katmandue2you
    12:21 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    i dont know alot…but i do know one thing. many of the people commenting on here dont know shit from apple butter…some of u better watch what ur feeding urselves…never heard such ignorant shit in my life… or was that apple butter? many of you have no clue much less perspective.



  100. golfcat22
    12:21 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    here we are again….. WHERE ARE YOU TERRENCE JONES????? just another big game disappearance. how do you get your 1st rebound w 6:57 to go in the game. You’re good against Simon Kenton State, do something in a big game. YOURE A WILDCAT, play like it. AND IF I HEAR CAL TALK ABOUT NOT CARING ABOUT FREE THROWS I WILL PUKE AT HIS USED CAR SALES PITCHES. Stop worrying about draft picks, recruiting, and all the b.s., practice free throws cal. it cost you a title at memfrica, and will cost us in big games. Jorts, B.Knight and Liggins aren’t here to take care of T. Jones pussiness. you got til the 31st to get your asses in the gym. GOOOODNITE NOW!!!!



  101. dcarson
    12:27 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    ive never seen a coach leave his players out to dry like calipari does sometimes. dont get me wrong he’s a great coach but that rebound with 19 secs to go, just call a timeout. set up an inbounds play to a guy who can actually make a free throw instead of throwing davis out there who wasnt in the game at all and everyone knew he was going to miss that free throw. Also, why arent you pressing at the end there? you had a couple fouls to give yet we let the pg run up to half court w.o being contested. Jones is non existent, he should just buy a house in lexington cause he is nowhere near nba potential at this point, if you told me tomorrow he has ADD, id believe it, he looked like a world beater against unc, then against a team clearly lacking in overall athleticism he just decides to check out. unfreakinbelievable. i will say the one good that comes out of this game is that it knocks UK down a peg or two. Hopefully, Hopefully, it will make these guys see that you need to start quick and put teams away when you have to. Only 9 games in, but if this is a trend, they will be just like the 09′ team which in retrospect underachieved for a lot of the same reasons we lost to IU today.



  102. 2020
    12:29 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Every NCAA championship team since 1977 has had 2 or more losses. So this was one, and we’ll have one more this season on our way to Ocho.



  103. The Rich White Man in Control
    12:32 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    You people bashing Cal are morons……I didn’t hear anybody bashing him eight hours ago. You’re never going to find a coach who wins every game. Rupp lost games. Wooden lost games. Coach K loses games. The man knows what he’s doing, you don’t have to look far to see the evidence. Just look at last year and chill out.



  104. Yep
    12:36 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Once Cal leaves due to the exhaustion from dealing with the absolute insanity of some UK fans, it is quite possible NO decent/sensible coach in the land will want to come UK and it must be run by some poor excuse for a coach. Some of you idiots are about to get what you’re asking for. And to those fans who have any sense, enjoy it while it lasts cuz Cal ain’t stayin for much longer.



  105. Coach Cal
    12:37 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Darius, did you not hear me in the huddle when I told the team to foul?!! That jersey you wear… that jersey indicates you’re on the team, which means I was talking to you. Not the ball boy. Not Richie Farmer. Are you going to keep playing like chicken$h!t like you have your entire career, because you only have about 30 games left to prove otherwise.



  106. George Jones
    12:39 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like there’s a new “no show Jones…”



  107. Socrates
    12:40 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I’m a huge fan.. I’ve wanted to pOst something ever since the games tragic ending.. But i waited till now just before bed because I wanted a little reflection time. I love the CATS, I love our players, coaches, and fans. The wins feel great and the losses hurt. Thankfully we get more Ws than Ls these days.. I can’t wait till we play Louisville and until the SEC games start. I’m putting this loss behind me and will look for a W next weekend. My advice to peoPle who respond to other peoPle on here that you find hard to believe they are EVEN Kentucky fans at all…? Guess what, they aren’t. Good night and happy holidays



  108. Matt Mitchell
    12:41 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    If I knew Darius Miller was such a girl, I would have asked him to play on my team.



  109. Korean Tacos
    12:41 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Some of you act like we lost the national championship today. hejebus, calm down



  110. Yep
    12:42 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    The UK fanbase has reached an all time low… and that’s saying ALOT. This is truly embarrassing. GET AHOLD OF YOURSELVES!!!



  111. UKfaninWisconsin
    12:44 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    109: cool your jets he actually had a great second half, and 111 whats new about this this happens every loss get used to it



  112. Seriously
    12:48 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    It’s interesting. I think the UofL trolls have joined with IU trolls pretending to be UK fair-weather trolls giving KSR the most diverse haters in the land! Welcome haters! Love that you need to come here to justify your existence!

    This learning lesson HAD to happen to give these kids the sting of disappointment they will fight through in future games. Our “worst” record last year (and a loss to Arkansas) took us to the Final Four. Indiana played their best; we played our worst. And we still came back and would’ve won with a second less on the clock.

    Teague fought through his frustration. Jones needs to, too. There will be LOTS of tape.

    That’s why college basketball is better than college football. You can lose several games, learn from it, grow, and still win it all!



  113. The Source
    12:52 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I hope the people that respond to posts on this sight are not an accurate representation of UK fans. If they are than UK fans are the most ignorant fans in ncaa bball.



  114. Yep
    12:56 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    This site may need to be shut down. Its gotten to the point where its almost an anti-UK website just because it allows UK dumbass-fans to display their foolishness



  115. What's he doing to Wojo?
    1:03 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Trolls be trolling late 2 nite



  116. CalFan
    1:03 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Need to lay off Jones. Who cares what he does off the court, just stay eligible and give us 20 and 10 TJ, we didn’t recruit him because of his character.



  117. Yep
    1:04 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    109: Being a UK fan I know that but this seems to be exceedingly ridiculous. We are an extremely good team with a great coach and lost a tough game. I just would hope for more reason among our fan-base, that’s all.



  118. Yep
    1:05 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    112^



  119. Yep
    1:07 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Anyway, to all the UK fans who aren’t dumbasses, keep it up.



  120. UK2012
    1:11 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    All these bandwagon fans on here absolutely kill me. It was a buzzer-beater 3 on the road in an impossible environment. And all of a sudden you want to say that Cal can’t coach and we’re doomed with him at the helm?? He brought UK basketball back to the promised land! We have a final four/championship favorite team. Get over yourselves and realize that this loss is a learning experience for a young team. Yes, we need to hit free throws. No, Cal does not tell Wiltjer not to shoot (the camera cut to him during the game staring Wiltjer down making a shooting motion, telling him to shoot it!). Yes, our best players either didn’t show up, got in foul trouble, or only played one half. BUT we have so much potential and come March we’ll be a better team for it. I just hate that it had to be Indiana…



  121. SouthBeachWildcat
    1:14 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Some UK fans are ridiculous and give the rest of us a bad name. We lost to a team that had an unbelievable home court advantage, wanted/needed this game much more than us, and played one hell of a game. Our freshman went to one of the most hostile environments in college basketball, in their first road game, and really played well. Teague in the second half was great. This will hopefully be a glimpse of great things to come for him the rest of the season. Anthony Davis needs to get tougher. We need to shoot free throws better. Jones didn’t show up. But all and all, its just one game. We will be great by March. Three Goggles……….peace out



  122. Scott
    1:29 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Ha….enough with the talk of IU shooting out of their minds….that was by far the worst shooting performance of the season…and that was entirely the result of UK’s length and athleticism. You have to realize that this is a team that can flat shoot. They are not nearly the the size and quickness of your guys, with the exception of maybe 2 player. IU only went 7 deep tonight, as Derek Elston was out with a back injury….you guys have complained about the refs, your players, your coach, and everything in between.

    From now on perhaps take a cue from IU fans that know something about the kids that you recruit. IU people in the know were negative on M. Teague for well over a year prior to his commitment. He’s not a leader, he’s not a shooter, he’s not even much of a passer….he has speed and that’s it…and he’s a headcase. But we knew that about 24 months ago.



  123. nkycatfan
    1:30 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    That was nothing but a trap game where we didn’t get any calls and to our credit we still should have won in the end. It seemed like a Vandy game to me. We had nothing to win and everything to lose this game especially recruiting. IU should not be given the opportunity to rebuild at our expense and UK should END this series NOW.



  124. quit whining
    1:34 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Nice story, but I’m extremely disappointed in your multiple comments about the officiating. I’m not saying it was great, but w/ a couple of minutes to go, Indiana had 8 fouls and Kentucky only had 4. Kentucky is/was number one, and they didn’t get it done b/c they missed free throws and didn’t execute at the end. I know you didn’t make officiating the focus of your article, but you sissily added little quips about it as if to give the Cats an excuse. We don’t need excuses. We need Jones to sack up and play. We need Lamb to hit a free throw. No excuses if you are a wild cat (even if you try to hide your excuses in parentheses).



  125. Kaboom
    1:35 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    123. I think your right call me crazy as a uk fan. Something about this game eventually had IU winning regardless



  126. Logic
    1:38 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    People need to relax

    Yes we lost yes it sucks but there is no reason to be throwing kids under the bus. They’re young kids. They will learn from this and become that much better. Some of these comments embarrass me as a UK fan. The season is long for a reason because it allows the young kids to grow up. There are some positives though.

    1. We fought back from being down on the road to a team that was absolutely on fire from three. They hit a three everytime we got close, yet we still showed enough toughness to stay in the game.
    2. Teague’s second half was damn good. He showed poise, confidence and a will to win. Hopefully this turned the corner for him a bit. He even pulled Miller away from a ref late in the game.
    3. MKG is big time. He is everything we need him to be.

    Negatives
    1. Free throw shooting. Some of this can be attributed to the kids being young and shook but Lamb shouldnt miss that free throw. Regardless they should be made. Its a lack of focus.
    2. Jones didnt show up but you can’t tear him up over this you have no idea what he could be going through. And it is not Cal’s responsibility to release that information to us anyway. Yes UK’s fanbase is the most involved but if Cal deems it not necessary for the public to know then that’s his call. And if there wasn’t anything wrong with Jones then he has just got to put this one behind him.

    And don’t hate on Cal that’s just ignorant because what he does with these teams is simply amazing.
    First true road tes was rough but we will get better. We get to lace them up another day.
    A championship is still very likely.



  127. quit whining
    1:41 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    does every team just get hot from three point line against us? Or maybe we need to work on defending it? Just saying. I’m the biggest Uk fan that exists, but I get sick of listening to retards blindly ignoring what happens and screaming C-A-T-S.



  128. nkycatfan
    1:41 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    The biased officiating today is reason enough to CANCEL this series NOW! We have nothing to gain and everything to lose; especially recruiting against that snake Tom “Squiggy” Crean. Cal is absolutely right about these one sided “rivalries”. We probably just lost Harris.



  129. quit whining
    1:44 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    nycatfan…you are the reason I have to apologize for being a Cat fan. We had half the fouls called on us in the second half and they did. Quit making excuses. I hate people that just say whatever it takes to make their team’s losses seam unfair.



  130. nkycatfan
    1:45 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Quit Whining. UK would have won by 20 points on a neutral floor! The talent level is not even close. Take another toke and go back to bed!



  131. Kevin
    1:48 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    To hell with Terrance Jones. I’m tired of him not showing up. I’m tired of the entitled–and tonight pouting attitude. Stop partying all night and show up for a g’damn basketball game. The loss is squarely on you. You showed absolutely no leadership and no poise in an environment when all the newcomers are looking to you to lead.



  132. quit whining
    1:51 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    nycatfan….they didn’t play on a neutral floor… we are Kentucky…we don’t need excuses douche



  133. Ap
    1:52 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Why not have lamb miss the second free throw with 2 fouls to give. Chance for a rebound. If you don’t get the rebound, foul in the backcourt. Then they shouldn’t get a decent shot, and u still have a foul to give.



  134. nkycatfan
    1:58 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    See the BIG picture whiner. This is exactly the types of games Cal was talking about. We have NOTHING to gain from playing IU. I’m not making ANY excuse a couple of free throws at the end and we would have won. I think the sheep are waiting in the barn for you.



  135. JBR
    2:04 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Darius Miller is the biggest waste of potential in the history of UK basketball. He has the physical ability to be an NBA lottery pick, and the mental toughness and heart to be on an NBA dance team. Not only is he not a team leader as a senior, but continuously shrinks away from big plays when needed. Yeah, some other guys had bad games, but Miller should be the one constant on this team with his experience and talent. Unfortunately, he just does not have the heart, toughness, or intelligence. He was the one that should have fouled on that last play…came right to his lap. STUPID



  136. objective
    2:10 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    i love how people say cal cant coach, he runs no plays, etc. etc. maybe your opinion of his coaching isnt held with the highest regard, but to say he runs NO plays, or does NO coaching? that is simply an extreme exaggeration.

    1)in my opinion he is a pretty decent coach. his team always plays better after halftime, so he must be making some adjustments, either him or an assistant.

    2) i see set plays all the time. they seem to be a great help to start the offense, then the players can choose which play to make. kinda like those books were you choose your own ending.

    3)the defense is (most of the time) pretty solid unless the players lapse. must have been taught to them by somebody. have you ever watched streetball? or a high school game for that matter?

    4)in reference to point #1: whether it is cal or an assistant who handles most of the x’s and o’s is not important. as a coach, it is your job to coach (duh) maybe we need a better definition of what a coach does. does a college basketball coach draw up plays and teach the players how to run them? or does a coach recruit, assemble a very capable staff, properly handle pr, and send the best players possible out on the court with the best chance of winning? if that is the case, i would say calipari is a great coach.

    5) lack of free throw performance remains questionable at best. one would assume after years of horrible free throw shooting, any respectable coach would find a way to handle the problem. as the kids type these days, SMH.

    6)hows that for thorough, mr whoever did that one post the other day about message posting tips?

    7) that is all



  137. UKGoBigBlue
    2:16 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    If we don’t learn how to shoot free throws & learn how to guard the 3, we can forget about winning any championship. These kids need to be practicing shooting free throws after practice until they can’t see straight. Instead of being on Twitter, they need to be sweating in the gym. None of these kids are fundamentally or mentally ready for the NBA !! Jones had a total & complete meltdown ! It’s a sad state when the other team thinks you’re such a non threat that they treat a player like Teague the way IU treated Teague. These kids had a meltdown today, it was good for them to get knocked upside the head because they defiantly & obviously needed it.



  138. objective
    2:19 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    p.s.

    terrence jones looked like he lost his puppy. i feel bad for the guy. these people are human beings, you know.



  139. Kaboom
    2:24 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    139. couldnt have put it better.



  140. nkycatfan
    2:33 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Objective, the two. Other slobberers that fit on your bus with the whiner are waiting for you out front



  141. Viren
    2:42 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Outside of Kidd-Gilchrist everyone decided to stay home. It took Teague and Miller second half to figure out we are playing Indiana. Jones decided to quit on his team. I saw absolutely no movement offensively by the Cats on the floor. Lamb was the only guy in motion. It seems like we do not have any SET plays. I don’t think this team is going to free-style its way to a win a national championship. We also did not learn anything from our last close game versus UNC in letting them shoot 60% from beyond the arc. I would think that would have been addressed and fixed before this game. If Hoosiers shoot 45% from the 3 we still have a shot but I am not sure when we are going to figure out you have to guard the perimeter. After made free-throw Cal should have taken a time out to remind his guys whatever happens DO NOT give up three. I am not sure why we were so reluctant to guard the deuce which would have only tied the game, while three would have been a nail in the coffin. It was a close game and if everyone gave 100% effort like MKG then you can just say IU earned it but when when a player just don’t show up in a game like this that simply should not be acceptable. I blame players and coaches for not getting ready for this game that they had one whole week to prepare.



  142. objective
    2:43 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    also, one last thing…

    at least we are not in cincinnati.

    i mean, seriously. i would rather live in tennessee (which is quite a beautiful state, actually. to be honest, i actually prefer it over kentucky.) UT campus though, my goodness. driving through knoxville is like driving by a giant abandoned warehouse. which is still way better than driving through cincinnati. when you get into florence heading north on 75 and on up to covington, you just know you are headed to some desperate wasteland. if knoxville is an abandoned warehouse, then cincinnati is an abandoned warehouse that has been overtaken by a gang of young street members who have turned the abandoned facility into their new gang banging hideout/playhouse. maybe its all the tagging on the overpasses. what the heck is an “SEQU” anyway? by the way, could there possibly be any worse road to drive on than 75 heading into cincinnati? could there??? i thought bluegrass pkwy was bad going to lexington (like that one part halfway there where you go over a bump every 10 feet for miles and miles) but MAN!



  143. objective
    2:55 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    nkycatfan – slobberers? just being realistic major tom. ground control has just received your message and are standby for re-entry.

    if i was as nutty for cal as some people are against (after a loss it seems. oh boo hoo, the sky is falling down. we lost a game. what ever will we do? basketball is my life, etc. etc. blah blah blah.kids are going without Christmas presents because daddy spent all the money on booze and you are whining about a game. whatever.) then why would i agree about the free throw situation? just analyzing what i see from a purely unbiased perspective. AFTER a loss, mind you. did i proclaim like a giddy school girl that coach cal is the bestest most super awesome thing i have ever seen in my whole prepubescent life? nothing he can do is wrong? no. some arguments, on the other hand, are completely one sided emotional rants based largely on the affects of a stunning defeat followed by enough cans of busch and early times bourbon to put an elephant away.

    there is no bus, my fellow cat lover.



  144. hoosierpride
    2:56 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Dakich was right….good game to be at! Good luck UK! Several times I watched cal screaming at his guys to press IU. but for some reason they didn’t listen/or blew him off. Being at the game I really thought if UK pressed like they used to they wouldve won….



  145. objective
    3:09 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    glad you enjoyed it hoosierpride. the place looked crazy on tv. your team put up quite the fight and made an excellent shot at the end. it easily could have gone either way, but to the victors go the spoils. thanks for the good sportsmanship and the comment. good luck to your team as well!



  146. Zeke
    3:12 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    LOL UK. Remember, Christian Watford loves you.

    He also loves the taste of Wildcat tears. They are delicious. And so many of them on this fine night!

    I hope UK goes undefeated for the remainder of the regular season, but I won’t actively cheer for you. Keep boosting IU’s strength of schedule!

    I also find it ironic that UK fans talk about Hoosiers knocking up their grandmas when it is Arkansas and Kentucky that are the states of rampant inbreeding. Please keep it up, Wildcats.



  147. Rob
    5:13 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I find it funny that people in Indiana talk crap about Kentucians being toothless inbreds. I’ve had the pleasure of living on both sides (grew up in KY and went to IU), and there are plenty of red necks in both states. Ten minutes outside of Bloomington, in any direction, whether it be to the West in beautiful Brown County, to the South in Lawrence County / Bedford, to the East near Elletsville or Spencer (gulp!), or to the North in KKK country Martinsville, and you’ll run into people who would feel right at home in the mountains of Eastern KY, or the hills of Western KY. Ever been out of B-town Zeke?

    I hated like hell to see the Cats lose, but man oh man what a great college basketball game.



  148. emmert's gay
    5:40 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    147) In reality, Indiana leads the nation in reported cases of incest per capita. So…. Everybody get off of Miller’s butt he showed a lot of heart idiots. Wish Cal knew that it is a fact that after winning a title here, he won’t be questioned endlessly after every loss



  149. whybe
    6:02 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Why with 5.6 seconds in the game there was no pressure on the in-bounds with a big man with long arms trying to get a 5 second call? Teague, Jones, Miller did not play but nor did Coach Cal at the end.



  150. Ky El Toro
    6:06 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    #80,San Diego, true, good post, peace out!



  151. Bgcat
    6:07 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t know what’s more painful, the loss or fans turning on their team or coach. I guess I need to stay away from ksr post comments after losses. 20 % of the fanbase makes uk the toughest place to play or coach in america. I hope people asso,iated with the team don’t read all of this.



  152. Cantsleep
    6:17 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Last!



  153. doubting thomas
    6:27 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Bad night and it hurts, but we will be ok. I really thought we would go all the way this but I was fooling myself with this many freshman. We will still win it all.



  154. Witljer's sky-hook
    6:54 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Dang why dose it seem like the ride got lighter? i guess everyone jumped of the bandwagon! There are many things that they could of done differently, but i like how once we lost everyone just starts hating on us. i guess when its not sunny the fair weather fans go inside to their computers to talk trash. Who needs these fake fans?!



  155. Helvete
    7:01 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Hey everyone, remember, even though UK played at about 65% it still took 100% of IU and a hail mary at the buzzer for IU to win. The sky isn’t falling, teams just have bad days. You’d rather have the bad day in December than in March/April.



  156. SammyB
    7:22 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Aight, Cal tells Wiltjer not to shoot?! Are you fxing kidding me, that kid is scarred to shoot I am sure Cal tells him to pass up WIDE OPEN jumpers?! Some people on this blog are absolute idiots and have no clue about basketball and how good of a coach Cal really is. Secondly, I am tired of Card fans on this blog always acting like its a win for them if another team beats us,….can you’ll do it,…we’ll see I doubt it! And the comments about us PAYING for our players!? are you serious, if you don’t think the NCAA are so far up our ass dying to find out that we are operating outside of the rules,…you are sadly mistaken. Also I am tired of all these so called Cat fans who call for the coach’s job or a player to be dropped from the team after every little miscue,..seriously these people are the reason the BBN gets a bad rep from anyone on the outside looking in. YOU people give us true fans a bad name, and usually have no fxing clue about the hell your talkin bout. Anyone down on Jones right now needs to check themselves before they put their foot in their mouth, NOONE knows what is going on with the kid, he obviously has something goin on right now, possibly outside of the game, and if not I guess you would expect him to be Superhuman, and 100% perfect at all times. And finally to the Hoosier “daddy” fans with the comments that you guys are WAY better than us,….you are all delusional,.. enjoy your Superbowl victory for the year, I promise you it wont happen again, I can only pray we see you later on in the year, possibly the tourney, so that we can bring you back down to earth with a reality check. It took all the luck in the world, the worst blatantly Hoosier sided core of Refs, and home court advantage for you’ll to beat us by 1 POINT!!! Did anyone else noticed that before the foul was finally called on Davis at the end that Lamb, and Teague were fouled before he was, the refs waited till the ball got in the right hands before it was called!!! I saw shi like this all night, hell the only people gettin paid here are probably the ZEBRAS. People please get real We will and still are one of the top 5 teams in all of NCAA Basketball this year, and young teams need to learn how to loose, it is all part of the process, quit showing your asses on these blog sites, its sickening how fxing ignorant some of these comments truly are!



  157. Bigcat4453
    7:25 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve just now sit down to watch the first half. Did the refs owe JOrdan Hulls something? He got away with 5 fouls in the first half and they didn’t call a single one on him? REALLY?



  158. Bigcat4453
    7:27 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    At on epoint in that first half KY was playing 5 on 6 cause Crean wouldn’t get off the floor and he was in a defensive position!!



  159. Bigcat4453
    7:28 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    WIth 6:50 to play in the first half, HULLS hammers Kidd-Gilchrist and NO CALL? REALLY?



  160. DeezStun
    7:36 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with the above comments that playing at IU is a trap game. We have nothing to win and everything to lose. Indiana would just be another cupcake at Rupp.

    So, if we don’t want to cancel the rivalry, why not play neutral site to make it fair?



  161. Epic
    7:36 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    wow, you actually watched again? i deleted the recording immediately after the game. i am not going to be such a super fan the rest of this season after that debacle. if we got beat by a better team, i could accept it. there are no excuses.



  162. Mr Schwump
    7:41 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Quit bitching about the stripes. The sad thing is we have a coach who can’t beat Tom Crean. Digest that.



  163. Thanks
    7:51 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    These idiotic comments are more disappointing than the loss.



  164. Bco
    7:52 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Perfect storm for IU happened. We did need this loss. This team has to realize that if they don’t show up, give maximum effort, and execute, that they will get beat inferior teams. I just hate that it was to IU because their fans are the worst. Can’t cancel this series now…now it’s on like neckbone.

    Also, speaking of the worst….some of our fans are pretty pathetic too. Go cheer for some other team…



  165. KYStout
    7:59 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    KSR has become little more than a public forum for opposing fan bases to rant and spew whatever they want to.



  166. Nassau65
    8:01 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    At this point in the season, a loss (even to IU) is probably the best thing for this team. Seems every time we get a #1 ranking, the boys goes to the court thinking that the #1 ranking intimidates other teams and we don’t have to play to win (regardless of what Cal tells them). I’m glad we are not #1 on monday. I hate to lose, but losing an early season game (like we always do) wakes the team up. I hope we lose a couple more games before tournament time just to keep these kids grounded. Think of it-they are just kids-if they never lose, then they think they can’t lose, and will play accordingly come tourney time.
    I love what Cal is doing. Some people just don’t get it.
    Go Cats!



  167. Chris
    8:04 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Teague did have a great 2nd half, however, I’m surprised no one’s mentioned that he loafed on the last play of the game. After he was screened in the backcourt, he simply trots back at a leisure pace. When he finally realizes there’s an IU player wide open, he sprints… but it was too late.



  168. Mr Schwump
    8:05 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    We’re paying Calipari $6 million bucks for this? To create a team that chokes at crunch time? Wow.



  169. Nassau65
    8:07 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    169. now is not crunch time, sir. that comes in March.



  170. catcrawler
    8:09 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    168, I saw that too.
    169, it’s December- maybe you should go hibernate until March.
    The CATS will be fine. #BBN



  171. Mr Schwump
    8:10 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    170, WVA, UCONN ring a bell? Another fold by this coach.



  172. Holla
    8:16 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Mr Schwumples….

    This team lost a game to a buzzer beater. A team of sophmores and freshman. AND coming into the game
    we were ranked No 1 in the nation. AND we’ve already beaten UNC and Kansas. Young teams sometimes lose games.

    So take your 6 million gripes and head back to Loserville where you’re from.

    Go Cats!

    Fire Joker!



  173. ???
    8:16 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    To the stupid 25% of uk fans:

    Calm down barny fiff
    The team is young and still jellin. What do u want less talent that stays all four years and we may have a special season one in fours? That was tubby u ran him off.

    U 25% r way to invested in a form of entertainment. If the team wins uact like u had some part in ittjat somehow your life is more meaningful. Maybe u should focus more on yout life n it would actually get better.
    Cal is a good guy and a great coach. You peole need to back off out coach.

    You morons act like no other team is going to try and win. U obvioussly never played a sport. I beat you are the type that plays video games with cheat code that make u unstopable and when u win u think its because of your skills
    Please find another team to root for. Your not passionate your stupid



  174. Mr Schwump
    8:21 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    173, not from Louisville, wouldn’t be caught dead in that stinking place. You do realize this coach is .500 on the road right? His teams are good at strutting and posing, not so good at hitting FTs.



  175. Luvdacats
    8:27 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    This is just practice for the tournament people. Relax. It s not the end of the world. But I will say, Jones was terrible for some reason. Like he did it want to play. Unreal. And yes I guess I will bash a little here. TJ… You have a full scholarship to UK in return for your playing basketball. You gave 0% today. His about the school give you 0% for the day!



  176. Bledsoe's Biceps
    8:27 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    There are a thousand points that have been dissected in the comments. Most address how the game got down to the reality of the last few seconds. But to me there is one question I’d like Cal to address….With 5.6 seconds to go, Lamb shooting free throws and two fouls to give, why did he have everyone at half court? Why not keep two players on the lane to a) possibly get a missed FT b) cause a battle for a miss that eats time c) if the FT is made apply some time eating pressure in the back court d) be able to use one of the fouls more easily? I hope one of the media will ask him this question.



  177. he says she
    8:29 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Mr. Schwump go away. I didn’t even use a number and called you out directly. Miserable people like you suck.



  178. Another Perspective
    8:32 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I agree that the troll comments here are worse than the game. We will be deadly in March/April. Loved seeing MKG, Lamb, and Teague stepping up.



  179. Mr Schwump
    8:38 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    178, nope. Have to teach you people something. You’re not getting your moneys worth from Calipari. Let’s see if he has the balls to hold the pouter Jones out of the UTC game. Half-assed basketball cannot be accepted.



  180. Manbearpig
    8:41 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    OMG IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD!!! WE LOST OUR FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON MUST FIND BRIDGE!! Guys the team played back from being in a hostile environment, and yes there were some things that UK did that made me face palm, but it’s early in the season and don’t think that the taste of defeat will not rile these kids up. Give credit where credit is due to, Indiana played a hell of a game also.



  181. Mr. Schwump is an Indiana fan
    8:44 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I hate my life and my existence.



  182. bigbluefan
    8:47 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Bbn, we lost one game in december and you all are ready to get rid of out coach and some of the players. Get real, we got a lot of basketball left with the most talented team in the nation…



  183. Jim
    8:49 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Can someone please tell me when Davis came back after picking up 3rd foul?

    I think it was like with 4 minutes left, and he finished with 3 fouls. Dumb!



  184. he says she
    8:49 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    We’re not getting our moneys worth out of Calipari??? He’s won 85% of his games you idiot. Kentucky’s all-time average is what… 75-76%? Go away Indiana fan. You’re not fooling anyone.



  185. James
    8:50 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Cal is now 11-10 on the road at UK. I wonder how many of those games are lost by one point? Free throws must be made late in games. They should not be allowed to leave practice until they have made a hundred. Jones had a bad game or crumbled under the pressure. Where is the leadership he proclaimed he had? I’m sure they will come back strong. Oh BBN (KSR) what was with the “IU, who?” all week it’s like we forgot about how storied of a program IU is and how basketball crazed their fans are.. We just awoke a sleeping giant and they wanted that game a lot more that we did. We deserved to loose and be humbled.



  186. PUNT PUNT
    8:51 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Never play in Screwington again!!! Probably the worst refs in my lifetime……only way that IU stayed in the game. I don’t mind losing, but I mind it when officials dictate the loss.



  187. Mr Schwump
    8:52 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Lifelong UK fan. We’re not getting what we’re paying for. I expect this coach to not go brain dead at game’s end. Game’s on the line and you get the ball to a 50% FT shooter? Really? But drink the blue koolaid…and be diappointed come March.



  188. he says she
    8:53 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    183. No. Don’t be confused by an Indiana fan posing as a UK fan. Anyone wanting Calipari gone IS NOT a Kentucky fan.



  189. Bottom Line
    8:54 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    the bottom line is we did not deserve to win. It would have almost been wrong had that last shot not gone in. We only got back in the game because IU let us back in with quick shots and not getting the ball to their big guy. We got exactly what we deserved.



  190. Mr Schwump
    8:58 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    185, and how many NCs idiot? No, his team has choked the last 2 years. He was brought here to win NCs, not to have a bunch of styling and profiling thugs who can’t hit FTs. Maybe you’ll figure it out someday.



  191. EverythingsFine
    9:02 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Backing up ???, he is right. We are going to be fine. Listening to you all bitch and moan about this one game and trash Jones and Cal after one loss is the only negative that makes me not 100% proud to be part of the BBN all the time. When Jones came out in Midnight Madness you were ready for to christen him the next Issel, Givens, Mashburn, etc. Now, he doesn’t show up in a big game and he is a stupid thug that should have left for the NBA. Grow up. We got beat in a hostile environment that we won’t see again the rest of the year. Yes, Vandy is quirky, and FL will be tough but nothing will match the hostility we saw yesterday. On top of that, they played a good game, made tough shots, stuck to their game plan and beat us by one. It was in their gym and we played like crap essentially w/out our two best players. It’s terrible to lose and even more so since we had to listen to IU mouth starting all the way back in the summer with Crean’s tweet. It happens. Last year, we all gave up hope late in the year because of our road woes and happened? Cal finally got it right, our execution improved, we saw what we needed to do and made the final four. This year, I’ve thought all along that we might need a loss to really wake us up and make us realize that we can’t do it on talent alone, turning it on and off as we please. Well, we got that loss, they have that bitter taste in their mouth and won’t want to repeat it. And it couldn’t have happened at a better time b/c Cal’s teams always improve most over Christmas break. Our defense improves 10 fold (which is downright scary when you look at how good it can already be at times w/out even knowing how to play) and our offensive flow and execution will improve as well. We will probably end up losing 2-4 more games from here on out. Get used to, teams don’t go undefeated anymore. But, we are going to get things right and come tournament times, I guaran-damn-tee that almost everyone will fear us. You have such an inflated opinion of what this team should be now that you aren’t giving them time to grow. Sit back and enjoy the ride b/c it is going to be a hell of a season. Be upset we lost but don’t bash Jones, who came back specifically to win a title, b/c he has a bad game. Instead rally behind him and pick him up. Let him know you still got his back and we will ream IU if we get them in the tourney. Now, let’s look forward to UT-Chattanooga and give them a beat down the likes of which they’ve never seen for finally the sleeping giant will be completely awoken. GO BBN!



  192. Cawoods Court
    9:02 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    188. I can see by the manner in which you write that you’re not a UK fan… so quit acting like one. In either case, Kentucky needs less fans like you because you obviously are a miserable person who only sees the bad in things.



  193. Truth
    9:04 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    180) Look at Cal’s track record, he will not bench or suspend any player. He just won’t. If a guy can punch his GF in the face (happened at memphis) and play the next game, he will not suspend Jones for pouting.



  194. he says she
    9:07 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    National championships? You’ve got to be kidding me. Eight games into his third season AFTER the Billy Gillispie experiment. You are an idiot.



  195. uk fan
    9:15 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I felt all week long we would lose this one, right after Cal spent five minutes on his call-in show telling the UK fans that we don’t matter. Call it karma, whatever, but it bit Cal last night. Maybe he should have spent last week coaching the team, and not sounding off at the fans on something HE BROUGHT UP ON HIS WEBSITE. Cal, this week, instead of wasting time telling us what we think doesn’t matter, spend some time teaching them how to shoot a stinking free throw!!! Know why they a call it a “free throw”? BECAUSE IT’S FREE POINTS.



  196. firesomebodynow...
    9:19 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    someone needs to look into point shaving & Terrance Jones…his play out there was the difference in the game – both on offensive & especially defensive ends…something seems peculiar & the books had BIG money on KY…line moved 5 points in 24 hours…



  197. Corbinbear
    9:20 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    It will take a long time for me to be a TJ fan again. Unless he was having a heart attack there was absolutely no excuse for his pathetic effort yesterday. You might be from Portland and this game not mean much to you than go back to you, but it does to the state. The OD coach was right, he is soft and he quit on this yesterday



  198. bigbluefan
    9:29 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    198, are u series the kid had a bad game, grow up.. This happens to all good players.. All good team have bad games, look at duke, north carolina, ohio state, kansas they all have lost a game…



  199. Bradclay
    9:34 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    if UNC and IU can hit all those 3s, UofL will no doubt throw up a bunch. our guys better be prepared.



  200. Roggensak
    9:34 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    GO CATS! All of you stupid A$$holes need to go troll somewhere else.



  201. Mr Schwump
    9:36 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Attack me if you wish but ALL of you will eventually see the light. Sorry the truth hurts you so much, grow a pair and grow up.



  202. catcrawler
    9:38 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Mr. Schwump, HALF-ASSED fans like yourself need to go away.

    Your points would have merit IF it was March. It’s December so get a life jerk.



  203. Ukalltheway
    9:38 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    191.) yeah Nd tom crean has bean at indiana for four years and hasnt made the tournament. We have already been in the final four i two seasons your an idiot.

    Also he has los half of his road games bc last years team lost like 8. It is a misguided stat

    People only complain about free throws bc they dont know anything else about basketball. The have to use the old lady gripe. Yes we missed to many, but there is no reason practicing it when we hav limited practicinv time, we are so young, and hAve much more to learn. You can hit a hundred everyday but when you are standing in assembly hall freaking out your still going to miss a few.



  204. Cats Fan CWR
    9:39 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    So called “fans” that bash players after a loss are losers. You wonder why BBN gets a bad rap. They played poorly and still almost won in a hostile environment on the road, and it’s very early in the season. These players work hard to win and entertain us, and all the personal shots show a lack of intelligence and class.



  205. Helvete
    9:43 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    What is wrong with everyone? They’re kids! They’re learning! Yes, Jones didn’t put 100% into the game, but he’s human and that happens. You should be PROUD of MKG and Lamb. Those two guys came out and played like men and carried the team. Teague played great for 19.55 of the 2nd half and made a young mistake on giving up on the final play, but again, he’s young. He’ll learn. Not everyone is going to be John Wall.

    Coach Cal is doing his thing and kids need to learn how to be great. This is a great teaching tool that will make the players great. They’re going to learn from this and they’re going to be better. If they don’t lose this game, they probably lose one to an incredibly inferior team which would be far, far worse and remind you of the Gillispie days. This is one that the team took on the chin but it’s not, in any way, a bad loss.

    The sky isn’t falling, there is no reason to call for anyone to be benched or to lose faith in Coach Cal. They may have lost the game but they’re surely not the classless teams like Xavier and Cinncy showed themselves to be. They lost with dignity and walked off the court with their heads held high. I’m proud of them either way.



  206. catcrawler
    9:44 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I concur 205



  207. DeezStun
    9:45 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    191– HAHAHA funny. I’m pretty sure Kentucky won more games in 09-10 than Indiana has won since 2008



  208. catcrawler
    9:46 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I FULLY SUPPORT EVERY PLAYER, REGARDLESS OF MISTAKES

    BIG BLUE NATION IS STRONG



  209. lpool003
    9:47 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    One thing I will not do is give IU credit for “winning” that game. They played above their heads the entire game and could not duplicate that performance 99 times out of 100. IU will be a 500 team at best in Big 10 play.



  210. Al's IndiCats
    9:48 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    WTF folks…..One losss one freaking loss and alot of you are throwing the towel in, throwing the team under the bus. Listen, IU played out their collective asses last night. No I do not know why TJ wasn’t a factor, and I’d bet my house you don’t either. Get over it. We all knew that Davis was gonna get in foul trouble, that’s just the way it works when you play IU up here. We are going to be fine. Also you all know how TROLLS act, let them throw their shit like the cute little trolls they are and you can bet your house that when we play them on NYE they’re gonna look deer eyes in the lights of a semi. GO CATS!



  211. fletch
    9:49 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Cal is a great coach. he only had 4 players on the court and almost beat a very good indiana team.



  212. Mr Schwump
    9:49 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    203, I’ll wait for your excuse come March.



  213. Helvete
    9:49 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    210. For that reason alone is the reason that I give IU credit for winning the game. They played big when they needed to and I applaud them for it. I still think it sucks losing to them, but they stepped up big time against a big time program. Can’t take that away from them.



  214. catnhat?
    9:50 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    These aren’t real fans that bash the players and coaches so just ignore them. This is one game. It was good for them to learn from this experience. This will only make them work harder. Keep your eyes on the prize BBN. The only thing that matters in the end is the championship banner. Whatever it takes for them to get to that level, we should embrace. A loss like this will only help them. Get off Jones. Get off Calipari. Get off Teague. Get off Lamb. Get off all of them. We’re going to be great this year. You’re letting the lowly Indiana fans think they are something. If you watched after the game, they treated it like they had just saved the world!!! Doesn’t that show you how special UK is? Let’s keep going forward.



  215. Cat Fan
    9:52 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Any news on where Jai Lucas committed?



  216. Coach Cal
    9:56 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Hey guys, I rolled the ball out there but unfortunately my players did not produce. It happens sometimes when we do not have enough McDonald’s burger talent on the floor. It is just too damn hard to teach fundamentals these days. I will pick up a few more McDonald’s All-Americans and we will be just fine. Besides, you fans DO NOT matter to me. You mean nothing in the grand scheme of things.



  217. RidgeRunner
    9:57 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Reasons for not trying to play.

    I remember last year when Vargas lost a member of his family. His first game back he looked like any of us would and I felt terrible for him. Energy was misplaced, quiet, etc…

    So…TJ, if it’s not something like that, what was it? It’s one thing to have a low scoring game. But 1 board & completely lifeless is whats blowing many of our minds. If it is personal, just say that. Point being….there has to be something significant a logical person would think to see a no-show performance from a pre season all american.

    The longer a reason is not given…the more you will lose support from long time UK fans.
    Waiting…



  218. DeezStun
    9:58 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    And schwump, don’t start with the criticizing of Cal’s record. He took over a failing program just like Crean and has a win %age of over 80.

    Crean hasn’t had a winning season yet. (that will probably change this year, but Cal’s win % and an elite 8 and a final four after an NIT quarterfinal ending is a hell of a lot better)



  219. RidgeRunner
    9:59 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Oh and…Great effort from MKG & Lamb. Very impressed.



  220. RidgeRunner
    9:59 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Schump….dude something is wrong with you. seriously.



  221. Real Cats Fan
    10:00 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks to #127 and #192 (among a few others) to provide a voice of reason crying out in the desert of trolls and whiners. Yes, we lost to a rival with less talent, but back up and think about the players IU had on their team. A lot of those kids are as athletically gifted as most of our players. Nowadays, those kids have been playing AAU ball for years and have had specialized training regimens to make them so much better than the “also rans” of years past. You can take the dunk by a relatively unheralded IU player as Exhibit A to this. You add in some good coaching, experience, and a turbocharged environment at home, and a team like this can do some amazing things. Congratulations to IU for playing a great game!

    That being said, I am proud for the way the Cats battled back in an environment that would have tested any of the top 5 teams in the country. We essentially played most of the game with two of our best inside players totally ineffective – look what happened to OSU in the same circumstance. I think UK would have been in worse situation to actually win a game like that, because then the lesson might have been lost on the kids. Maybe no loss is a “good loss”, but this comes as close as it can get. And how lucky are we as fans to get to see our team involved in epic, amazing BB games two weekends in a row. You can’t win them all – and at this point in the season, they are optional wins. Let’s hope the kids learn from this loss (I think they will), and step up to that FF line in practice guys, and shoot until you can do it purely on muscle memory. GO CATS!



  222. IU
    10:01 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    You guys got Creaned!



  223. Greenwell
    10:01 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    218) it’s one game on Dec 10th and we’re talking about a 19 yr old. That’s the only reason you need.



  224. RidgeRunner
    10:05 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    224…Totally disagree.

    He is a step above talent and even 2 steps to most. Pre season All American status with the ability to change a game. If it was any other Cat I would not say a word. But this is a second year player and who is in that all american slot that others aren’t. His bad days are 4 rebounds and hustle.

    No sir…something was up and since he is in that role…as with Sullinger and others, there needs to be a reason explained. period.



  225. saki7
    10:08 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    If nothing else, this gives Crean the resume boost he needed the last two times the UK job was open. He was supposedly interested. hmm..



  226. BBN
    10:10 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Now our guys will play turkeys each week until the Dec. 31st showdown with UL. So boring to watch.



  227. saki7
    10:25 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    That said, he probably still has some work to do to get there. Still love the Cats, and I’ll take the bad with the good.



  228. Bmac
    10:28 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I woke up and realized we are still Kentucky and they are still Indiana. I don’t feel as bad after that.



  229. secretagent0014
    10:31 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I thought the site was going to be moderated and the trolls were going to be deleted.



  230. lpool003
    10:40 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    214.
    See, I think of it the other way. IU goes 60% from 3 point range making 9-15 and gets some questionable calls in the first half to go along with UK playing terribly and T. Jones being a no show. In the end the game still comes down to UK missing free throws the freshmen not fouling and a miracle buzzer-beater for them to escape with a win at home when they literally went all in for this game. This is a classic case of UK losing more than IU winning. Outside of the 3 point shooting and the refs, yet again, protecting a Zeller I don’t think IU deserved to win.



  231. Al's IndiCats
    10:44 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Lost on a last second shot, and then it was by only one point. OSU went into Ks. and got the floor mopped by the Gay-hawks. We came from 10 points down and damn near beat the most hostile crowd they’ll face this year. Am I PROUD? Damn right I am. This has already been said about a dozen times already but to those of you who are not a TROLL, get over it. You’re the reason the BBN gets a bad name. It’s just a (ONE) loss, and it’s in December, NOT March. If any of you hits a home run everytime at bat, my friend my hat is off to you! GO CATS!!!!!!!!



  232. Token2 Extreme
    11:27 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    As bad(?) as the game’s outcome was, UK could have won with better defense. It was not a “lucky shot” to win the game – a good 3-pt shooter was wide open and set to shoot. Miller was trying to cover the man near the basket, but tried to get out to the shooter as set for the releaase. Teague was closing from the half court line.



  233. Bluegrass Johnny W
    11:49 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Blocking my posts now Matt Jones. You are pathetic. You talked and talked all week and now instead of facing it you are sitting in your house blocking posts that make BBN realize you are a douche. You are this site are the reason everybody hates uk. Be a man. When your mouth writes checks your ass can’t cash you need to admit it, eat crow, and move on. Are you gonna eat some Vienna sausage with your eggs today Matt? Haha…you are a joke.



  234. ???
    12:21 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Guys mr schumP is just mad because his male hooker didnt show up last nightand he hasnt had a date in twenty yrs so he is just a little pent up at the moment

    Its ok mr schump: go find you a nice sheep



  235. Ted Valentine
    12:41 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    It’s always the refs’ fault for every loss. They way they miss FTs and defensive assignments and coaching instructions at the end of the game. Refs need to get off their fat old asses and practice their layups and blocking out drills. Bastards!



  236. Can't stand an L
    1:34 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Too many haters out there…you are probably the same ‘fans’ I see at Commonwealth screaming ‘Fire Joker’, booing and yelling ‘throw the ball’ on 3rd and long to our wide receiver playing quarterback!! Get behind your team.



  237. Bob Jones
    1:34 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    UK is awesome!



  238. Viren
    2:15 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    If you couldn’t foul the Hoosier player at least our players should have covered the perimeter so be it if they do take and make the 2 point jump shot. 3 was a nail in the coffin and it certainly turned out that way. If you can’t win the game or at least go into overtime with few ticks to go then what chances do we have of winning when we are down 2 or three points with few ticks to go. I believe both coaches and players mentally broke down. It is Cal’s job to remind players as much as the assistant coaches who seem to just sit in their chair and be a spectator for the most of the game and every game.



  239. Jerry
    2:19 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    We lost but it’s not the end of the world or the end of a season!!! The writer should not be so over confident next time!!! You counted the game as a Win for KY before it was played!!! Never underestimate anyone or any team! There is lessons to be learned for all of us in Life!



  240. Jerry
    2:25 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Jones you should never underestimate your opponent! You talked trash about IU all week and now you ate your words! Lessons to be learned for all of us!



  241. The Troof
    3:17 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Terrence is crazy if he thinks he is ready for the NBA.



  242. Hoosierfan
    4:44 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    That night you got beat by the better team. Be a man, or woman and get over it!!! Move on!!!



  243. Your future walk on PHocker
    5:16 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I have a problem with you so called kentucky fans bashing our coach and our players, I was born in South Carolina, but my family is from kentucky thank God so I have been a diehard kentucky fan since I was born in 89′. I have never bashed kentucky even dealing with Billy G, I have to listen to carolina and clemson fans along with duke/north carolina fans. My whole life I have stood up for this great College program and it makes me sick to read some of your comments you HATERS and NON-BELIEVERS do you not realize what Coach Cal has done for our program I know one thing im working my butt off to be able to walk on @ Kentucky so yal wont have to watch scrubs like sam malone and brian aka JOKE that is the only problem I have with coach cal right now to let two kids walk on who dont love uk and arent grateful for the great opportunity. I’m going to tell u BIG BLUE NATION remember the name Philip Hocker bc you will see me in a kentucky jersey in the next couple years im comin cal so get ready to have a true kentucky fan like polson if I would have been on the bench yesterday you would have seen me in terrance jones face letting him know that he better wake up and get in the game and play with heart.



  244. anthony
    5:57 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Darius Miller’s day was a story of two halves. In the first, he was a non-factor and looked like vintage Disappearius. In the second, he carried the Cats for a stretch. He answered Indiana’s shots and kept Kentucky in the game as the Hoosiers were trying to make a decisive second-half run. People are conditioned to be disappointed in Miller, but today he overcame a tough first half and played like a senior after the break, which was what the team needed.

    -So absolutely shoddy defense for an entire game is Darius playing good in the 2nd half. Miller was the reason, along with Jones and bad FT shooting, that UK lost the game. It’s that simple because the game tape doesn’t lie. When a senior who is told to foul and doesn’t because he has no clue what the hell is going, that’s bad.



  245. Mark
    11:01 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Indiana got several calls to go there way? Are you serious? Wipe the tears off your face because you obviously were only watching 1 side of the game. Second half do you realize how many normally-would-be-calls were not called in Indiana’s favor? That game was almost given to Kentucky based on the final 10 minutes how the refs performed. And the cries about them not calling a foul on the last shot–Are you serious? Firstly, he didn’t foul. Secondly, how about instead of relying on fouling him, you just play defense for 5.6 seconds…I’m not siding with either team but Kentucky played horribly, I think the refs could have done a much more even calling job (Both teams got robbed at times by the refs) and the fact is, Indiana stepped up and beat a team (Or maybe coach) that is obviously crumbling under the pressure. The barely held on again against UNC, 4 ranks lower than them and then lost to an unranked team that has been built honestly from the ground up.



  246. JEREMY
    11:48 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    HEY #26, TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE…
    LETS SEE WHERE YOUR AWESOME TEAM IS AT THE END OF THE SEASON, THEN COME TO OUR MESSAGE BOARDS AND WE WILL SEE HOW BAD YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE THEN???



  247. JEREMY
    12:01 pm December 12, 2011 Permalink

    HEY MARK, COMEBACK AND TALK TO US AFTER YOU FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL… YOU SHOWED ME HOW DUMB AND HOW MUCH COLLEGE BASKETBALL YOU REALLY WATCH IN YOUR POST AND WE ALL WASTED OUR TIME AND I FEEL DUMBER MYSELF FOR EVEN READING YOUR POINTLESS, SENSELESS POST! I MEAN HAVE YOU EVEN WATCH ANY COLLEGE BASKETBALL THIS SEASON?? OR WAS THIS THE ONLY GAME YOU WATCH ALL SEASON AND ALL THE SUDDEN YOUR A EXPERT? DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHO PLAYS FOR UNC (THAT MEANS NORTH CAROLINA BY THE WAY… I KNOW YOU WERE CONFUSED) IT REALLY PISSES ME OFF WHEN SOMEONE LIKE YOU COME ON HERE AND GET ON A FAN FOR COMPLAINING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD BE COMPLAINING ABOUT IF YOUR TEAM WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN LUCKY AND HIT A HIGHLY CONTESTED SHOT… YOU WOULD SAY THE REFS CHEATED.
    SO UNTIL YOU GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT AND FIGURE OUT COLLEGE BASKETBALL OUTSIDE OF YOUR “HOOSIERS” GO BE A IDIOT,CLUELESS BASKETBALL FAN SOMEWHERE ELSE. UNC 4C RANKS LOWER…HAHAHA YOUR A IDIOT!