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Closing the book on a disappointing night in Fayetteville…

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It was deja vu all over again in Fayetteville as the Cats dropped yet another road game in which they were ahead going into the final television timeout, running their record in those contests to 0-7 and 1-6 on the road in the SEC.  Our friend and foe, Mike Rutherford of the Card Chronicle, labeled this team “The Unclutchables”, which hits too painfully close.  There were a number of positives coming out of a seeemingly complete win against South Carolina and now the Cats are faced with as much uncertainty as at any point this season heading into three games against the SEC East’s best teams. 

A few notes on what we saw Wednesday night….

 – As the heat starts to turn up a bit on Calipari in the immediate aftermath of the latest road disappointment, the primary question surrounds his decision to call a timeout with 16 seconds left in the overtime period.  It wasn’t necessarily that it was odd to call break play at that point, though you could argue the Cats would have been at an advantage if they pushed it against the Razorbacks, it’s that he has been so steadfast in not calling a timeout in that situation all season, including at the end of regulation.  It’s possible that Calipari finally reached a point of admission that his team is not capable of making a winning play on the fly and wanted to draw something up, but after he has so steadfastly defended his desire to not call timeouts in that situation, it was odd.

 – And if it was the case that Calipari was not comfortable in his team being able to set up the play on their own and make a winning basket, the lack of execution on the final play after he drew it up for them is exponentially more disappointing.  DeAndre Liggins never took his eyes off of Brandon Knight when inbounding, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering Knight is the team’s most surefire playmaker, but Josh Harrellson slipped his screen and was as wide open as he could be underneath the basket with 1.8 seconds left and the Cats down one.  But Liggins never saw him and never even tried to look for anyone not named Brandon Knight.  It was yet another mental mistake by a veteran player and summed up the game perfectly.  Kentucky beat themselves the entire game.  Doing it on the final play only seemed fitting.

 – At one point early in the second half, it looked like Kentucky might put the Razorbacks away as the Cats rallied from down one point to up six points with 15 minutes to go.  The momentum clearly was on their side.  Then their upperclassmen did everything they could to throw it away.  Josh Harrellson fouled Rotnei Clarke on a three.  Clarke hits all three and the Cats are only up three.  Then Clarke stole the ball from Harrellson and drew a foul on Liggins, who then got another technical foul for arguing.  Clarke hit three of four free throws.  Game tied.  Brandon Knight misses a shot and Marshawn Powell makes a three and is fouled by Darius Miller.  Arkansas goes up four.  In a matter of 90 seconds, Kentucky’s vetern players essentially gave away 10 points and the lead.  That’s what we call a meltdown. 

 – For all the struggles of UK’s veteran guys, it was another terrible performance by one of their star freshmen.  Terrence Jones struggled throughout the game with getting his shot off inside and putting a body on the Razorbacks, who are one of the worst rebounding teams in the conference.  Jones did finish with 8 rebounds and four blocks and played aggressively in stretches, demanding the ball on the block when Kentucky needed buckets, but couldn’t really put it all together.  He’s talented enough to put stats on the board, but it’s the little fundamental things that are making him ineffective in a lot of games.  He still can’t go right.  He gets caught standing around on rebounds.  He forces bad shots.  Wednesday night was not one of his finer games and, even worse, it’s probably too late for much to change with his game.  He’s a very talented player.  I just wonder if he’s just a bad fit for this team.

 – Another curious decision from Cal was the saddling of Doron Lamb to the bench for the final nine minutes of the regulation and all of overtime.  Calipari said he was unhappy with the freshman shooting guard’s effort and his defense was lacking, but when you’re falling on the road, putting your best shooter on the bench is a gamble.  Granted, Lamb’s defense made it extremely difficult to keep him in the game, but it might be a little late in the season and the bench is too thin to be teaching lessons with a little time on the pine.

 – Brandon Knight logged a career-high 26 points, but the takeaway is that he missed five shots that would have won the game.  He remains the team’s best player and the guy they can turn to when they need to get points.  He just didn’t deliver Wednesday.  His assist-to-turnover ratio (5:3) was better than his road average and he wasn’t awful against Arkansas, but he just didn’t have it at the end of the game. 

 – For all of the emphasis on the end of the game and how Kentucky couldn’t execute, it’s just as important to note how awful the start was for the Cats.  Offensively, they came out jacking up threes – something we’ve said all year could become an achilles heel as it evolved into more of a primary option than a luxury – and played atrocious defense, allowing Arkansas to get easy layups and shoot open threes.  The Cats started the game down 17-9 with Arkansas missing four open threes and three putbacks.  It could have been much, much worse.

 – If there was a bright spot, it was Darius Miller confidence late in the game and his contributions for a team that wasn’t getting anything from Doron Lamb or DeAndre Liggins.  After shooting the lights out from downtown against South Carolina, Miller was 0-4 from downtown when he got an open look with two minutes left in regulation and the Cats down three.  Miller knocked the shot down to tie the game and had Arkansas not gotten an offensive rebound and putback with 33 seconds left, could have been the biggest shot of the game.

 – Yes, the officiating sucked.  No doubt about it.  But that’s life – especially on the road.  Good teams play through it and find a way to win.  There are plenty of reasons why Kentucky lost this game that have nothing to do with the guys in the striped shirts.

 – After it appeared that Kentucky was in the driver’s seat and feeling very good about landing the #2 seed from the East in the SEC Tournament, they are now one full game beind Vanderbilt and must win-out down the stretch in order to secure that spot.  With two ranked teams and a road contest still on tap, they certainly have their work cut out for them.

 – Finally, I told you Eddie Sutton was a jinx.  F’ing Eddie Sutton, man.

That’s it for now.  Make sure you tune in to Kentucky Sports Radio at 10am on Talk Radio 1080 for more discussion and group mourning.  It should be an interesting day.  See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

127 Comments for Closing the book on a disappointing night in Fayetteville…



  1. kittylitter
    12:22 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    First



  2. ashland
    12:26 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Was eddie sutton’s hair purple?



  3. R U Fo Real
    12:26 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Man, this is hard to swallow. (thats what she said)



  4. mocha
    12:27 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Good effort tonight, I’m officially a bit worried.
    Patterson’s tweet made me feel a little better because he is right.



  5. mattyice57
    12:27 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    i’m still pissed!!!



  6. UAB and LSU
    12:27 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    we both beat arkansas this year. it’s not that difficult



  7. HumboldtCat
    12:32 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    People are being quick to jump on Calipari’s case. Give the man a year or two to stockhold some more talent and these Kentucky team’s will be unbeatable. I’m not worried about the future of Kentucky basketball, or Calipari’s role in this history, whatsoever. However, I am worried about the chemistry of this team. I feel like its the number one downfall of the season. Miller, Liggins and Harrellson all seem anti-social and unwilling to bond the team together, while Knight seems like the only one with a somewhat pleasant personality. The team has the talent, but they need to play together if they hope to make a March run.



  8. holdmeclosertinydanson
    12:35 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    All that “hot seat” talk made John inspire the players with his reason to not lose: His fist is the “hot”, their rectum is the “seat”.

    This coaching lesson is brought to you by the Unfistables.



  9. I. Melvin
    12:38 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    That’s all you got? Horrible coaching. Choking players. NBA-focused losers. And all you can say is you’re dissappointed?

    Calipari is fool’s gold.



  10. Truth
    12:41 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    THEY BEAT US OFF THE DRIBBLE CONTINUOUSLY, GO TO ZONE ATLEAST TO MIX IT UP!!???????????

    HAVE JORTS SHOOT THE OPEN SHOTS EARLY TO ATLEAST BEING THE DEFENDERS AWAY FROM THE BUCKET, OFTEN AND EARLY SHOTS FROM JORTS!!?!?!?!

    BOX IN 1 ON CLARK?!?!???????????????????

    TUBBY RUNS CIRCLES AROUND CAL IN X’S AND O’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE ARE NO BETTER OFF THAN THE GILLISPIE ERA?!????????????

    WHY NO CHANGES IN A STRATEGY THAT WASN’T WORKING AGAINST INFERIOR TALENT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? VERY GILLISPIE-ISH!!!!!!!



  11. Andrew
    12:45 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Yes Tubby is a much better coach than Cal. Coming out of halftime of every single game Tubby coached at UK you knew the players would play better and correct mistakes in the first half. EVERY SINGLE GAME



  12. Jerimy
    12:46 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    a worn out phrase, but they just wanted it more. We had so many chances.

    F Eddie Sutton and his old ass son.



  13. Jesus is the Only Way to Heaven
    12:46 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Cal is not a coach!! He can recruit, but he can’t coach PERIOD



  14. BPsycho
    12:52 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    #10 Lol Bath salts are for soaking, not snorting.

    “- Finally, I told you Eddie Sutton was a jinx. F’ing Eddie Sutton, man.”

    YES! He connected eyes with Lamb before the game and it was all over! I saw it! not really, I couldn’t take my eyes off that spotted albino he was sitting next to.



  15. MIKEPV
    12:54 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    # 5. Me too.



  16. UKGOBIGBLUE
    12:58 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I honestly wonder if these kids are stupid, have no common sense, are just immature, have never really been coached, don’t know/understand how to take direction, or some combination of all these things.

    These kids constantly all year just stand on the court and either don’t know where to go, are just too lazy to go help or get open, especially when someone like Knight is in trouble.

    I really wonder what the hell Cal & these kids are doing in practice.

    Cal constantly looks frustrated; I wonder if these kids are even listening to Cal.



  17. The BCG Experience
    1:04 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    This is who we are.

    If the best your kid can get is a B in school, you’re not going to yell at him for not getting a 4.0 GPA.

    A teacher (Cal) can do all he can to help the student (this year’s team) to succeed, but if the student simply doesn’t have it in him it’s just not going to happen.

    So let’s cheer these guys for who they are.



  18. Fan
    1:05 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I’m more disappointed with this post than the game.. I don’t think I’ve ever seen KSR be this harsh on the team? We have a group of talented kids with some confidence issues that read this site.. It is possible to be critical and not be a ja ckas s.



  19. Piece of mind
    1:10 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    To sum up the valid points already made…the timeout calls were very necessary, learning from past experiences, however the inability to draw up a reasonable play/execute during both the end of regulation and overtime periods is inexcusable.

    The coaching on defense is pathetic, players running into our own players or screening each other when trying to get around the defenders is elementary….either hedge or open up, stop trailing



  20. Support TJ
    1:13 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I think it’s a little too much to imply that Terrence Jones may be a “bad fit for this team.” His fit is very good most of time, and that will be evident soon enough. We’re blessed to have him in blue and white.



  21. BlueJ
    1:15 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Just want to say that jorts played one helluva game. It seemed like every miss he was there tipping it out to a teammate or getting it himself.



  22. Piece of mind
    1:16 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    It’s the little things that make a basketball team good…talented or not. There’s not a better coach in the country than Rick Pitino in getting his players to buy into that philosophy. Cal needs to revamp the offense and learn to make defensive adjustments….it’s not the players fault, the fault lies with the entire coaching staff



  23. iWantToGrowUpAndBeTheDrewFranklin
    1:20 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    JORTS WAS WIDE OPEN!!!

    TJones, NBA ready? Nah,I’ll gladly take him another year.

    Knight was clutch in high school why isn’t he now?



  24. Catsincebirth
    1:22 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    The filthy pigeon trolls are starting to come out of their mothers basements.



  25. Truth
    1:27 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    22)
    Drexel, and 2 NIT’s, 2 first round losses, 2 second round losses and much more to say you like his Kool-Aid, the last 10 years…



  26. Florida
    1:32 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    6….we beat Arkansas by 30+. We look forward to ending the home win streak



  27. Derrick Hord
    1:33 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    This team looks like when I played.



  28. HumboldtCat
    1:33 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Everyone, calm down! Calipari’s specialty is not X’s and O’s. We knew that when we hired him!!! The Rose, Douglas-Roberts, Dozier, Dorsey team was no better in X’s in O’s than this team, but they still made it to the final four. The only reasons this team is not much better than it should be are:

    1. Kanter declared ineligible. Not only do we not have a post presence, but our depth is off as a result as well.
    2. These players have not bought into the system as well. The dribble drive must have unselfish players who can finish around the rim.
    3. Poor team chemistry. I couldn’t seen half of these guys hanging out together, let alone liking each other. Its hard to win basketball games when you’re not close with your teammates.

    As a result, this team is not going to win the national championship. But look at the crop coming in next year combined with a few of the guys this year. We’re going to be fine. Just sit back and relax throughout the hard times and know that there will be more talent invading the Big Blue soon.



  29. DustinUK
    1:42 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    This might be the least accurate breakdown I’ve seen on KSR in a while. First off, “as the heat starts to turn up”…laughable. Questions can be asked about plays or decisions made but to suggest Calipari’s seat is hot is absurb. Secondily, “I just wonder if (Jones) is a bad fit for this team?” He’s a perfect fit for the 3 or the 4 in the dribble drive. The problem is that he’s not ready to be a go to guy. We might like it if he was ready, but he simply isn’t. That doesn’t make him a bad fit, a bad guy or even a bad player he’s just young and it shows. Some guys excel despite their youth and Jones isn’t doing that, however it doesn’t make him a bad fit. Weak post.



  30. T
    2:01 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    What a shty post by KSR. Slamming the team? Better be careful and not put your fame above what you think it is fellas.

    “Yes, the officiating sucked. No doubt about it. But that’s life – especially on the road. Good teams play through it and find a way to win. There are plenty of reasons why Kentucky lost this game that have nothing to do with the guys in the striped shirts.”

    We lost by one point and you say that is has nothing to do with all the garbage calls by the refs?

    There are multiple reasons we lost the game and yes even in reality the referees can be one of those reasons.



  31. Really?
    2:06 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I care alot….



  32. AKA cold buckets
    2:45 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    does anyone know where to see video of the final play? I wanna see if Jorts was open.

    Also, I’m not gonna trip too much over this loss. College basketball is crazy this year and anything can happen once it gets to the tourney. Just enjoy the ride and hope we can win some home games.

    GO CATS



  33. Capper
    2:58 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve never seen so much hating on this team… Come on guys, let’s be realistic. This team can’t go any more than 6 deep, we have limited size, we really on the 3 too much so we have amazing stretches and cold stretches, and we have a bunch of freshmen who aren’t the same as the players we had taken first round last year. This isn’t the apocalypse and a change back to the Gillespie days. Terrence Jones is ABSOLUTELY a good fit for this team (again, he’s still a freshman AHEM Beisner) and I see these guys hang out together all the time on campus! It isn’t a lack of chemistry off the court. It’s on it. These guys haven’t put it all together on the road and are still looking for that leadership. Brandon Knight is that leadership but he can’t do it all. You can see his will to win every game. Let’s lay off the guys, let them work hard till the tourney and enjoy them for what they are. They’re not the #1 pick overall and they have a lot of work to do. They’ll figure it out. Oh, and for anyone who didn’t know before now… Cal was never an Xs and Os coach. They knew that hiring him.



  34. Capper
    3:02 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    #29 had a good comment too… Spot on.



  35. gottodoit
    3:10 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Okay, congrats to J. Pelphrey.

    I only wish it was Seniors Night for the refs, too. None of the three should ever blow a whistle in a college arena again (see replay of entire game for necessary evidence of gross malpractice and incompetence).

    We’ll be just fine.



  36. el hombre juan
    3:36 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    where was that fire and determination from pelphry when he was guarding “he who shall remain nameless?”



  37. Jerimy
    4:03 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    These posts make me sad, we lose a few games and the world is gonna end. Venting after a loss is one thing, my cat just gets up and leaves when i start watching games, i used to go off on him cussing and such, but slamming the 18-20 year old kids and one of the better coaches in the ncaa isn’t gonna help things. Cal is two years in, he had an amazing first year, he had amazing players, and they did really like each other, just vent and go off a bit, but slamming UK just bothers me.



  38. There's always next year...
    5:51 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I’m getting tired of saying…”yeah, but we beat Louisville” everyday… THIS TEAM SUCKS. CAL SUCKS! We play in one of the WEAKEST conferences and CAN NOT WIN ON THE ROAD??? AGAINST OLE MISS AND F’ING ARKANSAS???? P-I-T-I-F-U-L!



  39. HackRichards
    5:55 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Just where in hell do they get these officials and what can be done about it? They makeo obvious that they are biased. There was no “honest mistake” calls last night. It was as if they were bought off.



  40. Japrick
    5:56 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Some of you guys make me embarrassed to be a UK fan. “Cal can’t coach”…Ridiculous.



  41. Players fan
    6:03 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    When you have lost 6 games to people you have superior talent to, instead of being critical of the players, I think its time to look at your offense, and say why can’t we get a good shot, by our best shooters, when we need it.



  42. SexnNursinHomes
    6:04 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    our fans suck and they have the worst attitude, ya’ll quit on our team and Cal. Cal hasn’t been here 2 full years. Unbelievable. I’m not giving up on these guys, and I remember who wrote crap about this team, and when that plate of crow comes, I hope every damn one of you eat it, asshole first. pathetic fan base.



  43. #1Wildcat Fan
    6:07 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Whats wrong with you guys dissing our coach, the best thing that has happened to our program in years!! I guess you want to put signs “For Sale” in his yard too?



  44. Mikegilchrist
    6:16 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    This just isn’t our year, obviously. Hopefully Knight and Lamb come back. T. Jones really has no business in the NBA next year either. He needs so much work. I don’t remember a guy getting blocked so much in every game. Embarrassing. Go cats. Hopefully we lose early in SEC and Tourney so we can get to next year more humbled.



  45. Dennis
    6:24 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    This team is good just not good enough. No SEC championship and an early exit from the NCAA tournament are just ahead. Never improved the whole year just stayed the same. Jones makes some terrible judgements when he has the ball and looks like a high school player who thinks he can do anything but doesn’t learn. Not the year of the Cat till we get some experience and who knows when that will be.



  46. UKallday
    6:27 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    We need WWW to deliver 2 or 3 more five star guys for 2011. Cal cannot coach unless he overwhelms the other team with talent. We need 7 or 8NBA players to make a deep run.



  47. ukfan
    6:32 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    knight is clutch, he is freakin tired!! running off screens, handling the ball, shooting, playing defense (which was alot better this game). he did that for 40 minutes.. he has no help. we shouldve never went to overtime. it has nothing to do with the coach, the players are making the mistakes. Cal is screaming, rebound the ball with 2 hands to a f****** senior, that is ridiculous!! the players havent gelled, because we are relying on players that arent used to the spotlight, and they dont want the spotlight (cal said there are some players that are content with getting minutes, who do you all think he was referring to?) they are good players but they arent starters. eventhough knight was tired and off at the end of the game, he had the balls to take the shots, HIT OR MISS HE TOOK THE SHOTS! thats a 18 yr old kid. its time some of you all realized that liggins, harrelson and miller just are what they are. they make plays every now and then, but for the most part they are inconsistent, but these are the guys everyone is screaming that Cal should recruit. everyone else sees it (announcers, analyst, potential recruits) but uk fans. i have accepted it and now im just supporting my guys, because those 5* players we have are going through hell with all the weight on them. got a question for you BBN, who steps up on a consistent basis if Knight, Jones or Lamb has a “off” game? those guys are gone..



  48. SexnNursinHomes
    6:40 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    47- is spot on. Our problem isn’t with Cal, it’s the upperclassmen that BCG recruited. Love our guys, but our older players do not lead this team. That 7 point free throw expedition by clarke is what changed the game. Liggins should have shut his mouth. But yet, our fans yappin’ about Cal. fools.



  49. EyewearMan
    6:51 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I’m mad too, but I will not blast my team or my Coach! Losing sucks, but ignorant loud fans add insult to the pain I feel. Go Big Blue!



  50. ukfan
    6:56 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    hey guys should we blame the 20 Offensive Rebounds we gave up on Knight or Cal? What did his coaching have to do with that? Those are hussle plays… How about the “and one” after the 3-point shot? or the technical foul? Its like you guys give passes to the other guys but are harder on the freshman because they are Cals guys and are expected to carry the team. If BC guys do well then everyone is happy, but if they dont then its just accepted. Let Knight, Jones or Lamb have an off game, then the comments are “knight was clutch in HS, they arent ready for the NBA, they are weak, etc”.. I have not seen 1 post about the offensive rebound at the end of the game that was taken from Harrelson (that wouldve won us the game), but I saw that Knight is a turn-over machine (he had 3 in 40+ minutes, actually 2 because that traveling call was bogus). Not too much about the tech that Liggins got, but I saw the harsh things about Jones. Thats the experience that you guys want. Talent wins over experience, we dont have enough of it, that why last year was great because there was a mix. Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe, and Orton, then Patterson… Wake up BBN



  51. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    6:57 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Josh Harrellson should not be afraid to shoot the ball from 3.

    You can tell he is and that is Calipari’s voice in his head. I guess Cal doesn’t think he’s a good shot out there. Only Josh and Cal know what happens in practice, but Josh has proven he is as lethal from 3 as anybody else.

    When Arkansas is giving Harrellson the 3, I say let him shoot the damn thing. If it was another center (or even Demarcus last year) I would not be giving this opinion.

    This is the only beef I have with Cal tonight (besides giving Brandon Knight the last 5 shots to win the game tonight). I love Brandon, but to shoot 5 misses in the final seconds of regulation and overtime (in a row) says you don’t trust your teammates to take the shot.



  52. Escape Goat
    6:59 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Last play: Just use Knight as a decoy and hit Lamb with a short floater. It would have been there.



  53. Catlanta
    6:59 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I wish our fans would stop saying we beat the tards at their place. Last time I checked, we don’t hang banners for that. I’d take a lost to uofl every year if it meant we would go on to have a great year. They are playing well and we have [email protected] the bed since that game. I guess our young fans have forgotten that our season does not rest on the uofl game.



  54. Eli
    7:00 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I ain’t even mad. Really, I just find it funny at this point how terrible Kentucky is on the road. I went to bed after the first half, thinking “no way they win this game with the way they’re playing.”

    I like the name the “Unclutchables.” They’ve deserved some sort of derogatory name, and that one fits.



  55. 85Cat
    7:08 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    This stuff is unbelievable. You all whine forever to get rid of tubby and now your kissing his @ss. Absolutely ridiculous. Elite 8 last year.(which was a disappointment). And we have a ton of talent on this team. They just need to get there stuff together. A coach can only do so much, he can’t go out there and play. If I recall correctly Butler went to the finals last year and lost by 3? BUTLER…
    Anything can happen in the tournament We have talent. What they do with it is up to them.
    I believe. GO CATS.



  56. I can't see the comments
    7:12 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I knew 10 minutes in that UK was losing this game in the last few possessions. That’s just how it is.

    But don’t quit on the team ! Don’t blame freshmen ! Don’t quit on Cal, the man that brought us a 35-3 record, best in the country, last season, and it will happen again.

    Come on guys, be the smart BBall fans UK fans are supposed to be.

    All we can do as fans is support the team. Support them no matter what. After that kind of loss, everybody’s sad, but the smart thing to do is to cheer on the team for the next game.

    Be classy.



  57. me
    7:21 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    1.How in the world people keep screamin tubby is so much better than cal at x’s and o’s is beyond me.we are starting josh harrellson at center and his backup is vargas!We really only have 6 players that can contribute anything three freshmen starting and have been in every game exept one.Cal cant help warren hits a 20 plus footer over jones or knight missing those shots at the end or many of the ways we have lost.Tubby had teams about as good as this one that lost ten games every year and its just ridiculous hearing after every loss cal cant coach as good as the tub go root for minnesota in the nit by the way.

    2.To me it gets old hearing the refs sucked but thats not why we lost.Yes that is a big reason we lost you dont get calls on the road sometimes its worse than others but it ruins the game for me when officials take over. they can be the reason you lost but everyone thinks that sounds like too much of an excuse so nobody says it.I had to work last night and didnt get to watch the game so i dont know if this was one of those times but i would bet 100 dollars that with us being the road team if the refs was suckin thats not good for us.



  58. bosshogg24
    7:23 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Beisner told it like it is!



  59. The refs blow
    7:26 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Man that play where Liggins was called for the foul then got T up was a game changer. What a terrible call! I watched it in slow motion like 10 times on my DVR and hands down that was the worst call I’ve seen all year! This SHIT is getting frustrating!



  60. Getcha Popcorn Ready
    7:26 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I’m trying not to be johnny raincloud here, but this could be a bubble team without a strong finish.



  61. The truth
    7:39 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    THE KENTUCKY POSSUMS STIKE AGAIN! SAFE AT HOME DEAD ON THE ROAD! Well what do u exspect from a mediocre program thats not in the top 20? Way 2 coach Cal! Another Kenchoky game! Cats SUCK!



  62. Mr. Obvious
    7:43 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    We have created the issues by talking about the issues. This team is a head case because of the media and us fans. They need a sports psychologist.



  63. The truth
    7:46 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Could be a bubble team? Your biggest win is Notre Dame ! Idiot!



  64. Louisville Sucks
    7:54 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Most of these idiots in here talking about “Cal sucks, fire him” or whatever are Louisville fans coming in here posing as UK fans. I hate the city of Louisville, truly the butthole of the state.

    We HAVE THE BEST COACH IN THE COUNTRY!!! You Louisville idiots go throw up your gang signs and pretend to be hard in KY, we will hang banners tools! Did Quick Rick get that abortion clinic he demanded in the Yum Center?



  65. Doran Lame
    7:55 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll be glad to see Liggins go… to the D league



  66. There's always next year...
    7:55 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    62) No, we need a REAL Coach!!! CALAPARI SUCKS!!!!!



  67. Big Blue Barber
    7:56 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    We aren’t who we thought we were. I’m a life long UK fan….but this team just isn’t that good. You can argue that they haven’t reached their potential…five of them are freshman, give them time….or they just were never that good. In any case, the record speaks for itself. There can be no arguement about last nights performance…they stunk. Free Enes?



  68. Doran Lame
    7:56 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Ricky P is and was better



  69. Louisville fan
    7:58 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Would you guys QUIT LOSING!!! YOUR KILLING OUR SOS!!!! Our THREE WORSE LOSSES ARE DREXEL, PROVIDENCE AND KENTUCKY!!!! (BASED ON RPI)…. KENTUCKY SUCKS!!!! See ya in the AP/COACHES POLLS… NOT!!! hahahahahahaha!!!!



  70. Big Blue Barber
    8:00 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Lood everyone…It’s just a basketball game…life goes on and this year will go down as a dissapointment. But like everything else, like every other program…there’s always next year. Get over it!



  71. Elephant in the Room
    8:02 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Am I the only who think that Jones needs another year to develop? I mean he is getting pushed around in this league, how is this kid a lottery pick?
    Dont get me wrong, I love KY players as much as my own kids but I think he needs another year. Just saying.



  72. What????
    8:03 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    70)—FAIL



  73. catfandan
    8:04 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    On a bright note, The Clippers traded Baron Davis. Bledsoe and Griffin are going to be like stockton and Malone for the next 15 years. OK, mabey that is a stretch, but they should be fun to watch until Griffin demands a trade.



  74. Matt
    8:05 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    i am upset with you jones. why hate on cal and this team. sure we are all pissed but dang man questioning cal in his 2nd year when heaven forbid a caller says one bad thing about tubby. lets just beat florida. we can!



  75. What????
    8:05 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    66)–FAIL

    69) Go Kill Yourself! Your parents hate you and your face is a disaster



  76. Lou eaton
    8:07 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    What does this game tell us??? Everything we should have already known. Experience can beat talent on any given night. My biggest disappointment is still our lack of defense on the three. I suppose it can be attributed to lack of a bench but we simply cannot play defense…



  77. TheTruth
    8:11 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Cal feasted for years in the A-10 and CUSA by recruiting more talented,athletic players than the competition. His offensive and (more importantly) defensive philosophy is that our guys are better than yours and we’ll play one-on-one on both sides of the ball. But, although the SEC isn’t great, there’s smaller gap in talent and athleticism than in the A-10 and CUSA . What advantage we do have is negated by Cal’s refusal to play anyone off the bench beacase his players with superior talent are exhausted.

    Let’s face facts: Cal has an ego. He’s made up his mind his bench isn’t going to play and he’s going to continue to blame players, instead of accepting any responsibility, in every post-game press conference. He’s not going to admit his defensive philosophy doesn’t work with this group and, ala Gillispie, allow an opponent to do the same thing over and over and over (like driving the lane). And if sitting Doron Lamb on the bench isn’t about ego, I don’t know what is. Guess, what…Deandre Liggins wasn’t playing defense either! And, why don’t you at least have Lamb in on the final play as a decoy. No opponent would leave him open no matter how little he had played up to that point (I’m talking to you Matt Jones, ha).

    We all knew Cal wasn’t a good X and O coach, but this is flat out embarrassing. No need to call a timeout. No need to go to zone. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    Hate if you want..but I didn’t like the hire when we made it, and I still don’t. Still, I will be in Rupp on Jorts Day cheering my butt off! Go Cats.



  78. knightynight
    8:13 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    We would have beat that team by 35 in rupp!!



  79. Larry Woods
    8:17 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    17 – You are correct. And if this helps John keep his job at Arkansas, I’m Ok with it.



  80. FRUSTRATED IN FRANKFORT
    8:21 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    77) good post. But one note, the SEC is DOWN this year… IT IS C-USA/ATLANTIC 10 CALIBER COMPETITION!!!! We would be an NIT team if we played in the Big East, Big Ten or Big 12! WE NEED A GREAT COACH, NOT JUST A GREAT RECRUITER!!!CAL SUCKS! PERIOD!!!



  81. bung
    8:23 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    good post Mr beisner….we are also too lazy to run…



  82. Where's the Coaching?
    8:24 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Teams are generally supposed to improve throughout a basketball season. It’s pretty clear that this team has only deteriorated. You can’t beat Arkansas on the road? Seriously? The blame goes straight to one man…Cal. Look at Louisville and how much they have improved. I hate to say this, but Pitino is a better coach than Cal; Cal is clearly the better recruiter, but there is no doubt that right now, Louisville would beat Kentucky…home or away…doesn’t matter. I’m not bashing Cal based on this one game. I mean, he can’t get out there and guard clarke. However, it’s the series of losses that makes me question Cal’s coaching. If he was half the in-game coach that Tubby Smith was/is, last year’s team would not have lost a game. But all it seems that he can do in-game is just yell at his players. I was never a fan of the Cal movement and never will be. I’ll take a coach over a recruiter any day.



  83. Jonah Hex
    8:31 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    My worry is the games we lost this year are the same darn games we lost under Billy G yet we are supposed to have better talent. This team is showing to be very similar to that team. That worries me. Talent should almost always win out.



  84. D-Rock
    8:31 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    #69–
    Guess how many times I’ve visited a Louisville website since we pasted you on Dec. 31st?

    Zero.

    How many times a day do you visit your big brother’s websites?

    L-Ville fans are true losers.



  85. KSR Spy
    8:32 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    69- HEY! Thanks for proving that at least we can beat the really, really crappy teams on the road! 😀 The Bucket is the new Rupp Arena West…it’s just like a home game.



  86. HackRichards
    8:35 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    What??? If anything can be done about the officiating in the SEC???



  87. William Braskey
    8:38 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    TEN STUPID WAYS TO LOSE A 1-POINT GAME

    1) Foul a three point shooter that shoots 80+% from freethrow line
    2) Foul a three point shooter that makes the three before hitting the free throw
    3) Get a stupid Technical foul when you have momentum on your side
    4) Continually let a 5’9″ slow kid curl around the same pick for open threes
    5) Use two guys to chase 5’9″ slow kid leaving a man wide open under the hoop
    6) Miss freethrows with under 3 minutes to play in regulation
    7) The only offense being run in the final minutes is your pointguard driving and throws up whatever comes to him at the time
    8) Same pointguard gets trapped with 30 secs left in regulation and throws it away for a layup turning a 1-point lead into a 1-point deficit
    9) Coach and pointguard don’t realize a timeout would have been the correct call on #8, instead of giving the game away
    10) Coach calls a timeout with under a minute for the first time all year and decides throwing it in 25 feet from the basket is the best idea with less than 2 secs to play

    To steal from Denny Green, “We are what we thought we were”
    This team just doesn’t have the killer instinct needed to overcome defensive lapses, poor execution, and a non-existent bench. Cal isn’t a great x’s and o’s coach, it is what it is. When he has a great point guard who also is a great floor general, he excels. And the way he recruits means we will have it most years. But let’s not think there are more than 5 guys out there that could do a better job than he does. I love the idea of Knight playing beside a pure point like Wall and Bledsoe were afforded last year.



  88. DJ
    8:41 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    i would have liked to seen the ball in miller’s hand at the top of the key end of regulation with knight and lamb on the wings and jones and jorts down low. he is a matchup problem and he does give the ball up if he is double teamed. your shooters need to be ready to shoot, not trying to create their shot.



  89. JediKnight24
    8:42 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Some observations about the team after last night’s game:

    1. No one should question the team’s effort. Each one of them are giving all that they have. I do applaud how scrappy they are. With that being said, UK is its own worst enemy on the road. With the exception of the game at Alabama, UK has come back from double digit deficits to lead each road game late only to get the “last two minute jitters” while turning the ball over at a very ill-afford time. Also note, UK was within 1 point twice in the last 90 seconds at Alabama. Our worst fears about the team going into the year are being realized, we just don’t have enough depth and it shows on the 6 guys late in the game. Critical turnovers, fatigue, some late ill-advised shots, blotched defensive assignments late, and some bone-head plays (the Liggins technical and fouling Clarke on a three-pointer) have spelled doom on the road this year.

    2. What a difference Kanter would have made this year. No disrespect to Jorts because I love his hustle and heart, but can anybody tell me that UK would have any more than two losses if had played? I don’t see us losing to Alabama, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Florida, or North Carolina on the road. We win those games. The butt-whupping UCONN gave us in Maui and at Georgia would have been this team’s only legit losses. But when you don’t have the bodies to play, losses like these are expected…..however losing to Arkansas and Ole Miss is unacceptable for this year’s team.

    3. All this talk from the media about Terrence Jones not coming back and going to the NBA next year really needs to stop. TJ has had a very nice freshman season and he has done more than should have been asked of him. However, while his numbers are nice, this young man is not ready for the NBA. I predict that he will be a very good NBA player, but his game needs work….especially when he’s on the road and being double-teamed. Much less talented interior big-men and exposed TJ during the season and I would love to see him develop during the off-season and come back next year for a monster sophomore campaign. Calipari is right….TJ can dominate when he wants to, but I’ve seen him way too many times this season get handcuffed by inferior opponents. TJ, a word of advice my friend, the money and glamor of the NBA will always be there. You have a great amount of talent and skill. Use this off-season to perfect your skill-set and overall game, come back next year and dominate like Coach Cal and all of BBN knows you can. Prove all of your nay-sayers wrong. Plus, wouldn’t it be great if you were part of a national championship caliber team next year?

    4. Coach Cal knows what he’s doing. Leave the man be.



  90. Al's IndiCats
    8:43 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with 42, our fans suck. But Loserville Trolls suck MORE. I could give a rats ass less what the hell you trolls do or say. But this is what I do say…
    Our coach didn’t knock up some skank on a table in a restaurant
    Our players didn’t get arrested for beating their girlfriend’s father over a freakin hairbrush, or get tazed for being a dick out in public in New Albany.
    And lastly you Tard fans are an embarassing as hell to every soul who resides in Kentucky when a camera scans the seats and every one of you have a greasy assed used chicken bucket on your heads.

    Now, I feel the game got away from us on several plays starting with them calling a walk on Liggins, the Tech on Liggins, but also on the foul against the Cats when they counted the basket and it clearly showed that the player took an extra step plus one.

    Knight was and is intimidated with the physical play that every team brings at him. I truely think if he comes back next year this kink in his armor will be addressed and corrected. Terrence, need to be a warrior, he needs to just take it to his man damn the consequences. He has the size and the quickness, but maybe not the desire.

    To ALL UK fans, we are spoiled, last year we had one of the best runs in all of college basketball, this year we are taking our lumps and bumps then all of a sudden the sky’s falling. We knew coming into this year we were not going to be the team we were last year, for most of you wagoneers who are ragging on Cal were the same ones last year saying Cal could almost walk on water. To me this is better than what some top elitist teams had last year. To those of You who keep jumping on and off that wagon, sooner or later you’re going to break an ankle….We’ll be just fine. We’ll be hanging number 8 soon….GO CATS!!!!!!!!



  91. Cristoforouk
    8:44 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Conclusion from this game (and the rest of the SEC results) is pretty simple: this team is just not that good. And most of the players are entirely overrated. Knight is the only one even worth being discussed about going in the first round of A NBA draft (let alone this year’s). Jones was a good player until he was scouted, and now he really struggles. And don’t even get me started on Lamb. He shouldn’t even go in the second round right now.

    The team and individual players are just not that good this year. They are playing like freshman. Last year’s freshman didn’t play like freshman. They were men among boys. This year’s class is much more typical of a freshman class. The same will happen next year. None of those guys coming in are sure fire stars in the league like Wall and Cousins. Those guys only come along once every 4 or 5 years.

    Think if some of the other top teams in the country had to rely so much on freshman like we do. Where would they be? With 7 or 8 losses.



  92. Sammydog
    8:47 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    All of this bitching and 2nd guessing is making my brain explode. We were so fortunate last year that the talents and personalities of the team meshed so well. They had chemistry from day one. This team, although fine young men, don’t have it. Cal has tried every form of alchemy on this group but without a bench to motivate the starters, he can’t do much. Every team is not going to have the “it” factor. Every season will be different depending on many factors that no one can control. After last year, any team would be a disappointment. We are so spoiled. “Momma said there would be days like this”!



  93. Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven!!!
    8:49 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    29. KSR has to sell to the negative fans due to getting more clicks. Will be the downfall of Matty Jones and KSR. But they don’t see it right now. Too many clicks.



  94. mike
    8:53 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Some of you are not using anymore commom sence then some of the players, they have an excuse, they are young and still learning, none should even be considering the NBA, if some of you would listen to yoursself, do you think that Cal suddenly forgot how to coach this year, how long has he done this, how many games has he won in the last few years, how many last year, and listing to some of you some would think that you could have won more, lol, this team is one that hasent gelled, and not going to, until there some new players next year.



  95. Louisville fan
    8:54 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Well, Kentucky was definately our worst loss of the year. Hate to break it to you, but UK sUcKs!!!



  96. Carl
    8:54 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    At least we’re not Tennessee 🙂



  97. WildCobb Salad
    9:01 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Attention posters that want others to read their posts: If you type in all caps, most people scroll on by.



  98. RondoPlease
    9:02 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    as an IU graduate, i’m glad UK fans at least realize when we deserve to lose and account for it. after IU got whipped by purdue again last night, all i was seeing was how lucky purdue was and how IU would own the rivalry for the next 5 years, yadda yadda yadda. UK played bad last night and deserved to lose and we should be pissed about it, but at least we take it and retain our dignity.

    this team is frustrating as hell and it’s getting hard to believe in them come march, but i’m still damn proud to be a UK fan!!



  99. What?
    9:03 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Well I’m late to the comments but here they are…

    Jones is out of position so much during the game that it’s nearly impossible for him to contribute anything on either end of the floor. He makes one crazy shot or one rebound and thinks he’s saved the world! He seems to be in his own world…talented as heck but man, he kills this team on both ends of the floor. He acts like a PG when he should be on the block getting the ball and rebounding but he stands around the 3-point line and then drives (only to his left) like no one knows what he’s going to do. Boy is blocked 3 or 4 times a game!

    The 3 upper classmen…dow hat they are suppose to do. Yes there were several bone head plays in this game but Josh was going 100% on the boards and putbacks, Liggins plays hard as he can and Miller is as well…they are doing their part in my eyes and then some (weren’t early in the year but right now, they are!).

    Knight get’s pressure on the outside and he loses his confidence. Though he played through it much better last night. He’s tired though, you can see it in his game.

    Lamb…just doesn’t play defense…can shoot lights out but must play defense!

    Bench…has not been developed at all by Cal. That is a foul on him and he shouldn’t provide scholorships to players that won’t/can’t contribute some. Yeah it’s their first year but dang man…4 star recruits are suppose to be good and second year kid who was a 4 star should be much better than shown so far.

    Overall…2-1 with remaining games, 2-1 in SEC conference and out in second round, maybe, maybe sweet 16 if they get it together.

    It is what it is…



  100. Roach K
    9:05 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I wonder if fatigue is the real issue. Not in-game physical fatigue so much as mental exhaustion from playing so many minutes already this year? Add in the freshman wall that Lamb and Jones are clearly hitting, and it’s a recipe for a late-season decline.



  101. Louisville fan
    9:05 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Coach sucks, team sucks, kentucky sucks.



  102. bluesince66
    9:07 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    It simply comes down to the fact these players are tired at the end of games. They press Knight all game and Liggins brings the ball up one time. Aren’t Miller, Liggins, and Lamb all capable of bringing the ball upcourt, hell give Knight a break every now and then. The kid takes a beating every game and he’s really a little on the thin side, so an entire season of this is going to wear the kid down. Liggins tech was the game changing play, even though he did everything to avoid the foul and Clarke throws his legs into him almost knocking him down and he still gets called for the foul, terrible call, but you have to control your emotions. Everyone talking about what a great coach Tubby was his last two years he couldn’t even get the team to play hard and that is the one thing that I find unacceptable. These kids play hard they just run out of gas.



  103. JustSayin
    9:13 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Excellent post Jedi, I agree with all of it. This year’s team SHOULD have Orton, Bledsoe, and Kanter. All of that went in the latrine and we were caught short-handed. You know Cal expected 2 or 3 of these guys. We are so short of players that we have NO room for error. We hope and pray that Miller & Liggins put some points on the board every game. We rarely have all 3 freshmen playing well at the same time but that is absolutely expected. When we go to Hood/Vargas/Poole they generally stink. Where I do blame Cal is that in some of our big wins these guys should have gotten a lot more minutes. The fans would have atleast been able to see more of what he sees in practice plus I’m sure they work too hard to just waste away on the bench every game.

    For next year and beyond Cal has got to find a way to get good players for positions 6-10 and actually play those guy some. He has to find a 6’10” Magloire type player that is happy playing defense and rebounding and shotblocking. Our inside defense has killed us this year. Two of those types would be even better. Still go for the star players but place equal importance on finding these other pieces too.



  104. knightynight
    9:13 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Someone previously just touched on a grrreat point!

    We have NO ONE for our starters to practice against!

    I love Polson, but if Knight was trying to pass the ball with him defending him late int he game last night like what happens in practice, there would not have been a crucial turnover!

    Think about the competition that went on in practice last year…and on any good team in America! We don’t even have untalented big bodies to throw at us! It’s hood, poole, cintargas, and polson!!!



  105. mhamblin
    9:13 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Calapari caanot coach. He can get the talent but he just is not that good on X’s and O’s. We will never win a championship with him at the helm. Go Travis Ford bring a Kentucky guy in the mix.



  106. SoccerCat
    9:18 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    47 – agree 100%. Jones had his hands on his sides at least 5 times in 2nd half/OT. Knight dribbles ball 60% on offense, usually has to play D on good player, and make shots. I bet Lamb shoots less than 25% when he is handling PG duties. I love Jones and think he has lots of potential, but starting to believe the chemistry rumors



  107. Louisville fan sucks
    9:25 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    A…Coach GETS sucked
    B…Kicked your ass in your OWN BACK YARD..Nothing will take that away.
    C…In the Second half of the Big (L)east season your whole conferrence has blown. Only one team is playing well and That’s Pitt.
    And B again, WE kicked your ass. Have I mentioned that before? Not to sound “REDUNDANT” (You’ll have to look that word up, because I know it’s never mentioned in the coloring books your Loserville students study so hard in) we kicked your ass!



  108. Ben
    9:33 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    What makes me so mad are the tallented players standing around and being beat to the ball for lack of hustle. There is no excuse for lazyness! Jones looked like he was on drugs and in LaLa land. Miller, Lamb and Liggins just played plain stupid. When will liggins learn that you cannot raise your hands and run down the court? Knight and Josh played great in the hustle area. It hurts when you have more tallent and you get beat by lack of hustle.

    My son and I were going to the Florida game! We have decided now not to waste our time on this team. They are not worth it!



  109. Al's IndiCats
    9:34 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    104 I totally agree with that. Last year Bledsoe and Wall were going after each other, and Orton and big Cuz and Jorts were in the mix at the practices. There’s absolutly no room for error with this years team. I’m not going to make excuses for Cal or anyone. Our margin of error is so small you’d have to measure it with a Micromator instead of a ruler. Win Lose or draw, I’m DAMN proud be a UK FAN!
    @ 107 here here!



  110. BigBlueFan31
    9:47 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I would be all for hiring Tubby as an assistant to Cal when he is let go in Minny, which is rumored to be soon! Before you think I am kidding, or trying to be sarcastic, think about this. Cal the “great recruiter” + an “X’s and O’s” coach who has said that when he retires it will be in Lexington. Match made in Heaven! The other coaches on Cal’s staff are too afraid to suggest anything to him. At least with 2 min or less left in a game we could fel a little more comfortable.



  111. Blue&White
    9:49 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Thank you for this post! I am sick of people hanging on T Jones’ n*ts. He is extremely overrated and this was rightfully exploited by Powell completely eating his lunch all night long. Plus, T Jones is too worried about pounding his chest and staring opposing players down rather than hustling down the floor and playing defense. Don’t get me wrong, I am not one of these fans that dogs the players after a loss, I just want to point out what I have been arguing all season long because it was on full display last night.



  112. bluecat15
    9:52 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    We do not have a go to guy. Someone who can finish when we need it. Hopefully someone in next year’s class has that swagger!



  113. juststandup
    9:53 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    The good news “we played really hard” the bad news “we played really hard and still lost”. Sorry fellas, this is just not a very
    good team, can we say, “overratedd”?



  114. 2020
    10:31 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I’m tired about hearing how Tubby could coach. The 2001-2002 team featured Chuck Hayes, Tayshaun Prince and Keith Bogans — 3 legit NBA studs — and Tubby managed a weak 22-10 record.



  115. Realist
    10:53 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    101) Nice try. Louisville sucks, Pitino sucks (or gets sucked by sluts on public restaurant tables). Congrats on your little run. The NCAA tourny will prove, as it always does, that the big east, and Louisville, are overrated. We’ll continue to get #1 recruiting classes and Cal will get his players on the bench and we’ll continue to kick your ass year end and year out. You may win a game here or there, but you’ll always be the bastard step child of KY.



  116. JS
    11:41 am February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Regardless of coaching, lack of experience, etc…can we acknowledge that SEC officiating is stuck in the 90s? The moves and amount of contact allowed in, for example, Big East play is way more advanced than the high-school inconsistencies we see from SEC refs every single game. The Euro-step isn’t a travel. If a defensive player slides in to position AFTER the offensive player has jumped, it’s NOT a charge. SEC officiating is keeping the level of play of the entire league down.



  117. tdun
    12:24 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    we dont have a true point guard and we dont have a center= bad team



  118. Mike
    12:56 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    What was Barnhart thinking hiring Cal? He obviously should’ve hired all the basketball geniuses that visit this site instead of a real pro that brings in the best talent in the world to play at UK, you guys obviously know a lot more about basketball that Cal does.



  119. tdun
    12:58 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    no center no point guard= bad team



  120. Fire Cal
    1:18 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    I told you: Cal will brink down UK basketball. Hire Pelphrey! Integrity, Heart, Brains.

    Reap what you sow, UK fans.

    Duke #1 again in polls
    Duke wins
    UK loses
    Fire Cal.



  121. El Dude
    1:18 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Why in the bloody hell can’t Cal play a zone to give this team a breather here and there? I really am starting to hate coaches that have a “system” and can’t adapt to what talent he has available.



  122. catintn
    2:19 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Im really sick of turning on my computer, my computer home page is Kentucky Sports Radio, getting on this site and reading the post only to realize all the bashing of these kids and Cal. So they’ve only won one road game in the SEC, SO WHAT!!!!!!!! The SEC tournament is right around the corner- instead of jumping on there backs and riding them for every little mistake, maybe we should rally behind them and support them regardless of the outcome. We will be there when it counts in the SEC tourney, and if I’m not mistaken it is played at a neutral site. The Cats are going to be fine, I just hope they stay away from sites like this where there is constant bashing going on unless every little thing doesnt go the way us fans think it should, GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  123. kentuckygolfnut
    3:13 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    The main issue I see is the unwillingness of the supposedly big unstoppable player Jones in taking it inside and playing inside, again last night he roams the 3 point line which allowed Arkansas to plug the middle since out there you only need one guy to guard him…when or better yet will he be the inside post player he is supposed to be? Even Patterson said it the other night, “if he will develop his post play, he can be good”….dont see it happening and for one am getting tired of watching him strut out there in 3 point land when his butt should be down low….if he wont play there then Cal needs to just sit his tail on the bench, whats going to happen? We lose, heck we already have lost all the road games we should have won….sit him and use Lamb more for outside shooting, beginning to hope he does go pro after this year so we can get someone not afraid of physical contact and play the inside game



  124. Dark Helmet
    3:55 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    Beis… Don’t say Terrence Jones is a bad fit he’s just playing like a freshman albiet a super freshman but seems to be thriving in Cal’s system – statistically. To say he’s a bad fit is to say that Liggins and Darius are as well – who have crap production. TJ’s the only player on the team that has the ability to win games for this team – there are like four other guys and a ref that can lose games for this team (Bk is not one of those). But TJ didn’t really lose it for us last night but didn’t help either. I’m just worried Cal might have peeked these guys too early but thank god he did because we would probably be staring at the bubble, so it’s catch 22.



  125. Roland
    7:36 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    TJones has the talent to be great player but I agree about the “I just wonder if he’s just a bad fit for this team.” comment. For some reason, every time I see him in a game after he made a great play, it was like, he was relishing the moment instead of moving on to the next play. I wish him well, however he is caught up in himself. maybe it is being a freshman and maybe he thinks of $’s instead of basketball. If he every decides to focus on just basketball and just let the $ come to him, WOW!



  126. bubba
    9:48 pm February 24, 2011 Permalink

    TJ never looks like he is having a good time.



  127. Louisville fan
    11:07 am February 25, 2011 Permalink

    hey # 107, your a complete dumbass that knows nothing about basketball.