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Closing The Book On Auburn…

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For the second consecutive game, the Kentucky Wildcats found themselves in a battle with an overmatched SEC bottom-feeder and had to turn it on in the second half to escape with a win.  But that’s all that really matters, I suppose.  Auburn lost their Super Bowl and Kentucky heads to Knoxville for their first chance to smack around Cuonzo Martin.  A few notes…

 (1)  It was a classic “closer than the score indicates” game and there’s no shortage of things to pick at and criticize, but the Cats deserve a little credit for doing what everyone has been asking for over the last few weeks, even if it came later than we would have hoped.  After spending thirty minutes struggling with the Auburn zone and failing to find the extra gear, the Cats put the pedal to the floor and laid tire on the Tigers in the final fourth of the game.  UK allowed only six points in the final eleven minutes of the game and turned a two-point deficit into a sixteen-point win.  After Rob Chubb (more on him later) hit two free throws and nudged Auburn to a 47-45 lead, the Cats clamped down and allowed a layup, a jumper and two free throws the rest of the game.  Even better, there were a handful of guys making big plays.  Clarence Jones sparked the rally by taking a charge and then Marquis Teague fought for an offensive rebound in traffic and got the putback on the next possession.   Then, Doron Lamb hit a three, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made an incredible block, Darius Miller hit a three and Kidd-Gilchrist attacked the basket to draw a foul.

There’s been a lot of concern about whether this team has the right makeup to play the role of stone-cold killer when it’s needed and they not only showed it tonight, they showed it for an extended period of time.  I think they showed that characteristic against North Carolina and even against Indiana to a certain degree, but there was something strangely beautiful about how the Cats clamped down in an ugly, physical game.  Now we just need to work on not letting it get to that point with teams like Auburn…

 (2)  Speaking of the crowd…was the game sold out?  I don’t know.  Ask Jerry Tipton.

 (3)  And not letting it get to that point starts with responding to physical teams in a fierce environment.  Auburn isn’t exactly Cameron Indoor, but this didn’t appear to be your typical Auburn crowd.  There was the usual feel of every game Kentucky plays against the former SEC West schools.  It was dark and had that Euroleague vibe.  It was even a little smoky.  But the crowd actually showed up and was involved and Auburn coach Tony Barbee even played his own hype man by urging the crowd to get rowdy.  So maybe Cal was right.  There are no easy conference games on the road, especially when you have a young team.  But, all things considered, the Cats shook off the early punches and finally hit their stride in a convincing fashion.  The road games will only get tougher and the book on Kentucky still appears to be just as it was after the Old Dominion game.  Get after them and challenge them to out-fight you for the win.  Barbee acknowledged as much after the game, saying his team out-muscled the Cats for the first three-fourths of the game.  For all the talent they have, the Cats aren’t a team that’s going to be physically imposing in most games.  So, it has to be a mentality.  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has it.  Someone or several someones need to also find that mentality.  You can point to a variety of reasons why the Cats didn’t seem to be comfortable in getting nasty with the Tigers until late, but having Kidd-Gilchrist on the bench with two fouls in the first half is probably a very, very big one.  When Marquis Teague was involved in a little pushing and shoving, MKG was the only person to rush over and get in the mix.  I’m not advocating punches being thrown or retaliating, but I wouldn’t be offended if there were one or two other guys willing to get in the middle and pull their teammate away or share some polite words of intimidation.  The road from here will only get more physical.

 (4)  For the first time this season, the Cats started Davis, Jones, Miller, Kidd-Gilchrist and Teague, leaving sophomore Doron Lamb as the first guy off the bench.  There wasn’t a specific reason cited for Lamb not getting the starting nod, but he responded by leading the team with 14 points.  Is this going to continue?  Your guess is as good as mine.  But, as I said about a million times before the season, this is the lineup I like the most.  I believe there are a couple of things you look for in your sixth man, the two most prominent being a spark and the ability to be versatile with your lineup when it’s time to make the first sub.  Having Lamb come off the bench – a role he excelled in last season – gives the Cats a serious scoring threat and the ability to sub him in either at the point for Teague or for either Kidd-Gilchrist or Miller.  Plus, I think the starting lineup Kentucky employed tonight gives four fairly interchangeable parts around Teague, which allows for defensive flexibility, and length at every spot except the point.  But, again, will it continue?  That probably depends on who is playing defense in practice this week.

 (5)  The more close games Kentucky plays, the more Darius Miller emerges as the big-play veteran presence they so desperately need him to be.  Miller hit a difficult three-pointer at the buzzer before halftime and essentially stuck the dagger in the Tigers with another trey late in the game, giving UK an eight-point lead with 3:30 left.  Miller has been in a weird spot his entire career, never being the star of the team and playing a different role each season.  As a freshman, he finished the season essentially as the team’s point guard, taking over the ball-handling from Michael Porter at the end of the year and serving as the team’s (distant) third scoring option.  Then it was a year of trying to find his niche with Calipari’s first team and a season last year where he emerged as a reliable late-game presence during UK’s Final Four run.  This season, he’s again in a strange role of a talented veteran filling a role and he’s filling it well.  When Kentucky needs a big play, Darius has been the one to step up.  He’s not the most vocal player on the court, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a leader.  When his teammates need him, he’s there.  It’s not only a drastic change from the days of “Disappearius”, it’s one of the best compliments a player can receive. 

 (6)  There are a lot of reasons why we’ve all fallen in love with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but one of my favorites sums up his game tonight.  We never say “Kidd-Gilchrist didn’t have a great game.”  When he’s a little off, we say, “Kidd-Gilchrist didn’t have a great game, BUT….”  And tonight, there was a lot to list after that “but”.  MKG only shot two-of-ten, only grabbed three rebounds, committed four turnovers and picked up fouls early.  BUT…his motor kept running and it paid off for the Cats late in the game.  Kidd-Gilchrist had a big block on a layup that he had no business getting to, kept attacking the rim to pick up fouls, which helped take the crowd out of the game, and then had a huge sequence in the final two minutes.  The freshman forward ripped the ball away from Rob Chubb, essentially ending any faint hope the Tigers had of coming back and then recovered for Marquis Teague, who had fallen on the ground and initiated the sequence that led to Doron Lamb lobbing an oop to Anthony Davis for the final exclamation points.  Just as great teams find ways to win games when they’re struggling, great players find ways to make plays when they’re struggling.  Just another note on a long list of reasons GMs will be fighting for him in June.

 (7)  Again, the Cats struggled on the glass, getting out-rebounded by a team ranked 175th nationally.  And, again, a lot of it was because when you live by the blocked shot, you sometimes die by the blocked shot.  Kentucky is blessed with plenty of shot-blockers, but when they leave their man to try to toss one into the crowd, they’re opening themeselves up for an offensive rebound.  Auburn took advantage of that in the first half and only a few times in the second half, two of them resulting in thunderous dunks.  Is there a way to improve rotations and find a way to put bodies on guys?  Sure.  But this team is imposing defensively because they can block and alter shots and they’ll have to just have to live with a few offensive rebounds against (s)crappy teams like Auburn.

 (8)  The up-and-down experience that is watching Marquis Teague continued.  The freshman point guard hit a couple of threes early, giving him a game with multiple treys for the first time since Penn State.  But he shot four-of-eleven and registered the same number of turnovers as assists (three).  But what Teague will be remembered for in this game is the little ball tag he gave to an Auburn jumpshooter and was handed a flagrant after the refs went to the tape following the next possession.  It was an odd call and one that several people on Twitter thought was worthy of a suspension or an ejection.  But I consider myself somewhat of an expert on the subject, having watched Chris Paul punch Julius Hodge in the junk just over one million times on YouTube, and I think we’re exaggerating things a bit.  Marquis Teague has trouble finding guys that are 6’11” with a 7’4″ wingspan and you want to tell me he can pinpoint moving genitalia and get a poke in?  C’mon man!

 (9)  You think the Cats are going to be working on the zone offense some?  Kentucky was able to get some good looks and penetrated the Tiger defense several times, but they seem to be compeletely forgettin at times that they have giant human beings flashing to the high post.  Give the ball to Clarence Jones and let him dump it down to Anthony Davis on a lob.  It’s pretty much unguardable.  And if you need to, bring out the big guns.  Let Perry Stevenson come in and work with Clarence on that.  No one threw the high-low pass with as much beauty as Perry. 

 (10)  For Auburn, Chubb was huge.  Chubb looked uncomfortable with the tip and Chubb was a little stiff, but Chubb kept banging.  Everytime a shot went up, Chubb was in there poking around.  Chubb spent most of the night inside, but I think Chubb dribbled once or twice.  When the middle was open, Chubb did a good job of plugging it up.  Chubb was so big tonight, you could argue that Chubb single-handedly killed the spread.  But Chubb seemed to panic when he saw a double-team and after a furious twenty minutes, Chubb seemed to go limp.

 (11)  After the game, Chubb said, “We were in them. We were on them.”  Then he addressed the second half struggles by saying, “We came out flaccid.”  Yes, these are actual quotes.

 (12)  We still miss you, Scotty Pohlmann.

 (13)  The game didn’t end up being close at the end, but Kentucky made 15 of 18 free throws.  It’s the stat you don’t notice until they’re missing, but the Cats are knocking them down consistently so far this year.  So there’s pretty much nothing anyone can criticize Cal about now.  Ever.  In any way.

 (14)   Finally, the Auburn crowd was singing “Mary Had A Little Lamb” when Doron Lamb was at the free throw line.  It was the lowest point in recorded history for both trash-talking and creativity.  If you were involved in the singing of this lullaby, just know that your mother is disappointed in you.  Your girlfriend is already poking people on Facebook.  Your dog is kicking himself.  And I don’t want to point fingers, but this “rabid” Dave Grohl look-a-like was most certainly involved.  Good publicity for his cover band, the Frat Fighters though.

See you in Knoxville….

Article written by Thomas Beisner

69 Comments for Closing The Book On Auburn…



  1. Shawn
    12:33 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Doesnt look like Grohl… McLovin maybe



  2. Taylor Hawkins
    12:43 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    That is a disgrace to Dave Grohl. Only in the eyes does it look like Dave.



  3. jasonthecaller
    12:45 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Looks very much like “Big Me” era Grohl. Nice find.



  4. Airboss
    12:51 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    When did Clarence Jones join the team?



  5. David Ball
    12:53 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    apparently a distant cousin of Clarence Clemons?? (sic)



  6. Clarence Who?
    12:54 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Is this an inside joke that I missed or does your autocorrect not recognize Terrance as a real word?



  7. lovesPenisJokes
    12:54 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    That chubb set had me crying, im 26 and still laugh at penis jokes



  8. Thomas Beisner
    12:55 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    7, the announcers were calling him Clarence



  9. SouthCentral Kentucky
    1:26 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Just going to say this now to get it out of the way. This was not classic UK Ball. Vandy beat this team by 30 just a couple of days ago. If UK takes this strategy, game plan, and atttude into the next round of games…..They are going to get beat.

    If we release the hounds its not even close… Pleae Sir, release the hounds



  10. sec
    2:23 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    10, this team was playing out of its mind at Auburn. I was impressed how the cats kept fighting and in crutch time simply dominated the. Remember last years team would have lost this game. Vandy was at home in the game. Also this was only the second road game for them. They will be ok. We will lose a game or two but it happens.



  11. sec
    2:24 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    I meant Auburn was playing out of its mind at home



  12. Beefyc
    2:24 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Looks more like one of the Osmond siblings. Donny or Marie you make the call. Lol



  13. secretagent0014
    2:25 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Billy G update… Texas Tech had it’s worst loss ever home by 35. And player ejected for punching someone.



  14. secretagent0014
    2:27 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Gawd I hate Bama Bangs!



  15. CalifCatFan
    2:42 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Clarence? Breisner, stay away from the eggnog.



  16. Bhomas Teisner
    5:12 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    come on Teisner or is it really BTI in disguise?? Clarence ?? Really??



  17. WTF
    5:40 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Get your facts straight before you criticize others. He’s poking fun at the announcers. At one point in the game, they called Jones “Clarence Jones”. Beisner knows what he wrote, and it’s not a typo.



  18. CardinalHater
    5:48 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Whether or not Marquis actually hit the genitalia is not the issue, the poke that he made to the region was intentional and the replay made it obvious, thus the flagrant foul. I don’t know who Teague thinks he is and I would love to be his biggest fan, but he isn’t easy to like. I would sit him the whole game Saturday at Tennessee. He isn’t as good as he thinks. I don’t care if he has a brother in the league. I just feel like for him to be the player he needs to be, he needs brutal honesty. He isn’t even close to the player Knight or Wall was, and a jab to someone’s genitalia would have never been seen from them. They wanted to beat you by being a better basketball player, not by being some kind of punk seventh grader who has trouble getting his shot off and can’t make any friends. I guess my point was if he was as good as he thought he was, he wouldn’t have to jab at the genitals, he could just be a better ball player. The tools are there and he’s capable but right now he’s far from it. Last nights move just showed a huge lack of class which I think is pretty telling of our point guard. Really, the cats have never had many bad point guards. Teague isnt carrying the torch that Wall and Knight lit for him very well. He is not nearly as good as they were period. And I don’t think I’m being overly critical, I’m embarrassed that I had to watch a cat poke at another player’s balls instead of just outplaying him. It makes me wish Ryan harrow was eligible because this kid isn’t Knight or Wall. Heck, he isn’t even Cliff Hawkins.



  19. CardinalHater
    5:49 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Whether or not Marquis actually hit the genitalia is not the issue, the poke that he made to the region was intentional and the replay made it obvious, thus the flagrant foul. I don’t know who Teague thinks he is and I would love to be his biggest fan, but he isn’t easy to like. I would sit him the whole game Saturday at Tennessee. He isn’t as good as he thinks. I don’t care if he has a brother in the league. I just feel like for him to be the player he needs to be, he needs brutal honesty. He isn’t even close to the player Knight or Wall was, and a jab to someone’s genitalia would have never been seen from them. They wanted to beat you by being a better basketball player, not by being some kind of punk seventh grader who has trouble getting his shot off and can’t make any friends. I guess my point was if he was as good as he thought he was, he wouldn’t have to jab at the genitals, he could just be a better ball player. The tools are there and he’s capable but right now he’s far from it. Last nights move just showed a huge lack of class which I think is pretty telling of our point guard. Really, the cats have never had many bad point guards. Teague isnt carrying the torch that Wall and Knight lit for him very well. He is not nearly as good as they were period. And I don’t think I’m being overly critical, I’m embarrassed that I had to watch a cat poke at another player’s balls instead of just outplaying him. It makes me wish Ryan harrow was eligible because this kid isn’t Knight or Wall. Heck, he isn’t even Cliff Hawkins. I would definitely sit him versus Tennessee.



  20. Bean Counter
    6:52 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    ESPN box score attendance says 9,121; Auburn Arena website says seating capacity 9,121. Gotta’ love how the man is keeping his ol’ pal Jerry straight…



  21. Me
    7:12 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Nice Chubb jokes. Well, not really – they were fairly typical. Hell, my 6 year old has better ‘penis’ jokes. Good thing for ksr, he can’t type yet – so your job is safe for a while longer.



  22. Its true, it's true
    7:25 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Davis looks like his feet are dragging the floor and his hands are still two feet above the rim.
    Madeline Kahn (sp?) is somewhere exclaiming the exciting discovery.

    One thing on the person we can not mention even though was family for a while. Capitalized , literally and figuratively, on the UK effect , returned to an ever envious little brother and proceeded to sling veiled slurs at Big Blue Nation was asked by Mr. Wildcat, the former “Dearest of Friends” are
    you out of your damn mind son?”
    Ok, thanks for the venting



  23. Al B. Sure
    7:36 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    19- No, they showed the replay several times. Even the announcers said repeatedly that they did not see anything. Some people are making too big of a deal about it. I don’t think it looked intentional at all, and there was hardly anything there. I know a lot of trolls are going to make the rounds and start the whole “Teague is a thug” movement, ala Demarcus Cousins, but let’s get real. There wasn’t much there other than an Auburn player overselling it and a call being made way late on something that was barely there.

    And those that don’t know why Beisner keeps calling TJ “Clarence” didn’t even watch the game.



  24. RealCatsFan
    7:41 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    19 (&20?) – I wish I had DVR’d the game because I would go back and look at the replay. The announcers played it back several times, and it was apparently not obvious to them either or I am sure they would have commented on it. They went so far as to ask one of the officials for an explanation, and they did mention a forearm shiver, but I don’t recall it being said that MT was going for the jewels. I haven’t seen anyone else mention it as being an obvious intentional shot to the jewels, but honestly, I am still at coffee cup #1 and this is the first article I have read about the game. Anyone else care to comment?



  25. macon_volfan
    7:42 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Oh yeah Beez. Get ready for that Knoxville visit. Get ready. (I’m not looking forward to the game). I will say this, you can make fun of Cuonzo’s name, but that’d be about it. He came from E. St. Louis, IL, was a success at Purdue (with 2 torn ACLs), drafted in the NBA, and survived Cancer. He’s about a solid as they come in the human being department. I always like Bruce (as did site founder Matthew H Jones, Esq.) but Cuonzo out classes EVERY SEC coach in the guts department. (but not necessarily in the coaching dept).

    Go Vols.



  26. pitino for president
    7:43 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    hmm, no loserville fan sightings in awhile cough’choke’cough.



  27. Hoss
    7:46 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    #jerryisasellout



  28. Bucky Small Hooves
    7:47 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Chubb was huge. But after a loss, he shrivels up in a cold shower.



  29. barn
    7:48 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    we gotta shut down golden saturday from shooting jumpers from the corners like we did kuric



  30. Insensitve
    7:52 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    #26 Cal has beat cancer like 17 times. Come back when you have a real argument.



  31. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    8:00 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    #25- It was a cheap shot to the goods and it was completely obvious. That is why he got the flagrant. He will live and learn #19. He has the potential to be a great player but just needs more tune-up time than his predecessors. Freshman need to find their game and not everyone is John Wall or Brandon Knight (1 franchise player and #8 pick in draft).



  32. bigcuzzz
    8:00 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Classic post, Beisner. Hilarious, informative, insightful. PLEASE post more.

    Only thing I didn’t get was the Scotty Pohlmann reference. Anyone?



  33. Kidnut
    8:07 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    I didn’t think the Mary Had a Little Lamb song was bad, it was much better than most vitriol being spewed….he did miss the free throw. I also heard the chant You-Na-Brow while Davis was shooting.

    Teague’s shot to crotch was dumb but that guy was flopping worse than Wojo on Magloire’s clam open.



  34. CardinalHater
    8:19 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    I am certainly not a troll. I rarely post a comment on KSR and am a die hard cats fan. 24, I don’t care what the announcers didn’t say. And I don’t care what you can tell yourself that you didn’t see. They showed angles from the front and back of Teague during the play. I side shot would have been much more telling. You can tell yourself whatever you want. It was intentional, and it was flagrant, and classless. It wasn’t a forearm shiver, but a flip of the wrist.

    25,32- I know Teague has all the skill and potential to be an elite point guard. But I don’t think his attitude or demeanor will ever let him get there and I believe a play like last night is very telling of that. His attitude is not I’m going to help my team win in my opinion. I think it’s I’m going to get mine. He is immature and showed a major lack of class by trying to ball tag an opponent on a jumper last night. It made me think of some thug from Cincy or something. I know he can be great and I hope he is, but right now he certainly isn’t pooping ice cream. Everybody makes a mistake and I’m not saying I dislike Teague but that was a classless act, and telling of the player and mentality he has right now. I would sit him a game. That is not Kentucky basketball.



  35. Al's IndiCats
    8:19 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Macon, I had the pleasure of watching Cuonzo when he played for PU and when the IU and PU game was played he played out and left everything on the floor. It really disheartened me when they announced his name for uT’s coach. For you know how we in Blue have our feelings toward anything Orange LOL.
    I was rather confused about the Teague call, that long after the play they were able to review it because of some complaints at the other end of the court, and give him a foul 35 seconds later, but yet on the goal tending they were not able to review. Seriously, Not one of the three Refs had seen the Auburn player touch the ball?
    We won and that’s all that counted,”Clarence” played well but he’s going to have to play better each game from here on out. It’s only going to get tougher.



  36. Overused
    8:24 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    #19 used the word genitals more times in that “novel” he wrote, than I’ve ever seen in my life! Can we put a cap on the amount of content one person can publish?



  37. Peter Griffin (Family Guy)
    8:25 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Chubbs…hee hee hee…stiff…HUGE…hee hee hee hee hee Chubbs



  38. JPhelps
    8:26 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    #8… I’ll be 30 this year and I’m right with you! Probably one of the funniest lines I’ve read on this site…



  39. Eric
    8:38 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Beisner, I think to some degree your point on MKG being the only one by Teague’s side is right, but when it seems like it’s always Teague crying wolf, I wouldn’t want to always back him up either. I had some friends and teammates that always started crap, after a while I got tired of it and said you’re on your own.



  40. Bluebleeder
    8:41 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    I dont agree at all with the statement “MKG didnt have a good game” just becaues he didnt put up big numbers ,does not mean he didnt play his ass off!! The boy is BAD! Look at the things he does that changes the game.



  41. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    8:45 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    You all should check out Cutler’s facebook page. Crushing it today, lol.



  42. CardinalHater
    8:48 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    37-if that’s the only comment that you can make from that “novel,” then I would say that you probably don’t usually contribute much to any intelligent conversation. The word “genitals” was only used once, genitalia twice. And for a “novel,” that’s not too bad. But why you “put” “novel” in “quotation” “marks,” I “still” can’t “figure.”



  43. Zack
    8:49 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    I almost spewed my beer all over the TV when I heard them singing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” during Lamb’s first free throws. Was it juvenile? Sure. Lacking creativity? Absolutely. Funny as hell? Affirmative! Anytime college students spontaneously break out into a nursery song it should garner a smile, and I agree with 34 that it’s WAY better than anything coming out of the Hoosier’s mouths (that what she said?).

    Also, there is NO WAY Teague’s “ball tap” was intentional. I replayed it like 15 times on DVR, and was just baffled by that call. I think Cal was baffled too, hence why it wasn’t made into a big deal. I was texting with a good friend of mine who went to Auburn during the game, and he was also confused saying there was barely cause for a foul there, much less a flagrant. People who say Teague did that on purpose are just looking for more reasons to pile on the kid; get a life.



  44. serdi
    8:55 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    “So maybe Cal was right. There are no easy conference games on the road, especially when you have a young team.”

    As much as I enjoy KSR. It is statements like that make realize how old I am…a senior citizen. All you young guys, it does not matter if UK is young or old…conference teams play UK at home as if there is no tomorrow. Throw out what a team does or doesn’t do against any opponent on the road or at home. They are not the same team when they play Kentucky PERIOD.

    Some people say it is arrogance on Cal’s part to talk about us being everybody’s super bowl etc. It may be, but it is the truth. He has that Coach Rupp Swager and I appreciate it.



  45. horny uk fan
    8:57 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Stop trolling #26….DOUCHE!!



  46. Justin
    8:59 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Best part was when the announcers said we were craving a final four because we have not been back since 1998.

    Did they watch any of the NCAA tourney last year?



  47. ATLCatMan
    9:03 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    A 16 point win? 68-53 is 15 last I checked.



  48. catsfan54
    9:03 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    this is a wonderful post btw… Frat Fighters hahahaha pure genius.



  49. CardinalHater
    9:10 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Zack- I’m not trying to pile on the kid. I just don’t think he is as good as he thinks he is right now. I thought the foul was intentional, classless, and embarrassing. I don’t think he is a bad guy. I hope he grows into the best point guard we’ve ever had by March. He has all kinds of potential, but he has a long way to go. That’s not piling on. That’s just how I see it.



  50. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    9:11 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    #44- It was COMPLETELY intentional and you are obviously delusional when you watch games. It took me one time to notice the hit let alone 15. Why would they go through with the foul if there wasn’t any visual evidence to base it on? Cal distinctively says in the huddle to Teague “Why did you do that?!” and the announcers even commented on it. Either he hit the guy square in the jewels or he has involuntary arm spasms.



  51. buk
    9:14 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Did Teague hit the guy in the balls? I was baffled by that call because I didn’t notice anything.



  52. yeahright
    9:20 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Can we go with best Facebook status yet (ever?) for Cal?
    ============================
    Tough road win. Great to see our fans in the arena. Saw some UK students now at the Auburn Vet School too. I think I heard Go Big Blue. I think the game was a sellout too. I’ll have to check with Jerry Tipton to see if I’m wrong about that though.



  53. chubb fever
    9:28 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    My Twitter time line last night was hilarious. I vote that we only play teams with players named Chubb from here on. I’m still laughing at some of the stuff said.



  54. Cal's Pal
    9:33 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    42- OK, you made me look…Wow! Dude is seriously into boobs lol



  55. RealCatsFan
    9:42 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    #51, well, then I guess it’s time for me to ante up and get the high def, because I didn’t see it. I’m not much of a lip reader either, so I guess I will defer on the analysis of Cal’s speech patterns. Regardless, I do agree that Teague has some growing to do, but come on, are we forgetting that this kid was in high school a few months ago? Jones still has some growing up to do as well, and he is a sophomore. But I still think it is hard to pin intent on the kid that he was going for the groin. Maybe he did put a forearm on him, but as hard and fast as these guys are playing, sometimes things happen in the heat of battle that look worse than they really were. If this turns into a pattern of behavior for him, then I think it might be appropriate to pass judgement. I guess I’ll have to look for a slomo instant replay of it now…



  56. Jax Teller
    9:43 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Beis hit on all the possible Chubb jokes. Well done sir, well done.

    Also Teague’s nut shot was totally intentional, watch the replay and watch his elbow. You can clearly see him extend his arm like he’s swinging a hammer.



  57. Sheeeeiiit
    9:52 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    I thought it was a good game. Our team underestimated Auburn because of the loss in Nashville. Hopefully we learned a lesson. Teague, he is pretty good but seems to be doing his own thing. Not the type of UK player most like. He is not a UK ambassitor like Wall or Jorts. I think that hurts him with fans. I didn’t see the nut shot and I watched the replay. I guess he could have done it. But to go off on him that he is classless or like the thugs at Cincy is a JOKE. If anything, It’s an impulsive foul out of frustration, no big deal and no jail time. But If he punched the guy in the nuts, yes go crazy. He didnt though. Was it on purpose to foul the jewels? Only he knows. He may have just been fouling, he does that alot. Why am i talking about this, who cares.



  58. BPM
    9:52 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Not sure about Stevenson, but Daniels and Hays ran the hi-low to perfection. It was a thing of beauty. You would think that guys with the skills of Jones and Davis could do that as well.



  59. Sheray thomas's vertical
    9:58 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Why is this team walking the ball up the court over and over . This should be a team that pushes the tempo. I dont understand why we do this.



  60. The White Mandingo
    9:58 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    The “Chub” thing was great! Thanks for the laugh



  61. Dark Helmet
    10:19 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    To point #2 Beis – I disagree with your lineup choice I think the best lineup is
    Lamb
    Darius
    MKG
    Jones
    Davis
    I’m not a Teague hater it’s just this lineup is the best because those guys are unstoppable on Defense and offense. Ideally a better developed Teague might make the best PG option by the end of the year – because there is always a need for a true point.



  62. Blonde Bomber
    10:27 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    35 I couldn’t agree more. The boy needs discipline.



  63. CardinalHater
    11:19 am January 12, 2012 Permalink

    58-I’m not going off on Teague. I have said I think he could be really good and that I hope he is. Everybody has been knocking his play this year, and I think he will come around. I’m not knocking on his game, more his attitude. Hitting a guy in the nuts in a game could be accidental. But this was not, that’s why they called a flagrant foul 35 seconds later, because Teague was jawing at Auburn’s Ward who shoved him. That’s why he got reviewed in the first place, because Teague was in his ear about it. Notice that the Auburn player didn’t get any fouls or flagrant fouls. So it was a thug move. Now I’m not saying we judge a kid solely on one act. He’ll get better and grow up. But that deserves discipline and there is no room in the game for it in my opinion. It’s not a JOKE, it was a classless play at I would expect from a team who historically lacks discipline, a la Cincy.



  64. Just saying
    12:09 pm January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry but Miller started over Lamb in the Louisville game



  65. NBA league pass
    1:22 pm January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone on here actually play basketball? Those little ball taps happen all the time. I don’t see the big deal whether he meant to or not.

    Did anyone see the haymaker that was thrown at AD? THAT was a big deal.



  66. Doug
    2:07 pm January 12, 2012 Permalink

    #19 dead on .. but Cliff Hawkins was one of the best defensive guards we have ever had. I loved Cliff, and he was very close with Mr. Keitley too.



  67. BallTap
    3:06 pm January 12, 2012 Permalink

    66…It does happen often. I was even pants one game.



  68. derek
    3:40 pm January 12, 2012 Permalink

    wow. Poking someone in the mid section as they extend for a shot has been happening 50-60 years. heck it was taught back in the day. Is it right…not sure but it is part of trying to gain an advantage just like bumping cuters thru the lane! It is a physical game.
    Its tougher in todays world of many cameras and technology!

    Now about the picture. The Alabama/Auburn bangs crack me up. It has been a part of that culture for ever and seems to never change.