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Closing the book on Mississippi State…


It was a strange night and a strange basketball game Tuesday at Rupp.  There was cursing, there were technicals, the Dykesisms were out of control and ESPN’s telecast was just plain odd.  Nevertheless, the Cats emerged victorious and can now focus on finishing the season’s final five regular season games on a roll.  Damn, I said roll.  Renardo Sidney already left town, right?

A few notes…

 – If the thing that’s talked about the most following the game has little to do with the actual basketball, that is probably a pretty significant problem.  One night after they served a salty dish of distraction complete with Bob Knight’s commentary and little boxes on the side of the screen with video of the coaches, ESPN kicked it up a notch and smacked you with the SkyCam, which made you feel like you were the homeless lady in Home Alone 2 watching from the rafters.  Except twice as drunk.  As a rule, it’s generally a bad decision to do anything that increases the ability to see down Renardo Sidney’s shirt and the SkyCam certainly failed miserably.  The view made it nearly impossible to see if a shot was heading in, where a rebound was going and, often times, where 2-3 players were on the court.  At halftime, an ESPN camera operator acknowledged it was “brutal”, but said they were instructed to use it.  It seemed to disappear in the second half and we can only hope that wasn’t an accident.

 – If there was a turning point in the game or something that you can point your finger at as a reason for victory, it was the Mississippi State meltdown shortly before half, which was aided by Rick Stansbury picking up a technical.  As he crossed midcourt, Brandon Knight anticipated a foul and pulled up for a shot – something Cal had instructed him to do on the previous play – and went to the line for three free throws.  As if that mental blunder wasn’t enough, the leader of the traveling circus picked up a completely unneccessary technical and came dangerously close to being ejected.  Knight knocked down four of the five ensuing free throws and the Cats went into the intermission down only one and with momentum on their side.  It proved to be the turning point in the game.  In the past two weeks, Calipari has preached to his team that they aren’t losing close games at the end, but rather in short stretches of errors late in the first half.  I hope Stansbury saved that Lexy message so he can play it for his team.

 – With Mississippi State fighting to come back and make a push, Brandon Knight again stood tall and pushed his team toward victory.  In a six-minute stretch beginning at 9:46 in the second half with the Cats’ lead cut to five, the freshman guard scored 11 of the team’s 21 points and assisted on 8 more.  He plays with the unfortunate burden of John Wall’s shadow lingering over him and, as he’s done so many times before, he looked very much like #11 in taking over the game and setting his teammates up for easy buckets.  He still might not be as vocal as Calipari would like, but there’s no question as to who the leader is on the floor and who the Cats can count on when they need a burst.  It’s a role that he looked uncomfortable in playing early in the year, but he now seems to have found a way to let that killer instinct take over when his team needs it.  Great game on Tuesday.

 – After struggling the last three games in posting 7 points per contest on 33% shooting, Doron Lamb responded to his start Tuesday by playing a team-high 38 minutes and notching 20 points.  More importantly, Lamb played with a fire that Calipari had begged to see from him, stepping up on defense and jawing with Dee Bost throughout the game.  When Kentucky has clicked this season, it has generally been in the games that Lamb has scored his points.  He did that Tuesday, while also adding a little bit of the extra stuff Calipari has been looking for from him.  That’s a positive sign for a team looking for reasons to be optimistic down the stretch.

 – It wasn’t the finest evening of work for DeAndre Liggins, who finished with 2 points and 3 rebounds in only 15 minutes – his smallest amount of playing time this season.  Offensive struggles aside, for the first time this season he didn’t seem to get the job done defensively, which resulted in fewer minutes.  After the game, Calipari said Liggins “wasn’t there”, but said he expects him to bounce back just fine Saturday against South Carolina.  As Cal said, everyone has their off nights and Tuesday was Liggins’. 

 – Sore gonads and all, Darius Miller played a solid game offensively.  The junior from Maysville connected on 5-9 shots from the field, his best shooting game since South Carolina, and gave the Cats 33 noticeable minutes after being listed as questionable. 

 – I don’t really know what needs to be said about it, but it should at least be mentioned that Eloy missed a dunk and then committed a foul.  And then went to the bench, never to be heard from again.  Josh Harrellson stayed out of foul trouble and the Cats were able to go small when Terrence Jones got his fourth, so he wasn’t needed, but it was Eloy being Eloy.  You know how people say if you’re nervous, you should imagine everyone in their underwear?  Eloy should imagine everyone in a Florida jersey.

 – It was a tough night for Jon Hood.  After two days of build-up of a potential breakout game, Hood checked into the ballgame in the second half and logged about 10 seconds of actual game time as Mississippi State hit a three (not over him) and then he was yanked.  If tonight was not the night that he’s able to get in and make a difference and he’s getting pulled after a bad possession that he had little to do with, you have to wonder if our continued optimism that he can work his way into the rotation by the postseason is misplaced.

 – Looking to give his team a spark after they started out sluggish, Coach Cal went with a press and the Cats seemed to respond.  After the game, UK’s head man said that the only reason he changed the defense was so he could see who was going to get up and challenge people defensively and so he could sub out the guys that wouldn’t do it.  He was frustrated with his team’s start, which he called “passive” and “ugly” and said “That team meeting didn’t really do what it was supposed to, I guess.”  Boom!  Roasted!

 – We’ll get into this more when it’s not so late and there’s more space to devote to it, but the perimeter defense was pretty terrible.  Kentucky was leaving shooters open, not stopping the drive and getting caught under screens when they were supposed to be going over the top of them.  Calipari repeated what he’s always said about the three-point shot, calling it “fool’s gold” and saying that he believes that his team generally defends it pretty well. 

 – Despite all of the positives, Kentucky was again plagued by the inability to close out the game, allowing a 13-point lead with three and a half minutes to go dwindle to four with under a minute left.  They struggled to inbound the ball and committed horrible turnovers.  They couldn’t make free throws.  They took bad shots.  They were fortunate to have built a big enough lead that the game never came down to the final possessions, but the concerns remain as to whether or not they can adequately finish off an opponent.

 – Finally, in the postgame, Calipari took a subtle jab at Louisville coach Rick Pitino (or at least it appeared so), when he said, “”I’m not the kind of coach like some that says ‘we don’t have good players so look how I coached.'”  Boom!  Roasted again!

That’s it for now.  Stick around Wednesday as we break down all of the excitement that was the victory over Mississippi State and continue to admire and love ESPN’s SkyCam.  See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

94 Comments for Closing the book on Mississippi State…

  1. mocha
    12:40 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Loved the effort, hated the roof cam.

  2. SanDiegoDave
    12:42 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    For those who are still holding out hope for Hood, this should be your wake up call. I’m pretty sure Cal is sending him a message: TRANSFER!!!

  3. National Jorts Day
    12:43 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Its coming….can you feel it?

  4. Brian Jones
    12:46 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    sky cam is the worst thing I have ever seen

  5. Cousins Fake Teeth
    12:47 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Vargas had the ball hit as he was going up for the dunk, knocking it out of his hands slightly

  6. CatFanInKC
    12:59 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Dear Mississippi State,
    I’ve noticed that when Rick Stansbury leads your basketball team in games against Kentucky, he gets quite upset with the refs when they make calls against your team. Usually when they’re in the right. Please remind him that this behavior is unbecoming of college basketball coaches. In other words, tell him to quit acting like a bitch and take his team’s fouls like a man.
    A Dedicated Citizen of the Big Blue Nation.

    P.S. GO CATS!!!!!

  7. Kendall "Sky" Smith
    1:09 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    We play South Carolina at home Saturday, not Arkansas.

  8. HuntsVegas
    1:10 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Word is Trevor Lacey is making his first official visit this weekend to Kentucky.

  9. Ricky
    1:12 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Poole sure looks like a guy waiting to transfer in that picture.

  10. Jeremy
    1:16 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t like to say it but I don’t know if hood will have a breakout game as long as he’s in a uk uniform. Doesn’t have the speed to drive to the hole or match up defensively and if he’s struggling behind the arc he won’t find playing time.

  11. Tyler Durden
    1:19 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah, sky cam sucked. And so does Renardo Sydney’s pathetic ass.

    Any guesses about which of the freshmen go pro at this point? I mean, I can’t say that any of them, except maybe Jones goes pro — and by the way, we have 4 all americans coming in with Lacey visiting Rupp this weekend.

  12. Jeremy
    1:26 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    11- lamb kind of reminds me Bledsoe and I hope that a couple potential 30 point performances maybe in the tourney doesn’t give him the idea that he’s ready

  13. Eloy The Intern (ETI)
    1:30 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I’m as loved on the court as BTI is loved on KSR.

  14. Jeremy
    1:32 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    11- I hope that a couple potential 30 point performances maybe in the tourney doesn’t give lamb the idea that he’s ready, similar to what we saw with Bledsoe last year

  15. Women Everywhere
    1:34 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Eloy came back and had a block and a couple of stops in the 2nd half. Only a few more minutes but bit of redemption.
    SkyCam = Nearly as bad as seeing “Blair Witch Project” in the theater…..

  16. Eloy The Intern (ETI)
    1:37 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    @11 I’m going pro.

  17. iWantToGrowUpAndBeTheDrewFranklin
    2:13 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Why don’t we press more? Looked good tonight…

  18. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    2:20 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Could someone tell me the actual difference between what Serene Branson did at the Grammys and what BTI does everyday?

  19. soggyUKgrad
    2:29 am February 16, 2011 Permalink………

  20. BigRudy
    3:09 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Eloy can’t guard himself

  21. UK Wildcat
    3:32 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    #2 Its beginning to look that way, isn’t i? Hood is automatically going to be defended to the death because he’s a Kentucky boy, but there is simply no way he is going to be a significant contributor during his time her based on what I’ve seen. Any man he guards turns into Ray Allen, and whenever he has the ball he looks panic stricken and either jacks up a 3 or passes it off to a better player. Next year he’ll be stuck behind several SGs and SFs for playing time. Michael Gilchrist, Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, Doron Lamb, potentially/likely Trevor Lacey, and potentially even Stacey Poole could pass him on the depth chart. He wasn’t recruited here by Cal in the first place anyways.

  22. Hood
    4:32 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I will be transferring after the season due to that I can’t get that goofy smile off my face and when I play,i can’t make a shot cause I’m laughing so hard when I play. I really was a one star player. I hacked the rivals website.. I’m good on ea sports game, why can’t I be really that good when I play? Poole won’t be going anywhere. He just hasent learned the system like me. He can make wide open shots when given the chance. Goodbye BBN. I’m going to transy next year where I can dunk for a change.

  23. UK Wildcat
    5:02 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    #2 I’m beginning to thank so as well. I’ve seen nothing from Hood to indicate that he will be a significant contributor during his time here. If he’s perfectly happy riding the bench for four years at UK, then thats fine by me. Whenever he’s in the game at this point his man turns into Ray Allen and when he gets the ball he panics and passes it or jacks up a 3. Next season he will be stuck behind: Miller, Liggins, Gilchrist, Lamb, Lacey, and likely Poole for playing time. If he can’t break into a rotation of 6 players, I don’t see how he’ll be able to break into the rotation of at least 8 players ahead of him (Gilchrist, Davis, Teague, Wiltjer, Knight, Lamb, Miller, Liggins) with the possibility of Poole and Lacey being ahead of him as well.

    Oh, and quit deleting my posts, Beisner.

  24. SanDiegoDave
    5:35 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    21, 23) Yeah, I hate to see a Kentucky boy, especially a Mr. Basketball from the western part of the state, ride the pine with no chance to contribute. I’m sure he is like many players who grew up idolizing UK, dreamed of wearing the blue, and was ecstatic when he got the opportunity. If he is happy with his station on the team, then more power to him. I hope he does well in school and graduates, wins a national championship, and becomes one of those players who are forever loved in the Bluegrass.

  25. UKhoopshysteria
    5:36 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Quit writing off players folks. We need Hood to stay and contribute anyway he can if called upon. Its better to have a deep bench and it doesn’t look good if players leave.

  26. SanDiegoDave
    5:50 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    25) I disagree on all counts. Hood is going to find himself farther down the bench next year and will NEVER contribute. He’s not a bad player. He just doesn’t fit in the current system and transferring will not look bad on him or the program. If he wants to be an impact player at a Class A program, then he should give Steve Alford, at New Mexico, a call. My best friend went to UNM and I attended a few games at The Pit. UNM fans are as loyal as UK fans. There just aren’t as many of them. And, if you think Rupp Arena is loud, then go watch a game at The Pit. That place is deafening.

  27. 6-man rotation....
    6:10 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Hood should be playing at Union College and Poole should be at Florida International… These guys have more butt splinters than a man ever seen…. Guys, this isn’t a big win, we beat a team that was coming off a loss to AUBURN. Yeah, that’s right, AUBURN! And they played us toe-to-toe all game… This team will not go far in the SEC Tourney, let alone the NCAA tourney….And Cal, you couldn’t coach yourself our of a wet paper bag compared what Rick Pitino has to work with. You’re terrible….

  28. SexnNursinHomes
    6:12 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Pretty much the writing on the wall for Hood, and I hate to see that. But when Darius Miller and his sore crotch get 33 minutes (didn’t realize he played that much) then Hood isn’t going to help the team this year.

  29. owesnborocatfan
    6:13 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Hood should red-shirt next year…. There will be plenty of playing time available the year after that

  30. SexnNursinHomes
    6:15 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    27- you’re a fool. Cal outcoached Pitino December 31 in his OWN building. ul is like a big bag of dog shit, and the big yeast is overrated. only decent team in that league is Pitt. ul sucks, and we will tag that ass again if we play.

  31. BigBluReason
    6:25 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    32 – OK…… Here is your Paci, sh sh time to go to sleep now.

  32. For reals
    6:25 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    The ceiling cam is a good idea in theory. But it makes me want to puke after seeing it a few times. IDK if that’s the beer talking… One thing I know for sure is that Eloy is the WORST Cat in recent memory. Flat. Out. Awful. For reals.

  33. Lex07
    6:26 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    How can you mount a camera that far away from the floor, but yet STILL not be able to show all of the players at one time… didn’t someone test it out beforehand? (Or even do some math and figure it out.)

  34. For reals
    6:28 am February 16, 2011 Permalink


  35. UK Professor
    6:41 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb is in one of my classes.. well, at least he’s supposed to be in one of my classes . . . I’m just saying . . .

  36. Mark Titus
    6:53 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Just wanted to welcome Jon Hood to the club trillion. You need to make a trickshot video now bro.

  37. gcat4496
    6:59 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino is 19-6 and they are talking COTY. Cal is 18-7 and he can’t coach. Cal beat Pitino head-to-head on his HC. Go figure.

  38. For reals
    7:20 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Riley Benock would own Jon Hood 1-on-1

  39. TrinityPills
    7:37 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    How is Renardo Sydney so out of shape? Did he just hit buffets all year last year while he sat out? While he was suspended this season, did Stansbury ground him from running anywhere? NBA scouts can’t be too impressed.

  40. Skycam
    7:39 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Gives a good alternate view for replay analysis; horrible for the primary view during the game.

  41. random
    7:40 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    You were just saying that you’re a lying poser asshole?

  42. slow007
    7:42 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Its sad that effort and intensity are even issues.

  43. Sky Cam made me dizzy
    7:44 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    #45 Amen

  44. floydfan
    8:07 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Say what you will but I think this is the worst game I’ve ever seen Cal coach. The Cats didn’t challenge Sydney to play defense AT ALL. He stood in the lane under the rim with his hands above his waist. They needed to get Josh the ball on the block and force The Round Mound of Laziness to defend him and they needed to let Josh take a few more threes from the top of the key to force Sydney out of the lane. Not good coaching, I didn’t think. Isn’t Rick Stansboy a Kentucky guy? His performance last night was an embarassment and he lost the game for his team. His fit at the end of the first half just took the wind out of his teams sails.

  45. Lou eaton
    8:10 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Just hope that none of our guys are in the National Guard if it gets called up to defend the Mexican border. We will all be drinking DOS-X

  46. gotbourbonbill
    8:12 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Does anyone else think that the in-game coach interviews add completely NOTHING? The coaches last night were clearly agitated and short with the reporter and they say nothing that means anything.

  47. INtheKNOW
    8:20 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    11./14. Knight is the only that will return. If Deron Lamb plans on returning he should probably start attending class which he has yet to do second semester. Ohh well I guess it opens up another scholarship and maybe some room for trevor lacey or deandre daniels along with another BIG man….

  48. Real coaching
    8:22 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    42) Are you for real? Do you know ANYTHING about college basketball? Look at the talent between the two clubs…Look at the conference each play in… Look at the road victories… Look at the injuries throughout the entires season (including two key onese the day of and day before UL-UK game)… You’re JOKE dude! If RP had UK’s talent, YOU’D BE TALKING FINAL FOUR TALK and not worried about TRYING TO “LOCK-UP” second place in the Weak @$$ SEC tourney! Cal can recruit, no doubt, but check his resume’ (including the white-out)… It’s pretty bare….

  49. WOWWY
    8:23 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    43. Riley Benock sucks.

    If Dee Bost worked a little harder on making his shots rather than trying to win an Oscar for best murder seen every time he had the ball he would be alright.

  50. Dee
    8:25 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    “Fool’s Gold” huh? Well Lamb, Knight, and Miller proved otherwise. That is what won the game for them. What a dumb thing to say.

  51. Jimbo's Cats
    8:25 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    15 – Correction, the skycam was actually as bad as watching Blair Witch Project 2, anywhere.

  52. SP
    8:26 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    17 points

  53. mudcat
    8:27 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    49) Cal had Jorts setting picks for Knight. Why do you think Knight had 24 points and wide-open looks all night. Sidney was not there to help on the screens. I do agree that I would like for Jorts to pick and pop more. The worst game you’ve seen Cal coach…I will take that!

  54. Skycam
    8:27 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I was brought in to keep an eye on Disappearious Miller

  55. bung
    8:28 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    run outs broke the game open…Hood won’t get a chance to prove the coach was wrong about him

  56. Dee
    8:29 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    53) The SEC has OWNED the overrated Big East. Quit listening to the sports media and look for yourself.

  57. Sky Cam made me dizzy
    8:31 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    #51-I totally agree and have been saying that since it started. Why bother a coach in the middle of the battle? It makes no sense to me and you hit Jimmy Dykes nail on the head…it adds absolutey nothing to the TV game experience. I think they should get rid of the halftime interviews also…why do you think coack K sends over an assistant coach to talk the meaningless insight into how the game is going? TV coverage is getting ridiculous.

  58. Skycam
    8:32 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I’m so high up I was unable to locate the nail…. Sorry Jimmy

  59. Nail
    8:35 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    F U skycam!!!!!!!

  60. mudcat
    8:36 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    53) Are you for real? Go back and watch the UL and UK game. Then tell me who out coached whom. We beat you by 15 and it was worse than that. The injuries that you are taking about are to scrubs, it is not like they are happening to ALL-AMERICANS. UL has played better than expected, but the mighty big east is not as mighty as you make it out to be. You have to agree with that. Rick will never have this kind of talent, because has lost it. You talk all you want about your class next year and the only one that will contribute from the start is Blackshear.

  61. Jimbo's Cats
    8:38 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    29-I agree. Hood should red shirt or transfer for his own good. If he redshirts he will still have the same seat he has now for all the home games, and like you said, the playing time will be there in two seasons.

  62. Jimbo's Cats
    8:41 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Saw a funny commercial last night that said “The Kyle Kourik lead Louisville Cardinals…”

    I’m just saying….

  63. The Scarlet Pumpernickle
    8:41 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I’m just posting this to see how long it takes for it to disappear. You know…since that happens to everything I post. Hmm….

  64. bung
    8:45 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    66) prob rite, but I dont think the coaching staff likes him or wants him around. I appreciate Hood sticking with the Wildcats. It would really be a scary shortage of players without him available if needed. It has to be hard on him not being given a real chance.

  65. TheBurghCat
    8:45 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    The Skycam ruined the TV experience. All I can say is that it is profoundly sad that the individual that decided to deploy that idea is in the gene pool. Profoundly sad!

  66. Al's IndiCats
    8:47 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    53, just lay the crack pipe down and walk away from it, for you are as delusional as they come. WE OWNED YOU AT THE BUCKET!!!!!, Your home court, your back yard, your mother and father’s marital bed. Not only did we beat you, we spanked that ass sore hard that you had to hover over the toilet to take a “Ricky”.
    Games don’t lie, the Big (L)east was the darlings of the media, as far as I can see Pitt is the only real deal in your weakassed conferrence. The rest can rise and fall depending on what the flavor of the day is.
    On a different note, did anyone else notice with about 34 seconds left in the game Stansbury and a ref were kinda getting into it, with the words being mouthed by the ref saying..”YOU” really don’t want any part of me, then pointed to the sidelines. You hafta love Stansbury, because he uses Maybeline eyeliner.

  67. billy
    8:47 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    #2 I gree with you that Hood can’t play at Kentucky but just maybe he wants to wear a Kentucky uniform for four years. People like you should not talk about transfering about him. Just maybe he wants get a Kentucky degree. He is not going to the NBA anyway. I am quite sure that he loves to practice with the team and sit on the bench. He is only a sophomore and just maybe by the time he is a senior he will be able to help the team. So there. Take it for what ever it is worth to you. Have a good day.

  68. Kidnut
    8:50 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Thought it was great to hear that Jimmy Dykes joked with Matt before the show. Knowing he has a sense of humor like that made me like listening to him last night.

  69. WOWWY
    8:51 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    53.) Get over it little bro … UK beat UofL and Pitino was outcoached during the entire game. If Preston Knowles doesn’t get hot, its a 20-30 point win. You’re gonna have to learn to live with it. Don’t worry though, Pitino will be out

  70. SavannahCat
    8:52 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    That skycam was the result of a producer who thinks he is “artistic”, thinks “outside the box”, and has dreams of emmy dancing in their head. I bet they are related to the “outside the box” guys who came up with New Coke, The XFL, and the Arch Deluxe.

  71. PK 4uk
    9:00 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Why did Cal sign Poole for practice player? He was a legit top 30 blue chip. Great athlete why not play him!

  72. NickNoltefromBlueChips
    9:04 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    How long should I wait untill I can ask for that tractor back from Mr. Kanter?

  73. ShagOnSports
    9:19 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Oz never did get nothing to the tin man (aka Rick Stansbury)…

  74. NickNoltefromBlueChips
    9:21 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I think Eloy should have his mom give those chickens back to me as well…

  75. Al's IndiCats
    9:22 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with 65, Pitino should probably look elsewhere for another coaching gig….Oh wait he did, didn’t he?

  76. Realist
    9:32 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    53) Have you seen Pitino’s resume for the last 10 years at Louisville? I don’t see any banners hanging that everyone seemed to think would come every year. He’s been mediocre, at best. Oh yeah, Shut up!!!

  77. Al's IndiCats
    9:37 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    76 evidently Poole hasn’t done what Cal wants him to do. Vargus would be riding pine right with him if there were any other alternative

  78. Davefromthegapl
    9:38 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve got a Franklin that says that Hood transfers after this season. Takers?

  79. sunnycat
    9:41 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I am sure Hood and Poole are great kids. But if neither can get some clock over a “questionable” Miller then the writing is on the wall. Being a great high school player doesnt always carry over to college no matter how high your ranked. But to think the playing time will be there is absolutely insane. The recruiting is off the charts under Cal with three straight #1 classes I don’t see it easing up anytime soon. So if either of these guys want to see the floor for meaningful minutes they better stay in the gym.

  80. sunnycat
    9:44 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    76 During his post game show Jonesy says the word is if you see him practice you will see why he doesnt play. Thats the word coming from a former player.

  81. Jonah Hex
    9:44 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I like Poole- we need to have guys like that so we can have a decent practice. Seriously. Also, you never know how someone is going to develope. We have to have guys that stick around for a lot of reasons. We can just keep starting over ever year. One of the problems with this team is there is no leadership. That can come from guys who dont always play.

    Also, who are we getting in 12? Because either way, thats when our roster will be totally gone. We will lose 2 seniors, and almost every freshman from last year and this year.

  82. sunnycat
    9:45 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    and NO Jonsey isnt the former.

  83. kentucky
    9:46 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Can you imagine the person who thought up the skycam fiasco having children? No wonder the world is getting dumber.

  84. sunnycat
    9:47 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    86 For 2012 my guess would be another #1 class.

  85. sunnycat
    9:50 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    86 We wont lose all of our freshmen from last year until Hood graduates.

  86. Bill
    9:52 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    How can Brandon Knight play HIS game if you keep comparing him to John Wall?

  87. Wow
    9:58 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    77- just spit my coffee out hahaha

  88. Johnny Utah
    10:11 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    The idiocy of this fan base is on display every day in the comment sections of this site. The same people that whine and complain about Cal only recruiting one and done players are the very same people saying that guys like Hood and Poole need to transfer. So which is it? Build a roster with a good mix or only have the very best talent we can get for one year? And you people who keep saying Hood isn’t getting a chance must be off your meds. He’s gotten lots of chances to play, BUT when he is in the game he’s never in the right place, he can’t guard, and he adds nothing to the offense. JUST because he’s from KY and was Mr. Basketball DOES NOT mean he’s good enough to get on the floor with this team. Get over this whole homegrown player bias and realize he is what he is.

  89. LindseyNotLohan
    10:22 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    SkyCam- The worst thing from ESPN since Bobby Knight and Brent Musburger began their passionate and disgusting old man love affair

  90. LindseyNotLohan
    10:24 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Or since Jimmy Dykes began referring to players’ “valentines”

  91. hoss cat
    10:35 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    #64 hilarious lol

  92. 1st
    10:37 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    You forgot to say that Justified was on tonight!!

  93. stewie
    11:20 am February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Jon hood I have lost hope for. everytime I see him get in something bad usually follows. He is slow offensively, can’t really rebound that well, too slow on defensive lateral movements. anytype of defensive pressure and he losses his handles. He is at best a D2 player. His lack of athleticism compared to the rest hurts this team.

    Poole not playing has nothing to do with his abilities or talents. There is something else going on that isnt being told. Poole’s athleticism alone makes him better than hood.

    In the early games poole was put in I do recall him shooting alot of the times he had the ball, never connecting.

  94. For reals
    2:05 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    54 – Thanks for completing my point.