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College basketball is weird

The young college basketball season is still blossoming and there is a long way to go in this one, much to the delight of Kentucky fans who still may be disappointed with the current edition of the Wildcats. Many teams are well on their way to a deep run in March — think Indiana, Duke and Louisville. Others are finding their identity — like Kentucky, Connecticut, or North Carolina. And still others have yet to find their stride — like Georgia and Vanderbilt, Boston College, or winless St. Francis. No matter who you root for, any college basketball fan will at least attest to this: college basketball is weird.

If you enjoy comparative scores, you’re going to love this. Look at what’s happened already this season:

On November 24, Baylor loses at home to College of Charleston, 63-59.

On November 27, Northwestern loses at home to Maryland, 77-57.

On December 1, Northwestern loses at home to Illinois-Chicago, 50-44.

On the same day, Baylor beats Kentucky on the road, 64-55.

On December 4, College of Charleston loses at home to Louisville, 80-38.

And then Northwestern beats Baylor in Waco, 74-70.

Does that make any sense?

Baylor, who beat Kentucky in Rupp Arena and ended a 55-game home winning streak, gets beat by Charleston to set it all off. Meanwhile Northwestern is getting beat by Maryland — a team Kentucky beat to start the season — and Illinois-Chicago out of the Horizon League scoring 61 points per game.

Then College of Charleston gets absolutely annihilated by Louisville last night in a 42-point loss. Remember, this is the same Charleston squad who beat Baylor who beat Kentucky.

Then to top it all off, Northwestern welcomed Baylor back to its home court with a loss.

My head hurts.

[Source: ESPN]

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

36 Comments for College basketball is weird



  1. your mom
    1:38 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    college bball is weird is just another way of saying UK isn’t very good this year



  2. Bobby Boucher
    1:42 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    So the big picture of it all says: Louisville will beat UK by 60+ points.



  3. Northwestern's only fan
    1:44 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    The picture you used for Northwestern is not a current player..amateur



  4. heshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    1:46 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    This comment section is gonna suck lol. Way to give em ammo, Stuart!



  5. taraUKfan
    1:46 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Yep,looks like we are NIT bound this year…I bet the last Gillespie squad with Patterson,Meeks,Stevenson could beat our current team by double digits.But its early i sure hope our guys get things together.



  6. I Can Call Myself Anything On Here...Oh Yes I Can
    1:49 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Not much point to this stuff. Ya win some, ya lose some. Sometimes there is a tie.



  7. No your mom actually
    1:53 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, thats what this article says…sure.



  8. sangaman
    1:54 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    This just in! Sometimes the inferior team wins in a game of basketball! Stop the presses!



  9. sangaman
    1:57 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #5 I’ll bet my $500 to your $50 that UK qualifies for the NCAA tournament.



  10. New_School
    2:02 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    I guess stuart means dem ole’ cards is gon’ bet the hell outta us boys! or that we gon’ suck dis year



  11. So 'Tis True
    2:05 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Ahh ha! KSR is not out of crayons to write new posts!

    I really think that this blog provides a much different kind of entertainment than it believes it provides.

    #StoopsLittleBrothersTroops



  12. p90x are you joking
    2:07 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Basketball math doesn’t work. It’s all about matchups. Ex: Just because boxer A beats boxer B, and boxer B loses to boxer C, it doesn’t mean boxer C can’t be boxer A. Got that?



  13. Delk for 3
    2:08 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    And Louisville — at home — only beat Illinois St. by three points just this past weekend.



  14. MANIA
    2:08 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    But can Ryan Harrow move the ball up the floor against U of L’s press? ‘Cause if that happened, that would be weird…



  15. Sosa for 3 top of the key buzzer
    2:09 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    #13 so what does that tell yah? Good thing UK didn’t play them too?



  16. Delk for 3
    2:10 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    12 — I agree. Matchups and momentum. A few shots falling for one team and some rimming out for another can lead to weird results.



  17. Delk for 3
    2:12 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville’s full-court press will work in our favor. We will do fine in a fast break game. It’s when the game slows down and we have to grind out half court points is when we struggle.



  18. Anthony Davis
    2:14 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville? They lost to Morehead State.



  19. who recalls 1986
    2:14 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    @ 15

    UofL will once again, not win the National Championship.



  20. Peyton Siva
    2:14 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    I really hope the Cats don’t get it together by Dec 29th. I’d hate to be 0-2 against them at the bucket.



  21. Peyton Siva
    2:16 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    15 It tells me that we suck too.



  22. Ryan
    2:20 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Well, way to make it easier to draw the conclusion that UofL is vastly superior to UK this year. Is that the point of this article? I don’t understand why the Louisville/Charleston game even gets mentioned, as we haven’t seen UL play UK/Baylor/Northwestern…this just seems like a wasted post that proves nothing.



  23. Kevin C.
    2:24 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    It makes perfect sense, actually…UK just isn’t very good right now. This year will likely be a repeat of 2010-11…except they’ll be lucky to reach the Final 4 again.



  24. goUKats
    2:28 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Just proves what Cal has been saying since he arrived at UK,UK is everyones’ Super Bowl.Sad thing is,this current UK team has’nt realized it yet.



  25. Al B. Frank
    2:31 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    If we are to believe in “basketball math” … you could mention that Louisville beat Samford 80-54 (26 points), while Kentucky beat Samford 88-56 (32 points)… but Duke beat Kentucky by 7 points (75-65) and only beat Louisville by 5 points (76-71). So, judging by these common opponents, it would appear that Kentucky & Louisville aren’t that far apart.



  26. Al B. Frank
    2:35 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Oops… typo… meant to type: “…but Duke beat Kentucky by 7 points (75-68)”.



  27. so what
    2:40 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Waiting for the next ESPN piece to be cut and pasted here. Any original thought at KSR anymore?



  28. ShutUp
    2:43 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    27 as long as you’re clicking, their game plan is working. Who cares about originality? If KSR is just posting from other sites they are saving me the trouble of internet surfing. Thank you KSR for being my one-stop shop!



  29. Dee
    2:46 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Bring back BTI….smh….turrible…just turrible.



  30. JLivermore
    2:47 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Probably means all those teams are very mediocre at the moment.



  31. Al B. Frank
    2:49 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Rupp is only the 7th best home-court advantage in the country, according to ESPN (Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas is 1st)… also, an article discussing UK’s backcourt issues: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/8712505/king-court-examines-kentucky-point-guard-void-scours-nation-college-basketball



  32. Biglaw Dawgin'
    3:04 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    There’s simply a lot of parity in college basketball right now. Especially with the middle of the pack teams (which includes UK at the moment).



  33. Stuart Ban Hammer
    4:50 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Well the level of journalism on this site has fallen to Peter King levels. Something happened in sports isnt that WEIRD. Andrew Luck is an architect isnt that WEIRD. UK Basketball lost to a team that lost to another team that lost to UofL isnt that….WEIRD. Stuart should just finish his posts talking about shitty citrus micro-beers and then he will have himself locked up for a job at Sports Illustrated. Farewall thee Stuart, not seeing this in depth level of commentary will be…WEIRD



  34. Stat Man
    4:55 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    I rtemember a year when UK beat UofL twice and split with IU but beat IU when it counted. UK then beat Kansas who beat Ohio State which beat Iu and Kansas could have beaten UL as well. It all makes sense to me. UK beat everyone when it counted and some of them twice….oh, and UK won championship.



  35. Kentucky rain
    5:34 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    34)Best comment ever!



  36. Ghost of UK Past
    6:06 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Shhh no one tell stat man a new season has started. Because only thing
    everyone remembers is Notre Dame making UK say uncle and Coach Drew
    beating Coach Cal on his own floor. If youre real quiet you can hear
    the Big12 laughing.