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December Disappointments lead to April Accomplishments

Kentucky wins their third national championship in four years

Beginning in January, we will launch a new site called KSRU, that will feature college students writing features about UK sports, with an emphasis on some of the secondary sports at the school. Over the course of the rest of December, a few of these students will each be writing posts in this space at 9 am to get accustomed to the process. Therefore you will see a variety of names here in the coming days. We hope you enjoy their work and remember, be nice.

In the middle of this long week as we all await a redemption game from the Wildcats…


I wanted to offer a gleaming bit of hope for you all to read this lovely hump day morning.

Kentucky has won 7 National Championships (Duh), but something you may not know is that in each of these seven national championship winning seasons sits a key loss that helped the Wildcats learn a little something …


12/20/1947 – The Wildcats lose at Temple in a very close game. 59-60

12/30/1948 – The Sugar Bowl Championship in New Orleans. Kentucky loses to St. Louis by a heartbreaking 2 points

12/29/1950 We meet St. Louis in the Sugar Bowl again. We want revenge but we fall to them 42-43 in Overtime.

12/9/57 Kentucky at Maryland. We lose by a shocking number. 62-71.

1/23/78 Kentucky at Alabama. 62-78.

11/28/95 Kentucky loses to Massachusetts at the Great Eight tournament 82-92

12/27/97 I’m sure a lot of you remember this game …Louisville beats Kentucky. AT RUPP ARENA. 76- 79

All of these games were early upsets, most of them road games, and Kentucky was ranked #1 during most of these losses.


This is, of course, one of the youngest teams Kentucky has ever had. Our starting five is a group of teenagers and sometimes fans overlook that fact. Teague had a horrible first half, but he came back in the second half and helped to save us from a blow-out. It’s promising that he learned from what he did wrong.

Look at Connecticut vs Pittsburgh last season in late December. Jim Calhoun didn’t even want to play this game so early in the season. Pittsburgh was an excellent team and a hostile environment to play in. This was the Huskies first road game and Pittsburgh had a lot more experience than the Huskies did. If you take a game like this, or a game like UK vs IU and learn something from it, it gives you experience and helps you play better as a team from then on.


On January 9, 2010 Duke was defeated by Georgia Tech on the road. Duke went on a couple runs but they got out rebounded and weren’t shooting well, Kyle Singler was 2 for 13 from the field. Georgia Tech really wanted to win and stormed the court when they did. Duke carried those lessons and the fuel from that loss and won The National Championship.


When you continue to win games, you can become complacent and even lose a certain edge, a hunger for winning. This game restored that hunger for the team and for the fans.  This is a game Kentucky will look back on for the rest of the season and never want to feel that way again.


Would these teams have won the National Championship during these seasons without early losses? It’s possible. But no one remembers these losses, everyone remembers The National Championships and everyone will remember when we get our 8th…so enjoy the highlight of your season in December Indiana .. we’ll be enjoying ours in April … :)GO BIG BLUE!!!


Article written by Laura Leigh Rossoll

43 Comments for December Disappointments lead to April Accomplishments



  1. CalifCatFan
    9:07 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Let me be the FIRST to say: welcome to KSR.



  2. the alarm clock
    9:09 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    It was one loss…..this team will be fine. Anyone putting these kids down, or bad mouthing Coach Cal need to get a life….



  3. Grammar King
    9:09 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    This is like BTI, but good!



  4. tfordstyle
    9:11 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    is this LTI?



  5. scott
    9:19 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    You guys have a great team. But remember, it is HARD to with the National Championship, let alone make the final four. Long drought for you guys. No final four (since 1998) until just last year….oh well, at least you’re relevant again.



  6. Whatruthinking
    9:20 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Overall good post, but you have to know better then to bring up dukes championship don’t you. We hate them with tremendous hate. Use another example next time will ya.



  7. bung
    9:25 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    welcome to the jungle



  8. GoCats3
    9:25 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    This type of analysis drives me crazy. There is not a casual relationship between losing early and winning a national champtionship. To try to show stats to support this argument is fruitless.



  9. cpacat
    9:26 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Good points all (save the Puke mention..never a shout out to them, OK?)…Agree with #3) Like BTI, but well written and a continuous thought train with relative statistics.



  10. rekojerif
    9:28 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Wow positive…Sweet!!



  11. CatBlue in LR
    9:28 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Good job, Laura Leigh. This is a fine premise for a story, and I agree with the underlying assertion. Just one constructive criticism: AP calls for the score of the winning team always to precede the score of the losing team; i.e., “The Wildcats lose to Temple 60-59.” Keep up the good work.



  12. Shawon
    9:30 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Please remember…winning score goes first, followed by losing score.

    For example, Kentucky lost to Indiana last Saturday 73-72.



  13. Al's IndiCats
    9:30 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Very Well Done Ms. Rossoll. I enjoyed this article, especially the last two sentences. Keep up the good work.
    Well……Old_school, where you at? Even though this was a positive post, I’ll bet my house you’ll find someway….somehow a negitive spin on this!



  14. Grampa Don
    9:34 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Good logical blog with a great upbeat conclusion. You made us proud and I look forward to following your career in the future. I’m glad you mentioned the Cards over the Cats win, but that has no influence over my comments. Good job!



  15. Cat in TN
    9:38 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    very nice…I would have loved to have heard Rupp in the locker room of those losses! I bet those players still remember those losses AND speeches!



  16. Al's IndiCats
    9:39 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Is LMAO at #5….Seriously? My guess is that you think still think it’s a smorgasborg at Table #2 at Porcinis. BTW here’s the keys, turn out the lights and lock the door when you’re done!



  17. Optimism
    9:41 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    11) I’m pretty sure the first dude didn’t use one, and anyway it’s not like that ruins her entire post. I think the posts from the college kids on Monday and today were actually quite good. And yesterday’s had potential. Solid job, Laura, and welcome to the site. I don’t believe in judging KSRU before it even makes it online. I like these kids.



  18. scott
    9:44 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    You guys talk about food and Wal Mart a lot.



  19. off subject
    9:49 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    what do you think? I like to think that UK is a great school and also has great fans that are respectable to the oponent. I feel that it really shows a lack of class when our student section turns their back during the oponents introductions. What do you think?



  20. KYStout
    9:57 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome to KSR. Nothing at all wrong with the context in which you mentioned Duke. Ignore the children.
    I hope the team responds to this loss like our past National Champions. This is not the first big game Jones has decided to go AWOL.



  21. Duke Fan
    9:58 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    We do it so it must be ok!!



  22. Duke Fan
    9:59 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    sorry @ 21



  23. catsfan54
    10:01 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    awesome post!

    if IU would have missed that last shot or somehow not won that game it would have been a huge disservice to our team. no question this loss will be a valuable experience come March.



  24. JWebb
    10:04 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Good Job LLR. I still remember standing in SRO at B-dubs (when it was on campus in Lex) and watching Camby and crew sneak past the ’95-’96 cats. Any other UK fan like to do to Indiana what we did to UMass later on that year?

    For the first time since ’96, UK is putting a team on the court where a NC almost seems like the team’s destiny. In that line of thinking we can’t forget the late season loss that propelled UK to the ultimate prize in ’96 and ’98. Remember the UK surge after they lost to Ole Miss on Valentine’s Day in ’98…Mississippi State in ’96? Do we have to have another loss to win it all?

    Hope not.

    Again, great start…keep it coming.



  25. Nostradamus
    10:05 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Ms. Thompson, you are wrong. I am enjoying my posthoumous fame. In fact, I’m enjoying it so much that I’ve decided to start posting on the following thread…no need for me to be timely anymore.

    Ms. Rossoll, I believe a late season loss, just before the Big
    Dance is more beneficial. These boys will forget about
    December and think they are invincible by the time March rolls around.

    I foresee UK and Ohio State in the championship game.



  26. jaxcats8503
    10:14 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    GoCats3: I believe you mean ‘causal’, but you’re right, this post is a poor argument. Every team (except ’76 IU) has lost a game during the season before then going on to win the National Championship.



  27. DirtyD
    10:16 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Good job Ms. Laura Leigh I like!!



  28. JR
    10:16 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Great first post! The optimism and positivity is very refreshing. Keep up the good work!!



  29. Shermanator
    10:18 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    this was great! the best 9 am post this week! hope we see more posts like this!



  30. Helvete
    10:28 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    This is the type of post that I expected to see on here, this is awesome information and very much insightful. I love it and hope to see more!



  31. Old Guy in Lower Arena
    10:32 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    #8 – Bet you are a fun guy to sit with at games! There’s not a relationship; he was trying to point out that, just because you lose a game early in the season, it does not mean that you can’t go on to bigger and better things. This isn’t the BCS.



  32. shawnkempstvccjersey
    10:49 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    so is it official yet that only the women at ksr know anything about basketball, grammar, being interesting, etc.?



  33. GoCats3
    10:57 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    #31. Actually, I am a lot fun games. I just have a Master’s of Science in Statistics, so I know the limits of quantitative analysis. The most stats can do is show a mathematical association between two things. To show that one causes another is beyond the abilities of Statistics. This is one of the biggest myths in modern societies and needs to be put down at every corner.



  34. Pokey Chapman
    11:00 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Nice article but sombody needs to mention 1975. Knight rapps JBH on the head in a blowout loss in Bloomington and then we beat their undefeated team at Dayton in the Reg. Final in one of the greatest Kentucky victories of all time. Great picture by the way. Gotta love Frank Ramsey.



  35. Mike Leach
    11:01 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Why didn’t you talk about me?! Good article, save the smiley face at the end. That was lame.



  36. bigblue4
    11:08 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    It was one loss. It was in December. Will all these writers please chill out?



  37. AndyCat
    11:21 am December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome to ksr, look forward to more posts, However one should never, ever,ever mention duke, Pitt, or uconn who beat uk last year when comparing wildcat losses! I feel disturbed when there are comparisons such as these! The first comparisons were applicable wildcats to wildcats. The others were apples to oranges!



  38. warrior
    12:04 pm December 14, 2011 Permalink

    I hate Chattanooga with evey fiber of my body.



  39. AJ
    12:45 pm December 14, 2011 Permalink

    the/a national championship or The/A National Championship?

    Capitalization?

    /Professor Jones



  40. Ghostofbearbryant
    1:14 pm December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Is this a picture of the point shavers?



  41. TrueBlue
    1:41 pm December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Enjoyed the post and reminders, sure helped with the outright gloating that has been taking place here…..keep ’em coming!



  42. ATLCatfan
    2:10 pm December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Very good first outing!! Sounds like some of the commenting readers forget this is blog that strives to entertain while informing…you did a good job with that! Lighten up folks!



  43. oldfashioned
    9:13 pm December 14, 2011 Permalink

    Women are meant for the kitchen