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Excuses, Excuses


It’s no secret that a lot of fouls were called in yesterdays game. There were 52 called to be exact. Doesn’t that seem a bit ridiculous?

The only reasonable explanation I can think of for so many fouls to be called is to avoid a Cinncinnatti-Xavier type fiasco, or the referees were just simply horrible. Why don’t they have to answer to anyone about the fouls they called? I would personally like to see a referee being interviewed after the game. “Yes, Mr. Greene, what the hell is your problem?”

When that many fouls are called, it is impossible to get any type of game flow going. You end up with several scrappy possessions and not a very good shooting game. This was proven by the Wildcats’ shooting percentage of 29.

While there were a lot of fouls called, that is NOT the reason Louisville lost. Many of my Louisville “friends” were blaming the entire loss on the referees. Not that I expect anything but excuses from Louisville fans but the referees were bad for both teams.  Kentucky’s 43-27 free throw advantage did not have everything to do with Kentucky winning the game ….

In a game with such horrible offense, the main thing that can save you is obviously defense. Kentucky had 20 offensive rebounds and Louisville only had 21 defensive rebounds. Kentucky also held Louisville to 10 offensive rebounds, so they weren’t able to get a lot of second chance points. Kentucky held Louisville to a shooting percentage of 32.

A lot of the rebounding came from Kentucky’s main man Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. I don’t have to tell you how important he was to the win because all of you watched the game, it’s pretty obvious how important he was. Kidd-Gilchrist had 24 points and 19 rebounds. He was one rebound shy of the freshmen record set in ’88 by Chris Mills.

And even though Kidd-Gilchrist practically out-rebounded the entire starting lineup for Louisville, lets not forget that if Behanan hadn’t gotten into foul trouble, it would of been a completely different game ………………

Article written by Laura Leigh Rossoll

69 Comments for Excuses, Excuses

  1. Majorbigtime
    4:05 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    This is without question the most poorly-written article in KSR history.

  2. rmc
    4:05 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    if Davis hadn’t gotten into foul trouble in the first half, Louisville doesn’t go on the run they had.

  3. DeezStun
    4:09 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Aaaaand Behanan’s fouls were bs, thus I don’t fault the Louisville fans for complaining.

  4. Phil
    4:09 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Is Cincinnati spelled wrong on purpose?

  5. Another Perspective
    4:15 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    What rmc at #2 said.

  6. @_mr_exquisite_
    4:17 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink


  7. Gary
    4:17 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    What game were you watching? The refs had no choice but to call all the fouls. This was a very physical game where no one backed down.

  8. Jezz
    4:19 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    “It would of been” makes me want to vomit on your hair.

  9. BakerTom
    4:19 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    If we had lost and the foul differential was what it was in UL’s favor UK fans would be calling for a CIA investigation.

  10. ktmiln2
    4:24 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    9. This just in: fans of losing teams often look for excuses in their team not performing to expectations.

    -Ric Romero reporting.

  11. KD
    4:28 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    17 more freethrows in the bonus within 5 minutes of the game. Not saying thats the reason it’ no secret Ky has better talent than the Cards, but what does that say about Uk. other than the rebounding is all Uk actually had more of. Thats the difference besides the freethrows rebounds lead to more shot chances and the cards have had trouble all year scoring. but cards defense showed a glaring weakness for cats also. No excuses for this card

  12. dave
    4:29 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    9- true. but the difference is uofl presses & fouls as much as they can every game. this game was no different. the cats defense doesn’t natuarlly lead to fouls like uofl’s. AND had dieng, behanan & rak not had 1 less FG combined than peyton siva may be they could’ve drawn more fouls???

  13. Go Cats
    4:35 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    9 is a tard fan. Those wannabes have been irrelevant since 1986. The foul count- 29 on loserville and 23 on UK. Face it ghetto boys- UK owns ur commuter school.

  14. strange brew
    4:38 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I covered UofL fans and their myths,

    Seems great minds think alike.

  15. GrumpyOldDude
    4:43 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    1 – Agreed…..especially cringe at “…would of..”

  16. Scott
    4:46 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    And UK fans would have complained too if the shoe were on the other foot. Fans complain when their team loses. Reference the IU loss for a good recent example of fan sour grapes.

    I won’t say the refs cost the Cards the game but they sure as hell cost the fans form seeing a fun game. You gotta let the players play. A stop in play every 30 seconds is no fun.

  17. Wildcatfan
    4:47 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Hate to point this out, but the reason 52 fouls were called was because they were committed. What do you want the officials to do? The rules say that when a foul is committed, the official is supposed to call it. There was nothing wrong with calling those fouls. If anything, more should have been called. Beginning to think the people at KSR who write these blogs are just not very smart.

  18. ktmiln2
    4:47 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    16. Read reply number 10

  19. Rupperee
    4:48 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Take….These broken wings….and learn to fly again Ricky

  20. Justified
    4:50 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I was watching the game and thought louisvilles players looked like maniacs flying around reaching in going bonkers try and get a steal or block. When they are playing like crazy people directd onto a ball court, there are gonna be bunches of fouls

  21. nolablue
    4:55 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    What kind of coach doesn’t teach his team that a Technical also counts as a Personal?
    The “Behanan/foul” excuse is ridiculous. Even more proof that Colonel Cryptkeeper
    is NOT an elite coach any more.

  22. Obi Wan Kenobi
    5:00 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Who is the greater fool? The fool or the fool who follows him?
    If you have such a problem with KSR, why are you reading it?

  23. Bluegoose41
    5:03 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    7 and 17. I agree 100%. The officials did not dictate the pace the game, the players did. With that type of game, there is not an official on this planet that would have pleased the fans. The officials tried to pass on a few calls to try and get a flow, but the players would not let them. It is the players responsibility to adjust to the officials calls, not the other way around. If you remember, Cal made comments last week about teams holding and grabbing.

    Oh and the photo shown above was Pitino’s reaction to a great call. The replay clearly showed that Siva got there late on that play.

  24. bubbles
    5:05 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I wish refs had to go to press conferences

  25. J.Picklesnickle
    5:05 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Agree with 1, 7 and 17. The fouls had to be called. There should have been 15 more fouls called – and 5 more travels. There should not have been a Technical on Chane, in my opinion – but that was subjective. The others were missed calls. Tony Greene did a great job for the most part – the rest of his crew stunk it up. Also, let’s stop posting just to post something that is neither sensible or thought-out. There are so many garbage blog entries on this site – and this one is a shining example.

  26. Culver
    5:06 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Obviously UofL was going to make this into a hack/attack type of game. Pitino has like 25 players on the roster for a reason! As much as I hated all the whistles, considering the game had no flow, I still had no problem with most of the calls. A foul is a foul! Both ways! When Pitino was coach at UK, later years, he had a deep bench back then as well. They used to attack on defense the same way as his current card’s team. And 99% of your rival games, in every sport or level, usually turn out like this game did. UGLY!!!

  27. snl1960
    5:13 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    chane pitched the ball back at the player he fouled…..Technical…..attitude,arrogance… pitch it to officials like u r supposed to.

  28. Big J
    5:15 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #25. The fouls called were indeed fouls and yes there were at least 15 more fouls that should have been called on Louisville. They are taught to bump, push and slap across the wrists.
    Slick Rick has always taught this in his pressing style of play. And wasn’t this a Big East officiating crew?

  29. big cuzzzz
    5:19 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Wow – this was complete torture trying to read from beginning to end. My head hurts now.

    Where’s Beisner? Please write more. We miss you.

  30. Uhhhhh
    5:20 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like the girl who wrote this didn’t do much research and just decided to write on an obvious point.. Need to have better posts than this.

  31. he says she
    5:20 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Then Louisville fans were not watching the same game I watched. The refs could have called 15 more fouls on Louisville and a couple of no-calls on walking violations. It seemed like the common theme was for a Kentucky player to get a no-call on a hack and then get whistled for a touch on the other end.

    Inconsistent officiating at best.

  32. TylerFan
    5:27 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Laura is just trying to stir up some testosterone with this post.

  33. bluegrassjimmy
    5:29 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Behanan is going to fit in well with these bunch of loosers. He is just pissed we didn’t recruit him like the little god he belives himself to be!!

  34. el rubio
    5:32 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Behanan was making a masturbatory gesture to Jones. Thats why he was T’ed up.

  35. phrakture
    5:37 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Ah yes, Cincinnati is not Mississippi my dear. I can see the confusion though.

  36. bluegrassjimmy
    5:37 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    he says she Says, agree 1000%, I counted about 5 or 6 of these! my wife bluegrassbaby had to protect the TV screen on each one! lol

  37. Carl
    5:39 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    The time where Battles pulled Davis out of bounds and the tackle on Lamb at the end of the games were pathetic misses by the referees. Both occurred in plain sight. That’s why there are 3 refs at the game. It’s well known the Gerald Boudreaux (head of officials) does not like Kentucky and Greene and one of the other refs do not like Cal. Thank goodness our talent can overcome the personal bias of the people responsible for officiating the game.

  38. bluegrassjimmy
    5:40 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Look at the Excuses Excuses photo, is the Ref shooting the three goggles and Rickie going bonkers over it, lol???

  39. SeoulCat
    5:47 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink


  40. ukcats
    5:47 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I know that KSR thinks that newspapers and old journalism are dying, but does grammar and editing have to die too? Would of = would’ve = would have. The first one is WRONG. I hope 8 does vomit in your hair.

  41. #Rise
    5:57 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    There was some awful calls on both ends. But most of UL buddies are saying we got away with over the back fouls, that is why we out rebounded them. SMDH

  42. Catsforever
    6:02 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Whoever said “painful to read” have to agree. Go back to elementary school and start over.

  43. Cardsandcatsfan
    6:06 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    If you read the courier journal today you would have seen that Pitino had no problem with the number of fouls called and candidly agreed that the fouls were indeed comitted. No making excuses, and he was in a better position than any fan to know if they were legit. He also had very glowing praise for Davis and KG both as players and as men.

  44. lackluster at best
    6:12 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I realize its hard to generate hourly content around the clock, but KSR would be better off to update less frequently rather than green light elementary-level drivel like this. Oh, Beisner…how we miss you.

  45. lackluster at best
    6:12 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I realize it’s hard to generate hourly content around the clock, but KSR would be better off to update less frequently rather than green light elementary-level drivel like this. Oh, Beisner…how we miss you.

  46. TylerFan
    6:12 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    39 nice!

  47. Bad
    6:13 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    This post was a fail. How do some of these people obtain the ability to write here???

  48. Catsforever
    6:24 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Would have to add, the Drew Franklin assessment of Terrence Jones performance yesterday was pathetic. That guy played his heart out.

  49. mrtwopoints
    6:38 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder if Louisville runs a drill in practice where they practice reaching in and smacking the [email protected]# out of each other? They were very good at fouling.

  50. Three in a row
    6:43 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville’s style of play, especially when they are a big underdog, is the culprit. They push and grab (Clark Kellogg admitted as much yesterday) 24/7 on defense and those are fouls in any arena not named YUM! Center. Most of UK’s fouls seemed to be out-of-control stuff in response to the speed which UL attempted to impose on the game. Playground and reckless play leads to fouling. Unfortunate we had to watch it, but we get to savor a win one day later.

  51. Musehobo
    6:44 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Do you have an editor? If your going to mock newspapers for being irrelevant, the least you can do is hire skilled writers. And before people start yelling “It’s a free site! Don’t read it if you don’t like it!”, I want this site to be an example of how a blog should be run. I love KSR. I’m proud of this site…but nonsense like this is getting more prevalent. What happened to who wants to be a blogger? At least that weeded out people who write like this.

  52. concerned citizen
    6:51 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    do you people not realize that this is a college girl? I guarantee that 50 out of the 53 posters thus far in this thread could NOT write a better post than this. Granted there are a few grammatical errors, but so does EVERY SINGLE post on KSR. That does not make them bad writers, all good writers make mistakes, it just so happens that they have them corrected before they are published to the public. Seriously, leave this poor girl alone and quit criticizing when the vast majority of you could not do any better.

  53. Lol
    7:33 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Bad article, the game was officiated how we wanted it officiated. Louisville plays hard however a little light on talent. Pitino had a plan to muddy the game up and play ugly. That has been his style at Louisville all but one of the years he has been there. Good coaching, but out of need. Cats were 12.5 point favorite and should have been, Louisville played the way they needed to. We played very hard.

    7:50 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I agree, Laura. It’s become sacreligious, even for sports reporters, to openly criticize referees. Hate it when referees ponder beforehand how fouls should be called in an upcoming game. Who made them the master deliberators? Paranoia led them to stop a fight before it started (fearing another Cincinnati-Xavier brawl), and that’s just plain wrong to bias officiating before a tip-off.

  55. JP7
    8:01 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t blame the officials for the number of fouls called. Calipari stated earlier in the week the Cats would be okay if the grabbing, pushing and bumping were called and he was right. The reason Louisville’s defense is so potent is that they are a bunch of hatchet men. They play that way because Pitino knows they are not very good offensively and the only way to make up for it is to use the press and foul relentlessly, hoping the officials will let a lot of it go. They have been successful up to this point with it and it is good strategy when you don’t have good shooters or scorers. It is what he has always done-find a way to hide your weaknesses. Fortunately for the Cats the officials were not going to allow the game to turn into a free for all and the Cats used the free throw as their biggest weapon.

  56. Syrin
    8:18 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    They should have called 30 MORE fouls. Half of UoL’s team shouyld have fouled out. Bunch of f***ing hack masters. We had players LITERALLY thrown to the ground with NO FOULS CALLED !!

  57. fishinfool
    8:58 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    The problem with the officials was their inconsistency. It was horrible, on both sides. Yes we got away with some fouls that weren’t called. And they could have had more also. But then the refs call ticky tact stuff which frustrates everyone. Yes the refs were bad.

  58. Musehobo
    9:19 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I could easily write a better article. And it’s not because I don’t make grammatical errors (I do, and frequenly). It’s because I read back through my work. It’s because I have multiple people proofread my work. It’s because I will spend more time making sure my thoughts are organized in a logical manner. And my work usually just goes to one professor. If I was writing for a site like this, I would scrutinize my work, even for a cheeky site such as KSR. The people complaining here didn’t have a problem were her opinion, just her writing style. Anybody who can write a decent article would recognize the juvenile nature of this post.

  59. cats11
    9:21 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    58 said it.

  60. he says she
    9:28 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, the refs were inconsistent. The problem with officiating a Louisville game is that the refs can’t call every foul they commit because they would have to stop the clock every 10 seconds. They let a lot of it go… and some of the no-calls are pretty vicious hacks/bumps/muggings where Louisville clearly gained an advantage by the contact — either with a turnover or a major disruption of Kentucky’s offensive flow.

    I remember it being the same way when Pitino coached at UK. The difference was that he had more talent at UK and not only would he wear down an opponent with his relentless press, but Kentucky had the talent to also blow away teams offensively… especially Pitino’s later teams.

  61. smartcat1
    10:13 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    i thought these refs were Big East Refs???Sorry they called it like it was. The fouls helped keep UofL in the game. Took UK completely off their game. I believe that was Coach P’s plan. UK just played harder. Sorry UL guys!

  62. Reality
    10:43 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Sadly, the refs should have called more fouls. Behanan’s foul trouble saved him some embarrassment. He would have played a bigger role in UK’s block party.

  63. Lol
    10:54 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink


  64. Coach Stone
    11:28 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    That is what pitino was hoping for. He had depth so by making it a physical game he had a chance. Louisville fouled alot more than were even called. They knew refs wouldn’t call foul every trip so they just kept fouling. It was to their advantage. The one person though that they needed on the floor who got into foul trouble was freshman from BG. Him leaving floor hurt them something fierce offensively.

  65. Tim
    12:31 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    The funny thing about this game is there were a lot of fouls that weren’t called. That was the only way louisville thought they could win. Didn’t Pitino even say a day before the game that the refs couldn’t call all the fouls.

  66. concerned citizen 2
    3:35 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    58- I found more errors in your comment than in her post… FAIL! Oh, and sentence structure is awful too, that’s not something that one fixes in a proof-read. Give her some slack, you butchered the English language Sammy Sosa-style “I do baseball good, hit ball far”, while making fun of her syntax. #hypocrite

  67. billy
    7:47 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    In the final end it was Davis who actually won the game with his BLOCKS, FREETHROW SHOOTING AND HIS DUNKS. he was unstoppable when playing. Played only 7 minutes in the first half. Incredible!

  68. catman-tubbyfan
    2:46 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    pitino is a 15 second man not even a minute man!

  69. GrumpyOldDude
    3:24 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    66 – Proofread is one word. #glasshouserocktosser