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Facing the Reality of Missing the Big Dance


Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament fate was sealed literally on four straight offensive possessions Friday versus Vanderbilt. After having cut the Commodores’ lead to 12 (a bad sign in and of itself…falling behind over 20 points to any SEC team with a partisan UK crowd at the SEC Tournament is bad), UK began to tighten up its defense and Vanderbilt went slightly cold for the first time in the game. On four straight plays, the Cats executed their offense well and had easy opportunities to convert and cut the Vanderbilt lead to three. Alex Poythress missed the front end of a one-and-one, Willie Cauley-Stein did the same, Ryan Harrow avoided contact on a layup and ended up missing a bunny and Archie Goodwin barely drew contact on a wide open three. Four possessions that had been executed to get a GREAT look at points, ended up with self-made errors that ended any reasonable hope of a miraculous run. Kentucky lost the game by a significant margin, and with that loss, their time on the wrong side of the bubble ended permamently.

However while the Vanderbilt stinker may have been the literal end to the Tournament hopes (along with the home losses to Baylor/Texas A&M and the clunker at Georgia), the roots of the failure started months before. While a myriad of explanations for UK’s failure to make the Tournament can be made, at its core, one truth suffices. This team simply didn’t have the right makeup to have success under John Calipari. The One and Done rule that Calipari is forced to master clearly can help win a championship. Teams can be constructed every year during the summer and fall, and by the end of the season, be ready to compete with the best of the best. It helps to have returning veterans who can contribute, but when a team has the dominance of the 2012 Champs, getting those veterans can be extremely difficult. But regardless of whether you have all newcomers, or a mix that includes experience, you have to have players of a certain mindset to execute that style. They have to have high basketball IQs (to overcome inexperience) and be unafraid of their more accomplished opponents. And to play that system with John Calipari, they also have to be tough, in order to deal with a Coach that considers toughness and overcoming adversity crucial components to a person’s character. Unfortunately, this team had too many guys who didn’t have all (or any) of these components.

The reality is that at times this year, this team played tentative, soft, timid and without anything resembling a Calipari team mindset. In key situations, virtually every player on the team not named Julius or Archie, went through stretches where they seemed unwilling to take a big shot or show the aggressiveness necessary for a big play. When the going got tough at home, and the BBN was on its feet urging the team on and giving confidence and support, many of these players hit their strides. But on the road, or in Tournament play, the confidence didn’t come from outside and the players were unable to summon anything from within to make the big plays and rise to the challenge. It isn’t that the team was not filled with talented players…a number of these guys have NBA futures whether now, or in the near future…but collectively they didn’t have the makeup to go into battle and come out on the other side successfully.

The Vanderbilt game was one of the most difficult I have ever watched as a UK fan. It seemed like a 2 hour slog through the mud, with the Cats unable to do virtually anything right, while Vanderbilt couldn’t do anything wrong. Even with fans trying to use the collective force of their desire for victory to change the outcome, once Kentucky got down in double digits, it never was unable to cut the lead even under 10. It was honestly sad to watch and helped the streets of Nashville to have a Big Blue Depression that cost not only the fans, but the city’s economy a great deal. From that moment on, I realized that not only would UK likely not make the Tournament, I couldn’t get outraged about it as well. We as UK fans wanted this team to succeed mightily and even left a rather low bar for such success. With everyone confident that another magical year awaits in 2013-2014 (and yes, I still firmly believe that), this was a holdover year, where as the season progressed, a NCAA Tournament bid and good effort in the Dance would have sufficed. Unfortunately, not even that was this team’s destiny as they succumbed to the defeatist ending that almost seemed inevitable at various points during the season.

At the end of the day, one could quibble about the Committee’s final decision to leave Kentucky out of the field of 68. A strong case can be made that Middle Tennessee State, isn’t really Tournament worthy, despite their #29 RPI ranking, due to their inability to beat anyone besides Ole Miss ranked in the Top 100. And you could also make the case that the Tournament Committee’s rationale (voiced by the Chair Mike Bobinski) that what hurt UK were its “double digit margins” in road losses, seems counter to what was told to me in Indianapolis, mainly that margin of defeat/victory is a relatively irrelevant factor. But I can’t get myself worked up about any time of NCAA Tournament Committee snub today. The Cats had a chance to make the Tournament and get past the Noel injury completely and they let it slip through their hands. The Chairman of the Committee, Mike Bobinski, said today that UK would have made it if they won “one or two games” in the SEC Tournament. Beating Vandy would have probably sufficed, but they didn’t do it. And thus, I won’t complain too loudly.

Look, this is embarrassing. We are going on the road to a school named Robert Morris to play on ESPN in a game that is the definition of “no-win situation.” But you know what? It is what it is, and at this point it is what UK deserves. With many chances to overcome adversity and reach its goal, Kentucky was unable to do either. Many factors contributed to this occurrence, but the result is still the same. A John Calipari team didn’t play like a John Calipari team and now it ends up in a very un-John Calipari environment. The Cats return to Calipari’s hometown to play in a 3,000 seat gymnasium against a school only hardcore college basketball fans would even know existed. We wish it were otherwise, but after the six month journey this season, it is the deserved result.

Oh and by the way, you can get tickets for $15 at the Robert Morris ticket box office in the morning by calling 412-397-4949. So if you live in Pittsburgh or the surrounding area, you got that going for you…which is nice. Radio tomorrow from St Matthews Mall in Louisville…I am sure UL fans are going to be very considerate.

Article written by Matt Jones

189 Comments for Facing the Reality of Missing the Big Dance

  1. Smart Person
    10:54 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I only hoped that this team got some NCAA experience for next year. It will be tough to Win a championship with nobody who has been there.

  2. Fishersblue
    10:54 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, you are looking for excuses that are not there. It is not complicated. They simply were not skilled enough. On paper they were talented, but they simply had too many holes in their games. We expected too much of what turned out to be normal freshmen.

  3. OverSeas
    10:54 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Alex, Archie & Kyle… better get used to playing in a 3,000 seat gym. That’s where you’re gonna be from now on.

  4. TShlew
    10:54 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I wish I could say this team let their tourney chances slip through their fingers. It was more like them throwing their chances out the window of a fighter jet at some crazy altitude (I have little knowledge of what would be realisitic) with no parachute and a large lead ball attached.

  5. Mike
    10:55 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I think this season is a little on everyone. Coaches, players and fans. Everyone seemed to have a National Championship hangover and just when you finally decided to get into the season, it was too late.

  6. Question
    10:57 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, will you be breaking down the NIT bracket tomorrow?

  7. david
    10:57 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Cal cant have another season like this. You don’t get to be the highest paid coach in CBB and end your season in Nowhere PA more than once as a fluke. Bad, like, Gillispie bad.

  8. Rixter
    10:57 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Nobody has mentioned North Carolina. They went 2 – 8 this year against the tournament field, with home wins against UNLV and North Carolina State. They beat exactly nobody on the road, and got, 8 seed?

  9. KSR Listener
    10:58 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, does your KSR benefits package include personal days? If not you should exercise your president of KSR powers and mandate such till things settle down. I’ve never seen such troll-ism as in the last 5 hours. Is this what you get on Twitter every day?

  10. StopHammerTime
    10:59 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Kansas board reporting Randle will commit to KU this week.

  11. Demo1975
    11:00 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    KY got what they earned. Not angry at all. It is what it is… That is all

  12. AbbeyNormal
    11:01 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Sometimes I wish this site would turn off the comments sections. I really hate reading all the bullshit and hate from our own fanbase and the trolls of others. It gets real old day in and day out. Do us all a favor-either go find another team to root for or if you area troll go root for your own team–remember how much better of a basketball team they are??

  13. Rixter
    11:03 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    14, you are exactly right. Cal admitted as much. He will learn from it, and won’t let it repeat.

    Every one of our kids was more highly rated coming out of high school than every one of Vandy’s kids. But they had a year or 2 of experience, that made all the difference.

  14. AbbeyNormal
    11:03 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    And one more thing-no one was complaining about one and dones last year–When we won a national title! Make up your minds people!

  15. Book It Chester
    11:03 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Chester said “Maaaaaatttt, you can write it down. Kentucky is going to win against Vandy and then win the SEC tournament. ‘Cause I have faith in these boys. Everyone else is giving up on them.”

  16. SoCal Will
    11:03 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” Both sides of the coin are inevitable when you love a team. Thankfully, we know next year can be special.

  17. We Hang Banners
    11:03 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Im ready for the game. Everybody just suck it and watch. Get over it. One off year.

  18. Rixter
    11:04 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Abbey, unfortunately…Da Ville doesn’t have a fan blog…too high tech for them.

  19. Two Face
    11:05 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I have a coin you can borrow. Heads every time.

  20. BBN
    11:05 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Matt: Call a spade a spade for Christ’s sake! Cal deserves the blame for what happened this season. He recruited the players and badly misjudged Ryan Harrow.

  21. wildcat fan
    11:05 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    i love kentucky basketball witha passion and i love this team love em’ if they win hate ’em if they loose i love them either way they are my team whom i support we had a down year but next year we will be stronger than ever.

  22. Yuck
    11:07 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I heard Rex Chapman on a bracket show with the CBS crew. He said Pitino is the best coach on the planet.

  23. AbbeyNormal
    11:07 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Idiot? Nice. You have a nice night too.

  24. ILCatsFan
    11:11 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    9. My sentiments exactly! I have the same feeling inside right now as I did in Billy Clyde’s final season. Cal is being paid top dollar to, at the very least, make the damn tourney! No excuses! This season was a disaster, pretty much from the beginning. Time for Cal to clean house, bring in the five-star recruits, and sprinkle in some recruits that are going to hang around and contribute for 4 years. It’s time to build a friggin’ program, not an NBA farm team.

  25. Reality Check
    11:11 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah Matt, Card fans will be as nice as you were the last few years. You had to know this would come back on you at some point. You said it was over for Pitino and Rick would never be better year than uk with Cal there. You said he would run Rick out of town. So, you can basically suck it and like it. Pitino is doing it without NBA ringers that were bought and paid for. Cal is a garbage coach without have twice as much talent as the other team. He had 6 pros and uofl had 0 last year. Yet, it was a tie game with 4 to go. That tells the story.

  26. oldschool
    11:12 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, I am an idiot.

  27. Smitty
    11:12 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    27- I agree with 28.

  28. Heart ache
    11:12 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I consider myself a huge uk fan why do you people keep talking about next year they will be just like this year it’s not about ky for them just the nba come on wake up. Please don’t be fooled cal knows this also

  29. Rixter
    11:14 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Does anyone remember the 1978 NCAA championship UK team? Do you remmeber what happened the next year? UK went to the NIT.

    Was anybody calling for Joe B Hall’s job?

  30. Reality Check
    11:14 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, I am an idiot and love to eat turnups.

  31. Big O
    11:14 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Lot of BS. Could have been said –“this team sucked!”

  32. Agree
    11:15 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Oldschool .. Could not agree with you more. You are indeed a bonifide idiot.

  33. CAT FAN
    11:15 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I love how all of you “Kentucky fans” talk about our players and coaches. I know this season hasnt been the most exciting to watch, but a true fan will continue to support their team whether they are undefeated or win less. I also remember a lot of so called fans complaining and trashing the team when Brandon Knight and co. were struggling winning road games and ended up going to the final four, and then jumped back on the band wagon. And as far as the one and done rule, what do you want Cal to do, turn down the top talent every year? That would be stupid. So either support your team and hope to win the NIT or shut up and support someone else. We just one a title, went to the FF and an elite 8

  34. Pup, MD
    11:16 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Well, this Pittburgher Cat fan is going to be calling the RMU ticket office in the morning and I’m going to be proud as hell to wear blue Tuesday night. Our top six scorers left and were draft picks last year. There are few teams on the planet that could rebound from that in one year. The fact that we expected that we could shows that we’re either ridiculously spoiled or that Cal is such a genius that we could even expect him to pull off a miracle like that.

    This isn’t like Gillespie’s year when we had two consecutive disappointing seasons and no relief in sight. This is the year after a national championship, with possibly the best draft class in recorded history on deck.

    We’re Cat fans. We’re the best fans in the country for the best program in the country. We shouldn’t be whiny little ADHD kids who crap their pants and lose all perspective.

  35. scorpiocard
    11:17 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Heh Heh Heh

  36. Ky Blue
    11:17 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    AbbeyNormal .. stay positive .. I agree with you on the comments section. I do my best to ignore the trolls, but it is hard when it gets this out of control.

  37. Jarweed
    11:18 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    This is the quintessential no-win situation — given the setting in this high school sized gym; the story of defending champ missing the field; and the spectacle of prime time on ESPN Tuesday. It’s a bad joke. I suspect the NCAA is loving this. ESPN is surely happy. The NCAA don’t like how we go about things, and they did’t like getting called out on Enes.

  38. AbbeyNormal
    11:18 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    The same thing happened to UL’s 86 national championship team…. Tey went to the NIT the following year. Same thing with good ‘ol boy Roy’s UNC ’09 national champ team-they went to the NIT. It happens. Support your team and move along. Lets just hope for a better season next year.

  39. Agree
    11:18 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    25. Rick hasn’t delivered a title at UL. I would keep your comments in check until the Dirty Birds and PITINO win a title. I have a gut feeling that it won’t happen this year and if it doesn’t it will be a ling time before they have this chance again.

  40. AbbeyNormal
    11:19 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks KY blue :). I will always support our team. Just wish more people felt the same way.

  41. Katastic
    11:20 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s win the NIT championship by 40 and show the NCAA Selection Committee they’ve made a mistake. Go Cats!! Anyone up for some troll stomping? The comment section needs a thumbs up and down, anything over 10 thumbs down gets minimized.

  42. Eric K
    11:21 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    #34 Thank you. Couldn’t have said it any better. The real BBN is behind our team WIN OR LOSE! To all the hater, suck it!! GO CATS!!

  43. AbbeyNormal
    11:21 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Katastic-that’s fantastic! Thumbs up 🙂

  44. Agree
    11:21 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    This time next year none of these topics will be thought of or talked. UK will be title contender and a 1 or 2 seed. Mark it down!

  45. scorpiocard
    11:22 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    @39) Like next year? Keep up much?

  46. Melvit
    11:25 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Great post Matt. AbbeyNormal, yes, we were complaining about the one and done last year. CATFAN, just because people are complaining about this team’s lack of effort this year, doesn’t mean they don’t support the team. The fans gave it everything they could and this team didn’t care enough to show up for games.

    I believe Cal will learn a lot from this hard lesson and it will not happen again while he is here. The biggest problem is the NBA and their one and done rule. That’s where the change needs to happen.

  47. Sparks
    11:27 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve been saying that we will be defending our national title in the NIT this year, sorry about the other teams that got invited to the wrong tournament.

  48. Eric K
    11:28 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    If loserville doesn’t win it this year, well they will never win one with Mr. 15 seconds. What will they have next year? NOTHING! Same goes for the lossiers! Then all the damn trolls won’t be found. IN CAL WE TRUST!! GO CATS!!

  49. AbbeyNormal
    11:30 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Does anyone know why we aren’t playing in memorial? Did I miss that part on the selection show?

  50. BBN
    11:31 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    At the very least I hope Cal gets rid of that stupid top of the key weave maneuver they run constantly on offense.

  51. Curious
    11:31 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Any chance any of the UK players with intentions to declare for the draft opt out of playing these games to avoid a possible career ending injury in what is basically a pointless rest of the season in their eyes? I don’t expect it, just wonder if it could happen…

  52. BBN
    11:32 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, I am an idiot. Go Hoosiers!

  53. Really?
    11:34 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    You so called “CATS FANS” make me absolutely sick! No one was complaining about the one and done rule last year when we were unbeatable. Now Cal and the Cats have a bad year and you are talking about him like last year never happened. You people are the reason that every other fan base hates the BBN and te reason that they get on here talking crap when UK is down. And for you card fans, all the pressure is now on you to do what UK did 62 years ago, which is win its third National Championship

  54. Smitty
    11:35 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    25. What tells the story is the 2012 NCAA Championship banner hanging in Rupp Arena… Stop by the next time you are in Lexington and give it a look.

  55. BBN
    11:37 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    #46: Bill Self, Rick Pitino, Roy Williams & Jim Boeheim have no problem with the NBA one and done rule. It hasn’t drained their teams of talent. They are building programs with experienced upperclassmen players, not NBA farm teams. I hate all three coaches but the truth is what it is.

  56. eastcoastcat
    11:39 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  57. Eric K
    11:39 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    KENTUCKY will go from playing in the NIT to being preseason #1! IN CAL WE TRUST! GO CATS!!

  58. Troy Landry
    11:41 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Troy Landry syay, I sure hope the gators start to bite.
    I have a lot of tags to fill and a short time to fill them.
    These teams talk about toughness…they don’t know what toughness is, try wrestling a 1,000 lb aligator, thay is toughness.
    I think I could coach a college team…Shoot, Man Shoot!!!

  59. GoForIt
    11:41 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    55 just said it best.

  60. BBN
    11:43 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck & Taz have no problem with Nick at Night. I love all three but I know they are just cartoons. The truth is what it is!

  61. Bridges of Madison County
    11:44 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Finding the fresh jawbone of a donkey, she took it and struck down 1000 men

  62. Eric K
    11:45 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    #53 preach it. Loserville’s backcourt will break under the pressure, Siva will have a shit game as will Smith. They will CHOKE!! So will the loosiers. CHOKE!! GO CATS!!

  63. GoForIt
    11:45 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    60 just said best. That is all.

  64. sunnycat
    11:48 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Without Cal all the NBA talent goes to Duke, UNC, Kansas, Mich St and UConn under Calhoun and we were still signing players in the fall and summer for the upcoming season just like now. But the big difference now is talent level. I will gladly take my chances with Cal anyday.

  65. The Count
    11:49 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    BBN, you listed four coached in #55 comment. However, you stated you hate all three?

  66. sunnycat
    11:49 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    57. AMEN

  67. Andy
    11:49 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t bother going to see this team play in one of the lesser depressing parts of Pennsylvania. All you’ll be doing is rewarding behavior, and it’s not like Harrow and Poythress will show up. Fans would suit themselves better scooping up tickets to the UofL game at Rupp. How quickly can people get oversized Karen Sypher head shots?

  68. BAdams
    11:51 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    It sucks goin to the NIT, but we didnt deserve to be in the NCAA. We had numeruous opportunities to prove ourselves but blew it everytime. No I never thought we would see the NIT under Cal, but I dont blame him. I blame the selfishness that occured on the court and lack of hustle throughout the year. Cal didnt have the bench to sit those guys, so I guess it kinda is his fault, but I dont think he expected Teague and Lamb to leave, which was a mistake on their part if they really cared about being the best players they could be. It seemed Cal used the tricks he’s used with every team, but not all players had the same heart as last years guys. I feel for guys like WCS who put it out there every game and had to deal with his teammates not putting forth the same effort. This team thought they were last years team and they got a rude awakening. Now maybe they will stick around and take this as a learning experience and come back hungrier than ever and play with next years freshmen.

  69. Dvc cat
    11:52 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Omg, if the national media looks at these comments sections they will get and eye full of the stereotype of UK fans they so love to portray. This team should have been able to make the tourney especially if Noel had not been injured. That minor fact sees to have slipped some of your minds – you know, the best player on the team by far? Lets also not forget that Cal has recruited players who ended up one and done but were not expected to be and others have left despite needing to stay. The main Suseela is that this team was overrated in preseason and Cal said as much then. Three elite eights or better in four years…I’ll choose to give the guy the benefit of the good will earned. Nothing like the BCG era or its final year where there was no hope for the future.

    By all means express your disappointment for this year’s results, but step off the ledge in the over the top crazy fan BS!

  70. whatever
    11:53 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I also read this post… and still won’t watch the game. It’d be more embarrassing if we win the NIT

  71. AUKFAN
    11:53 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Alright something to watch tuesday night.

  72. RicksVD
    11:54 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    It hurts when i pee

  73. whatever
    11:55 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    I wear pink shoelaces.

  74. Louisville fans
    11:56 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    FFFFFUUUUUCCCCCCCKKKKKKKK Louisville and their fans.

  75. Robert Morris University
    11:57 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    BBN, just wondering how many will attend the game on Tuesday. We have to wear our away uniforms.

  76. WhyteBredBBN
    11:57 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    If this season had been Tubbby coaching, ALL the racists & whyte supremacists who comprise BBN wOOd be screaming for his firing!!!
    Butt since Calipari is of the “right” persuasion, he, of course, gets a pass…..

  77. Egg Layer
    11:57 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Our NIT Bid would be comparable to?

    Alabama Football team going to the Music City Bowl? I don’t think this is exceptable.

  78. WhyteBredBBN
    11:59 pm March 17, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, I am an idiot, I would like a pickle sandwich.

  79. Johnny Short
    12:01 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    We will win by 5 biggums

  80. scorpiocard
    12:02 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not really one to troll much, but what is with all these goofy pusscat fans saying if U of L doesn’t win we won’t for a long time, or not with Pitino here? Typical clueless pusscat fans no nothing about whats going on outside of little blue neighborhood.

    For the clueless pusscat fans, U of L has the #8 ranked recruiting class coming in with a bunch of quality veterans returing…ie. MOST of this years team. We honored THREE players senior night, and one of those (Marra) is hurt and not playing. Another one (Gorgui), MAY be back as well. So we could have EVERYBODY but Siva back.

    I can understand you wanting to bash your arch rival, but why do you want to make yourself look totally stupid while doing it?

  81. Tubby Fan
    12:03 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    #76, not true, Tubby did not have an UK team in the NIT.

  82. Rae
    12:06 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    55. You know why they have experienced upperclassmen? Their players aren’t good enough as freshmen to go because they get kept on the bench to “learn the system” instead of getting PT. That’s why Cal gets elite talent. They know they will get to play and most of them want the responsibility. MKG, Davis, Knight, Wall, Cousins, etc. would have been a waste on the bench. Cal’s players first program doesn’t mean screw team play. It means he will give a guy the chance to succeed and let him spread his wings when ready, instead of being like Roy and guilting them into staying.

    Coach K had a one-and-done guy. Self will this year probably. Pitino just doesn’t get them to come. K and Self don’t get blasted. Cal does because he gets the most.

  83. scorpiocard
    12:07 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Also, we have the Original KFC bucket returning. The one that will fit on our heads during games. Last but not least, that fat male cheerleader, you know the one that got a T, has regain one more year of eligible.

  84. I'm a pusscat fan
    12:08 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    The reason you better win this year #80 (tardfan). Is because of our incoming class, you douche trolling mofo!!!!

  85. Realist
    12:14 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    If getting 5/6 draft picks in one season, from one team is the biggest night in UK’s storied history. What is this? It is a system that needs some revision and tuning up and that is squarely on Cal. I support him and the team, he will get it right and when he does he will wreck havoc on all of college basketball. Mark it down – Dynasty coming…!!!

  86. real scorpiocard
    12:15 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    @84) I wasn’t trolling, I was just reading. Well, I did post “Heh Heh Heh”

    I just had to comment on the blatant stupidity.

    Your class of all froshmen who will have no quality veterans just like this years team?

    I’ll take our veterans and a class almost as good thank you.

  87. DowntheRoad64
    12:17 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    80) It’s NOT “if you don’t win”, it’s WHEN YOU DON’T WIN. Get that straight right now, and it will save you some disappointment in April. Better yet, just keep thinking you aare going to. It will be much more fun that way. (for us, anyway) Get rid of Siva now instead of next year, and your chances skyrocket.

  88. Eric K
    12:19 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    #85 Dynasty coming!! Yep, CAL’S working with next year bench already. Everybody back but Noel,NBA aand Harrow,who knows? Can’t wait for next year!! GO CATS!!

  89. This Is It...
    12:19 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Archie Goodwin unafraid to take a shot…Hell there wasn’t any shot Archie wouldn’t take even if his odds were 1 on 3-4 a lot of the times…If he comes back next year this must end or he sits…Now, the guy said KENTUCKY’S bad losses on the road were a problem, but get this…Villanovia 20-13…Losses at HOME…Ala+22…Columbia +18…Temple+15…Pitt+15..Provid. +3 and a 19 pt loss to Lou. in the conf tourney…RU kidding me…

  90. DowntheRoad64
    12:20 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    86) Have you talked with Goodwin, Poythress, WCS, Harrow, and Wiltjer about their future plans?…and you say we are blatantly stupid…

  91. Rae
    12:20 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    80. They are 4 stars, all 4 of them. They aren’t top 10 in their positions. Those two aren’t a threat yet by our standards, mainly because Rick doesn’t rely on freshmen.

    Why would you honor guys who are returning? Why not wait until they are actually leaving? Dieng is most likely gone.

    We are saying that because this year is one that benefits UL. No real elite teams, talent level low. A lot of moderately talented but very determined teams. No team is exploding with NBA talent. It is very much a heart kind of tournament.

  92. Ricks jizz
    12:21 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    happy to b going home to c my 1 and only championship banner hangin! let me appologize 4 my ignorant fan base trolling on this site. They think they r a big time program even tho we havent one a damn thing in 27yrs.I know they talk sports out their ass!!

  93. real scorpiocard
    12:22 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    I maybe bi-polar!

  94. Egg Layer
    12:22 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Poythress: as beastly as we all thought he was it became obvious he couldn’t even get post up position because he was either too weak or too lazy. Poythress has no ability to jump off one leg and this kills his offensive game. Poythress also is a very average ball handler and has trouble getting to the rim. Also, his defensive IQ is very low and add that to his lack of effort and you have a very average player.

    Harrow: Totally afraid of contact and will not use his body at all to shield defenders on layups. When he attempts to drive one bump and he gives up on trying to get to the rim. I don’t think I have ever seen a player so afraid of contact. Average shooter and average defender along with confidence issues make him a human roller coaster ride. He consistently didn’t drive through pick and rolls and swing the ball back to Wiltjer quickly enough all season long. Or find his teamates like a 2 year vet shoud.

    Archie: Archie is out of control and almost never finds the open man, but he has heart and killer instinct. If he has any sense he will develop his 3 point shot, free throw shooting, and passing. If he can do this he is a no-brainer top 5 pick. I think he needs another year or two. Guys like Archie with his current skillset are a dime a dozen, but I think he can be special.

    Noel: Noel gave it all and I wish him the best wether he stays or goes. Needs inside game and about 35 lbs. and he can be a total beast. Thanks for your service as a Wildcat.

    Cauley-Stein: Unlimited potential, high ceiling…needs to learn the game more and develop a higher basketball IQ. Also, needs some go to post moves and get the free throws up to at least 60%. Love what he gives if he comes back and develops he is a top 10 pick and maybe top 5 because most 7 footers just can’t move like that.

    Wiltjer: Wiltjer is a slow defender who struggles guarding and rebounding athletic 4’s. Has nice post moves that can only get better. 3 point shooting was up and down this year with him being close to 40%, but I think he can be a 45% shooter at college level eventually. He needs to learn the flop, how to read scouting reports, and some could old man defensive techniques maybe from Bruce Bowen? Needs to really muscle up and work on his footwork in the offseason…Maybe some ballroom dancing?…good for footwork…I think if he sticks four years and improves he is a first rounder.

    Mayes: Nice heart and you looked like you were playing hard, but you were really no threat to drive to basket and had very average speed, which allowed defenders to just lock you down at the 3 point line. Also, your passing out of pick and roll was always late and not very good which could be to your lack of size/athleticism…good luck wherever you go.

  95. I'm a pusscat fan
    12:23 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Just like you all would of took “Siva over Wall” “Gourgi over Davis” all your teams over ours since your last championship in the 70’s,80’s? I don’t know when it was. I’m not obsessed with UL, like UL is obsessed with UK. I’m not on your website. Just keep being what your best at, little brother. Point, blank, period.

  96. DowntheRoad64
    12:24 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    94) You watched the same team I did.

  97. Egg Layer
    12:24 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    I am an idiot, pass the salt.

  98. real scorpiocard
    12:24 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    88) We will see. Maybe uk will never win another one. You never know. Its not like you all win every year like you think you will. 8 in like 73 tournaments? Not bad, but no UCLA. And half of those 8 were in the day when the NIT was the better tourney. Somebody must have forgot to tell Cal that is no longer the case.

    Are you disappoited this year? Heh Heh Heh…

  99. real real scorpiocard
    12:26 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    This site is useless. I am never coming back.

  100. Eric K
    12:26 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    #91 yep, #80 Smith we go in the weak draft and the power forward with the big mouth, he will go to. than what you got? NOTHING! GO CATS!!

  101. DowntheRoad64
    12:28 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    98) winning the championship has a way of soothing anything that may happen the following year. You should try it. Oh that’s right you did-1987 NIT. (or were you alive then?)

  102. katzrjamers
    12:29 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    To Rixter & AbbeyNormal – enjoyed your comments. Maybe the reason I have visited the site off and on all day is to learn how many readers have any sanity about them concerning our program. Thanks for making my time spent worthwhile. Rixter, I don’t know how far back you go as a fan, but I was one those fools who parked on Versailles Rd a mile away from the airport on a cold March night and walked to the terminal to welcome Goose & Co. home just to be turned away because all those people who got there before me were “causing chaos”. BBN was an early justification for the TSA. Glad to see all those people line up on High Street last year to welcome the team home, but I’ve seen better.
    One more thing about Joe B’s champs. Anybody remember Dwight Anderson? Maybe the best player from Ohio until LeBron. Maybe John Wall got downcourt faster, maybe not, but I’ve not seen anyone dribble the ball like it was on a string like DA did. He was Uber, but never bought in to teaching and also followed a UK NCAA title year, just like Archie. Thoughts anyone? I want to see Archie’s basketball career end at UK better than DA’s did.

  103. scorpiocard aka real scorpiocard aka real real scorpiocard
    12:31 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Heh heh heh, I am not really a card fan, but I am a donkey fan

  104. scorpiocard
    12:31 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    92) So you don’t think there is NBA talent currently on U of L’s roster?

    Cal got you one, but the jury is still out on his system over the long haul. Even your own fans are debating it.

    I am fine with what U of L has coming back next year.

    And RP is playing froshmen more. Did you see Harrell dominate the Cuse players Saturday night? You telling me none of the Cuse players will play in the NBA?

  105. scorpiocard
    12:32 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    103) JJJ? Is that you?

  106. Eric K
    12:32 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    #98 when was the last time your team won the ship? And how many have we won since your last win? 3 right? PLus one of those was with your coach when he still knew how to coach. GO CATS!!

  107. DowntheRoad64
    12:33 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    102) I think it will. I believe he has a desire and love for the sport that will overcome any of the issues he has had this year with learning to play with other great players. He is a little young yet, but he has desire, and that is something that can go a long way if he controls it.

  108. Bobbum man
    12:34 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    86- “a class almost as good”? Lmao it’s not even close just because you have the 8th ranked class doesn’t mean the talent is anywhere close to ours

  109. JJJ?
    12:35 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    105, Yep. How come u not at the UPS working tonite?

  110. scorpiocard
    12:37 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Well, time for bed.

    Enjoy your first round AWAY game in the NIT because we will be occupying your home arena, and turing it RED. Kind of puts a RED cherry on top of the whole thing, us pushing you off of your own home court. I know you will be giving us LOTS of love!

    Good night pusscat fans.

  111. Eric K
    12:38 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    #102 the blue blur was a hell of a ball player but he wanted Macy’s spot.( YEA RIGHT.) I think CAL will fix Goodwin, aleast Goodwin better hope he does!

  112. scorpiocard
    12:38 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    108) Yeah…just like this year, huh?

  113. Egg Layer
    12:38 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Hoody, Beiber, and Twanny: Nice to have some in state guys, but essentially you are OVC talent. It would be nice to see Cal round out the bench a bit better with more quality we love your effort and heart. The whole talent from KY thing is hard to evaluate.. Remember when Tubby didn’t go after Chris Lofton? ..How much better would KY been with him? How about Hickey, I think we would have won 3-4 more games with him this year. Mack from Bryan Station
    would have also been a nice player to have a couple years ago. Hell, Scotty Hopson would also helped tremendously during early Billg/last of Tubster era. Anthony epps was a home run. Can’t go wrong with Ravi Moss Pflum either. Brandon Stocton though busto! Cameron Mills Homerun! We missed on Travis Ford and DA but got them back and won a lot of games…Can’t go wrong with Pelphrey,Feldhaus, and the Ag commisioner. It just seems that here lately we are letting the good ones go through the cracks. Is the Mad Central kid the next Shelvin Mack, Hickey, Lofton?

  114. scorpiocard
    12:39 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    JJJ?, sheeee I am at UPS, just outback dock 12 .

  115. Catfan61
    12:41 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    I have been a True Blue fan for 40+ years and it sickens me to read some of the comments above putting down these 18-20 year old kids that chose to wear the Blue and White for our great state! Unlike some of the “Fair Weather” fans commenting on this blog, I Do Not miss a UK game unless I have no other choice, and saying you hope UK loses or wishing these young players gone just proves to me that you are not true Kentucky fans! Anyone who can take making it to the Elite Eight, Final Four, National Champion, and then stumbling the next year don’t deserve to be a part of the BBN! I hope these kids go into the NIT and show the kind of fight and talent that we know they possess and reach the championship! I will support these young kids playing for the CATS for as long as I live, and any other “so called” fan that doesn’t, well quite frankly, is not a true fan

  116. Dee W
    12:42 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    “Thanks KY blue 🙂 . I will always support our team. Just wish more people felt the same way.”

    Most do…if we make it past Robert Morris, Rupp will certainly be filled to see the Cats as we will be back home as Rupp will be available.

  117. nottheslickestrick
    12:43 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    102) I remember Dwight the blur. He was indeed one of the fastest players of his age. The 78 Cats were one of my favorites, and still have the Front page of the Courier Journal that exclaims “Goose Gets Loose for 41”.
    I also agree that Archie could indeed blossom as a collegiate player, however I’m afraid he wont be here.

  118. Al's IndiCats
    12:43 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Happy to see the true BLUE fans finally come out. I’ve said this all night since we knew we wasn’t going to the dance, either trolls or wagoneers were bitching and complaining about missing the ncaa. We’ll be back no doub t in my mind, and had we’d been so terrible to have missed the N.I.T. never the less whatever they’d played in I would have followed….Happy to see some True Blue Fans in here…..Go Cats!

  119. nottheslickestrick
    12:44 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    118) Well said AL

  120. BleediNblue
    12:44 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Ya’ll need to read my posts ,,k23j,,er &*$(#@[email protected] It’s Saint Patrick’s day !!! any serious UK fan knows you need to get your shine on, its the only way to kill the pain. and start NIT fresh. Tuesday baby. Coach Cal and our student athletes need us to have a “lower sense of expectation”. Only a true fan would have the nerve to crack open another one, and slip into a numb cold rainy Sunday evening. GO CATS !!!! I truly love the BBN, and admit Iam just plain sad at this moment.

  121. Al's IndiCats
    12:57 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    119 thanks, 120 believe me we all are, but we are the BBN, we can over come anything because there’s one thing we all know…Only one can win be it IPOO, Uvel, Duke, or whoever, only one wins….If Ipoos wins that means the Tards will have to wait another 20 years for a team like this to appear, and vice versa…..So really it;s kind of a win win situation for the BBN. Either one or Both teams will not win the championship. GO CATS!

  122. I Saw Dwight Anderson
    1:12 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    I believe Anderson was faster than Wall.
    Millions of dollars of talent with a twenty five cent head…shame!

  123. katzrjamers
    1:22 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    @107 & 111 – thank you for replying. and for using civil, thoughtful language. @111 – cal will fix him, even if he doesn’t start, Cal want to fix him.

  124. SeaCat
    1:28 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Noel’s injury wrecked this season.
    We would be in the turney and would have made
    some real progress if not for that.
    Bad luck,
    But next year will be awesome!!!

  125. SeaCat
    1:30 am March 18, 2013 Permalink


  126. J
    1:33 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    I love all the so called UK fans that complain about one and done players…You guys must have forgot about our past 2 coaches who NEVER got NBA players, atleast not many “ok Rondo, PPat & Meeks”…We all know how all those years turned out for UK…I remember everyone screaming back then that none of those players were worthy of wearing a UK jersey…Now we have Cal who goes after the best players in the country every year, and yeah they go Pro…Every one of you idiots would do the same thing if you were in these kids shoes and had a chance at making that kind of money.
    This team underachieved all year, we all know that…It’s hard to judge highschool kids and get it right every time because most of them play against kids not an 1/8th as good as them and don’t know how to handle teams with really good players…Yes some of the guys were a bust, Alex just played when he felt like it…Archie tried to hard and was to used to playing the way he played in HS and just didn’t know when to turn it off…Harrow, well he’s soft. As much as I like Wiltjer the dude is not a monster athlete, he’s a good shooter “most of the time” but not overly gifted when it comes to being a true athlete..
    We’re allowed a bad year, everyone has them….People need to accept it and move on.

  127. Logan
    1:33 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Egg Layer is 100% correct on everything he said in his post on 94. I am true blue as it gets but he is correct.

  128. JBR
    1:39 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    The posts that get deleted on here are beginning to get hilarious. You get these jake-leg rednecks making comments, and insulting other people and they stay up…but anyone that simply has a different opinion than Matt…well those get deleted.

    It is a typical lawyer move…they fear those that are as or more intelligent than they are. Anyone that can put a good argument together against Matt’s excuses for this team get deleted…but the trolls’ all stay up. It is sort of like when he hangs up on people on his call in show and then makes fun of them when they can’t talk back.

    “at times this year” they didn’t play with heart…really Matt? Your boy Poythress never played with heart. Potential never won a ballgame, and a player with no heart is worthless, regardless of talent level.

    Matt, you ever want to have a real debate about some of these excuses you have started making because of your personal feelings for individuals, and want to debate someone at or above your level, by all means do so. I would like to see you man up…and maybe get some writers on here other than college girls.

  129. DowntheRoad64
    1:41 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    126) I think the problem is that 1.Some people don’t really remember that because they are too young or are not serious fans, 2. Are hard-headed and spoiled, or 3. Are trolling. You are right, of course, but I’ve learned that half the people that claim to be true fans are only true fans of winnung teams, and bail at the first sign of trouble. Obviously we will be back stronger than ever; it’s just a shame that the wagon jumpers are able to come along for the ride when they rejoin us.
    127) Egg Layer is 100% correct, as you stated. He did an exceptional job of hitting on every thought I have had when studying this team. The question of how they will be resolved is the next step, and I can’t wait to see the results.

  130. mike
    2:07 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    There is no reason why this Kentucky team should have been on the bubble in a 68 team field. They were over hyped and under achieved all year. They deserve Robert Morris. With that said, is there a sane person in the world who believes they could not go 28-5 playing MTSU’s schedule? or 21-10 (9-7) playing Boise State’s schedule? The comittee took the little guy over the big conference teams in every instance.

  131. Logan
    2:08 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    129. Same here. I am very excited for next year but I think we all learned something from this season including Cal. I am pissed we didn’t make it but I am sure he is 2xs as pissed as I am. He will learn from this and I am excited to see what he does.

  132. mashburnfan1
    2:19 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Hey everyone we still have UK Hoops to cheer for. The ladies get their bracket Monday night and should be a 2 seed. Watch a team that hustles for 40 minutes and plays hard the entire game. They have talent and good coaching. Fun to watch and should make a run to elite 8 or hopefully final 4 and a title.

  133. UK#9 One Year Away
    2:34 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    WHO but UK can go from the NIT to the pre-season #1 in less than a month? And yes, this year’s #3 ranking was premature but last year’s wasnt and neither will next year’s be. So Im gonna take a stress free pass to watch March Madness this year and just go on faith in the good Lord that the Dirty Birds dont win it…then back to banner hanging next year. Don’t mean nothin’ not a thing. In Cal we trust!

  134. Jeffrey
    2:49 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    My only beef is that LaSal and Boise St. got in and not UK, WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO DESERVE A BID? Both teams lost in their conf. tournament, first round, actually, have worse losses than UK, and no better wins than UK.

  135. GO CATS!
    4:17 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    GO CATS!

  136. Wildcatsteeler
    4:23 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Yea, slam them superfan Matt after it’s all over and doesn’t matter in the least now. ITS DONE! Accept it and move on and support the team in the games ahead. We could win the NIT and would be a great boost for these kids. Imagine that, the UK fanbase giving up their selfish needs for the good of the team. An ignorant, rightwing selfish fanbase that thinks it all about them. Shocking.

  137. FatBlueKid
    5:07 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    I am with #134. How does LaSalle make it in? MTSU, I can tolerate more than LaSalle, they lost early in an inferior conference tourney early. That seemed to be the team we were compared to eye to eye. We had 6 wins in the top 100. How does that not equate for anything?? There is no question the NCAA hates Cal and wants to stick it to him whenever they can.

  138. Funny
    5:38 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    So the reason you’re in the NIT is ALL the players’ faults. Bwhahahahahahahahahaha, I love it!

  139. BurnerTurner5
    5:39 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Certainly our group of NBA lottery picks can take care of mighty Robert Morris even on their homecourt. Right?

  140. Jaworski Pollack
    5:42 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Does NIT champs get to meet Joe Biden?

  141. Tt
    5:43 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    This is what happens when you make promises & allow a couple of knuckle heads (Ryan, Archie, Alex) get you bent over. Cal should have just played the others, but he couldn’t. That’s why they came, promises. Instead, he tore everyone down to keep them on the court & in the process destroyed it all. He needs to be honest & tell them to go. I guess I was right about it all. DH, do yourself a favor. Go somewhere else.

  142. TheTruth
    6:13 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Typical Matt Jones…refuses to blae Calipari for any of this. He isn’t “forced” to master the 1 and done rule. He has built his reputation on bringing in kids, playing them immediately, and them going to the NBA. This time he got burned by it and appears to have done a poor job coaching this season. I think this season proves his ability to turn players into pros is a farce. Save Liggins and Harrellson, which one of his UK players wasnt going to the NBA regardless? Love the Cats but this year hurts and I’m sick of the excuses

  143. LionGeneral
    6:17 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    It more than ‘helps to have returning veterans who can contribute.’ It is undeniably essential. Young players with ‘high basketball IQs,’ players like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis, are beyond rare. And even they would be in over their collective heads without the steadying hand of a talented veteran like Darius Miller. Getting those veterans may very well be ‘extremely difficult,’ considering Calipari’s unrivaled ability to sign annually the best young talent in America. But, even with the most impressive assortment of ‘one and dones’ imaginable, a team lacking talented, seasoned upperclassmen is predictably going to fall short of its goals. We shouldn’t be surprised.

  144. Crap
    6:17 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Dave Telep of ESPN is now predicting Randle to Kansas.

  145. NIT Spokesman
    6:24 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Cal has now guided 3 different teams to the NIT and this will be his 5th trip to our tourney. Just wanted to stop by a say congrats to Coach Calipari.

  146. dan simon
    6:25 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Since these kids(???) could not get themselves up to play ark-georga or vandy to win and possibly get into the tournament why would anyone possibly think they can go to robert morris and win. Been a fan since ’63 and this has been far and away the most frustrating-TWICE(never done this before even in the probation year)I turned the games off before they were completed.

  147. Jezz
    6:33 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    It’s done. Over.

    Let’s keep our heads up and start cheering on next year’s team. No need to go after these kids. They were not great. But they were not bad people.

  148. BigBlue
    6:34 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    We lost our most valuable player this year and in the end that was just too much to overcome. At this point just put the season in the past and look forward to next year! Next WILL be great. We reached the pinnacle of glory last year with a dream season. This it didn’t work out but time to put it to bed and look forward to 2013-2014!!

  149. Alex Rod and Riguez
    6:41 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Worst effort by a Kentucky team in a tournament this past Friday in Nashville. 20,000 people made the trip. Lack of hustle and effort. Hopefully the NBA will take the entire team. Take away some scholarships and offer Hawkins from Madison Central now. All he did in the state tournament was hit 90% of his free throws in clutch situations and take his team to a state title.

    The one and done gets players who have no idea what the value is of wearing a UK uniform. Again lack of effort. This team was beat before they took the court against Vandy.

    Bring on UK football.

  150. Press Conference
    6:46 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    This team can use the extra time planning their next press conferences, telling the world which NBA team they have chosen. We got what we deserved. It is unfortunate that we put our trust in kids that don’t really have a clue. Go Big Blue..

  151. UKBlue1!
    6:46 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Go Cats! I am not that far removed from the last 8 years of Tubby ball and Billy Clyde. This kind of crap happens. Noel got hurt. I think with him we were a NCAA tourney team. I also believe Calipari believed he would have one or two guys returning out of the six he had go Pro. I don’t believe he will get caught short handed. UL fans suck.

  152. Hurts to Laugh
    6:50 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Someone tell Mitch Barnhart that there is still time to make this a home game! The high school gym up the road is open Tuesday night, and we can cram a couple thou in there (just don’t tell the fire marshall). I can get the rest of the guys from the Men’s Club together and we can run concessions – since they passed the wet vote in Oldham I can even get a couple kegs tapped up for everyone! Hey, we just hung some new nets in the gym, so afterwards I’ll drag out the ladders and we can have a net cutting ceremony just like IU! I’m also a pretty good artist, so I can even paint a picture like the IU “Afterbirth” picture to commemorate the event.

    Seriously – lifelong Cat fan here, and I’m past the point of sheer anger, moving towards acceptance and just having to laugh about the whole thing. Yes, we might have had our chances, but I really do think we got snubbed. Twenty wins, defending champs, crowd travels better than anyone, beat three top 25 teams, and we still don’t get in instead of teams like Middle Tenn State and LaSalle? Really?

  153. BravoBigBlue
    6:56 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Having returning playerw with quality experience is a MUST to have season success by BBN standards and to build and sustain a program. To downplay this factor is basic stupidity. Cal needs to adjust his recruiting philosopy NOW to achieve this. Have another season like this one and you ain’t seen/heard nothing yet from BBN. And I of course am returning to the vast majority of UK fans who aren’t apologists or excuse-makers (we’re so young, the players are uncoachable, Nerlens got hurt, etc.). Being a smart fan does not make you disloyal.

  154. SexnNursinHomes
    7:01 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    152- yeah, I think no one is saying that the Cats deserved to get in. But Mid Ten St and Lasalle? That is a classic screwover.

  155. Just can't do it
    7:07 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    You know, I’m a lifelong Cats fan, and actually went to UL on an academic scholly (yep, had to hold my nose on that one). I try to be a “good” fan during the year, don’t actually pull for Louisville, but try not to be a hater either. Living in Louisville, I have lots of friends and family who are UL fans. I was preparing myself to actually hope they win the title so it can at least stay in the state lines. However, after one day of hearing all the media gloating for UL and IU, I just can’t do it. I find myself hoping that they will both crash and burn in the first two rounds of the tournament (along with Duke, Kansas and UNC). I can then watch the rest of the tourney with detached amusement as a team that has never won it comes through for their first championship.

  156. Confused
    7:07 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    I remember seeing the videos of all the high flying dunks of harrow. What happened with that? Did he even have one dunk all year?

  157. SexnNursinHomes
    7:14 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    We’re all mad as shit. Next year we should be in contention for #9. We need to win these NIT to pad our all-time lead total. Next year we get closer to ucla.

  158. mike
    7:15 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Middle Tennessee, La Salle, Boise St, and Colorado St are better than Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and Maryland? Bullshit.
    Boise St finished 5th in the Mountain West at 9-7.
    Middle Tenn had TWO wins over Power Conference teams the entire season.
    LaSalle fought hard but couldn’t beat the likes of Central Connecticut State or Bucknell in their pre Conference schedule.
    Kentucky gets pounded, rightfully so, for losing to Vandy, but Middle Tenn boasts that as one of their biggest wins.
    The little guy PC is running amok.

  159. RealCatsFan
    7:17 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    156 – agree, in the pre-season, Harrow having a year of tutelage under Cal playing against Teague in practice the year before was supposed to be a strength for this team. I also recall seeing some high flying dunks by him in practice. I guess some players just shrink when challenged in games. Poythress was also projected to be a beast in the pre-season, and he had several 20-plus games early in the season. SMH – what happened?

  160. UK Freshmen
    7:26 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    No one hates like an embittered UK fan. All season long, I was hated on, where as we know now I only spoke the truth. You all are very welcomed. I have the most crebility on this board. Again, your welcomed that I visit now and then.

  161. CATandMONKEY
    7:31 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    61, Bridges….. Best post on forum. Gold. You carry the essence of Larson……..Fine observation.

  162. jaworski pollack
    7:42 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    This year them Cats is ain’t no good

  163. UK Freshmen
    7:48 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    No one hates like an embittered IU or UL fan who has to drag out grainy VHS tapes to view my last championship. I hate myself, and I play with my own doody. I have the most flatulence on this board. You are welcomed that I troll most of my waking existence.

  164. Kyle
    7:49 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    The problems with Kentucky this season were obvious. The head scratching part about the tournament was 5 Pac-12 teams making the field [Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon and UCLA]. I thought the PAC-12 was down this year. UCLA and Arizona were the only two all season sniffing the tournament. Oregon won the tournament so there’s that. But how in the world did Colorado get a 10 seed with a worse record than Oregon and a first game loss to UTAH!!! I believe the tournament selection committee made up for some questionable calls early in the season that cost Colorado against Arizona.
    I wish the Cats luck in the NIT, and hope that Coach can close some loopholes in the recruiting overlap as we go forward. Progress always has setbacks, and I would dare say, that compared to where we were 5 years ago we all can endure one mediocre season.

  165. Gg
    7:49 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Ok let’s try this again. All I said was,”what about having it at the Frankfort civic center.”

  166. Gg
    8:04 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Never mind NAIA women’s tomorrow

  167. Tim
    8:07 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    I am a true blue fan. Love Cal and each and everyone of the players. With that said, I must say that our team lived up to our expectations. we said they were young freshman and they played as freshman. We said they did not deserve the number three ranking and they lost games. Young players like young children (and adults too) live up to the expectations of their parents and friends.

    I wonder if anything would have been different if we said, “this is a talented team who should have a lot of swagger and something to show other teams (etc etc).”.

  168. Not A Loser
    8:13 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    We will all throw snot buggers at Candy Man Matt today in The ‘Ville. Will Matt hide behind Venetti,or his Mama’s skirt???

  169. kentuckyrules
    8:15 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    #94: Thank you for an honest assessment, not out of frustration, but honesty. I agree with you.

  170. RealCatsFan
    8:16 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    #55, Roy Williams, Jim Boeheim and Rick Pitino have both had teams in the NIT. Are we supposed to forget about that? Self is the only one in that bunch who has not been in the NIT, and he has had several early round flameouts. I don’t see any logic to your point.

  171. NowNow
    8:16 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    #1 – Technically Wiltjer will have been there – and the Wall/Cousins team came in with virtually no NCAA Experience (Patterson had played in 1 game, the seniors who played a very limited role on the team had maybe played in 2 or 3).

    The NIT will at the very least offer a chance at more game experience than we would have gotten in the big dance. We should easily make it to the quarterfinals at the very, very least and best case scenario in the NCAA would have been winning a play in game.

  172. RealCatsFan
    8:19 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    168, you need to drop the “NOT” from your screen name that you hide behind. Yeah, I bet you will show up in public for the radio show to say something to Jones – NOT! Pitiful trolls like you hide in your momma’s basement and hope that no one traces your IP address.

  173. RahRah
    8:20 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Nice wrap-up post, Matt. I have alway hated the expression, “It is what it is,” but it certainly fits in this situation. Pretty much sums it up.

    I’m sad but will be wearing blue and watching the team tomorrow night. My hope is that a true leader (one that will return) will emerge in the post season. Still feel that we never had a leader. Nerlens was starting to lead just before he went down. By the way, all the best to him whatever he decides. Love that guy.

    All you that are still fussing about the one-and-dones, does that mean you DON’T want Randle or Wiggins? Didn’t think so.

  174. Can't
    8:26 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Our problem is that we probably can’t win the NIT either. This team will just go out there and continue to embarass themselves and us as Kentucky fans. Just let this all be over and let’s get on to next year when we can bring home #9.

  175. bud
    8:45 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    The best of the best high school players do not necessarily become the best college players—it takes a whole different set of skills to become a team player at the next higher level, and many players do not develope that set of skills in only one year.

  176. Sam in Nashville
    8:55 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, Drew, Tyler, Ryan and the rest of the KSR crew, I really enjoyed seeing you guys in Nashville. Thanks for all the fun. Sorry this isn’t our year. See ya next time

  177. Not A Loser
    9:11 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    #172 I will be there at Mall St. Mathews to ridicule the little pantiwaist into crying and running for Mama’s skirt.I’ll be the WOMEN in RED.
    I have NOTHING to fear as Matt is afraid of women anyway,at least that what his MALE Dates say…

  178. inlinefor9
    9:13 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    this really sucks.

  179. paducahfan
    9:19 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    When it works, one and done is very entertaining. But when it doesn’t,we now know it’s terrible. A very revealing survey would be to ask this question: “Do you prefer the Cal one and done system, or the Pitino system like the one that produced 96-98?” I think I know the answer.

  180. Delk for 3
    9:36 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Hang in there, Matt. We just need one Louisville loss and this season will be forgotten.

  181. Jpo
    9:44 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    179. Do you mean the ’98 team that he didn’t even coach? Or how about his system that hasn’t won a title or even been to a title game in 12 years?

  182. CTEJR
    9:46 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe should have taken the kid from Xavier who was looking to transfer? Am disappointed in NIT but will be more disappointed if all these guys go NBA instead of return and add some depth to team and some maturity to their selves…

  183. bbr
    9:47 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, your love affair with Mays is perplexing. Why does he get a pass? You rag on Wiltjer’s defense over and over, but but grandma in a wheelchair could get around Mays on a drive. Worse is his incessant complaining and griping about and to his teammates while he makes many of the same mistakes he calls them out on. Worst of all though is his repeated calling out of his teammates in public. A leader does not call out his teammates in an interview, complaining about them and how they don’t hustle as much as he does. That is not leaderhip. That is poison and I believe a major contributor to the overall attitude and problems this team faced this season.

  184. Jpo
    9:47 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    179. And by the way one and done isn’t a “system” it’s called recruiting the best players in the country. Isn’t that what every coach wants to do? But only Cal is good enough to do it, and we are lucky he coaches here

  185. paducahfan
    10:52 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    181 – 184 Rick’s U of L experience imo has not been what he hoped or expected. I don’t think U of L can recruit the same quality of players that Uk can.Had he remained at UK, there’s no question in my mind that he would have founded a dynasty (maybe like UCLA). Even he says leaving UK was the biggest mistake he ever made. I just find that the system where you get to know players better and they have an opportunity to develop is more rewarding to watch than what we now have which is worry for two years about recruiting a player who will play for you for 4 months.

  186. JusSayin
    11:06 am March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Why all the hate on MTSU? They only beat Ole Miss? Well guess what.. they beat Vandy too and got beat by a good Belmont team who went on to win that conference. They won like 17 in a row and were beating Sunbelt teams by 20 or 30 on some nights. You want to call UK the better team… sure..why not. But did they deserve to be in? In my opinion, no. So lets quit hating on MTSU for having a really good season and playing themselves into a position to be in the dance and focus on how we played ourselves out of that position. Just sayin

  187. blueinmemphis
    12:52 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, talk about a defeatist team. How about a defeatist writer/blogger? Are you so elitist you can’t muster up support and energy for this team, even in an NIT appearance? No, they didn’t have a good year. They were soft. But a lot of that is explainable and should be expected. You’re spoiled with Cal bringing in freshman that often have been exceptionally mature AND talented. And with some veteran leadership. And had NO key injuries. This is the Cal model; if it continues, these years will recur. It’s not a model that will bring consistent, year to year, high level of NCAA tournament production. The first 3 years were buoyed by veterans from the prior regime, and had NO injuries. Where are the junior/senior leaders going to come from in the future? Sophs will be considered veterans.

    Wasn’t that long ago that this would have been an average Billy Clyde year. How soon we forget…

  188. Larry
    12:53 pm March 18, 2013 Permalink

    The website is full of Trolls and snakes hissing today! But BBN remember we are Kentucky and they are not. You were right Matt this was suppose to be a down year. We have become spoiled and expect the NCAA title every year. We will be back and although I was a skeptic about Coach Cal being the right man for the job, I am convinced he is. 9/2 is all the odds Vegas is giving the Filthy Cards to win it all. I agree with one of the post here that if Rick doesn’t win it all this year he will catch more heat than hell itself from the Filthy Card Fans. One post on the Vegas odds said from Champs to Chumps. It is so clear that everyone not a BBN fan is aganst us. So be it. Just remember BBN and you filthy Card fans. “WE WILL BE BACK!!!!!!!!! Real soon

  189. SCCatfan
    6:39 am March 19, 2013 Permalink

    There have been 20, yes I said 20 teams that have won a national title only to go to the NIT the next year! Get over yourselves! It happens all the time! Agreeably a frustrating season, but get off the fence you bunch of pansies!!