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Five Things That Scare Me About The Louisville Game

Raise your hand if you and your friends look like idiots with those buckets on your head.


“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love” ~ John Lennon

I fear the following five things.  And I love when Kentucky beats Louisville.


1.) Montrezl Harrell 

Montrezl Harrell is a man.  He’s playing the way Alex Poythress should be playing.  The freshman, who at one time was considering Kentucky, was a beast in relief for Dieng over the last month and he’ll be a spark coming off the bench.

Let’s hope he doesn’t do anything like this…

2.) Kentucky’s Halfcourt Offense vs. Louisville’s Halfcourt Defense

Passing the ball around the perimeter and waiting for something to happen hasn’t worked all season, and it certainly won’t work against Louisville.  The Cardinals are one of the best defensive teams in the country and they’ll be causing problems for Kentucky’s offense all day, especially with Gorgui back in the middle.  Kentucky has to knock down open shots when they get them or it’ll be a long evening in the Yum! Center.

3.) Foul trouble

There were 52 fouls called in last year’s regular season Kentucky-Louisville game in Rupp Arena.  The Cats don’t have the depth (not that they had a lot last year) to withstand a similar game.  Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress have to play smart and keep themselves in the game.

No silly fouls.

4.) The fans

The fans don’t really scare me; I’m just worried that whatever it is they have is contagious.  Kentucky fans planning to visit the Bucket should look into wearing hazmat suits to be safe.  There’s no vaccine for tool, as far as I know.

5.) Archie Goodwin

I love Archie Goodwin.  I love him like a brother.  But he scares the sh-t out of me.  In Kentucky’s only true road game, at Notre Dame, Archie was so selfish and out of control, Coach Cal had to yank him aside and tell him to quit looking to score and give the ball up.  He called it Archie’s worst game of the season.

We can’t have that again.  Archie needs to be a scorer, but only within the flow of the offense.  How he plays could determine the outcome of the game.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

35 Comments for Five Things That Scare Me About The Louisville Game

  1. Capt
    12:12 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    If we lose one to UL occasionally, big deal. It keeps the rivalry fresh. It will make next years thrashing that much sweeter.

  2. Billy
    12:23 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    The author is a idiot if anything about LOSERVILLE scares him. They play in a mid major known as the BigLEAST, a conference where they have only one good team and that is ND. ND would beat LOSERVILLE by 50 points and I think the Cats win easy Sat UK 89 LOSERVILLE 43

  3. TomJurich'sMockTurtleneck
    12:24 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Is no one talking about this new lawsuit yet? CJ will never report it but maybe KSR can shed light?

    Patrick Grant
    University of Louisville; Charlie Strong, in his official and individual capacity
    12/21/2012 12ci06800
    (Louisville) Complaint for breach of contract, due process violations and declaratory judgment. The defendants wrongfully revoked the plaintiff’s athletic scholarship after they coerced him into lying about the severe injuries he sustained, including a “blowout fracture,” from being “jumped” by two of his teammates in the football locker room at Papa John’s Stadium.

  4. BigBlueBallz
    12:26 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    I just can’t stand how everytime Harrell dunks he acts like he has never dunked before. Calm down. I also remember Davis swinging like that after a dunk last year and he got T’d for it.

  5. Sammydog
    12:31 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Same things we are all concerned about. I would expect Archie to guard Russ with Harrow on Siva. If Archie doesn’t play under control Russ will foul him out. No way Mays or Polston can keep up with Russ. Archie must have a good game. Plain and simple. UL is the superior team at this point in the season. I expect a loss because of that fact. If the game were in Rupp all bets would be off. There is a lot of pent up angst against UK in the fans, the coaching staff, and the players which could explode into a blowout if the game gets out of control. Coach Pitino has a lot invested in this game. If they don’t win it will be a supreme embarrassment for them.

  6. homer
    12:32 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a UK fan, but #2 seriously, you dis the Big East? Have you seen some of the SEC OOC game scores? If the Big East is mid major, then the SEC is Division III. You predict a 46 point win by UK? Tell you what, I’ll lay $1,000 and take the Cards with only a 30 point spread. Sheesh, you don’t have to fear UofL, but a little respect wouldn’t hurt.

  7. Quickdraw
    12:37 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Archie has to get to the rim and convert. He showed it more early in the season (Maryland and Duke) than recently. Maybe teams are shutting it down but in the half court with his size and quickness he has to be able to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim.

  8. IowaCat
    12:39 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    This game could get ugly. I think the biggest issue will be handling the full court pressure. Last years team, while winning the game pretty handily, still had spurts in the game where the press led to easy buckets for the cards. I don’t see that being any less of an issue with this year’s cats. The Cats are gonna have to shoot the 3 well to stay in this game. We’ve seen all year that the cats struggle on the glass, and if they struggle in this game it could look a lot like the Notre Dame game that got out of hand. Poythress and Archie have to come to play, plain and simple.

  9. UK questions
    12:53 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    can harrow/mays guard blackshear/smith?
    can mays hit any 3s? 1-14 last 3 games
    can poythress/WCS negate behanen/harrell?
    will wiltjer hit shots?

  10. uk24ever
    12:55 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    We lost everything from last season. Do people actually believe all Freshmen are equal. This group isn’t as talented and the year will be with ups and downs. This Sat. will be a loss, because we aren’t that good. This year should be used to keep guys around and develop. Hope it happens and these guys see something for next year. If they don’t, the seasons are going to be just like this one. The first year here with Cal, he had guys here already. The 2nd season was without talent and the team had some luck, made a run. They still weren’t that good. The 3rd season had some good talent stick around and a NC. The 4th we have nothing again, so who knows what will happen in March. Still don’t see this team being that good. This group needs 2 seasons, hope we get it from them. Flame away!!

  11. blue
    12:58 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    yeah and our guys are very sloppy handling the ball and make HORRIBLE passes…Lville will get prolly 20pts off our sloppy passes and poor ball handling. i think poythress is the real key. hes gotta play all game as he did in only those two possessions against duke where he put his purse down and payed as he should and lets face it ….noels thin ass is going to be pushed around all over the damn court…the whole damn team better put there purse down and man up or were strait up screwed and lose by 30+

  12. JBR
    1:00 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    You should have written an article about what doesn’t scare you about the Louisville game…it would have been a shorter write up. Face it, they are better than us this year and will kick our butts. They play as a team and with passion…both of which we do not do. I could not understand why Cal did not put the press on to get Harrell last year…he was a beast then, and is one now…and that is something that this team is sorely lacking.

  13. Haters are gay
    1:04 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Do all these negative ass people even support UK? It’s like you all don’t even want to win. If you don’t have any faith or hope just get the hell out.

  14. Bob Cobb
    1:07 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Turn in your fan cards. And you are not eligible for reinstatement.

  15. over the hills and far away
    1:12 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    I wish Archie would just learn to pull up and shoot a normal 15 foot jump shot instead of 4 spins and throw the ball up over his shoulder every frikin time he goes to the rim

  16. Curiosity
    1:16 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve kind of been wondering recently what happens with playing time/team chemistry/scholarships next year if not too many of these guys leave after this season. I feel like we already have alot of elite commits and are still in the running for many more for the class of ’13, but I could see at least 4 or 5 guys from this year’s group staying. That would be some sort of unprecedented conflict (read “depth”) that Cal has yet to experience at UK, no?

  17. btowncatfan
    1:17 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    9. Yes, those are questions. ???

  18. DC Wildcat
    1:17 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, UL has a good team this year, but a lot you guys already sound defeated. We could lose this game, but it doesn’t mean you should go ahead and throw the towel in. We have a chance to pull out an upset, and it could be the upset the sparks some fire in these boys. Sack up and start supporting this team versus “at least we gave it a shot”, or “next year we’ll thrash them”. Saturday hasn’t come yet. Sack up and quit being a bunch of scared pussies!

  19. UKBlue
    1:30 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    We need to except reality even if we don’t wanna & Cal warned us on the All Access Show; we aren’t good ! I honestly can’t believe how bad, out of control & lost we are playing. For whatever reason, these kids just don’t get it & Cal looks beyond frustrated ! Highly disappointed with Archie & Alex. If UK wins this game or if we don’t get blown out, it will be a freaking miracle. UL should win this game, we just put our team in the NBA, and we are playing with mostly all freshman. I would hate for this to happen, but I wouldn’t be shocked to look at the TV during the game & see UL up by 15 or even more. If the UK that showed up for the Notre Dame game shows up for the UL game, it’s going to be a very long frustrating day. Since these kids haven’t shown much reason to expect otherwise, we better prepare for the worst case scenario.

  20. RaleighCat
    1:32 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    #15- that would require time in the gym, which Cal says isn’t happening with this team yet. Fall in love with the gym and maybe….

    The game could get ugly. Might as well face it now and brace for the worst. Doesn’t make me less of a fan than you. We aren’t going to win or lose the national championship on Saturday so we’ll survive no matter what. UofL has won in the past and will again down the road. My life as a Kentucky fan will go on.

  21. putinrichie
    1:36 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    1 – Excellent point. I agree that Harrell has been more impressive than Poythress to date and its really a shame. I had high expectations for Poythress coming into the season and he’s really been a bust.

    2 – We have very little chance of scoring on UL in the halfcourt. Our only chance is if Wiltjer and Mays are stroking it. Otherwise we stand very little chance if we can’t hit the 3-point shot.

    3 – This is CAL’s fault. Obviously its his team and I give him a pass as he’s the best coach in the country, but not having quality depth has been a glaring issue of CAL’s recruiting. We didn’t need it last year, but you can’t put together a team like last year’s very often.

    4 – Yes, UL fans are trashy tool-bags who don’t realize that UL gets away with more fouls each game than most teams do in an entire month.

    5 – He has also been a bust and I agree that he will need to have his best game of the year for us to win.

    5 –

  22. Sammydog
    1:37 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    No stronger supporter than me and I would love the win. However, I watch a lot of basketball and don’t consider it a betrayal to state my objective assessment of the two teams. We can take off our Big Blue glasses and be realistic without being a bad fan, can’t we. We experienced first hand for 8 yrs how withering a Pitino coached team can be when it has experience and the horses to go with it. I loved that 30 pt comeback against LSU. We killed everybody back in the day. Is it a crime to state the obvious. That said, I will be yelling my heart out for the Cats. Hope they prove me wrong but I haven’t seen much out of these Cats so far to make me think they can get it together.

  23. RaleighCat
    1:42 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    #21, how is our lack of depth Cal’s fault? Blame the NBA and their draft rules but don’t blame Calipari. No coach in America (except maybe Roy Williams) restocks the roster as well as Calipari.

  24. Tebkats
    1:52 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    I kept posting that we needed to get Harrell at UK. Saw him play in the Jordan Classic, the game just before Polyress, Goodwin and Noel. Knew he was going to be a beast around the boards.

  25. BBN4Life
    2:00 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Imagine Harrell in practice for uk. After Alex got dunked on him about 50 times and had his junk in his face, maybe alex would grow a set. How in the world was Harrell ranked in the 70’s? Then again, Russ smith was a 2 star.

  26. Katdaddy
    2:02 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    What you see is what you get with this team. Love the cats but don’t see it getting much better even in march. these pieces just don’t complement eachother. poythress is a very big let down, and the only one i see deserves to go pro is noels. i just hope we don’t get blown out. no way we get a w saturday.

  27. tyrus
    2:10 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Agree about our half court offense which means our guard play ain’t been that good this year. UL defense will feats if the Cats can’t shoot above 50%.

  28. Rumor
    2:14 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hearing Alex will play limited minutes in the uofl game and it has nothing to do with him coming off the bench to stay out of foul trouble.

  29. DruDown
    2:21 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    25) I seriously don’t think Alex is better than Harrell.

  30. putinrichie
    2:23 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    23 – With talent, yes.
    With depth, no.

    I don’t think CAL will go one year without the #1 recruiting class while he as at UK because he is that great of a recruiter, but when you bring in 5 guys and 4 leave, you need to bring in more than 5-6 in the next year, especially if you think most of them will be one and done.

  31. Dumbledore
    2:24 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    We’re gonna lose by 15 on Saturday – and probably again a few times in Jan/Feb/March.

  32. RealCatsFan
    2:26 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Whoa just a minute! We haven’t played great, but don’t forget that this team had the wherewithall to mount an impressive comeback from 16 down against Duke, and if one more 3-pt shot had fallen, were in position to win the game. That is #1 ranked Duke, who beat UL. Sure, this team is really going to have to sack-up, but maybe they need a challenge to bring that out of them. I am completely aware that UL has looked very good and UK, not so much, but that’s why they play the game. Hopefully they learned something from the losses they took and will have enough pride to bring their A-game.

  33. kentuckyrules
    2:39 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    ‘Cats by 4 Saturday. I think this is a break-through game. It starts Saturday!

  34. blue
    2:43 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    #32 yeah i agree with you…..been thinking same thing BUT truth is we all care so much about this game and our team we are just trying to prepare our self not to be so hurt and dissapointed come saturday. Sure Lville is better and we say were not gonna win although WE ALL KNOW WE HAVE A SHOT, EVEN THE ONES OF US THAT ARE SAYING ITS NOT POSSIBLE. We just trying not to get our hopes up plain and simple so that hopefully it wont hurt so much. BUT if we win then hahaha talk about a party…. this whole state gonna be buzzin with the exseption being jefferson county lol i sure hope we win and know we could but dont exspect it…. but i hope we do. Well ill get my horrible spelling/bad typeing ass off here and quit rambling lol GO CATS

  35. Jughead
    5:12 pm December 27, 2012 Permalink

    Cards by 15+. This team has no huevos at this point (except Noel) and will be crushed.