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Free throw woes plague the Cats in a close loss to the Cards

Kentucky clawed back from a 17-point deficit in the 2nd half to give the #4 ranked Louisville Cardinals a run for their money late in the game. The comeback effort came up just short as Kentucky couldn’t convert from the free throw line and committed some costly late game turnovers. Two freshmen, Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley-Stein, were both instrumental in the late 2nd half push. Goodwin hit big shots down the stretch to chip away at the lead and Cauley-Stein was all over the court on both ends, setting the standard for the necessary effort for this Kentucky team. In the final minutes though, Cauley-Stein faltered on the free throw line and Goodwin made a few poor decisions.

The good news? We have ourselves a point guard. Ryan Harrow had a solid game from start to finish. The bad news? Alex Poythress was a complete non-factor.

Louisville played well and for large stretches proved that they were the better team. But…this Kentucky team won’t be a team anyone will be happy to see in March.

80-77 Louisville. You can have this one. #L1C4 finally makes sense…Louisville’s record against Cal at Kentucky, 1-4.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

147 Comments for Free throw woes plague the Cats in a close loss to the Cards



  1. jbwdeaw
    6:32 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    first to say not disappointed



  2. Rixter
    6:32 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    If WCS could have hit 50% this game would be in overtime



  3. Rixter
    6:33 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Agree, they did BBN proud



  4. jbwdeaw
    6:34 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    try a free throw club for breakfast lunch and dinner



  5. Alex Poythress
    6:34 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I need tweezers to pull the splinters out of my ass from sitting on the bench……….



  6. Alex Poythress
    6:34 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I am Richard Madison 2.0



  7. BMLITTLE
    6:34 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    UHG….Its gonna be a rough year. They just still can’t seem to work together. Granted coming back from 17 down is good…not great!



  8. Delk for 3
    6:35 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Ryan played solid, but played somewhat tentative late in the game. Other than that, I have no criticism for him. Overall, we either learn how to hit free throws better or we’ll never be a top team. The refs had a terrible game and there is no excuse for their terrible game management in the second half.



  9. please
    6:35 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    how about the goal tending call @ the game … or lack thereof..
    how about Nerlins WALK CALL WHEN HE WAS PUSHED TO THE GROUND

    why is this ally person posting right now? can we plz get someone who knows wtf is going on for a post loserville game post?
    kthx



  10. Rick Pitino
    6:35 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    OK hillbillies, time to go back to the hollers. Nothing to see here.



  11. Heisenberg
    6:35 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    We just kept going from one extreme to another, still December!



  12. GoCats2
    6:35 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow played well on the offensive end but his inability to guard Siva or Smith hurt us a lot. Overall I was happy with the effort but we never recovered from the stretch of turnovers that got us down 17. THat traveling call on Noel at the end when Dieng had his arm was the worst call of many.



  13. Mental Mindset
    6:35 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I took a day off today…. got rattled to often……..



  14. reedwizard
    6:35 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Very proud. Thought attacking the press in the 2nd half was the key, along with Harrow. He played what, 38 minutes? And WCS throwing down!
    Where’s the post game show?



  15. Mike
    6:37 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    If you can’t hit 50% of your FT’s you don’t deserve to win any game. Poythress and Stein 2-10 in that category. Mays continues to go in reverse and Poythress still bigtime underachiever. Close really doesn’t count when u have this many L’s before SEC play.



  16. Sean
    6:37 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Free throws doomed us. Still, moral victory?



  17. Pitino
    6:37 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I am headed to Porchinnis…. be back in 15 seconds……..



  18. Sack poythress
    6:37 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    This year is an anomoly. This is the worst high school recruiting pool ever. The best player in this class is Bennett and he got destroyed by North Carolina. Good riddence when poythress goes to the nba. Great kid, great student, awful effort.



  19. jim tom
    6:38 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    6–master blaster. heard that.



  20. kentuckyjoe
    6:38 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Ally, how can you say Poythress was a non-factor and not mention Mays? Mays gets a ton of minutes to produce only turnovers, missed shots, and fouls. I agree that Poythress was awful but Mays was beyond awful.



  21. Jim
    6:38 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Were we out of time outs? Why didn’t Cal call a time out when Archie took up his dribble and had no where to go, then threw it away for a Behenan dunk?



  22. Sean
    6:39 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Stein and Noel forgo the NBA. UK goes undefeated 2013-14 and hangs #9 in the rafters.



  23. Goingfor9
    6:39 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Hats off to the cards. We made 10 threes and they had their top 3 in foul trouble and they still beat us. If not for their foul trouble, the margin is much different.



  24. Big Blue Daddy
    6:40 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Guys, I’m as Big Blue as they get but if free throw shooting doesn’t improve immensely, we will drop several more games and exit early in the dance… If you check the stats 12 games in, we are on pace to become one of the worst foul shooting teams in school history… Around 62% currently… This has to get better for anyone to Fear Us come March… Please someone wake Poythress up!



  25. Cat89
    6:40 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    At sons ball game. Will watch once we get home. U of L wins by three at home after what we did to them last year, and with the team they have. They have to be a bit disappointed.



  26. bort
    6:40 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Does Goodwin ever pass the flippin’ ball? Yes, he passed it to Louisville 5 times for dunks. BTW, the bulk of Goodwin’s points came when he was guarded by a guy with 4 fouls on him and when Dieng had 4 fouls, too. There’s a lot of blame to go around, but Goodwin needs to stop being so selfish with the ball. Good news is that Harrow look really good, and our big guys play dominating defense inside. Wiltjer continues to shoot well. I think this team will be a tough out in the NCAA tournament.



  27. Mike
    6:41 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    AP….you weren’t mentally ready for the big stage…any thoughts of transferring??…u r becoming a cancer on the team.



  28. BMLITTLE
    6:41 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t think any of them are NBA ready. Unless they want to go in the 2nd or 3rd round, ride the bench, get traded around, and retire.



  29. Breaking News
    6:41 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Mays just pump faked again.



  30. [email protected]
    6:41 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    IF,IF, IF. IF I could pick the right lottery numbers I would be a millionaire. By all accounts, the Cards were supposed to win by 25 or so. They were pushed to the edge on their home court with their Center back. This is UL year to win it all. This is a rebuilding year and the weakest of Cals teams. And yet, the final score was 80-77 and UL was sweating this one out.



  31. WCS
    6:41 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Remember guys this is my first season dedicated to basketball….



  32. NEED NEW COACH NOW
    6:41 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    AMEN THIS LOSS IS SOLELY ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE REFS



  33. Jim
    6:41 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I agree. I have no idea why Mays is getting these minutes. Harrow was solid. Archie erratic. Poythress soft. Noel solid. Though he didn’t play outstanding, Cauley-Stein played with great heart and perhaps he can have a revolution like Harrow. I’d def rather see him than Pouthress in the game.



  34. Bobbum man
    6:42 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    21- no we had one left, I was screaming at Archie to call timeout when he picked up his dribble!



  35. Delk for 3
    6:42 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    15 — Mays, IMO, hasn’t been much of a player all season. Totally confused as to why Matt ever gave him an “A” for the first semester grade. He has been very underwhelming throughout the season. He scored 7 vs. Maryland, 7 vs. Duke, 16 vs. Notre Dame (with most of those meaningless when the game was over), 6 vs. Baylor, and 3 today vs. Louisville. The guy, quite frankly, has not gotten it done offensively or defensively. He is an extremely average college basketball player.



  36. junior
    6:42 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    1st 10 minutes decent, next 20 minutes I wanted to choke everyone but WCS, last 10 loved the effort and aggressiveness. I trust in CAL but maybe it’s time to take the handcuffs off these kids. Let em shoot CAL…damn! Anyways WCS is a beast, tremendous effort, not afraid, went at them. Give me 4 more of him! AP man up son…geesh…..



  37. [email protected]
    6:43 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I hate fair weather fans. I wish fair weather fans would transfer to the Cards.



  38. Hosier Wlldcat
    6:43 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    On the positive the effort was super. Hate to complain abut the refs but they sucked. I want them again in March. If we can play them that close at the YUM what will happen on a neutral court. Go Cats!!!



  39. jp7
    6:43 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Thank goodness that hot dog Behanan went to UL instead of UK. Not only does he have a big mouth, but he has no class either. Can’t win if you don’t hit free throws. Doug Shows is even worse than Karl Hess.



  40. question
    6:43 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Why was Noel on the pine for so long in the second half? I started to think he was hurt. Also, wish alex had Montrez Harrell’s heart. I’d trade Montrezl for him any day.



  41. kentuckyjoe
    6:43 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    We’re playing with 4 players with Mays in the game.



  42. bnclay
    6:44 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    If his team does get some quality wins they wont be playing in March. The refer blew several big calls down the stretch. But still the T.O.s and FT% is what cost the game.



  43. Billy
    6:44 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Congradulations LOSERVILLE on being the trashiest fan base in America. Your fans make me sick.



  44. In Cal We Trust
    6:44 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    #23 if UK did not miss 12 free throws, and some bad calls against UK at the end, UK wins.



  45. mashburnfan1
    6:44 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    i would not say alex was a non-factor. his dumb plays in 1st half led to the 1st ul run. the guy is basketball dumb. seems like a nice kid but has no bball knowledge.



  46. bigbluegirl
    6:44 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I will take a three point loss to the #3-#4 team in the country three months before the tournament! Louisville has a very good team. I think it’s awesome that our team came back fighting! They may have learned a lesson today.



  47. MANIA
    6:45 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville one loss this year; UK 4 losses this year? Is that what you mean?

    Is Math Jonas repeating that? What about Donita D.B. Franklin?

    Crayons.

    Stole Your Blog.



  48. Truth
    6:45 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Refs did not cost us anything. Their whole team had 4 fouls. The whistle was more than fair.



  49. jim tom
    6:46 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    wcs & nerlens need to start with poythress coming off bench. mayes thusfar not effective. everything else meaningless if ft shooting doesn’t improve.



  50. UK Freshmen
    6:46 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Lets be honest..the game was never in doubt. True that Harrow arguably had the best game out there, but the UofL team was better. By g
    Far.



  51. harry
    6:46 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Cal always a class act, love the effort. I have smile, even though we lost.



  52. Jim
    6:47 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks 34. That play killed us. We were down 4 (I think) before the non-time out call. I was screaming at Cal to call it. At least get a TO set up a play and get a shot off. That last 2 min were filled w/ opportunities that we missed (ie, Cauley-Stein missed dunk and 3 FT’s!) and dumb plays that shouldn’t have been made.



  53. 1 flip flop
    6:47 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    No mention of Hood….What’s up???



  54. NFL Replacement Ref
    6:48 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for assigning us to this game NCAA. We thought we made some wonderful calls tonite. Since football season is over, we really needed the work. We cant thank the NCAA enough. Louisville KFC chicken bucket is sure a fine place to take in a game too.



  55. Billy
    6:48 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    48 your a idiot and dont understand basketball if you think the refs didnt cost UK the game. Their should be 50 more fouls called on LOSERVILLE



  56. TJ
    6:48 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Listen, thus us a young and talented team. They played a top3 team at home! That team went to the Final Four last year! Give these young guys props, they had a huge effort and will build on thus No one will wasn’t to play KY in March!



  57. In Cal We Trust
    6:49 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    #48 Did you listen to the game on radio? UL committed many more fouls then was called.



  58. junior
    6:50 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    This is probably the best I’ve seen this TEAM play YTD; however, gotta make free throws and cut way down on turnovers. Reminds me of some of Cal’s teams in Memphis. just sayin :0)



  59. Billy
    6:50 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    The NCAA should investigate into the refs after the LOSERVILLE vs Memphis game and now this



  60. MANIA
    6:50 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    You guys enjoy your Meth.

    Louisville 1 Loss; UK 4 Losses.

    Math Jonas: Your cheeks are red, both sets.



  61. Bledsoe's Biceps
    6:51 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Props to the Cards. Outstanding free throw defense won it for them today.



  62. Darth
    6:51 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Calm down people…the Cats will be fine. Could things have been better, certainly. Could they be worse…for sure! 3 pt. loss in the chicken bucket to a solid, experienced team. Not that bad really. The team is improving and will make some noise before its all said and done.



  63. Willie's Headband
    6:51 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I thought their play was a vast improvement. Still putting the pieces together. Besides his foul shooting, WCS was great. There were some bad calls by the refs at the end of the game, but we had our chances. The refs were bad on both sides. I thought this was the first game that Harrow and Goodwin were able to play together in rhythm in the half court set. Had we hit a few more foul shots, the outcome would have been different and we would be singing a different tune on here.



  64. Catlanta
    6:52 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    If the refs had not called all those ticky tack fouls on uofl in that one stretch, we lose by double figures. So, the refs called the game fairly. People who say otherwise have swollen [email protected]



  65. Billy
    6:52 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    LOSERVILLE is pathetic!



  66. Delk for 3
    6:53 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    60 – You’re an idiot. UK: 8 championships. Louisville: last championship before the Berlin Wall came down.



  67. Cal's Triceps
    6:53 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Lifting the trophy last year made me lose focus… I’m sorry.



  68. BleedBlue
    6:53 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Refs gave that game to UofL. Even though we sucked at free throws.



  69. Bobbum man
    6:54 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    49- agreed I would like to see a lineup of harrow Archie poythress/wiljter wcs and Noel mays is useless in a lineup 2 spot up shooters are no good when no one can controllably drive the ball



  70. you know
    6:54 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    your all a bunch of DA’s. I cant believe you have a radio show. bunch of dips.



  71. jeff
    6:54 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    These Cats are getting Better Dung and Saliva both had 7 seven fouls



  72. Ky Realist
    6:54 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Cayut fans meassure their self worth by by how they do in hoops. You lost, now go back to your single wide and nail your sister.



  73. jchall30
    6:55 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    We did lose. We just ran out of time



  74. MANIA
    6:55 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    66 – true, you okay with that?



  75. UL2UK8
    6:55 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Will Perdue was on WLKY postgame show in Louisville and said UK was never close to winning the game? They where within 2, and lost by 3.



  76. Drew Blue
    6:56 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    64, Catlanta, go back and drink your Crown and smoke your crack you troll. Go home now, sheww.



  77. barn
    6:56 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    72–hear, hear



  78. BallEater
    6:56 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Refs???/Which one was guarding our free throw shooters? Which one guarded Alex Poythrees? Which one guarded Mays?



  79. junior
    6:56 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    REFS were inconsistent all day for both sides – so it’s a push – refs didn’t cause us to lose. Geesh, make some free throws, cut down turnovers, AP grow some balls, probably a different outcome. Loserville is better right now, overall we are getting better, bigger upside than those low down dirty snitches, pretty simple. Here’s to hoping the light went on for young guns today!



  80. Thomas
    6:56 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Cauley Stein just missed another free throw!



  81. FOULS
    6:57 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Ask for me, if you need me, if I can help you sleep tonight? There’s room for me and your sister on your bean bag.



  82. Louisville Fan
    6:58 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah We WON!!!! But I just watched a inexperienced UK team go from looking like a mid-major against Baylor in Rupp to almost beating my UL Cards who are a veteran top 5 team in our house.

    What can I say. We won but what a heck of a coaching job by Calipari. UK is going to be real come February.

    I use to say Coach Cal can’t coach just recruit but he has totally turned this UK team around in a short time.

    Have to tip my hat

    WE WON BATTLE but doesn’t feel like we won the war



  83. Seriously
    6:59 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    48) seriously, did you not watch the game. 4 fouls was like a blessing for those cards. They knew the refs would never foul them out. Siva had at least 3 fouls after he picked up his 4th, dieng pulled Noel to the ground by his wrist and got a freakin travel call, and smith I can’t really recall a 5th, but based on his play I’m sur he got away with something.



  84. grrr
    6:59 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress plays like a fricken scared school girl out there and even tho goodwin made some plays at the end of the game he plays like a moron. We lost that game more than louisville won it.



  85. EC
    6:59 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Pleased with the team, generally. Came within 3pts of upsetting the #4 team on their court. Only disappointed with Poythress and officiating



  86. Ridge Runner
    6:59 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    uofl got hosed by the refs as well. people need to stoip crying. The first foul on dieng was a joke and siva did not foul goodwin on that 3. The refs were more than fair and the calls evened out. The refs called a ton of fouls on them and actually kept us in the game.



  87. HOO
    6:59 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    You think PayPal Cal will make up a story about a “model” being trampled and cancel the series?



  88. Drew Blue
    6:59 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    70. I cant believe Louisville hasnt won a championship since ive been alive and the year they should have, lost to Morehead state. Thats harder to believe than some opinions on this site. Is it not ?



  89. Jim
    7:00 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    This team really misses Doron Lamb. A two guard who took care of the ball and could score and pass.



  90. CatDaddy
    7:00 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t stand reading this crap any more. Bad Cat fans, bad Card fans. Grow up people.



  91. HOO
    7:00 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Tommy Crean coaches circles around PayPal Cal



  92. I Be4UL
    7:00 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    #72 I am sure that your meth sells go up after UL wins a game, doesn’t it?



  93. SammyB
    7:01 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    As A True Blue Blood its hard to say that a loss almost feels as good as a win,..but today we played with the #3 team in the nation, in their house, in a hostile environment, and down by 17 at one point in the game, still had enouph fight in us to only lose by 3. Now I dont know what some of you OTHER fans are talking about but this fan can clearly see the strides that these young boys are making , well on their way to becoming YOUNG MEN. With Coach Cal at the helm the sky WILL ALWAYS be the limit, just a few more kinks to work out and this Team will be “STEAMROLLIN” come March.



  94. Chestbumpjohnny
    7:01 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Why so negative BBN were abunch of freshman competing with a experienced Louisville team in a hostile away environment. I am pretty proud of the cats all in all. Except for free throws hit half of them and we win this game! It’s a stepping stone were improving every game harrow is stepping up and taking more shots and knocking them down. Nerlens is starting to slowly develop offensively, like I said I have nothing to complain about other than the charity strike. WCS is starting to play with some passion and want! We’re gaining experience calm down people! Come March will be ready for a deep run in the tourney.



  95. HOO
    7:01 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    This website proves that the BBN is made up of only bandwagon fans…..and “models” that get trampled



  96. Roland
    7:01 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    15 ft, open shot: Can you hit it with people screaming at you more than 75% of the time? If not, NO scholarship.



  97. Referees
    7:01 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    It’s all about us WE MUST CONTROL the GAME!!!!! Basketball is about US not the players.



  98. 8Titles
    7:01 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    we made 10 three’s people and still lost. They were in major foul trouble and still beat us. The game gets out of hand if the refs didn’t call all those fouls. Some people lack perspective.



  99. UL Grad
    7:01 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    UK fans are spoiled rotten. You are complaining about Free Throws? 3 weeks ago I would’ve never thought that UK could’ve won by just hitting more Free Throws. The UK team we saw not long ago looked like a team destined to get blown out by Louisville. The fact you guys could have won on better FT shooting is amazing in itself. You all have come a long ways in a very short time.

    Kentucky scares me come March. If they can improve this much in less than month, they’ll be good by March



  100. Congrats to Mania
    7:02 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Both he and Siva are 1-4



  101. Linda Taylor
    7:02 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    40 – question – Cal said in the press conference that Nerlens has been sick for 3-4 days. That may have had an been one reason why he was on the bench some. Also, though at the end of the game Cal was subbing offense for defense to try to bring us back, putting in Kyle for his 3 point shooting ability.



  102. kentuckyjoe
    7:02 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    84 and 85 – you’re disppointed with Poythress? Does this mean you like what you say out of Mays?



  103. HOO
    7:02 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I hope this team is an 8 seed in March and IU gets to hand PayPal Cal the a$$ whooping he hid from this year



  104. grrr
    7:04 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    91 wtf are you even doing here, even when your team was ranked #1 you were still irrelevant.



  105. Roland
    7:04 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    to the UL grad: Losing might be acceptable to you.



  106. grrr
    7:04 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    and how many IU players are being investigated this year?



  107. HOO
    7:05 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    How much do you think PayPal Cal had to pay Archie Goodwin???



  108. Ridge Runner
    7:05 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    People crying about the refs are a joke. The game was called fairly. The refs called it tight, if they don’t, we get drilled.



  109. Where's Waldo
    7:06 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Did anyone have a hard time picking Dieng and Siva’s parents out of the crowd?



  110. HOO
    7:06 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    How long until PayPal Cal has to vacate his national title?



  111. HOO2
    7:08 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    About as much as Crean paid for Zeller and the Indiana Elite players



  112. Dman
    7:08 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Hey 70….you’re a dumb a$$. It’s “you’re”, not your.



  113. grrr
    7:08 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    102 that was a dumb ? obviously not but poythress could lead the nation in rebounding if he didnt play so soft



  114. Delk for 3
    7:08 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    This UK is not all that great, but they took Louisville’s best team since Terrence Williams to the wire today at their house. I’m proud of the fight in our guys and as long as Louisville doesn’t win the national championship this season and we get past the first round I will consider this year a success. Enjoy this one Louisville fans because you know good and well the rivalry tilts right back in our favor once the Harrison twins and the other studs arrive next year.



  115. 2014Champs
    7:08 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Good to see Rick and Cal bury the hatchet.



  116. Drew Blue
    7:09 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    HOO, I dont care how good your coach is, He is a complete jackass. Sorry we whipped your ass in the tournament last year and went on to win a a National Championship.



  117. InTheKnow
    7:09 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Alex is not happy here. He and Cal do not get along at all.



  118. Ed has Tickets
    7:10 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Goodwin is like dating a stripper, you take the good with the bad.



  119. HOO2
    7:10 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Man, we had another toughee last night



  120. Mc
    7:10 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Close. We battled with a vet team from last year’s final 4 on the road. We’re close to great things. Agree mays is getting too many minutes. Noel and harrow looked good. Goodwin is wild but at least he hustles for the most part. Wcs battled more than usual. Poythress needs to play angry. Has the tools, but won’t punish others. Also too many transition layups. Don’t be afraid to hammer someone. Hope this team progresses. I think they are about to go on a big run and need to keep their heads up and play confident.



  121. Delk for 3
    7:11 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    People have a right to complain about the refs today. The refs missed many calls and their whistle froze up late in the game when UK was close to pulling even.



  122. BUTLER
    7:13 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Hoo, remember, we will let you know when you can speak.



  123. SammyB
    7:13 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Matt Jones,…You know that your site has MADE IT when you got the oppisitions fans just chompin at the bit, just cant wait to jump on the net and talk sh!#. Keep it CLASSY Cards Fans! Your squad of 4th and 5th year “Lottery Picks” almost just got dumped by some 10th Game FRESHMEN!



  124. Delk for 3
    7:13 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    There is no room to complain about Archie Goodwin today. The guy played his heart out and played well. He can only do so much. Poythress and Mays on the other hand? They didn’t even show up.



  125. M. Pellizerri
    7:13 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Folks, this is not a 1 and done squad.

    You saw Harrow play decently; but did not lead.

    You saw freshman get squeezed.

    Look at the light: W. C.-Stein showed up, and Nerlens played well again (TRUE FIGHTER, I love that fella), and the kid from ORE lit up a few (MUST WORK ON BALL HANDLING), and Harrow is still NOT a PG (hint).

    For UofL, Smith ran point when Siva was out.

    Folks, that’s the key.

    UofK does NOT have it.

    Harrow needs work; he may get there, and that may be next year. But folks, it ain’t happening this year.



  126. kentuckyjoe
    7:14 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    113, think of all that we could do with those minutes that Mays does nothing in. Yet, he gets a free pass. Why? He gets more minutes than anyone and does nothing. He got far more minutes that Poythress today and yet did not produce as much. Yet Poythress takes the hit. I don’t understand that.



  127. BlueFins
    7:15 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    #121, Agree. UL did get the home cooking



  128. Caftan
    7:15 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    We would have won if we could hit a foul shot. That being said WCS still hustled more than anyone and played well. I hope he starts every game, he adds hustle and toughness.



  129. Realy?
    7:22 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t believe our fans are crying about the refs. uofl’s whole team was in foul trouble and the reason we came back in the first place. We made a ton of three’s and got uofl’s best players on the bench. uofl had some bad calls go against them as well. Siva did not touch goodwin on the three and Dieng’s first fould was brutal. But our fans only see the bad calls that went against us and forget about the bad calls that went against the other team.



  130. M. Pellizerri
    7:24 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Cries almighty. I watched the same game. It was a well officiated battle…..by Blue Freshman(save Wiltjer) versus a seasoned UofL squad that is poised to win the NCAA Title.

    If your complaint is “the refs screwed us’, then you are a truly lacking in cognitive ability.

    Home cooking, the UofL will lose once joining the ACC; you will see a decrease in that profit (no more alcohol) and Jurich WILL leave within years. Why “CILL” the Golden goose?

    By then, CAL will be back in the NBA; and, RP?

    HC at UofK.



  131. Drew Blue
    7:33 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Pellizerri, how was the underground bunker ? Guess the world didnt end and you came back up to watch the game and throw some more retarded theories out there. Good job. Well done.



  132. Big Whoop
    7:37 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I said before the game that Free Throws and Turnovers would be the decicing factors and they were. I take no joy that the Cats lived up to my expectations. However, I thought we were going to lose by 8 or 9.

    I think Poythress transfers by the end of the season. He has no fire in his gut whatsoever. A first round draft pick? That isn’t going to happen.

    Mays has no business wearing a UK uniform, he doesn’t bring any value to the table. Everyone else played with heart, especially Willie.

    At least we have a rivalry again.



  133. Bmac
    7:53 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    It took one if the worst called games in recent history, a group of veterans not good enough to leave early for the nba and a home court advantage for Louisville to barely win against Kentucky. Louisville fans out to keep their mouths shut after this one because Kentucky was clearly the better team out there.



  134. MJ4UK
    7:55 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress should’ve went to Vandy or Memphis, he is not cut out for this



  135. TennesseeErnieBored
    7:56 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Derrick Hord, Richard Madison, now maybe Alex P. These are all fantastic athletes, but expectations exceeded results. There are probably other TN bb players that came to UK that didn’t quite work out, these are just some that come to mind. ask Oscar if there is some conspiracy going on here,



  136. TARD FANS KNOW THE CATS GO DEEPER IN MARCK
    8:03 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    CONGRATS TO THE BIG BLUE! WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE WON BUT THIS GAME WILL DO WONDERS FOR THIS YOUNG TEAM! COME MARCH ALL YOU DUKE,IU AND MOSTLY TARD FANS BRING IT WE ARE BIG BLUE!



  137. Bmac
    8:07 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    The good thing is that now that the game is over cards fans can’t talk smack because they don’t talk about the past….right?



  138. bellcofan
    8:17 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    #20 I thought I was the only one that had those thoughts about Mays. Cal must be #@#@[email protected] his mother or sister. Cal needs to try a different motiation for Poythress. He plays looking at the bench.



  139. Sammydog
    8:53 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    This is the same board that for 3 days has proclaimed how the Cats stood no chance, Cards superior this year, its ok to lose this year, etc. Today, after growing up before our eyes all we do is bitch and chastise certain players. This was our most complete game. With all our deficiencies we almost beat the supposed next national champion on their home court with the nation watching. Either we have great potential for the rest of the season or the Cards aren’t all they are cracked up to be. I think both are true. Cats didn’t win but I am very pleased. I don’t think the Cards want to meet us again in March. I doubt anyone one will.



  140. Catfan
    8:53 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Hope everyone lays off poythress. He’s a young kid, if he doesn’t play well he will be on the bench. If he plays well, then good for us. Adults should be ashamed for trashing an 18 year old kid cause he’s not living up to our expectations. People trashing our own players on twitter are just sad.



  141. probablyyourmom
    8:56 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    134.)give him time, by february youll be praising him. 96.) im damn sure you cant



  142. shame
    9:36 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Im just confused. Against duke, I came out of that game thinking alex was going to be a stud but he’s turning out to be a dud! I blame that dud for the loss. With all that upside, its a shame he plays like a girl.



  143. milkman
    9:54 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I will leave the coaching to Cal , sure I’m upset about the freethrows but I’m also TRUE BLUE I will not call names our blame anyone there KIDS let Cal ride there ass its his job!!!!!!! This team has came along way just getting a true point guard back some of u fans SUCK and to me are not part of the BBN!!!!!!! Great game Cards , as for my young Cats great game keep balling it will come together!!!!!



  144. shame
    10:02 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Some people on this site suck ass! This is a place where we fans can come to ” VENT” if you will. voicing our opinions on some plays or players help me or us feel better. That being said, this team showed some strides but free throws? They neeeeeeeed to work on that. Poythress needs to man up and play some ball!! His nba stock is dropping by the minute.



  145. Catlogic15
    11:33 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    #117. I can see how that would make sense. Cal can get to most all, just not all. AP should listen, if not for his own good, then the team’s. He’s putting his own character on the line.



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  147. LA CatFan
    5:34 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Big Improvement from a month ago. I knew going into this season this team would be fun to watch because they will be maturing in leaps and bounds. When they all peak at the same time they will be scary.