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Gabrielle Carteris’s Weekend Top Ten News and Views

When I was a kid, I watched the first two seasons of Beverly Hills 90210. These were the early years of the enterprise, before every character began dating each other, Tiffani Amber-Theissen joined at the height of her hotness and we got to see Jamie of “How Do You Talk to an Angel?” fame. In those early years, it was all about people in their late 20s playing teenagers, including Gabrielle Carteris, who turns 50 today. Carteris played the female nerd of the school who ran the school paper and tried to win over Brandon Walsh by using motherly tactics as seduction. She always seemed to be telling everyone to stop having fun and she was one of the very few characters on television who attempted to play a high schooler wearing grandmother glasses. She survived the first season, unlike the blond kid who was friends with David Silver and shot himself, and remained part of the cast as Andrea Zuckerman until the bitter end, even marrying the worthless Jesse Vasquez in the process. Now she is 50, which means that she is much older than someone who began on 90210 should be…but it is her birthday and I hope you will join me, Ian Ziering, Matthew Laurence and all the gang from the Peach Pit in wishing her a great day.

The Ten Takeaways from the Weekend:

1. Cats Thankfully Win: It was a painful game to watch on Saturday, but at least the Cats won, keeping us from having to listen to the Dirty Birds squawk all season long. The referees robbed the game of any flow, by making it a foul fest and after the game I was very critical of their performance. However I have spoken with a number of basketball people who have basically said to me that the game was called as it should have been. Louisville came in fouling on nearly every possession, Kentucky responded with physical play and thus the game needed to be called tightly in order for it not to degrade into physical warfare. Maybe so, but it did not make it easy to watch and it was likely the ugliest battle in the history of the rivalry.

2. MKG for MVP: The star of the game was clearly Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who put together a performance that no less of an authority than Rex Chapman called the greatest in the history of the rivalry. His 24 point, 19 rebound game vaulted him to the top of the heap amongst national writers and has elevated him into an All American candidate. The best part of his game to me had little to do with the points or boards, but more with his mentality. He seemed to relish in the physical play and the dramatic environment, using it to spark his game and take it to a higher place. So many players shrink from the moment, but MKG revels in it and that makes him a joy to watch.

3. Anthony Davis as Rick Barry: An underrated factor in the 69-62 final score was the free throw shooting of the man they call the Unibrow. Davis went to the line 13 times in the second half, making 12 and essentially eliminating any hope UL had of defending him well. When the ball gets into the post against a player as long as Davis, the defender either has to let him have an open shot or foul him..there is little other choice. If Davis ends up shooting this high a percentage, the second option goes away, making it Anthony’s choice how he scores 15-20 a game.

4. Press Offense: One concern going forward for me was the inability Kentucky showed to beat the UL press. All week long I said that I hoped the Cardinals would press because I thought Kentucky would destroy it and get easy points in transition. Instead, the team looked lost against any traps and had a number of turnovers that led to 4-5 easy baskets. Kentucky has been unable to get transition points in bunches this season as I had hoped, and they showcased a vulnerability on Saturday that needs to improve, or my guess is that we will see it more.

5. Wither Lamb/Jones?: The one factor that pointed to Kentucky having a chance to be transcendently good this season was the fact that two of the best four players on the team would be Sophomores and would make the leap in their second season. On Saturday, they combined to give Kentucky almost nothing. Lamb’s head must have been elsewhere, as he went 1-7 from the field and allowed Russ Smith to torch him on the defensive end. As for Jones, he still isn’t close to 100%, so it is hard to know what to make of his sluggish offense. Hopefully that improves and Lamb’s bad game is a solo blip on what otherwise has been a strong year.

6. The Pressroom Brawl: It was secondary to the battle on the court, but in the media room, all talk was on the “Brawl for it All” on Friday at the UK press conference. Alan Cutler and Dan Rieffer (two tv sportscasters in Lexington) got into a verbal confrontation that may have had a little bumping/shoving on Friday while interviewing Anthony Davis. A video of the incident exists, and we at KSR are desperately trying to get it for online viewing. It was shown to me Saturday and I must say that it was unbelievably funny. There were threats of hospital visits, curse words and overall absurdity in abundance and it might be one of my 5 favorite things I have ever seen. It was probably best summed up by Anthony Davis, who was mere feet away and told someone afterwards, “the guy with the ‘Stache don’t play.” No he doesn’t.

7. Rick Pitino Has Lost His Mind: I am not a Louisville fan. That much has been established. But if I were, I might finally be ready to check and see if Rick Pitino has lost his mind. After the game, he bailed on the post game press conference (the first time I have ever seen any visiting coach do that), instead talking to select reporters outside his locker room. Then on his postgame radio show, he essentially threw his players under the bus, calling out Peyton Siva and Kyle Kuric in particular. He then bizarrely criticized the one player he had show up, Russ Smith, noting that even though he scored 30, he had no assists and needed to “rebound more.” One could point out to Rick that the 5’9″ Smith tied for the lead of his team in rebounds with 5, but at this point, any connection between Pitino’s words and reality has long since left the building.

8.HOVA was in the Building: Jay Z showed up to the game on Saturday, dressed all in black and carrying a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist jersey. He was introduced to the fans in the second half, gave a standing ovation to Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer and even posed for a picture with my thumb. It was a big moment for UK basketball, as it once again confirmed that UK is intent on being the cool spot for famous athletes/celebrities in college basketball. He also was much skinnier in person than I imagined, had one woman in the audience who I heard ask her friend “Is his last name really Z?” and caused Drew Franklin nearly to pass out when he slapped him on his back. And most importantly, he inspired a large heaping of “I got 99 Problems but ____ ain’t One” jokes about UL on Twitter. All in all, my favorite celebrity appearance at Rupp Arena since the cloggers.

9. Demarcus Says Uh-Uh: Demarcus Cousins is my guy, so I am probably not the most objective on this story, but it was unfortunate to hear of the latest problems for Boogie in Sacramento. His coach says that Cousins demanded a trade after a verbal argument in practice, while Demarcus’s agent said no such thing happened. Either way, Cousins was sent home and did not play tonight in their game against New Orleans. KSR Loves Cousins and I sincerely believe that he is a great guy who is blasted often by critics who would like nothing better than to see him fail. It doesn’t mean that he does not make poor decisions, but in this case I don’t know enough about the facts to say either way. I do know that I wish Cousins the best and hope all the good that was brought out of him in Lexington will showcase itself again during his time in the league. KSR is #TeamCousins

10. Amile Jefferson narrows it to Five: Just like with Willie Cauley in the summer, KSR was told in the fall to expect to one day potentially see Amile Jefferson at UK. Well today the 2012 PF told that his final five schools are Kentucky, NC State, Villanova, Ohio State and Temple. Most believe that UK and NC State lead, with Villanova a strong hometown pull. One has to wonder why any kid would pick Mark Gottfried over Calipari, but my guess is that ultimately he won’t. In a perfect world, Calipari would like to add Shabazz and either Jefferson/Bennett to finish out the 2012 class. If he does, the train keeps right on rolling, on down to San Antone.

Even though it is a holiday, we love you so we will have a morning radio show from 10 am to noon. Expect all the above topics plus many more UL game chatter, with myself and Drew Franklin. Come join us….

Article written by Matt Jones

42 Comments for Gabrielle Carteris’s Weekend Top Ten News and Views

  1. lumberjackcat
    11:11 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Matt, you said last week on the radio show you had bought a shirt with the players on it Davis with a unibrow and Teague with the little mustache do you think you could put up a picture of the shirt.

  2. mocha
    11:11 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville Doesn’t Exist.

  3. Lovelease
    11:12 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Last year team bad start good finish me hungry food honey to humo long time huh uh

  4. jasonthecaller
    11:12 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I always thought the Peach Pit was the West Coast version of Waffle House.

    Also, people who continue to perpetuate the myth that you need experience to win big games need to analyze this game. Put the performances of Miller, Lamb and Jones along side that of MKG and Davis.

  5. MattD
    11:20 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    This was a great summary and points from the weekend
    Happy to have been home in Kentucky and spend NYE in Lexington amongst fellow cats fans.

  6. Dave
    11:22 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    What’s a Louisville?

  7. Uk rocks
    11:25 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Mkg is a beast! MVP! Mkg 4 president! Can we make a t shirt out of that ?

  8. BPsycho
    11:27 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    “the guy with the ‘Stache don’t play.”


    “and caused Drew Franklin nearly to pass out when he slapped him on his back.”

    Drew Franklin was touched by Hova! #*******jealous

    Rick Pitino wtf is going on dude. Honestly… I hate UL but what are you doing? Siva deserved it, maybe Kuric, but not really. Lamb wAsn’t exactly draining 3’s either. Russ Smith is good… Yeah I said it. He is and will be… You have nothing else to say about him? Really? I didn’t tune in to your BS radio show so maybe you did say something other than complete BS about your team but who cares you don’t exist!

  9. Booney
    11:28 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I told you last week that Pitino has too much disconnect with his guys. He’s not a “player-first” coach, but a me-first coach.

  10. Kytillidie
    11:28 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Great Summary! I hope Cousins ends up in a place he is happy. And Drew is going to be on the radio show…I have got to listen to his hungover antics. Hopefully he makes it #louisvilledoesntexist

  11. Jorts
    11:28 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    My double-double in my first NBA start doesn’t make the top 10?! Come on, man!

  12. Syrin
    11:29 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    Pitino really did all that? He really called out his only player who did anyhting in the game for not rebolunding at 5’9″ ?!?!?!?! WTF !?!?! Spud Webb never really hit the boards too hard either.

    You’re right. The guy has just lost it. His life has come unglued over the pst three years.

  13. Uk rocks
    11:30 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    9, Russ smith is a ball hog. He had half louisvilles pts basically. He had 30 pts and ul as a team had 62 pts. That’s y people call him good.

  14. BPsycho
    11:33 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’m amazed he even got the ball to score the 30, ya know with Siva pretending his own teammates don’t exist!

  15. Greg Mellin
    11:34 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    I want a t-shirt that says “That’s My Kidd”

  16. the guy with the ‘Stache don’t play
    11:36 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    truer words have never been spoken

  17. schwing
    11:43 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    yes, i would hit that.

  18. Fishersblue
    11:45 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    This is why it can suck to be a UK basketball player. Even Matt Jones has fallen victim to overreaction (Lamb) and short-sightedness (Jones). Lamb had a rough game offensively but he’s been remarkably consistent this year. He hit his free throws and I thought was aggressive on offense. Jones had 11 rebounds and played excellent defense. He proved he can impact the outcome even when not scoring. These guys aren’t going to be perfect every game, but give them a break here. I thought Lamb and Jones struggled in some areas but also contributed to the victory. Gotta look at the complete picture, Matt, and stop taking the easy way out with your analysis.

  19. RickyPRetirementTour
    11:56 pm January 1, 2012 Permalink

    How can a coach like RickyP be considered a great coach when he teaches his team to foul soo much that the ref’s will not call all of the fouls on you? This is his 11th year at UL. If he is a great coach shouldn’t he be able to teach the proper rules to his team?

  20. KY Dave
    12:04 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    What’s up with Cal’s postgame comments downplaying the rivalry? The same frenzy that feeds this rivalry also fuels the unwavering support of BBN. I love Cal… But think he just doesn’t “get it,”

  21. BPsycho
    12:17 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Retraction! Maybe he was a tool on the radio, but the footage they just showed on Lex18 of Pitino painted a very different picture.

  22. BigBlueSkyDog
    12:17 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Pitino had better quit soon. He is squandering away any of the good reputation and stature he has left. I don’t mind seeing U of L becoming mediocre under his watch. But he is cracking up in front of everybody and Jurich and his enablers in the Louisville media won’t call him on it.

    12:31 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, your knowledge of Beverly Hills 90210 scary.

  24. MKG-MVP
    1:05 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    #1 go to this link and scroll down a bit. It’s the ‘Blue Magic’ shirt.

  25. jasonthecaller
    1:45 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    19, I thought the game-plan by Rick was genius. They have more bodies than us. Get the refs whistle happy and negate the talent discrepancy by having the players standing at the foul line.

    I can match our athleticism standing still.

  26. BlueFan
    2:10 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    25: correct No one can compete with MKG and Davis when they are allowed to play. Dean Smith would 4 corner us if allowed.

  27. phrakture
    4:03 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    I think Paul Westphal is single-handedly trying to ruin DMC’s career. I mean seriously, teammates have no idea he’s even slightly upset and he just out of the blue demands a trade? In one of the pre-game interviews one of the interviews said that DMC only said “If you don’t like me, trade me” and PW sent him home and then started acting a fool. All of DMC’s teammates seem to really like him out there. It’s sad, I hope Sac gets a real coach in there so they can actually play NBA ball.

  28. bubbles
    5:44 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Whatever ref buddy said the game was called as should is an idiot like all officials. They got together decided how they were going to call it and anticipated everything before it doing so they put players at disadvantage to their team strengths. I really wish those clowns had to attend press conferences. Atleast we know UK can win in adversity and more ways than one with the low field goal percentage.

  29. gacatfan
    7:00 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Cousins will never be happy but it is the NBA so few people care. Most likely his team mates are also asking he be traded.

  30. Reality Is
    7:34 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    29. You and anyone else screaming about the number of fouls are the idiots. There should have been more if anything. If Pitino would start recruiting then maybe he could try to beat us by actually playing basketball instead of using these ridiculous gimmicks he’s tried to use. If you don’t want so many fouls then quit hacking every damn time a player dribbles. And 25, don’t mistake that for what you call “genius”. It’s UL’s calling card. Hack you to death to speed you up and cause turnovers. It works in the Chicken Bucket against WKU and Charleston. Now if he could only find a gimmick that would put players talented enough to actually score on the court.

  31. playersfan
    7:42 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    It wasn’t calling the fouls that disrupted the game, it was the fouling that disrupted the game! Secondly, we have a rule book, the refs should follow the written rules, or else it becomes like the Supreme Court, the law is what ever we want it to be.

  32. SexnNursinHomes
    7:45 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    28- hahaha

    Matt, Andrea from 90210 even looked like she was 30 yrs older than the rest of the crew. For the longest time, I thought she was a narc in their high school. Brandon’s on drugs and Steve is a date raper.

  33. phillipe
    7:48 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    On the Pitino front, I think he is one of those people who constantly feed off negativity toward others. This is the huge difference between he and Cal. Cal can be honest ALL THE TIME about his players and life, the positive and the negative. People like Pitino feel as though they are surrendering something of their own if they compliment others consistently and have no idea how freeing real honesty can be, like you have Matt Jones. It is the reason you are so much loved by BBN.
    The game was more boring than painful, it was still 23,000+ in Rupp against Louisville and we prevailed. We did not just win we prevailed, those 2 late 3s only made it seem like it was not an ass woopin’, in the overall scheme they could not play with us, we just did not look balletic
    in accomplishing it.
    Happy New Year M Jones

  34. Jimschweatty
    9:00 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    All that Cousins brought to Lexington is indeed showing. Westphal just seems to have less patience for it.

  35. chipanzy
    9:32 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    According to Wikipedia, Gabrielle Charteris was born on Jan. 2, 1961, which would mean that she has already been fifty for a year. She is turning 51 today!

  36. road_warri0r
    9:54 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    I would like to see Cousins traded to the Wizards, John Wall knows how to get the most from him as in the rookie All-Star game, Cousins was a beast with Wall’s leading and assists.

  37. Mike
    10:16 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Has anyone been able to figure out the saga that played over the weekend….Silence of the Lamb?? How could he have no O or no D for this critical of a rivalry game??

  38. Pokey Chapman
    10:44 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Quit worrying about Pitino. Two years ago he didn’t send his players out for introductions, before that he came out of the wrong tunnel before the game. He played a Big East style of defense and neither coach complained about the officiating. Both teams struggled when their centers were on the bench in foul trouble. We should use Davis to help break the press.

  39. Jeff
    11:06 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    Guess it is OK for Cal to bail on the post-game press conference at IU, but not Pitino here.

  40. tyrus
    11:22 am January 2, 2012 Permalink

    15 – that’s real good but just a slight change, “That’s Our Kidd” BBN!

  41. nolablue
    3:36 pm January 2, 2012 Permalink

    From Yahoo sports:

    >>Several rival executives expect the Kings will eventually make a coaching change and try a tougher style with Cousins.<<

    Now. IS THAT NOT WHAT I WAS SAYING LAST NIGHT about Boogie needing a Rupp/Cal type coach
    instead of these slimy newage Westphalian coaches?


    Keep at it, Boogie. You can do this thang. Paul Westphal is his own reward.

  42. jic414
    9:18 am January 3, 2012 Permalink

    I am still waiting for the Alan Cutler video…seriously. He cracks me up!