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Goodman Backtracks on His Previously Optimistic Comments

 

Earlier this week, Jeff Goodman announced that he thought Kentucky would still succeed without Nerlens Noel in the lineup, assuming that Willie Cauley-Stein could fill Noel’s void most of the way while Ryan Harrow and Alex Poythress would step up to cover the rest.

 

 

Welp, Goodman laid a big goose egg with that one, seeing as how all three players he mentioned fouled out today while each scoring four or less points. He quickly backtracked in a piece written just after Kentucky’s dismal loss today:

 

Kentucky got pummeled in Knoxville — almost from start to finish. It was utter humiliation. Alex Poythress and Ryan Harrow didn’t have any fight. Again. Archie Goodwin doesn’t have much feel for the game — and while Noel wasn’t much of a threat on the offensive end, he was far more effective than Cauley-Stein — who is still raw on both ends of the court. Kentucky got punched by the Vols — and didn’t punch back. The score at the break was 50-26 and the final margin was 30 points.

 

Goodman goes on to say that Kentucky lacks leadership, depth, an aggressive point guard, and defensive tenacity. At this point, it’s easier to list the attributes we’re missing as a team rather than the ones we have. Yikes.

 

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Article written by Kristen Geil

74 Comments for Goodman Backtracks on His Previously Optimistic Comments



  1. junior
    8:34 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Our players wear more pads than a damn football team. I guess that explains the softness. Leadership starts at the top. That is all….



  2. Bubba Earl
    8:35 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    That is the most intelligent opinion Goodman has had in quite sometime, but the truth hurts!



  3. TampaCat
    8:36 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I have to agree with him. This team is difficult to watch. With the way they played today, they should not accept or make the NIT field.



  4. hoo ha
    8:38 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I’d actually say it’s easier to list the attributes we have than those that are missing, because a list of any positives we have is very short.



  5. bluebiscuit
    8:38 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    But the new uniforms weren’t that bad.



  6. nerlensnoelshair
    8:43 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Cal’s first three teams at UK had great guard play. His last few teams at UM had great guard play. Cal’s offense runs like a car with a cylinder missing without guard play. Defensive problems are just plain lack of toughness, leadership, experience, and believe it or maybe talent.



  7. hahah
    8:48 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I wouldnt mind seeing Cal start and play Mays, Polson, Hood, Wiltjer, Molone and keep the big names from playing to make a statement even if it means to lose by 50. There is no reason for talented players to suck this bad.



  8. Emerson Biggins
    8:51 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t understand, we only lost by 30?



  9. Keith
    8:51 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe we should let the Women’s Basketball team play the rest of their games this season. At least they won’t quite.



  10. Pokey Chapman
    8:52 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I’m getting tired of the blame being placed on subjective stuff like tenacity, leadership, teamwork etc. Lets talk about ball handling, shooting, posting up, playing defense, passing, blocking out. With very few exceptions it would be easier to argue that they played hard than it would to argue that they demonstrated any of the on court skills that basketball players have to exhibit to be effective.



  11. Hey
    8:53 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Harrow…. you do not need a waiver to transfer back to middle school



  12. Lost Boyz
    8:57 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    At least we have a nice dorm, paid for by the BBN!



  13. Shelbyjoe
    9:02 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Throw this game out. It took a long time for this team to start finding its identity. Now they have to find it again. We’ll get a much truer picture on wednesday.



  14. bmt22033
    9:02 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    @7 – I agree, although I might give Twany the nod over Malone if his back is up for it. Regardless, at this point, I just can’t see this team making the tournament. And I honestly hope that Cal declines an NIT invitation.



  15. Hrick Pitino
    9:06 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Remember the loss I allowed, last season, to the Friars of my old stomping grounds, Providence College.
    My former people, Camelotians, you need to wake up to the reality that is: Your eyes are bigger than the plate the server provided.
    You need to wake up and accept that change is inevitable.
    Deal with it. Make changes; dig.



  16. the Big Dog
    9:09 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    All week we have all this speculation on the impact of losing Noel. Then is our first game (on CBS) we had a horrible loss with technical fouls and complete breakdowns on both sides of the court. Can’t argue with Goodman on anything he said. However, we can still bounce back. The bad thing is we can’t have any more like this and we have to beat Florida (which I don’t think we can) and make a run in the SEC tournament and hope that we beat Florida again. The bottom line is that Cal runs a high risk system with young kids and little depth and we are seeing that it doesn’t also work the way we want. He may need to look for more kids like Wiltjer and Willis who will be around a bit longer (or like Mayes). I think Cal thought that Teague was staying and if that had happened, we would be fine.



  17. oldschool
    9:10 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Cal stubbornly refused to develop his short bench back in December when he numerous opportunities to play guys a few minutes in 30-point wins.

    Put a kid like Tod Lanter in the game today – and he’s never seen the court in front of television cameras and 20,000 people. Obviously – he’s not prepared to contribute – nor are Malone or the other walk-ons. And again, if a kid can’t contribute on the court during the game – why in the world is he on the team? The fact that Cal refused to let these kids see minutes in mop-up time in 30 minute blowouts suggests he didn’t want them to be embarassed, meaning they simply weren’t capable of playing at this label. That fuels speculation that their position on this team is for other reasons – perhaps team GPA. That’s pathetic.

    Cal must recruit and develop a bench. That’s easier said than done however, because I don’t know too many 3 or 4 star kids who want to come to Kentucky knowing they’re going to be recruited over every year and that the 5-star recruits are going to get the bulk of the playing time so Cal can acheive his NBA Draft night euphoria every year.

    Cat fans – this is not a good philosophy for long-term, consistent success. Yes – we won a title last year. We beat Kansas. Kansas was a contender last year, and from the looks of it – they’re a contender again this year with pretty much the same team. There is something to be said for consistency and building a team around long-term players.



  18. Mike
    9:10 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Hey gang….I don’t think any negative articles have any effect on this team at all. Goodman nailed it….we don’t have anything at all. This is not UK basketball. If I were Goodwin or Poythress, I would be ashamed to set foot outside my front door. These duds definitely do not have any fight or any shame in them. They continue to be an embarassment to the BBN, and I do applaud Cal for calling them out….bout time.



  19. Bad Vaastu!
    9:11 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    This team and the future teams will suffer unless they move out of the new Wildcat Coal Lodge…lookup about vaastu (or vastu)



  20. Alan
    9:12 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Can we just forfeit the rest of the season, because I really don’t want Cal to fall over dead from either a heart attack or a stroke based on a few players who will not listen to any coaching. Dude looked like he was about to rupture something at so many points this season that I’d rather him live than die screaming at Archie and Alex.



  21. goukats
    9:18 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Goodman wrote what many of us has felt this season.



  22. Licamo katz
    9:19 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    The best thing that Cal could do for Goodwin, AP to enter the draft and Harrow is to leave. AG and AP will only lose minutes next year and will not improve their draft position. Harrow might be better of in Europe.



  23. KyKid
    9:20 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, our team pretty much stinks right now. But you idiots (#20, etc) just need to shut up. Anyone questioning Cal and his coaching, recruiting, etc just don’t have a clue. 3 seasons – elite 8, final 4, champs. Guess he really just doesnt know what he’s doing.



  24. Jimi
    9:23 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Cal’s threats are not working because WCS, Poythress & Goodwin are not ready.
    They need to come back for another year.
    I am wondering if there will be enough scholarships available…….
    – Would that mess up next years team chemistry?
    – Will that force Wiggins, Randle &/or Gordon to go elsewhere?
    – Does todays game push them away?

    Cat Fan 4 Life
    🙁



  25. Take A Deep Breath
    9:23 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    We have a team of freshmen who play like typical freshmen. Teams like ’09 and ’11 are exceptions, not the norm. This team isnt much different than ’10, except that Brandon Knight was a)point guard and b)healthy. We didnt look very good until late, and got hot at the right time. Now that ain’t happenting this year w/o Nerlens, but there’s a bright side. Archie, Alex and WCS now are exposed as being unprepared to jump to NBA just because they play for UK, and they will get better playing against the 5 (hopefully 6 0r 7) top 20 recruits than practicing against a group of walk-ons like this year, and will have to compete in practice for playing time. Sucks for this year, but imagine Noel joining in next year. I would rather be the Marlins with 2 championships in 5 years with a couple of stinker years, than be the cubs with 100 yrs of frustrations.



  26. Ms, McGarrett
    9:24 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    21, Kindergaarten attitude.
    GoodDoofus writes for a living.
    Be proud; you ‘dollared’ his pocket.
    This SHIP is NOT the Titanic; it is not Carnival Cruise
    ‘shi(p)’T’.
    You give up too soon.
    You define “FAIR WEATHER fan’
    Webster has a new entey on how to spell Vagina: it starts with M.I.K.and E.



  27. Ms, McGarrett
    9:27 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Dang it, now two one moved to 18.



  28. Big Blue
    9:27 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    The ‘one and done’ strategy does have a very ugly down side. We are now witnesses!



  29. nerlensaintwalkingthrudoor
    9:29 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Tired of the negativity…I think i speak for majority of true bbn when I say…ITS OK…sure we’re struggling but you must understand we just won the championship last year…there will be a few years like this in Cal’s tenure…it’s hard with 5 new starters, even tougher when most of them are freshman…next year will be totally different…give me a championship every 5 years..I would sign up right now…keep working on it guys, this season is not lost…we can still win the next three and hopefully by the time florida comes to rupp…we will be ready…i will never give up, never insult this team of kids and never bleed anything but blue…keep the faith…if we don’t make ncaa we still love ya



  30. bubbashine
    9:30 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Also, KSR and all UK basketball alike lead the country in resident trolls. 20 – 30 trolls whose weekend purpose is to make BBN look bad and sow discontent. Mainly UL and Indiana fan trolls. Take oldschool … just take him. He’s another IU troll. We sure have the haters here today.



  31. dustblues77
    9:32 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    The floor general (harrow)has the biggest role but he comes up lower than a drummer boy on the front line. However, the drummer boy has a stronger beat than Harrow. If you just breathe on him he falls down. There is no way you succeed with that mentality and that trickles down to the rest of the team. With Noel we were respectable and if you had to name a leader on the court it was Noel. His play was of a leader. He never took a second off and always did his best. He injures his ACL on a hustle play. We were not great with Noel but we were a great deal better with him. I was not surprised of todays slaughter.
    The only thing you can hope for is that Cal creates a lineup that utilizes are strengths. The bad thing the weaknesses are so glaring that is most likely will outweigh everything. Once again it starts with our point guard. Coach Cal when last years players decided to go pro you said time for the new batch. Well this batch has one really good egg but it is cracked. A few others are decent but it can not keep the other rotten eggs toether.



  32. oldschool
    9:36 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    30 – I’m actually a lifelong UK fan who knows more about UK and it’s proud history that 99 percent of the people who write or read this site.

    I value the tradition and legacy of UK enough to know danger when I see it – and I saw that danger when Calipari was hired. One and Done is not good for the player, the program or for college basketball in general. I know Cal keeps saying he doesn’t like the rule – yet he insists that UK become the poster program for that very system.



  33. bubbapalooza
    9:39 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Bretheren, relax. Code NOT my bubbas. DO NOT ‘git’ cho panties in a WAD. In Time. …..in time. Relax. EZ man.



  34. David
    9:41 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Guys chill out!! Yes this sucks and the game today was really pathetic. All we can do is wear it and wear it with pride. Cal is a great coach and the players are good KIDS . We can’t start bad mouthing the players or questioning the recruiting because of an ass beating. Look at UNC they are struggling too ,every program is going to have bad times so what. Be a fan support our team through good and bad!!!! Go big blue UK for life



  35. Duuuuuude
    9:43 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Besides Nerlens, none of these freshmen are ready for the rigors of D League play. They won’t get a lot of playing time here next year, but they will be ok a couple years down the road. They did not have competition for their position this year which did not help them. Practicing against better players next year will help them be better wildcat players, and become ready for the NBA. They are just not near ready yet.



  36. Jimi
    9:43 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    33. Perhaps we are all spoiled a bit……



  37. Complain, Complain
    9:44 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    You are so contrary, I bet when your head itches you scratch your ass!



  38. Complain, Complain
    9:44 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Post 37 was meant for old school!



  39. dustblues77
    9:47 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    It would have been great if we came back from 20 plus down and win. That would have brought Coach Gonzo to pull a Dennis Green and say “they are what we thought they were and let them off the hook”



  40. kramer
    9:49 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I am mad but you know, can’t be good every year. I trust Cal, call me crazy but I do.



  41. kramer
    9:50 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Duke coulda used Kyrie this year.



  42. Jet
    9:51 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I said it yesterday and I will say it again. We give way too much credit to WCS. He is incapable of creating his own shot. Is to slow on defense and cannot box out. So crazy that draft experts have him going in the first round. I will not miss him maybe he is a good guy but he is no better than eloy Vargas.



  43. Catlogic15
    9:56 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I am just so dang sick of all saying ” Poythress and Harrow didn’t have any fight”.

    Over and over and over …….



  44. Catlanta
    9:56 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    To make matters worse, the Tards just got a committment from a 5 star, 6-8 shooting guard for 2014.



  45. Catlogic15
    9:57 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I mean.. …of course they don’t. Duh.



  46. Father Marin
    9:59 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    As I speak, jimi was # 36.

    May the lord, our God, have mercy on your soul.

    I have not the energy left to exorcise it.



  47. Reality Check
    10:00 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Jo Hall, 13 years with 1 championship
    Eddie Sutton…no championships and a disaster
    Rick P, 10 years with 1 championship
    Tubby, 10 years with 1 championship
    Billy G, a complete disaster
    Cal, 3 years..1 final eight, 2 final fours and 1 championship
    I will take Cal’s record over any of the others.
    What is wrong with you people questioning Cal?
    I don’t care who or how many he recruits if he has 2 out of 3 final fours and one championship every 3 years.
    I am amazed with the stupidity that is shown by some on this site.



  48. Julia
    10:00 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    We had the long term consistency during Tubby ball. We ultimately didn’t get the long term success we were looking for.

    Cal isn’t like other coaches in that he doesn’t pressure a guy into returning. Yes, part of his draft success is based on reputation at this point. But part of winning a title means losing your talent the next year. Kansas is a contender two years in a row because they DIDN’T WIN. We kept over many guys from our 2011 Final Four year ourselves. Since we won it, guys like Lamb and Teague saw their opportunity, knew that they had done their job and left on a high note. If Kansas had won it, they most likely would have lost more guys to the draft (and they had a slump this season anyway.)

    UNC won a title in 2009. The next year, they went to the NIT. Last year, they lost four guys to the draft and are looking to be in the NIT possibly too. It isn’t unheard of for other schools to lose the bulk of their scoring and struggle. Roy is considered a good coach despite two struggling seasons in four years. Why does Cal not get the same credit? Because he bucks tradition?



  49. oldschool
    10:06 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    48
    Tubby Smith – 10 years – 10 NCAA appearances, zero NITs
    John Calipari 4 years – 3 NCAA appearances, one NIT



  50. Not Eloy 2.0
    10:08 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Enough comparisons of WCS to Eloy Vargus. Yes, WCS would have been no higher than the 8th man on last years rotation, and would have contributed no more than Eloy did. But come on, Eloy could barely dunk, and WCS is freaky mobile for a 7 footer and gets up to the top of the square. WCS will be an NBA player someday, he’s just several years away from it. We can’t expect him to be a top level college player at this stage. Hell, he was barely a top 50 high school player last year. But I do wish WCS understood his role on the team like Eloy did with last years. In those 4 minutes a game, Eloy knew why he was there, understood what he was capable of, and gave it 100%.



  51. Reality Check
    10:12 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    49 you are correct…The reason Uk is struggling this year is because the incoming freshmanclass in 2013 was an extremely weak class.
    That will happen once in a while, however I will take the top talent year in and year out and take my chances.
    When there is a weak freshman class we will struggle but otherwise we will always be in the mix for a championship.
    I will take my chances with the top talent each year and settle for taking lumps when there is a weak class.

    Wait until next year…It will not be surprising if UK goes undefeated.
    They have fire power coming in…I mean real offensive fire power.
    The Harrison 2 guard can shoot it from past nba range and lots of others can score in variety of ways.



  52. oldschool
    10:13 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    48 – and by the way – When mentioning Joe B. Hall and Pitino – it’s worth noting that they both led UK to three final fours as well. Hall reached two championship games as well.



  53. oldschool
    10:14 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    52 – All this talk about next year’s freshmen sounds just like the talk we all heard about this year’s freshmen.

    Don’t forget – UK started the season ranked #3 based on the hype of 18-year-olds. Too many fans and pundits are repeating the same mistake by predicting greatness in 2013-14 based on a new crop of 18-year-olds.



  54. Reality Check
    10:19 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Old SChool you must have lost your mind.
    Cal 3 years…one final eight, 2 final fours and one championship with ZERO NIT’s!
    Did we somehow win the NCAA and NIT last year. If so I must have missed the NIT part.

    Just in case they go to NIT this year…then I will stilltake 2 final fours and one championship every 4 years.
    By the way, how many final fours did Tubby have in 10 years…never mind 6 more years at Minn?
    In case you do not know, ZERO final fours for Tubby after Rick P’s guys left.



  55. Reality Check
    10:22 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Old School at Cal’s present clip at UK, if he stays 10 years he will have as mnay, if not more, championships than Tubby, Rick, Joe B, Sutton and Billy G combined.



  56. oldschool
    10:23 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    55 – I’m talking about this year – and the NIT seems to be a lock.

    By the way – Tubby’s NCAA title came with zero lottery picks as well. Just a FYI.



  57. 52 is on the money
    10:24 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    52 is right. Cal got the top class from 2012 in college basketball, but it was one of the weakest classes coming out of high school in years. It’s not a one and done thing, there just weren’t NBA ready players in the 2012 class. Noel was by far the best prospect coming out of high school last year, and he is/was far behind Davis, MKG, Cousins, Wall, and Knight. Could anyone left on this team be the 12th man on any NBA team? Right now, not a chance. Two or three years from now, absolutely. This teams record is a result of a shallow talent pool. 30 point blow-outs are a result of lack of maturity and effort. Next year the Cats are top 5 from day one because these kids coming in do have NBA talent, and the one’s still here will be one year closer to having NBA talent.



  58. Witness
    10:25 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I was at the game today…2 rows from the court…I looked at the UK team during the national anthem and I could tell then they were already beaten. Body language, the size (very small), the fear in their eyes…pitiful!!! Coach Cal needs to stop blaming the boys…you signed them!



  59. Reality Check
    10:28 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Joe Hall was here 13 years with top recruiting classes and won 1 championship. He also had a team shoot 9% against Georgetown in the final four. Cal has been here 3 years with 2 final fours and 1 championship. Hall went to final four 3 times in 13 years and one 1 championship. That isn’t even debetable as to who has the best record. If Cal stays here 13 years he will hang at least 5 banners.



  60. ChokeCal
    10:28 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Wow BBN is already talking about next year and mor championships…way to stand behind your team. I can’t blame you tho, getting busted by the VOLS will do that. How do you lose by 30?? Even tho you don’t have Noel, you still have more talent than Tenn and most other teams in the nation! lol



  61. jq
    10:36 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    As bad as I hate to agree with Goodman, I DO.



  62. Reality Check
    10:38 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    61 we are always talking about next years team…regardless of present year records.

    Olod SChool we all know what Tubby did after Rick P’s players left, nothing!
    He did have a bunch of NBA players on that team, just not lottery picks.
    We know that he did not have a lottery pick because he could not get lottery picks to come play his boring style of ball.
    I’m sorry, I may be wrong about that…was Soul a lottery pick?



  63. Catlanta
    10:44 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    45 quit using my name, and who gives a shit who UNC got? V



  64. KyKid
    10:54 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I hate fair-weather fans. You are the ones that give us the bad name, and surely must make recruits think twice about coming. Ready to fire Cal and get Tubby back? No thanks. Of course, you wouldn’t have to worry about running off top recruits if Tubby were here though. Oh, right – you think getting less talented players is the answer. Suuuure….



  65. Jersey Boy
    10:57 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    At least we still have the Bad Idea T-shirt ad!



  66. Reality Check
    11:00 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    64…there are a bnch of idiots on here.
    When Minn finally fires Tubby then maybe we can get Soul since he will be out of a job…wouldn’t that be a great hire?
    Geez, some of these people on here do not know talent when they see it.
    I will stick with Cal and his talent.
    The idiots will all be front runners again next year.



  67. Julia
    11:46 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    49. Tubby Smith- 10 years, 10 NCAA appearances, 1 championship, 1 Final Four, 4 Elite Eights. 0 NIT
    Cal- 4 years, 3 NCAA appearances, 1 championship, 2 Final Fours, 3 Elite Eights. 1 NIT
    Pitino at UL- 12 years, 10 NCAA appearances, 2 Final Fours, 3 Elite Eight. 2 NIT
    Roy Williams at UNC- 10 seasons, 8 NCAA appearances, 2 championships, 3 Final Fours, 6 Elite Eights, 2 (probable) NIT.
    Bill Self at Kansas- 10 years, 10 NCAA appearances, 1 championship, 2 Final Fours, 5 Elite Eights, 0 NIT.
    Tom Izzo- 18 years at MSU, 1 championship, 6 Final Fours, 7 Elite Eights, 2 NIT.
    I can’t find everything for Billy Donovan, but after his 2 championship seasons, he had 2 NITs.

    You could add in other coaches. Coach K is the best obviously, but even his teams have had their early flameouts. Izzo’s NITs came when he was just starting, but his teams lost in the first round enough times. Self’s teams have been upset many times, to Kansas fans’ frustration. All these great championship programs have down years, even under great coaches. Most systems that succeed have a high price for a high reward. Tubby didn’t have any NIT appearances, but he also didn’t make a Final Four after his first year. You can take across the board mediocrity, or you can have high risks that either have high rewards or high prices. Cal’s record here isn’t worse than any other famous coach, because even the greats have some down times to their name.

    Even Cal’s Memphis teams were typically better than this. He didn’t lose his entire scoring every year there, and he won’t this year. We will have guys come back.

    If you really are satisfied with just making the tournament every year with maybe hoping for a Sweet Sixteen, using a 3* and 4* lineup, go watch Tubby ball. If you want to win a championship, you have to take the down years as well, because there are usually down years after winning it all, especially in this era of basketball that is not Cal’s fault. Players like to enter the draft after winning it all because there is nowhere to go but down.

    Cal’s main problem is no elite PG. Harrow is a transfer who didn’t quite pan out. Next year, our guards will have the kind of chemistry you can’t force. Our recruits will soon be spending time with each other in showcases.



  68. tuxedo park
    8:35 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    i really can’t imagine harrow and goodwin coming back next year. even if they’re projected second round picks they will go. they do not mesh with Cal OR UK basketball, and you can tell. poythress and WCS i can see coming back, but not the guards. You know, we always say “once a cat, always a cat” but on the other side of the coin, if you’re wasting your scholarship BBN won’t forget that either. So i hope these guys realize that they will always be remembered as the dead weight that tore Nerlen’s ACL.



  69. Ridge Runner
    8:49 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Old School, -we all can tell you have some knowledge of the past in UK basketball. But your not the only one on here that does.

    Lets just cut thru the chase and when we do, what we see is it boils down to two possible issues that make you complain.

    1- You just hate Cal no matter what.
    –or–
    2- You are stuck in the past and can’t or won’t rap your mind around the one and done atmosphere that is in college basketball. So you target Cal because he executes it well -but there are times the pieces and misfortune don’t work with you.

    I think there may even be a combination of the two as well.



  70. Ridge Runner
    8:54 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    67, Julia –yes no point guard (as you mention) really has been the dagger this year in addition to some other things (hustle, buy-in, etc..) –but the 1 position/player who is there to steer your ship consistently, be an extention of the coach and guide…we don’t have for the first time in 4 years. No matter what other weakness we have, that will hurt you big time and it has. Good point to bring back.



  71. Ridge Runner
    8:55 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Reality Check…you tried bud….you tried.



  72. Belichek Says
    10:54 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Cal should make sure his recruiting going forward considers basketball IQ. Not seeing much of it this year thus far. Noel was the ONLY player we had that could ‘out athlete’ someone on the court. Now we’re getting ‘out athleted’ AND outplayed. Next game will show us lots….like, will we make the NIT or not.



  73. kybigblue
    2:05 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Wiltjer is rebounding better but how can Cauley-Stein get out rebounded by Polson and Hood?



  74. ksr dbags
    3:29 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Why would any kd want to come play for kentucky and listen to these spoiled cry baby fans. The majority of the people that post on this site are pathetic. HEY 68) speak for yourself.I support every KID on this team. What a great fan you are get on an uk blog and kick these kids while they are down…..PATHETIC!!!!