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How Will The Cats Respond Against Georgia?

Going into today’s game against Arkansas nobody was going to be surprised if the Cats left with a loss. The Razorbacks were favored by a basket, had only lost a home once this year, and as Cal said following the game you just never know how this team is going to play. However the Cats losing by getting out fought on nearly every possession, being weak with the ball, and getting destroyed in transition is a little bit concerning. Every team in college basketball has taken a tough loss this year and so far the Cats have bounced back but now they face yet another must win game when they square off with Georgia.

Following the loss at Tennessee the Cats looked like they had found their identity in the post-Noel world. The offense was flowing in a way it hadn’t all year and the group of newcomers was beginning to look like a strong team. After today’s loss though the Cats are 3-4 on the road in the SEC  while Georgia just picked up a win over a hot Tennessee team. How are the Cats going to respond in Athens?

Today’s loss in Fayetteville didn’t hurt the Cats too badly in regards to the NCAA tournament as they appeared to be pretty well inside the bubble. A loss though to the Bulldogs and the Cats would have to beat Florida or win the SEC tournament to not be sweating it out on Selection Sunday. Perhaps that is what this team needs to play well. When they have been faced with do or die big games they have played like the team we expected them to be when the year started.  They went down to Ole Miss and exposed the Rebels for the rest of the year. Then they played out of their minds against Missouri as they held off the Tigers in overtime. They answered the call of the must win games. The games though that haven’t been a marquee match-up have been the ones that the Cats show up unfocused and lethargic. Most of which have resulted in another notch in the L column.

So which team is going to show up on Thursday? Will the Cats bring the fight to Georgia or will they drop another game as they show no grit on the road?


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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45 Comments for How Will The Cats Respond Against Georgia?

  1. 1
    9:33 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    you sure do ask a lot of questions

  2. hey
    9:37 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Why so much talk of getting in the tourney? I would not worry much about it and let this year play out and support the team. Polson and Hood are getting mnutes that they would never get at another elite program that was a top 30 team, much less a defending national champion. Let them enjoy their time and have fun. We are not winning a title even if we do make the dance. I am only hopeful that we make it for certain players on the team who have played with heart like senior Julius Mays.

  3. reality
    9:38 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Will likely respond with another loss.

  4. Arkansas Grad
    9:41 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Glad Goodwin went to UK. He is a selfish player and has a very low basketball IQ.

  5. hey
    9:42 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    3. No. UK will win that one. Georgia is not overbearing and three or four players playing with heart is enough to cover the one or two that don’t. It is games like Florida where we have zero chance due to depth and lack of experience.

  6. Go cats
    9:42 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    After one of the most imbearasing games of the year. I tried some hold-em. Lost $137,000 so far. Worst day ever

  7. hey
    9:44 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    4. Your ex football coach was banging hotties he hired with your tax dollars and is now coaching at WKU. Goodwin will still reap the Kentucky Effect and make more money in one year than you make in two lifetimes. Move along now.

  8. bankshot
    9:50 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    I am as big a CATS fan as any but I am over this team. The thing that bothers me the most is the inability to get the 50-50 balls. I am actually more excited about the reading about the football team than this basketball team. I would rather see a mid major team get one of the final spots in the tourney because I don’t think there is much of a chance we win the first game. I am looking forward to next year’s team.

  9. Katdaddy
    9:51 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Right #4 Been saying it all year.

  10. Ronaldo
    9:53 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Exactly as they did today: pussies!

  11. Go big blue
    9:57 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Heart can win college basketball games. Just look at MKG. He is a total flop in the NBA doesn’t even look like he belongs on the court. But in college he was the best of the best. I love these guys but you can’t teach how not to completely fold and ran away when times get tough you either have it or you don’t and this team just doesn’t. They are fine when Rupp is cheering their name but when they have to motivate themselves they are incapable of doing so.

  12. You Da Man
    9:58 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, #10, you are Macho! Wish you were playing for UK. But you are not quite up to that are you?

  13. Please Pick Up Your Medal
    9:59 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    #9-You are likely perfect, right? Much better than an 18-year old who works his butt off.

  14. A Total Flop?
    10:00 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    MKG is a total flop in the NBA? News to me…

  15. Go big blue
    10:03 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    You don’t watch much NBA then if you haven’t noticed how out of place MKG looks. He is one of my top 5 favorite UK players of my life time. But he probably shouldn’t have gone in the first round

  16. Mike
    10:04 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    We have seen only glimpses of UK basketball this year. It should be obvious to all that we as fans have more “want to”, desire ,pride, and will to win than this team does. Not sure when we have had a worse group of misfits wearing the Blue.

  17. Go big blue
    10:06 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    And MIKE is back the pathetic troll.

  18. Blue Jesus
    10:12 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    If Sean Woods had made those comments about our players not having the Kentucky pride later in the year, I bet there wouldn’t be nearly as many people criticizing him.

  19. Explain Please
    10:12 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    OK #15, would you have wished him to go in the second round, the third, where?

  20. Hey
    10:12 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Mike – your mom is in “want to” mode right now.

    UL last title nearly 30 years ago. UK’s 11 month ago. Your mom doing the Harlem Shake, right now.

  21. Mc
    10:13 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t hurt them too badly? Puts more pressure on them in the SEC tournament, and if they get a double bye that may actually end up hurting them too. Hopefully the neutral court, and uk following gets them going in nashville. Problem with being last 4 in or last 4 out is the fact that usually a few unexpected teams will win their conference tournament and bump a couple teams out. Hope that doesn’t happen.

  22. Melvit
    10:13 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t understand when people say we should support this team. UK fans are always supporting their team. Stop attacking the fans. This team plays half @ssed most of the time and that is what frustrates fans. BUT the fans are always supportive of this team, that’s why Rupp is always packed. Just because fans point out the obvious problems, doesn’t mean they don’t support the team.

  23. Hey
    10:15 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    MKG has won a title and went to the NBA in the first round and somehow thats a negative? Samardo Samuels is a true success story.

  24. Blue Jesus
    10:17 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    UCLA looks good tonight, Larry Drew III is a nice true point guard, it would be so nice to have Mark Lyons, I’d like Montrezl Harrell too, and it would be nice to know how to spell his name.

  25. Blue Jesus
    10:19 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    That should be Drew II

  26. Mc
    10:23 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    MKG is not a flop. He was a beast until close to mid-january showing flashes of greatness, but has definitely cooled down leading into the concussion. He has shown signs, and is still a rookie on a bad team. Feel free to call him a flop in a few years, but it’s too early for that.

  27. bosshogg24
    10:24 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    As it turns out Shawn Woods looks like a Prophet!

  28. VinnyCent
    10:28 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    24.) Wish in one hand and sh*t in the other. Which one gets full?

  29. Ferd
    10:30 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t imagine any scenario where this UK team will win at Georgia or win any more road games this season. Ready for next season already. This team doesn’t get it and its too late.

  30. Smitty
    10:36 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    KSR is getting dumb. It is not very fun to read comments in every story and see that more than half are other team’s fans acting like UK fans…. Go follow your team.

  31. Michael Stipe
    10:39 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    …..Listen, listen to the holler,
    If I write a book it will be called “Life and How to Live It”.

  32. Catfan
    10:42 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    I think cal has started recruiting some less talented players to complete next years all-star cast because he feels that this years failures fall impart to the lack of depth in terms of a competitive practice environment. Any thoughts. We don’t have enough bench depth to challenge the starters in practice and it’s showing this year.

  33. James
    10:44 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    #6. Maybe you should have used that money for an English class?

  34. Lil c
    10:48 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    UK will play 3 more games this year…. Period

  35. Bubba Earl
    11:00 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    We Su-k, season is over, look forwrd to replacing a team that has lost their mental toughness, hard word fellas but everyone can be replaced.

  36. mashburnfan1
    11:05 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    On a positive note anyone else see the Tenn fan getting arrested towards end of the game at UGA….funny stuff

  37. John Ellis
    11:06 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Willie had a double-double, he did his job. The guards stopped getting him the ball in situations he could score. Polson played with guts and brains. Archie had his wtf moments, but played hard and well for the most part. But this isn’t a team that can win without playing like a team. Harrow can’t disappear, Julius has to share the guard duties, and Poythrus is going to have to man up or he might as well report to the Dleague now.
    As bad as some things were, if they had just rebounded the ball, UK would have won – Arkansas was a poor rebounding team. That’s where the canker gnaws.

  38. Lawyer Jeff
    11:07 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Put a whoopin’ on the Vols today @Stegman.

    Cats: Athens will Dawg you.

    Really: There is no preparation.

  39. Williamsburg
    11:15 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Ok we are not that good this year, but we shouldn’t bash Coach Cal. Name another coach who has won as quick, as consistently, or recruited as well other than Rupp, Wooden, or Coach K. Every coach has down years (Roy Williams, Donovan, Self, etc.) We are lucky to have him and we will compete for a national title next year. GO CATS

  40. uk22
    11:26 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    Did anybody else witness Uk getting raped on fouls? Not much to complain on refs but…come on. Like I literally think the cats will need to seek therapy after what they had to succumb to.

  41. Coach Call
    11:29 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    With all these McDonald’s all Americans coming in, what am i gonna do with WCS, Goodwin, Poythress (none of who are going pro), plus the rest of ’em. Guess the one and done failed this year. Worse’er’ than the year when Boogie lived – and we should have won the whole shebang then. This team is BCG-weak. Coach is not the bad a$$ he proclaims.

  42. Si
    11:48 pm March 2, 2013 Permalink

    32. I like how fans are saying cal realizes we need a bench. First of all, dont you think he would like a bench. Secondly, this is his 4th team at uk, has ever gone more than 7 or 8 deep. These guys are simply not as good or tough as previous players.

  43. Catfan
    12:48 am March 3, 2013 Permalink

    42. It’s apparent that we are not as good as years past. I posted the comment because our lack of bench strength is part of the reason the starters have not flourished. Cal is only gonna play his best 7-8 players regardless of depth, because he feels an 8 man rotation allows enough rest to allow the best players to always be rested and on the court. This does not mean that he had realized that he needs more depth to push players in practice. He always had depth before this year, he just doesn’t give em minutes.

  44. Si
    2:12 am March 3, 2013 Permalink

    43 what great talent did we have on the bench that didn’t play? Who did Teague and Davis go up against in practice. Look I’m going to cheer this team no matter what. But, reality is this team is soft, lacks talent, and has trouble guarding just about everyone. Our two best shooters(wiltjer and mays) can’t get their own shots and are our worst defenders. Who knows what Archies going to do, but he’s the only one who can create his own shot. Willie is still learning the game. Ryan has no toughness, which is frustrating because I think is very skilled. Sometimes I have to look and see if Alex is actually suited up for some games. Sometimes these young kids don’t develop as fast as others. I’m fine with it, one average year every four and a national championship is fine with me.

  45. Tom Blevins
    8:36 am March 3, 2013 Permalink

    Actually, Kentucky is 4-4 on the road in the SEC this year, with wins at Vanderbilt, Auburn, Mississippi, and texas A and M. A win at Georgia would give the Cats a winning road record in the conference.
    44. You have given the best analysis of this team that I have seen. Great post!