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Is Terrence Jones suffering from the Kentucky Effect?


At Big Blue Madness this year, Coach Cal revealed the theme for this year’s team: “The Kentucky Effect.” He gave a lengthy and rousing speech about his new catchphrase, which he described as the elite environment at UK that promotes and cultivates top talent through dedication and teamwork, and rewards those who work it with championships and NBA careers. Cal discussed how the Kentucky Effect changes players’ lives and makes UK the best program in college basketball. While the Kentucky Effect largely has positive connotations, there are a few drawbacks: it’s not for everyone. For instance, some recruits (cough, DaJuan Coleman) can’t handle the spotlight placed on them when they commit to being a Wildcat, much less the fishbowl they’ll live in for the foreseeable future.

After the game last night, Cal mentioned another drawback of the Kentucky Effect: the hyperbole of criticism and praise placed upon its players, most recently Terrence Jones.

“When he comes back, he’s an All-American. He’s one of our best players. There is the other side of the Kentucky effect. The Kentucky effect is you could present it in a way that everything happens in a good (way). But when something goes wrong, it goes the other way a 1,000 times over. So the Kentucky effect works both ways.

“You don’t play well, and all of a sudden the world is ending. Oh my gosh, he stinks and that’s the other side of this.”

Despite the fact that he’s currently on the bench with a pinky injury, Jones has remained a headline in the national media’s coverage of the Cats. Last night, ESPN2 analyst Jay Williams reamed Jones for his recent play, saying that in order for Kentucky to win the National Championship, Jones must “man up” and Yahoo Sports’ Mike Huguenin says he isn’t living up to preseason expectations (Huguenin goes as far as to say that Anthony Davis has “put Jones off his game a bit”). While I found Jones’ attitude pre-pinky injury perplexing, it’s hard to kick a guy while he’s down (hell, I still can’t handle looking at the picture of the injury).

Is the national media being too harsh on Jones? Or is Cal correct when he says the Kentucky Effect is partly to blame?

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60 Comments for Is Terrence Jones suffering from the Kentucky Effect?

  1. JMan
    4:04 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe it’s time for some of our fans to “man up”

  2. NKY_UK_fan
    4:06 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Terrence Jones will be fine. Just let the game come to you big fella.

  3. JQ
    4:07 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    NO the “National Media” is being honest and forthright! Jones, is and has always been whinnie “prima donna”, who is going through a pouting stage. Maybe because Cal would not let him have another brownie! lol

  4. FrigFullofBeer
    4:14 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Jones will be fine! Same is said about the best… Can Lebron win a championship is Kobe getting to old, Harrison Barnes looked lost and didnt play to the hype early! When high expection are placed on people and they have off night media will pick at them… part of it, if anyone can’t in college pretty sure NBA 10x worst.. Kick some butt T-Jones #bbn

  5. Doubting Thomas
    4:15 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Terrence Jones is a fantastic athlete and will be a lottery pick in this years NBA draft. You can’t judge him on a few games where his karma was out of whack. Terrence will be back and lead the Cats to a National Title. He is going to be an all American and will put the haters in their place before this year is over. That’s right, I said it and that’s the end of it. GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    4:16 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

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  7. enes
    4:17 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    The Kentucky effect has nothing to do with the fan or the media reaction. The Kentucky fans cannot and should noy accept a lack of effort. The national media named him a pre- season all american and the now expect to see an all american effort. I haven’t read anything about his poor quality of play but a lot about his lack of effort and attitude.

  8. crackerhillbilly
    4:18 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    It is not the play, it is the attitude. TJ needs to lose the sulking and pouting when he’s down and the posing and glaring when he’s on. Let your game speak for you and when you have an off night work even harder to make your teammates better. If you are injured, be the biggest cheerleader. Not seeing that from him right now and that speaks volumes.

  9. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    4:19 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t understand why everyones killing Jones. Hes had 1 bad game (yes, he didn’t show up, but thats who he is once in a blue moon). But he hasn’t played since then really except that 10 minutes almost all of that with the dislocated phalanges. He is probably the same Terrance Jones he always was, which is pretty good most of the time.

  10. UKGoBigBlue
    4:19 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    We should have seen this coming the way TJ committed to Washington then realized he screwed up & called Cal crying because he wanted to come to UK.

    TJ was raised without a dad around, has had his butt kissed the majority of his basketball life, was used to being the man all the time & isn’t used to having to work at it, is now faced with having to face equal or better talent, and now he is having to work thru the growing pains of life.

  11. exiledfan
    4:23 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    He is suffering from being 20. — I hope.

  12. Rambo
    4:24 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    He was leading this team statistically up till the Indiana game, and the whole team got a bit shell shocked on their first road game in a very hostile arena. You could tell by the flow of the game (refs) in wasn’t going to be pretty. The Tenn-Chat game he got injured early and never got in a groove. I personally think he will bounce back and will be styling and profiling just like the Nature Boy himself! Woooooooo!

    To finally answer the question: Yes, your being to hard on the basketball Jones!

  13. Tville cat
    4:25 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    It’s getting to be like I can talk bad about family, but if someone outside criticizes I will defend.
    Want TJ to go wild tearing up some Cards now.

  14. Whoofarted
    4:27 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    There is some truth to what is said about Jones. But as cal said, the Kentucky effect blows it out of proportion 1000x. The spotlight and magnifying glass are up at all times

  15. Jaws2
    4:28 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Not the ‘Effect’; it’s just Jones. Some guys have the fire in the belly all the time, some don’t. Perhaps the kid does have something going on we’re not aware of. I’d almost chalk some of this up to his mom coming here and then having to leave. He’s still a kid and perhaps he’s just going through the blues over mom going home.
    I’ll reserve judgement on Jones after the u of l game if he’s healthy. I think this game will tell us a bunch of where he’s headed.

  16. Bluebleeder
    4:32 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Mr Jones will be fine. Wait till SEC play.

  17. knightynight
    4:36 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    sometimes this website is the worst for us as fans…

    it also ruins any legitimate conversation about Kentucky Basketball. Anything you hear is just a worse summary of what someone wrote on here…that’s fine but the problem is that people don’t think other people read this site!!! The whole damn state reads it!!!! So listen, guy in the gym… We all read the same damn article! You didn’t think of that yourself!

  18. Dave in Kabul
    4:39 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    A Boo A Hoo A Boo f*ckin’ Hoo Hoo Hoo

    I think he’s in a funk. I’ve heard several reasons for it. If he wants to accomplish his stated goals at UK, he’ll probably want to push himself out of said funk and get to work. If he wants to be a high Draft selection, he’ll definitely want to show some toughness and display the talent, skills and potential that brought him to UK in the first place. He’ll also need to show consistency.

    It’s all on him. Cal whining about it isn’t going to help Jones. Actually makes him look worse in my opinion. It’s like he just ran to his Mommy and hid in the folds of her house dress from the mean old boogie man.

    If Jones wants to strictly have fun, he can do that on the playground. College Basketball is akin to a job. There are and always will be expectations. Especially for guys like Jones.

    I get kind of tired of the “he’s a kid” excuse. When I was ” a kid,” I was in the Army. There are “kids” his age taking incoming and being wounded and killed in Afghanistan. There are “kids” his age starving and fighting for survival in parts of Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Kashmir and other places around the world.

    T Jones is a privileged member of one of the most privileged Nations in the World.

    I don’t think anyone should be feeling sorry for him.

    He can either get to work and pull himself up out of his self imposed exile in fuckland or he can waddle in self pity and earn a 2nd Round Draft selection and be one of the GREAT WHAT IFs of College Basketball.

  19. LeX98123
    4:40 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    yes the media is blowing this way out of proportion, just like everything else in sports, TJ will be back, and he will be fine

  20. GoCats3
    4:40 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    18 is right. Don’t draw to many conclusions from the Indiana game. Also, don’t overlook his play aganist UNC, which was phenomenal.

  21. Cincycat
    4:40 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    “The hell I don’t! LISTEN KID! I’ve been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I’m out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.”

    Terrence Jones is struggling right now .. but I still believe he is an amazing talent that will help lead us back to the final 4.

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    4:44 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

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  23. Matt Jones' virginity
    4:45 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Nice read. And I agree with poster 1. And Cal is ALWAYS recruiting! That negative side of the Kentucky Effect thing he’s saying is a challenge to his players and recruits. That’s why he gets the big bucks.

  24. Catsantonio
    4:50 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    He has only had 1 bad game, let’s give it a rest til he is healthy.

  25. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    4:50 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    22- Shirley you can’t be serious?

  26. Dave in Kabul
    4:52 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink


    That should be funkland and wallow…

  27. Dave in Kabul
    4:52 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    I ‘m surprised the Spelling Queen Bees didn’t swarm all over that one.

  28. Syrin
    4:54 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Gotta disagree.

    When you are a first team All American, have had off the court issues, and show boat with a dunk-flex-scowl, you INVITE criticism. Darrius Miller, even when he had stretches of poor play received criticism that was more positive because he is a likeable modest guy. He doesn’t invite criticism. Now we’re reaping the rewards of Dariuss efforts.

    TJ was a no show against one of our historic rivals. 4 points, 6 turnovers and 1 rebound for a 6’9″ 265 All American who showed a lackadaisical attitude is unacceptable.

    Think about it this way. If Andrew Luck has a crappy game against USC, and they lose, does he get criticism? Yes, a TON! If he’s a show boat with off the field issues like Cam Newton does it get even more magnified? Hell yes! Basketball players shouldn’t be immune from the same criticisms that football players receive.

  29. Mr Schwump
    4:56 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    No, he’s suffering from being so lazy he wouldn’t swat a gnat outta his ass.

  30. Syrin
    4:57 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    By the way, I think this little “episode” for lack of a better term, will add fuel to TJ’s fire to get him jump started. He’s got too much ability.

    By the way, it’s not just the KY effect. NBA scouts said they didn’t like his inconsistency after the game. If we are the minor leagues for the NBA, then our players had best listen to their future bosses assessment of their abilities.

  31. Justin G.
    4:59 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    People just need to leave these guys alone, and take a breath. I mean, he had one really bad game, but that is all it is. The sky is still blue, and the Cats are fine. I never have understood the craziness the ensues when things like this happen.
    I mean, the fans need to leave these guys alone, on twitter, and in everything. These giant sways in criticism when something goes a little awry, are getting old. Oh, and hey Media, this is also to you! I love how UK fans get the bulk of the criticism, and yet, many of the national media are the ones that are writing these crazy articles off of 1 small sample of the year. Talk about GENERALIZING!!!!!

  32. Al's IndiCats
    5:03 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Not everbody hits a home run day after day. I don’t and I’m sure noone one that reads this blog does. Maybe Jay Williams sees hisself when he was at the age of Terrence, who knows? Was he too hard on him, not really or at least I don’t think he was. But the one thing he did say was the truth. Without Jones on the court we are not hanging number 8 on the rafters. Cal said he worked his tail off in the off season to get into the shape he’s in now. Who actually knows what is going through his mind, I don’t….You don’t. Only Terrence does, and I feel once he starts thinking that noone is going to stop him the sky’s the limit.
    This “fishbowl” those kids live in is a doubled edge sword, live up to your potential everybody will be your best friend, have a game like he did at IU and these so called fans will rip you so many ways you’ll think your in a turkish duck hunt with a sling shot. BUT and this is a BIG BUTT I’ll go on record and say 65 to 75% of all the critical remarks are from TROLLS on this site…..Plain and simple……GO CATS!!!!!!!!

  33. Megan
    5:10 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Jay Williams and ESPN were unfair to Terrence by including his performance in the Chattanooga game. They did it only to make the stats look worse. Terrence dislocated his finger badly (yuck!) 3 minutes in and tried unsuccessfully several times to continue to play. Include the IU game, during which he was in a funk. That’s fair. Maybe, maybe you can include the 2nd half of the UNC game, but only if you acknowledge that Terrence was an absolute man/beast in the 1st half, the reason we stayed so close, and that other players (Miller, Kidd-Gilchrist and Doron) began to give the team better balance in the 2nd. Still, his stats for that game were good on the whole. But you can’t include the injury game. That’s low, indefensible and maybe even professionally unethical.

    Jay’s the one who needs to man up and apologize.

  34. Kenny H
    5:19 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Jone will end up leading UK in Rebounds in SEC play, he will be UK’s second leading scorer next to Doron Lamb.

  35. Flippy23
    5:34 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    If you are supposed to be an All American, and a National POY candidate, you have to play to that expectation or expect some criticism. Now….when yu are at Kentucky, this is magnified. When you play above expectations you get cannonized…..when you play like Jones has been playing lately you get incinerated. That’s just the way it is…..ask Rodrick Rhodes, Rodger Hardin, Richard Madison, and a host of others….

    I truly believe his crappy effort cost us the Indiana game, ANY contribution would have been enough to get us a win.

  36. Jay Williams WHO?
    5:42 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Jay Williams is a DUKIE! His opinion does not mean spit. Bias much!

  37. Jones Returns
    5:51 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Over dramatic short-term memory Kentucky fans are drastically overreacting and the media is as well. #Jonesforlife #beastmode #watchmegorightanddunkinyoureyehaters

    Can’t wait for Jones’s Return

  38. here ya go
    5:51 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Kentucky fans don’t fault bad days.. everyone has them. Kentucky fans do fault lack of effort and have done so for 100 years.We have unforgettables in our rafters. They are their because they brought effort every single game. Effort doesn’t always translate into results, but it darn sure lessens bad results compared to no effort. Jones is not getting bashed for a bad game. He is getting bashed for a lack of effort. One that he deserves. if you want the spot light on you, you better use it to your advantage. That is the Kentucky effect.This is the biggest stage in college basketball. You want the accolades and prestige of that UK jersey, then you bring it when the ball goes up.

  39. BlueHaze
    6:11 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    I had to put my father in his place today.. One bad game doesnt make a bad player. Terrence Jones is talented and capable. BBN is a fishbowl for sure…. now that being said. STFU about TJ… he will be fine. So will the TEAM.

  40. InternationalPhilosophy
    6:25 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    This is a close-knit team. If TJ’s down at all his mates will help him lift himself up.
    It’s almost as if some members of BBN enjoy going into panic mode.
    Unlax, doc.

  41. P. Barnette
    6:44 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink


    I guess most fans just don’t get it. Read comments at 7 and 8 for starters. The reason we don’t know more from the inside is that Coach Calipari has put a “gag order” on anyone on the inside speaking out. This is simple commonsense.

    T. Jones is not happy, he’s not carrying his weight and is probably being beat in practice I suspect. His attitude is unacceptable. If you wizards don’t believe it, look how he dressed for the game last night. In street cloths; I was shocked!!!! Didn’t even suit up. Did Hood suit up smart ones! I suspect this team will move on w/o Jones.

  42. Big_Duss
    6:56 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    #45 – Hate to say it, but agree totally. Rod Rhodes redux to a degree, but surlier attitude.

  43. Ncaa
    7:01 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Uh cal please dont let your player read thos crap

    TJ look at the post count 20-30 retards there are a million of us that dont come on here that love ya!

    Next time up treat you man like youd wanna treat these tards that comment on these boards

  44. BlueBlood
    7:03 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    TJ has one bad game and Dick Vitale goes crazy blabbing about it. And we lose.
    Perfect storm.
    Jones is a star and will bounce back!!!!!!!!

  45. Hard Hittin' CAT
    7:11 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    49) I agree. This kid is a star and has been doing work all year minus the Indiana game. People need to chill the Fu(k out and watch the rest of this season. It’s gonna be good. Stay positive CATS fans.

    Go Get ‘Em Terrence Jones!!

    GO CATS!!!

  46. WalkersGoggles
    7:57 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve never been a Jones fan. He is another “Looks like Tarzan plats like Jane”. He has big games against Popcorn U and his teammates but seems to fade against the big boys. All you have to do is slap thw ball and he loses possession of it. He has been in my doghouse since about thus time last year. If anything HE should be coming in off the bench and not Miller.

  47. Car89
    7:58 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Man with fans like these????

  48. Kelly
    7:59 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    This is all so silly! The guy has a bad game…yeah he looked out of it…but it was still only one game. The other game he dislocates his finger. Sheesh…

    He will be fine. His talent didn’t suddenly go away!!!

  49. Kelly
    8:03 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    I get so tired of hearing supposed UK fans bash these young men. They are really still kids…trying to grow up under the spot light. Does anyone really think Jones doesn’t want to do good??? That he doesn’t want to please the Big Blue masses?

    If that was your kid out there…would you want him subjected to some of the negative stuff that is being said???

  50. kyrgaines
    8:22 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    thing is…. the media speaks out and the BBN gets the blame. Alot of these media heads have written these pieces about Jones, not UK fans. They are on here sure, and post comments to these stories, but much of Jones’s criticism stems from the media alone!

  51. ackwell foley
    8:43 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    Leave the kid alone! damn did u see his finger! i mean i know ronnie lott would have cut that finger off and went back in the game but the kid aint ronnie lott and this aint football! t.j gets some rest and try and be back for the UL game, we will need you on new years eve. WE CAN NOT WIN NUMBER 8 WITHOUT A HEALTHY, HAPPY T. JONES! nuff said

  52. Bob Loblaw
    8:53 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    The thing is, is that it’s not about the “bad” game he had, it’s about the obviously bad attitude he displays and the lack of team spirit. Fans probably like Vargas more than Jones at this point because Vargas is at least giving his 100% and that is what the fans are looking for.

  53. kyhank
    9:34 pm December 21, 2011 Permalink

    If T Jones had a bad game we would get over it !! D Miller has bad games we get over it, he is the king of not showing up, but he is a good guy and I have never seen him Quit !! T Jones Quit at In. and that’s that

  54. Mr. Tuna
    2:47 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Terrence better play good against louisville, if he don’t im afraid louisville might win :S

  55. Dee
    7:28 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Cal right as always

  56. Swagga Says Says
    9:07 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    A players first program needs players first fans. Jesus I’m 23 and a UK student and could never handle the kind of spotlight these players get thrown under. I couldn’t handle the amount of p**** these guys could pull.

  57. derek
    10:33 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    it wasn’t just a bad game. A bad game is when you work hard and the ball doesn’t bounce your way. He quit in the IN game. As far as the pinky. It was nasty and that would throw your shot off, etc but he could still rebound and play D. You think Gilchrist would sit out for a dislocated pinky?
    That I don’t understand is not practicing at all. He can still run sprints, dripple with off hand, practice off hand shots, etc, etc.
    This whole deal does not pass the smell test!

  58. sunnycat
    10:49 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    If Jones cant handle the spotlight at UK what makes him or anyone else think he is ready for the NBA?

  59. sunnycat
    10:52 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    50. agree