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Jon Hood wants Saturday Night Notes

Jon Hood has had has fair share of ups and downs. Coming to Lexington as a heralded recruit under Billy Gillispie, Hood has been a fan favorite — as any long-tenured Wildcat should be — but particularly because he is a homegrown Kentucky boy. He is the only current player on the roster that has played under Calipari since his start, and has continued to provide leadership and experience to all four of the teams he has been a part of.

In his early years Hood was overshadowed by the likes of DeAndre Liggins, Darius Miller, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb. He rolled a four-wheeler, and suffered a torn ACL during summer workouts prior to the 2012 season, which forced him to miss the entire year. He used a medical redshirt to become a better player off the court, and serve as another set of eyes on the bench. Despite rarely getting a chance to play significant minutes, Jon Hood has stuck with his Kentucky teammates and sustained a positive attitude throughout his lowest of lows.

Now with a real opportunity to play significant minutes, just when things were on the right track, Hood came down with a respiratory illness which put him out of Saturday’s game and sent him back home for the holidays, ahead of the rest of the team. Surely he will bounce back quickly, but can’t we all feel for Jon Hood? The injury bug, for the most part has avoided Calipari’s Cats (knock on wood). Maybe our Jon Hood is just the team’s punching bag? How else do you explain the bad breaks to such a good kid? Sure, players have freak accidents, and plenty of players have suffered injuries throughout the season. But Jon Hood, our poor Jon Hood… For a guy who has waited his turn for this long, his karma deserves to be better.

Allow this post to stand as a tribute to Jon Hood: Kentucky’s Friendliest Punching Bag.

With the game smack-dab in the middle of the day, news was a bit skimpy. But here are your notes from Saturday.


 When you consider Rick Pitino is the Crypt Keeper — a man who should be hard to read and willing to withhold information — he may be the worst person on the planet in subtlety. Earlier in the week KSR had your very first Kentucky-Louisville preview.  At the time, Rick Pitino was standing by Gorgui Dieng being sidelined, still recovering from his wrist injury. In the most unsurprising turn of events, in his pre-Western Kentucky press conference, Pitino hinted that likely will not be the case any longer…

 Eric Crawford of WDRB in Louisville says Pitino revealed Dieng has been able to throw and catch passes in practice. More importantly, Dieng’s parents are flying in from Africa for the Kentucky game. It doesn’t take a scientist to read between the lines on this one.

Coach Calipari was downplaying next week’s game against Louisville tonight in the post-game. He says his team needed to play a team like Marshall, a big physical group that pushed the Cats around. When a reporter asked him to clarify if that was in reference to “the game next week,” Calipari said:

No. Just for us. Who are we playing next week?

Might be Louisville, I believe.

We’re playing Louisville? Whoa, that’s going to be a hard game. I’m worried about my team right now.

 Kyle Wiltjer said of the Louisville game, “It’s just a huge rivalry with the fans and we just want to treat it like another game and get ready for them”

Same old story for both sides, as it is in most rivalries. Don’t show your hand until it is game time.

 On the national college basketball scene there were two notable upsets involving a few teams you need to keep your eye on come March. In downtown New York, the Temple Owls knocked off No. 3 Syracuse 83-79, led by Khalif Wyatt’s 33-point game. Temple is not typically one of those major underdog teams, but one that often flies under the radar. The Owls were coming off a 10-point home loss to Canisius.

 Later in the day, 16th-ranked New Mexico suffered its first loss of the season to Summit League contender South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits could sneak into the tournament and shock some unsuspecting teams if they continue to progress through conference play. There is nothing to suggest they are a Cinderella yet, but you cannot ignore a team going into The Pit in Albuquerque and leaving with a win.

 Two other “upsets” happened, going purely by national ranking. No. 9 Kansas held off No. 7 Ohio State, thanks to Jayhawks freshman Ben McLemore and his 22 points. Kansas won the game 74-66. The Buckeyes have now lost its only two games against ranked opponents, also falling to Duke in late November.

 Finally No. 12 Missouri won bragging rights against No. 10 Illinois for the second consecutive season, taking the neutral-site game being played in St. Louis, 82-73. Laurence Bowers, Jabari Brown, Alex Oriakhi and Phil Pressey each scored in double-figures for the Tigers.

 The victory for Missouri marks a high-point for the Southeastern Conference today, a day which the conference as a whole will want to forget. Among the most embarrassing were home losses by Ole Miss to Indiana State, Alabama to Mercer, and Texas A&M to Southern. Also around the league, Florida lost to Kansas State, LSU lost to Marquette, and Auburn lost to Winthrop. Thank goodness Kentucky escaped this ugly day in the SEC.

 UK Hoops made the most of its trip out West, extending the winning streak to nine games Friday. The 7th-ranked Wildcats marched over UC Santa Barbara 66-38 after knocking off Pepperdine 80-62 in Malibu earlier in the week. A’dia Mathies paced the team with 19 points. The women’s basketball team improves to 10-1 on the season, and comes back home to play Alcorn State on December 28.

 Aaron Rodgers is packing up his bags as quarterback of the Green Bay Packers are moving on to become head coach of the women’s soccer team at Ohio University… Wait, what? Not Aaron Rogers? Oh, right. After spending three seasons as assistant coach at Kentucky, our Rodgers is getting a new gig. He was announced as head coach at Ohio on Saturday, after helping current Kentucky coach John Lipsitz in three successful seasons. Congratulations to him and his family on the promotion.

That’s all for now. Sweet dreams, Big Blue Nation. We’ll see you in the morning.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

41 Comments for Jon Hood wants Saturday Night Notes

  1. kramer
    10:40 pm December 22, 2012 Permalink

    Apparently the UL crowd at the WKU-UL game has broke out into a beat UK cheer, come on Cats put the beatdown on the tards next Saturday!!!

  2. seattlekat
    10:44 pm December 22, 2012 Permalink

    I think you meant to say New Mexico. New Mexico State has a record of 5-6.

    10:46 pm December 22, 2012 Permalink

    Winthrop? Mercer? Southern? Indiana State??? THIS IS JUST PITIFUL!!! Just FRIGGIN EMBARRASSING!!., I know the money is in SEC Football but I wish KENTUCKY would have jumped to the ACC. . . . That league will be UNBELIEVABLE next year in basketball and we’d compete with football. . . !! The SEC SUCKS!

  4. mitchcumstein
    10:56 pm December 22, 2012 Permalink

    hey genius, the ole miss game to ISU was in Hawaii…

  5. No Doubt
    11:01 pm December 22, 2012 Permalink

    3) I agree, the sec is pathetic. Our team will not be tested in the sec. That is why we should not have scheduled so many little sisters of the poor games. Our rpi may be brutal come march.

  6. Billy
    11:01 pm December 22, 2012 Permalink

    Loserville doesnt stand a chance! Talent beats experience everytime! They havent played anybody their sos is over 150 at this point. UK will improve their sos but thats after the beat down of 30+ we put on their crack heads

  7. Truth
    11:05 pm December 22, 2012 Permalink

    6) I’m guessing you are an inbred.

  8. Quit smokin the weed
    11:05 pm December 22, 2012 Permalink

    6) . . Put the pipe down son. . . Listen to Coach Cal . . .this Louisville team is REAL GOOD. it will take UKs best game to date to beat the Cards . . . Sorry bro, I live in the REAL WORLD . . . .

  9. mashburnfan1
    11:06 pm December 22, 2012 Permalink

    it is not just the sec that is down….the level of play in all of college basketball sucks. at least it gives us a chance come march if we get a good draw in the tourney, this year i would prefer to be out west actually.
    In good news Dakari Johnson and his Montverde team just won the City of Palms tourney beating 3 top ten teams to win title. In addition Andrew Wiggins team played the game before Montverde so hopefully Johnson/Wiggins got to talk about their future in Lexington.

  10. Billy
    11:07 pm December 22, 2012 Permalink

    I dont do drugs like you ghetto line beards do. BBN is above that garbage try again

  11. Roland
    11:08 pm December 22, 2012 Permalink

    IF (BIG IF), looservile escapes their bankrupt center with a win on Sat, do they storm the court? Bet you a Beyonce laiden can they would. No such luck for the Turdinals.

  12. Cotton Mash
    11:16 pm December 22, 2012 Permalink

    Get well soon Jon Hood.

  13. RealCatsFan
    12:12 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Haven’t had a chance to watch the tape of the Marshall game yet, but hopefully the Cats looked sharp, because you can guarantee UL will be totally pumped in the chum bucket on Saturday. We beat them in Rupp last year and then ended their dream season, and they will be looking for revenge. If the Cats thought the ND game was a hyped environment, it will be twice as bad at YUM. They will need to be focused and ready to play on Saturday to have a chance for the win. And yes, you can bet that Dieng playing came as a suprise to NO ONE within 500 miles of Lexington.

  14. SeaCat
    12:32 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Dying to know the spread Vegas puts
    on the UL game.
    I guess UL by 11

  15. Blue Cat
    12:38 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    We need this UL game. After seeing video of that fruit pop Wiltjer and those other boys goofing around and not playing ball, I’m not sure why I spend so much time following this team. Give it your best. This is Kentucky. Reminds me of when we had those Tubby players like Sims, Shagari and the rest. Thought we was serious here. Wake me up when next years’ talent rolls in. This team is full of importers. Luckily im still hung over from last yr

  16. SadCat
    1:02 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    15) agree. Noel and WCS show potential,
    but Archie and Poythress seem so weak
    between the ears, I am not sure Cal can
    get through to them. Harrow may be OK
    but he is short and small. Mays and Wiltjer
    who were such 3 point bombers in practice
    have totally collapsed under game pressure.
    This team has incredible physical talent,
    but they seem to be head cases.
    I am not sure Cal has the psychiatric skills
    to pull them together in one short season.

  17. CatsCantShoot
    1:19 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    All we can do are lay ups and dunks.
    Last year we could lob and hit a few 3’s.
    This year; Our guards can’t shoot, Our forwards
    can’t shoot.

  18. mudcreekmark
    1:20 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    15) Wiltjer collapsed under game pressure? You seem to forget last year. He hit some big baskets in the tourney and is a big key to our success this year. Before the end of the year he will be forty percent plus from behind the arc. All his shots look good, just not falling right now. All he needs to do is keep shooting.

  19. tdogg40330
    6:32 am December 23, 2012 Permalink


  20. BravoBigBlue
    7:48 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    SEC is down, top to bottom, including Kentucky. Louisville is for real for now, but can be beaten. This team would have to play their asses off, show some heart, and not quit to beat them next week. I don’t know if they can.

  21. Truth
    8:04 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Jon Hood got mono from a dude

  22. FatBlueKid
    8:10 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    I watched us and I watched them last night. I am telling you, hands down we are the better team and it really is not close. If we can just take care of the ball. They don’t shoot well at all. I don’t care if Dieng plays or not. He is going to be very rusty and break up their rhythm. Siva was a joke lat night. Every game we have played against them, you put a bigger guy on him, which we will with Goodwin and he is awful. He has been non-existent and a huge liability in this series. We always play loose and they are always tight in this series. THey think they can win. Smith can get his like he did last year and the other 4 are not very good.
    Poythress> Behanan

    Red Bench>Our Bench

    Still I think our starting 5 is much much better. I think if the game is played today we win by 9-12 points

  23. You're All Class
    8:11 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    #21-Go back under your rock and stay there.

  24. Roll another one
    8:47 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    22). It’s a little early to be puffin’ this morning BIGFATBLUEKID…. VEGAS is really good . .. Lets see WHO VEGAS SAYS IS THE FAVORITE. I think you need to get your BIG FATHEAD out of your [email protected]$$ and pray UK doesn’t get EMBARRASSED by 20+ POINTS,

  25. blueaville
    9:01 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    # 6 I agree with you that we will beat UL on Saturday…in fact I think we will win pretty darn easily. But let’s not let facts get in the way. Heading into yesterday according to UL’s SOS was 31st and ours was 36th. Not the 150 that you mentioned.

    We will destroy UL though…like someone said they may have the experience but they have no talent outside of the big guy. NONE.

    77-66 Cats

  26. rot neally
    9:01 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    if wcs & nerlens can play together & jam the middle like they did yesterday they can make things difficult for the tards. either in foul trouble–all bets are off. smart money says tards -4 but i don’t have any

  27. Bravo 5
    9:02 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve been pissed at Hood ever since he was mean time Beez. Dude just seems to have no personality…. at all.

  28. Take off the blue glasses
    9:06 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Lets get real 22. They talk about siva being the best pg in the country. No one says that about harrow


    With is mentioned as an all American candidate. Goodwin is not


    Your smoklin if u think willtjer is better than blackshear. You say you watched louisville play last night. If that’s the case u wouldn’t say tha


    Ill give u polytress over behanan and Noel over a rusty Dieng. That is a good point. Dieng won’t be effective for this game at least.

    Don’t forget the bench. Cards have the edge there too plus it’s at the yum…another reason the spread will shift 3-4 points the cards way. I think we should be about 8 point dogs

  29. katzilla
    9:06 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    #22…..Smoke another one son, we are in for it @ UL…..Better prepare your FAT ASS for it.

  30. RealCatsFan
    9:45 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’m as big of a Cats fan as anyone here, but I have watched both teams play, and at this point, the main thing that stands out to me is that UL is playing MUCH better defense with MUCH more intensity. If this group of Cats thinks that they can come out on the court at YUM and sleepwalk through the first five minutes of the second half, they are going to be in trouble. And let’s be real here, UL has PLENTY of talent. Smith is a stud this year, Behanan is playing well, and the Harrell kid is an animal. I hope the Cats will come out ready to play, but I am plenty worried about this game. I don’t know for sure just how much of a factor playing at YUM will be – two years ago there was a LOT of blue in the crowd, but this year a lot of the UL fans are looking at it being their year, so they may try to pack in the fans for this one. GO CATS!

  31. mudcreekmark
    10:04 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Guys, we are soft. After watching a couple other games last night one thing I noticed. Those teams played like their life depended on it.Illinois, Missouri,Florida and even Kansas State looked better than us and it wasn’t even close. Our kids show no emotion.Goodwin and Poythress look like they are depressed or something.They play like they’re playing in an AAU game and there is no sense of urgency. I’m afraid we may get blown out Saturday unless things change quickly.

  32. UK Freshmen
    10:05 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Jon Hood a fan favorite. Hilarious. And to write that he was posed to play significant minutes. Get real. I guess it’s tough to write something interesting about this boring team. At least this team doesn’t have a punk like Cousins.

  33. Unfettered
    10:10 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Why do people slob over Hood? He has shown nothing his entire career. Ksr and its ignorant followers only make it worse by praising every little thing he does as if it he just had a triple double. Some kentucky born players just aren’t good.

  34. Rixter
    10:27 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Wait a minute, Stuart…are you saying that Jon Hood’s respiratory illness is what is keeping him from playing significant minutes, and not his lack of defensive or offensive ability?

  35. Rixter
    10:34 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    So what if we lose to Louisville. We’ve beat them 4 straight, we won the National Championship last year…Peyton Siva has a real shot of not going winless in 5 games against the Cats in his career…good for him!

    You have to let little brother win one every 5 years or so!

  36. Stig
    11:58 am December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Hood is horrible. Does his own teammates like him? Hopefully he leaves after this year freeing up a scholly, unless he rolls in a really high GPA

    And what idiot above said Harrow was better than Siva???

  37. Sammydog
    1:15 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    Lifelong UK fan but it looks like RP finally has a team reminiscent of his UK teams of old. They are not as good offensively but their defense is so good they can have those withering offensive runs created by their defensive aggression. UK’s guards do not stack up very well against Siva and Smith. Archie is so wild and out of control that Smith will probably foul him out. Harrow should fare better against Siva but not tough enough. Their freshman big guy MH is playing like Alex should be playing…like a beast. Our only hope is to be hot with 3’s and hit a good % at foul line. Could happen but see a fairly close game until about 6 min left when our legs tire and they go on a big run to win going away. I can live with that as they are the better team this year at this point in time.

  38. You are Miserable
    1:36 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    UK Freshmen-You are a waste of space. Take your sorry attitude out of here and go back under your rock. If the team bores you, go back and earn your GED. A much better use of your time and ours.

  39. Sammydog
    1:54 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    The upside talent wise for this team has no bounds but we have no “coach on the floor”, no strong personality to act as a glue guy, no real leader. Our guys are polite and seem to have good character but they have no personality as a team. They can be very good but perhaps not great. It is not their fault. It is just the way cookie crumbles this year. I will continue to watch and enjoy their development but expectations must be lowered to do that without pulling my hair out in frustration.

  40. FatBlueKid
    7:49 pm December 23, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t not believe what I am hearing out of our fan base! I mean I will be disappointed if this game is close! We have 3 top 10 NBA lottery picks. THey don’t have 1 guy in the top 30. How many of you know that??? Louisville is a nice team but they are not a top 10 team. We are. Or we will be and in the end they will not! I am telling you 2 yrs ago, everyone thought we were in trouble and we won by 15 and it was very pedestrian like. Seriously this game is played 10 times we win 9 of them. I don’t think people are taking into consideration that we have 5 x the talent they do excpet maybe the depth factor. I can expect dumb comments out of Louisville fans but not out of our own. Get your head out of your ASS!

  41. TrueUKfan
    1:25 am December 24, 2012 Permalink

    How can you call yourself a true UK fan when you constantly bash a kid who has poured his heart into this program? Hood has played behind 15 NBA players in the last 3 years and probably more this year. Just because he hasn’t gone to the league yet he is horrible? Really? Is that what is has come to? Get real guys. Realize something, Calipari didnt recruit Jon and therefore has not played him. If you think Kyle Wiltjer helped the team during his 6 game 6-30 shooting performance from 3, you are crazy. Why not give Hood a chance? He provided a spark against Lipscomb that lead to us blowing them out. Tell me what he has done wrong this year. Its funny because Wiltjer can miss every shot he takes and everyone still hangs on his every painful move. But in your eyes, when Wiltjer comes back next year and probably the year after that, he will be horrible because he didnt leave early for the league.