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Kentucky lost to Florida, 69-52, in a game that none of us care about right now

Right now, Kentucky basketball fans everywhere are asking, “Why?  Why Nerlens Noel?  Why him?”  He has been the heart and soul of the Wildcats this season, a consensus top three NBA Draft pick, and one of the best and most kindhearted personalities to come through the UK basketball program in a long time. WHY did it have to happen to him?  I mean, you never want to see any player go down with a knee injury, but we can all admit, it hurts a little more to see it happen to Nerlens Noel.  And that has absolutely nothing to do with a concern for UK’s remaining basketball games, NCAA Tournament seeding, or a potential trip to the NIT, either.  None of that matters. The 2012-13 college basketball season is irrelevant to Big Blue Nation right now. Our worry is with Nerlens Noel, an 18-year-old kid, and his future playing on the basketball court.

In case you missed it, or maybe you’re still in denial, Nerlens Noel landed awkwardly against the goal after chasing down Mike Rosario to block his layup on a breakaway in the second half. Noel’s left knee collided with the padding of the goal and he immediately went down, grasping his left leg in agony.  ESPN’s cameras captured the screams and excruciating look of pain on Nerlens’ face as UK’s trainers, coaches and teammates huddled around him in shock and disbelief.

Ugh, it makes me sick thinking back to it.


The cameraman’s face says it all. (AP Photo)

Nerlens underwent tests at University of Florida’s Shands Hospital and then returned to Lexington with his teammates, according to a release from UK Athletics.

We won’t know anything else until the morning.

 

It’s all meaningless now, but let’s at least acknowledge that we cared about a basketball game before Nerlens went down.  A few brief notes…

— Kentucky needed good guard play if it was going to have any chance of hanging with the seventh-ranked Gators, but the backcourt was far from good on Tuesday night.  Ryan Harrow had another disappointing night at the point when his team needed him most.  He went 0-for-3 from the field with one assist, one rebound, and two turnovers, but it was his poor defense and timidness that was so detrimental to the game.  Harrow wasn’t ready for the challenge from the start and it didn’t take long for Calipari to catch on and invite him over for a seat on the bench.  Harrow only played 19 minutes in the game, his lowest total since returning from the mysterious hiatus to start the season.

— As ineffective as Harrow was, Archie Goodwin, the other player Kentucky needed to heavily rely on, wasn’t much better. In the game he said he was “made for,” Archie Goodwin had two Archie Goodwin moments right out of the gate that cost the Cats early momentum. After Kentucky jumped out to a 4-0 lead early, Goodwin came up with a steal but lowered his head on the break and selfishly took it to the basket when UK had a 3-on-1 situation.  Goodwin’s erratic layup attempt was blocked by Patrick Young on the play.  Kentucky would keep possession, only to see Archie commit an offensive foul on the next play.  Florida responded with an 8-0 run and never looked back.  Goodwin went on to finish with eight points and four fouls, all offensive.

— When Julius Mays and Willie Cauley-Stein are the only two Wildcats in double-figures, you know the outcome isn’t the one we hoped for.  Kentucky can’t win, especially on the road against the SEC’s best team, with five points from Alex Poythress, seven from Kyle Wiltjer and eight from Archie Goodwin.  That’s a loss every single time.  Games aren’t won with Mays and Cauley-Stein leading the way with 10 points each.

— Calipari said his team had a great plan coming in, but the players lost concentration early.  Florida played better; Florida was more physical; Florida came up with loose balls; and Florida outmanned the Wildcats for 40 minutes.  It was really a horrendous showing from UK.

— Dick Vitale said it best during the telecast: “UK fans better face reality that this is just a good basketball team, limited in many areas.”  It is what it is.  We just need to accept that greatness is unachievable this season.

— Though it seemed like the game was a complete rout, and I guess it was, there was a glimmer of hope for a comeback with just under nine minutes to go in a 12-point game.  Kentucky was on a small run when Julius Mays came up with a steal and pushed it up the court to continue cutting down on that Florida lead.  Instead, Archie Goodwin airballed a wide open three-pointer; followed by a missed layup by Alex Poythress on the putback; and then an offensive foul on Goodwin. That single play had a little bit for everyone who’s ever been frustrated with Goodwin and Poythress.  Oh, and Florida stretched it back out to 18 immediately after.

— Speaking of Alex Poythress, how does he continue to step on the baseline? It was a joke for a while, but the joke won’t end.  It seems like he steps out of bounds on a baseline drive in every game. Someone check his high school court to make sure it’s regulation size.

— For Florida, it was a balanced attack offensively as they took advantage of Kentucky’s inability to stop penetration. Calipari’s game plan was to get out on the shooters and prevent them from getting hot from deep, and it worked for the most part — outside of the breakdown that allowed three consecutive Florida three-pointers late in the first half.  The Gators averaged almost 11 three-pointers per game before Tuesday night and UK held them to six in the game.  The problem is the Cats were unable to defend anywhere else. They got killed off the dribble all night long.

— Kentucky’s young team could stand to learn a thing or two from Florida’s toughness and physicality. Cal acknowledged that after the game in his press conference. “That’s where we’re trying to get this group,” he said of Florida. “That every guy will be aggressive, got to be tough play through bumps, understand if the game is going to be a rough game, you’ve got to play it. You can’t just give up on the game. If they’re jerking balls out of your hands, jerk balls out of their hands. If they’re being physical in the post, you be physical in the post. It’s something we’re just learning.”

 

Okay, I can’t pretend to care about the game any longer.  I’m sure you feel the same way.  My mind is racing through possible scenarios for Nerlens Noel as I constantly refresh Twitter, hoping for some positive rumor or sign that he’ll bounce back soon.

Again, UK announced that there won’t be any further updates tonight, so we won’t know the severity of the injury until Wednesday morning at the very earliest. Get some sleep and keep Nerlens Noel in your thoughts and prayers until then.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

133 Comments for Kentucky lost to Florida, 69-52, in a game that none of us care about right now



  1. Troy
    11:37 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    *sigh*

    Good luck warrior



  2. Insider
    11:39 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Ruptured Patellar Tendon. Out for the season.



  3. Jus Sayin
    11:39 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Keep hearing Patella. Hope thats not the case. it’s never the same and it makes you less athletic. Noel is the last person in the universe who can afford to lose his athletiscism there really isnt another reason you would draft him.



  4. Jacob Brooks
    11:44 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Please stop listening to insider news from maggard. According to him UK hired billy Donovan, then Travis ford, then decided to keep gillispie, then hired Donovan again, then landed on cal… the dude just reports every rumor he hears and when one sticks he claims to be the first to report it.

    let’s wait and see what the official word from UK is



  5. NN
    11:45 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Will b back!



  6. Ls
    11:46 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    That sums up our year…..



  7. Troy
    11:47 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    #2 – you keep stating that with no evidence whatsoever. It’s almost as if you HOPE that’s what it is.



  8. Cory
    11:49 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    The last post with the pic of his knee is all you need to see. I don’t know what is wrong, but based on that picture, have to say he’s done for the year.



  9. goukats
    11:49 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think any Cat fan thought this poor excuse for a team would win at Florida.These one-and-nones just son’t have the guts or ability to play at Floridas’ level.

    Now that Nerlins is out,we can probably kiss the season goodby.And as a parting shot,would like to see Cal bench Goodwin,and Poythress.I don’t believe Hood or Polson could play any worse than these two.



  10. Insider
    11:49 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Have a friend on the training staff.



  11. Mike
    11:50 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Cal keeps using the word “learning” and obviously this group hasn’t learned anything since beginning of year. When you learn you should be showing measurable results and our results continue to run in reverse. Goodwin, Poythress, and Harrow should all be benched but unfortunately Cal doesn’t have the bench or guts to allow that to happen.



  12. I Say
    11:53 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    It is a cop out for you to say that you didnt care about the rest of the game after he was hurt.
    #9 take your sorry ass attitude somewhere else. I’ll admit I didnt fully expect to win but I didnt think we would get thumped like that.



  13. mudcreekmark
    11:54 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    When will Cal learn that this team is not going to be successful with Kyle Wiltjer on the bench for long stretches and getting 5 shots a game. Wiltjer is really the only real offensive player we have. He should be averaging 33 minutes a game and getting 15 shots a game. This team is not built for this dribble drive offense. Its a good offense when you have players who can drive the ball and make good decisions and we don’t have that.We are constantly running screens for Goodwin to free him up for a jumper that he cannot hit. Why not run some picks for Wiltjer? Wiltjer was the only one that would actually feed the post tonight. Noel was practically begging for the ball in the post early in the game and had position and these guys just refused to throw it to him. Goodwin and Poythress are just not very smart basketball players. They have no idea how to play within a team concept because they cannot make any easy plays for their team mates.Harrow has regressed where he is almost as bad as those two.



  14. johnny
    11:54 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Poythress, Goodwin, and Harrow do not deserve to put a UK uniform on. I wonder if Cal will have the balls to tell them “Even though you are projected as a high NBA draft pick you have no business going”. If he is a man of his word he will say exactly that.



  15. ukfastcat
    11:56 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    11. Cal “doesn’t have the guts”//
    Really?
    Is there no one to moderate this blog?
    Hey, I’ll do it: YOU ARE A MORON.



  16. NCAA comitee
    11:57 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    No nerlens, no tourney. Sorry but the rest of your guys suck.



  17. Go cats
    11:59 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    It’s late bony will read this but alas. We will be better without Noel. Crazy talk. Is it though? I think this will force Cal to run the offense through Kyle every game all game. That is when our team is the best. Sit in a zone. Let wiltjer (and Mayes) do work. Or defense sucks anyway even with nerlens and he wasn’t helping at all on offense. THIS IS GOOD FOR THIS TEAM. With that said it makes me sick that it happened to him I hope rehab goes good and he is blocking shots in the NBA soon.



  18. Redandyz
    12:02 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hate to see any kid get hurt. As a Hoosiers fan I do get a kick out of UK losing. But, this is devastating for for this kid, and I hope it’s not as bad as it looked… That being said, get ready for the NIT.



  19. ukfastcat
    12:04 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    13. WOW!
    It’s genius night on KSR.
    I guess you need to take over for Cal, mudcreek.
    Perhaps you failed to notice while whining about putting Kyle in for his offense that not only was he getting badly beaten on defense every trip down the floor, he was also not pulling the trigger on open shots well within his range.
    Let’s maybe consider giving UF some credit.
    They are an excellent team who played the way we want our Wildcats to play.
    I am 100% behind KW and every other player on our team.
    They just failed to show up tonight in a very hostile gym against a darn good team.
    They looked like exactly what they are: hardworking, well-meaning but very inexperienced basketball players getting schooled by a veteran team and a well-prepared coaching staff.
    No shame in that.
    Now, let’s rally up big time and root for the best for NN.



  20. redandyz
    12:06 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I love to eat tom crean’s boogers. I think Cody’s are better though, his mucus nuggets get me giddy!!



  21. Hey
    12:06 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    18. If UK does go to the NIT then UK and IU will still have identical odds of winning the NCAA Tourney this year. Suck a nut loser.



  22. Badams
    12:09 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    No Julius wasnt the problem, but his shitty pass that led Nerlens gettin hurt exemplified our inability to play tonight. If horrow and especially Goodwin continue to play like they did tonight, they can go pro or transfer for all i care. They kill us on the offensive floor and I’ve never felt this way away about a uk player before. They have no place wearing the Kentucky jersey. They are by far the more stupid players ive ever seen. Hit the the dirt.



  23. Badams
    12:10 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Florida did not prove they were better than us tonight, we proved just how stupid we were



  24. HST
    12:12 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    As a Hoosier fan, I can relate to watching a great young player go down like that. I just hope that it wasn’t as bad as it looked. The kid is a hell of a player. Best wishes to him.



  25. eastcoastcat
    12:18 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Is it just me or does it seem like Wiltjer is in slow motion when he tries to drive or post up??
    Hope Noel’s career isn’t ruined.
    We just gotta move on and keep playin’ ball. GO CATS!!!



  26. wildcatz
    12:19 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Lets be real. Archie’s performance was epically pitiful. His worst all year. The rest of the team was totally out of sync. Anyone who thinks we are better without NN is crazy. If Nerlens doesn’t come back this season the real UK storylines will be with the players. Will Archie and Alex declare for the draft? If they do…they better get ready for the D league. Harrow played with no heart tonight…and the only warrior on the court went down giving it his all. What a sad day….



  27. jus a suggestion
    12:20 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, burn all the comment on this post. They’re not fit for the situation. Take down the last picture while you’re at it. JMO.



  28. jay still
    12:20 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    22- you were right. my cat just got destroyed by a gator. damn you!!!!!!!!!!!! lol…..



  29. Redandyz
    12:20 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    How different – and petty – you all sound now that UK isnt very good. I was sincere about Noel, and the truth is he was the ONLY person on UK that has shown any heart this season. His defense was incredible, and without him UK is in trouble… You know it too. Don’t be mad just because the truth hurts.

    And 21, booger jokes? Really? I was hoping for at least a jab at my mom or something.



  30. UK 2014
    12:23 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I hope he is out for the season and his stock plummets. He needs to stay another year in college anyway and he will be an awesome bench player for our undefeated 2014 team!



  31. mudcreekmark
    12:23 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    20)That is what this site is for. We get to come in and be Monday morning quarterbacks, or in this case Monday morning coaches. Cal is the best coach is college basketball, point blank period. But getting to your points, Wiltjer isn’t the only one that is getting beat on defense. Florida guards got by our guards every trip down the floor. All I am saying is if you look at our roster, who can score the ball for us? The only thing Goodwin can do is drive the ball and every team knows this. Mays can only hit open threes and everyone knows this. Poythress has one move, dribble the baseline, and everyone knows that. Noel has a shot putt hook shot, and everyone knows that, Harrow would be the only other person other than Wiltjer that does have an offensive game. He can shoot the three or mid range jumper and has a nice floater. Wiltjer has the whole package on the offensive end of the floor. He can post up with a wide variety of moves and shots on the inside, he can hit the mid range shot and he can shoot the three like no one else on this team.He also makes easy plays for others out of the post. I would love to see him play 32 minutes a game like Mays, Goodwin and Pothress. I would also love to see us running our offense thru him and let him make plays.But thats just me.



  32. JBR
    12:27 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Thank you 27, we appreciate it, and it is always good to see decent fans from rivals’.

    Now, 15…not everyone has to be 100% for or against Cal. It is not black and white, all or nothing, or anything of the sort. I love Cal as our coach. I wouldn’t want anyone else there. He has done a great job…OTHER THAN THIS YEAR. It is obvious that he has no clue how to get through to this team. And, to a degree, I have questioned his “guts” on a couple of coaching things this year. He obviously cannot motivate this team. Often, Cal is playing politician/psychologist more than coach. What he needs to do is get some guts…bench these sorry excuses of players. Poythress, Harrow, Goodwin…all have no heart and little effort. The weakest, softest minded team I have ever seen. I prefer to see our walk-ons getting torched by 60, but playing their asses off than a few “lottery picks” out there running from the other team. Cal needs to send a message, and just sit these guys a few games. If it doesn’t work, then we’ll get our butts kicked and wait for next year…but these guys have made zero progress this year, so it can’t hurt.



  33. Jus Sayin
    12:28 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    30 That is absolutely the worst thing I have ever read. You would sacrafice his career just to have him as a bench player on an already loaded team?



  34. JBR
    12:30 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    And 15/20, mudcreekmark is 100% correct, that is what these sites and comment sections are for. You coming on here and attacking people for having opinions is just stupid. Instead of sitting on your soapbox, how about explaining what Cal has done correct with this team. You can preach all you want, but reality is reality, and the BBN is not too happy right now, and this team is making zero progress.



  35. UK 2014
    12:31 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    It will be good for him.. he got dominated tonight by Young and isn’t ready for the pros. 2014 he can get a ring on the bench and develop some muscle along with that hustle.



  36. UKBlue
    12:32 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    They are wheels down in Lexington.

    Reality is reality, and the reality is we are not good. Archie looks like the Tasmanian devil cartoon spinning all over the place, Alex has all the potential in the world with a constant clueless look on his face, and Ryan is just not tough enough especially mentally to run Cal system. Ryan would have been much better off playing in an easier system that isn’t so guard dependent. Ryan is that squeaky voice kid that just doesn’t have the attributes to be a leader. We all know Cal can put kids in the NBA, but he can’t just snap his fingers and make it happen, players have to be willing to work & help themselves.



  37. She
    12:32 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I got the same feeling I got when I saw Dickie Lyons Jr. get hurt. I felt like I’d never see this guy play again. Goddammit!



  38. catfanatic
    12:36 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    #19. What a piece of work you are. Its hard to believe anyone could even say such a thing. Its clear that you never played sports or you would realize that players risk injuries like this all the time but still have the guts to risk it for the fans enjoyment.Enough time wasted on you we all need to hope for the best for Nerlens and stand behind the team for the rest of the season and show what true fans do in times like this



  39. ltylerj
    12:48 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, your a piece of work #30. BBN doesn’t need or want you in our family. You’re the select few that makes us look like idiots.

    That or you’re a fan of another team, and pretending to be a UK fan to make us look bad. That being said, I don’t blame you. BBN is pretty amazing, and your fanbase can’t hold a candle to ours.



  40. Robro
    12:49 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I hope Nerlens has a speedy recovery whatever the injury may be. It is a huge blow to the team but this article was just depressing to read and some of you fans may as well be UL fans with your fair weather comments. I BELIEVE IN MY COACH! I BLEED BLUE! AND THERE WILL BE NO NIT!



  41. Hello?
    12:52 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t give a S##T about the game or season right now. I just want that wonderful, incredibly special player and person to be okay. God bless you, Nerlens! Thanks for being a Wildcat! You are the MAN!!! The BBN has your back FOREVER!!!



  42. johhny
    12:53 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    #15 1984 will love you I see you going places there!!



  43. Robro
    12:55 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I tried to explain to my 5 year old son, who is trying his best to understand the game, about Noels injury..he asked “what does that mean?”
    I told him “we, may not be as good but we will cheer just as loud” in only his first year of sitting and watching games his more loyal than some of you.



  44. CrimsonCee
    12:56 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I like to get on here and role you guys up since I’m a huge IU fan, but I’m really sorry for this kid and a fan base that may be deprived of his services. I watch UK if I’m bored and they’re on, and when I did, I loved watching him play. Wonderful player – doesn’t run his mouth, works hard, talented as hell, and just an all-around good guy who looked like he was having fun and playing at a very high level. Can’t stand UK, but I’d love IU to have this guy, or a guy like him. Hope this isn’t horrible news…
    Sincerely,
    All rational Indiana fans



  45. CrimsonCee
    12:57 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Rile you guys up is what I meant. Damn auto-correct



  46. Rae
    1:07 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    35. First of all, he would start. Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee are amazing talents, but if he had to come back, he would be a starter. Randle doesn’t want to play center, I hear. It’s our guard play that will get a significant upgrade, hopefully along with hustle. We wouldn’t need him for scoring at all hardly. WCS would most likely have to try his hand at the draft a year too soon thanks to a weakened draft and the truckload of competition coming in, not to mention all the publicity as Nerlens’ replacement.

    But I digress. This was NOT the best thing for him. His career might never be the same. We don’t know what the problem is so we can’t determine if he will ever be 100 percent again.



  47. Horrow. The walking dead
    1:10 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Harrow had a whole year to get stronger in the weight room knowing he was going to be our starting point guard and he didn’t do it.why?wouldnt you.he’s the weakest guard I think I’ve ever seen.sux.he was on a championship team last year.did he learn anything?obviously not.I love my cats and held out hope that he would get better, but that’s gone.he’s a backup point guard at a smaller school.period!!!!!we have no chance with him.all the great guards cal has had and now we have him.can’t figure that one out.Goodwin.if he hasn’t learned to be unselfish and out of control constantly by now he’s never going to.poythress.the same problem.obviously the same problem with lazy thrown in.wiltier.defensive liability.period!!!!!!worst defensive player I think I’ve ever seen.atrocious!!!!!!without nerlens were finished.hope it’s not bad.will be praying for him.soooooo disappointed.don’t have much hope left for the season…….



  48. Rae
    1:13 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    44. He also donates his time hanging out with needy children. On his own, without the rest of the team there so it isn’t something Cal makes him do.

    He is the one kid that doesn’t deserve this. So thanks for having a heart and brain.



  49. Linda Taylor
    1:27 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I have been sitting here reading the posts just sick to my stomach for Nerlens. He is one of the finest young men to wear the blue and white and I pray that he will recover 100% from this injury.
    I can’t help but wonder as some have stated in various posts about the placement of the backboard posts. It does seem to be too close to the baseline in the FL arena. The benches are also too close to the court. It seems since they have had terrible attendance the vast majority of the time that maybe they should take out a few rows of seats and give the players more room to maneuver on such occasions as what happened tonight. It would provide a better zone for the safety of the players and the only game where it would hurt attendance would be the one time a year they play UK.
    For them not to have a stretcher available or on-site X-Rays is frankly beyond belief. Do they not care about the student athletes? My goodness, you can see a stretcher available at Memorial Coliseum for all of the UK women’s games along with emergency staff available.



  50. UKBlue
    1:27 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Fingers crossed it’s just a hypertension & not major structural damage !!



  51. UKBlue
    1:28 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    hyperextension



  52. Unrealistic Timeframe
    1:48 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    There’s a reason certain types of players are “special” and their games can immediately translate to the pros. We have been spoiled with many of these special players since Cal’s arrival. It takes the right attitude, a killer instinct, drive & intensity. It takes a competitive nature. Special players are unique and generally rare!
    I’m so ashamed of the way so many are BASHING our young wildcats. Am I dissatisfied with their basketball performances and totally frustrated with them? Hell yes. But I know how hard these guys work day in & day out to represent our basketball program and to appease a coach like Calipari. Goodwin & Poythress are FRESHMAN! Not too many freshman across the country are saddled with the burden of following the team who brought home an 8th National Championship, let alone following athletes like Anthony Davis & Kidd-Gilchrist, along with Demarcus Cousins, John Wall, Brandon Knight, Patrick Patterson….. I had higher hopes & expectations for this team, just like everyone else! However, they have played about the exact same way the majority of NCAA D1 freshman do over the course of their first college season. Polston has been in Cal’s system for 3 years and he’s just now earning playing time! Same can virtually be said for Hood. Our freshmen probably won’t stick around, but if they do, I think they’ll shock us all next season with more confidence, greatly improved ball handling & decision making skills, and an aggressive approach because they’ll be experienced in college ball. IMHO Our expectations come from the high ranking these recruits brought with them to campus and since they aren’t achieving anyone’s expectations, its even more frustrating. Be supportive and give these guys a REALISTIC timeframe to develop their games rather than comparing them to our hyper-expectations and recent “extra special” players.



  53. Han
    1:58 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Prayers for Noel for his health and his career. The team needs him badly, for his defense and his heart, but right now it’s about his personal health.

    With Noel out any length of time, we have a major defense problem. WCS tries, but is nowhere near the blocker Noel is. No one else is dependable. And please, Archie, learn to pass. Wild layups are not good basketball, even if they go in, even if you get fouled. It’s slop. Harrow, Mays, Goodwin, everyone needs to learn to pass to open men, drive and pass if the layup isn’t there, guys. That’s dribble drive. I know Cal’s taught you, because he’s screaming it at you still. Wiltjer needs to shoot more, Poythress needs to play like someone who cares, Archie needs to play like a teammate, and Harrow needs to get his team in control. Mays and Wiltjer need to help, and for the love of God, Wiltjer, shoot the open shots, and run when you miss. Run.

    Gonna be a rough rest of the season, even if Noel ends up okay.



  54. Big Blue Swagger
    2:09 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Kudos to Florida’s fan base for their genuine concern (and applause) for Nerlens. They showed a lot of class and I think they should be commended for it. It’s a reminder of how great it is to be in the SEC. I live in Big 12 country and the fan bases here are ruthless. I’ve heard stadiums cheer when opposing players have gone down, which totally disgusts me. My compliments to the Gators for a clean game without any unsportsmanlike behavior & conduct (ahem, Auburn, I’m thinking of you) and for their sensitivity to Noel’s tragic injury.



  55. Derek4UK
    2:14 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    #52 amen brother. You completely nailed it. I’m so aggravated and pi**d right now. I pray that it will come back something small, but even know I love MKG, this isn’t Noel’s personality. He is the heart and soul of not only the team but the bluegrass. This is just as sad or maybe more than when Derek Anderson tore his ACL. Hopefully this awesome young man will have a speedy recovery and does whatever is best for himself. Which is probably the NBA, but who knows If all of the blue faithful show him some love and support. He may want to spend some more time here. Yet I feel even if the worse of circumstances the BBN will make sure that special young man has the opportunity to make the money he deserves in life. Sorry all, just heartbroken.



  56. Wildcatsteeler
    2:23 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    End of season regardless of outcome. It’s very serious judging by his reaction. I just hope it’s not an ACL.



  57. Bobbum man
    2:35 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Why would he come back if its something fairly serious? You gonna risk your career and future in the nba to be on the court when Archie does a 720 reverse layup and falls on ur knee again, or be standing out of bounds when Archie drives the baseline and have him run into you? Jus sayin couldn’t blame him for not risking his career to play with these selfish guys



  58. mark
    3:02 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I’m down after the injury to Nerlens and pissed off with the way a couple of our players performed tonight. Goodwin just isn’t a smart player and Poythress plays like a sissy. Ryan Harrow isn’t a tough point guard either. Without Nerlens we’re in deep trouble. GO BIG BLUE!



  59. matt heisenbuttle
    3:14 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    #13. I’m with you on all that. I’ve always called for that exact same game plan. Honestly it’s to the point where the only one I expect to be able to consistently knock down a jump shot is the water fountain.



  60. Anthony
    3:19 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    God speed and prayers to Nerlens. I have one question about one guy’s game. Why is Alex Poythress afraid to dunk the ball. Every game he has at least one play where he should dunk the ball and instead goes for a layup. Is it laziness? Is it a lack of confidence? What in the world is it and why doesn’t somebody pull him to the side and tell him to dunk it every time he can. Last year’s team always dunked the ball whether it was an oop or from close in. That one shot can create momentum and carry a team for possessions at a time.

    In the grand scheme of things it’s of no consequence compared to Noel’s knee injury. I was just wondering.



  61. Get real
    3:19 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    52.get real.polson not polston is a walkon type of player.you can’t compare him to a top 10 caliber player.you are ashamed of some of bbn for telling the truth.does it take 3 years for someone to be unselfish and learn not to drive into 4 guys with your head down.think not.it’s called fundamentals.since when is it shameful to state facts.I see other top freshmen across the country doing well.I’m not ashamed for stating facts.the last time I checked we live in a great country called the USA.Sorry some of bbn isn’t politicaly correct enough for you.Maybe we should all hold hands and sing cum ba ya.I think maybe that would make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.There’s no excuse for some of the things that our players are doing.Your one of those people that thinks everyone should get a trophy.not just the winner but everyone.bbn has a right to vent there frustrations with this dysfunctional team.Get Real!!!!!!!!



  62. El Guapo
    3:31 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    If it happens to Noel, it’s a season ending injury for the team.

    If it happens to another player instead (whom I won’t name, but we all know), it’s probably a season saving injury. If I’m Nerlens, I’m mad and upset, but silently thankful that I won’t ever have to play again with this gallery of turds.

    No, Cal absolutely does NOT have the guts to put these overhyped “prospects” on the bench where they belong. He is afraid that if he requires discipline, the players who plan to play one year and depart – i.e. the lifeblood of our program – will be turned off and choose to go somewhere else where they won’t be held accountable for their actions or lack thereof (i.e. Wiggins going to Florida State). That’s the simple truth: the high recruits will always have all the PT they want simply because they were highly recruited. You can’t argue with that. Any legitimate coach would have put Goodwin deep onto the beach months ago. Cal is a “players’ coach”, and by that we mean he lets his players do what they want. We won last year with a team that overwhelmed all others on sheer talent; let’s hope that next year’s class is capable of doing the same.



  63. iucansuckabigblue
    3:47 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hope you are ok Nerlins. Forget the game. Forget the score. Who cares at a time like this. We lost our heart tonight. Hopefully it was only for 8 minutes. I can’t get those screams out of my head. And rarely do I object what is posted but that picture needs to be removed IMMEDIATELY!

    Nerlins has quickly become one of my favorite Cats. He plays with heart, does not stop trying, dominates, does not run his mouth, and represents of beloved Wildcats the way I believe is true and honorable.

    I hope and pray he is ok. Not just for the season and coming back. But for him and his career. He is too good of a guy for this to happen too.

    I’m sick. And must go.

    Go Big Blue!!! With a heavy heart, we are will you Nerlins

    And for the trolls posts the most disgusting things imaginable. There is a special place for you. And karma always comes around. Grow up and get a life. Have some compasion.



  64. SeaCat
    3:50 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Must be an ACL and MCL tear from
    the mechanism of the injury. Let’s hope
    he did not tear the meniscus as well.
    This is horrible. He is just 18.



  65. TK
    3:52 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    The Cameraman is too close to the hoop and on a rolling chair he was probably trying to get a good shot of the dunk, this is cause to change the rules when it comes to that. He was much much too close to the hoop, someone was bound to get injured to me it is not a fluke injury.



  66. Dave
    4:00 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    He’s gone 3 to 6 weeks. Season is dead.

    I suppose Poythress and Goodwin step up but I doubt it.

    NIT here we come.

    The season is a wash.

    Oh well…

    Good try Cal!

    Next season will heal the Big Blue Nation.

    Noel will still be a Top 5 pick.



  67. Troll
    4:01 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe Im just a hater, but Cal’s arrogant comments would drive me crazy as a player. “Everyone is not bought in”……”we had a good game plan but the team lost focus”…..Maybe Cal needs to step up and speak the truth. Cal is the greatest recruiter ever, hands down. That is what has led to success. You are supposed to win when you have the best team. . Stop blaming it on kids not “buying in”. Last years title team wasn’t amazing because they “bought in”. They were awesome because they had the top 3 players on the court at all times, and sometimes the top 5 players.
    Try actually coaching and changing your approach to match the skill sets of your players. Run a zone so Wiltjer doesnt get abused every trip. Harrow is not an elite pg and cant execute the dribble drive, so change your offense to run through the post or something. I don’t know, Im not a basketball coach.
    Lastly, Cal always talks about being a players first program. That comment is spot on! Goodwin can run this team into the ground because this is all about players and getting the top guys for next year. What about a team first program? Bench the people that are losing the games and put in a team player. But that may run off the kids who are guaranteed starting spots next year.
    But maybe Im just a super trolling hater.



  68. Dave
    4:02 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    If Poythress goes, he goes 2nd round at best.

    Unless the NBA are idiots.

    If Poythress goes, he’s NBDL IN WEEKS. he is not an NBA talent right now. Neither is Goodwin for that matter.

    Expect a deep bench next year.



  69. Dave
    4:04 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    These kids haven’t bought in. That is a freakin’ truth.



  70. Dave
    4:06 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    He did bench Goodwin. Hence the explosion of minutes for Mays and Polson.



  71. Dave
    4:08 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    If Cal benches the turds this team is guaranteed to lose. Who does he play???



  72. Dustin
    4:09 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    For all you negative nancies on this post/website take your sh#t somewhere else. Go cheer for another team! We just won a damn title for God sake and you are bashing our coach and the kids he brought in here to play? Get a grip people! I cant even believe half of the stuff I am reading. My hope is that the people talking non-sense above are young and just dont know any better than to say these ridiculous things about our kids. If you want perfection or pro worthy play year in year out, go find an NBA team to cheer for. I am just disgusted by some of you to the point that I may not read another comment section on this site. Usually there are a few idiots who say ridiculous things on here but looking above that few is turning into too many. Get a grip people, I feel sorry for some of you. I wonder to myself what the hell is going on in these peoples lives to make comments like the ones above. Take your ridiculous as, selfish statements and hit the road!



  73. Troll
    4:10 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Bought into what? They dont want to win? Highly unlikely. They just arent superstars like the past three years.

    And Archie played 30 minutes and averages more minutes than everyone outside of Nerlens.



  74. Dave
    4:13 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    And yes! UF is a damn good team. A hard ass team. They may win it all.



  75. Good luck Nerlens
    4:18 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I see why other fans bases hate on the BBN aft reading some of these post! Cal wins the NC and the next year some act like he’s clueless? If you think Polson and Hood are better then the players who are playing your crazy! I like Polson as much as anyone and he has made his self a capable role player, but that’s it!
    Some of the other freshmen we have had has spoiled some. Cal said before the game the only player on this team who could have played on his previous 3 teams was Noel. The others are playing like typical freshmen! These kids owe none of us anything! If you think because you have been a fan for 20 years makes you important your crazy.
    The facts are one of the BEST KIDS to ever wear blue could have lost millions tonight playing his ass off for UK and this is how you repay his effort. I pray this injury isn’t anything to hurt him in the draft! The hell with the season this kid has represented the state very well and deserves to be the top pick in the draft!lets pray that he has good karma from the good things he’s done for others!



  76. Dave
    4:31 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Noel will be ok. His career awaits him.

    This team however is over without a sea change in attitude from P&G.

    Next year is the year. If P&G are wie they will ride the wave of next years talent to the first round. Right now, they are round two at best.



  77. Dave
    4:32 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    One can not judge a fan base on ten posts by irrational fools.

    Kentucky will be ok.



  78. australiacatfan
    5:10 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Just watched the video here in Melbourne. Where were the doctors??!!!! I mean he lay there in agony while people are asking if he was okay! The doctors should have been out there immediately with a stretcher…pathetic. All this stupid Nike and other companies or so quick to cash in on the symbols on the jerseys and ESPN makes a mint broadcasting but yet the workers (oops players) are just there for entertainment.

    I Noel is alright for the rest of his career.

    sickening really



  79. El Guapo
    5:11 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    If, as a coach, you’ve gone the whole season and you still have kids on the floor playing all the minutes who “haven’t bought in”, I ask you: whose fault is that? At what point does this reflect upon the coach? This team will now tailspin its way into a second-round NIT loss to somebody like Ball State and we can finally get this abortion of a basketball season over with.

    It’s a damn shame we couldn’t have Cal as a recruiter and Tubby as an actual game coach.



  80. bigbluelou
    5:17 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    The real BBN stands behind Noel and the rest of the team. Prayers out to Nerlens for a quick recovery. I hate for UK to lose as much as anyone but it is just a GAME and not life or death. There are young men the same ages as our beloved Cats laying down their lives on foreign battlefields for our freedom. A little perspective please people.



  81. LexDoc
    5:20 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    The way he came down and how he wouldn’t put weight on it, I’m afraid it is his ACL. I hope I’m wrong for his sake. Best wishes and a speedy recovery!



  82. Duh
    5:42 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t see one UK fan or other fans saying one bad thing about Noel.

    Some are questioning Cal. He gets paid a lot of money to produce winning teams. One injury is NO EXCUSE.

    Though this one injury MAY kill the season.



  83. Duh
    5:44 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby? Are you a crackhead. Flubby always found a way to snatch defeat from the grasp of victory. Get off the crack!



  84. mike
    6:00 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    If ignorance is bliss then Archie Goodwin must be euphoric. He is without a doubt the lowest IQ basketball player I have ever seen. Please go to the NBA.



  85. Haha
    6:06 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Dips$$$ 1 75 dips&&& 2 77 haven’t seen anyone dog nerlens.awww I’m sorry you don’t like anyone pointing out the flaws of the team.Do you honestly think that anyone that is a uk fan doesn’t want this team to succeed or isn’t grateful for our 8th national title?You are idiots.No these kids don’t owe us anything but I would love to see them give back a little bit of what bbn gives to them.Oh I’m sorry maybe were asking to much to pass the ball.Oh that’s right maybe they will learn to do that in 3 years.Are you guys for real?People are frustrated with good cause.How dare you DIPS$$$$ accuse us of being haters.We bleed blue and that is why were upset.We are passionate and how dare you accuse otherwise.Since you obviously don’t know,we have high expectations here.Ask around.BBN will tell you….



  86. doronslamb
    6:17 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    This is a tournament team with or without Noel…WCS actually has better offensive game than Noel just not close defensively…I see Cal going from man to man team to more zone…9 losses / 10 seed and make a run to elite eight



  87. CTheTerminatorK
    6:21 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Well , this is heartbreaking to watch but this just the slap back to reality these young wildcats need to start playing for each other , because now they don’t have a choice , Noel just lost the #1 pick due to the injury but if his season is done could he deside to comeback and play with the Greatest recurring class in the history of College basketball and leave UK with perhaps a ring and on his terms or will he still go pro who know , but that still doesn’t matter right now I wish Noel all the best in the world and he and the team have my prayers but I hope the rest of these Cats got the message!



  88. BANNED FROM KSR
    6:38 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hey moderator, you seriously gonna delete my post,..why its TRUE, after all the SHIT you guys actually let get through on this website! I actually saw posts that were sayin that they are glad Noel went down, and thats what he gets for chosing to play at Kentucky. If your gonna moderate you need to do it ALL the time, you Double Standard sometimey fake ass cunts!



  89. by
    6:41 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    horrible view of the injury…doesn’t look good http://www.sbnation.com/2013/2/12/3983240/nerlens-noel-injury-kentucky-photo



  90. Raazoul
    6:43 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Love seeing fake ass Indiana fans on here talking trash about a kid getting hurt. Real nice. Your shithole team has been irrelevant for literally 30+ years. Crean is a joke, a good scheduler and that’s all. He will never, not ever, win a title. And IU fans, we can lose every game for the next 10 years, and actually still have hundreds more wins and many more titles. You are not qualified to speak to UK fans. Win something, once in your lifetime.



  91. Raazoul
    6:44 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Oh and some of you morons forget that our backup center would start on nearly every team in America. He’s a lottery pick too. We will be in the tournament.



  92. Raazoul
    6:46 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Bright side? Ya, undefeated next year…. We’ll return most of our players now, only we are bringing in actual guards. As opposed to whatever the hell Archie and Ryan are.



  93. davefromdagap
    6:47 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Nothing like adversity to bring the fruitloops out. What a bunch of idiots. Aint no wonder half the spirts world makes fun of us. From questioning Cal’s ability to develop young players, to The Mudcreek chapter of The kkk wanting The white hopeK.W. to shoot 20 times a game. Just aint enough Set Shot opportunities for that to happen. Get well soon Nerlens.



  94. Ff
    6:53 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Harrow played horrible as usual and still played 30 mins, that is the problem, the other players are not stupid they see this and resent it (see mays comments at pc after the game)



  95. Truth
    6:55 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hate to see anyone get hurt. But it looks like Noel and his handlers taking money to go to uk over G-town is coming back to bite them. Hope the money was worth it.



  96. UKJay
    6:58 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hope Nerlens recovers soon and has a long nba career. As for the rest of the team, we may only win one or two more games. I heard matt mention the teams we could still beat last night. He basically called Missouri an easy win. He must be smoking crack. They will beast us, there is no doubt. I doubt we win against ut this weekend either. Too manny [email protected] on this team.



  97. kg
    7:05 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    95) may all your ill will come back to you 100 times…what a low life



  98. mark
    7:06 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    95-I swear to God I would beat your ass if you weren’t hiding behind your computer. To wish any 18 year old ill will is sick. Go phuck yourself



  99. jsh2001
    7:09 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Thoughts are with Noel and hoping for a speedy recovery, but let’s talk about how bad it was before he got hurt. We looked completely lost on defense giving up easy lay-ups and wide open threes left and right. Our only offense most of the night seemed to be a two-man game between a guard and a big passing it back and forth on the perimeter until the shot clock got so low we had to force an out of control, horrible shot that resulted in a charge most of the time. Florida is a great defensive team and played with tremendous pressure and intensity, but when no one is moving without the ball and everyone is standing on the perimeter it’s not that hard to defend. I still think this team makes the tournament, but the offense has been stagnant all year and unless they find a way to consistently put the ball in the bucket they won’t make it out of the round of 32.



  100. Buckets
    7:10 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    If you didn’t need another reason to be ashamed of humanity, all you need to do is read some of the comments left by trolls and even some fans. Way to go! The human race never ceases to amaze. And disgust…



  101. here we go
    7:34 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    let’s go uptempo !



  102. truth
    7:39 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Im only happy if I have a large penis plugged into every port of my unbathed.
    , chalk skinned body.



  103. Ridge Runner
    7:45 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Buckets….agreed.



  104. Stan
    7:54 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Well said #41, I agree. Best wishes Big Man, be strong.What a classy kid he is.



  105. Confused
    7:55 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    94- I’m not gonna defend the shit play of harrow, but he only had 19 minutes. If you gonna talk shit at least get your facts right.



  106. Truth Gets Cancer
    8:38 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    hopefully



  107. UKfanNKY
    8:40 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    AGREED #41!! Good luck Big Man!!



  108. Dustin
    8:40 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Let us simplify, Harrow needs a scholarship taken away and/or transfer, he is terrible.
    Goodwin has it, he just needs polished and gain b-ball IQ which will come after another year.
    Poythress also has it, he needs to stay and get comfortable and also for his balls to drop, but he will get better for sure with an additional year.
    WCS has great energy and promise, another year of strength training will help him greatly and another year will help his offensive development.
    Noel is the only one that should leave because of no.1 pick projections.
    The 3 aforementioned before Noel will be the miller/lamb/jones for next year and it will be great to watch.

    Last, but not least, hopefully Noel can get healthy and rejoin the team. He deserves it and we need him.



  109. CTheTerminatorK
    8:42 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    BREAKING NEWS: Nerlens Noel out for the reminder of the year with a dislocated Knee Cap & torn meniscus in his left Knee this coming from sources close to the UK Staff . Stay tuned for further updates. Wish Noel a speedy recovery! #BBN



  110. DREWBLUE
    8:43 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    14. Seems Dorthy needs to take Archie (brain), Alex (courage) and Ryan (heart) with her to OZ.



  111. Bob Loblaw
    8:51 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Cal keeps telling these guys to stop being selfish and unfortunately, being selfish led to a teammate injuring himself. If anything good comes out of this, I hope it’s the other players understanding that lazy passing could lead to worse things than a basket for the other team. It’s time for this team to start listening to Cal and step it up in honor of their fallen brother.



  112. dickieVsays
    8:52 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    109- you dont know what you are talking about.I guarantee I know someone closer to the program than you do and he doesnt not have a tear of anything. Stage 2 dislocation. 4-6 weeks recovery.



  113. General Wretch
    8:53 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    the CAMERA MAN: he IS NOT grimmacing…he is SMILING



  114. bung
    8:59 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    uhh…I am tired of watching archie and ryan and alex this year…start polson and hood and wiltjer…



  115. asdf
    9:16 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve met Archie a few times, and he really seems like a good kid. He speaks intelligently. He seems well-adjusted and is liked by his teammates. But when his sneakers touch the court, his IQ suddenly plummets to single digits. That’s so frustrating!



  116. INblue
    9:16 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    110 – nailed it. Team Oz? Or Team Pyrite?



  117. BBN
    9:29 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I wish all the best for Noel but what happens is what happens. I believe and hope that this incident will bring the team out of the selfish pride mindset they have. Maybe it will bring out the expectations we laid on them in the beginning of the season when they ranked them No. 3 just the way I see it



  118. UKCATSFAN
    9:45 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    TO ALL YOU HOOSIER FANS!!!! Are u seriously that jealous and envIous of UK that you have to come to our site and talk smack the night our top goes down? Really? Really? You guys never cease to amaze me. You all are the same type of fans that you are on our site criticizing. You are idiot fans! Yes, we have our fair share of Idiot fans too. God knows we do! But you guys take the cake! Ive never seen a fanbase that isas jealous as you all. And im dead serious. This is the 1st year that Indiana has had a good team in FOREVER!!! And you act like you own college basketball. While UK did have a couple badyears under Billy Clyde, we still put out great teams throughout the year to keep our tradition. If Cream wouldn’t have begged Seller to stay, u wouldn’t be great this year. This years team is tough, ill give you that. Not on the level of our team last year and any other year would be a middle the pack team if not for this down year of college bball. Just remember, if you go onto other fan sites and run your trap, you are ” that guy”. You are the idiot fan!
    And for the UK fans who say this will be good for our team and that we will be a better team without Noel……YOU ARE CRAZY! ABSURD! DELUSIONAL! Kyle cannot carry the loadoffensively and you can not run the entire offense through him. Cal has usedsome pick n roll and some pick n pop for him but hes too inconsistent! You saw what happened when noel was out of the game. teams got to the rim at will. You guys just amazeme. There is a reason yourenot a coach. Trust cal that he knows best for this team. Has he ever let us down?



  119. Over and Out
    9:55 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Even though he has absolutely no offensive skills, if Noel is out our Team is screwed. He is the only one that gives the necessary effort. I saw quit in Goodwin’s eyes last night. One good think about “one and dones” is that at the end of the season if things don’t work out, you don’t have to flush to remove them, they just drain out on their own.



  120. Weight Room
    10:08 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    This team needs some serious weight room work. More than once I’ve see the cheerleaders snatch the ball away from our guys. We are soooo weak…. AND, Florida is a pretty darn good team. 3 seniors and 2 juniors starting and one guy on the IR.



  121. I Agree
    10:21 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    #13 I too agree with a lot of what you post. However, Wiltjer has to learn to catch and shoot, especially from behind the three. He is tall enough to shoot over most, but he hesitates and they shut him down. Just catch and shoot. And he should shoot everytime he catches it as the rest of this team, well lets just say they don’t have the skill set for anything but a dunk and those get blocked.



  122. Yo!!!
    10:23 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens Noel, IMO is one of if not THE best examples of how a collegiate athlete should handle themselves. In an age of Me, and I players, he is, (and hopefully not “was”) the exact opposite. As I type this Ryen Russillo brings up Shabazz Muhammad and how childish he acted when his teammate drove into the lane and hit the game winning shot and walking off the court as if they lost while his teammates celebrated. Russell liked his reaction because he (Muhammad) should want to take the winning shot. WHAT?!? Really? Pardon my Eastern Kentucky, country bumpkin, upbringing which instilled in me a value system that emphasized team accomplishments over individual ones. Am I naive in this? I digress, Nerlens Noel “gets it” there is more to life than basketball (not much). So does Drew Franklin in the first paragraph of this article. I have heard people say “It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.” They usually say this when something bad happens to a not so nice person. If Nerlens turns out to be injured severely, then “It REALLY couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.” Said without the sarcasm. God Bless that kid, and his family. We love ya buddy, from your Big Blue Family.



  123. Yo, Yo from Mud Creek
    10:41 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Noel is the type of guy that will be successful with or without the basketball in his hands. He has the “IT” to move forward whatever the outcome of the injury might be.



  124. Maxbps8
    10:47 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Why N2? B/c the other players need to step up and be better – live up to their potential. My question is: WHEN WILL CoachCal LEARN? I said it from day one: Why not take the other 5 to 6 scholarships and use them for players like Darius Miller and 4-star players that are willing to come to UK, practice but not play much with the hope of earning a spot in their 3rd or 4th years (and thousands of GREAT players would)? Why not build a TEAM?

    CoachCal’s one-and-done attitude toward team building is the #1 problem this season (NOT these yound men). I love Cal and his huge Kentucky-style heart, his love for his players, and his presence in the community (local, KY, and Nat’l bb-communities; & Int’l, too). There is simply NO reason we should only use half our scholarships on KentuckY Level players (and to be clear: Jarrod Polson is a Ky-Level Player and he has proven it this season.).

    Keep in mind: This is CoachCal’s 4th season! He could have a whole ‘nother team ready to go. IF…IF he had appropriately used the remaining scholarships like he should be. Facts are facts. And this one is now indesputable.



  125. Sounds Good
    10:54 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I somewhat agree with you #124. We need some solid garbage type players that stay around for 4 years and give us that physical presence we needed last night. Those Florida guys were just so much more physically ready for a game of this level. Let’s get some great players and mingle in some good players. This will be the recipe for a Great Team instead of a Good Team.



  126. bigevets
    11:33 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Its really a shame to watch a kid that hustles as hard as Noel does go down with an injury. It stinks but he will be OK. This is 2013, not 1983, procedures and rehab have come lightyears in helping players rehabilitate, no matter how severe the injury. With that said, we’ve probably seen the last game Noel will play wearing a Kentucky uniform and as much as I would love for him to come back, the truth is, he’s earned his path to the NBA as a one-and-done by exhibiting hard-nose play and the desire to get better in every aspect. It doesn’t take a basketball expert or psychic to see the determination and strong will in his eyes during the games. Even when he fails at the free throw line, you can tell it bothers him and he wants to get better. That’s what seperates him from nearly every other player on this team. Failure drives him to become better and that is why he will come back, stronger than ever, from this injury.

    As for the other two guys taking heat this morning, Poythress has to see this as an opportunity. Poythress has to stop being tenative and start demanding the ball and when he gets it, don’t think about what you want to do with that ball, take what the defensive gives you. Drive or shoot. No hesitation. The confusion and frustration on his face tells the opponent he’s beating himself. Just leave that face at home next game and start this season fresh right now. This guy makes mental mistakes, but at the end of the day, he’s averaging 12 points and 6 boards a game and shooting nearly 60% from the field. He doesn’t lack talent, he lacks confidence.

    Goodwin — sometimes there is just no hope for a guy. He has no idea the difference between high percentage and low percentage shots. He can not shoot from beyond the arch, though he has it in his head to hoist them up regardless. Once he gets a step on a defender on a drive, when the lane closes, rather than kicking it out or dumping it off, he continues on and the result is either A) an Offensive Foul B) A wild shot that barely draws GLASS or C) Defender bails him out with a silly foul which results in Goodwin hitting one of two free throws. He always has the look of someone who really has no idea what he’s doing. Its like he listens, but the instructions go in one ear and out the other. Goodwin just can not let go of tendencies that worked for him against lessor competition in high school and even weaker D-I competition in the non-conference games and see that those moves are not going to work for him at this level of basketball. Certainly, at this point, looks like a player who’s peak level might be high D-I basketball, certainly not NBA level.

    At this point, and I do believe inevidably, both Goodwin (sigh) and Poythress (potential cheer) will be back next season and while I doubt that was what Calipari had hoped for at the start of the season, it makes for an interesting 2014 campaign if you not only have talent, but also a ton of depth with talent as well.



  127. Maxbps8
    11:35 am February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Exactly #125. The ncaa (and even moreso the nba) needs to expand the court by 2 1/2 feet in all directions. This will (1) prevent further injuries like Noel’s. Let’s face it w/ the players in the modern era of basketball are taller and jump higher-further which is what causes crashes like this. (2) Expanding the court will allow better play; particularly along the baselines. It’s simple the smart and right thing to do. (Oh, and it will increase the revenue by creating MORE FRONT-ROW seats. That’ll get someone moving on this. I won’t surprised if they announce it for next season when they figure out how much more money they can make from this expansion.)



  128. jimp
    12:52 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Feel so sorry for Nerlons. He is a wonderful kid and hustles the whole time he is on the floor. My big complain with Harrow, Wiltjer, Poythress and Goodwin is that they do not hustle and play hard all the time. Even if you are making mistake’s and getting beat you can still hustle. I would give them more time on the bench and let Hood and Polson have more playing time. At least they play hard and hustle when they are in there. If we are going to lose anyway, at least lose with some player’s that are willing to play hard.



  129. JPWill
    12:57 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    For the record, I am really sick of SEC officials on top of everything else. Gripe about Alex all you want, but when he is getting hip checked while going baseline he is going to end up out of bounds. It is a foul, but it isn’t being called.

    OK, that is my whine for now. We have to adjust to the way the game is called, despite the inconsistencies.

    From the picture and video I watched, it looked to me that Nerlen’s injury happened before he hit the padding, at the moment he came down – someone correct me if I am wrong, but it looked like his lower leg was at an awkward angle from the knee down before he hit the padding. In any case, let’s hope for an accurate diagnosis and speedy recovery.



  130. Dustin
    1:52 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I still cant believe what I am reading here. I guess you don’t listen to post game press conferences when Cal takes the blame for any loss our team suffers. I wonder what your reaction would be if he went all Bill Self and said that this team was the worst UK team that has eveer touched the floor. I can’t even begin to understand where half of you are coming from. I continue to see some of you bitchng about the minutes that Polson, Hood, and Wiltjer recieve. They are all defensive liabilities. This is not to say that Ryan and Archie are more sound on defense that any of them but to say they don’t possess a better game and skill set is just ridiculous. I hope that all of you trashing our players and our coach are not true blue fans, but instead just trolls or disrespectful members of another fan base. If you cant suppot our team and coach just PLEASE go take your ass and cheer for another team. It takes time to develop players, it is not done over night. If you dont see the improvement in 75% of our players since the start of the season you must not be watching the same games as I am. I hope for the players/recruit sake that they simply skip over the comment sections on this website. I just have a hard time understanding why some of you are so quick to trash a kid who is not even 20 years old. Be proud of them and the fact they represent our university. They came here to play for not only themselves but for you. if you cant appreciate them and their efforts then please just go cheer for another team. I dont even know why I am wasting my time writing this because it is obviously not going to change your actions or thoughts. It is just sickening to me to see grown ass men bash a teenager. I wonder how you would feel if someone was talking about you and your work habits like you are talking about these kids. Again, if you cant appreciate what Cal and the kids have done for this university in the past four years then you dont deserve to even be a fan of this university. I hope that most of you were just drunk and upset about the outcome of last nights game. If you were, please retract your statemens above and show some love for the kids who put on a uniform day in day out to play so that you have something to be proud of and cheer for.



  131. Tony
    3:46 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    POYTHRESS is a SISSY…….. Never seen a kid that soft in my life !!!



  132. Tony
    3:49 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Amen 114 ! Norway Hood can’t play as well as our Clarksville SISSY….. Mitchell should have recruited Poythress



  133. Tony
    3:51 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    130 spoken like a true SISSY…..is that you Alex posting like your a fan?