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KSR Trend Watch: January 25th

It can be hard to keep up with all the changing trends in Kentucky sports these days. Therefore, in order to keep you informed on the latest happenings in the Big Blue Nation, I chart the trends of the week, from basketball to football to every ridiculous little thing in between. Keep up with what’s hot and what’s not with KSR’s Trend Watch!

Rising faster than Kevin Stallings’ cholesterol count

Kentucky Football — Kentucky football continues its reign atop the plus column, with more and more 4-star recruits visiting campus each week. While there haven’t been any commitments this week, signing day is only twelve days away and Kentucky is on some pretty impressive radars, including Jason Hatcher, Ryan Timmons, James Hearns, and Marcus McWilson, the latter two of which will visit campus this weekend. Football recruiting has never been more popular in the state of Kentucky. Seriously…we were so depressed about basketball earlier this week that people were begging for it.

Kyle Wiltjer — Wiltjer is riding a hot streak, scoring in double figures for the past three games. Wiltjer has finally “bought in” to the fact that he can’t just rely on his three-pointers and has to go inside to score or create opportunities for others. After the Alabama game, it became clear that for Kentucky’s offense to succeed, it must go through Wiltjer.

Good Archie — We’ve been over it time and time again: Archie Goodwin played terribly against Alabama. But the week wasn’t a total wash for the talented guard. Against Auburn, Archie played great, passing the ball and pulling up for jump shots or dishing it to teammates instead of flinging himself at the basket. Even more, he played like the aggressive defender that Cal promised he would be at the beginning of the season. When Archie plays smart, he is a vital part of the team’s flow. When he doesn’t, he’s a cancer.

The SEC Tournament — A good performance in the SEC Tournament is more important than ever for the Cats, who may actually need to win it to get in the NCAA’s if they have any more bad slip-ups. Ain’t no party like a Nashvegas party, right BBN? KSR has major plans for the event, including possibly renting out an entire floor of a bar as a home base for the blog, the radio show, and Cats fans. Is it March yet??

NC State’s desperation — NC State fans are painting murals and baking cakes for Julius Randle’s official visit this weekend. All Cal has to do is point to the rafters and the empty spot for next year’s banner.

Flatter than a Flat Top (No change)

Willie Cauley-Stein’s knee — Still no update on when our dear Willie will be back on the court.

Falling like snow on cedars

Bad Archie — Like I said earlier, Archie regressed into bad habits against Alabama, trying to put the offense on his back but going about it the wrong way. Let’s hope Archie recaptures that Auburn feeling against LSU tomorrow.

Kentucky’s postseason chances — It was not a good week for Kentucky’s tournament resume. After a good win over a bad Auburn team, the Cats let a close one slide by them in Tuscaloosa. In order to get off the bubble and securely on the bracket, that can’t happen anymore, especially against teams we’re supposed to beat.

Old Habits — This team’s old habits are definitely dying hard. Against Alabama, we saw several players slip into their former ways: Archie Goodwin regressed into an out-of-control ballhog; Ryan Harrow became “Cool Ryan”; and Nerlens Noel finished an otherwise awesome game with a few bad shot fakes. Why the meltdown? The Cats simply panicked after losing the lead in front of a rowdy Alabama crowd. Hopefully a game at home will give them a chance to reset before a rough road trip to Oxford.

Trevor Lacey’s pain tolerance — I haven’t seen such melodrama over a cramp since I lived on an all-girls hall in college.

TREND OF THE WEEK: Upsets

If the past week in college basketball has taught us anything, it’s that March Madness is going to be wild this year. Duke and Louisville were both upset, making it crystal clear that there is no dominant team in the field this season. You better go ahead and ask for some days off in March now, because something tells me this tournament deserves a better viewing experience than hitting the boss button every time you hear footsteps near your cubicle.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

13 Comments for KSR Trend Watch: January 25th



  1. Mike
    6:05 pm January 25, 2013 Permalink

    Guess they were afraid to put the “down” arrow beside Coach Cal’s Coaching. I still go sideways when I look back at the losses to both A&M and Alabama..getting very old that he continues to talk about the players not all buying in yet…ah Coach…we are almost 20 games into the year and you are just now trying to use Wiltjer as a team motivator?? That is the job of you and the staff and they have not been improving as of late at all!!



  2. tim
    6:05 pm January 25, 2013 Permalink

    I thought he was dying that was to funny (lacy)



  3. SexnNursinHomes
    6:07 pm January 25, 2013 Permalink

    1- Mike. We’ve had the best 3 years of any team in America. Jesus Christ ungrateful.

    2- That line was gold.

    Like I said last game, Wiltjer can take this team on his back. He just needs someone to get him the damn ball.



  4. yeah
    6:12 pm January 25, 2013 Permalink

    I have not seen “Good Archie”….only the out of control, can’t discern the difference between a good shot and a bad shot. So I guess I’ve only seen “Bad Archie”.



  5. BBN
    6:56 pm January 25, 2013 Permalink

    I thought the bachelor posts would be on the up trend for sure this week. Can’t wait til Monday!!!!!!!



  6. Jason
    7:09 pm January 25, 2013 Permalink

    “Good Archie” doesn’t exist. Only Bad Archie lives. Most selfish player I’ve seen since Team Turmoil. He had ONE game in which he actually played for his team this season. Can’t wait until he is gone.



  7. Ole archie
    7:28 pm January 25, 2013 Permalink

    i think the problem is at times good archie takes away from good ky. When archiemakes a difficult shot he is passing up an easy one for his teammate. Its really hurting cause ithe team can gain confidence when NOEL gets alley oops. If archie cant setup noel and cauleystein then that hurts cause noel and wcs need help being effective on offense. He needs to pass the ball now.



  8. Randy Marsh
    7:30 pm January 25, 2013 Permalink

    Hahahaha, “I’ve haven’t seen such melodrama over a cramp since I lived in an all-girls hall in college.” – Nice one TT!

    And #6 – Good Archie does exist. He is only 18, and his decision-making will improve.



  9. Randy Marsh
    7:39 pm January 25, 2013 Permalink

    #1 Mike, you are a bitter misanthrope – SexnNursinHomes has the right of it. I bet you were one of the people who called in and had something to complain about after the National Championship game



  10. twit
    9:09 pm January 25, 2013 Permalink

    @1-Mike, ‘fess up. Are you a genuine troll or just a Cal hater? I can usually spot the former, but I can’t tell about you.



  11. Mike
    9:54 pm January 25, 2013 Permalink

    10. I really am a bigtime Cal booster. There is no other coach in America that could be doing for UK what he is doing. It is a good fit for both his ego and UK’s needs. However, in my most humble, he is not reaching this team like he should be for their preseason hype and #1 recruiting class. He keeps saying they are not all buying in yet, but is really targeting his frustration at Poythress like most of us are. I think he got too consumed chasing “star” rankings and all the media hype. I can’t believe that AP showed heart, passion, and the will to win at the HS level in the games Cal visited and on the tape he probably also looked at. AP has finishing capability at the rim, the body, the look but is severely challenged with dribbling,passing, and outside shooting. Was Archie Goodwin this “out of control” at the HS level? These guys have played in 18 games, a multitude of practices, and the best Cal can say is that “many of them have yet to buy in” He and his staff should have this gang playing at a much higher level than he does for this point in the season. Were all of the national pundits wrong for labeling this team as the #3 team in the country preseason? These guys have been told that UK not for everyone and that if you can’t stand the big stage or buy into team play then maybe you don’t need to come. Where was his coaching the first 15 mins. of 2nd half against Alabama? He is a great coach but for some reason is not able to reach all of these guys and get them to drink the kool aid. Yes, there are chemistry problems with this team, but they should be showing improvement at this stage and aren’t. There is a good chance we will not see the Top 25 this year or maybe even the big dance, and this is unacceptable for a #1 ranked recruiting class. I bleed blue bigtime like many of you, but I also have difficulty accepting this level of underachievement for this level of talent.



  12. RealCatsFan
    10:15 pm January 25, 2013 Permalink

    Cal has stood up and taken the blame several times this year. Maybe this hadn’t been his best coaching, and maybe these kids just need more time and more coaching than the earlier teams. I have often been critical of Cal not playing the bench enough when the team has big leads. This would give some of the role players the confidence to step up when they are needed. I think he also got caught with a couple of players who didn’t develop or left the team. Stacey Pool was a 4-star player who could have been a valuable wing player if he had developed. He could be getting major minutes this year. Cal was after Bennett and Muhammad, and didn’t get them. As much as it sucks seeing them lose, I have not given up on this team yet. How many Louisville fans were ready to give up on them after Providence laid the smackdown on them last year? Anything can happen! Let’s try to enjoy the ride.

    Also, another awesome post, Tyler!



  13. Goodfella
    12:55 pm January 26, 2013 Permalink

    Coach Grant should have treated Lacey like Coach Knight, er Cal did when that gust of wind knocked Harrow down. Went all Joe Pesci on him.