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Late Saturday night notes

Today was the day that we all witnessed the apparent return of the real Terrence Jones to the court for Kentucky, as he poured in 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting and flashed the all-around game that makes him the player he is. Obviously it remains to be seen whether this was really his coming back out party and he’ll spend the rest of the season playing like the All-American he was projected to be, or whether it’s just a blip on the radar and he’ll revert to being the player that has frustrated us for much of the season. For today, though, we got the performance that we’ve been waiting for from Jones and can’t be anything but optimistic about his outlook, and the possibility moving forward for the team to reach its potential with him at full bore.

Now we’ll hit a few notes before I tuck you all in for the night…

–There are a few negatives to nitpick from what was mostly a solid performance from Kentucky this afternoon, but the one that this bullet point will focus on is offensive rebounding. Kentucky was outrebounded 32-27 overall on the day, but that margin was mainly created by South Carolina holding a 16-6 advantage on the offensive glass. The Cats hit five more field goals than USC, but took a full 15 fewer shots because they allowed the Cocks to pull down entirely too many offensive boards. For as good a defensive team as Kentucky is, in order to get the most out of their defensive capabilities they can’t allow teams to post similar offensive rebounding margins – and the second chance points that come with them – in the future. It’s all a part of the growing and toughening process that this team will have to go through in conference play, but it’s something they’ll have to shore up against good teams, which South Carolina most certainly is not, if they want to compete for a national championship.

–There were a couple of other big performances in Lexington this evening, as UK commits Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress put on a show for their teams against some local competition. We’ll have a little more from their trip tomorrow, but for now just know that they both went ham at Lexington Catholic. Goodwin posted 37 points and 12 boards in his team’s overtime loss to the host school, while Poythress went off for 42 points and 6 rebounds in a win over Lafayette. Those guys can flat out play, and after tonight I think everyone is looking forward to them doing full-time work in Lexington next fall a little bit more.

–In SEC news from the day, there were a couple of surprises in the first weekend of conference play, the most unexpected of which was Florida dropping their SEC opener to Tennessee 67-56 in Knoxville. The game is as much a feather in the cap of Tennessee as it is an indictment of Florida as the Final Four contender people believed they could be before the season. The Gators haven’t beaten a team that’s currently ranked in the top 25 this season and have lost two inexplicable games to Rutgers and the Vols in the last two weeks. They are explosive, but flawed, and don’t look much like the challenger to Kentucky that they were pegged to be before the year. We’ll see if they get together. In another surprise, Mississippi State lost to Arkansas by 10 in Fayetteville and at least for the day doesn’t look anything like the team that’s been on the rise for the past few weeks. In more expected results, Vanderbilt beat Auburn by 30, LSU beat Ole Miss and Alabama bested Georgia in the conference opener for each.

–Louisville. Yikes. I don’t know if it’s worse that they lost to an awful Notre Dame team as a double-digit favorite, that it took them until the second overtime to break 60 points, that they failed repeatedly in potentially game ending situations on both ends, or that Rick Pitino shed his tie down the stretch in favor of the Porcini after hours look. Whichever it is, Louisville has lost three out of four, including two straight at home, and is in full on free-fall mode. I feel sorry for them, really I do. Ok. No I don’t.

–The only team to have a worse Saturday than the Cards? It had to be my Cincinnati Bengals, who got flat out run over in Houston. After looking ready to go into the half at no worse than a 10-10 tie, they fell victim to this and never recovered. The future is bright for the Bengals, but the present feels pretty awful. On the NFC side, the Saints overcame some early troubles against Detroit and currently hold a 17-point lead in the Superdome.

That’ll do it for the evening. I’ll be around in the morning to guide you through your Sunday, so until then, sleep tight.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

40 Comments for Late Saturday night notes

  1. Poop Tooth
    11:16 pm January 7, 2012 Permalink


  2. Louserville
    11:21 pm January 7, 2012 Permalink

    Best team in the country. Point blank. Period.

  3. Doug
    11:23 pm January 7, 2012 Permalink

    He scored 22 on 9-10 according to ESPN.

  4. Bobby Buche
    11:31 pm January 7, 2012 Permalink

    Have the Cards won a game since Behanan predicted they would go undefeated?

  5. Jacob
    11:35 pm January 7, 2012 Permalink

    2 I bet behanen wishes he had those commts back haha

  6. Prince of Pikeville
    11:44 pm January 7, 2012 Permalink

    As a lifelong Bengals fan I’m mad we didnt win but after you think about it its not too bad for a team with a mostly rookie and second year players on offense who was picked to go 3-13 before the season by several “experts”

  7. dontgoanywhere
    11:45 pm January 7, 2012 Permalink

    Perfect day for me–UK wins, UL loses, and the Bungals get drubbed.

  8. RickyPRetirementTour
    12:09 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    UL is 1-3 since RickyP announced his retirement.

  9. L4B
    12:09 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Boogie just got some P.R. on SNL. Not particularly positive, but still.

  10. blitzedanddazed
    12:15 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    I am sure Eric Crawford will make Ricky Three Stacks feel better by Monday.

  11. quickyricky
    1:53 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    “Porcini’s after hours look”. Classic !

  12. Rex's mullet
    1:55 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Great post! The old vets like hunter r what make this site. Jones u need to quit slumming on these new kids that know more about pissing people off with their stupidity and ignorance than they actually know about UK basketball, the program’s storied history, or basketball/sports in general. Point blank. Period. I’m looking at u Ms. Tyler Thompson. Hate. Hate. Hate.

  13. Rex's mullet
    2:02 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Gotta give props where there due. Tyler Montel did a great job manning the controls today. Well done my man, unless u were just posting stuff that Matt wrote. Jk

  14. catcrawler
    2:22 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Uconn lost at Rutgers too, so Florida isn’t looking so bad now. We go to Knoxville in a week, won’t be an easy win.

  15. Computer Blue
    2:48 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    The future is not bright for the Bengals. They will trade anyone who stands to make a big salary.

  16. Bledsoe's Biceps
    4:49 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Terrence has had 3 solid games in a row after recovery from his injury. He didn’t score much in the two prior games, but his effort, defense and rebounding were good. Why the repeated Tipton-like comments from the KSR floggers, I mean bloggers?

  17. Calipari'sInYourEar
    5:38 am January 8, 2012 Permalink


  18. BigBlueSkyDog
    6:02 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t see Pitino going on past this year. His house of Cards has been in an incremental collapse since 2009. I see this year spiraling totally down the drain. He’s looking less like the guy who worked miracles with the Cats and more like Billy Clyde.

  19. Nassau65
    7:14 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Great to have you back TJ!
    now get the team ready for #8! let’s go!

  20. Siva's Dad
    7:28 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    The Devil coaches my son.

  21. GrumpyOldDude
    7:36 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    It was a wonderful day in NKY. Cats rolled, UL lost, UC lost at home to undermanned St. John’s and (for those of us who despise the Brown family) the Bungles got pancaked. A sweet, sweet day for this fan. Go 49er’s!!

  22. Fat UK fan
    7:59 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Jones shouldn’t be flexing his muscles and showboating like that. What a thug.

  23. gcat4496
    8:35 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    I had an awesome day yesterday. Seats in the lower level at Rupp and hung out with Cal and a bunch of players at Lex Catholic to watch Goodwin & Poythress. It was Blue Heaven. Teague played extremely well. Davis is just Davis, and T. Jones is getting back to form. And I mention that Goodwin and Poythress are extremely explosive athletes. Poythress looks like a man among boys out there, and I believe Lafayette had a few players around 6’8. He rises above the rim and dunks with power and quickness. It’s like “did he just do that.” Goodwin is explosive as well. He had several nasty dunks and is very quick of the dribble and in the open court. If we do add Muhammad this team could be preseason top 10 or top 5 again.

  24. NotTheSlickistRick
    8:45 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like the Tardinal faithful are starting to lose patience with Ricky 3 Stacks:

  25. jay
    9:06 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Did I hear right that notre dame hasn’t won in thye state of ky since 1980??

  26. Fred
    9:07 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Most of the season? How many games has Jones not shown up in? I remember IU, then he left the next game with a dislocated finger… seems like there was one or two more where he didn’t seem to show up, but the team is 15-1 so are you saying he either played poorly or was out for more than 8 games?

  27. thewwitfor8
    9:23 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Jones has only had one bad game all season. IU. After that he spent a few games recovering from an injury to his shooting hand but gave good effort and his rebounds were up.

    Didn’t Rutgers beat uconn Saturday? So maybe they aren’t terrible

    This post was mailed in.

  28. Great to be UK
    9:38 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Crawford takes a hot at Cal in his article this morning about WKU. Really wish my wife didn’t Luke their coupons so I could cancel!

  29. Great to be UK
    9:38 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    A shot at cal

  30. Sypher's in the pokey
    9:39 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    “Karma is great”

  31. MacGruber
    9:45 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Crawford and Bozo are so far up Jurich’s arse. They can’t be taken serious.

  32. Alice Stevenson
    9:49 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Jayz and Beyonce named their baby girl…Blue. Not kidding.

  33. NBA league pass
    9:53 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    26- I was thinking the exact same thing. Jones had ONE bad game (IU) in my opinion. Then got injured and played through it like a man against UL. He played hard and actually had a good game against UL with double digit boards. People need to get off his ass. He’ll be first team SEC at the end of the year, wait and see.

  34. NBA league pass
    9:55 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    27- sorry, I missed your post. I agree with you too…haha I got so mad I quit reading and posted before reading all the comments.

  35. Ben
    10:00 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    It is not just Jones! You call 3 rebounds a great game? With the exception of Kidd-Glichrist and Davis, the rest of our team is lazy and stand around too much! We have so much talent, that we can win without really putting forth the effort. This will win a lot of games in the regular season,but not a National Championship! I see why Cal is frustrated. We stand around way too much and make it easy for the other team to guard. It is time for Cal to crack down and demand effort! Jones is capable of a double double each night, anything less is nt acceptable!

  36. Will
    10:45 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    12) Veiled sexism much?

  37. Catnuts
    11:26 am January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone who knows anything about basketball knows that Terrance Jones actually had one bad game. The other games that he didn’t live up to your expectations was due to an injury on his shooting hand. Not a sore big toe, not an injury to his off hand, not a broken nose, an injury to his shooting hand. He winced every time the ball touched his hand. I think that Coach Cal and Jones himself did him a big favor and took the pressure off Jones to score by coming out and saying that he is hurt and it has affected his shooting and all they wanted from him was to rebound, get loose balls, play defense and dunk it when he got the opportunity. With the pressure to score off his shoulders, he then goes out and takes good shots and scored 20 points.

  38. Mike
    12:00 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe Miller needs to be benched for a full game to get his heart jump started. The only risk there would be that it wouldn’t bother his normally docile demeanor and attitude. He drives all of us nuts but can you immagine how Cal really feels about him??

  39. Realukfan
    12:14 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Why do so many “fans” talk bad about our players? Miller didnt have a great happens and jones had a good gamebut yet some still bring up negatives..why?

  40. Al B. Sure
    12:27 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    “…the player that has frustrated us for much of the season”???

    Really??? He had one bad game, then he had an injury and he came back still hurting. I don’t consider ONE GAME and then an injury that spanned about 3 games to be “much of the season”.