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Let’s Remember The Good Times

 

With Julius Randle’s commitment Wednesday, BBN has officially buried the 2012-2013 season and adopted “On To The Next One” as the motto until Big Blue Madness (211 days left). Personally, I don’t want to dwell on this season’s disappointments- it was bad enough living through them- so here’s a pleasant trip down memory lane of each player’s best moment of the season:

 

Julius Mays

 

 

With College GameDay in town, Julius Mays wasn’t about to let Missouri steal Kentucky’s thunder. His mom’s only son scored eight points in overtime (including four free throws during the last 33 seconds) and scored 21 out of his 24 points after halftime to lead the Cats to an overtime victory. More importantly, Mays was clutch in the crunch, pulling down the defensive rebound that sent the game to overtime after hitting a three and two free throws in the last few minutes. Mays finished with 24 points (including four 3-pointers), 6 rebounds, and 3 assists to earn himself the Werther’s Player of the Game.

 

Alex Poythress

20 points and 8 rebounds against Duke- yeah, that’s NICE. But these four dunks- even better.

 

 

Jarrod Polson

 

 

Teenage girls across the Commonwealth went wild when Jarrod Polson entered the game against Maryland. The rest of BBN? A little confused, a little concerned. By the end of the game, however, we were all Beliebers (get it? Jarrod Polson looks like Justin Bieber joke? No? Okay). With ten points, Polson surpassed his previous scoring TOTAL in his Kentucky career by three and showed enough heart to get him a leading role in Hoosiers by making the hustle plays. The defining moment of his game came with 7.7 seconds left and the Cats up by a mere one point, as Polson stepped to the line and iced the free throws for a 72-69 lead. As Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said, “We weren’t thinking about him. Then he was the key to the whole game.” His play earned him the front picture on ESPN’s college basketball and the slang term “Marylanding:” “to succeed as an underdog in a high pressure situation despite being from Wilmore; see also, Jarrod Polson vs Maryland in the Barclays Center, playing in front of Jay-Z.”

 

Nerlens Noel

There were so many good games to choose from, and Nerlens’ heart and hustle will be the story of this season. However, Noel’s crowning moment came against Ole Miss, where he accumulated 12 blocks total, setting a UK single-game record (including the below rejection of Murphy Holloway). Even more impressive? Noel got his last five blocks while playing with four fouls. It was and still is mind-boggling. Damn, I miss him.

 

 

Archie Goodwin

 

The only bright spot of THAT game, amirite?

 

Ryan Harrow

 

After sitting the bench to start the Tennessee game, Ryan Harrow met with Coach Cal to ask for his starting job back against Vandy. Cal granted his request, and Harrow delivered, scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists with 0 turnovers in a 74-70 win. Harrow told reporters, “I feel like I grew up a little bit,” and Cats fans thrilled at seeing the potential in the young man with the motivational posters on his walls.

 

Kyle Wiltjer

 

The Ole Miss storyline was already fun, with Marshall Henderson, the Cats needing a road win against a ranked opponent, and the sold out arena. What viewers didm;t necessarily expect was Kyle Wiltjer stepping up for the Cats to score 26 points on 10-19 shooting (5-12 three pointers). The Big YMCA had his three goggles on, to put it mildly.

 

Willie Cauley-Stein

 

In the Senior Day rematch against Florida, Willie didn’t score the most points, pull down the most rebounds, or dish out the most assists. In fact, he only had six points, the lowest of the starting five. However, his 8 rebounds and 4 blocks were crucial in the Cats’ battle- and at a time when the freshman big man was already playing with four fouls, he took a charge, scored a free throw, and grabbed a decisive rebound with 53 seconds left to help Goodwin and Mays seal the game for the Cats. In a game where he and his teammates had to “swim like heck,” Willie manned the life boat.

 

I won’t say that I’m going to miss this past season, because that would be a lie and my mom would troll me in the comments section. But hey, when it was fun, it was REALLY fun.

 

@KristenGeilKSR

Article written by Kristen Geil

45 Comments for Let’s Remember The Good Times



  1. Section133
    7:04 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    The Honda dealers pop up is annoying. Lose it.



  2. Syrin
    7:07 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Watching that reminds you of how far Poythress and WIltjer regressed.



  3. chris
    7:10 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    No doubt, what the hell happened to Poythress? Those are some dirty dunks, and that stuff just disappeared mid-season.



  4. VickieD
    7:11 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    How can you even dwell on any of this when the world is ending? There is a nightmare final four of Louisville, Indiana, Kansas and Ohio St. shaping up. Aaaaaaarghhhh,



  5. BBN
    7:14 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    I still blame Calipari for what happened this season. He badly misjudged Ryan Harrow to run the offense and the contribution Poythress would make to the team. He also missed out on too many recruits. You need a strong bench to push the 7-8 man rotation to perform and to fill in for unexpected incidents such as injuries. Cal gets paid too much to overlook such a fundamental aspect of coaching. The entire result of this season is 100% Cal’s fault.



  6. Truth
    7:18 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Kristen….sorry but the BAD times outnumbered the good times. Self is a better coach….Cal is a better recruiter. At least Self not afraid to show a little emotion on the court. Cal wanted to play psycho babble and softball and it blew up on him.



  7. KY Realist
    7:21 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Cal has 4 first round picks this year according to Draftexpress.com. Cal still could not beat Bobby Morris in the NIT. Yet, all off season hillbilly after hillbilly on this site will talk about how it is over and uk is going to bring home 9. Cal and Wes will bring in a bunch of NBA ringers. All the current players will go pro or transfer and UK will be in the same boat as they were this year. Roll it out there Cal needs 6 pros plus experience to win big. Not going to happen next year.



  8. Wow
    7:25 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    @7. I highly doubt a lot of these players leave. I think we will have 9-10 players next year battling for minutes. Uk will be good next year. Don’t act like they won’t be



  9. Mike
    7:27 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    This past season is totally on Cal. He picked these duds and was clueless to find a way to coach them. Hopefully, we will know in next few days if Poythress and Harrow out of here. Also hoping that Wiltjer transfers with the way he flamed out at end of year.



  10. 1st post ever
    7:32 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    I bleed blue….but I am already tired of reading about this years team. I can’t imagine being a writer for this site and having to rehash information about this particular group.



  11. UK Student
    7:32 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle will likely announce transfer plans in the next 10 days. Also, Harrow will look to transfer close to hope and will seek an NCAA waiver to play right away. His anxiety issues will what he uses to lobby his case.



  12. UK Student
    7:34 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Home not hope, lol.



  13. Linda Taylor
    7:34 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    I really loved watching Nerlens play. Is there an update on how well his recovery is progressing? He’s one of the finest young men we ever had the good fortune to call one of our own.



  14. stevem
    7:44 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    can we please put this miserable year behind us? surely ksr has something to write about whether tthey know facts or not



  15. Big J
    7:46 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Let the jealous haters hate on us. Fact is we will be very good again next year. Loaded with talent: size speed depth & some tough kids. Every team has a bad year from time to time because of numerous variables. It just happens. They can talk and hope all they want but I guess we just have to wait and see who is right.



  16. Aaron
    7:48 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    There weren’t any good times … even the win against Florida felt like we squeaked one out. It never felt fun.



  17. Ridge Runner
    7:49 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Cal [email protected] his pants this year with this team. Bottom line.



  18. BlueRedNeck
    7:50 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll still never figure out how any pro scout in their right mind would want to draft Alex or Archie in the first round. There are at least two dozen other college basketball players that showed way more than they did this year. Hell, there are probably five of them in the damned SEC!



  19. UKBlue
    8:08 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Why in the world would we want to remember this season. Coaches can only do so much no matter who they are, they can’t play the games, they have to have willing participants & these kids didn’t get it; Cal isn’t a freaking magician or fortune teller. Cal warned us even during All Access, these kids weren’t tough & he had to figure out how this team was going to play together. Cal tried, but he knew especially towards the end of the season he was just spinning his wheels, these kids weren’t going to get it.



  20. UKBlue
    8:11 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    #18 because this year draft is a horrible draft, and they have to pick someone. Everyone on UL team should jump because this might be their best & only chance to go to the NBA. If this year draft was last year, Kyle Kuric from last year UL team could have gotten drafted.



  21. NKY_UK_fan
    8:17 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    So, when does Wiggins announce?



  22. Jim
    8:20 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    All I know is that Florida (from the weak SEC) is putting a beat down on Minnesota (from the best conference). LOL, the Big 10 is overrated. Indiana and Ohio State should have lost today. And the Big East isn’t that great either.



  23. Lil c
    8:20 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    “Why you gotta keep bringing up old sh#t?” < Chris Tucker



  24. DruDown
    8:23 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Ole Miss will lose tonight. Also, Puke will fall to Creighton.



  25. Mr. Hanky
    8:24 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    You know, there is NO bigger fan of UK than me….but it’s about time we put this past season to rest…Put that puppy in the rear view mirror and just go on. forget about it, slide it off to the side…bury it! I would rather hear what the baseball Cats or the women’s basketball team ate for breakfast than rehash this year…..The future is bright and no need to put leftovers on the table when we have a Porterhouse steak ready to cook.

    @ #7 Your just a tad jealous that your ugly sister has a “REAL” boyfriend now and you left still trying to donate to a sperm bank they they keep refusing you.

    Mike,if this depresses you so much go take your other aunt to that friendly get=to=gether and see if you can pimp her out there instead of Family reunions.

    16 EXACTLY we squeeked them out….This team never bought into anything Cal said, thus I wish some of them would stay, but if they’re going to be a pain in the azz, they can all just move on to whatever they wish!



  26. Bigcat4453
    8:29 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    This meat head announcer just said that Tubby helped recruit the unforgettables. No he didn’t. I wished these announcers were required to do their homework!



  27. Maxbps8
    8:29 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Despite the lack of focus and effort at times, still love this team. And looking forward to their growth from FR to Soph!



  28. Josh
    8:34 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Who was that guy wearing the Poythress jersey in that first video? I remember watching that game and thinking, wow in two months this team will be disgusting; now watching that video just frustrates me. I was literally mad after watching it. I just don’t understand how he went from that monster to a non-factor for the rest of the season.



  29. Linda Taylor
    8:34 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Can you believe the CBS commentators claimed the 1990-91 Pitino Staff that contained Pitino, Tubby, Billy D, and Herb Sendek RECRUITED The Unforgetables?



  30. NKY_UK_fan
    8:36 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    That point guard from Florida Gulf Coast is awesome. Play after play after play.



  31. Bigcat4453
    8:38 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, I hate to say it, but Eddie actaully brought in those players.



  32. Bigcat4453
    8:38 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    #30 He’s a got a motor that runs in over drive, doesn’t he?



  33. Lil c
    8:45 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    #32. Yeah, Florida GC gets a good little point guard like that, and we(UK) get Harrow. Lol. Smh



  34. Linda Taylor
    8:50 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    How can you not love these FGCU players. They are playing with so much heart.



  35. Al's IndiCats
    8:59 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    34, Linda Thanks for the explination of the women’s seating in a prior post…..My best friend is a SDSU fan (UCLA, LAKERS, USC, USF, and when he lived in Indy was an IU fan and is now “again”)I’ve been busting his arse since I knew they were going to meet, he finally text me he did 18 holes of golf today, I told him I was watching HORRIBLE basketball if I was a SADSU fan today…..he won’t answer his phone now DAMN ha ha ha ha



  36. WKYblue
    9:00 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    This week coach Cal is supposed to have a sit down with each player and determine who will leave and who will return. What is every bodies opinion on this? I polled 4 friends and got the same answer from 3 of the 4. IMO there are a couple of players that should enjoy there last year of college basketball actually playing. They can still tell their children they were part of a NCAA Championship team. I would love to see them transfer to WKU. Ray Harper is one of the best coaches in the country just ask Rex Chapman about that. He’s put it on Twitter several times.



  37. Jbcruser
    9:22 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    This is a ridiculous story line and waste of time… Just give it up about this team and especially overhyping Mays.



  38. Mr Hankey
    9:25 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t wait till this basketball season and tourney is over so we can all move on. I still can’t believe that Coach Cal could do such a poor job with his players. No one seemed to get better as the year went on but actually they all seemed to get worse. It seemed like the other coaches could make the right adjustments and coach couldn’t. A lot of people on here can’t understand why we didn’t use a zone D more. The full coaching staff was overpaid this year.



  39. Ryan Harrows Flu Bug
    9:30 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Holy CRAP! Poythress was freakin nasty in that Puke game. I had forgotten how he dominated in that game early in the season. Ya gotta wonder who flipped his off button….



  40. Steady
    9:44 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Julius Mays for president…of ksr.



  41. HackRichards
    9:47 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    That Duke game was soooooo long ago I had forgotten about Poytress…..What the hell happened to him after that?



  42. The original Mr. Hanky
    10:30 pm March 24, 2013 Permalink

    Damn 38, if your going to take my name, how ’bout taking my morgage, my child support, an my Alimony to both my ex-wives, might as well thrown in the cost of my mistress! Dude, you want…You got! Troll!!!!!!!



  43. mike
    3:41 am March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Seeing those dunks by poythress really kills me the thought of how freaking awsome he couldve been but vhoose to be silent amd shy on the court not demanding the ball like he should have no doubt he has jusy as much if not more talent then anyone on the team but just choose not to use it maybe it was the enviorment of playing at uk the standards and what not he shouldve known but dang what could have been right?



  44. mike
    3:43 am March 25, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry about typos touchscreen phone .



  45. ROBERT MORRIS
    7:18 am March 25, 2013 Permalink

    WHERE are the NIT highlites?????????????????