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Louisville wins, finally, 80-77

It has been a long four years for Rick Pitino and the Louisville basketball program since John Calipari took the Kentucky job.  The Cardinals were lost in the shadows of Kentucky’s success during Calipari’s first three seasons in Lexington, until this year, when they entered the year as the No. 2 team in America.  It’s Rick’s best team in his decade at Louisville and Calipari’s worst at UK, a down year after the championship run a year ago.  It was now or never for Pitino, they said, as he entered tonight’s game, his fifth attempt at beating his archnemesis.  With a veteran squad and Final Four experience in red, and Cal’s young, headache of a team in blue, this was Louisville’s time to steal one before Kentucky owns the series in 2013 and 2014.  And steal one, they did.  Louisville capitalized on the opportunity — and the officiating of Doug Shows — and won its first game in the rivalry since Billy Gillispie roamed the UK sidelines.  But Louisville didn’t impress.  The Cards eked out a victory, narrowly escaping a double-digit second half comeback from the Cats.  It’s a win in the books for Louisville but no one in Big Blue Nation is afraid of meeting the Cards again this season.  It’s quite the opposite, actually.  UK is licking its chops and praying to the Gods of March for another shot.

Kentucky owns Louisville — always has and always will.  Losses happen.  It wouldn’t be a rivalry if Kentucky won every time.  So, enjoy it, Louisville fans.  You get one.  Just this one.

Let’s talk about it…

   It was a roller coaster of emotions for Kentucky fans as their team came out of the gate on a mission, fell down big under the pressure of the road atmosphere, and then fought back in the second half to almost pull it out.  Kentucky jumped out to an 18-12 lead in the first 10 minutes and was a bounce of the ball away from sucking the air out of The Bucket on an Alex Poythress 3-pointer in the first half.  Poythress had a long ball rim out, just one possession after sinking one from deep, and Louisville went on a 10-0 run off the miss.  Had it gone down, the Cats would’ve been up nine points on the road with their foot on the gas and all the pressure on Louisville.  Instead, Louisville took a 36-28 lead into the break; stretched it to a 17-point deficit with less than 15 minutes to play; and then almost threw it all away as Kentucky weathered the storm and climbed back.  The perseverance and confidence the young Cats showed in the second half gives us hope for the future.  It’s only December, folks, and tonight’s game showed a lot of promise for a run in March.  I like Cal’s team.  He likes them too, I’m told.

  We can whine until we’re blue in the face about the poor officiating, and it was atrocious, but Kentucky can put this one on themselves after that abominable shooting performance from the stripe.  The Cats missed over half of their 23 free throw attempts for an inexcusable 47.8% from the line.  In a game decided by only three points, 11-of-23 shooting on freebies had a huge effect on the outcome.  Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress are to blame; they shot 0-for-4 and 2-for-6, respectively.  Willie, however, made up for it with his play.  Alex, on the other hand, well, we’ll get to him in a minute.

  Kentucky debuted a new starting five against Louisville with Willie Cauley-Stein filling in for Alex Poythress.  The move ended up being a good one, as Cauley-Stein played his best game as a Wildcat in a career-high 23 minutes.  The freshman from Kansas grabbed eight rebounds (his fifth time with seven or more in the last six games), scored six points and swatted three shots, but the effort he gave on every possession is what has fans proud of his performance.  Willie should expect to see a much bigger presence in the rotation in the next few games in place of Alex Poythress.  Which brings me to my next point, the disappearance of Alex Poythress…

  The storyline entering the game was Alex Poythress and which version of Alex Poythress we’d see against Louisville.  Big Blue Nation knew a win was unlikely without a big game from Alex.  Unfortunately, we got the worst outing of his career.  Alex Poythress gave Kentucky nothing, outside of a small stretch in the first half.  He completely disappeared after that.  No hustle.  No effort.  No production.  It’s like he didn’t even know a game was going on.  That lackadaisical attitude found him a spot on the bench real quick and a career-low 22 minutes of action.

It’s so disappointing to see Alex play this way when he has the potential to be Kentucky’s star player.  I don’t know what it is that keeps him from going 100% but he has to figure it out.  Kentucky can’t go far with him on the bench in the closing minutes of tight games, like we saw tonight.  He has to be a contributor.  Courage needs to start roaring.

  You can attribute Kentucky’s comeback to a lot of factors and performers, but none played a bigger role in leading the charge than Kyle Wiltjer.  When Louisville stretched it out to a 17-point lead over the dejected Wildcats, Kyle Wiltjer busted back-to-back 3-pointers and forced Rick Pitino to call a timeout.  His hot hand brought life back to the Cats when it looked like the game was over.  He’s still a liability defensively, and Cal will run him to death for not diving on that loose ball, but Wiltjer’s 14 points were crucial when no one else was producing.

  If you only went by the box score, you’d assume Archie carried the team with his game-high 22 points.  That’s not the case.  Archie wasn’t a factor until late in the game when he took advantage of a matchup with Russ Smith, who had four fouls at the time, and knocked down three 3-pointers in the final minutes.  While the scoring was great, he also threw the ball away at crucial times and cost the Cats on a lot of key possessions.  Archie continues to make me sweat bullets when he has the ball and I’ve finally accepted that’s just what he is.  He can be so good and so awful at the same time.  And I still love him for it.

  Without Ryan Harrow and Nerlens Noel, Kentucky would’ve walked out of the Yum! Center on the receiving end of an ugly beatdown.  Luckily, those two played great for 40 minutes and were the glue that held it all together.  Harrow’s performances over the last three or four games have almost made us completely forget about his hiatus from the team, and Nerlens played like the Nerlens we’ve seen all season against Louisville.  He blocked shots, contested shots, altered shots, rebounded, dunked, hustled, and everything else we could’ve asked from.  Kudos to both of those guys, especially Harrow and his zero turnovers against Pitino’s press in 39 minutes and 40 seconds.

  Peyton Siva had no less than 22 fouls.  I’m not exaggerating that at all.  Go to the tape.

  And this picture is awesome…

The Diengs do America.

  It was a good 1,455-day run but now Louisville has possession of the bragging rights again.  I guess we can do what they’ve always done and accuse them of living in the past.  “Yeah, that game was like two days ago.  Louisville fans live in the past!”  Does that work???

Go Cats.  Always.

Be proud of the way they fought tonight.


Article written by Drew Franklin

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

105 Comments for Louisville wins, finally, 80-77

  1. Joe
    8:21 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Who paid for the Diengs to fly in from Senegal? Surely they didn’t sell all of their goats.

  2. Hardin County
    8:22 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Diengs dad kind of resembles a terrorist lol

  3. 8 ain't bad
    8:29 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    My 7 year son asked me why the Louisville fans kept holding up the loser sign. I said because they are losers.

  4. Delk for 3
    8:30 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Great write up Drew. I believe you are the most knowledgeable basketball observer on this site.

  5. UKBlue
    8:31 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Those refs should be fined by the league. UL fans should be really mad they almost lost the game after being up by 17.

  6. michael burks
    8:32 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Siva and Smith both had at least ten fouls. With that said, UK wins with basic free throw shooting.

  7. Brian
    8:32 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    OK, I’ll say it. Alex Poythress has that glazed over dumb-as-a-box of rocks empty stare last seen on Roddick Rhodes.

  8. Mr. Wrestling II
    8:33 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    #1 — I heard the King of Zamunda is an avid UL basketball fan and paid for the Diengs’ flight and hotel.

  9. whysoSerious
    8:33 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    #2. In what way does he resemble a terrorist?

  10. Rae
    8:33 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Is Dieng the one that knows like 4 languages? If so, he is ok in my book. I know a girl who knows him, and she says he is an ok guy. Obviously she couldn’t root for him when he asked last year, but she says he isn’t too bad.

    Behanan on the other hand…

  11. bankshot
    8:34 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    The main reason we are not reaching our potential is because Mays is playing too many minutes. Coach and fans are on everybody but him. He should be the seventh man and getting about 18-20 minutes. Hopefully Coach will come to this realization like Harrow needing to be the point guard instead of Goodwin.

  12. kentuckyjoe
    8:34 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, you amaze me. You bag Poythress and neglect to mention the fact that Mayes got 35 minutes and produced nothing. You must have watched the game. Did he guard anyone? The box score has him for 2 assists. They were of the phantom variety as no one saw them. Until Cal puts him on the pine we’ll never be what we could be. You can’t win with 4 players.

  13. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    8:36 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Actually WCS went 0-6 from the charity stripe, violations. Harrow may be playing a whole lot better but he still is a ways away from being the PG this team needs him to be. The biggest problem is the kid is just not a leader. The other problem is getting to the rim and throwing the ball up at the rim and hoping for the best doesn’t always work so well. What happened to the lob? And what happened to Harrow’s ability to jump? Dude was going between the legs at BBM, now he’s laying the ball in off the glass and fouling Russ Smith while barely leaving the floor. Archie will never play under control but the effort that kid gives, along with Noel’s is the main reason I love watching this team. Poythress is just sad. Dude could be incredible. I still think he will be fine, or at least really hope, this team NEEDS him.

  14. michael burks
    8:37 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    UK lost due to 41% free throw shooting. What more facts need to be stated?

  15. thomas
    8:43 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    “Louisville Didn’t Press” – really poor writing as they takes away from an outstanding effort by UK. Need to thing more before you write these columns

  16. thomas
    8:44 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    ““Louisville Didn’t impress” — really poor writing as they takes away from an outstanding effort by UK. Need to thing more before you write these columns

  17. mudcreekmark
    8:50 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    12,13) Exactly the post I was talking about earlier on here. Why is Mays leading the team in minutes? He is a 5’11” two guard.He is small but he makes up for it by being slow? I don’t mind having him to come in and give Harrow of Goodwin a breather but this 3 guard lineup is not working.More minutes from Wiltjer or even Poythress might have made the difference tonight between a win and a lose. Mays gave us nothing in 35 minutes of play.

  18. bung
    8:51 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    What a joke…how could the Wildcats get 27 defensive rebounds and score only 1 fastbreak basket? how could looavul outscore us on fastbreak points 20-2 on fewer rebounds…do we not teach the fastbreak?

  19. bung
    8:57 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    No wonder there so many commercials for the walking dead…

  20. theSkinny81
    9:01 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    16 – one more time?

  21. Alex poythresucks
    9:01 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone who thinks Alex should still start is an utter and complete moron. Kid is so annoying. Should cut him from the team honestly.

  22. Pump Fake
    9:03 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Mays is the best pump faker in the nation.

  23. BigBlue
    9:04 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder what will happen if Poythress isn’t one and done… will we just cut him?

  24. Maysblows
    9:04 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Why do you always talk about how bad wiltjer’s defense is but give Mays a pass? Mays offers nothing to this team when his shot isn’t falling. If Cal insists on playing 3 guards I think he should go with polson over mays.

  25. Griff 360
    9:10 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Good game UK made strides. UofL hangs number 3 in 2013.

  26. mudcreekmark
    9:13 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    24)Mays is a bigger liability on defense than Wiltjer.Wiltjer getting 19 minutes and Mays 35 is just wrong. Wiltjer played 19 minutes and scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. According to ESPN Poythress only got 15 minutes scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. So I don’t get all the hate for Poythress but Mays gets a pass on 35 minutes 3 points on one for eight shooting.

  27. bmt22033
    9:14 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @8 – HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! The King of Zamunda! I love that movie!

  28. Cal pays more
    9:16 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t like this team? Wait until you see the team I’ve bankrolled next year!

  29. michael burks
    9:18 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    At first I didn’t take comments about Dieng’s parents seriously. However, I did some research on airline tickets to and from Africa. Tickets are between $1200-$2300. How did his parents afford this?

  30. Cal pays more
    9:20 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @ burk, I pay more than that in one recruiting visit!

  31. Bobbyperrysucks
    9:21 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    If poythress doesnt want to show up for uk vs ul then keep him on the bench! Thats where he belongs. Hats off to the rest of the team for the effort.

  32. Cal pays more
    9:23 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve researched it, you are a no-life idiot!

  33. Joe
    9:23 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @29, not only that, but good seats, lodging, transportation and probably dinner at Porcini’s.

    Red flag, NCAA. Where are you Mark Emmert?

  34. michael burks
    9:24 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @ 30

    I don’t understand your humor. UofL paid for their QB in football and clearly paid for Dieng’s parents. Cheating at UK equals unfair; cheating at UofL goes overlooked. It’s like the whole UNC and Duke thing going on at UofL.

  35. jason
    9:26 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Dieng’s parents apparently received funds for airfare via an Emery Package sent from Lexington

  36. Cal pays more
    9:26 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @34: pot calling the kettle black.

  37. kentuckyjoe
    9:27 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    mudcreekmark gets it exactly right.

  38. Joe
    9:27 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @Cal Pays More, you are an idiot. Go back to drinking your Crown Royal and searching the Cardinal Chronicle, or whatever the name of that sh*tty website that you all have.

  39. Bob Sugar
    9:27 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    UK will only lose bragging rights if they lose to Louisville in the final 4 as favorites

  40. Tony
    9:28 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Cal Pays More = UL Troll

  41. Cal pays more
    9:29 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @ burks . UofL paid for Bridgewater? See: Anthony Davis , Kidd-Gilchrist, Teague(amazing how he changed his mind,huh?)

  42. Culver
    9:30 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    If this years NBA draft wasn’t so weak, I could easily see Goodwin, Poythress, Noel, and Cauley-Stein ALL coming back next year. But this yrs draft is set to be one of the worst ever…if not the worst of all time. If they are to be drafted on “potential”…this is definitely the yr to make the jump. No doubt!

  43. michael burks
    9:31 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @ 41

    Show me proof Davis was bought. However, your football coach did cover up an attack on a player, lol.

  44. Cal pays more
    9:32 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Joe – get a life. Liar

  45. Cal pays more
    9:33 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Show me proof Bridgewater was bought fstick!

  46. Cal pays more
    9:34 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Tony= UK fag.

  47. Joe
    9:34 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @44, Oh I have a life, a very good one. I don’t have to go on an opposing team’s blog and spew lies. Again, why don’t you take your candy as* back to your commuter school? Big Brother will let you know when it is time to speak up. Otherwise, STFU

  48. michael burks
    9:34 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Watching UofL call UK cheaters, is well, funny.

    They covered up the Sypher incident for years.

    They are currently covering up an attack on a former football player.

    The UofL program has no standards when it comes to right and wrong. Even with cheating, they have no chance of a basketball national title and in football, lol.

  49. Tracy
    9:35 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    This just in, both Pitino and Strong are lying, cheating scoundrels. Nice ethics at Loserville.

  50. Cal pays more
    9:36 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    “The Shame of Kentucky”

  51. Cal pays more
    9:38 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @ mburks , you are the one who started launching accusations that are totally baseless!

  52. michael burks
    9:39 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @ 50

    “The Shame of Kentucky” is the fact that UofL, a Kentucky college just covered up an attack and harassment of a former football player.

  53. Cal pays more
    9:40 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Joe, any day , any time, any place. Sissy !

  54. Cal pays more
    9:41 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Grasping for straws aren’t we mburks?

  55. Cal pays more
    9:47 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    One more thing…I do have a line beard and like to fondle little boys.

  56. Cal pays more
    9:48 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    And I am a 12 year old, pimply faced momma’s boy.

  57. michael burks
    9:49 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @ 54

    No grasping. I am curious why the NCAA has allowed UofL to commit numerous NCAA violations.

    A cover up of an attack

    A cover up of a sex scandal

  58. Cal pays more
    9:50 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @55, nice try , poser!

  59. KevinGrevey35
    9:50 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    What is up with Poythress?? He constantly has this “who farted” look on his face when things dont go his way…memo to AP…this isnt high school ball. Other than that it was a great comeback but to no avail…I say we split with the Gators…and share the regular season title.

  60. Cal pays more
    9:51 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @58 nice try, poser!

  61. michael burks
    9:52 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @ 60

    I agree. You are jobless, live in your mom’s basement and you are currently wearing a wife beater which makes the claim UofL has “four” National Titles.

  62. Joe
    9:52 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @53, be careful before you get the “L” slapped off your forehead.

  63. Cal pays more
    9:53 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Mburks , you are an idiot! The Sypher issue was a crime this psycho commited against Pitino. He was the victim of EXTORTION! She is serving time in jail where all psychos like her belong!

  64. Cal pays more
    9:55 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Actually mburks I probably have more money in my pocket than you would make in a year raising corn in Woodford Co.

  65. michael burks
    9:56 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @ 63

    Pitino did not commit a crime, lol. I never said that. However, Arkansas fired their coach for lying about sex. Pitino got a raise for doing the same. He clearly lied, like always.

    Your football coach covered up an attack on a former player.

    Going back to Pitino, he’s had numerous player trouble, like Jennings and Jerry Smith being beaten by police due to being drunk in public.

    A coach is supposed to be a man of values and morals. Pitino and UofL has none.

  66. Cal pays more
    9:56 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Joe, with one arm behind my back!

  67. Cal pays more
    9:59 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Morals? You have a history of corruption in bogh programs, i.e. Fran Curci, Eddie Sutton. Watch out, here comes another drunk basketball coach !

  68. Reality check
    10:00 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    63, Yeah, I’m sure she forced him to bang her on that 4-top at Porchini’s. The guy is married, has kids and has a history of cheating on his wife. Very classy! Even those inbreds at Arkansas had the sense to get rid of Bobby P when he was caught having an affair with some skank. But no, UL ignores a coach who knocks some whore up, pays for an abortion and acts like nothing ever happened. You guys are f’in pathetic.

  69. bluekz
    10:01 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Damn, don’t reward the Louisville trolls with attention. The comments usually aren’t even clever enough to be insulting.

  70. Cal pays more
    10:01 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Mburks , the proof is in the UK pudding(or cowshit)

  71. Cal pays more
    10:01 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Did I mention I liked to fondle little boys?

  72. Wah Wah
    10:01 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Any truth to the rumor that the Brooklyn Nets are pursuing Pitino? Cal has already shot them down.

  73. Cal pays more
    10:02 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @68, is that why MOST of the UK fans I spoke with wanted Petrino?

  74. michael burks
    10:02 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @ 67

    Dieng’s parents airline tickets clearly bought illegally by the UofL program

    Player trouble with Jennings, Smith, Sosa and Character

    Cover up of lies when dealing with Sypher

    Current cover up of beating a player

    The good thing about UofL is the fact UK will win another basketball title before they do. As for football, UofL will NEVER win a National Title.

    I rest my case with you, Cal pays. You have lost the debate.

  75. Cal pays more
    10:03 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I forgot about Billy “I need an escort ” Gillespie. The town drunk!

  76. Cal pays more
    10:04 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    You said it right , Cal Pays ! LOSER!

  77. Reality check
    10:06 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    68, You’re full of shit. Most Louisville fans I spoke to wanted Jery Sandusky to replace Strong if he had left for TN. I’m sure he would be your choice, as well.

  78. Cal pays more
    10:07 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Mburks : Curci: probation. Sutton: probation. YOU Lose!

  79. Cal pays more
    10:08 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I REALLY like to fondle little boys!

  80. Turpin
    10:10 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Dieng’s dad was just seen DRIVING a cab in downtown Louisville. I guess Pitino got him a job.

  81. Cal pays more
    10:13 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    @79 nice try again, imposter! You need to come out of the closet unread of using my name.

  82. Cal pays more
    10:14 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Turpin that was Joker Phillips .

  83. Cal pays more
    10:15 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    81, quit using my name. I have to go now to Chuckee Cheese and look for some little boys.

  84. Huh?
    10:16 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    What does this boxscore mean when it says that Kentucky received two technical fouls? I thought they only had one.

  85. bellcofan
    10:17 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Amen #11.

  86. Cal pays more
    10:17 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    83 you are a low life UK loser! Bye all toothless nation!

  87. O crap
    10:18 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t let the Card fans get to you folks. We won four straight before today and none of the players were born the last time they won a title. This will be their last win for a few more years.

  88. Shelbyjoe
    10:19 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Why do we so often these players r just kids?
    Alex will b fine. He’s just thinking too much instead of simply playing. He’ll be a beast soon …. Just wait.

  89. Cal pays more
    10:19 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    86, I’m asking one last time to please quit using my name. I really can’t respond any more as Chuckee Cheese closes in 10 minutes.

  90. Just Saying
    10:19 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Crean and Pitino like each other, a lot.

  91. The Voice Of Reason
    10:22 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    From ESPN game recap:

    “It finally gets the monkey off your back,” Siva said. “You can stop thinking about it now and go out and play you don’t have to get heckled by fans everywhere you go. For our fans this is like a national championship game. This feels good for them.”

    But of course, for UK fans, only national championship games are actually like national championship games.

  92. bluekz
    10:23 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Throwing around insults on KSR comment threads dulls the pain of being a UofL fan. When they just

    accept what they are they’ll find peace.

  93. Cal pays more
    10:28 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    92, you’re right. I am a UL fan, live in my mother’s basement, am pond scum and like it up the ars! And I’m okay with that.

  94. bellcofan
    10:34 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    I think Poythress is playing out of position. Because of Mays playing time Poythress has to play the 4 while he needs to be playing the 3 with Archie the 2. He feels more comfortable away from the goal. Anyone out of position will look bad like say putting Noels at the point.

  95. Jimmy D
    10:39 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Really Drew? Poythress has to figure it out? Is he the one who brings on the hype and the unreal expectations? Is he the one managing the SHOW? NO! Drew, did you ever even play ball? Were you ever even important enough to any team to have to figure out your own psyche? I doubt it. Lay off the kid…….it will come to him,with or without John’s help. He doesn’t abandon players as you do.

  96. UK Cat Fan
    10:43 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    What is up with all of this crap. Rick brought UK back to power. I hate the fact that he went to UL but it is great beating him. He is a great coach and he will always be little brother. So little brother gets a bone once in awhile. If Louisville goes to the final, it is good for the state of Kentucky. I am tired of North Carolina teams. It is good for our state to kick a$$.

  97. UK Cat Fan
    10:44 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Oh for the people that say i am not a real UK fan, kiss my a$$ ahead of time.

  98. Cats 8 cards 2
    11:16 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Just curious and looked it up. Apparently diengs house parents he lived with when he came to America for hs paid for the trip. It was a Christmas present they have been saving for him since he went to Louisville and they got it cleared by the NCAA to allow diengs parents watch him play for the first time. I think they may have been confused though, since they can’t speak English and Kentucky didn’t win.

  99. BigLotsDrew
    11:18 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink


    After you get out of the Turfland Mall, Don’t forget to pickup your BROOM and head over to the YUM Center.
    You have some serious SWEEPING to do.

  100. LoganBleedsBlue
    11:35 pm December 29, 2012 Permalink

    Im hoping the bball gods give us a 4 seed in Louisville’s bracket come march. The refs were the worst idiotic excuse for foul or should I say no foul callers I have ever seen in my entire life. When has a push or stiff arm ever been considered defense. But come march I do like our chances of stripping those birds of all they got.

  101. Marine 1
    5:20 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Were are the scholarships for next years class coming from? Whose going to transfer? Does anyone see a 1 and done with this bunch? This is catching up with us now. There are no NBA players on this team!!!!! Who paid the refs?

  102. Bledsoe's Biceps
    6:34 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    101) – Even if none go to the NBA (which is not going to happen), there are still 5-6 scholarships easily available next year Two players graduate and there are 4 walk-ons whose scholarships can be ended.

  103. bort
    9:09 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Quit busting on Julius Mays. Do you people understand basketball? He has been in a shooting slump, but at least the shots he is taking are GOOD shots. He is not forcing stuff up like Goodwin and Poythress. That’s b/c he is a senior. And his defense is very good. Mays will not be a first round NBA pick, but he is a “glue guy” that makes very few mistakes. I would rather have him pump-fake a lot than take ill-advised shots (I wish Goodwin would pump-fake more and pass the ball). Our biggest problem in this game was Goodwin’s out of control play. His stat line is misleading. He scored a ton of points AFTER Russ Smith, Siva, and Dieng got their 4th fouls, which made his drives to the basket uncontested. I can’t believe he only had 5 turnovers. His shot selection in the first 80% of the game was terrible. Does this kid EVER pass the ball? The good news is that I think Cal found his lineup. Putting WCS in with Noel gives Ky. a great defensive team. We got in trouble in the 1st half when WCS got was benched with his 2nd foul. I would like to see the triple-towers, with Wiltjer in the game, and playing more inside-out than pick and roll at the top.

  104. WorldWide Wes
    3:43 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    I paid for Dieng’s parents to fly here. It wasn’t nearly as expensive as paying for the Anthony Davis clan at the entire NCAA tournament locations last year! But– I had some extra money because Shabazz Muhammed declined my cash offer last year. Paying for all the rooms for Kidd-Gilchrist’s family was expensive too! Glad we won’t go far in the NCAA this year! If we do,Lebron will help with the room bills.

  105. eric childers
    1:06 pm December 31, 2012 Permalink

    that was the deings they kept showing during the game?i that it was eddie murphy’s parents from the movie “coming to america” you mean to tell me the ul cards cant even put c list celebrites in the yum center.