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Michael Jeffrey Jordan’s Sunday News and Views

I don’t know if you’ve heard anything at all about this, but tomorrow is Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday. Oh, you’ve been hearing about it on ESPN’s slate of 5-6 shows that essentially debate the same topics in different formats all week? Yeah, me too. Between the big birthday and the ongoing debate and banter about who is better: LeBron, MJ, Kobe or Muggsy Bogues… Jordan’s name has been in the news a lot this week. Jordan may be 50 years old, but word on the street is that he’s still “got it.” We learned yesterday that Jordan apparently recently beat NBA Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in a game of 1-on-1.

We could honor Michael Jeffrey Jordan by talking about the championships, the “flu game,” the fact that he overcame being cut from his high school basketball team, the Hanes commercials, or his baseball career. All of those things are fine, and even admirable and worthy of discussion. I’d rather talk about his greatest achievement, at least in my eyes: Space Jam. The combination of cartoon characters and real people in movies usually works as well as the Kobe/Dwight Howard combination. Somehow though, Space Jam found a way to make it work. The music was great. The Monstars were great. Bill Murray proclaiming, “I don’t play defense” was good. Bugs Bunny really showed his acting chops, breaking his mold in his Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook” type of performance. But for me the greatest moment in the entire movie, and one of my favorite moments in any movie period–is when the little aliens “steal the talent” from the NBA stars mid-game. If you can watch those scenes without at least chuckling slightly, you probably also hate puppies and national championships.

(Fast forward to the 40 second mark for a great Patrick Ewing free throw attempt)


And now on to the news and views from the day that we are all probably a little tired of talking about…

—– I’ve tried to think of a creative way to say it. Maybe even a clever way to say it, or an interesting new spin to put on the whole thing. When it comes right down to it though, to use John Calipari’s words, Kentucky got “womped on” by Tennessee 88-58. We’ve been dissecting the game since the conclusion here on KSR. Some things are worth repeating and rehashing, while others aren’t. I’ll take you through a few quotes, stats and thoughts from the game.

—– Kentucky suffered its 8th loss of the season to move to 17-8 overall (8-4 in SEC play). Tennessee on the other hand improved to 14-10 overall, with a 6-6 mark in league play. More importantly, Kentucky is 0-1 in the Post-Nerlens portion of the season. In the final 7-8 minutes of the Florida game on Tuesday night after watching their beloved teammate and the heart beat of the team go down in traumatic fashion, the inability to mount a “response” was more than understandable. In a perfect world, you would like a team to be able to immediately respond with unbelievable heart in a moment like that. In reality, the players were likely still dealing with the shock of the situation, as well as the fear of the unknown. Today on the other hand was Kentucky’s true chance to respond to the injury of Nerlens Noel. I’ll be the first to admit that I fell into the category of people who still held out a glimmer of hope that this team could find a way to rally behind the loss of Noel. That glimmer was not completely extinguished today, but it’s simmering quickly.

—– Aside from the 30-point drubbing, the hardest part about today’s game was the lack of overall positives to be taken from it moving forward. Kentucky was destined to miss Nerlens Noel on the defensive end of the court. We knew that going in, and right from the start Tennessee put on a lay-up clinic. Perhaps the most disturbing part of the first 15 minutes of the game was Kentucky’s inability to score. Kentucky was sitting on 12 points for a large portion of the first half. Kentucky’s defense was bad, but the offense looked as disjointed as it has all season. I counted at least 10 missed lay-ups for the game. And I wasn’t even actually keeping track very closely. Every now and then I would remember that I was keeping track– and I still counted at least 10. Everyone was guilty at some point, but Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress were the two main culprits.

—– Tennessee does deserve a lot of credit for a well-played game. Tennessee looked as good as they have all season, and while a lot of that had to do with Kentucky’s play, you still have to give credit where credit is due. A lot of factors beyond Tennessee’s strong play went in to Kentucky losing to Tennessee today. Kentucky won’t win many games when the following things happen (and yes, they all happened today):

1) When Kentucky only scores 58 points

Unless you are in the Big 10, 58 points doesn’t often translate into a win.  Kentucky’s lowest point total in a win on the season was 60 points against Vanderbilt. In every other win on the season, Kentucky has scored at least 70 points.

2) When Kentucky’s opponent scores 80+ points

Kentucky’s offense could have been hitting on a nice clip today and they still would have had trouble out-pacing Tennessee’s 88 points. Tennessee did not enter this game as an offensive powerhouse. In fact, they had been averaging around 60-65 points per game in SEC play as of late. The question without Noel for this team (that was already considered Calipari’s worst defensive team since arriving at Kentucky) is can they hold even the worst of the teams in the SEC to under 70 points?

3) When your top rebounder grabs 6 rebounds

Nerlens Noel was good for 9.5 rebounds per game. Kentucky had to find a way to replace those rebounds. I’m not sure they succeeded. The top 3 rebounders in today’s game were Kyle Wiltjer (6), Jarrod Polson (4) and Jon Hood (3). You simply aren’t going to win many games when those 3 guys are your top rebounders. Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress combined for 4 rebounds. That’s not a recipe for victory.

4) When 4 of your best players on paper have little to no production

Willie Cauley-Stein, Ryan Harrow, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin combined for 13 points (on 5-19 FG shooting), 6 rebounds and 10 turnovers. Read that again. #SMDreads


—– John Calipari tried to give the team a jolt when he started the game by shaking up the starting line-up. Alex Poythress and Ryan Harrow both found themselves on the bench to start the game. Jarrod Polson got his first start as a Kentucky Wildcat. Polson was joined by Julius Mays, Archie Goodwin, Kyle Wiltjer and Willie-Cauley Stein.

—– We’ve talked about it on here all evening, but Jarrod Polson and Julius Mays have to be commended for their play. The game/the team can almost be summed up in 1 play that took place at the end of the half. Kentucky inbounded the ball with approximately 7 seconds left on the clock right before halftime. Julius Mays sprinted with the ball down the court in an attempt to get off a final shot before the buzzer. As Mays pulled up for the 3-pointer, 3 of Kentucky’s players stood and watched (2 of the players had jogged down the court). Jarrod Polson on the other hand came flying in for a put-back at the buzzer.

—– The other troubling moment that stood out from this game came near the very end. Archie Goodwin drew a technical for losing his cool after a shove from a Tennessee player. Goodwin responded by getting up off of the ground and pushing the player in the back with two hands. The frustration from Goodwin seemed more deeply seeded than just a reaction to the initial shove. The next minute or two was what bothered me the most. Calipari was shown shaking his head in disgust at the play. Julius Mays didn’t even walk in that direction. Instead, he appeared to shrug and look annoyed at the entire situation–and rightfully so. His post-game comments showed that he is frustrated by his teammates’ lack of effort. And then the cameras showed the players as they were sitting on chairs in the huddle, waiting for the verdict on the technical foul. The faces were blank and the only way to describe the mood and overall look of the group would be “defeated.”

—– Calipari has been pushing more buttons this season than perhaps he’s even had to push, trying to find something that will work for this team. He has thrown different combinations into the starting line-up. He’s sat players on the bench for large stretches of games to send a message. He’s strapped heart monitors to the players. He’s called upon former Wildcat Derek Anderson for inspirational words. He’s been nice about his team and individual players to the media. He’s been critical about his team and individual players to the media. Today he finally uttered the words about some of the players on this year’s team that we’ve all probably secretly suspected might be true for a while now– but also outwardly hoped could be overcome: “a couple of guys that are basically not real coachable.” Simple observation skills would lead one to believe that is talking about one or all of the following core group of players: Ryan Harrow, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress.

—– How many buttons are still left to press?

—– We’ve talked about it enough at this point. Let’s close the book on the 30-point blowout today in Knoxville. Unfortunately this game will go down as one of those that you can reference to any Kentucky fan, at any point in time, and they will know exactly which game you are talking about (much like the embarrassing Vanderbilt loss during the Billy G era).

And if anyone out there is still a little disgruntled about Willie Cauley-Stein’s tweets from early, allow this picture to soothe your soul:

—– It’s hard to look too far into the future after a game like today’s, but Kentucky will have a chance to rebound at home on Wednesday night against Vanderbilt. Will the Big Blue Nation continue to turn out in droves for a mid-week game for a reeling Kentucky team coming off a 30-point blowout? How will the reception be? Will the patience wear then for the home crowd? Will the crowd try to literally “will” this team to victory?

—– Tennessee’s big-time performance against Kentucky could almost be described as a “shark smelling the blood in the water” type of showing. Every team in the SEC knows Kentucky is extremely vulnerable right now following the loss of Nerlens Noel. Every team in the SEC with Kentucky left on the schedule has to feel like they can grab a win from this team right now.

—– According to Adam Zagoria, he talked to an NBA GM tonight who said that outside of Nerlens Noel, this NBA Draft is so weak. The GM went on to say that “10 guys in 2014 would go No. 1 this year.” (Wiggins, Parker, Gordon, etc).

—– A few former Kentucky Wildcats tried to give Kentucky fans a moment of happiness tonight in the NBA All-Star game festivities. Brandon Knight competed in the most boring 32 seconds of basketball the “Skills Competition.” Brandon Knight finished with the second best time for the East squad.

—– Although Eric Bledsoe did not make the finals of the Slam Dunk contest, he did create quite the stir with his second dunk of the night. Bledsoe brought down the house with a high-flying slam that was even more impressive because he’s one of the smaller guys in the contest. The dunk received 10s from the judges, tweets from the masses, and a standing ovation from LeBron James.


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

86 Comments for Michael Jeffrey Jordan’s Sunday News and Views

  1. Lil c
    11:07 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Worst dunk contest in the history of NBA dunk contest!!!!

  2. Tennesse Wildcat
    11:09 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Being a UK fan since 1975 and watching this game where I live in Tennessee, it crossed my mind a couple of times that maybe UK has had its talent stolen like on Space Jam? Either way, this was a tough pill to swallow and my ultimate idea of revenge on the orange people from the mountains would be for the Vols to win just about all of their other games and we get the opportunity to play them in the SEC semi finals and beat them. This would be the ultimate way to stop them from getting in the NCAA tourney. We are going to have to really improve to make it that far. Still not giving up on them yet.

  3. dunk contest sucks
    11:12 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    The greatest dunk contest performance is still Vince Carter. I have not been impressed since seeing Vince years ago.

  4. White Mamba
    11:16 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    The team is not very good. Reasons, poor PG play, lack of rebounding (block out assignments), poor FT shooting (mental toughness), terrible on the ball defense.

  5. LanceArmstrongsLeftNut
    11:24 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    5) we had one of the best free throw shooting games of the season…with that said the only reason that sums it all up is no heart!

  6. El Guapo
    11:29 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    The weak draft means that not only can Nerlens still go pro, but Archdiculous and the Cowardly Lion can still be first round picks. I see Harrow, who is not good enough to go NBA or Europe at this point, transferring to another school, perhaps in a lower division to play right away since he’s already burned his redshirt year. Best case, we probably get WCS and Wiltjer back to provide experience off the bench, which will be good since Cal’s class for 2014 is still one prospect away from being solid enough to win it all on their own. (Just like this class was one legitimate guard short of being able to compete.)

  7. LanceArmstrongsLeftNut
    11:29 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Hell why am I being so anal??? We won the mother trucking national championship last year…had a guy in the dunk contest and skills challenge…had 3 players in the rising star challenge…multiple first round draft picks in addition to allll the UK players in the NBA right…we have a very promising recruiting class coming in and you can tack some of our current players onto that #9 team…we’re good to go! Quit wording BBN…college ball is weak this season! Oh and nerlens was going to be #1 draft pick..hell still be a top 5….be happy!

  8. Kevin
    11:31 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    You know, I haven’t missed watching a game in about seven years, maybe longer. I get frustrated at times watching the games and enjoy yelling at my television. But most fans are like that, unless they just don’t care. I wouldn’t call it being bandwagon when somebody voices frustration. Tweeting players is stupid, I agree. But for someone to insinuate that you are bandwagon because you struggle watching your team full of four and five star players improperly play defense, make lazy careless passes, not box out, miss free throws like crazy, and on and on and on. I would be glad that fans actually care enough.

  9. Kevin
    11:34 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    We shouldn’t be this bad with the talent they have, even if they are this young. It’s not like we are playing in the Big East and have to play a top ten team every week. This is a “weak” SEC. I can simply accept that we are what we are, but I really don’t buy that. The problems our team is facing are so fundamental, the only explanation is simply lack of discipline with some of the players.

  10. Hoopla
    11:37 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    ^dead serious

  11. Kevin
    11:40 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    When WCS makes comments like he does, I don’t think he really understands what he is saying. He plays for our team, but what was his main motivation for playing for our team. To get to the NBA. I understand that and am completely fine with it. I want the best players in the country to play for us. But why do we pull for our team? It’s not to watch future NBA players, it’s to watch our University of Kentucky team that we have watched since we were 6 years old or younger. It’s not fair to call out a fan base for being spoiled like we can be. I am upset because we play defense on a middle school level with a bunch of four and five star players. Sad part, WCS is one of my favorite players, and still is. I think it’s easy to get frustrated in a fan base after a loss like they had. I sure hope he was as upset as I was watching. Blah blah blah, I think I’ll do us all a favor and just shut up now.

  12. Coppertop
    11:41 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    The only way this game could have been uglier was if they were all wearing jerseys with photos of
    Joakim Noah printed on them. Is it baseball season, yet?

  13. Gus
    11:42 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    ^is it football season yet?

  14. goukats
    11:46 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    This group refuses to play defense,rebound,and play team ball.Attributes Cals prior teams all bought into.Having a young team is noy an excuse for their play.These guys plain and simple just have’nt bought in to Cals system and are a pain to watch.

  15. prettyhatemachine
    11:47 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I would say the next game is a chance for a gut-check, but this team has no guts, aside from Nerlens, Mays, and Polson. With Nerlens out, we are done. Move on to next year. Oh, and why should I care enough to follow them, when they obviously don’t care enough to give any amount of effort? WCS, you are young, son, learn from this. I like you, just learn from this. You will never win by calling out the fan base. We make you, understand? Uk has been the king of hoops for decades. Why? The fans care. Thats why.

  16. At Least Duke Lost
    12:02 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    They should do a couple Harlem Shakes to get the internal juices flowing.

  17. El Guapo
    12:02 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    What it all comes down to is that the players and the fans have two entirely different expectations. The players come to Kentucky now to go to the NBA, not because they have a particular desire to represent the Commonwealth or University of Kentucky. Most of these guys probably couldn’t have found Lexington on a map. If Calipari were running this operation at Memphis, or Syracuse, or Las Vegas, it would be the same thing; they’d go there and proudly wear “Team X” on their jerseys. Just like pro players, going where the money is. Fans? We are attached to the University of Kentucky. Many of us have fond memories of the days when kids worked their tails off for their local high school teams with hopes of playing well enough to represent their home state blue and white, and the team we cheered for was composed of guys who were proud of the jersey they wore (many of them being actually FROM Kentucky). Now, we cheer for something called “Kentucky”, but it has about as much to do with Kentucky as it does with Greenland. These kids grow up playing for mercenary prep school and AAU teams, they’re scouted on “talent” (which basically means how you look in a picture, how tall you are, and how good you are at playing AAU street ball games), and they choose colleges because they have to. Do you think these guys grew up dreaming of wearing the UK colors? No. They grow up wanting to be Lebron and Durant, and hone their skills at dunking and shooting bad jumpers and not shooting freethrows just like their TV heroes. This is the reason for the disconnect. It’s great when “we” win, but is it really “we” anymore? This is really the question we have to ask ourselves. Yes, we became winners when we hired Cal, but at what price does that come? It’s not really “we” anymore, and is college basketball as we know it going with us? When you think of college basketball, what do you think? I think guys running out on the floor behind flags spelling out the school’s name, I think Calbert Cheaney battling John Pelphrey, I think pick and roll and dead eye accurate guards like Travis Ford, and clutch free throw shooters, and big men with skills in the post like Mashburn. That is rapidly disappearing, and it’s starting to look like the NBA: glorified street ball with a rapid-fire shot clock and no strategy other than drive to the basket over and over and over again. The bottom line with regard to these tweets: if these kids want to behave like pros, and plan to be pros, and enjoy reaping the benefits of their fame (and don’t tell me there’s no benefit to being a college basketball star; I went to UK and I saw the legions of pretty little girls chasing every jersey there), then they’re going to be treated like pros. And when you involve yourself with the fans and invite their opinions in an open forum like Twitter…well, you’ll get it sometimes. Being 18 doesn’t excuse you from being responsible for what you say and do. “They’re just kids?” They’re FAMOUS kids. Kids living a life most of us would KILL to live, all while going to college for FREE including room and board and food, and they just see it as a temporary purgatory before getting to their professional heaven (which is usually the D-league). Don’t cut them slack.

  18. At Least Duke Lost
    12:05 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    18, Dang man. That’s a lot of words……..guess I’ll read them anyway. Nothing better to do. Just a bandwagon fan here reading on a blog site after a 30 point loss…….wait isn’t that a little contradictory?

  19. At Least Duke Lost
    12:13 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    18, I agree with most of it. You are right on. But there are the guys that love and embrace us. They came for the NBA, but still LOVED the school. MKG and Noel are prime examples. Most of these guys love the fans when everything is peachy, but when the ice cream hits the fan, they are attacking the “fan” instead of the person who shot out the ice cream. It’s a typical human response, when something goes wrong, point the finger somewhere else.

  20. LOL
    12:14 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    #18 You are way over thinking. Put down the felt pen, the glass of scotch, wipe your tears, hug your kids, and go to bed. Sweet Dreams, Sweet Dreams

  21. At Least Duke Lost
    12:16 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Can Noel just sit in a chair on the defensive end in the middle? I think he could still keep that block record going, and maybe still pick up a bunch of rebounds. On a positive note, and I’m serious, Noel could do some serious work on those free-throws during this recovery period.

  22. At Least Duke Lost
    12:17 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    21. I’m only on here because I watched a scary movie and can’t go to sleep without seeing some baby stealing Sinister demon.

  23. Kevin
    12:18 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    23, you are an idiot

  24. At Least Duke Lost
    12:18 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    24, your mamma

  25. El Guapo
    12:19 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    #20: it’s true, some do get it. And God bless those kids, the MKG’s and Nerlenses (Nerlensi? Nerlensae?) of the world. It’s just a total paradigm shift from teams like the 1992 team – you never forget the Unforgettables almost taking down the mighty unbeatable defending champion Blue Devils, and they certainly didn’t overwhelm with talent, but with pride in their team. This season, we are underwhelming with talent. It depresses me.

    #21: I wish I had a glass of scotch. They frown on that at work, unfortunately, but at least I can paid to do this instead sometimes…

  26. At Least Duke Lost
    12:19 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    26, Do you ever feel like you are talking to yourself.

  27. GYERO
    12:47 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    This whole season has felt like a hangover.

    The season started to early, the OOC schedule was terrible and we lost all our “Big Games”, the SEC is terrible and the games are just so damn boring to watch. This team hasn’t improved one bit since BBM and that’s on Cal. He makes 5 million a year he should be able to get sheet right.

    This team is also the most unlikeable team I have ever seen at UK. I stuck through the Tubby years and even watched every BCG game but I admit I have only watched about 6 games this year and even then I change the channel halfway through.

    I hope every player on the roster goes Pro, Transfers, or gets arrested and kicked off the team. F’ them all. Next years team may be a bit better but really who can tell? We will still start freshman and have no bench and not be able to hit a freethrow and if they do peform well or the team has success then what? The entire class will go pro leaving us with nothing for the following year and we are right back to be horrible again.

  28. EB
    1:05 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Does anyone happen to know when the NCAA Vault gets updated? It would be nice to watch some of the games from the tourney last year.

  29. JWR
    1:10 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    #29 – Spot on chap, spot on. But don’t forget, as our lord and savior Jatt Mones says these are all really good kids, we don’t know them, they do great things all the time.

    Who really gives a rat’s ass if they are saints off the court, WE KNOW THEM AS BALL PLAYERS and as BALL PLAYERS the lot of them SUCKS. They are heartless, generally dis-likable and the sooner they are gone the better. WE DO NOT CARE HOW THEY ARE OFF THE COURT, JATT MONES. Please get that through that thick head of yours.

  30. tubby
    1:11 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    bledsoe would be a senior this year…

  31. ur mom
    1:19 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    moderate me, matt jones puppet, but make sure u moderate the troll calling you jatt mones as well, just saying. i was takin up for u….

  32. eastcoastcat
    2:00 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    im just gonna start watchin the pro’s if this is how its gonna be

  33. Lance
    2:07 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    People nees to say what needs to be said. The haters may be right, Calipari is not a very good coach. Yes he is a great psychologist, and can get kids to play together. When these high talent players play to their talent or he can manipulate them to reach their potential then he looks like a great coach. But, if he can’t get them to playto their talent he has no idea how to coach the fundamentals of the game, which this team lacks. At this point scrap the season and let’s move on. Never speak the names Goodwin or Poythress or Harrow or Cauley-Stein again. Let’s push these waste into the books as huge disappointments (like Billy G) and hope nextyearthe kids meet their expectations.

  34. Juliet
    2:39 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    So I went back to this earlier KSR post:

    Apparently we are getting Wiggins and Randle. At least, we better. We need some kind of good news after dealing with this.

  35. iucansuckabigblue....
    3:20 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    18. I agree 100% with what you were saying.

    You can tell these players do not care one bit. They show no heart, they show now fight. AP got shoved many times with no reaction. If they don’t care why should we care. And Goodwin should be ashamed of himself. He is a disgrace. I think besides the Vandy loss. This is the worst loss I have ever seen a KENTUCKY team experience.

    For the first time ever I was embarrassed at our team. They do not deserve the right to even put the Kentucky uniform on. Besides Noel, Polson, and Mays they should have their uniforms taken. You don’t want to play for us leave.

    When I was in high school it was a disgrace to get dunked on. You would brake your arm or the guy in the air not to get scored or dunked on. This was high school….. And you don’t have any more respect for yourself or your teammates to get embarrassed by 37 points! Words can’t describe. My face has been hot all day.


  36. UKBlue
    3:34 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    We all know Cal is a great coach & recruiter, but Cal is only as good as the people he is trying to teach; Cal must have willing participants. These kids are like most kids now a days, absolutely completely clueless !! Cal tries to challenge these kids thinking they would be motivated enough to step up on their own, nothing. Cal sends hidden messages trying to motivate them, again nothing. Cal tries to sit them on the bench trying to get through to them & hoping it will motivate them, once again nothing. We have had unteachable kids over the years, but this may be the first time in UK history we’ve had so many on the same team at the same time.

  37. SadCat
    3:41 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Has any UK team ever
    been ranked as high pre season
    and sunk so low?????

  38. kingrex
    3:43 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    #18 – EXACTLY….thank you for saying it.

  39. SadCat
    3:50 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    I say half of Mac boys are busts.
    Cal has had 3 great years with no
    Mac duds.
    This year the stats or averages caught
    up with him…
    But, next year he will prove once again
    that he is above average!!!

  40. Blue Jesus
    3:55 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky had a couple guys in the dunk competition, Terrence Jones threw a pass off the backboard to champion Terrence Ross, his high school buddy.

  41. iucansuckabigblue..
    3:56 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Check the box score out…. Pathetic.

  42. tickle
    6:04 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    18/can i get your book on my kindle?

  43. rocketman
    6:21 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    44..true. it’s obvious this group isn’t close knit like cal’s previous 3 teams. but i think ryan harrow has hurt this team more than anyone else. his absence early on and lack of play making, scoring, assists, and effort have killed this team. the last 2 games he’s got 0pts, 1 assist while playing 19 minutes against uf, and today fouls out in only 18 minutes.

  44. KYStout
    6:59 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Teams have put together some real clunkers this year besides Kentucky. Kansas scored 18 points against TCU and got ran off the court to a team that had never sniffed a conference win. NC and Duke have both gotten destroyed this season…those are all teams with more experience than Kentucky even with Noel.

    But tbh I think there is a couple of cancers on this team that will not allow them to progress, and I’m afraid even next years class may not be enough to wash them away. Unfortunately one of them appears to be our (former) starting pg and the other is probably who we all think it is. I nearly expected a Frank Martin type response from Cal last night.

  45. R. Smith
    7:03 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    looks like Bledsoe is getting shit right in the NBA now

  46. Licamo katz
    7:14 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    As Cal says, UK is not for everyone. A great disservice was done to AG, AP and RH when they were recruited here. Cal shold have known that their lack of talent, lack of heart and focus would not go over well. Now he sys that they are uncoachable, heck they are who they are and that will not change. In fact they have all regressed, whos fault is that?

  47. KYStout
    7:27 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    #18 – I think you’re getting a little ahead of yourself there – but I do think you make a good argument.

    Until this year I do believe the kids took a great deal of personal pride in being Kentucky players…whether they got here with it or not I don’t know but they certainly had it long before they left here for the NBA…and those kids all still speak longingly of Kentucky. They come back and visit, they come back to school…they are #lafamilia through and through, they are part of the program for life.

    Do you think Nerlins Noel won’t be a part of this program for the rest of his life?

    Listen, in the last three years we went to an Elite Eight, a Final Four and then Won the NCAA Championship and hung banner #8. The system was working…until this year.

  48. Catalog
    7:27 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    I can not believe, with all that talent we are going to the f’ing NIT. Even without Noel we still have more talent.
    Depressing, and embarrassing. Really, the NIT?? Horrible

  49. KYStout
    7:31 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    In other words, what we have here is a chemistry issue folks…and it happens. It’s happening in a big way right before our very eyes.

  50. NBA First Round
    7:51 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens, Willie, Alex and Archie are all top 20 picks,

  51. playersfan
    8:13 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Very telling when Willie tweats about the fans after the game, in which he, a 7ft pushover was outrebounded by a former walkon guard, who also outrebouned the “beast not” Poythress. We are approaching March and these guys don’t care, have no pride, they are coasting which may be what they have done their whole life. If they had any pride they would have been in the gym after the game, instead of tweeting.
    I do think the state of refering is a disgrace, not that it lost the game or had any effect on the outcome. If Arhie had not pushed the guy in the back, he would have gotten away with his second foul, after the first. The referees were going to ignore it, then to penalize someone for striking back, is stupid. Things have certainly changed, and a lot of players are going to get hurt. In the old days, if you got hit in the face with an elbow, when sticking your face where it didn’t belong, there was a foul on you face, the elbow shot free throws, and the face got stiches and learned not to do that. A person shooting a layup was protected, before, during, and after the shot, it was a foul if you touched him while he was unable to protect himself. A blocked shot was when you blocked the ball without touching the shooter before or after the block shot. Now you can cut a guys throat after the shot, with no call. It sure skews stats when you change the rules, and don’t change the rulebook. These idiot announcers that say let them play, we don’t want to see a free throw contest, I want to see some skill, not Shaq running over somebody. Once they foul out a time or two, they will learn to play without fouling, then we will have a game of basketball, same goes for palming the ball, and tne no foul if it doesn’t affect the game? Who is smart enough to know what is going to happen when a guy is knocked down, and his team is playing 4 against 5. Refs after 60 years still do not know what is charging and what is blocking, does the rule book say you have to fall down to get a charging call, in real life you do.

  52. Bottom Line
    8:25 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    This team sucks. The blog should switch to 100% football.

  53. Steve
    8:27 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Anybody remember the blue-white game this year when Archie had a wide open Julius 25 ft ahead of him for a layup and instead of passing the ball, took the ball himself for a dunk! Cal stops the scrimmage and walks on the court and publicly calls Goodwin out for his selfishness in front of 10,000 people. Unfortunately, instead of a life lesson it was the harbinger of things to come.

  54. jsyukfan
    8:32 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Besides Polson, Mayes and Wilcher NO ONE on this team knows what it means to wear UK. Calipari it’s a UK first program not players first. That’s what these guys play like.

  55. Han
    8:32 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    What WCS said in his first tweet was dead right, and you know he said it because he, and his teammates, were getting slammed on twitter by a bunch of idiots with nothing better to do than curse and threaten and put down a bunch of 19 and 20 year olds.

    Anyone who thinks he was out of line apparently hasn’t looked at any of the message boards and seen the way some of our “fans” talk about our players.

  56. Han
    8:44 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    36) 17-8. That’s the record of UNC, coached by Roy Williams. He has how many rings? And he doesn’t even have the excuse of all his starters leaving because the team won a title like Cal does.

    We won a championship last year. Cal got a couple knuckleheads who just aren’t ready to carry a team like most of his freshmen here have been. Alex doesn’t have enough fire (much like Wiltjer a lot of the time), and Goodwin has too much ego, not enough shooting skill. Both these guys would be great 3-4 year players at any other program, but they came here because everyone told them they’re one-and-done. Freshmen Lamb and Jones on this team would be doing a lot better because they had a better sense of ego and teamwork than Cal has managed to get out of Alex and Archie so far. So yes, I don’t think Cal’s the best coach in the country on the court (though coaching includes recruiting, and he’s tops at that, let’s not forget), but why everyone suddenly throws in with the haters after a single bad season is beyond me. Next year, with a bunch of freshmen, we’ll probably be insanely good. 2 years ago, we expected 10-12 losses, hoped for the Sweet 16, but Knight, Harrelson and Miller got hot and suddenly people don’t expect an off year when we lost 7 of our top 8? Really? And people accuse WCS of being an ingrate.

  57. Adam
    8:44 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    #62 you are so correct some people think their going out their and loosing on purpose or something its not like they are wanting to lose its just not coming together like they wanted i am a true blue fan i got faith till the end!!!

  58. BigBluSoTtru
    8:46 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Last i checked the crazy nba drafters are saying the Cats, still have three possible nba(lottery) picks! Their are teams ranked in the top ten that don’t have probally one first rounder ie; Cards. So is Rick overacheiving? Face it the Cats were border line making it even with Nerlens. This just shows Cal, can’t win at a high level without the best amassed amount of players. So next year when he has a stock pile of the best. It will be back too Cal , is the best coach in all basketball. No coaching a team that’s just average like this one he can’t do it!

  59. Junior
    8:47 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    @33: right on man…I couldn’t agree more!
    @57 + 58: totally agree with both your comments…..

  60. Big Blue Buddy
    8:48 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Our win over Maryland looks bigger today after they beat #2 Duke.

  61. BigBluSoTtru
    8:55 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    @63 but why everyone suddenly throws in with the haters after a single bad season is beyond me. Next year, with a bunch of freshmen, we’ll probably be insanely good.

    Point being next year he has nothing but top 10 nba first rounders, The Harrison twins are supposedly can’t miss nba players to go along with the others , so bottom line they will be insanely good and it is not because Cal, developed these guys. Ready made to win. Unlike these players this year, never heard a players coach say i just can’t coach these guys.

  62. Ridge Runner
    9:00 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Coach, you hang in there bud! These kinda years can and will happen. The right mix doesn’t gel, some won’t listen, but you have worked hard trying to make something happen. Thank you for that and many of us will be here behind you and if waiting for next year before we can see a change is what’s going to happen…so be it.

  63. Ridge Runner
    9:03 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Han, you tried logic and reason. That is not something a few want to hear. Hang in there, bud.

  64. bung
    9:08 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    it’s always good to have the best 5 in-state kids on the roster just in case…

  65. WildcatDMD
    9:19 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Im surprised that none of the commentators for the dunk contest made mention that all of the west players were from schools in Kentucky!

  66. Brian
    9:36 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    What chemistry we did have this season was created by Noel im affraid. This team just doesnt know what to do now. But thats ok guys…we cant always have an unbeatable team. I love the cats…period. Next year, between carryovers and new faces, will likely be different.

  67. bung
    9:39 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    I agree…we are left with no choice but to start wiltjer, polson, mays, hood, and prob willie and poythress sharing time…

  68. bung
    9:41 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    uhh…the comment I agreed with got deleted…atsokay, I will find another one to agree with…

  69. Kevin
    9:42 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    We are the Los Angeles Lakers of college basketball. Plenty of “talent”, just no results. This year is strange

  70. Grevey1975
    9:43 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Harrow, Goodwin and Poythress have no heart. They will never “get it”. I would rather watch a homegrown kid that has passion and heart and knows what it means to wear the Kentucky uniform than the pathetic, selfish play of those three.

  71. niaps
    9:46 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    My comment is awaiting moderation? What have I said that is so horrible, or what a lot of others are thinking. Cal has tried everything he can to kick start these guys and they just will not listen or react. I love UK sports but this group has quitters on it and that is not acceptable to our standards. They either prove everybody wrong by listening and playing as they are told or they sit, simple as that. Moderate all you want but truth is hard sometimes.

  72. bcat
    9:47 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    I blame the new Coal Lodge! You can’t play with coal dust in your lungs!

  73. GD&Aonme
    9:58 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Genius can’t sit the cancers because that would be a bad signal to the incoming 5 stars. They expect — and I suspect have been promised — they will start at all costs. How else would they be able to show their skills to the Next Level? It’s about the players, not the team, the fans or the school. Mostly, it’s about Cal the NBA Draft Wizard.

  74. UKAlum
    9:59 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    36 also played in the day of floor slapping, vicious cuts and pulling the ball out of the peach basket after every play. Things aren’t like when you played 3rd Team JV, times change, players change, get on the bus or go home.

  75. mike
    10:01 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Wonder if Coach Cal still “likes his team” now?

  76. KYStout
    10:01 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Moderators, can you please leave the numbering sequence in place when you delete comments? Is that possible? Yes? No?

    If you can, then we can see who the fool was that got their comment deleted but more importantly, we can follow along when someone replies to a specific post #.

  77. Cat Fan in Georgia
    10:04 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    We caught a little bit of a break yesterday. I just saw on Yahoo sports that CBS bagged our game with 15 minutes to go and most of the nation was put out of its misery by being switched to Marquette-Pitt. Assume CBS stayed with our game in KY, IN, TN, etc? I didn’t get a chance to watch the game here, but followed on my phone (for a while, at least).

  78. Can't judge a cat by its cover
    10:11 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    As many of you have already said, Cal plays a risk game by recruiting the best freshman in the country. In the past 2-3 years the risk has paid off well. This year Cal put all his money on Goodwin, Poythress and a over hyped Ryan Harrow. We can trash these guys until the cows come home but the reality of this basketball season is that those three guys are not as good as Cal and many other recruiters thought they were. No to little production from the guys with the highest expectations (except Nerlens) makes for a long and disappointing season. Thanks Jarrod, Kyle and Julius for bringing heart yesterday.

  79. Ikeeveready
    10:14 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Aside from Joey Dorsey and Chris Douglas-Roberts, name 1 big time/big game player other than a lead guard from Cal’s time at Memphis.

    He got Jorts & Deandre drafted, TJ motivated, and brought Darius along to be the confident player he needed. We went Elite 8, Final 4, #8 and played every “bad mismatch”, “gimmick offense”, hard nosed defense and rival along the way. Everything we complain about we said about these teams, just not as severely.

    Yeah, Cal and his staff can’t coach.

    The consistent thing in the past has been GUARD PLAY. Cal missed on their guards. They watch them play, they visit them occasionally, they talk/text/twitter. They don’t live with them. They look at tape and talk to coaches. I’m sure Archie and Alex had terrible reviews from their coaches and guarantee none of them coached as hard in practice as Cal does. Playing in Clarksville, TN and Jonesboro, AR is not the same as playing in Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Atlanta or any other big city. Selection of AAU competition can be manipulated as well. So we missed, so what.

    Every guard in the last 3 seasons has changed their game and bought in . . .till now.

    It was bound to happen some time.

  80. Apologist
    10:26 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    #8 – please stop talking Bout last year. #8 was awesome, but what happened last year means nothing for this season. And please tell me you’re joking that you’re okay because we suck but will have high draft picks? Listening to this era apologist UK fans is like being in a bad dream. Get you’re Kentucky back, for Pete sakes.

  81. Ikeeveready
    10:28 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    I also liked Clark Kellogg’s take on Noel. Coming from a guy who was a fantastic player who lived the nightmare of multiple knee issues his opinion is more than valid. ACL is not just 6-8 months and you’re back to full speed. It’s 12-18 months before you are truly game shape and ready to compete at the highest level. If he’s not ready, do that at UK and develop that offense.

    Can anyone truly say that an offensively improved, full strength Nerlens wouldn’t be #1 in next years draft? Not to mention 3 semesters from finishing a degree.

  82. Michael Jordan
    10:33 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Of all the awesome compilation clips of my greatness on YouTube, you picked Spacejam? What a shame that is how you remember me.

  83. KYStout
    10:48 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    sorry I was a little confused with my last comment but that was because I was born with both male and female parts.

  84. Seriously
    11:54 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Too many words

  85. James K
    12:57 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    #80 is spot on. I have noticed that in this team as well. Growing up in a culture of basketball like the ones they have in Chicago, New York, etc., does a lot to instill toughess and basketball intelligence into a player. We have a lot of rural, never-been-challenged guys on our team. Alex never had to guard anybody in high school, never had to develop a fall away jumper, never had to dribble on the break against athletic defenders. He’s likely the most athletic player in the history of the area. He looks completely dumbfounded against other athletic players, and I am not sure how Cal is going to break him of that.

    Archie is just not a versatile basketball player right now. People have talked about how we missed on Shabazz — I honestly think that might’ve been worse. I am rooting for this team, but you are kidding yourself if you think this group is anything other than miserable to watch. All the wise UK fans told the skeptics that things would play out the way they have the last three years, but this is proof that anything can happen. Cal has gotten slightly lucky on assembling groups that work well together.

    There’s a glaring lack of basketball IQ and with-the-ball skills on this team, and that won’t be overcome. I feel like I could write 10,000 words about this team.