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Multiple Personalities: The Many Versions of The Cats

Yesterday during Cal’s meeting with the media our beloved coach was quoted saying that “UK wasnt the best version of itself against Arkansas.”. After getting outscored by ten in the second half and committing 18 turnovers I would say them not being in best form is a bit of an understatement. This team has been nothing short of puzzling all year and its true you never know which version of the Cats is going to show up game to game. The most important question going forward is which version is going to make an appearance against Georgia tonight in Athens? Who knows, but let’s take a look at the possibilities.

The Fighters: As Seen in Games against Missouri, Ole Miss and Maryland.

This is the team everybody wants to see tonight night. The team that had all six guys ready to play with a fire that has been simply dormant for several games this year. These were the big games that got this team ready to play with passion, one to kick off the year and the other two were must win games for the tournament resume. None of these wins came with ease but somehow this group found a way to come together and bring home the victory. Tonight’s game against Georgia is a must-not-lose game. The win doesn’t help us too much but a loss would crush our tournament dreams. That reason right there will hopefully be enough to get this group ready to fight like Wildcats.

The Solid Team: Witnessed against Auburn, Miss St., USC.

Then there were the games where Kentucky was supposed to win and did. Georgia is 8-8 in the SEC and have several bad losses when you look down the column. Kentucky should have no problem with the Bulldogs. Unfortunately since Nerlens went down this group is going to struggle to play “solid”. I see them either coming out and showing fight or falling into one of the groups below for the rest of this year.

The Survive and Advance Squad: Demonstrated against Vandy, LSU, @A&M.

There’s no shame in just squeaking out a victory. As they say a win is a win. In all of these games the Cats were heavily favored but just barely pulled it out. Against Vandy it took a shot clock beating goal and a big shot from Uncle Julius. Against A&M it took overtime. This group has played to their competition all year which has come back to bite them against teams like Alabama. As long as we get a win tonight I’ll be happy all that matters is moving one spot further inside the bubble.

The Close But No Cigar: Came so close against Duke and Louisville.

What I really don’t want to see happen is this team bring it and  still come up short. Those losses are especially hard to take because if the Cats could have won either of these games then there would be no NCAA tournament worries. I doubt the Cats come up short tonight but we could see this version of the team this Saturday against Florida.

The Deer In Headlights: As Seen @Tennessee, @Arkansas, @Notre Dame.

Finally we get to the team that has been labeled soft by many. The team that falls into a huge hole and shows no will to win or fight. This team can no longer afford to played scared. Hopefully this version stays away for the rest of the year. When these version takes the court its hard to see them taking down anybody.


Tonight Kentucky enters the first round of the post-season because if they lose this one every game from that point forward will be a must win. Which version of the Cats do you think is going to show up tonight? What other versions did I miss?



Article written by Andrew Cassady

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19 Comments for Multiple Personalities: The Many Versions of The Cats

  1. MN CAT
    2:08 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    I want to know which version is going to show up today.

    2:09 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t care who shows up as long as they win!

  3. Amazed
    2:13 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    How do some of the bloggers get jobs when they dont even know when the games are?

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      2:19 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

      Chill, guys. His post was scheduled for last night but I moved it to today. He knows good and well when the game is.

  4. Wake UP
    2:17 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Wake up Cassidy, the game is tonight! Wow, he really knows his Cats.

  5. bung
    2:18 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    this team wont even run when they have the numbers…and play stall ball with 10 minutes left if we have a lead…we are a half court only team…I hope we change that

  6. uk blue
    2:24 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    4. Bro spell his name right. Since you
    are going to be anal about this post. Inez Indian for life!

  7. RealCatsFan
    2:25 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    You forgot also the wounded deer in the headlights at Florida. Note that 3 of the 4 DITH games had Doug Shows officiating. #BlackBallDougShows

  8. cat47
    2:25 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    good advise mrs t but its hard to chill when you look at the mess we have got ourselves into. leaving from atl to athens in about an hour think we will have alot of cat fans in attendence and hope to put a beat down on the dogs.

  9. Ridge Runner
    2:35 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    It certainly has been the damnest, strangest, year I can recall. Weird team for sure. Still, they are my Cats & will be in Athens tonight. Go Blue!

  10. bosshogg24
    2:57 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    UK needs to run, run, run, quit stalling, quit playing Tubby ball!
    Cal needs to turn them loose let them put up 100 points, this is not a half court team! I don’t want to be put to sleep!

  11. bosshogg24
    2:59 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Arkansas got 26 more shots than UK, No team can win playing like that and doesn’t deserve to!

  12. Some Guy
    3:30 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Basshogg, this team is not disciplined enough to do that. As much as everyone would love to see it they get too out of control and turn the ball over. Arkansas got 26 more shots because Kentucky was not disciplined enough to play their game and instead played Arkansas fast pace game.

  13. Disfunctional
    3:39 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t know what you would call the 2 lackluster home losses to Baylor and A&M, but this bubble talk probably wouldnt exist if those two were wins.

  14. bosshogg24
    3:42 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Some Guy, this team plays best when it beats the other team down the floor! This team cannot set up in the half court, it has no one that can get his own shot off the dribble, not a guard let alone Kyle who is 6’10” and can’t get a shot off unless he is wide open and unguarded!

  15. RealCatsFan
    3:46 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    As usual, our guard play is going to dictate whether this is a win or a loss. Harrow, Mays and Goodwin better get used to having defenders up in their grills – the word is out that this team’s guards get rattled by tight, hacking, harassing defense. If Shows is officiating, you can bet that UGA will get to play the defense they want to play without concern for getting called for bumps, hand checks, or outright hacks. Cats better be ready for it, and bring a mean streak to give it back to them.

  16. Roland
    4:09 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    another version:
    Team, “I didn’t know you meant: TEAM, I thought you meant: team”

  17. niaps
    5:19 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    Matters not what team arrives tonight if the Cats do not beat a bad Ga. and beat them badly they do not deserve an NCAA bid. Time to quit the BS and start playing to win instead of playing not to lose. I wanna see real men out there and not scared little kids.

  18. kingrex
    6:37 pm March 7, 2013 Permalink

    I am not sure how talented these guys really are. I appreciate them picking UK and love them for it, but they are simply regular freshmen. Even Noel did not know what he was doing. And no, he is NOT ready for the NBA. This potential crap just drives me insane. They are a barely average team and insanely inconsistent. That is fine because I think this would just be too easy considering the last three years and next year’s team if this season went without a hitch. It reminds me of a Tubby team except for the fact people are not improving. Tubby was a fantastic coach. You knew he would fix things at halftime and the team would play better. The problem is that he recruited players who probably had the level of talent of most of the readers of KSR.