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New Year’s Eve eve Friday night notes

December 31st, 2011. A date which will live in infamy glory. An epic night of celebration lies ahead as we are prepared to view the spectacle to ring in the New Year: Your University of Kentucky Wildcats take on the University of Louisville Cardinals in Rupp Arena.

Here’s your last Friday Night Notes of 2011. Read up then get to bed early. We have a big day ahead of us.

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— A pattern in this UK-UL series since 1997 has been Louisville wins two straight and Kentucky wins three. The Cats are currently on a two-game winning streak in the series. If the Number God’s are just, this one will surely go the Cats way.

— Tony Greene, Jamie Luckie and Michael Stephens were announced yesterday as the referee crew. In more number crunching fashion: The guys over at Statsheet.com have a massive database of goodies, and part of it is official’s stats. I’ll save you the legwork and just say with this crew, history suggests we will see about 18 fouls called on Louisville and 16 fouls called on Kentucky. But the tension in this one will probably create a few extra whistles.

— Louisville lost to Georgetown on Wednesday. The last time the Cardinals lost a game prior to facing Kentucky was in 2008 against UNLV. The Cardinals followed up and beat the Cats on January 4, 2009 in Louisville by three. Kentucky’s starters for that game? Michael Porter, Jodie Meeks, Kevin Galloway, Patrick Patterson and Perry Stevenson. That seems like a lifetime ago.

— You may remember the Cardinals lost in the Belk Bowl to North Carolina State. Then they lost to Georgetown. How about we really ruin little brother’s weekend with another one? Throw ya L’s up!

— In other news, Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated writes a rather strange paragraph, saying Kentucky is “headed for a comedown” in 2012, and “it will be the worst team Calipari has had since he came (here) from Memphis.” This is referring to the 2012-13 season, but it’s hard to imagine if/when Calipari lands Shabazz, Kentucky will be that bad.

— Larry Vaught writes that Lamar had plenty of kind words for the Cats after Wednesday’s game. Coach Pat Knight said Kentucky is “the real deal” and “don’t have a weakness.” While two Lamar guards both agreed Kentucky is better and more athletic than two opponents the team faced earlier in the season, Louisville and Ohio State.

The Cats opened as a 12.5-point favorite over the Cards. That’s a pretty big spread right there. It will surely go down before tipoff, but it’s a good indication of Vegas’ thoughts – which is rarely ever far off on their predictions – on the winner of this one.

A few quick hitters:

— The Media guide lists Darius Miller as a probable starter over Terrence Jones, so keep an eye on that.

— On New Year’s Eve, Kentucky is 12-4 all-time, and 2-1 against the Cardinals. Louisville is 3-6 on New Year’s Eve all-time.

— This is the first time in series history the two teams have met both ranked in the Top-5.

— This is only the second road game the Cardinals will play this season. The only other time they’ve left the Yum Center is traveling to Indianapolis to play Butler.

Sleep well, Big Blue Nation. Tomorrow we conquer the Cardinals.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

31 Comments for New Year’s Eve eve Friday night notes



  1. It's Loserville, not louisville
    11:16 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    I hate Loserville



  2. quickyricky
    11:17 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    . I’m in greensboro, Georgia. Need to know where BBN hangs out in area. I know Atlanta UK alumni association has to know where I can go to see my cats. #pointblankperiod



  3. beat louisville
    11:36 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    i think people said what Seth Davis is saying about next season about LAST season. just because on paper there is something to be “nervous” about, doesn’t mean we can’t have a successful team. people called last years team cal’s worst ever up until the SEC tournament, I just don’t think that criticism is a cause for concern



  4. Lovelease
    11:46 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Seth gotta be neg about something
    I think seths next artical will be his worst ever and he will catch the clap



  5. blitzedanddazed
    11:53 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Seth Davis —– Who cares?



  6. Snoop
    12:11 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    Seth Davis can eat a big fat d!ck.



  7. It's Loserville, not louisville
    12:21 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    I’m a little worried about next year’s team as well, but only from an experience standpoint, not from a talent standpoint. Our veterans next year will be Jon Hood, Marquis Teague (if he doesn’t go PRO), Kyle Wiltjer, Twany Beckham and Jared Polson. Ryan Harrow can’t be considered experienced, because he’s never played a game for UK yet. I think for certain we’ll lose Jones, Lamb, Davis and Gilchrist to the NBA. We replace those guys with Poythress, Cauley and Goodwin. If (and I emphasize on the word IF) we get Shabazz, we’ll be OK. Without Shabazz, I’m a little worried, because who’s going to be our “Gilchrist” on next year’s team? We need Mohammed in the worst of ways. Bottom line, if the 4 I named go PRO, Coach Cal will be coaching his weakest team at UK in terms of experience.



  8. mores
    12:32 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll worry more about next year’s team when that time comes, but I don’t think we’ll be real good when it does arrive. We will lose a lot: Miller, Jones, Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist are all almost certain to go, and Teague will likely join them. Our recruiting class, though solid, isn’t as loaded as our last 3, thanks to the relative lack of talent in the class as a whole. There are no top-end potential-laden superstars in the class the way we’ve seen in the past. Shabazz is awesome and will be a great player, but he really projects as a slightly more athletic James Harden–not the Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, John Wall kind of talent you usually see at least a few of in every class. Considering that in light of the success we’ve had the last two years and are likely to have this year, I find myself agreeing with Davis. If you’re writing a column that is lightheartedly forecasting the new year, is the sentence “Kentucky will still be good, but it will be the worst team Calipari has had since he came there from Memphis” really something to get your panties in a wad over?



  9. Scottie
    12:35 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    The line is down to UK -9.5 on sportsbook.com, which is getting closer to me feeling comfortable putting money on the Cats



  10. Korean Tacos
    12:58 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    I have to work during the game. Does anyone archive them?



  11. CosmicWrangler
    1:23 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    We lose tomorrow but win out. This game is setting up to be one of those shitty games. Everybody talkin smack, THEN BAM!!!!!! we get thumped. and then win out! We should win by 15, we’ll be lucky to win by 3.



  12. cats11
    1:30 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    11. Wrong. We win tomorrow, more than likely won’t win out.



  13. tennessee wildcat
    2:56 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    #10, I would recommend checking in at the cats illustrated web site (kentucky.rivals.com) and under the Rupps Rafters message board section, toward the top, there is a long set of posts titled BlueWorldOrder that will likely have the downloadable file for the game. This Blueworldorder guy has provided downloadable games from a long way back that are available in the listing under Rupps Rafters. Since the game is on CBS, unless you can DVR or record it via DVD/VHS, that might be your other option. I hope this helps. Go Big Blue!!!



  14. CardFan
    3:45 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    Hey your right, the Cards have only played one road game. But you Cat fans waving that around like a flag always fail to mention that UK has only played one road game as well, Indiana. Don’t bring up your trip to Madison Square Garden like it was a road trip, a neutral game site is nothing like playing on the road. Heck UK only plays about 3 or 4 actual road games all year since most places in the SEC (hello Tennessee) end up with the crowd being dominated by UK fans.



  15. GrumpyOldDude
    6:30 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    14 – That’s it, get your excuses all lined up before the beatdown.



  16. UKIreland
    6:30 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    “Gilchrist, ‘bestest’ friend ever,” Behanan said after Louisville lost to Georgetown this week. “That’s my best friend.” The two spoke as recently as this past summer.

    WOW, I speak to my ‘bestest’ friend every 2 years. They must be really close.



  17. snl1960
    6:31 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    Wish shabazz was in attendance, he would love the feeling of the rivalry.Still wish the fancam was being used, give Loooserville a loss and a pic to take home with them. (priceless photo)CATS by 8.0



  18. SexnNursinHomes
    6:43 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    4- curious. how would seth davis catch the clap from writing his own article? I gotta know this.



  19. Louisville fan
    7:36 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    I’m headed to Rupp for the game, I hope i make it out of there alive … everyone i tell that I’m going to the game keeps saying “good luck getting out of there alive”



  20. Adam
    7:42 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    Where is the Trinity High School gangsta pic, brought to us by Crown Royal???



  21. Lovelease
    7:48 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    18- just making a stupid uneducated prediction like seth
    I hate these experts. Oh unc is thr best, they loss, oh uk is the best, they lose, oh osu is the best, they loss ect ect ect



  22. SexnNursinHomes
    7:50 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    21- haha, I was really wanting to know. I have few people I wanna give the clap to.



  23. LarryTheVaultedOne
    7:54 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    Why no link to my article?



  24. NotTheSlickistRick
    8:08 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    22, LMAO Sexn our authority on STD



  25. CA
    8:27 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    The point spread in the paper this morning was 13.5



  26. SexnNursinHomes
    8:41 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    24- GO CATS!!!!!!!!



  27. NotTheSlickistRick
    9:03 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    I am more nervous than a vestal virgin @ a SexnNursinHomes new years eve party. Time to beat down those filthy tardinals.
    GO CATS!



  28. NBA league pass
    9:05 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    19) as long as you’re not a dick, you should have no problem making it out of Rupp.



  29. SexnNursinHomes
    9:09 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    27- hahaha



  30. hersheyisabear
    9:45 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    I seriously can’t stop pacing the house. Very much anticipating this game! Go CATS!!!



  31. the pecker faces
    11:40 am December 31, 2011 Permalink

    27 you are on a roll. LMAO