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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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The 2012-13 season is winding down, and just like in 1989 and 2009, the Kentucky Wildcats will struggle to make the NCAA Tournament. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Another Victory: The latest bracketology projections have Kentucky as a 9 seed vs. VCU in Dayton, and if that weren’t foreboding enough for Big Blue Nation, then UK’s 3rd round matchup is sure to be. If Kentucky somehow shocks VCU (unlikely, considering the Rams made the Final 4 in 2011), then they would next square off against the Indiana Hoosiers. As every Kentucky fan is well aware, the Cats have not beaten the Hoosiers in Dayton since 1975. This is a staggering streak that spans nearly half a century, which means Kentucky would not feel good about its chances going up against the practically undefeated Hoosiers, who have only lost thrice this year. To be fair, IU pretty much has UK’s number no matter where they play, as the boys in crimson and cream sport a sparkling .429 winning percentage against the Cats. Not too shabby, huh? If these projections hold true, then get your popcorn boxes ready.

*Ain’t No Half-Steppin’: The rosters for the Jordan Brand Classic game were announced this week, and 5 future Kentucky Wildcats will participate. Uh-oh. Bad news for the Cats. Since John Calipari was hired in 2009, 18 future Wildcats have been selected to play in this game. However, of those 18, a mere 6 went on to win a national championship. Next season, of course, Kentucky is expected to field a “dream team,” and everyone from message board posters to other people, probably, are guaranteeing that the Cats will cut down the nets in April of 2014. But with only 6 of 18 UK JBC game participants achieving this goal, this means that Kentucky only has a 33% chance of winning it all. You have to not like those odds.

*Word To The Mother (Land): Going in to the game against Florida, UK had reeled off 5 straight wins. This does not bode well for Kentucky. As evidenced by the 1996, 2003 and 2012 Cats, a team does not want to enter the NCAA Tournament on a long winning streak. The 2003 “SuffoCats” did just that, and promptly got waxed by Tom Crean and Marquette in the Elite 8. Conversely, the 1996 and 2003 UK squads shrewdly dropped a game in the SEC Tournament, and both went on to win the title. And if this weren’t a bad enough omen, the Cats lost to Florida this week. This does not bode well for Kentucky. The 1996 and 2012 UK teams swept the Gators, and they both won it all. However, several other UK squads have lost to Florida, and ultimately fallen short of the big prize. Will the same thing happen this year? I’m no fortune teller, but yes.

* On this date: On this date in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, the defending champion was a team other than Louisville.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

35 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. Seriously
    12:05 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Can we stop with the Not Jerry Tipton segement. It’s just not funny.



  2. Mass Confusion
    12:06 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    I think it’s a shame Tyler Thompson left out the the NCAA mock selection was made up of “media members” like Matt Jones. It was just to show how the process works and has no real bearing on if UK will be in or out of the tourney. Anything for hits, right Tyler?



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      12:10 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

      2 – Considering that’s where Matt’s been the past two days, we’ve referenced it several times on the blog, and the fact that there’s the word “MOCK” in there, I thought that was understood.



  3. gomer
    12:14 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    why is this damned tipton allowed on here?



  4. TN Cat
    12:15 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Everybody should just enjoy what’s left of this season and let everything play out. Going to be lots of competition in practice next year that will make each player better.



  5. Really
    12:17 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Why Does this person love putting this On ksr.always Neg Stuff .this is all BS Just Saying



  6. GoCats77
    12:20 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Is it Big Daddy Kane’s birthday or something?



  7. GoCats2
    12:21 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Mrs. Tyler, I havent been on this site in 2 days and I understood what Mock committee meant. I really do not think any writer does anything for “hits”, i think posts are put up that the writers think some people might find interesting or funny. Its really not that hard #2. If there is a post you dont like or dont agree with, try skipping it and going on to the next one.



  8. hmm
    12:21 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    “Conversely, the 1996 and 2003 UK squads shrewdly dropped a game in the SEC Tournament, and both went on to win the title.”

    Think that’s supposed to be ’96 and ’12.. not ’03

    and 6… it’s called sarcasm.



  9. GoCats2
    12:23 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    By the way, the on this date is absolute Gold.



  10. Dusten
    12:25 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    This is a lot funnier when we are championship bound and our best players aren’t injured.



  11. Mass Confusion
    12:30 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    3. The “MOCK” selection could have been by the ACTUAL selection committee, which would carry a lot more weight on our prospects of getting in the tourney. I don’t keep up with Matt to know where he’s been the last two days. Seems you did a lot of assuming for your readers. Oh I forgot your articles are supposed to be ridiculous, right?



  12. rick
    12:35 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    If its not who you lost to but who you have beaten then how does the cards get in, they beat # 25 Marq. and thats it and Marq. is not ranked now. They have lost to sev. teams that are ranked but beaten none in the top 25 today.



  13. Mass Confusion
    12:41 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    8. If you don’t think that a big reason Matt is doing UK radio etc isn’t because of the hits this website generates you are certainly delusional. It may not have started out that way but is certainly true today. Maybe you should try using your own advice. If there is a comment you don’t agree with, trying skipping it and going on to the next.



  14. Cat Fan in Georgia
    12:45 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    C’mon 12 – how long have you been a college basketball fan? When has the ACTUAL committee ever done any mock selection, or made any comment about anything prior to Selection Sunday? Answer…never.



  15. Mass Confusion
    12:55 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    15. When has the NCAA brought in members of the media, held a mock selection with said media members, then have the results of who’s in and out released? Answer…never



  16. Cat Fan in Georgia
    12:59 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    16 – Incorrect. They have done it at least once previously – Rick Bozich (now of WDRB-TV in Louisville) participated several years ago and wrote about it in his columns in the Louisville Courier-Journal. Bozich references that in a column that he posted on wdrb.com on February 12.



  17. Ron Wagers
    1:06 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    What jerry not telling is Ind has never beaten Ky in Dayton. & that Ky has betten IU 100% in Dayton,& since that defeat in Dayton Ky has own Ind!!!



  18. Matt
    1:17 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    16. That is true but those kind of Mock selections (with the media members doing it) happen all the time and mean absolutely nothing. The fact that ksr has been making such a big deal about Matt being there for this one and that it is being called the “NCAA mock selection committee” had me thinking that it was the real committee doing it to show the media how the process works. Just because it has never happened before doesn’t mean it never will. The committee has been talking alot about being more transparent to dispel some of the conspiracy theories for a couple of years now.

    The fact that a bunch of biased media members got together and did a mock draft is no more important than Flener’s bachelor posts but somehow has been mentioned multiple times in the past few days.



  19. catfandan
    1:24 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    NJT. Is at it again. Great effort. On this date is classic.* On this date: On this date in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, the defending champion was a team other than Louisville.

    I love it.



  20. Mass Confusion
    1:32 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry guys…I am a MASS IDIOT



  21. Mass Confusion
    1:38 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    16. You obviously missed the point. What were the results of the mock selection Bozich attended in Indy? I bet you don’t know. Those mock committees where made to show how the selection process works and never intended to carry any weight on who’s actually in and out, as suggested by Tyler Thompsons earlier post.



  22. Boogie
    1:47 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    22 I think you obviously missed something, seeing as though you are talking to comment 16, yet you are comment 16.



  23. Stevie Johnson
    1:50 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    22 – why so serious? So you hated the mock selection blog, get over it. Move on with your life. It’s not a big deal. This site is a blog, written by bloggers. You’re acting like this is CNN or USA Today and you were fed false information.



  24. Mass Confusion
    1:52 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Boogie you must be new here. Comments are deleted from this site frequently



  25. Cat Fan In Georgia
    1:54 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    22- I don’t recall the results of the mock selection that Bozich participated in, although I guess I could find out if I wanted to. I do recall that Bozich and the other media members were guided through the process by NCAA staff and that they used all of the tools that the actual committee has available to them. So while this mock selection carries no weight whatsoever it is at least somewhat informative as to what might happen in March. I think that’s what TT was saying.



  26. JC
    1:57 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Mass Confusion is dumb. By a lot. I’m sure they complain all the time about everything. You should not be allowed to be on this site. I hope you can’t breed.



  27. Boogie
    2:05 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    24 I am not new here, been here for years. And I also know that nothing was deleted where your comment is comment 19 referenced your comment at 16 correctly.



  28. Mass Confusion
    2:09 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    I need help. Can someone please help me get a life…one that isn’t full of bitterness and anger?



  29. Duhhh Stuff
    2:30 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    #2 Mass Confusion….. not really, just your confusion. If there is a just a shred of doubt, don’t post.



  30. Mass Confusion
    3:28 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    24. follow your own advice. you hated my comment, move on with your life. it’s not that serious
    26. providing the last four in and out would be appreciated if you can.



  31. Cat Fan in Georgia
    3:40 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    31 – I did a little looking and the only way that I can find to get the results of Bozich and company’s mock draft would be to pay the Courier-Journal to access their archives. Not important enough for me to do that.



  32. Tom Blevins
    7:05 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    No jerry tipton was a good idea that is starting to were out. It shoud be retired efore it is overused, a threshold that it is rapidly appraching.



  33. ONE EYE
    8:25 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    This is way better when KY is doing good. Funny stuff 🙂



  34. jim tom
    8:38 am February 16, 2013 Permalink

    18**do you know what year we beat iu in dayton? i don’t remember us playing them in dayton. thanks