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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


The 2012-13 season is winding down, and just like in 1989 and 2009, the Kentucky Wildcats will struggle to not make the NCAA Tournament. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*The Hammer Going Down: After the Cats’ humiliating beatdown last Saturday, UK fans everywhere were asking the same question: “Will Kentucky ever beat Tennessee again?” The numbers suggest no. The last 2 times UK has played UT, the margins have been UK by 10 and UT by 30. If this trend continues, and it certainly appears that it will, Tennessee will beat Kentucky by 70 points and 110 points the next two times these teams face off. And to make matters worse, beleaguered former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie never lost to Tennessee besides once. Things definitely don’t look good for the Cats. No wonder former Kentucky schoolboy legend Chris Lofton spurned Kentucky for the Big Orange.

*Run From Your Memory: It was announced this week that Arkansas has already sold out its tickets for the Hogs’ March 2 showdown with the Cats. It appears Razorback fans know something that Kentucky fans probably don’t want to admit: In the 110 year history of Kentucky basketball, John Calipari has never taken a UK team into Fayetteville and won. Never. Ever. And while Cal is winless in Bud Walton Arena, everybody’s favorite scapegoat, Billy Clyde Gillispie, is undefeated in that building in UK/Arkansas games. And you know who else holds that same distinction? Former UK standout John Pelphrey. I guess this is why Louisville coach Rick Pitino lobbied for Pelphrey to get the UK job instead of Calipari. The Rickster sure does know his basketball.

*Something Changed: In UK’s historic loss to Tennessee, Jarrod Polson earned plaudits from Big Blue Nation by scoring 11 points and snaring 4 rebounds. This does not bode well for Kentucky. Before the UT game, Kentucky fans assumed that Polson would return next year to provide a stabilizing presence on yet another roster full of unseasoned and unsure freshman. However, this no longer appears to be the case. Polson had more points and rebounds than Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress, both of whom are projected to be lottery picks. And if those two are lottery picks, then Jarrod Polson should go #1 overall.

* On this date: On this date in 2012, Kentucky had one loss and was ranked #1 in the country. They would go on to lose to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

22 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. biggity
    12:06 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Pelphrey and Gillespie cannot both be undefeated in the UK/ARK game in Fayetteville. They play each other in 2009 and Pelphrey lost.

  2. Polson
    12:08 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Lol at Polson should go #1 overall. Great post NJT!

  3. Ken in Middletown
    12:12 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Why even put such garbage on this site? I suppose it’s intended to be funny, but I find it offensive. Any one else feel the same way?

  4. Gold Stuff
    12:12 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t get enough. NJT is able to sneek in weekly to the KSR website and post his report. It continues to be eye opening, with KSR being in the tank for UK, NJT has served as a balance by bringing us all back to “reality” (with a laugh). A 110 point loss to UT in two games?…. damn.

  5. This is just stupid
    12:13 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Who is letting him on here?!?!

  6. Gold Stuff
    12:14 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    #3 Ken gets pummeled in 3, 2, 1…..

  7. Jpo
    12:14 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    I’VE HAD ENOUGH HOW CAN YOU GUYS STILL LET THIS GUY POST HE IS ALWAYS SO NEGATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Omg!!!!!

  8. Duhhh Stuff
    12:16 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    I tried to Google map “Not Jerry Tipton’s” home address so I could personally give him a piece of my mind (what it is :)) and couldn’t find it….. What’s Up?

  9. NBA league pass
    12:17 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    3) maybe not offensive, but I don’t really like it. I just don’t find it very funny. If I wanted to read negative things about UK, I’d just read the real Tipton.

  10. Ken in Middletown
    12:20 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    #5 & #7 – AMEN! GO CATS!!!

  11. Gap Tooth Danny
    12:23 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    3.: no, no one else feels the same way. Except assorted noobs and those suffering from HDS (humor deficiency syndrome)

    “And if those two are lottery picks, then Jarrod Polson should go #1 overall.” That’s too close to the truth to be funny!

  12. Frew Drunklin
    12:25 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    I look forward to this post every week. Pure gold as usual!

  13. caller
    12:32 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    why in the world do they let tipton put stuff like this on here?

  14. TheNewOriginal
    1:00 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    /3. No, many have an IQ high enough to recognize that this is often the most creative post of the week.

  15. Buffalo NY
    1:07 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Pure gold! My favorite part is the very last sentence stating what UK went on to do last year!!! Great of Not Jerry to recall that SEC championship game!!

  16. Freddie Cowan
    1:40 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Great job NJT. You always put the icing on the KSR cake for me each Friday!!! Continue to be like Coach Cal and don’t pay any attention to the haters.

  17. Rockfield, KY
    1:52 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Fair and balanced reporting as always. Great job NJT.

  18. Chris Knight
    2:06 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    I appreciate you using songs from my first album for your story headings. It would be ironic only if anyone knew who I am. That makes you an uniriginal bastad. I’m headed to Waddy to get some Spanish love.

  19. Jarweed
    3:50 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    NJT is poetry .. almost as good as Carlos Toomer

  20. ukatw
    4:51 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Why do you idiots that dislike NJT so much keep reading this master at work!! Wake up and enjoy the fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. fb>bb
    4:55 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    If you don’t like a little humor, don’t waste your precious 30 seconds reading it. You waste more time complaining about the humor when so many other people enjoy it.

  22. P for Polson
    6:24 pm February 22, 2013 Permalink

    Polson rocks. Thanks Polson. The stupidity of not giving you a scholarship in the first place. Coaches get hung up on where ESPN and Rivals list players. FYI, those sites are dummies who don’t know the great players, only what they throw down each others throats. Great job Polson!