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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 not make the NCAA Tournament. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Prayers For Rain: On Wednesday, Kentucky coach John Calipari picked up his first legitimate win as UK coach over SEC doormat Mississippi State. While his official record against the Bulldogs was 4-0 heading into this week’s contest, each of the four victories was marred by controversy, conspiracy and outright cheating. In the first UK/MSU game with Cal at the helm (February 16, 2010), State led visiting Kentucky by seven with three minutes to go. Thereafter, 11 calls went against State, none against Kentucky. UK won in overtime. So should that game really count as a UK win? (No.) Then in the 2010 SEC Tournament finals, Kentucky rallied to win again in overtime, this time with the help of a non-call (John Wall broke into the lane too early to rebound an intentionally missed free throw) in the final seconds. Poof. State not only lost the SEC Tournament title, but also failed to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Incidentally, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive also fined MSU coach Rick Stansbury $30,000 for daring to say that the league had a vested interest in the success of mighty Kentucky rather than lowly State. The following season in Rupp Arena, State again led at halftime. But a technical foul on Stansbury in the final seconds of the first half helped the Cats rally for an 85-79 victory. Finally, last year saw State lead a national championship-bound Kentucky team by 13 points at halftime. But Rodney Hood’s injury late in the first half led to the Bulldogs’ unraveling and UK rallied for a 73-64 victory. Conspiracy theorists would argue that the SEC office, officials and even the injury gods all had a hand in UK’s conquests of Mississippi State, and that Calipari didn’t have an asterisk-free win over the Bulldogs until this week. And they’d be right. (Though one could argue that the multitude of injuries and suspensions suffered by State this season means that this week’s win doesn’t really count either.)

*One Hundred Years: In last Saturday’s overtime win against Missouri, Julius Mays scored 24 points, including several key baskets down the stretch. He also provided emotional stability to a team full of untested greenhorns. This is not what John Calipari wanted to see. By relying on a transfer senior to propel the Cats past (unranked, lol) Missouri, the Cats unwittingly transformed the image of the Kentucky program from “where the nation’s best freshmen play” to that of “where journeymen seniors who plied their trade in the Horizon League play.” I’m not saying this will be crippling to Calipari’s efforts to recruit McDonald’s All-Americans to UK going forward, but don’t be surprised when it happens. The guess here is that if he had it to do all over again, Cal would revisit his decision to offer Julius Mays a scholarship.

*10.15 Saturday Night: Last Saturday, in front of the 10th biggest crowd in Rupp Arena history, UK edged (unranked, lol) Missouri in overtime. John Calipari credited UK fans for the win, and said it was the best crowd he’d ever seen. This does not bode well for Kentucky. Unless UK is allowed to play in the NCAA Tournament (or dare I say, NIT) in Rupp Arena, then a fat lot of good beating Mizzou in that venue helps. In fact, it will probably hurt. What happens the next time UK is losing on a neutral floor, or in an opposing gym? They will likely expect the fans to provide them with the emotional push required to get over the top, but the crowd won’t be there. As such, the Cats likely have a false sense of security about who they are and what they’re capable of. Nice job, BBN. Hope you’re happy.

* On this date: On this date in 2013, Kentucky was unranked.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

20 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. ike Lewellen
    12:03 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Why do you give this guy a venue?



  2. Hartline
    12:09 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    ^ Love these comments



  3. Trey
    12:15 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    THE CURE!!



  4. Trey
    12:15 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    NJT seriously has great taste in music.



  5. Matt
    12:16 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    It’s hard to believe that there are still people that take these posts seriously and get mad about them. It’s just a joke people, and most of them are pretty funny.



  6. DLN
    12:21 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    “This does not bode well for Kentucky.”

    My favorite part of these posts. It just gets me for some reason. Hilarious, golden. Never change, NotJerryTipton.



  7. Bell bruiser
    12:23 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    The triple leveled ironic comments are best. When those that get NJT pretend they don’t and complain. Then those that recognize the irony, chastise the ironic gripers regarding NJTs actual M. O. Gold.



  8. Ernie In Waddie
    12:35 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    “On this Date” seriously made me lol



  9. Not Very Smart Reader
    12:53 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Why do you give this guy a venue?
    It’s hard to believe that there are still people that take these posts seriously and get mad about them. It’s just a joke people, and most of them are pretty funny.
    LMAOROF or NOTLMAOROF



  10. beeeyah
    12:57 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    “* On this date: On this date in 2013, Kentucky was unranked.”

    The “on this date” bit isn’t even creative anymore



  11. Rockfield, KY
    1:05 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    6. I can imagine a room full of KSR readers listening to NJT read a post and eagerly awaiting “this does not bode well for Kentucky”. The room would then explode in applause.

    10. Write your own weekly column and submit it and we’ll see if it’s creative enough to get posted.



  12. fb>bb
    1:09 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Why does the Herald-Leader give RJT a venue?



  13. oldschool
    1:18 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    this is all so confusing…I don’t who to hate or who to agree with. all this sarcasm is just mucking up my black and white world! although I do have a crush on Tomlin. not like a prison bitch kind of crush. more of a gentle smack on the tushy, leading to a vigorous masturbation session later that night while listening to old Bobby Knight quotes. Ahhhh.



  14. Matt
    1:21 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    These are not funny….Stop



  15. Owesco
    1:31 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Excellent post NJT!!! Love the Cure references…one of the greatest bands (and my personal fav) from the 80’s.



  16. CPACAT
    1:38 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t believe NJT would go with The Cure instead of George Strait songs on the eve of his visit to Lexington on his farewell tour!



  17. Walden Schmidt
    1:56 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    #13, Are you really SNH ?



  18. Gap Tooth Danny
    2:03 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    It’s on the internet, must be true. Bonjour.



  19. oldschool
    2:12 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    nope. I’m oldschool. or am I not oldschool? for you to decide…maybe oldschool has been playing everyone like a fiddle all this time and isn’t really a lonely, anger little man confused about his sexuality. or maybe I’m just a random prankster using his handle, calling him out every chance I get. gotta love internet anonymity. and wombats. who doesn’t love wombats?



  20. notoldschool
    2:14 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    On this date in 1955, oldschool coined the saying “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery”, and continues to repeat the mantra due to his lack of imagination.