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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:

*Jesus Walks: A national newspaper recently published an article in which Kentucky coach John Calipari and Louisville coach Rick Pitino discussed the one and done rule and why they choose to take (or in Pitino’s case, not take) advantage of it. Pitino’s reasoning is that he doesn’t feel he can build a relationship with another person in just 7 short months, and that he needs much longer before he can really get to know someone. Calipari says this is just an excuse, and that hints that Pitino simply can’t land the elite recruits that only need one year of college. Whatever the merits of each coach’s argument, one thing is not debatable: Rick Pitino has had a great deal more success with his approach than Calipari has had with his. Louisville is a top 5 team headed for a possible #1 seed, whereas Kentucky is unranked and on the bubble. Not convinced that this settles the argument? OK, how about this: 80-77. I could cite additional statistics and facts, but that would only serve to belabor the point. Say what you will about each man, but their different approaches to recruiting and coaching have led to widely different outcomes, especially in the recent past.

*Monster: Last Sunday, Indiana clinched its first Big 10 regular season title in 20 years. Kentucky, meanwhile, has won 9 SEC regular season titles in the last 20 years. The reason for the stark difference? Simple: The Big 10 is hard. As IU fans on Twitter are quick to point out, the only thing that prevented a Kentucky-like run for the Hoosiers through the B1G the last 2 decades is the difficulty of the conference. While this sounds disingenuous, statistics tend to support that claim: In the last 20 years, the Big 10 has won one national championship. The SEC, meanwhile, has won 6. This speaks to just how tough the Big 10 is, as it reflects the reality of the situation, which is that by the time the NCAA Tournament rolls around, teams from the Big 10 are just too darn tired to make a deep run. Example: Indiana had a great shot to win it in 2012, but by the time they got to the Sweet 16, they were exhausted, probably from butting heads with Northwestern and Penn State earlier that season. Legends? Yes. Leaders? You betcha.

*All Falls Down: UK beat Florida last Saturday 61-57, thanks to an 11-0 run by the Cats to finish the game. This does not bode well for Kentucky. Going into this weekend’s SEC Tournament, the Cats are probably flush with confidence, thanks to upsetting the #11 Gators. However, what happens when they play a team that doesn’t miss all its shots in the last 7:36 of a game? What will UK do when their opponent doesn’t throw the ball away, or fail to get crucial defensive stops, which is what Florida did last Saturday? And to make matters worse, before Saturday’s tilt with Florida, John Calipari had to beg Cat fans to stand during the last 8 minutes of the game, which is when UK went on their run. What if Coach Cal doesn’t do that for the next game, or what if he forgets to get on the Twitter? Kentucky loses, that’s what. You heard it here first.

* On this date: On this date in 2049, Indiana will still be celebrating a December 2011 win over Kentucky.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

41 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. greg
    12:09 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I love how salty IU fans get on twitter about @notjerrytipton! Hilarious! I hope one day the true identity of @notjerrytipton turns out to be Matt Jones, or John Calipari. That would be the best!

  2. B-man
    12:09 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Hmmm…not the best NJT post in my opinion; however, I did enjoy the “On this date” remark!

  3. kevin burton
    12:11 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    so tired of this. Not funny anymore. Still don’t really get it. I know it’s a joke and fictional but why would KSR writer post negative comments about the team. Dumb!

  4. WhyRead?
    12:13 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    3 if you’re tired of it, why read it?

  5. Kanye
    12:15 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    thanks for the shout-out NJT!

  6. kevin burton
    12:16 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    4 I don’t! Holla and spit at that!

  7. curious
    12:17 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    3 Hey, are you the same kevin burton that played bball for JCHS in the early 90s?

  8. kevin burton
    12:21 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    3 yes I am! Did you play?

  9. kevin burton
    12:23 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    BBALL Captain of Jessamine in 1999.

  10. G's Unit
    12:25 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I saw this asked on another thread, but never saw an answer. Anyone know what channel the game is on tonight? I have Directv in Louisville. Thanks in advance.

  11. tom
    12:26 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, this bit has run its course. Was good in the beginning. Even hit shows have to end sometime. I’ve even grown tired of Taylor Swift singing “We’re never gonna get together again!” lol. Imagine that

  12. WhyRead?
    12:29 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    6 well then you are not too bright for commenting on it if you hate this post. Comments = successful post and continuation of NJT.

  13. curious
    12:31 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    9, I was a couple years behind you in school. You all were fun to watch your senior year when we went to the sweet 16. Hope you are doing well!

  14. Tdr76
    12:32 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Do you really think this team is going to be over confident?

  15. Rise
    12:41 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    If it’s Louisville vs. IU in the championship who do we root for? I’m rooting for a drone to hit the building. Kidding. But I would probably root for Loserville. IU fans have been much worse this year.

  16. Don't make this about politics.
    12:52 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Go check out the front page of, beautiful picture!!

  17. jmmy dykes caddy
    1:02 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    For all direct tv subscribers that seem to never know what channel the game is on, may I suggest that you show up at the local pont express office on wednesday of next week. The delievery rider will have a full report. GEEZ!

  18. jmmy dykes caddy
    1:03 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Should be Pony Express!

  19. jmmy dykes caddy
    1:04 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Ashley Judd was realy upset that she was not elected Pope…Popette!

  20. douggercats
    1:05 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Can we go ahead and get a picture of watford’s shot on Dippin’ Dots cups? That way NJT’s prediction will come true as they celebrate the victory on the ice cream of the future containers. By 2049, Dippin’ Dots will just be called “The Ice Cream”.

  21. grrrr
    1:07 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Dang this guy. I can’t stand his stuff.

  22. RahRah
    1:10 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Wave3 posted on their website that they will have the UK game tonight, whatever channel you happen to get wave 3 with your provider. Not sure what happens tomorrow, probably the same.
    Info courtesy of Blueredneck. lol

  23. Duke sucks
    1:13 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    On this day kicks ass this week. The only sad part is there is a lot of truth in it!

  24. bosshogg24
    1:13 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Get rid of this page, it is garbage! No use to be on this site!

  25. Duke sucks
    1:15 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    13) Maybe you can tell some of these people how good Polson was in high school! Most act like he was a scrub and should give his spot to Hawkins.

  26. IU Fan
    1:28 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    On this date in 2049, IU fans will be celebrating how we became the dominant basketball program in the country while UK and U of L will no longer exist because the state of Kentucky will have collapsed because it’s a welfare state full of deadbeats, thugs and losers!!
    I hope UK wins the SEC this weekend and get in our bracket so we can humiliate them again. Then I want U of L so all the UK fans will end up cheering for us!! LMFAO!!!

  27. DLN
    1:35 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    #26 You’ve got some serious problems. You, being a huge Indiana fan, think about UK’s basketball program so much that you have to post half-witted comments on a Kentucky sports weblog. That just SCREAMS pride (read: jealousy).

    The funny thing is, IU will probably print your comment on a t-shirt and give it away as a commemorative keepsake.

  28. IU Fan
    1:36 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’m so ignorant! I had to post my previous comment to make myself feel better. This basement is so depressing sometimes!

  29. jb
    1:37 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    How do people still not get this? The whole point is to make fun of the real Jerry Tipton, who writes for the Lexington Herald Leader. He is notorious for writing stories with conclusions that have outlandish conclusions that are without merit and based on weak correlations. The whole post is created with a SARCASTIC undertone. The more commenters that think this is anything but a satirical piece the more stupid it makes us all look. I AWARD YOU NO POINTS, AND MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL

  30. Cm on man
    1:42 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    29) How do you not get it. Most of those comments are there to get you to rant like you just did!

  31. Tom Crean
    1:43 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    You helped wreck our program!

  32. jb
    1:44 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    No they are not. I wish I could give them the benefit of the doubt, but no. They don’t. And four sentences is not a rant

  33. jb
    1:46 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    i.e. post 3

  34. Cm on man
    1:46 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    27) Just give up talking to IU fans. They back a coach who sends boys text’s saying I’ve been thinking about you a lot! Creans text’s and a catholic priests look the same. ( no disrespect to the Catholics)

  35. DLN
    2:07 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    #34 I agree, although I feel bad for the Catholics having been compared to Tom Crean.

    It’s not really about getting through to them, so much as it is the joy I feel reading their inane responses, or the pleasure we all get from piling on them like #28.

  36. Duke Sucks
    2:13 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I know exactly what your saying. Picking on IU fans is like a midget toss. Doesn’t really accomplish anything but it’s fun as hell to do!

  37. TheNewOriginal
    2:32 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    3/ The captain of the basketball regional champion basketball team does not speak for the community. You are a very poor representative of Jessamine County.

  38. Twitterversed
    2:52 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    To he/she/those/ writing the NJT post each Friday: Keep doing it as long as it’s fun and and entertaining for you and your readers. I look forward to the post and the comments, but more entertaining is your Twitter account – how did those people survive this long? Keep retweeting those 40202 zip code comments.

  39. kychuck
    3:07 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Love the NJT!! People who don’t like sarcastic humor just don’t get it. Was there really an article or was that part of the joke? The link didn’t work about Cal and Pitino.

  40. NJT Is Gettin old
    3:53 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    So tired of this column. Yeah we get it it’s satire… you’re edgy and hilarious….. Only shining moment of the piece was the 2049 prediction. Take notes NJT, write entire columns like the last sentence and people will stop bitchin! That’s the kind of satire cats fans like to read. Poke fun at other teams not ours (rather its sarcastic or not)!

  41. Tom Blevins
    4:50 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Same comment as last time: Not jerry tipton was a good idea, but it’s been overdone. I didn’t read this one, I didn’t read the last one, and if there’s a next one, I won’t read it either. Please stop writting NJT and write something else.