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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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The 2012-13 season is mercifully over, and despite having the #1 ranked recruiting class in the country, Kentucky failed to make the NCAA Tournament, and were unceremoniously dispatched in the First Round of the NIT by Robert Morris. Hard to see things being any different in 2013-14. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Crumblin’ Down: A couple of weeks ago, after a season that ended with a loss in the Round of 32, Minnesota fired Tubby Smith. In 2007, after a season that ended with a loss in the Round of 32, Kentucky did not fire Tubby Smith. What does this mean? Obviously, that Minnesota takes basketball a lot more seriously than Kentucky does. At Kentucky, Tubby set school records for Final Four droughts, most consecutive 10+ loss seasons, etc. At Minnesota, he set no such school records. Yet UK let him hang around, and Minnesota gave him the ax. Need any more proof that the Gophers have surpassed the Cats in the world of college basketball? Well, guess which one made the NCAA Tournament this year.

*Your Life is Now: On Monday, Archie Goodwin announced his intention to turn pro. This could very well be a fatal blow to Kentucky’s chances to end its “missing the NCAA Tournament” streak. Goodwin was the Cats’ leading scorer this year, and actually played pretty well in the game against Louisville. With his departure, this means that no returning UK player has any experience playing in the NCAA Tournament (except Kyle Wiltjer, Jarrod Polson and Brian Long, who won a national championship). And while it is true that Kentucky currently has what some are calling “the greatest recruiting class in the history of college basketball,” there are no guarantees in life. For example, all of those players could decide to quit playing basketball altogether between now and next October. Or they could go to Europe. You just never know.

*Check It Out: In the past week, UK players Kyle Wiltjer and Willie Cauley-Stein announced that they would be returning to school for their junior and sophomore seasons, respectively. This does not bode well for Kentucky. The Cats, of course, had a historically disappointing season in 2013, missing the NCAA Tournament and getting crushed in the NIT by Robert Morris. Does next year’s team really want the residue of that team to infect it next season? Sure, Wiltjer will be allowed to resume his 2012 role as a deadly spot up shooter, and yes, WCS may very well be the best center in the country next year, and is a sure-fire lottery pick, and OK, the 2014 Cats may end up with one of the most talented rosters in the history of the game, but still. Robert Morris?

* On this date: On this date in 2013, Louisville is about to win a national championship. Looks like the Mayans were off by a year.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

20 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. Clueless
    1:04 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Not a fan of this talentless hack. As soon as I figure out how to work this cell phone thingee, I am cancelling my subscription to the Courier Journal



  2. Rex
    1:17 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Tipton does not believe the garbage he writes. He’s obviously just trying to get a reaction out of Kentucky fans. Since I don’t live in Kentucky I don’t hear about his articles. Very easy to see what he tries to do just from reading the above posts.



  3. Rex
    1:21 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    After reading it again I figured it out. Lol. My bad.



  4. Zach
    1:21 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    It’s NOT Jerry Tipton? It’s a spoof, a farce, a joke? It’s meant to be ironic, over the top, sometimes ridiculous? It’s a caricature of the ACTUAL Jerry Tipton? Come on, you’re doing a disservice to other UK fans who DO have the ability to interpret what they’re reading as sarcasm.



  5. Matt
    1:21 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    These haven’t been as funny lately as they once were but it always brightens up my day to read the comments from people who still don’t realize it’s a joke. Once everyone finally catches on it will be time to let this column die KSR.



  6. Kemp's Pawn & Lube
    1:22 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    My week cannot end until I read, “This does not bode well for Kentucky.”



  7. Zach
    1:23 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I imagine the idea is to take away whatever ammunition our rival fans have by saying it for them.

    Ex. “This does not bode well for Kentucky…. WCS may very well be the best center in the country next year…”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG7LjVCj50Y



  8. Frew Drunklin
    1:30 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    “All those players could decide to quit playing basketball altogether between now and October”. Haha. That’s just fantastic. Gold as usual.



  9. mj7juice
    1:38 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    This is idiotic



  10. Da Troof
    2:03 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Haha, this is always a hillarious addition to Friday lunch hours.



  11. dave
    2:07 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    9-your face is idiotic



  12. Dr uk
    2:08 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Sick and tired of folks thinking Archie would have brought the same level of experience as ppat, Darius, and liggons. He just drove the lane, threw the ball at the rim, and hoped for a foul. It as on that type of play that got Noel injured…trying to recover on Archie’s turnover after a wild drive to the lane. Good kid, wish him well, but not sure he would have brought a steadying influence as those who passed before him. On uk!



  13. charlie
    2:29 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t understand this article. Gophers have surpassed UK?? The Gophers? How could you ever make a case for that? Is this guy a Kentucky fan??? I’m] done reading KSR if they’re going to keep posting this sort of negative shit. We have more championships, wins, ncaa tournament appearances, final fours, elite 8’s, sweet 16,and more tradition!!!!



  14. Big Al
    2:40 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    12.It was not an Archie turnover that got Noel hurt, it was a bad pass by Uncle Julius.



  15. Jatt Mones
    3:06 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not a fan of this worthless hack. I’m cancelling my subscription to the CJ……



  16. Krash Davis27
    3:07 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    It’s simple game really, you throw the ball, you hit the ball and you field the ball. Sometimes you win sometimes you lose. Sometimes it rains. Remember that.



  17. me
    3:10 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    LOL @ #12 and #13



  18. Limited-edition holographic flat-top
    3:10 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    #4 all day lol



  19. Bull Durham lover
    4:15 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Love me some Crash!
    Hate me some Tipton!



  20. TheNewOriginal
    6:02 pm April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Crumbling Down (Tubby) is one of the best ones ever.