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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


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:

*Power Circle (Feat. Kendrick Lamar): While there is considerable optimism among Kentucky fans regarding next year’s team, Las Vegas is not impressed with the Cats. The experts have spoken, and they have guaranteed that Kentucky will not win a national championship next year. This has to be a devastating blow for UK fans, who were already clearing space on the mantel for a 9th championship trophy. By giving Kentucky 5-1 odds to win it all next year, Vegas is saying that there is only a 1 in 6 chance that Calipari gets the job done. In other words, they are saying there is literally no chance* that the Cats win it all next year. By comparison, the gamblers are guaranteeing that the crown will be won by either Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, Duke, UNC or Florida.** Oh well. There’s always 2015.***

*They are saying there is a 17% chance.
**Collectively, they have a 64% chance of winning.
***Unless the world ends before then.

*The Boss (Feat. T-Pain): As it stands currently, Kentucky is the winningest basketball program of all time. However, it does not appear that this distinction will last very long. Presently, Kentucky holds a mere 10 game lead on the 2nd place team, Kansas. However, the Jayhawks gained 10 games on the Cats last season. If that happens again — and there’s no reason to think it won’t — then poof. UK’s lead is gone. And those who say there’s no guarantee that last year will repeat itself are right. If history is any indication — and it usually is — next year will be worse. During his 10 seasons at KU, coach Bill Self is winning an average of 30 games per year. Meanwhile, in 110 seasons of playing basketball, Kentucky is only averaging 19 wins per season. In other words, if these trends continue — and there’s no reason to think they won’t — then this time next year, the winningest basketball program in the history of the sport will be the Kansas Jayhawks. When that happens, it will be interesting to see if UK will be forced to stop billing itself as “The Greatest Tradition in the History of College Basketball.” At least one writer I spoke with in the mirror hopes so.

*Super High: After Louisville won a national championship in April, coach Rick Pitino treated himself to an absurdly large, unsightly back tattoo. This does not bode well for Kentucky. By getting himself a “Champ Stamp,” Pitino has in no uncertain terms told Louisville fans that he is there for the long haul. And the beauty of it is that he told Card fans this in language they can understand: Body art. Meanwhile, despite winning a title in just his 3rd year at UK (it took Pitino 12 at UofL), despite a 4-1 record against Pitino in the UK/UofL rivalry, and despite winning 83% of his games at UK (Pitino has just won 74% of his at UofL), Calipari has so far refused to permanently defile his body with a ridiculous tattoo. Could this be because Calipari has his eyes on a return to the NBA? He has yet to emphatically deny it, so yes.

* On this date: On this date in 1951, Kentucky was celebrating its 3rd national championship. (Congrats on your achievement, Cards!)

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

19 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. Bode Well
    12:09 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    It does not bode well for Not Jerry that there are no sarcastic comments!

  2. KSR
    12:15 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    This site has officially jumped the shark, get this clown outta here!

    12:16 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    @KySportsRadio Remember that time you said Doron Lamb was as good as John Wall, and then I said he wasn’t, and then @MrsTylerKSR essentially alluded to the idea of Reggie Bullock being as good as John Wall? And then someone deleted half my comments addressing these egregious ideas. I am hurt, Matt Jones. I am truly hurt.

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      12:25 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

      I said Rivals’ rankings were the industry standard (true) and that they ranked Doron as a five-star (true). There was no “alluding to” anything. Get yer facts straight.

  4. Sito
    12:29 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    We is gonna be 40-0
    There will lost 8 to 10 games
    We gain 5 games

    Eric Bledsoe

  5. the Big Dog
    12:40 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Jerry is right that we should be worried about Kansas. Next year looked like a year that we could stretch our lead until late signings of Wiggins and Black.

    12:42 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    They also ranked Reggie Bullock as a 5 star (true). The argument was since Lamb is a 5-star he is the same caliber as John Wall, Teague, Knight, Jones, etc. So, through the power of deduction, Reggie Bullock should be the same caliber as John Wall (which is breathtakingly false). Lamb was not, and is not, the same kind of talent as the others who were all unanimously top 10 prospects. How many gold star stickers puts besides a kids name is insignificant.

  7. hmmm
    12:42 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Otis, is that you? You’re so clever.

  8. dude
    12:43 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    #7 I think its more important to note that ESPN has been the absolute worst recruiting ranking site over the past decade. so quit using them as a reference. carry on…

    12:46 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Well at least ESPN didn’t rank Reggie Bullock as a 5-star….

  10. dude
    12:52 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    no but they did have 4 people ranked above Wall. 2 of which are NBA busts, 1 a role player and the other, Cousins. its all subjective. you keep trying to simplify it in order to make your argument stick. just makes you look like an idiot.

  11. NNJTF (Not a Not Jerry Tipton Fan)
    12:55 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Yet again the only part of this whole article worth reading is the on this date part. Hey NJT just stick to what you’re actually decent at, JUST “ON THIS DATE” FROM NOW ON!

  12. Math Mann
    1:11 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    5-If UK wins 40 and KU wins 30,isn’t that a gain of 10 in total games won all time?

  13. gurú
    1:27 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    13- He put eric bledsoe under it because people say hes stupid because he didnt go To classes at UK. I think Haha. If Not Then hes just dumb

    1:28 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink


    Oh my God, are you that dense? Did you really just try to counter me with my own point? Holy God, AND you called me an idiot in the same post. WOW. GG Dude. You just lost at life.

  15. Bobbum man
    2:07 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    3- you just got served!

  16. peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat
    2:14 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    3, 7, 10, 15, etc – jeez man, go find something to do. It’s Friday.

  17. Larry
    2:20 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares? This is a stupid debate. Not all 5 stars are the same. Some players elevate their games after rankings are produced. Some regress. Some go to the wrong school or are used incorrectly. Some players are in the gym more than other’s. Some are overrated. Others may be underrated. Some may clearly show that they are better than other’s (Wall, Davis, Wiggins, Randle, Irving). If someone said Bullock is the same caliber as Wall because they had a 5 star ranking they’re wrong. It’s that simple. Is it worth coming on here to whine about something? I don’t think so, but do what makes you happy.

    2:29 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    My whole point is that Doron Lamb is not the same kind of player as John Wall and Brandon Knight, regardless of their rankings.

    The tards arguing with me continue to beat their heads against the wall screaming “RIVALS SAID HE IS A 5 STAR SO HE IS TRULY ELITE LIKE JOHN WALL!”

    I countered them, mockingly, saying that if that was the case, then according to rivals Reggie Bullock is as good as John Wall. then they started saying that rankings don’t matter and that it’s all subjective. They literally flipped from their own argument and used mine. Truly breathtaking.

    And I am doing something. I’m at work, while simultaneously arguing in the KSR comment sections.