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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:

*Here Comes The Boom: Earlier this week, former Duke star Steve Wojciechowski took to Twitter to lambast John Calipari and Kentucky, by gleefully boasting about how many more 1st Round NBA Draft picks Coach K has produced at Duke than Coach Cal has produced at UK: 25 to 11. Though he didn’t mention Calipari by name, the truth is that he didn’t have to. The implication was clear. Coach Cal may get all the hype for churning out 1st Round draft picks, but the fact of the matter is that he hasn’t produced even half as many at UK as Coach K has at Duke. What was Calipari’s response to being put on blast by everyone’s favorite Dookie? He attempted to change the subject by bragging about graduation rates or something. But last I checked, they don’t hang banners in Rupp for that.

*Boom Boom, Out Go the Lights: Earlier this week, former Louisville star Gorgui Dieng rocked the college basketball world when he publicly guaranteed that UofL would beat Kentucky next year: “Kentucky always have a chance to win it.” It was obvious by his tone (probably, as I wasn’t there and didn’t hear him), however, that he gives the Cats no chance to beat the Cardinals next year. And he didn’t stop there. He also said that Rick Pitino is a much better coach than John Calipari: “If your body fat is over nine percent, you won’t play (for Pitino).” Wow. The implication there, of course, is that Kentucky players are a bunch of fat slobs who won’t be able to keep up with the high-flying Cards next season, who are looking to rack up their 2nd win over UK in just 6 attempts. It’s still 6 months away, but the UK-UofL tilt figures to be a classic next year, so get your popcorn ready. (And if you’re anything like UK players. you’ll probably want extra butter lol.)

*Mr. Boombastic:Mark Stoops and the UK football team has the nation’s #1 ranked recruiting class. This does not bode well for Kentucky. While John Calipari is trying to drum up support for the UK hoopsters next year, all anyone is talking about is the UK football squad. Articles have been written, blogs have been penned, and even known Kentucky hater Clay Travis called Stoops’ approach to recruiting “brilliant.” When is the last time Clay Travis called Calipari’s approach (a vanilla strategy which essentially consists of simply landing the best high school players on the planet) “brilliant?” Never, that’s when. What little momentum the basketball team had by inking the greatest class in the history of the sport was washed away when Stoops lured the Davis twins, Demitrious and Chris, away from Pittsburgh. Remember when the Harrison twins were the best-known twins on campus? Me neither.

* On this date: On this date in 2013, Louisville has the 3rd highest all-time winning percentage in the state of Kentucky, trailing only UK and Western.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

15 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. Chicago Chris
    12:04 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    I missed the news of Wojo’s tweeting. I assume the obvious comparison is that Cal has been at UK for 4 years vs. 400 for Coach K at Duke.

  2. tovax
    12:06 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink


  3. Bobbum man
    12:09 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    Gold Jerry…. Gold

  4. DrSarye
    12:32 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    I always start cracking up when I read the words “This does not bode well for Kentucky”

  5. Trevathan
    12:40 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    Bring on the people who don’t get it in 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. . .

  6. Jamaal Magliore
    12:50 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    If Wojo doesn’t stopping tweeting that BS, I’ll have to give him a piledriver!

  7. This blows
    12:56 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    Screw you Tipton!

  8. 4
    12:57 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    Where does it say that in this one #4?

  9. Rockfield, KY
    1:00 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    8. It’s always the third one.

    As for Wojo, the main difference between UK an Duke is that we have a winning program. They have a winning coach. He’s their only title winning coach and we have 5. When they won their first title in 1991, we were 43 years removed from our first of five titles at that time. Wojo is also a flopping pu$$y.

  10. Seriously?
    1:01 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    8) try the second sentence of the mr. Boombastic section

  11. Steady
    1:04 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    lol @ bodyfat.

  12. Matt Jones
    1:14 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    I would pick Duke for academics, UK for everything else.

    If I had to do it over, I would go to UK and still end up working in broadcasting as a janitor at a radio station.

  13. nuts to you
    1:51 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    ‘looking to rack up their 2nd win over UK in just 6 attempts.’ Great one!

  14. 10
    2:50 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, seriously. I scanned through it quickly while at work, my bad bro.

  15. TN Cat
    3:00 pm June 21, 2013 Permalink

    Love the extra butter comment.