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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:

*Ain’t Life Grand: If one looks at the career trajectories of Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Indiana head coach Tom Crean, it is easy to see that these two careers are headed in decidedly different directions. Calipari’s career winning percentage is .765, while Crean’s is .606. In other words, there is a much greater chance that Crean will continue to trend upward, while Calipari regresses. Consider: If IU goes 21-13 this year, Crean’s all-time winning percentage will actually increase. Meanwhile, if UK finished 27-9, Calipari’s would plummet. Not only that, but can you image how much heat Calipari would feel if he went 5 years at UK without even making the Elite 8, like Crean has done at IU? Or if UK fielded its best team in a quarter century, a team which started the season ranked #1, only to flame out in the Sweet 16? The only way for Calipari to get on Crean’s level is to the lose the next 178 games he coaches, which seems unlikely. Tom Crean has a job at an all-time top 5 program and he is apparently under no pressure at all to even get to the Final 4. Maybe that’s why he claps so much.

*All Time Low: Lost in all the controversy surrounding Jeff Sheppard’s “I despise John Calipari” comments was the fact that he said something else that really irked UK fans. Namely, he said he doesn’t think Kentucky will win the national championship in 2014 because they are too young. Even though Cat fans took offense to that, he’s statistically 100% correct almost. In the 75 years of the NCAA Tournament, only one time (2012) has a team that relied almost exclusively on freshmen won a national championship. This means that 98.7% of the time, it never happens. Moreover, only one time (2012) has John Calipari won a national championship. Again, this means that 98.7% of the time, somebody not named John Calipari brings home the trophy. What are the odds of two different 75-1 longshots winning the same race? Exactly 1 in 5,625. So mathematically, this means that Kentucky has only a 0.00018% chance of brining home #9 next April. Is it 2014 football season yet?

*Travelin’ Light: John Wall just inked a 5 year, $80M contract. Meanwhile, Peyton Siva may be on the verge of going overseas to play professionally. This does not bode well for Kentucky. As long as UK players (such as Wall, Rajon Rondo, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, etc.) continue to make a name for themselves in the NBA, people will associate them with the NBA. Meanwhile, as long as UofL players (such as Siva, Samardo Samuels, Edgar Sosa, etc.) continue to play basketball in far away lands and wallow in obscurity, people will associate them with the University of Louisville. It’s all about name recognition, and as long as UK players make the front page by signing 8 figure deals, their college days get lost in the background. This may be exactly what Calipari, his players, their families and elite recruits want, but is it what Big Blue Nation wants?

* On this date: On this date in 2012, P.J. Hairston was probably driving around in some expensive vehicle that was leased by a felon.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

16 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. Hunter12
    12:08 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Nice WSP reference. I knew the not Jerry Tipton was a hippie at heart. Or a yuppie. Whatever.

  2. Al/in/Indy
    12:08 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    NJT, You are probably correct in assuming that Hairston was indeed driving a get away car somewhere!

  3. John Bell
    12:12 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    You know we of Widespread Panic are UGA fans, but hat tip to the song references. 🙂

  4. SpreadHead
    12:15 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink


  5. Louisville Strange Brew
    12:20 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    How dare UK recruit top talent and make them rich after one year of college? Cal is ruining the lives of young men.

  6. Wait wait wait
    12:40 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Brandon Knight was just traded with 2 other players for Brandon Jennings… Specifically so they could free up roster spots along with getting Jennings so they could sign Siva.

    Way to be up on your knowledge. Siva is expected to sign with the Pistons in the next couple of days.

    The pistons believe more in his future than they did Knight’s

  7. hahahahahaha!!!!
    1:04 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Good one, Wait Wait Wait. I like the way your comment aligns with the satirical flavor of this post. Well done!

  8. tltaworl
    1:11 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Panic, NICE!

  9. tltaworl
    1:11 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Except, Travelin Light isn’t a Panic song

  10. Sure it is...
    1:34 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    From the album ‘Space Wrangler,’ released in 1987.

  11. George Castanza
    1:39 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Gold, Jerry! Pure Gold!

  12. Jughead
    1:57 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I get really mad everytime I read this guy. He says things that are downright mean.

  13. tltaworl
    2:20 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    10, nah man. They did release it on a few albums, but that is a JJ Cale tune. JJ just pased away last week.

  14. InCalWeTrust
    2:36 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    “he’s statistically 100% correct almost” Haha, gold.

  15. Rockfield, KY
    4:40 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    6. You’re a fuqing idiot, or a really good UK fan acting like a troll. The Pistons has to trade Knight because he is a STARTING point guard in the league and so is Jennings. They can afford to sign Siva because he is a BACKUP point guard. Knight is too valuable and too good to be sitting the bench. .

  16. Spreadneck
    5:50 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    WSMFP! Go NJT!