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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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It’s that time of week again. Time to take an unbiased look at what’s happening with Coach Cal, World Wide Wes, and the overly-hyped freshmen who seem to comprise the UK roster each year. This season, the team hopes to make the NCAA Tournament (though this is looking doubtful), obtain a favorable draw, and a relatively simple path to the Final Four. They also hope against hope that unlike the previous Final Fours in which John Calipari has coached, this one will stick. For those who want to stay informed and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton.  Here’s the weekly notebook:

* Hillbilly Rock: Kentucky fans have always had a special place in their hearts for homegrown kids, particularly those from the eastern part of the state. With that in mind, it has to be troubling for UK fans that there are no players from Kentucky, much less eastern Kentucky, in next year’s recruiting class. Adolph Rupp, in speaking of recruiting players from that region of Kentucky, famously said “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” John Calipari, on the other hand, has never recruited an eastern Kentuckian. Coincidentally, Adolph Rupp won 4 national championships, and John Calipari has won zero national championships. Coincidence?  Unlikely. Furthermore, Calipari seems reluctant to take advantage of the Kentuckians he does have on his roster, as evidenced by the paucity of playing time seen by local legends Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson. They may not be from eastern Kentucky, but they are native Kentuckians, and they know what it means to don that uniform.  Could either of them scored the one point it would have taken to defeat Arkansas in regulation Wednesday night? We’ll never know.

* There’s Your Trouble: John Calipari has long prided himself on how well his teams play defense. As such, the current group of Cats have to be frustrating to the head coach. Kentucky currently ranks 294th in the country in total (free throw) defense.  Opponents are shooting extremely well against UK (from the foul line), and in several close games, this dead-eye marksmanship has been the difference between winning and losing. For example, in Kentucky’s 2 point loss to Florida, the Gators shot 18 of 22. Had they shot their normal (free throw) rate of 66%, then Kentucky wins. Likewise, had Arkansas hit 12 of 18 (their normal rate) instead of 14 of 18, then UK would have defeated the Hogs in regulation. Now, compare UK’s tissue-soft defense, which allows a robust 72% (foul) shooting, to the numbers put up by SEC division leaders Florida and Alabama, whose opponents are shooting 65% and 66%, respectively. If UK could manage to demonstrate the same kind of intensity and effort on the defensive end (when opponents are shooting free throws) as the Gators and Tide, then the Cats could very well be in 1st place in the SEC East, instead of next to last place.

* It Matters to Me: In a recent article, my pal Rick Bozich ruffled some Big Blue feathers when he criticized UK’s incoming freshman class for opting to play in the McDonald’s All-American game and Jordan Brand Classic, rather than the Derby Festival Classic (rules prohibit players from participating in all three games). With all due respect to these young men and their families, Rick is right. These kids owe it to UK fans to play in the game. Of course, some would argue that the vast majority of Kentucky fans won’t be able to see the DFC, as opposed to the other two games, which will be broadcast on ESPN. Or they might say that UK fans would much rather see these recruits match up against other top 20 players, as opposed to the far less talented players playing in the DFC. Even others would contend that UK fans will have plenty of chances to see these kids next year — in games that actually matter — when they suit up for UK. One more argument is that the DFC is an obscure, provincial affair, as evidenced by the fact that Mike Gilchrist “had never even heard of” the Derby Classic prior to receiving his invitation to participate in the mail. But what about tradition? After all, playing in the Derby Festival Classic, rather than the McDonald’s and Jordan games, was good enough for Morakinyo Williams, wasn’t it?

* Here in the Real World: During the 1989-90 season, which was Rick Pitino’s first at UK, the Cats were only able to manage one road win in the SEC all season long. The current team has also won just one away game in the SEC this season, a number that figures to remain intact after the Cats visit Knoxville next weekend and lose to the Vols. In other words, the two teams are identical. However, one may remember that the 1990 Cats were beloved, and earned the affectionate nickname of “Pitino’s Bombinos,” while the current group is often criticized, and given the derisive nickname of “The UnClutchables.” Contrasting the different treatment the two teams have received, only one conclusion is reachable: Kentucky fans have gotten more demanding. What was just fine 20 years ago is no longer acceptable. Why the change? One person has an idea. Zipp, a blogging journalist on Bleacher Report, has opined that “Kentucky is NOT an elite program not even close, and the sooner there dumb redneck fans except this, the better off they’ll be LOL.” This opinion is likely not a popular one in UK Land, but it’s important to remember that people outside of Fayette County have opinions as well.

* Happy Birthday: Finally, a Happy Birthday to Monquerrious Jenkins, best known for composing the smash-hit “Sandstorm.” The song, which gained national prominence after played exactly 312 times during South Carolina’s epic win over Kentucky in Columbia last year, is beloved by Kentucky fans of all ages. Monquerrious turns 27.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

40 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. RidgeRunner
    12:03 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Great post once again. I’d like it even-better if we weren’t sucking so much right now.



  2. roy
    12:03 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    tipton blows, not tipton rules



  3. Jesus Christ saved my soul
    12:11 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Note to Coach Cal: Stacey Poole and Eloy Vargas and Jon Hood and Jarred Polson are better than you think. Give them a chance!!!! Our players were gassed against Arkansas. Do you think the SEC and NCAA tourney’s won’t gas them as well?



  4. Arlo
    12:15 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Good post. Right on about the free throw defense.



  5. Al's IndiCats
    12:15 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    DFC? s that the equivalent to “Dirty Feather Classic”



  6. Arlo
    12:16 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Six man rotation really hurts our free throw defense. Also, perhaps Cal should try zone d for free throws.



  7. codeblue
    12:18 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    “Kentucky is NOT an elite program not even close, and the sooner there dumb redneck fans except this, the better off they’ll be LOL.” … i take acception to this statement



  8. KySportsDude
    12:20 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Tipton is wrong about:
    1)Calipari seems reluctant to take advantage of the Kentuckians he does have on his roster, as evidenced by the paucity of playing time seen by local legends Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson. (They don’t play because they don’t produce ((in other words, there is nothing to ‘take advantage of’)) – It has nothing to do with Cal not wanting to play local guys).
    2)These kids owe it to UK fans to play in the game. (This statement is just plain moronic. Of course they don’t owe us to play in game that is far less prestigious/important/relevant than the McDonald’s or Jordan games).



  9. Al's IndiCats
    12:25 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    7) It’s just a way for them to get hits on their sites, for they know we’re passionate about our team. Everytime they get a hit either good or bad, their Google rate goes up. And if their Google rate goes up everytime you google something close to them their site will appear. If we ignore them like we do most idiots, they’ll just slowly sink into the sunset, never to be heard of again.



  10. Al's IndiCats
    12:28 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    8) it’s SATIRE, I get bigger laughs that more folks don’t get this than “Not Jerry Tipton”



  11. Ukclassof93
    12:31 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Too long….but I like the idea in general.



  12. Al's IndiCats
    12:32 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    I watched this game the other night, and just as the shooter was going to shoot his freethrow a player to the right said his foot was over the line, and he missed it. Maybe if we play Arkansas again, maybe somebody ought to say that to Howie (Clark) just before he shoots.



  13. Chris Minton
    12:33 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink


  14. Citizen Cane
    12:37 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    8- But you didn’t have an issue with his discussion of our poor FT defense?



  15. anothercatfan
    12:39 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    good parody



  16. Jerry Tiptons Mustache
    12:58 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    This article is stupid and I wish it would stop.



  17. Al's IndiCats
    1:15 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    I forget when it was or who was playing who, but during an ABA game a busty young “thang” Flashed a free throw shooter. What I do remember that both teams didn’t get any fast break points the rest of the game.



  18. Dave_in_Oldham
    1:17 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    a) It’s obvious that more Eastern KY boys would make a title far more likely. Cal just doesn’t get it.
    b) Our free throw defense agrivates me to no end. Good on you for calling it like it is NTJ.
    c) Not playing in the Derby Festival Classic is an insult to all UK fans. ‘Nuff said.
    d) I miss the Bombino’s.
    e) Happy Birthday!!



  19. CATFAN
    1:25 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    “Kentucky is NOT an elite program not even close, and the sooner there(should be their, homophone-sounds the same but spelled different) dumb redneck fans except(think he means accept) this, the better off they’ll be LOL.”
    maybe this guy should brush up on his grammar before he starts calling ppl dumb rednecks



  20. Not_old_school
    1:26 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Hillbilly Rock ha ha that sums up old_school perfectly!



  21. Women Everywhere
    1:29 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    OMG! How hard is it to defend a free frow??? FIRE CAL!! <3 XOXO



  22. SAUL SHMITT
    1:38 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    I THINK THE CATS NEED TO DO ALOT MORE SHOUTING AND ARM WAVING WHILE THE OTHER TEAM IS ON THE LINE… I MEAN THEY LOOK LIFELESS! IS ROTNEI CLARK ANY RELATION TO THE MIZ FROM THE WWE?



  23. that guy
    1:39 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    The best part of KSR! Keep doing more of these, even after people figure out it is satire.



  24. Evan
    1:46 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Not your best effort, NJT. Maybe this should move to a bi-weekly thing.



  25. UKGOBIGBLUE
    1:47 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    These kids don’t give a shit, they aren’t willing to do the little things. They’ve had their asses kissed since middle school, and they don’t want to learn.

    I would run these kids until they’re ready to quit.

    As far as recruiting KY kids; a whole lot of things have changed since Rupp coached. If a kid from KY could play, Cal would sign him up. Cal isn’t going to waste a scholarship on some KY kid just so the rednecks from Eastern KY can have some token KY kid to cheer for during games or call in to ask incredible stupid question on radio shows.



  26. Sarah
    1:50 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    This cracks me up ALWAYS. I can hardly wait until the next edition. Even tight rear Tipton would have to almost chuckle. Keep writing – and I will keep enjoying. PS I am observing that about 75% of your readers (see comments above) to not “get it.”



  27. Kwildcat
    2:01 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    UKGOBIGBLUE…..annually would be better. Love KSR but when we are staring at a 5 seed just seeing JerryTurd’s face and reading ALL this (don’t you people have homes??) doesn’t inspire. Yes Sarah, we get it!



  28. Sheeeeiiit
    2:26 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Funny. But it’s offensive to the KY fans who have no humor. I thought being offensive was a criminal offense these days.



  29. tom9698
    2:31 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Hey codeblue,it’s THEIR not there you dumbass redneck !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  30. TURKISH_prison_blues
    2:32 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    SOVA ON THE DERBY CLASSIC



  31. tom9698
    2:33 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    7) It’s THEIR not there you DUMB REDNECK !!!!!!!!!!!!



  32. tom9698
    2:38 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry for the repost,it didn’t go through when i first tried.Oh well,maybe that’s what it’ll take for codeblue to learn not to call people dumb rednecks before looking in the mirror first.



  33. Catnip
    3:56 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t stop laughing at these responses. This is SATIRE. Anyone who takes this seriously could not have made it past high school english. That being said, if you didn’t get this article, please do not read Dickens or Orwell, because you just won’t get it either. Here’s one better: video yourself watching Steven Colbert or South Park, each satire-rich, and youtube it for me. I need to see the expressions on your faces!!



  34. Anthony
    4:17 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    LOL @ Catnip # 33. The funny thing these people are missing is that it says: “NOT” Jerry Tipton.



  35. 34rules
    6:38 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Enought already…..i get the sattire but really getting old….



  36. 34rules
    6:40 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Enough already…….i get the sattire but getting old and tired now….stop….



  37. MtnCat
    7:20 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    Unclutchables, that ought to be copyrighted.
    NJT, you the man!



  38. Not DickenOscar
    10:08 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    I just read a 298 page book entitled “The Funniest Jokes from the Worlds Best Comedians” without a chuckle, but LOL 4 times reading this post. Twice more reading the responses.



  39. jlragweed
    10:40 pm February 25, 2011 Permalink

    The combo of NJT and people taking NJT seriously is the most entertaining duo on the net



  40. Will
    8:05 am February 27, 2011 Permalink

    I know its a satire, but he is playing Miller (native kentuckian) a lot. Hood played a little yesterday and Polson was a recruiting after thought who would should be a walkon.