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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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We are now in the midst of John Calipari’s 3rd season as the coach of the University of Kentucky. Over the next few months, we’ll see whether he will finally be able to do what he’s being paid to do: Win an NCAA Championship. The stakes are high, but so are the pressure and expectations. Will the team flame out of the 2012 NCAA Tournament the way it did the prior two years? Will it suffer (almost) double-digit losses like it did last year? Will Coach Cal once again produce fewer NCAA Championships than first round draft picks? (h/t: Rick Bozich.) Stay tuned. In the meantime, to stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Can’t Get High: Many pundits are calling Kentucky’s 73-72 win over North Carolina last weekend the greatest college basketball game of the season to date. And those Big Blue supporters who recognize good fortune when they see it would undoubtedly agree. How lucky were the Cats to escape with a victory? Let us count the ways: North Carolina hit 11 of 18 three pointers, while Kentucky went 4 of 17 from deep. Had UNC just missed one of those 7 that they missed, or had the Cats missed one of the 4 they hit, then the Heels win. Moreover, had UNC been able to knock down their errant threes, and had UK missed the ones they made, then UNC wins by a score of 93-61. That’s what they call an old-fashioned butt-kicking. The Cats were also lucky that UNC freshman P.J. Hairston was injured, and limited to 14 minutes, which is just 2 minutes more than he averaged going into the game. Had he been 100%, and not missed that one three pointer (he went 3 of 4), the Heels are victorious. Fate also smiled on the Big Blue insofar as dubious officiating and a tender ankle limited Harrison Barnes to just 24 minutes, and he too missed a deep ball that would have given UNC the victory (he went 4 of 5). Lastly, it should be noted that North Carolina was a 61% free throw shooting team going into the game, which means they were due to shoot really well from the charity stripe. Instead, they missed three freebies, any one of which would have sent the game into OT (they were 11 of 14, which is a mere 79%). The pragmatic fan knows that if the two teams meet again, and North Carolina shoots the basketball in a manner commensurate with its normal accuracy level, this will most definitely not be a one point game.

*Travelin’ Light: After Indiana’s win last weekend, Hoosier coach Tom Crean took to Twitter to plead with IU supporters to attend tomorrow’s showdown with Kentucky, rather than sell their tickets to UK fans. This is what makes Indiana basketball unlike any of the other “elite” programs in America. To have a coach so emotionally invested in a regular season game that he would take time out of his busy schedule to remind his fans to be sure to show up, well, that’s unique. And the fact that he typed this directive IN ALL CAPS shows just how intense he is. All that clapping and pacing during games is no act, folks. When Tom Crean was hired at Indiana, not even the most optimistic IU fan could have imagined that he would have the Hoosiers in the “Others Receiving Votes” portion of the top 25 poll in 4 short years. It’s been said before, but I think we can now make it official: Indiana is back.

*Chilly Water: SlamOnline.com released an interesting article on Terrence Jones this week, in which the author profiled the sophomore from Portland. In the piece, the writer outlined the reasons Jones returned to UK, rather than declare for the NBA Draft, as has become the norm under John Calipari. The gist of the article is that Jones came back because he was driven by last year’s loss to UConn in the Final Four, and wants to avenge that defeat with a national championship this season. In other words, his motives were completely selfish. Though Jones had the opportunity to turn pro, and make millions of dollars for his family, he instead opted to return to school simply in order to make up for the pain and disappointment he personally felt after the national semifinal loss last year. Notice the theme here. Terrence Jones decided against going pro because Terrence Jones was upset about losing in the Final Four last year, and in order to somehow make up for this, Terrence Jones decided that Terrence Jones would feel better if Terrence Jones came back and won a national championship simply for the sake of… Terrence Jones. I was under the impression that Calipari wants to promote Kentucky as a “Players First” program, not a “Terrence Jones” first program. It’s sad, really. And unfortunately for Big Blue Nation, the more UK wins, the more that Terrence Jones is getting what he wants.

* On this date: On this date in 2009, John Calipari won in Bloomington for the first time in his career, as the Cats defeated the Hoosiers, 90-73. However, he has failed to win a game on Indiana’s home court in the 100+ weeks that have followed.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

46 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. JB
    12:27 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Can’t Get High? Did I just read a subtle WSP lyric on KSR?



  2. seenvic
    12:31 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    All the titles are WSP related.

    Who knew KSR were a bunch of closets hippies.



  3. SavannahUKalum
    12:34 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Haha this edition of NJT had me laughing out loud at work. Nice one!



  4. BossHog
    12:36 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    I really wish you guys would stop doing this “Not Jerry Tipton” thing;it was funny maybe one time.



  5. Oh really?
    12:37 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    @ 4…….No one forces you to read it…carry on, carry on.



  6. MN CAT
    12:40 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    4–Are you kidding? NJT is the best thing on here.



  7. BGFan
    12:41 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Very funny, keep it up!



  8. VAbbn
    12:44 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    “Let us count the ways: North Carolina hit 11 of 18 three pointers, while Kentucky went 4 of 17 from deep. Had UNC just missed one of those 7 that they missed, or had the Cats missed one of the 4 they hit, then the Heels win.”
    Let me grab my calculator…Carry the two, add that, Pi is 3.14 right, equalsssss? Yes, that is correct. Well done Alfred Einstein.



  9. jacocat
    12:44 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    NJT.the highlight if my day in Friday!!



  10. Musehobo
    12:45 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Why would you tell them to stop NJT when you ate clearly the minority in not liking it? Save your hate for pay sites.



  11. MS CAT
    12:46 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Panic RULES



  12. Patriot
    12:48 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    “The pragmatic fan knows that if the two teams meet again, and North Carolina shoots the basketball in a manner commensurate with its normal accuracy level, this will most definitely not be a one point game.”

    Couldn’t have said it better myself!



  13. The Real BossHog
    12:48 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    #4 is an imposter and is slandering my good name. Don’t buy it, he’s clearly an IU fan!



  14. Kaboom
    12:49 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Im getting more and more of this burning desire to give indiana fans the hurt of first hand seeing their team wail in pain after a swat to the face or a cram that sends them flying. If Indiana fans cant carry themselves with integrity then our boys need to go and give them pain. I actually like their team, but 12 players dont making up for 120000 fools who have lost their place of FANS of any team. I wanna see them suffer, im looking at you teague davis and wiljter, you three making your games happen will allow us to win by 20. If i hear another negative from the IU side of things im personally driving to bloomington and raising my own kinda hell.



  15. KoppdieseL
    12:50 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Why not say that had UNC missed all of there threes while we made all our ours we win by a score of 112-39. Now that would be an ass kicking. I don’t necessarily believe we were lucky to get a victory, we managed to beat a bigger team that was on fire from behind the arc. That alone should prove to the BBN and everyone else that this team is LEGIT.



  16. eloy vargas
    12:54 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    not jerry tipton is getting old and not funny. good wsp references tho kinda



  17. will never be a millionaire
    12:54 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    +1 for WSP.



  18. Doronlambslazyeye
    12:57 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    youre dumb. jones being upset by how last season ended and wanting to come back to try and win a natinoal championship isnt selfish. thats a huge reason why many players with his talent level decide to not enter the draft. Sullinger did the exact same thing. last time i checked the national championship goes to the team/school. not an individual player. shave your mustache and get a life



  19. JB
    12:58 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Let the blasting begin… As I did not even read this post, just the first line… Upon further (Furthur) review, this is riddled with WSP gems. Kuddos to you Not Jerry Tipton… at least you like good music.
    P.S. Got a bowl I can borrow?



  20. not4D
    12:59 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    18) you are the winner!



  21. Bulldawg
    1:00 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    @ #4 I love to read NJT. KSR does NJT every Friday and I look forward to reading it. Even Coach Cal likes NJT. If you do not like these posts then it is apparent that you do not read the herald leader’s beat writer Jerry Tipton. He writes the same kind of articles about UK 7 days a week about my beloved Cats and he is supposed to be UK’s hometown writer!!! From a journalism standpoint he should be neutral or even have a small, positive UK slant (heck, a big, positive UK slant would be nice). However, he always writes with a tongue-in-cheek negative slant towards UK even to the point of completely fabricating stories about one of the classiest cats that has been at UK (see his fabricated story about Patrick Patterson and all his new SUV’s). Everybody hates Thamel, Bozich, etc. but the Lexington newspaper continually employs the most anti-UK writer of all. This is KSR’s jab at that no account loser and I LOVE IT!!!!!!



  22. Mark Wilson
    1:03 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Classic Tipton….what a douche



  23. KER
    1:04 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Love Love Love NJT….Thank God it Friday! And for those fools that don’t get the humor, please go root for some other team. NJT is just too funny for words! Great Job! GO CATS!!!



  24. dennis quire
    1:07 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Whats he smoking regarding his “Cant Get High” comments? Seasoned teams as good as North Carolina don’t normally get beat after hitting 11 of 18 three pointers. They happen to shoot above their average and we shot the three poorly for a 21 point swing in NC’s favor and they still lost. Our kids won because they were patient on offense working the ball in the paint for points and played hard gritty, in your face defense, limiting NC’s presence out of the paint.



  25. Satisfied
    1:08 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Nice Panic references!



  26. Kennyh
    1:13 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    I love njt, makes me laugh everytime



  27. AnthonyDavisSaysShutUp
    1:21 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    18) thank you so much for the laughs. I can’t believe people still don’t get NJT.



  28. Here ya go
    1:24 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink


  29. someone didn't proofread
    1:24 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    “Had UNC just missed one of those 7 that they missed”

    I think they DID miss ALL 7 of their misses. I’m thinking he meant to say “Had UNC just MADE one of those 7 that they missed”



  30. Al's IndiCats
    1:28 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Classic…..I love NJT but I love the people “who just don’t get it” comments even more. Keep up the good work NJT!



  31. Fixed
    1:32 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    That made my friday at the office. +1 anything WSMFP



  32. InternationalPhilosophy
    1:59 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Latest headline from the real Jerry Tipton:

    “Cal again denies he’s afraid of IU, U of L nor UNC”

    Once again truth trumps fiction in the strangeness category.



  33. Cat fan in the 'ville
    2:00 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    29) Good catch. I missed it even in your post. 18) you are so cute, god bless your little heart (pats on head).



  34. Cool Daddy
    2:01 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Love the Widespead references!! IU can’t get high…they will be strung out on satuday!!



  35. MonsterMash24
    2:05 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    What is Jerry Tipton smoking? Mr.Negativity again…If we shoot better and they miss a few of those lucky threes,like that won hit from the corner with a man in his face & we hit a few more threes…. we win by 20!!!



  36. paullyb
    2:08 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    someone love pan pan



  37. Sittin in School's Zone
    2:56 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    This is my all time favorite post in KSR history! My favorite band on my favorite website. Keep NJT forever. It is hilarious!



  38. JB
    2:58 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Reading the Real Jerry Tipton is like washin’ windows while there are pigeons on the roof!



  39. "I've been a CATS fan for 37 years and I.."
    3:09 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Can’t believe this man is allowed to write. Terrence Jones is a fine young man and I wish Landon Sloan would’ve been allowed to stay.



  40. TheNewOriginal
    3:40 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    “Terrence Jones gonna do what Terrence Jones gonna do.”



  41. DonInFlorida
    3:47 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    LOVE IT!!!!



  42. Tobias Funke
    4:03 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Hilarious stuff. Keep it up.



  43. mike burks
    4:40 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Funny side note, Google Jerry Tipton. Lol the Not so Jerry Tipton pops up first.



  44. AylortheImpaler
    4:46 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    best post on KSR. Love fridays.



  45. JB
    10:20 pm December 9, 2011 Permalink

    Traveling light is the only way to fly! I new Matt was a closet hippie!



  46. Sad
    10:52 am December 10, 2011 Permalink

    So sad that some can’t sit back and enjoy these posts. Literally LOL funny.