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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:

*Manic Depression: Indiana beat Kentucky last week, 73-72. Though the loss itself isn’t a huge deal (UK is extremely young, it’s only December, it was non-conference game, it was the biggest game at IU in at least a decade, etc.), the one thing that should be troubling to UK coaches, players and fans is that what Tom Crean and company did last Saturday was provide the rest of college basketball with the blueprint on how to beat this Kentucky team. All you have to do is the following: Shoot threes at a ridiculously high clip (Indiana hit 8 in a row at one point), make almost all of your free throws (IU was 14 of 17), force UK to miss their free throws (the Cats were barely above 50%, including several key misses down the stretch), force a UK All-American to play the worst game of his career (Terrence Jones played as if he’d been injected with a horse tranquilizer before the game), get another UK All-American in foul trouble (Anthony Davis sat almost half the game as a result of same), force UK to make mental mistakes down the stretch (the Cats had two fouls to give in the closing seconds when IU had the ball down by 2, yet inexplicably failed to foul), and make sure that it’s the biggest game your once-proud program has played in almost a decade. Despite all the hype surrounding this freshman class, and despite the #1 ranking UK enjoyed, this is all it takes (along with an answered prayer at the buzzer) to beat Kentucky. Frankly, it’s a little surprising it hadn’t been done before Saturday.

*Castles Made of Sand: As the Commonwealth readies itself for the Kentucky/Louisville game on December 31, it appears that the matchup will feature a pair of top 5 teams. The latest polls have Kentucky #3 and Louisville #4. Upon closer inspection, however, these rankings seem questionable. The Cards, of course, are undefeated, while UK is not. In fact, the Cats have yet to win a road game all season. Yet, somehow, they’re ranked higher than UofL? Are John Calipari’s friends in the media pulling some strings for him? Also, Louisville beat Butler, yet Butler advanced further in the past two NCAA Tournaments than Kentucky did. So how is it that UK is ranked higher than UofL? And to top it off, UofL has done something this year that the Cats have failed to do: Beat an SEC team. In sum, it seems that the respective rankings of the Cats and Cards don’t make a lot of sense, at least as far as one of the teams is concerned. Oh well. I suppose this will all get worked out on December 31.

*Red House: Over the past two weekends, Kentucky has been involved in two closely contested affairs with traditional rivals, both of which ended with final scores of 73-72 in favor of the home team. However, while the outcomes on the scoreboard were the same, there were several glaring differences elsewhere. Specifically, I’m talking about the home crowd for each game. When one compares the behavior of the UK fans in Rupp Arena for the UNC game to the behavior of the Indiana fans for the UK game, one fact becomes crystal clear: Indiana fans care more about basketball than Kentucky fans. To wit: After the UK/UNC game, a North Carolina fan detailed his experience online. As one can see from perusing his account, he did not encounter even one UK fan who cared enough about the outcome of the game to physically confront him, or spit on him, or pour beer on him, or even scream obscenities at him. In contrast, a Kentucky fan who went to Bloomington last Saturday gave his account of the experience on this very website, and in reading it, one can not help but be awed by the amount of passion the IU backers displayed. Verbal taunts, non-stop profanity, and pelting UK fans with objects, liquids and bodily fluids. Just an impressive display by Big Red Nation. So while Kentucky likes to bill itself as “The Greatest Tradition in the History of College Basketball,” it could learn a thing or two from the folks in Hoosierland. And if IU is ever actually good enough to make the NCAA Tournament? Zip ’em up.

* On this date: On this date in 2007, UAB beat UK 79-76 in Freedom Hall. The Cats were unable to stop UAB’s Robert Vaden, who scored 33 points. It was the worst defensive performance the city of Louisville had seen since Karen Sypher in 2003.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

33 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. Streak ends in 11
    12:05 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    First, again



  2. symphonist
    12:09 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    LOVE these posts!!!



  3. GoCats3
    12:10 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Well done. Sypher jokes never get old.



  4. catbalue
    12:11 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    There is a difference between being passionate and being desperate.



  5. catbalue
    12:12 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Okay……..Fake Tipton got me again.



  6. Duck Fuke
    12:16 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Didn’t know Jerry was such a fan of the great Mr Hendrix . I would love to know what else is in mr. Tiptons phonograph collection



  7. ATLCatfan
    12:24 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    I look forward to this post every week! You make me smile Not Jerry Tipton!



  8. Calipari'sInYourEar
    12:35 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Yea, so maybe even Jerry gets one right every once in a while.

    Horse Tranquilizer Check



  9. scott
    12:44 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Indiana beat Kentucky last week, 73-72. Though the loss itself isn’t a huge deal (UK is extremely young, it’s only December, it was non-conference game, it was the biggest game at IU in at least a decade, etc.)…

    At least you went from “at least a decade” to almost a decade”…and before last season, UK’s biggest game was in what? 1998??

    Don’t forget in that blueprint to have UK’s OPPONENT shoot 37% from 2-point land, turn the ball over 18 times, and commit more fouls than UK. Don’t forget in that “blueprint” to have UK shoot 55% from the field, have 3 more steals, and 4 more blocks.

    Those should all be part of that blueprint. Please revise your snarky article-

    Thanks Bro’



  10. scott
    12:47 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    LOL…still funny, in this day and age of instant access, you tube video, etc.., that there is NO EVIDENCE of any of that behavior taking place.

    Robert Vaden? He’s a HOOSIER, eh??



  11. Me
    12:58 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    I LOL at the idiots who post and know nothing about NJT… Good job as usual!



  12. GoCats2
    1:03 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    The post is not nearly as funny as Scott’s reaction. Now that is funny stuff.



  13. Al's IndiCats
    1:05 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    I look forward to NJT every Friday…..That’s as good as it gets. But what makes it even better the Trolls that wonder in here and makes “Snarky Remarks”. Yep, that makes my day!



  14. Hoodssweatpants
    1:06 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with you 12, Scott needs his own posts based on his response.



  15. scott
    1:08 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Whups…that’s all tongue in cheek?



  16. King Rex
    1:12 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    how did I know atleast one IU fan would take the bait on Not Jerry. simply breathtaking



  17. theSkinny81
    1:17 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Scott “wins”.



  18. bmt22033
    1:19 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    @12 – I was thinking the same thing. If his day job at Walmart doesn’t work out, “Scott” could probably be a very successful comedy writer in Hollywood…



  19. hey idiot
    1:24 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    10 even though you clearly don’t get that this is a joke, I’d like to say that if someone is threatening you and you are largely outnumbered, it’s probably not a good idea for you and your friends to pull out a phone or video camera and attempt to record it…something tells me said phone/camera would be destroyed. Thanks for visiting our site and providing us with yet another laugh at Hoosier expense, though.



  20. GapToothDanny
    1:50 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink


  21. Joe
    2:07 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink


  22. scott
    2:18 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    #19…no, I wouldn’t pull it out, richard, but certainly, with all those witnesses, SOMEBODY got SOMETHING on video.

    #18…If you know any shows that are hiring comedy writers, lemme know…this ringing the bell for salvation army is getting old, and I am freezing my L’il Hoosier balls off.



  23. CAWTSSSSS
    2:20 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Scott, typical IU fan going on another programs website to justify that your team is relevant. FYI no UK acted this way when UK beat UNC. There was no court storming in which we stomped a UNC playboy model, no cursing at UNC fans that decided to show up and support their team, no commenting on UNC’s college website….the list goes on and on. You won one game in which your team played great get over it everyone in the nation knows you won. NO ONE CARES!



  24. Truth
    2:38 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    More crying by UK fans. HOO HOO HOO HOOSIERS



  25. Al's IndiCats
    3:21 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Damn…Typical Hoosier that don’t even know how to spell “HO” correctly LOL



  26. scott
    3:24 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    #23-

    Hey, it was your guy who had dakich on…again, DD should get some props for increasing traffic to this site-

    I am not trying to justify squat…other than DD was correct in his “no upset” assertion-

    I think that model went on the show and was a little miffed at all the attention, no? It’s not like she got trampled on purpose either…did she think that sea of red would part for her?

    Of course you wouldn’t storm the court against UNC….your program isn’t suddenly rising up from the dead. Why would you rush the court?

    You seem to care enough to comment 😉

    Happy Holidays!



  27. scott
    3:29 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Hoo Hoo Hooty Hoo Hoo.



  28. truthery
    3:38 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    wait… we HAVEN’T beaten an SEC team yet… this is on the money NJT !



  29. stevie
    8:10 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Let’s take the first point: The thing is that Indiana (like UNC) hit 3 pointers at will; there is nothing humorous in this. And, there is no humor in the fact that UK hits free throws at the rate of a junior high team. It is also true that Jones appeared to be on horse tranquilizers-he probably was. It is also true that UK had two fouls to give in the closing seconds; yet, were too stupid to do so. These facts don’t make Tipton look bad; they make UK and its fans look bad.
    As for point #2: UK has not won a road game all season. And UL is undefeated; UK is not.
    Sometimes, your posts aren’t all that flattering for UK. Sometimes, they make the real Tipton look intelligent



  30. stevie
    8:44 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    You sick pervert! You refuse to post my reply even though there was nothing offensive about it. Basically, I agreed that Jones appeared to be horse tranquilzed; that UK cannot buy a free throw; and, that UK cannot defend against the three. This is exzctly what you, I, and the real Tipton said.



  31. stevie
    8:49 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with not-Jerry-Tipton that Jones appeared to be on horse tranquilizers.



  32. scott
    10:19 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    what up kentucky



  33. scott
    8:40 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    ugh!