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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:

*Do They Know It’s Christmas?: Against Indiana, Kentucky took 7 three point shots. Obviously, they will never win a championship that way. As Dick Vitale often reminds us, three pointers have revolutionized college basketball, and no team can expect success if it completely ignores the deep ball. In order to win big in this day and age, a team must shoot threes, and shoot them often. In their next game, against UT-Chattanooga, Kentucky took 33 three point shots. Obviously, they will never win a championship that way. As Bobby Knight often reminds us, three pointers have cheapened college basketball, and no team can expect success if it is constantly shooting the deep ball. In order to win big in this day and age, a team must focus on its inside game, and resist the temptation to fall in love with the three. As postseason play approaches, one wonders if the Cats are capable of figuring out exactly how to play this game.

*Blue Christmas: After having a bad game against Indiana, many UK fans expressed optimism that Terrence Jones would bounce back. However, it became evident in the UT-Chattanooga game that this optimism was completely unfounded. Incredibly, Jones put up even worse numbers against the Mocs than against the Hoosiers. In the UTC game, he was held scoreless, and only grabbed a single rebound. While some starry-eyed Kentucky fans will likely try to come up with an excuse for Jones’s poor play against Chattanooga (e.g., he was sick, he was distracted, he was having personal issues, he suffered a grotesque finger injury, etc.), do not count John Calipari among those Terrence Jones apologists. He was so unimpressed with the way Jones was playing last Saturday, he only gave him 10 minutes of playing time in that game, and then sent an even stronger message by not playing Jones at all in the games against Samford and Loyola.

*Do You Hear What I Hear?: Recently, it has been reported that several Kentucky players have started getting together in the morning and working out, practicing, lifting weights, etc. Though they have deemed themselves “The Breakfast Club,” they would have been better off calling themselves “The Bad News Cats,” because this is not good news for John Calipari and UK fans. Specifically, this leads to several troubling conclusions: #1, several players on the team felt like they weren’t learning anything in practice and thus put it on themselves to improve on their own; #2, the team and coaching staff do not get along at all, or else they wouldn’t feel the need to practice outside the presence of Coach Cal; #3, Calipari’s eye for talent isn’t as keen as his supporters would have you believe, or else he wouldn’t recruit players whose skill level is so low that the NCAA-mandated 20 hours of practice per week simply isn’t enough. In other words, to put all of this “Breakfast Club” business in a neat little bow, the takeaway from this is as follows: The players aren’t learning anything in practice, they hate the coaches, and they aren’t really all that good to begin with. Merry Christmas, Cat fans!

* On this date: On this date in 2004, UK junior Patrick Sparks hit three free throws in the closing seconds to beat Louisville, 60-58. He traveled before he was fouled, though. (And he really wasn’t even fouled to begin with.)

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

22 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. bigbluedude
    12:26 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    we will kick the ville’s linebearded asses. that is all



  2. manbearpig
    12:27 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    Gold Jerry…this is gold



  3. Wildcat Kyle
    12:38 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    What is Cals suprise? Does anyone know?



  4. warrior
    12:41 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    I hate Lamar with every fiber of my body.



  5. Chris
    12:46 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    NotJerryTipton is actually right this time. Sparks did walk.



  6. dgtuk
    12:50 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    NJT really brought his “A” game today. Too funny!



  7. Space between John Hods jersey and chest
    12:58 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    Jerry, i’m not hearing what you’re hearing.



  8. SweetWm
    1:05 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    Wrong….we will never let the inmates run the prison. Cal is in charge.



  9. Tommy
    1:06 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    Why does bearable leader keep this guy.



  10. road_warri0r
    1:14 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    I think the breakfast club is a great idea and shows the determination of our players to go the extra mile. This will improve cohesion of the players as well as the benifits of extra practice. Look what extra effort brought Josh Harrelson, in turning a lack luster college player into a man among boys on the college level and an NBA contract. I salute the breakfast club!!



  11. John
    1:17 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    Regarding the things to take away from the “breakfast club.” Have you ever considered that these young men have a work ethic and hunger for success (things you are not familiar with) that makes them want to improve themselves and help their team by doing even more than what is asked of them? Calipari has instilled in these players the idea that you get out what you put in. In other words, if you put in only what is required then you cannot expect to win a championship; the more work you put in of your own time, the more you can expect great things. But of course, that would be thinking too positively and giving our boys too much credit for having a mature mindset. Maybe this routine and focus is what our previous two teams were missing…



  12. best1978
    1:20 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    Are you sure this is NOT Jerry Tipton? It sounds like the real Jerry Tipton to me. ๐Ÿ™‚



  13. Al's IndiCats
    1:33 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    The “Do they know it Christmas” Paragraph IS so Tipton I damn near forgot I was reading NJT. If a Silver cloud has a GOLD lining this would be it. GREAT job NJT!



  14. Jeff
    2:33 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    Classic Jerry ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved the 3-point turnaround!!!



  15. Bob Day
    3:17 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know who actually authors these NJT posts, but they are in the stream of the funniest things I’ve ever read in sports writing. Kudos to the composer(s) ๐Ÿ™‚



  16. john4uk
    3:25 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    #5, Are you Jerry Tipton? It’s not a violation if it is’nt called.Therefore,Sparks did’nt walk,but he was fouled as evidenced by the call and the resulting free throws.



  17. Patrick
    3:29 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    I just got mad at Jerry Tipton. I seriously had to ask myself “Who the heck did KSR let write this?”. Oh yea. My bad. Excellent stuff.



  18. barn
    3:35 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    ‘tip got run over by a reindeeer…….’. please, santa



  19. UkRef
    6:51 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    Not only did Sparks walk, but he was never fouled. He also walked when he called the TO that led to the winning play. I’ll take it, but uofl got hosed down.



  20. Blew Hare
    7:29 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    Saw where Bob Knight went to see his boy Pat coach Lamar against “The” Ohio State and they honored him. Any chance we could get him to follow Lamar to Lexington next Wednesday so we can HONOR him appropriately? Get it done Mitch!



  21. ukfan
    7:43 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    hilarious!



  22. catsincebirth
    7:46 pm December 23, 2011 Permalink

    Everyone says Sparks walked but watch the
    UL possesion right before
    that.The UL guard picks up the ball with
    both hands and hops before passing a clear
    walking violation.