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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


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:

*I Wanna Talk About Me: After it was reported that walk-on Sam Malone would undergo season-ending knee surgery (his 4th such procedure), a handsome and charming reporter raised the possibility that these repeated injuries were the basketball gods telling Malone to take up a less physically demanding sport, such as chess. Everyone in the room laughed at the dashing scribe’s wit and insight. Along those lines, it appears that Malone isn’t the only UK player the basketball gods have been trying to reach. To wit: Jon Hood also suffered a knee injury. Why not join Malone on the chess team? Terrence Jones jammed his pinky. Why continue to play this game when dogged by such buzzard’s luck? Darius Miller endured a coaching change at UK. At what point does he say enough is enough? Doron Lamb has yet to reach his lifelong goal of playing in the NBA. Isn’t it time to cut your losses and come up with another plan? Marquis Teague missed a couple of layups against Indiana. If basketball were in his future, wouldn’t he have made those shots? Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist almost had to come back to college for another year when the NBA flirted with ditching the “one and done” rule. They avoided disaster this time, but what if fate isn’t so kind next time? The point here is that every player on the UK roster has been the recipient of repeated messages from the basketball gods to just walk away from this game. For whatever reason, they’re not listening.

*Getcha Some: Last Monday, Kentucky conducted a practice that was streamed live on the internet. Thousands upon thousands of Kentucky fans watched in horror and disgust, concerned that coaches and players of rival teams would also be tuning in, and preparing detailed scouting reports on the Cats that they would then incorporate into their game plans when preparing to play Kentucky. According to a source, Louisville coach Rick Pitino was in his office with the door locked on Monday at about the same time UK’s practice was being conducted. When an assistant knocked on the door, Pitino yelled at the assistant to go away and come back in a few minutes. A female voice (presumably an I.T. specialist teaching Pitino how to access the streaming practice online) then added “Never mind. He’s done.” This was apparently in reference to the fact that the information gleaned by the surveillance was so detailed and helpful that it only took a few seconds for a Hall of Famer like Pitino to put it to good use. At any rate, while Calipari likes to portray himself as ahead of the curve on reaching out to fans, you have to question the prudence of this decision.

*Wish I Didn’t Know Now: At his weekly press conference a few days ago, UK coach John Calipari complained that the media gave undue attention to poor academic performances of his players, while ignoring it when the Cats received good marks on their report cards. However, an overview of recent history reveals that this claim by Calipari is somewhat disingenuous. Specifically, a review of the scholastic transcripts of the Kentucky men’s basketball team reveals that the UK basketball team has achieved the following GPAs since Calipari took over: 2.02 in Fall 2009; 2.18 in Spring 2010; 2.82 in Fall 2010; 3.14 in Spring 2011; and 2.7 in Fall 2011. In other words, in the nearly three years that Calipari has been in Lexington, there have only been three occasions that the team has achieved a GPA above 2.18. Meanwhile, a full 40% of the time, John Calipari’s UK squads have achieved a 2.18 or lower. Before Calipari bemoans the media’s coverage of his team’s academic performance, maybe he should get his facts straight. If the Kentucky players do their homework as poorly as Calipari does his, no wonder they struggle in the classroom.

* On this date: On this date in 2009, John Wall racked up 14 assists in a 37 point win over UNC-Asheville. Wall, who attended UK only because he was forced to by the NBA’s one and done rule, is best known for going 7 for 18 from the field in UK’s Elite 8 loss to West Virginia later that season.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

17 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. cats4ever
    1:10 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    why post this garbage?…Not worth reading!

  2. Hero
    1:13 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino and an IT specialist huh? Well, if you got to call it something I guess that’s as good a name as any!

  3. We talking about practice
    1:14 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Reportedly, after the live stream went off UK’s practice really began. It went something like this: “Okay guys after we lose in the tourney to another Big East team, you’ll need to look for a suit”. “Drive into Louisville and buy one cause we only sell blue jean clothes in Lexington, go JORTS!” “I will sell the media on how great it is we didn’t win and we have a playas first system”. “You stop back by every once in a while and say hello to keep the fans brainwashed. Ready, everyone in 1,2,3 ME First”!

  4. IU Sanctions
    1:24 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    3) DOUCHE!

  5. dave
    1:36 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    3-color me crazy, but hasn’t “me first” UK done much better head-to-head (2-0) & in March (elite8/final4) than louisville first?
    so, aren’t you really just further showing how bad it’s gotten at UofL that a guy who rolls the ball out there to “me first” players still does wayyyyyy better than (what’s left of) your coach & team?????

  6. BigBlueJim
    1:39 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #1 and # 4 said all that needs to be said about this post!

  7. hmmmmm
    1:43 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #5 Over the past 10 years, you guys haven’t done any better than us. We have some elite 8s and a final four too. The only big difference for us is, we actually were able to build a new arena for the team and the city. It looks like you guys are only going to get an a rupp extreme makeover (about time). BTW, I don’t even think your guy cares about winning one:

    “I’ll be disappointed if we win a national championship and no one is drafted,” Calipari said. He paused and repeated the point for emphasis

    Read more here:

  8. Al B. Sure
    1:50 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Everyone needs to go over to and vote for Anthony Davis on the poll:

    Who is your frontrunner for Player of the Year?
    25% Jared Sullinger
    13% Thomas Robinson
    27% Marcus Denmon
    5% Tu Holloway
    6% John Henson
    23% Anthony Davis

  9. Al B. Sure
    1:58 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    This troll sure spends a lot of time on a UK fan site, huh? Doesn’t UofL have a site anywhere where fans can go spout off drivel? Probably not.

  10. UKalum
    1:59 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    7) The only reason we haven’t rebuilt rupp up to this point is unlike freedom hall rupp has history (see the 7 banners hanging above) and there was controversy over a new stadium or rebuilding rupp. And how about the past 15 years? (see 1998 banner) Every great program has had rough patches see UCLA now, UK under gillispie, UNC under Matt Doherty.

  11. understood
    2:09 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #10 Ohhh cause of the tradition. Hmmm then why do anything to it at all. Seems like this all came about when that school down the road built the best arena in America. Admit it. You can’t build a new arena cause no coporate sponsor wants to fork over that kind of money to support an arena in the middle no where! Bwhahahaha! BTW I know a lot of fans are mad they are not gettine a new arena.

    Lessington doesn’t exist even to it’s own fans! bwahahaha

  12. commonsense
    2:42 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink


    That’s some convincing argument you have there. “We have a new nice arena and you guys have an old one and your fans are slightly upset. Hahahahahahaha.” I, for one, will give you the arena. You built a nice complex with an awful name. Congratulations. Take pride in your new arena. We at Kentucky like to celebrate these things called wins. How has constructing that new arena helped you in that department? Certainly you didn’t lose in the first round to 13 seed recently? How about recruits? Since you have that fancy new arena and all.. the recruits must be flocking to Louisville. What about Marquis Teague, I heard he was on your guys’ radar, how’d that work out?

  13. Glad you asked
    3:17 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #12 Let’s start with the whole picture b/c at Louisville we believe we can compete in all sports. Our new football stadium has brought us a great coach and a lot of great recruits. BTW, how is your stadium coming along, is it still falling apart? I know your former coach said you need to invest more money in it? Anyways, we beat you in your crappy stadium this year and we went bowling? Did you go to a bowl? Will you guys ever get a chance to play in a BCS bowl? Tisk, don’t put all that money in bball.

    We were third in the Big East last year and had a great season. We didn’t win a National Title and neither did you so, whatever. As far as Teaque, we’ll find out tomorrow won’t we. I guess my question is has spending all your money on basketball the past 10 years really been worth it? I guess at UL we like wins in all our sports not just one.

  14. Natedog
    3:43 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #1 Are you the real Jerry Tipton?

    These Not Jerry Tipton posts are my favorite. Especially for anyone that has been reading that cranky old man’s columns for years.

  15. Nerd
    3:51 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Not Jerry is hilarious. He might be a bit more of a “glass half full” guy than the real Jerry, though!

  16. Not a Louisville Fan
    5:05 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    Last time I checked, Rupp Arena was in the middle of downtown Lexington, not the middle of nowhere. Also, the Chicken Bucket had to be built because Freedom Hall was practically falling apart and a new arena was a must. I don’t see anybody telling Duke to rebuild Cameron Indoor or KU to rebuild Allen Field House or UNC to rebuild the Dean Dome or UCLA to rebuild Pauley Pavillion or IU to rebuild Assembly Hall. Why should UK need to rebuild Rupp? It did a very nice renovation a few years back and simply doesn’t need reconstruction. If it happens, it’s because we are UK, and we do what we damn well please. YES WE CAN!

  17. Not a Louisville Fan
    5:09 pm December 30, 2011 Permalink

    #13 – UK plays in a tougher football conference than UL ever has and, until recently, a tougher bball conference as well. Not to mention women’t bball. How did that go for your program this year? And baseball? Soccer? Volleyball? Tennis? UK dominates UofL in athletics. Football brings in tons of money and, like any school, it and basketball bring in the money to support the small programs. It’s economics. And logic. Learn about it at UK, a top 20 institution and the best in the state!