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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. Though the Cats were fortunate enough to make the NCAA Tournament this year, they did not obtain the favorable draw they hoped for. As such, their postseason figures to be a short one. 🙂 At any rate, for those who want to stay informed and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

* Still Not a Player: There was quite an uproar among Kentucky fans when the seeding for the NCAA Tournament was announced, and UK was a 4 seed in the East, the same region as overall top seed Ohio State. Meanwhile Florida was a 2 seed in the Southeast, which is generally considered the weakest region in the field. Cat fans will point to the fact that UK won 2 of 3 games against the Gators this year, had been the more impressive of the two teams of late, had a higher RPI, had a better ranking, had fewer bad losses, and had just won the SEC Tournament with a blowout win over the Gators. However, these arguments fail to acknowledge the importance of the fact that Florida had a better league record this year than UK did. And how a team performs in the regular season is what really matters. Granted, Alabama won its division in the regular season and got left out, but other than its victory over Georgia, Alabama didn’t win a game in its conference tournament, and how a team performs in its conference tournament is what really matters. Case in point: UConn finished 9th in its conference yet somehow managed to get a 3 seed, simply by virtue of winning its conference tournament. Kentucky fans may want to consider removing their blue-tinted shades before casting stones at Committee Chair Gene Smith. After all, his record as AD of Ohio State speaks for itself.

* Please Cal, Don’t Hurt ‘Em: In the last minute or so of Kentucky’s SEC Tournament game against Alabama, with the Cats up by 16 points, both DeAndre Liggins and Doron Lamb went down with ankle injuries. This resulted in several UK fans (gasp) criticizing John Calipari. I happen to agree with these fans, as there is no excuse for both Liggins and Lamb being on the floor in the last minute of a 16 point game. In fact, an argument can be made that none of UK’s top 6 players should be on the floor once the outcome is essentially decided. Of course, some will argue that because Kentucky only has 10 players on its roster, one of the top 6 will have to be on the court at all times. They will then say that even if Calipari emptied his bench with 3 minutes left, there’s a decent chance that either Liggins or Lamb would have had to play until the final buzzer. Not so. The rules do not require that a team have 5 players on the floor; they just prohibit more than 5. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be unwise to sit those top 6 players if the game is a rout, and just let the 4 bench players play. In fact, given the production of Eloy Vargas in the SEC Tourney final against Florida, it would be prudent to keep him on the bench too. Also, you never know when Jon Hood will come in handy, so you probably want to keep him over there as well. Going forward, in order to avoid the risk of injuries, the only players who should be in the game in the late stages of a blowout are Jarrod Polson and Stacey Poole.

* Check Yo Self: Eight losses. Seeded 4th in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament. 10-6 in the SEC, including losses to Georgia, Alabama and Vandy. This is the resume of the Kentucky Wildcats. The 2001-2002 Kentucky Wildcats. Yes, the infamous “Team Turmoil” of 9 years ago is almost the mirror image of the current UK team. Yet, if one remembers, then-coach Tubby Smith caught a lot of heat for the performance of that team. Conversely, current coach John Calipari is being lauded for the performance of this year’s team. Double standard? In the words of Sarah Palin, “you betcha.” In fact, one could even make the argument that the accomplishments of the ’02 Cats was more impressive than those of the ’11 Cats, as the former group was able to earn a 4 seed after overcoming several obstacles that year, including 3 home losses (one of which was to Western Kentucky), seeing its star freshman refuse to shoot in a game because he was upset over playing time (the precocious Rashaad Carruth), dealing with several off-the-court issues with almost every player on the team, and getting blown out by South Carolina in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. On the other hand, the current team had to win its last 6 games, including a cakewalk through its competition in the conference tourney just to get that 4 seed. In addition, it is inarguable that Tubby had accomplished more at UK by the outset of the 2002 Tournament than Calipari had by the time the 2011 Tournament kicked off. More NCAA Tournament wins (12 to 3), SEC Tournament wins (9 to 6), SEC Tournament titles (3 to 2), national titles (1 to 0) and overall wins (130-60). And if one remembers, the 2002 season was considered by many to be the “beginning of the end” for Tubby. Is this the case with Calipari? We’ll see.

* Happy Anniversary: 20 years ago this week, Kentucky was on probation.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

42 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. ??
    12:04 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Um, was this supposed to be posted a week ago?

    And as for Tubby’s team, it was the team that became #1 the following year AND HAD Tayshaun. So yeah — I think he deserves some heat for not doing better that year. #notwinning



  2. Toothless Temp
    12:06 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) You obviously don’t get Fake Jerry Tipton



  3. Toothless Temp
    12:07 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1) Also Tayshaun Prince was not on the 03 Wildcats.



  4. HiMyNameIs
    12:07 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t blame Cal for not taking out his starters late in the game. He wanted to stick it to Donovan. Don’t think Billy wouldn’t have done the same thing to us.



  5. Eldrick's Wood
    12:15 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Today is Pearl’s last stand. We will miss you Bruce!



  6. Indyblueblood
    12:17 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Yecgth! Reading this effort at writing like ole Jerr makes me want to go through a decontamination chamber or a high colonic. It’s funny, but I still feel the need for detox.



  7. JOhn Doe
    12:19 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    The coach comparisons arent exactly fair. Tubby’s numbers are over the course of 4 years and Cal’s are over 2 years at UK



  8. Bart
    12:19 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Not Jerry Tipton always knows how to set us Blue Kool Aid drinking fans strait.



  9. Paducah Cat Fan
    12:23 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    7) Well…obviously…we’ve got an excuse-maker here in Lincoln Park. Quit whining about fair, why do the number of years even matter. Excellent points, NotJerry, well-thought out journalism. He’s climbin’ in yo windows…



  10. sangaman
    12:25 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    This is the best post I’ve read on KSR in a long while. Not Jerry Tipton you might just be my new favorite writer. Hilarious and makes excellent points.



  11. PatPattersonISWalkingThruThatDoor
    12:25 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Crazy how Cal is two years into his Kentucky tenure and it already approaching Tubby’s 10-year totals in several categories…



  12. PatPattersonISWalkingThruThatDoor
    12:26 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    ^ and by that I mean “four-year totals”



  13. Jeff
    12:31 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    He’s right! Tubby did accomplish more than John ever has. Sometimes we are so stuck in the present, we forget how good things were!

    Great points about taking the top 6-7 players out. Coach Cal showing why he’s always been criticized for his late game coaching decisions. Most objective thing I’ve read on here all day.



  14. BlueJ
    12:32 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    1 and 7 what is wrong with you two?



  15. Uof L Hater
    12:34 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    What a troll piece….. Comparing Tubby’s 4 years versus Cal’s 2….. Idiot…….



  16. Luvin' Morehead
    12:39 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    You cannot compare those 2 teams you freakin’ idiot. Why is Tipton even allowed on here?



  17. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    12:39 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    For the first time I actually laughed at this nonsense.

    Really it doesn’t have anything to do with “getting it”, but Tipton actually might suggest playing just 2 players in the final minutes of a blowout.

    Then the value of conference play and tourny play, and the cross logic. It was less exaggerating what Tipton would say and more of… what he would actually say.

    Yet the end result is I just felt like I read material from this buffoon again. Now I know what an inappropriately touched puppy feels like at the human society.



  18. Bluecalizone
    12:41 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    You could change that picture out with someone on the Ky Sex Offender Registry and no one would notice the difference.



  19. Jonah Hex
    12:45 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Jai Lucas just scored for Texas- any word on his recruitment to UK?



  20. Louisvilles loss
    12:49 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Can someone find out what stage of the loss cycle howie lyndsy is in.



  21. Soap MacTavish
    12:55 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    #19 – Leaning Oakland, I hear.



  22. IfThenElse
    1:04 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Ok. Either
    1. The comments (1, 7, 16) expressing distaste and bewilderment for this post by NOT Jerry Tipton are genuine and I have lost all faith in mankind

    OR,

    B. The comments (1, 7, 16) expressing distaste and bewilderment for this post by NOT Jerry Tipton are a rather ingenious attempt at extending the humor that NOT Jerry Tipton provides with his posts in to the comments section, in which case, well played mankind.



  23. mjblue2
    1:07 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Hilarious. Great post. Satire is wasted on the ignorant.



  24. IfThenElse
    1:10 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    23. I agree. One of the best yet. I think the last 2 lines in the 1st note is hilarious.

    “Kentucky fans may want to consider removing their blue-tinted shades before casting stones at Committee Chair Gene Smith. After all, his record as AD of Ohio State speaks for itself.”



  25. Bourbon and Blue
    1:16 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    DAMM. I gotta take these blue tinted shades off.. they got my mind all cluttered up. These cats have indeed over-achieved. I am proud of Calipari and these YOUNG players. They are well coached and talented enough to beat anyone yet they are inexperienced enough to lose to anyone. I am thankful for the University of Kentucky in what they mean to me and others. John Calipari is a class act. Someone pass me the bourbon, its game time.



  26. TheNewOriginal
    1:16 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    22/ Sadly, I’m pretty certain that it is option 1. I’m sure this is old news, but Cal was talking about NotJerryTipton on his call-in show Monday night.



  27. bluekz
    1:41 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    heheh..these are great



  28. bluesince66
    1:43 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    These posts are great, and that some people still don’t get them is kinda scary.



  29. Jorge Pancho
    1:51 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    “Alabama didn’t win a game in its conference tournament” . . . wrong! Of course, The Tide did beat UGA – again – in OT in the SEC Tourney. I know you’re “Not Jerry Tipton,” but can you at least get your facts straight?



  30. Lucaine
    1:53 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Right on the money again. Keep preachin’ the gospel NJT.



  31. Bert
    2:11 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    #29,when Not Jerry said “other than their victory over Georgia”, he was refferring to Alabama’s SEC tourney win. You see, that’s the joke. Other than winning a game, they didn’t win a game. Come on people, this stuff is hilarious. Are some people really that dim?



  32. Assassin Number 2
    2:13 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know what is funnier your posts or the morons that think it is real.



  33. Tshirt
    2:38 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    i THINK that as long as you have avail. players that have not fouled out, you are actually required to have 5 on the floor … you don’t have the option unless you have fouled that many out or injured … i THINK that is correct



  34. NotJerry fan club president
    2:39 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    this guy is the best !



  35. Duh!
    4:02 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Duh!



  36. me
    4:37 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    comment



  37. Jorge Pancho
    4:51 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    “Alabama didn’t win a game in its conference tournament” . . . wrong, Not Jerry Tipton – Bama beat UGA in OT in the SEC Tourney, before falling mightily to UK.



  38. Will Hill
    5:44 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    33–you don’t have to have 5 on the floor. Remember “Hoosiers” when Normal Dale played 4 just to make a point to one of his players . . . “My team is on the floor.”

    Sour



  39. TURKISH_prison_blues
    6:52 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    What ill tipton say if Cal goes to Elete 8 or Final 4



  40. Ky die hard
    7:04 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Anything Tubby accomplished was with another coaches players. Wake up and look at his history! Tubby came in with a ready-made championship team and continued to fizzle as the years passed. If you remember anything, remember this … Tubby never had a player he recruited play in a final four!



  41. Smack Talker
    11:05 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Happy Anniversary indeed NotJerry. Well played sir



  42. KYLE BELLAMY
    1:22 am March 19, 2011 Permalink

    thanks not jerry, that was an awesome post!