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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


The 2012-13 season has started. However, the guess here is that the Cats will not be able to improve upon last season’s performance, which saw losses to hated rival Indiana (which didn’t even make it past the Sweet 16 lol) and Vanderbilt (which is more known for its academics than athletics). To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Runaround: During last week’s closer-than-expected win over Morehead State, the Kentucky “brand” that John Calipari touts took several hits. The first was when former UK player Sean Woods said that he did not like the “vibe” of the Kentucky players. Clearly, in order for an ex-Cat to make a statement like this publicly, something unforgivable had to have taken place. For instance, did Nerlens Noel spit on Woods? (Maybe.) Did Kyle Wiltjer kick him in the groin? (No one has said otherwise.) The possibilities are literally infinite. The next public black eye was when Morehead took a 10 point first half lead over the Cats. One would think that a team billing itself as the “defending national champion” would never fall behind by 10 to Morehead. The last and most damning was when Woods (who UK fans call “Unforgettable”) openly shoved and berated an unassuming college student on national television. Shockingly, nobody from UK has yet to issue a public apology for this last scandal. In light of this and the other controversies outlined above, one would think Calipari would have issued a mea culpa by now.

*But Anyway: The early stages of the 2012-13 season has been an unmitigated disaster for the Kentucky men’s basketball team. For starters, they lost to Duke, 75-68. And to make matters worse, Louisville lost to Duke, 76-71. While these scores would seem to suggest that Louisville is only 2 points better than the Cats, one must remember that UofL star big man Gorgui Dieng, who averages 8 ppg, missed the Duke game. Simple math (8+2) tells you that Louisville is actually 10 points better than UK. Of course, the UofL/UK is being played in the Yum! Center this season. How many points is that home court advantage worth for the Cards? Is it 10? 15? 20? Conservatively, let’s go with 15. So, when you add that figure to the previously-determined 10 point edge that Louisville has over Kentucky, this means that Planet Red (is that still a thing?) is actually a whopping 25 points better than your Kentucky Wildcats. Given this disparity, it will be interesting to see if the December 29 game actually goes forward, or like the Indiana series, John Calipari tries to get out of it.

*Sweet Pain: The University of Memphis started its season with a 2-2 record, including losses to VCU and Minnesota. This does not bode well for Kentucky. John Calipari bolted from the Tiger program just in the nick of time, presumably because he saw this implosion coming. Did he know in 2009 that within 4 years Memphis would be a middling squad struggling to stay among the ranks of the ranked? He hasn’t denied it. Of course, whatever his motivation might have been for hightailing it out of Graceland, one thing’s for certain. The University of Memphis basketball program is now a “hunka’ hunka’ burnin’ crap,” and the guy responsible for building it to such a level that it would eventually decline now resides in Lexington. How long until the same thing happens at Kentucky? We’ll see, dear readers. We’ll see.

* On this date: On this date in 2007, Kentucky sucked.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

35 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. sweet sweet love
    12:04 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink


  2. Linda Taylor
    12:13 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I got the Blues and I be Travelin

  3. GoCats2
    12:14 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Blues Traveler?

  4. dave
    12:21 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    tenn radio host reporting gruden officially out as UT candidate. jimbo & charlie & dan mullen are next candidates evidently

  5. MJ4UK
    12:21 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    And cue the people who take this article serious in 3,2,1……….

  6. UK
    12:24 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Sad thing is UofL may actually beat us by 25 at their place after seeing last night

  7. schwing
    12:28 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    among the ranks of the ranked? you mean those that are grounded to the ground?

  8. bluefan
    12:33 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Ugh…….too soon.

  9. usually a fan
    12:35 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    8. agreed šŸ™

  10. Shimsky
    12:37 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Who else loved Digger and his highlighter’s poignant reflections? Oh, and it really was SOMETHING when the dumb football player took over the broadcast. We looked like total crap last night from multiple points of view. Holy crap we sucked.

  11. Shimsky
    12:38 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Did I mention we SUCKED? We sucked like old_school’s radio debut.

  12. Shimsky
    12:39 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    We sucked harder than notre dame’s craptastic uniforms.

  13. Shimsky
    12:41 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I better see some FURY on Saturday. If we suck, I better hear fans LOSING IT on the team @ Rupp. Oh, and Harrow sucks.

  14. SeoulCat
    12:49 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    (Not Jerry Tipton addendum)
    On this date:

    One November 30th, 2007, the Kentucky men’s basketball team was less than 24 hours away from an 11-point shellacking to UNC at Rupp Arena. The loss would mark the start of a four-game slide for a team that would finish the season with 13 losses and a first round exit from the NCAA Tournament. That Kentucky squad’s record stood at 4-2 after the loss to UNC. This year’s squad is 4-2. Coincidence? I think not.

  15. SeoulCat
    12:49 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    *On November

  16. Real Fan
    12:51 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Why does KSR keep putting up this guys post. I thought this was supposed to be a UK site not a anti-UK site. If you keep allowing this scum bag to post every week I’m going to drop my membership. I Realy didn’t like the way he said Cal would try to get out of the UL series, like he is afraid to play good teams. Every week you let him post this foolishness WHY? And why isn’t anybody else complaining I just don’t get it. If the rest of these so called fans will set back and let this happen makes me going to leave the Lexington Herald a E-mail to show my anger over these stupid post their writers are putting out. If there are any REAL FANS like me you should do the same.

  17. Shimsky
    12:56 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Hey…yeah. Why DOES KSR put this guys stuff on? He’s a bad nerdy geekazoid. Real Fan brings up a good point. Great point there, Real Fan.

  18. Dead Horse
    12:57 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    This does not bode well for KSR, another NJT post. Yawn.

  19. stipid
    1:16 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #6 are u impressed with a Louisville win over Rutgers, the same Rutgers who lost to Kent st, the same Kent st who got pounded by UK, I see why u fear bird with teeth, not impressed the cards played a worse schedule than WKU

  20. Rockfield, KY
    1:20 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    16. Amen Brother! You give ’em the what for! Drop your membership too!

  21. Dr. Tom
    1:22 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #16…You are messing with us, right??

  22. Blue
    1:35 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    16…I, for the sake of humanity, really REALLY hope you are being sarcastic. If not, then you need to go the way of Ol’ Yeller.

  23. Pu
    1:45 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    16. I’d just stop paying my membership dues if I were you!

  24. fb>bb
    1:50 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    KSR has memberships? For what? How much does it cost?

  25. Go To Your Room
    1:53 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I love this line: a team billing itself as the ā€œdefending national championā€

  26. lawnorder
    2:01 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    That damn Tubby cause this!

  27. the joker
    2:16 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Yo 16! If you really think this is a serious post, you obviously haven’t been paying much attention to the site or the other comments.

    Also on this date in 2007, Brian Long didn’t appreciate his high school team.

  28. REAL fan
    2:18 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Some act suprised at membership. Yes KSR has membership and if they make you log in agian like they did a couple weeks ago some of you will be left out. I just don’t get some of you. Why would you allow this scum to trash UK and do nothing? I’m I the only Real Fan left. That’s ok we don’t need you bandwagon jumpers anyway. I bet most of you are the same ones who wanted Joker fired.
    Joker was a KENTUCKY alumnus who had a plan to fix our program the right way. You bandwagon jumpers wouldnt give him the time he needed. Hope your real happy now we got a outsider with no ties to UK. Some of you probably wanted Petrino, even though he has ruined every school he’s ever been to not to mention he has zero moral fabric. That’s ok us TRUE fans supported our team last year. I went to every game this year and supported our boys while you BANDWAGON fans stayed home and gripped.

  29. Jerry T.
    2:25 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    How many times and different names do I need to use to get everyone’s point across that this article is not funny and boring? We’ll try again next time.

  30. Facts of Life
    2:30 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    On this date in 2012, UK fans are more excited about UK football changes and recruiting than UK basketball.

  31. Biglaw Dawgin'
    2:41 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I LOL’d at the “On this date.” Haha.

  32. tltaworl
    3:19 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    That was great!

  33. REAL FAN
    3:55 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Tipton is such a bag. I left THe LHL a message telling about trash that their writer was spewing. They messages me back that he didn’t write on this site. When I assured them he did they, said they would look into it. So hopefully this will be his last post on here.

  34. Oohlala
    7:05 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I thought this was the sight for the University of Kansas. We didn’t play Notre Dame last night. That was KU, Kentucky University.

  35. Apocalypsz2012
    8:37 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Might as well start the tournament this weekend cause on DEC 21 its all over anyways!