The 2012-13 season is underway, and just like in 1989 and 2009, the Kentucky Wildcats will struggle to make the NCAA Tournament. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:
*You Wanna Freak Out: Though UK coach John Calipari likes to boast that he has had 3 players taken with the top two picks of the NBA Draft over the last 3 years probably, closer inspection reveals that these players are not doing what they are being paid millions of dollars to do: Win. 2010 #1 pick John Wall* was selected by the Washington Wizards, and their record is a mere 3-15. 2012 top pick Anthony Davis** plays for the New Orleans Hornets, who are a pathetic 5-15. And Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken with the #2 pick in the 2012 draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, who sport an embarrassing 7-13 mark. In reviewing all these statistics, one wonders why the teams who take UK recruits this early in the draft are so bad. Cause, meet effect. It cannot be a mere coincidence that these three clubs have a combined winning percentage of .258, when statistical probability suggests that these squads should win 50% of their games as a whole. Also, one would think that #1 picks would make their teams winners, but one would be wrong. UK fans hope that nobody spills these beans to the Harrison twins, lest they take their talents elsewhere.
* Wall has missed the entire season with an injury.
** Davis has missed most of the season with injury.
*Victory Dance: A recent poll showed that Kentucky fans outnumber Louisville fans in the state of Kentucky by a 66%-17% margin. These results sent shockwaves throughout the Commonwealth, as people from Maysville to Mayfield asked the same question: “How is it that Louisville is so popular?” Consider: Louisville is a city. There are 418 cities in the state. Mathematically, then, only 0.0024% of the residents of Kentucky should be UofL fans. Instead, a whopping 17% ride or die with the Cards, which means that Louisville is 7,083 times more popular than it should be. Though Calipari likes to boast that the Cats are the “Commonwealth’s team,” the numbers suggest otherwise. And numbers, unlike Coach Cal, don’t lie.
*Movin’ Away: ESPN released its initial bracketology this week, and the Wildcats were pegged as a #5 seed. This does not bode well for Kentucky. Specifically, John Calipari is walking the exact same path that led Tubby Smith to the frozen north hinterlands of Minnesota. Think about it. First, Tubby won a national championship very early on in his tenure (just like Calipari). Then, shortly thereafter in the year 2000, he found himself as a 5 seed (just like Calipari). Finally, he was run out of town by a rabid mob of blue-clad zealots who didn’t much care for his style and lack of winning. (Just like Calipari? We’ll see.) And if all of those coincidences aren’t eerie enough, consider this: Tubby Smith has 3 children. So does John Calipari! Wow. Let’s hope Coach Cal has a winter coat, eh?
* On this date: On this date in 1991, Kentucky beat Arizona State, 94-68. The Sun Devils would get their revenge later that season, however, when UK lost to Duke on Christian Laettner’s shot.