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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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The 2012-13 season in 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:

*Do They Know It’s Christmas: Last Saturday, Butler upset then #1 Indiana. However, in a move that had to have been a blow to the egos of Kentucky fans everywhere, Butler fans opted not to rush the court. As everyone recalls, when Indiana upset then #1 UK last December, their fans flooded onto the court as if they were fans of a junior college team who had just defeated the Miami Heat. However, in stark contrast to the Hoosier fanbase’s attitude towards Kentucky, Butler fans apparently have too much respect for IU to humiliate them by storming the floor. Indiana fans, of course, had no reservations about mocking the Big Blue Nation last year. Talk about embarrassing. But I guess that’s the difference between Indiana basketball and Kentucky basketball.

*Do You Hear What I Hear?: Kentucky has long been viewed as a “basketball school.” This seems to be changing lately, however, presumably due to the struggles the hoops squad has experienced this season. A couple of weeks ago, the UK football coach had a press conference that was attended by hundreds of Kentucky fans. This had never happened during Calipari’s tenure. And on Tuesday of this week, Kentucky’s offensive coordinator had a mid-December press conference that received widespread coverage by the media. This was first during the Calipari era as well. In fact, even high-profile football recruits are commenting on the fact that Kentucky fans just don’t care about their basketball team any more. And as embarrassing as that may be, the ultimate insult may be that Kentucky fans have voted UK into the lead in a contest to put the football Cats on the cover of a popular video game next year. With all this in mind, can Kentucky basketball still claim that it’s “Where The Season Never Ends?” Doesn’t look like it.

*White Christmas: Saturday against Lipscomb, Kyle Wiltjer played his best all-around game of the season, scoring 23 points (while hitting 7 of 9 threes) and collecting 12 rebounds. This does not bode well for Kentucky. Apparently fed up with Wiltjer’s lack of hustle and shooting accuracy, John Calipari opted not to start the sophomore versus Lipscomb. Wiltjer publicly told his coach where to stick it, by playing as well as he’s played in his entire career. The fact that Wiltjer would so openly and maliciously embarrass his coach in such a manner speaks to just how much tension there must be between the two. Regardless of whether Calipari starts Wiltjer tomorrow against Marshall, you can rest assured Coach Cal is hoping he doesn’t see a repeat of what transpired last week.

* On this date: On this date in 2006, Patrick Patterson was tipping off his senior season in high school. A few months later, he committed to Kentucky, where he eventually played and drove a car that you wouldn’t think he’d be able to afford.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

23 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. That Guy
    12:21 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Whatever Patterson got it was far less than his high school teammate OJ Mayo got.



  2. jcpostel
    12:26 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Appreciate the laugh on my birthday.. Not Jerry Tipton > Jerry Tipton.



  3. Bluecreeker
    12:26 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Is Jerry Tipton still alive?



  4. tvillian
    12:37 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    who does this ass clown think he is?



  5. Deep_oak
    12:40 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Stupid post. Why would you try to put UK Fball and basketball in opposition to each other. This is BBN dammit, we love all our teams, no one or other, or one vs. one mentality in this fan base.



  6. Buscotucky
    12:45 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Fish are bitin’ today.



  7. Big Blue 66
    12:52 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    never been a fan of NJT, and now its kinda over, I think NJTs 15 minutes were up a longggg time ago



  8. first time reader
    12:54 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Tipton! You idiot. That Butler / UI game was on a neutral court! They couldn’t rush a neutral court.



  9. tltaworl
    12:55 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    7. Then don’t read it. I have fever, and the only cure is more NJT.



  10. Go4It
    1:01 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Stop with these post. Not everyone comes on here 24/7 to understand that these are fake. Why have this stuff go around.



  11. Carl
    1:17 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    NJT is like a fungus, he grows on you and he’s like a rash, you miss him when he’s gone.



  12. Big Blue 66
    1:37 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    7. i dont read it, and i would hope that ksr would want to know that, so Ill telling them



  13. GO4ward
    1:42 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    NJT, keep posting. you may not get a lot of hits today because everyone is decompressing after a great KSR radio show broadcast. didn’t think you could hit two home runs in one at bat, but you guys pulled it off today. satire is just not the flavor of the day today.



  14. Gone Fishin!
    1:42 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Where is the best place to catch a fish Pa? Right in the bottom lip! And there bitin today, thanks NotJerry!!



  15. Mayan Chief
    1:43 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    The end of the calendar is near!!! be sure to make your sacrifices to the gods so that your life is spared!!!



  16. Why
    2:00 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Stop posting this rubbish! Why let this clown keep having the place to print his trash. Poor taste KSR if your going to be a UK fan site start acting like it! Let the LHL have this clown!



  17. Big Blue 67
    2:16 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    12- I cancel out your “i don’t read it” with an “I do read it”. Just wanted KSR to know.



  18. the Big Dog
    2:17 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    I hope that no one takes this seriously and starts bombarding Ra’chaad with tweets about his comments. does anyone know where he stands right now? I heard he was considering UK after committing to OKLA St.



  19. bbmike
    3:15 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Coach pitino likes cuffing too.



  20. Concerned Reader
    3:31 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    First time posting and visit the site once or twice a week. I love KSR and Matt Jones! However, I do agree with some of the previous comments… KSR why have Tipton be a guest writer?! He’s a cancer to the university! A drive by scandalous reporter! Please don’t let him post any longer on here Mr Jones! Ill still stick by KSR but skip his garbage column! The sole reason I canceled my LHL!



  21. bsquared
    4:22 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    16… Really????



  22. fb>bb
    5:46 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    If you don’t like Jerry Tiptons articles let the LHL know or you can contact him here: [email protected] 🙂



  23. Mike S
    12:13 pm December 22, 2012 Permalink

    NJT is the gift that keeps on giving….Happy Holidays Jerry