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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


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:

*Touch The Sky: Heading into tomorrow’s Kentucky/Louisville clash, it is clear that one coach has all the pressure squarely on his Armani-clad shoulders: John Calipari. Anybody who follows this rivalry knows that Cal absolutelyhas to win this game. What does it say about him and the UK program if they can’t beat a team that hasn’t won a Final Four game in over a quarter century? Moreover, if Louisville were that good, would they have lost 4 in a row to the Cats? Also, which of these two teams is the national champion, and which one lost in the 1st Round of the NCAA Tournament to Morehead State? And to top it all off, Louisville is heavily favored, ranked 4th, playing at home, has all the experience, and after losing 4 straight to the Cats, have absolutely no excuse not to win. In other words, the Cards are bound to be overconfident. Quite simply, any objective observer who handicaps this matchup will ask the same question: If John Calipari doesn’t beat Rick Pitino and Louisville this year, will he ever?

*All Falls Down: Ever since John Calipari got the Kentucky job, the program has been trending sharply in one direction: Downward. In 2010, the Cats were ranked all season, swept Vanderbilt, and beat Indiana. In 2011, though they were ranked all season and beat Indiana, they did not sweep Vanderbilt. In 2012, they were again ranked all season, but they lost Indiana and failed to sweep Vanderbilt. And this season, they are unranked, have not swept Vanderbilt, and have not defeated Indiana. If one looks at the big picture, it is obvious that things in Big Blue Nation just keep getting worse and worse. To add insult to injury, a poll was recently taken of Kentucky residents* which posed the following question: “Does Kentucky suck like really bad?” 100% of respondents agreed that yes, Kentucky sucks “like really bad.”

* Two 14 year old Louisville fans.

*Power: According to, Kentucky has 4 of the top 16 picks of the 2013 NBA Draft on its roster. This does not bode well for Kentucky. As teams like Louisville and Indiana have shown, in order to be highly ranked this season, a team must have a roster full of upperclassmen who are good college players, but not high level NBA prospects. How is John Calipari planning on building a roster which will find itself at the top of the polls in 2012-13 with a bunch of players who will go on to be lottery picks? If only his recruits had a fatal flaw, like UofL guard Peyton Siva (can’t shoot) or IU small forward Christian Watford (not good enough), then maybe the Cats would be garnering top 5 votes. Instead, they’re unranked, proving once and for all that fielding a team full of lottery picks is no way to win a championship. And the future doesn’t look any brighter. The 2014 NBA Draft lottery is also full of future UK players, and Calipari may even add more! The poor get poorer.

* On this date: On this date in 1986, Louisville was fresh off its last national championship. None of the parents of current UofL players even knew each other at that point.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

10 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. bigbluejon
    12:02 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    It’s crazy how we have to pay attention to NBA Mock Drafts every year, even in December lol

  2. Linda Taylor
    12:07 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Kanye West is the pick of the week.

  3. Quickdraw
    12:07 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    I was expecting some fearless prediction of Cal taking the Nets job.

  4. Jughead
    12:09 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    NJT is warm and yummy.

  5. tom5673
    12:33 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    i get the whole “potential” thing, but how is cauley-stein’s draft stock rising? any of them for that matter! do other top programs not have underclassmen with potential?

  6. mudcreekmark
    12:50 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    5) Can you say “The Kentucky Effect”? That is the only possible thing that would explain this.If you come to Kentucky you will be drafted no matter how poorly you play. If Goodwin, Poythress or WCS would have chosen any other school and played like they have to this point, none of them would be projected to be first rounders.

  7. EC
    1:13 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    This one belongs in the KSR archives, especially the last part.

  8. Cards rule
    2:43 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Even your own fan site agrees that the Cards are going to win. This guy is the only poster I’ve seen with enough BALLS to call Cal out for what he is! PayPal and WWW had players lined up for UK now that he is starting to miss on players( Shabaz, Bennett, and Harris) Cals coaching short comIng are showing!
    UK has a loss for each of their first round picks! Lol. We have Pitino and UK doesn’t. I know 70% of you microwave fans would trade Cal to even have a chance for Rick to grace your campus again. UK fans are jealous that Rick left UK the first chance he got, but he sees how great UL is and will finish his career here!!
    See you rednecks tomorrow at a state of the art gym. While you all have a out of date scrap heap of a gym! Even the state knows which program is the best and built us a new gym and refuses to waste money on Rupp. Cal will be on probation and there will be no games in Rupp soon!!!
    Tipton is the only honest writer on KSR and the LHL. All you rednecks hug your guns and your sister go flatten your mountains and leave basketball to a true power school UL! All your fans show up at Rupp with the coal dust still on them with their sister drinking MT. Dew buying their tickets with their cheese check!

  9. theWilkman
    3:03 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    Nice try, #8.

  10. Not Really
    4:39 pm December 28, 2012 Permalink

    #8-For all the time it took you to write that post it really isn’t very good. Not worth enough for a Cats’ fan to even get angry.