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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:

*Bullet With Butterfly Wings: The 2012-13 Kentucky Wildcats are the first team of the John Calipari era that do not feature a player coached by Billy Gillipsie. The 2012-13 Kentucky Wildcats are also the first team of the John Calipari era to lose to Duke, lose a home game, lose to Louisville, and find themselves out of the polls. Calipari apologists are sure to point out that the primary players on the previous 3 teams were all recruited by John Calipari, but facts are stubborn things. With no Ramon Harris, Josh Harrelson Darius Miller to keep it grounded, this Kentucky team is — according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi — on track to be a 7 seed. Meanwhile, Gillispie’s last UK team was a 4 seed. Is this mere happenstance? Or is it the case that these Cats would be able to cure a lot of what ails them simply by being “5% tougher?” Whatever the case may be, it’s important to remember that Billy Gillispie hasn’t lost a game in almost 10 months, unlike some ::cough cough:: coaches.

*Disarm: In the game against Louisville, Kentucky coach John Calipari and the unranked Cats conspired to commit Free Throw Fraud. Late in the first half, referee Ed Corbett called a foul on Louisville’s Russ Smith. Replays show Smith fouling Nerlens Noel. However, as U of L made a substitution, Alex Poythress replaced Noel at the line. While UK fans will argue that the officials — whose job it is to make sure the proper shooter goes to the line — agreed with the decision to send Poythress to the line, it should be noted that Kentucky just happens to have a winning record in games officiated by Corbett. Coincidence? You be the judge. Eventually, Calipari went on to deny that he had anything to do with the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. However, he has yet to offer proof.

*Landslide: Last Saturday, the unranked Kentucky Wildcats traveled to the Yum! Center in Louisville, where they lost to the 4th ranked Cards by a score of 80-77. This does not bode well for Kentucky. As evidenced by the box score UK was lucky to even be in the game. Consider: Louisville missed 4 three point shots, 26 two point shots and 8 free throws. Had the Cards hit just half of those shots (which is a fair assumption, as most college basketball teams shoot roughly 50%), then Kentucky gets pummeled, 116-77. Lucky for UK, it simply wasn’t UofL’s day. And this doesn’t even take into account the fact that Ryan Harrow shot 100% on three pointers, and Kyle Wiltjer shot 100% on free throws. If the two sophomores didn’t just happen to have career days, things could have been even worse. No wonder the notoriously objective Pat Forde called Kentucky “a bubble team.”

* On this date: On this date in 2012, Kentucky was in both the AP poll and and Coaches’ poll. It was the last January 4 to date that the Cats were ranked.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

23 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. Supa
    12:06 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Matt Jones – Cherub Rock

  2. East Kentucky Infidel
    12:13 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Spot on! Preach it Brother Not

  3. Just Say'n
    12:14 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    I think it would be safe to say that Kentucky has a winning record with just about every official out there that calls their games. Just say’n
    If we go with the what ifs, Kentucky would have won the Louisville game if we had hit, say 70 percent of our freethrows. Just say’n
    Back in the day when I played high school basketball, we practiced freethrow fraud when ever possible. I guess I should go to confession. Just say’n
    On the other hand, I do agree that the “one and done” teams need a player or two with experience to stabilize the team. Just say’n
    End of the day, in March this team will be hard to handle in the tournament. I bet there won’t be many teams hoping for a draw against the Cats. Just say’n

  4. Rixter
    12:14 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    I believe BCG’s last UK team was a 7 seed. In the NIT.

  5. Dumb
    12:20 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    I have a feeling you all don’t understand the humor/sarcasm in the Not Jerry Tipton post’s. Just say’n.

  6. Blue
    12:40 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    4…BCG’s last team was indeed a 4 seed…In the NIT. Thus, the humor in the post.

    Jesus…Do some people STILL not understand these posts are one big tongue-in-cheek joke?

  7. Mr Obvious
    12:42 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Obviously, NJT is Smashing Pumpkins fan.

  8. TheNewOriginal
    12:47 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Another excellent NJT.

  9. Dr. Gonzo
    12:48 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Brian Long-Frail and Bedazzled

  10. Sammydog
    12:54 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    NJT is my favorite. Hilarious.

  11. Heisenberg
    1:01 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    I never know which one I look more forward to on NJT…the musical references (good choice this week), the tongue in cheek sarcasm, or the comments

  12. cpacat
    1:06 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    #11 – Definitely the comments!! The best is when people argue w NJT!!

  13. Funny Stuff
    1:17 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Just when you think NJT’s logical conclusions can’t get any more bizarre and hilarious……it gets more bizarre and hirarious, not to mention the comments! I’m picking myself up off the floor from laughing….

  14. Jughead
    2:14 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    I’m gonna find this Not Jerry Tipton fellow and wax his butthairs.

    2:34 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink


  16. mudcreekmark
    2:40 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    You have to be an idiot to not know this is sarcasm.Just say’n.

  17. bamaboy
    2:45 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    All I can say is my momma always told me to be kind to dumb animals and idiots. Which are you?

  18. B
    2:52 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Love the Smashing Pumpkin song titles – good work!!

  19. Trey
    3:30 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Loving the SP references! 😉

  20. Mike
    4:50 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t Travis Ford and another player (help me out) back in the day conspire to commit the old change the free throw shooter deal and didn’t Pitino go off and suspend them for a game?

  21. Your dumb
    5:32 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    5) can’t yon get that most know is fake and just put comments up to see how many try to correct them! Only thing better then the ones who don’t think it’s fake then the ones who think they have to police the post. Just say’n

  22. HollyS
    8:58 pm January 4, 2013 Permalink

    Billy G-Zero

  23. Carl
    11:02 am January 5, 2013 Permalink

    Classic….just classic. NJT has hit his mid-season stride. All I ask as that we not reference anything from PF. #PatFordedoesnotexist.
    #20…yes, it was with Jamel Martinez, I don’t remember if Pitino was suspended or not.