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Patrick Patterson’s Friday News and Views

When it comes to beloved Kentucky basketball players from our past, Patrick Patterson’s name can usually be found somewhere in most Kentucky fans’ top 10. Patterson’s legacy at Kentucky is as interesting as any player in recent memory. Patterson was THE most coveted recruit in the Billy Gillispie era. Before we all really knew what that era would entail, Patterson’s commitment captured the attention of an entire fan base. The timing of Patterson’s recruitment coincided with the rise in the sports blogosphere (10 years ago, that word would have had red squiggly lines underneath it). Patterson’s recruitment was instrumental in the increased awareness and popularity of KSR. People were hungry for information. Patterson liked KSR and KSR followed his recruitment closely.

Patterson’s first two years at Kentucky were probably not what he expected when he made the decision to sign with the Wildcats. He suffered an injury during his freshman season, keeping him from playing in the NCAA tournament. In his sophomore season, the team missed out on the NCAA tournament all together. Patrick Patterson almost became perhaps the biggest casualty of the Gillispie era at Kentucky. Patterson had the chance to leave for the draft when the Gillispie-Calipari coaching change took place. The legacy could have ended there, with Patterson being a player we all would have wished could have had a better college experience. Instead, Patterson stuck around to improve his game under the coaching of Calipari, as well as change the taste left in his mouth after his college career was over. Patterson was always the kind of player who you hoped good things would happen to. What a travesty it would have been for such a talented player, who played with so much heart, to have never even played in an NCAA tournament game. Patterson was a huge part of Kentucky’s reincarnation as one of the powerhouses in college basketball. Patterson got to experience a spectacular season which reignited a fan base and turned the heads of the entire country. Patterson got to experience the NCAA tournament. Patrick Patterson got to leave Kentucky on a good note– something that didn’t always seem a certainty. Happy birthday, PPat.

 

And now on to the news and views from the day…

Did you hear that? You did? That was the sound of Arkansas’ NCAA tournament bubble popping…And the sound of my heart racing as Arkansas nearly pulled off a huge comeback against Vandy, making me have to restart my entire night post after having it 85% written. Not cool, Arkansas. Not cool. Vanderbilt came out on top 75-72 in the end. Dorothy Arkansas you’re not in Kansas Fayetteville anymore. Maybe the first few rounds of the NIT can be played in Fayetteville. If so, Elite 8 or bust. One SEC bubble team down, 3 more to go. I’m lookin’ at you Tennessee, Alabama and Ole Miss. The longer Kentucky can outlast the other SEC bubble teams, the better. Tonight we moved one step closer.

After a day of speculation and debate about which opponent Kentucky would most like to face, we finally have our answer: VANDERBILT. The 10th seeded Vanderbilt pulled the upset over the 7th seeded Razorbacks, proving the notion that Arkansas is not quite the same team in __(insert literally anyplace other than Fayetteville)__ as they are in Fayetteville.

 Let’s go through a couple of “Positives/Negatives” on the Vandy win:

+1  Vanderbilt isn’t a great team and they haven’t been a great team all season. The Commodores have had a mediocre season at best and have a team with virtually no star power. As the 10 seed and coming off the season they’ve had, on paper Vanderbilt is clearly the desired opponent.

1  It sure would have been nice to get some revenge on Arkansas after the beating they put on Kentucky in Fayetteville.

+1 Vandy lives or dies by the 3. Vanderbilt usually doesn’t make 12 three pointers in a game. Tonight they did. Maybe the Commodores got their “unconscious” big shooting night out of the way already.

-1  Vanderbilt was on fire from three point range tonight. Hopefully the Commodores aren’t finding a shooting rhythm that will last all tournament.

+1 If Kentucky had played Arkansas, and advanced, the frenetic pace and press from the Razorbacks could have left the Cats exhausted.

-1 A loss tomorrow to Vanderbilt would hurt more than a loss to Arkansas would have hurt. A loss to Vanderbilt could hurt the Cats.

+1  Word on the street is that even though Vandy is technically the hometown team, the Vandy fans did NOT show up in force. Shocking, I know.

+1  If you watched the last 4 minutes of that Vandy/Arkansas game, I don’t want any part of that Arkansas press. Chalk avoiding that one up as a win.

+1 Kentucky has already beat Vanderbilt twice this season

-1 Both games were too close for comfort. Kentucky only beat Vandy by 2 on the road and by 4 at home.

 

Kevin Stallings was interviewed before leaving the court after the win and had the following to say about tomorrow night’s match-up with Kentucky, a team the Commodores have fallen to twice this season already:

“They’re a very good team. I kind of laugh all this bubble talk with them. I haven’t studied it that much but they look like an NCAA tournament team to me, regardless of whether they have Nerlens Noel or not. We’ve had very competitive games with them. I’m hoping, I’m sure that tomorrow will be very competitive at the end. And hopefully we can just play a little better.”

“Kentucky has earned the right to be everybody’s rivalry. I’m jealous of them for that…”

On UK’s fan presence: “I don’t care. We’ve seen it… Kentucky fans won’t bother us. Kentucky players will bother us. We’re playing our best basketball of the season.”

 

 

***UPDATE: 7 Quotes/Thoughts from John Calipari’s late night press conference:

1. “I didn’t watch the game. They know us. We know them.”

2. Calipari believes that Vanderbilt has the advantage because they played a game tonight. Sometimes the team on a bye has the disadvantage. Vandy could get on a roll after playing tonight.

3. “Vandy is going to shoot 30 three pointers tomorrow.” Cal said his team can’t worry about that. “Compete against ourselves.”

4. Cal says he has been harder on his team the last few days than he has at any point this season, and his team has responded.

5. “We’ve had three REALLY good days of practice.”

6. Calipari has no idea how his team will play tomorrow. Cal says that is how it’s been all season with this team though. “Come on, you’ve seen us play.”

7. Cal told his team that the first game of the tournament will be the hardest. Things get a little easier after that.

 

  As I am putting the finishing touches on this post, 3 out of the 4 SEC tournament games for the day have been completed. We’ve talked about Arkansas and Vandy, and Texas A&M and Missouri are still in action having had the 10 p.m. tip-off in the Big 12 SEC Tournament.

LSU beat Georgia 68-63 in the most meaningless game of the day. LSU will face the top-seed Florida tomorrow in the 1 p.m. game.

*Prediction: Florida will win by 20 points, at least. And at least once during the broadcast you will be reminded that the tall awkward guy for LSU is a tuba player.

Tennessee handled a depleted Mississippi State team with ease, 69-53. Tennessee will face Alabama in the 3 p.m. game in a potential make-or-break bubble game for both teams. Tennessee might be in good shape to make the field with the win. A loss would leave Tennessee sweating on Selection Sunday.

*Prediction: Tennessee keeps the momentum train rolling, setting up a great semi-final between the Gators and the Vols. Spoiler alert: I’m picking Tennessee to win that one too. Oh, and someone you know or follow on Twitter will inevitably STILL make a Jarnell Stokes stretching joke. Do not laugh. The only thing that simply refuses to die more than the Harlem Shake is Jarnell Stokes stretching jokes.

 C’mon Travis Ford. Beat Baylor... (pop!)

 Dave Telep, an ESPN Basketball Recruiting Analyst, had some interesting insight to share tonight on Twitter regarding next year’s draft, including talk of some of Kentucky’s freshmen:

“There are so many kids projected high in NBA draft that will leave, get paid and be out of the league after 1st contract. Stay. Develop.”

“Aside from Nerlens who is different level prospect, Len and other UK frosh have immature resumes. High pick, high risk.”

“With this draft why not reduce your risk, take Marcus Smart high, call it a day. Upside of many will never outweigh the unknown w him.”

“In order to “develop” in NBA, one must be seen as worth the time/$ investment. Not to mention, not all franchises created equal.”

For whatever reason, Bill Clinton spent time in Louisville’s locker room after the Cards dismantled Villanova (pop?). In even more unexplainable news, Peyton Siva was asked about the experience and said, “We just exchanged phone numbers. Nothing much.” What in the world could those 2 have to talk about?

 

Although I’m not in Nashville to experience it myself, just from watching on TV tonight, it’s clear that the Big Blue Mist has already started to ascend into Bridgestone Arena. And Kentucky hasn’t even played a game yet. With the other teams having weak fan showings, Kentucky fans have more than filled in the gaps. Tomorrow should bring a huge influx in the Kentucky faithful’s presence in Nashville. Do your thing, BBM (get it?)

PS… well done ESPN. Well done.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

69 Comments for Patrick Patterson’s Friday News and Views



  1. Ridge Runner
    11:06 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Well done, Ally. Hayypy B-day PPat and yes, doesn’t Bill Clinton show up in the most unusual places? (No pun intended)…well, maybe



  2. clueless
    11:09 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    What is so great about the bottom picture?



  3. Ally Tucker
    11:11 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Louisville’s pictures w/ Marquette’s names



  4. WhyBillWhy?
    11:36 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Ally, this was fun to read. When Tubby left, I didn’t think we had had anything to look forward to at least one year, then 2Pat said he was coming to UK. Thank you Mr. Patterson and your family, thank you, thanks again. You endured BCG, a stress fracture, and a coaching change. Thank you again if I didn’t already say that.

    Now for Bill – what on earth are you doing in the UL locker room? After UL played Villanova? In Madison Square Garden? Did you attend either school? USA has so little time away from politics, and now you’re taking our March Madness as well. Please take the advice of an old soldier and just fade away, at least from the sports scene.



  5. The Bank is Open
    11:37 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Always love to see ESPN fail….almost as big of d-bags as Bill Clinton.



  6. Two peas in a pod
    11:37 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Clinton and pitino have some things in common



  7. Rae
    11:55 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    The only UL player I recognize by face is Peyton Siva. I have better things to fill my brain with. His line beard is just so perfectly trimmed.



  8. tdogg40330
    11:57 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Happy Birthday PPatt …… GO CATS BABY !!!!!!!



  9. williamtitan
    12:07 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    (bottom picture) i dont get it…



  10. mashburnfan1
    12:16 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    9} you obviously don’t read other comments either.



  11. Wildcatsteeler
    12:17 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Dang I didn’t know Clinton was here. Best president in half a century. Last 4 years of a balanced budget and 3 with a surplus that he handed to the mentally handicapped worst president in 2 centuries. Bush turned a 5 trillion surplus into over a 5 trillion debt. So 10 trillion down the drain. The greatness of the 90s versus the lost decade of the 2000s. UK wins under Democratic presidents and so does the country.



  12. stratblend
    12:21 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    11) I’m a dem, and that’s still the dumbest statement I’ve ever seen. the two decades can’t be compared fiscally. the dot com boom (and bust) skews everything. Let alone 9/11 and a military operation. I’m still no fan of bush.



  13. Well
    12:54 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    That settles it. Lose tomorrow and we forsure won’t make it. Take care of business cats!



  14. Louisville
    1:05 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Omg! UK is OBSESSED with Louisville. Why post this? Cause u can’t cheer for your own team this year…and I don’t give a damn about “last year” and “next year!” You’re WEAK NOW so EAT IT!!!!!!! Lmao!!!!



  15. Louisville
    1:11 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Plus, the bottom of the screen shows ALL of the teams from the Big East that is a lock for the tournament. You hear that KY? A LOCK for the tournament!!!! Lmao!!! Bubble team ass!!!! OMG!!



  16. skullanbonesdiss
    1:14 am March 15, 2013 Permalink


  17. skullanbonesdiss
    1:17 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH8GGitDAXg

    Equal time…Bush, Mafia and the Cia…enjoy



  18. Branden
    1:55 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Is there going to be a fine?? They fined Jay Z for being in Kentucky Locker room.



  19. ZHT
    2:03 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    14.) why are you even on here. This is for UK fans not ul fans… You guys ain’t winning the title if that’s what you’re thinking?! Sorry man. Bye. Get off this site and go to one of the cardinals crappy websites



  20. Yep
    2:13 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    11. First, a balanced budget and our national debt are two totally different things. Let’s say my household budget is $100,000 on Jan. 1. Let’s say I have set a budget for my household for the the entire year at $40,000. Let’s say it only took $30,000 to run my household for the year. My budget shows a surplus of $10,000. Now here lies the problem, Lets say I only made $20,000 for the year. I beat my budget by $10,000, yet my debt went up because I only brought in $20,000. I beat my budget by 25%, yet my debt increased 10%.

    Fact 1, our debt increased over 1 trillion dollars during Clinton’s 8 years. Fact 2, Our National debt increased every year under Clinton. A simple internet search will prove this beyond doubt. During Bush’s eight years, the debt increased right at 5 trillion dollars. During Obama’s first 4 years the debt increased over 5 trillion dollars. Now having said that, I am not bashing on Clinton. Due to the internet boom and various other things, the Clinton years were pretty good. Damn good when compared to the last 12 years. Numbers can be skewed to say what we want. For instance under Reagan, our debt increased right around 1.5 trillion, but the percent of increase was 188.6%, which is 14.2 percent per year on average. Under Obama our debt rose over 5 trillion dollars. The percent of increase was 53.6% (average of 11.3per year) Just by percentage numbers we could conclude that Obama was 5 times better than Reagan. By monetary amount we could conclude that Reagan was right at 4 times better than Obama. So, which do we use? the actual amount or the percentage? That would depend on rather you are a democrat or republican.



  21. Kevin C.
    2:21 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Can someone explain to me how Minnesota is a “lock” for the tourney, with a 20-12 (8-10 conf.) record, and are 5-11 since Jan. 9th ??? If Flubby and his gophers are a lock with that pathetic record and utter failure over the last several weeks, there’s no way UK should be worried about making it in.



  22. cat_crazy
    2:22 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    OMG!!!!..the guy who posted on 14 and 15 the picture is funny because espn dont even give a damn about loserville enough to get the names correct with the team..and what are you even doing on a KENTUCKY WILDCATS fan website are you checking in on how awesome we are going to be next year..oh yea let me ask you when was the last time you won a championship?. like 30 years ago..but who cares right..you all was close last year but guess who you all couldnt beat..oh thats right it was us KENTUCKY.its funny how you loserville fans have nothing to be proud of yet you go around acting like you have 8 national championships,the most wins all time,and are considered the top college program of all time..the only thing LOSERVILLE and KENTUCKY have in common is a state..you wanna be us so bad it aint funny..but it is pretty obvious!!!!



  23. cat_crazy
    2:29 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    hey 21 the only reason they are making a big deal about kentucky and the tourney is because it is kentucky..our record for any other team is a solid lock for the tourney..these so called sports guys are not exactly kentucky fans so they look for any reason to bash on us..i know we have had a down year but we are still a good enough team to make the tourney..its not fair but thats just the way it is when your kentucky..



  24. H/t laker cat
    3:41 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    21 & 23. They’ve beaten Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Memphis, and Michigan State…all ranked teams at the time. They’ve had some bad conference losses, but have had some pretty impressive wins. Their resume is better than ours honestly.



  25. Jsvice
    3:43 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    11- there was never a $5 trillion surplus. Ever. The last three years did produce a budget surplus, but nowhere near 5T, and we still had a huge national debt. Not sure where you got that figure from, but it’s wrong.



  26. old salt
    4:06 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    14- hey UK won it all “last year”, and oh my just wait til “next year”!! wow!



  27. Raazoul
    5:33 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    25 he’s just another delusional Clinton fan. They’re worse than UL fans. The guy was awful, ruined the housing market, let Bin Laden stay free when he could’ve prevented 911, got impeached, etc. The list goes on and on. His Republican congress created a decent budget in his last couple years, made him look good. Dumbass people love to see another dumbass become president. Makes them feel smart.



  28. just curious
    6:28 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    27) lmao. Wow. Stay classy dumbass.



  29. Cal'sMilkMakers
    6:34 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Vandy by 15. Cal [email protected] and can’t win without 5or 6 NBA players. He will return to the place he has been 4 times before, the NIT. Wes did not buy him enough elite talent this year and hand delivered him a couple of duds. Wes needs a refund. I’m sure h will buy better polayers for next year.



  30. Plain Truth
    6:48 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Bill and Rick, with those two granddads on the hunt, they will not be one woman safe in the city.



  31. Duhville
    6:50 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    29) didn’t they teach u how to spell at that ghetto commuter school?



  32. UnboltedharpEzwav
    6:54 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Pitino probably took Clinton out to a Itailin resturant, or maybe it was the other way around.



  33. buckster1
    6:57 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Pitino and Clinton may have wanted to discuss the advantages of cigars and resturaunt tables?



  34. Remember1986?
    7:02 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    UL fans, the only people who brag every year about how many teams their conference is sending to the tournament. It’s the same thing every March. A record number of BE teams get in and then half of them are gone by the first weekend. Hooray!



  35. RealCatsFan
    7:02 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Ally, you forget that Clinton was actually the first black POTUS. He just wanted to hang with the boyz and discuss his ho’s.



  36. too much time on my hands
    7:12 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    29)Its way to early or to late to be hitting the Crown Royal bottle. Pour a little of the maple crown on your waffles while your commenting at this site it could help absorb the obsession with UK.



  37. RealCatsFan
    7:15 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    29, I have a milkmaker hanging for you. Swing on it.



  38. George Bush
    7:33 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    27)I could not of said it better. We are the smart people. I am sure the American people would love to see my successful reign return. “Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.”



  39. Rixter
    7:43 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    (In my raspiest Bill Clinton Voice) “Repeat after me, Ricky… ‘I did NOT..have…sexual relations with that woman.. Ms Sypher'”



  40. Rixter
    7:44 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    With Bill and Rick in the same room, what’s the over/under on the number of combined skanks……… ?



  41. Marion County
    7:48 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    1.Tubby recruited Patterson and Gillespie was lucky enough he still got him to sign to come when Tubby left.

    2. Love Patrick Patterson, he always cared and had the heart for UK. Happy BDay.

    3. As for Bill Clinton, Louisville got lucky sounds like that Prez stopped by. Bill Clinton is a winner! Cannot wait till he is the First Man!!!!



  42. RealCatsFan
    7:49 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    All it takes is for a picture of a former POTUS to show up on a thread, and the whole things descends into the usual partisan bickering and finger pointing. There is plenty of blame to go around for both parties, and economic boom / bust is cyclical. The party has to end sooner or later, just like this latest run on the stock market will surely end. We the American people are getting duped by both sides – they sit there and play this game of back and forth, and nothing ever gets done. Meanwhile they are all laughing at us all the way to the bank. Until WE decide we have had enough and elect a third independent party, it will be more of the same. As Mr. Daltrey put it, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”



  43. Ron Jurich
    7:49 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    The instagram photos made the NBC news at 7:14 a.m. (via the Matt Lauer Hour of Power).



  44. rixter
    7:56 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    # 15, you will admit that ‘last year’ is better than ‘twenty-seven years ago’, right?



  45. playersfan
    8:03 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Vanderbilt can make wide open 3’s. They moved the ball on Arkansas, and found wide open people. KY can’t double the pivot, and leave people outside open.



  46. RahRah
    8:08 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    LOL @ espn. Wonder if Rick & Bill went out for a night on the town after the game? Skanks aplenty in NYC!



  47. kentuckyrules
    8:32 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Oh lord, #20 and the rest of the ‘know-it-alls’ come here to politic from their ‘puters.



  48. classof68
    8:42 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    What’s the deal with no SEC TV coverage so far? Every major conference tournament on TV in Louisville except SEC. Crazy.



  49. dribble drive high five
    8:46 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Great post Ally!



  50. red headed step child
    9:17 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I was going to say what #20 said, he beat me to it. The only thing I need to know is did Clinton get Karen’s digits or not?



  51. Thrashitup
    9:22 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Also, and not to be overshadowed, 2Pat came back and got his degree a year early. The epitome of class and an all around great guy. Certainly a wildcat for life



  52. NL
    9:26 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    What do Clinton and Siva have to talk about? -“bitches and hoes”-



  53. UL2UK8
    9:29 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    That picture looks like Bill Clinton was kidnapped?



  54. Rockfield, KY
    9:49 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    52. “the are of being waaaayyyyyy overhyped and failing to live up to expectations”



  55. Ok
    10:32 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I read 28’s post about telling 27 to “stay classy”.. I then read 27 hoping to find
    Some crazy rant ….. All I found was truth. Stay realistic 28



  56. Ok
    10:33 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’m hoping there was a comment that was deleted and maybe he or she was addressing
    A different comment.. If so I apologize



  57. UL players Party shirtless with the president
    11:01 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    any reason to be that close to a 65 year old man with your shirt off Cards?



  58. J Lutz
    11:16 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I was at the game last night. Blue Nation is in Nashville!



  59. dddd
    11:36 am March 15, 2013 Permalink

    i dont get the BBM?



  60. Madisonville, KY
    12:49 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    @59 Big Blue Mist.



  61. Duke Sucks
    1:36 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again PPat was the most IMPORTANT cat since Mashburn. He wasn’t the best but he was a huge get at a time when we couldn’t even get 5 stars to visit more less sign here!
    It’s funny how after BCG screwed up and he did, most forgot just how bad Tubby left UK! The team BCG had a day 1 was less then Pitino started with at UK.



  62. spookykim
    1:37 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Good job, Ally! If you’all had let the day go by without recognizing our PatPat, I might have disowned you! 🙂



  63. dude
    2:36 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    What could Siva and Clinton have in common to talk about……Coeds



  64. mike
    3:42 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    #63…Peyton Siva Conference academic player of the year…I am sure he can conduct a conversation more than your 1 semester one/done



  65. Huh?
    6:51 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Those are not Marquette players…that is Playin’ Silva; Russ’ Dicklust; Wayne Blackqueer; Chain Blowsmany; Gorged Dung…what was ESPN thinking?



  66. Louisville
    7:04 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds like crybaby losers!!!!!!! What a bunch of morons! NIT BOUND!



  67. Louisville
    7:05 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t believe me just watch!



  68. Louisville
    7:07 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    22 what a dummy! If you would pay attention you would know that louisville already won… They showed louisville players faces during Marquette game… Douche bag



  69. Louisville
    7:10 pm March 15, 2013 Permalink

    Worry about getting in the tourney instead of sucking on our balls… Win some games and stop hoping other lose just so you can have a shot. PATHETIC! A new low smh but expected!