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Reasons to be Optimistic for Wednesday

 

 

Well guys, we’ve been wallowing for a solid five days now since Nerlens first left the court on Tuesday night. That’s longer than it’s taken me to get over some boyfriends in the past. Now, I’m not happy about the showing we put on at Tennessee by any means, but I think it’s time for us to adopt “On to the Next One” as our Sunday theme song and focus on what John Calipari said was the team’s only option after such a horrible game: regroup and change. With that in mind, I’ve found a couple of reasons to have hope that the Cats will pull it together against Vandy on Wednesday. I didn’t originally mean this to be a counter post to Cassady’s, but great minds think alike, I guess, except exactly opposite. Without further adieu…

 

I see you photo-bombing, Jarrod and Willie.

 

1. Julius Mays and Kyle Wiltjer. In the first game against Vandy, the two were nearly nonexistent, combining for five points in 39 minutes of play. Lately, however, they’ve become our most reliable players on offense. Since being held scoreless against Texas A&M on January 12, Wiltjer has scored in double digits in seven games, including that 26 point outing at Ole Miss. Uncle Julius, meanwhile, has scored in double digits in his past five games- not to mention the fact that he’s ready to light a fire under all the young’uns on his squad, according to his comments yesterday.  These two fellas may easily end up being our go-to guys for the rest of the season, and it starts with their personal redemption games against Vandy.

 

2. Commodores are only averaging 59 points per game. At this rate, if the Cats continue to struggle on offense like we saw yesterday, we might see a really low scoring game on Wednesday. Last time we met Vandy, they threw up bricks from three point range- and in yesterday’s win against Texas A&M, Vandy shot 10-26 in their best Marshall Henderson imitation (nine of those three-point buckets were made by Rod Odom and Dai-Jon Parker- names to keep an eye on for Wednesday). Even with those ten three-pointers, they STILL only scored 63 points. Our offense is nothing to write home about right now, but neither is Vandy’s.

 

3. Great timing for a home court game. After the misery we endured yesterday, the timing is perfect for the Cats to come home for the week and gain some confidence at Rupp Arena. I know our fan base isn’t currently in the best mental state, but the Cats need us now more than ever. Consider Vanderbilt a warm-up for College GameDay on Saturday, and be loud and proud. There’s still time to salvage the season, and the fans can play a big role in inspiring the Cats to fight their way out of the wreckage.

 

As Cal said in his blog post today, “No life raft is going to be thrown at us. We’ve got to swim back because this is going to be hard. But if we want it, it’s still there for us. Now let’s go get it.” Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…

 

@KristenGeilKSR

 

Article written by Kristen Geil

22 Comments for Reasons to be Optimistic for Wednesday



  1. BMLITTLE
    4:23 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    WE are….UK!



  2. Reality
    4:24 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    We lose by 15 🙁



  3. Ridge Runner
    4:31 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    1 thing for sure… Whether it’s Cal, a light coming “on”, us fans cheering, whatever… –it’s eventually up to the boys who wear those UK unforms and take the floor on what lies in the results.



  4. Licamo Katz
    4:39 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    If Cal benches AG, Ap and RH I will cheer and support evenifthey lose by 50 points. But if AG plays 34 mins again I will boo even if UK wins.



  5. Licamo Katz
    4:42 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Start Jarrod, Mays, Hood, Kyle and Willie and the crowd will be happy. If Cal starts AG, then he is thumbing his nose at the BBN and they will not like it.



  6. 3cats
    4:45 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    #4 I only hope your next to me! You may boo once but you will not boo twice! Stay home we don’t need you so called fans.



  7. Eric K
    4:52 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    #4 must be related to oldschool! GO CATS!!



  8. Andy
    4:54 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    this has been the strangest year I can ever recall. players no heart, nerlens going down, harrow’s leave of absence and no pg play, blowed out by UT, losing at home, WCS gets out of breath before the 10 minute mark, Kyle can’t hit the barn at times, Polson starting??, strange twilight zone sh/t.



  9. please uk
    4:56 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    anyone think nerlens will return?



  10. Andy
    4:58 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Only thing that would make this season stranger is if we went on to win enough to make it to the NCAA tourney. It shouldn’t happen but this season nothing would suprise me.

    9> dude, if you are going to take time to post something make it like a question someone could answer. dumbazz



  11. UK fan no matter what
    5:10 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    UK lost to Fla by 17 then at UT by 30, yet fans are not allowed to criticize the players or Cal. Ok, butbwhat happens if UK gets blown out on Wednesday, then what. The only way to resolve a problem is to first admit that you have a problem. Cal admitted he had a problem in the post game pc, now he has backtracked, so does that mean that He is not ready to face nd correct the problem or does he simply realize that the is no simple answer and just play out he year.



  12. oldschool
    5:19 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    7 – I don’t make it a habit of booing kids for their on-the-court mistakes, inabilities, or flaws. Now if a kid is a knucklehead and breaks the law or shows poor sportsmanship – I may be tempted to boo – but I’m not a boo bird at games.



  13. cadukfan
    5:29 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    ive been fan for 40+ years and live and die by each game…died hard yesterday…but still think this team has shot at making making true big blue fans proud. p.s-lots of pretty good teams are getting beat badly on road this season!



  14. goukats
    5:38 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    With the way this bunch plays,and the attitude they have,i would’nt bet the house on them winning the Vandy game.They have to be the biggest flops in the history of UK basketball.



  15. #'sdontlie
    6:20 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    People its atrocious play. Guard play is awful and now we have no inside presence on either end of the court. Look, you can have off nights shooting and even have sub-par offense but we don’t play defense. It doesn’t take five stars next to your name to be solid defensively. It should hurt the pride whenever the opponent scores. UT scored 40 pts in the paint. (Almost more than we had for the game) And defensive rebounding is part of defense or you do it all over again. Take pride and get stops b/c we aren’t going to score in bunches.



  16. bung
    6:26 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    I agree that the fans would like to see Wiltjer, Polson, Hood, Willie and Mays start…Poythress could rest Willie… and Lanter, Goodwin, and Malone could be available in case of foul trouble…of course I would love to see some fast break points this time also…



  17. mudcreekmark
    6:46 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    The Goodwin and Poythress experiment should end, now. It is not working. If you are going to call them out then bench them and don’t play them.Don’t call them out and then go out and play them 34 minutes. If they aren’t listening then don’t play them. You wont get hell from any of the fans if we loose the rest of the games on the schedule by doing this. We want players in there that know how to play the game, and who will give 100%. Will Hood get killed some times? Sure he will but it wont be because of lack of trying or caring. Will Polson get the ball stolen from him and get beat off the dribble some times, sure but it wont because of lack of trying or caring.Please play these two and let the other two sit.



  18. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    7:03 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    UK needs to run their offense thru Kyle. The best they have looked all year is when they do this.



  19. Bobby Knight's Shrink
    7:53 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    #16…no way we could field that lineup…no defense whatsoever, may as well wave a matador flag and wave ’em on by….would be WORSE than our defense now !!!



  20. mudcreekmark
    8:10 pm February 17, 2013 Permalink

    18) I have been saying the same thing all year. He wont listen.lol The only thing is, Kyle has to react to the double team faster and the other players have to react to Kyle better. They cannot just stand there and watch, they have to make themselves available. The bad news is, Goodwin, Poythress and WCS have no idea what that means, thus Wiltjer ends up trying to go against a double team with no options to pass to.



  21. kuhlkat
    12:21 am February 18, 2013 Permalink

    UK will lose to Vandy. This team has quit. Even when they try they just flat out aren’t any good. Goodwin-I better not say…



  22. bbr
    10:07 am February 18, 2013 Permalink

    This “no-heart” thing has been beaten to death and far too over-used. This was a weaker recruting class (overall, not just UK’s but UK’s was weaker) These guys aren’t Anthony Davis, MKG, John Wall, Brandon Knight, or Even Terrence Jones, Eric Bledsoe, etc When you don’t know what to do you are not going to give full effort. That is human nature. When you’re unsure and things aren’t working for you, your effort level does look like it’s less than 100%. It’s going to take years, not months for these guys. Add to that how much they’ve been beaten down, and sorry to say a great deal of that by Cal. I’m a big fan of Cal. He did a great job last year(and other years)and I gave him credit. This year he has done a bad job. That doesn’t mean he’s a bad coach. Everyone has bad seasons. This is his. I still believe in him and believe he is going to have many more great seasons. I’m hoping this season will teach him some lessons. I think much of the problems this season are on him rather than this “no-heart” thing we wll keep saying. Listen, Archie frustrates me as much as anyone, but if he doesn’t care then why does he spend so much time on his own in the gym working on his shooting?