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Sunday Morning Links

-After last night’s defeat from the hands of Louisville, ESPN.com’s Myron Medcalf gave his take on the game in rapid recap form.  Surprise, free-throw shooting was listed as the key statistic.

-In Jeff Goodman’s recap of the game, he claimed this victory for Louisville “may be a season changer.”  After their first victory in five attempts, the Cardinals “will now enter Big East play with swagger instead of questioning itself.”

-The Telegraph (middle Georgia’s news source) claimed that both teams could find positives from last night’s contest.  Citing the near 17-point comeback as the reason for Kentucky fans to be pleased going forward.

-In PJStar.com’s college basketball roundup, the Commonwealth’s rivalry got all the attention.  In the article Russ Smith was quoted as saying “this one probably ranks as one of the top five biggest wins of my life.”  The piece also gives brief summaries of other important games around college basketball from yesterday.

-In other news, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis matched up against one another in Charlotte last night.  While Davis finished with 18 points on 9-11 shooting from the field, he was out-shined by Kidd-Gilchrist individually. He scored 22 and pulled down 9 rebounds.  After the game Kidd-Gilchrist stated,  “I had it going a little bit.  That’s going against my best friend, so of course it’s special.” Unfortunately, the Bobcats dropped their 18th straight.

-John Wall took “a step forward” this week after being cleared to practice.  Wall has missed the entire NBA season with a stress injury to his knee.  In the Washington Post’s article, Wall’s coach was encouraged from his play in individual drills and even stated his efforts were “a step in the (right) direction.”

 

 

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

24 Comments for Sunday Morning Links



  1. JACKRABBIT8
    10:04 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    We are going to be tough come madness time. Please Archie, get it under control. You are a key cog in our system. You too Alex!!!



  2. Big Blue 66
    10:05 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    i know there are alot of dolts in the media, but Goodman may take the ultimate prize. If i was UL in the year Im supposed to challenge for the title and a young, not ready for prime time UK team comes to the Yum center and with help from FT shooting I walk out with a 3 point win, I dont have swagger, I understand anyone could get me in the tourney at any time.



  3. da man
    10:09 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Im soooo sick of people saying that we benefit from this loss. How? A loss is bad. After every loss we’ve had, people say we can benefit from it. I see the opposite. We just cant get over the hump. We yet to have a complete game. Why on earth did we wait til we were down by 17 to start playing?



  4. bung
    10:12 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    we don’t know how to run the fastbreak…we were outscored 20-2 on the break which caused us to get beat on points in the paint by 16



  5. bigabes4uk
    10:14 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    NO ONE CLICK ON THAT GOODMAN ARTICLE!!! The douche just wants hits! He said we UL is a title contender and WE ARENT!! DOUCHE!!! We just took YOUR title contender to the wire on the home floor! ASS BAG!!!

    UK Fans BE HAPPY! There was almost no way to win this game for us but we found a way to have a chance with under a minute to go a while shooting 47% from FT!!! Those are problems that can be FIXED!! I sure as hell am not giving up on this team now! They finally showed they have a pulse!!



  6. A good uk vs ul recap
    10:30 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Im not into moral victories but this game was as close as it gets to one.



  7. bung
    10:55 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    links to running….there is even one called the Kentucky pattern (obviously it is a few years old)
    http://www.guidetocoachingbasketball.com/3_lane_break.htm



  8. mudcreekmark
    11:08 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    I think the biggest thing about the lose is that it is the last non conference opponent we had that would have given us a quality win.It will hurt our seeding come tourny time. SEC is so weak I think the best we can hope for would be a 4 or 5 seed. Having a 1 or 2 gives you a big advantage in making it out of the first weekend. The higher the seed the less likely we make it to the sweet sixteen and I think that may be our ceiling this year.



  9. Chad
    11:20 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Myron Medcalf can suck it!!



  10. Delk for 3
    11:31 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    8 — I agree about our seeding. We really need to get through the SEC with only two or three losses and need to beat Florida at least once, as well as take care of Missouri at home.



  11. Delk for 3
    11:33 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    This team has kind of put their backs up against the wall. They don’t have much room for many more losses when it comes to NCAA hopes. I’m not overreacting. I’m just being real.



  12. Delk for 3
    11:36 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    5 — Guy has a right to believe that. I personally don’t think we are a title contender either. I’m okay with that, too. You don’t always have to be the best to enjoy rooting for a team.



  13. Troy
    11:43 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    I wouldn’t feel too confident if I was Loserville after that game. You win at home to a team that shot in the FORTY% range from the line, came back from down by 17 on you at home, AND had 2 of it’s starters not show up to play (Mays and Poythress). If anything, I’d be less confident after the way that game ended.



  14. Troy
    11:44 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Mays should NOT be a starter. Mays should get 15 minutes off the bench TOPS.



  15. gog8ors
    11:52 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Regarding the match-up of Gilchrist against Davis, Davis only scored 8 points on 4 of 11 shooting from the floor. Unless the box score is wrong from ESPN.



  16. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    11:55 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    UK made progress in this December game, which is important for a young team. Whether you want to call it a “moral” victory it is important to make progress. In college basketball it is more important to be great at the end of the year. UK and UConn 2 years ago, where alot better at the end of the year then they where in December. So, we will see how much they progess over the next 3 months, they are alot better now then they where a month ago.



  17. Delk for 3
    11:59 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    I think Louisville is very good but I don’t think it is because of their two guards. I think it’s because of their entire collection of front court players and Blackshear. I think Peyton and Russ are solid, but I also think that they personally think they are the best part of the team. I feel that they are somewhat full of themselves (especially Russ) and have a tendency to play selfish at times, especially when the game gets close. Russ was kind of out of control late in the game and was bailed out by our unwillingness to take a charge and also his own rebound that went right back to him. In a close game, Russ will take over and the Cards will ride or die on him making shots or not. This will be how Louisville loses in the NCAA tournament. The rest of the team will stand by and watch Russ jack up shots even when heavily defended.



  18. Ummm
    12:19 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Just to point out AD only had 8 points last night. Not 18.



  19. ButthurtAlert
    12:40 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Much of the whining and backpedaling here really doesn’t cast you guys in a good light.

    1. You cry about the officiating, yet it was the inconsistent officiating that put Russ, Peyton and Gorgui on the bench with 10 minutes to go in the game. Just as the poor officiating led to a travel call against Noel, it led to a phantom call that fouled-out Siva and allowed a four point play for Kentucky.

    Let’s be clear here: the officiating was poor, but not biased towards either team. And it wasn’t individual calls that affected the game. It was the shift from the Big East “let them play” style of the first half to the tick-tacky calls in the second half. Had the officiating been consistently tight or consistently relaxed, Louisville’s three most important players wouldn’t have been on the bench. They’re all veteran players who would have been able to adjust to the officiating style and play accordingly–had officiating only been consistent.

    2. Yes, KY’s free-throw shooting was abysmal. A wise man once said that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, and that Willie Cauley-Stein misses 100% of the free throws he does take. Had you made four more free throws, all else held constant, you would have won the game. But the below average free-throw shooting was more than made up for by above-average three point shooting. If you have an average night in those two categories, you make (being generous) two fewer threes and four more FTs and lose by five instead of three.

    3. Every time you say that UofL isn’t an NC team or that they were “exposed,” you only insult your own team. The only way to save face after a loss is to build your opponent up to be better than or equal to their true level of play. The fact is, with the exception of Poythress, Kentucky had an above-average night and would receive, for their expectations, an A-. Louisville would receive a B- or C, as their only moments of “A”-level play came in the early second half. Their three most important players were benched for long stretches of the second half and they still held on for the win.

    UK showed an attitude in their comeback that bodes well for their hopes of a run in March, but don’t delude yourselves into thinking a comeback from down 17 to lose by 3 is the same as a back-and-forth game in which you lose by 3. You never led. Just as UK’s win over KU in last year’s NC wasn’t as close as the final score would tell, the same is true for this game. It was a game in which a 3 point differential felt more like 7 or 8.

    So suck it up, face the facts, and deal with it. Kentucky is the all-but-uncontested best basketball program of all time, who yesterday overachieved in a loss to a much better UofL team. Deluding yourselves into believing that the referees stole the game and Siva actually had 22 fouls, attempting to make fun of UofL fans on Twitter in the lamest way possible, or making some of the dozens of inane and butthurt comments I’ve seen on here about how UK is the better team or this game didn’t mean anything to you just makes you guys look like pathetic “wanna-be”s instead of one of college basketball’s blue-bloods. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but the lack of quality content and professionalism here at KSR is a good match for the site’s shitty layout.



  20. SeaCat
    1:06 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Jonathan you are a great writer,
    but find a better picture for your
    post than that chain link.
    Find some cheerleaders linked
    arm in arm, anything but chains or
    sausage.



  21. Katdaddy
    3:05 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    We showed a pulse after we got 17 down. i still think the team will have some struggles in a weak ass conference.



  22. ButthurtAlert
    3:41 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    @21 Katdaddy

    I meant during the comeback in the second half. I didn’t explicitly state that, but it should have been evident given that my point was about the difference in atmosphere between a comeback that comes up short and a back-and-forth, down-to-the-wire game.

    Regardless, that’s just a minor part of my overall point–a point for which you just provided yet more support.



  23. I Be4UL
    10:25 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    #19 So, UL does not foul? UK missed 14 free throws, one starter shot 1-8, and Poythress scored 3 pts(?),UK has 15 turnovers, and UK loses by 3 pts at UL. That is overachieving? You are a fool! It is a December game that UL won by 3 pts. UL has not won a final four game since the 3 pt shot has been in college basketball. UL is the “wanna-be”.



  24. littlefeller
    5:08 am December 31, 2012 Permalink

    19-your opinion and mine differ greatly on the game in regards to the future for each team. Had UL beaten UK by 18 or so and led by double digits(as you referenced to UK/KU in the final 4) then the game is not as close as the final score. However, UK was in contention the entire first half and had an early 8 pt lead. They were only down 8 at half-cut a 17 pt lead to 2 and battled between 2 and 7 for 2-3 minutes. It wasn’t a 50 ft 3 pointer at the busser that cut the final deficit to 3 points. If either team has positive advantage coming out of this game it’s UK. UK lost to the #4 team away-made a game of it after coming from 17 down with about 15 mns to play, more than adequately covered the spread and only shot 47 % from the line(I guess UL’s defense caused that one). UL can only say they got a W and that’s about it. See ya in March big guy!!!