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The Morning After Links

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I’m sure you, like me, went to bed hoping you would wake up from a nightmare. A Kentucky loss in its first game of the SEC Tournament to Vanderbilt was as close to a worse-case scenario at that point in time as you could get. So many times the Cats have found themselves in “must-win” situations this season, it has become a painfully overused term. Last night was a “must-win” game if you wanted to feel comfortable heading into Selection Sunday. Fresh off a victory over No. 11 Florida, all the Wildcats needed to do was win a game to solidify its berth in the big dance.

Instead, the Big Blue Nation was treated to another embarrassing defeat to the hands of a sub-.500 team — the second time that has happened in their last three games. Losing to losing-record teams is not exactly how you want your team playing in March.

Alas, we will find ourselves holding our breath tomorrow evening as the Selection show gets underway. Godspeed, my friends.

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— As if Kentucky’s loss to Vanderbilt wasn’t bad enough, Mississippi did the Cats no favors by knocking off Missouri in the night cap, 64-62. Ole Miss scored the winning basket with 1.1 seconds left as the Rebels battled back from 14-points down in the second-half.

— The one saving grace? All four teams that Joe Lunardi had listed as “last four in” going into Saturday night — La Salle, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky — lost. The NCAA Selection Committee has to fill the field of 68 somehow.

Unfortunately, three other bubble teams earned big wins and picked up steam heading into Selection Sunday. The previously mentioned Ole Miss; Alabama, who knocked off Tennessee; and Maryland who shocked No. 2 Duke.

— Shifting gears to some good news: UK Hoops is receiving more national praise after senior guard A’dia Mathies was named one of the 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award. It is her second nomination in as many seasons.

— Back to the bad stuff… Basketball wasn’t the only team that fell flat last night. Kentucky baseball dropped its first SEC game of the season on the road at Florida. A seventh inning riddled with three errors doomed the Cats in front of 3,500 fans in Gainesville.

— It just wasn’t a night for Kentucky athletics, as the UK softball team also lost last night, falling to the LSU Tigers in its first SEC road series. The Cats took an early 1-0 lead but wasted it away, surrendering seven unanswered runs.

Stick around today, folks. I’ll try to find some good news, I promise.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

75 Comments for The Morning After Links



  1. NCAA
    10:05 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone know when the selection show is for sure?



  2. bosshogs nutz
    10:07 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Let me start by saying I have a belly full of my neighbors dogs jizz right now…



  3. Kywoman
    10:07 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    My worst case scenerio..get the play in game in Dayton to ensure a great crowd, then we get the #1 seed to follow..Indiana. They would do it us.



  4. Mark Liptak
    10:07 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    It is always darkest before the dawn.
    Mark Liptak



  5. Oldschool
    10:08 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Roses are red
    violets are blue
    I have a gun
    get in the van



  6. Han
    10:09 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    One of the commentators on ESPN said yesterday they thought the reigning champion should get an automatic bid. I actually think that would be a good idea, not just because we could use it. I don’t care if it’s Duke or Middle Tennessee St, it’s better to have the defending champion in the field, even if they get crushed in a play-in game.

    1) I think it’s always 6pm Sunday.



  7. Bosshog
    10:11 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I am addicted to cut/paste



  8. bung
    10:14 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    is there a tourney for teams that score less than 50 points?



  9. Big Blue Sadness
    10:15 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    6. Can you give us one good reason why?
    This team hasn’t earned anything. To whom much is given, much is expected. Other than a few good wins at home, this team hasn’t done a damn thing. It is what it is.



  10. RealCatsFan
    10:15 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I think I am going to take a pass on watching Selection Sunday this year. I just had a bad flashback to the BCG days.

    You know, Vandy is rapidly becoming a major thorn in the side of the collective BBN. They gave us the 41 point whomping in BCG’s last year, killed us the past 2 years in football, and now have knocked us out of the SEC tourney 2 years in a row. I think we owe them an ass whooping of epic proportions next year. I hope Cal remembers this, and I hope any returning players remember it too and light a fire under the newcomers.



  11. NCAA
    10:15 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks #6, and yeah that sounds like a good idea. I’m just ready for football and then next years bball cats! Let’s start by getting randle on board Wednesday



  12. gog8ors
    10:19 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t worry cat fans, the selection committee will let UK in the big dance. UK brings too many fans and too much money for them to not let UK get an invite. Not that UK deserves to be in the big dance, but they will get in. It’s all about the money folks.



  13. Kelly
    10:21 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Why is Missouri considered a lock? Look at their resume. Is it because they beat Stanford and Illinois. We finished better in conference than they did and also beat them.



  14. Tom Crean
    10:26 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Indiana Hoosiers – 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions
    Kentucky Wildcats – 2013 NIT Qualifiers



  15. kramer
    10:28 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    But if we are just going to play like lst night, does it really matter if we get in or not?? I think the team just doesn’t care, or some anyway, and it shows! That is what is so hard to deal with.



  16. creekbanks nutzack
    10:28 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    If I’m Randle, I am taking pass on dealing with this horse shet. Most of you “fans” are a waste of oxygen!!



  17. DenverCat41
    10:30 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    #13, I have been wondering that same thing for the past couple of weeks. That team has lost left and right and finished 6th in the conference that everyone is saying is the worst of the “Big 6.” But yet they are somehow not even at risk of not making it



  18. Mike
    10:30 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    The blue mist that started building over Nashville has been replaced by an undescribable stench that still lingers. I hope we have played our last BB game for this season. We don’t deserve any breaks or special considerations etc. as we have done nothing that would suggest that we are mentally and physically prepared to play UK basketball. This team is the most disgusting, disgraceful, apathetic collection of misfits ever to don the Blue. The only 2 guys that really played hard and to the best of their abilities this year were Nerlens and Willie. Nerlens got hurt and Willie is limited by lack of experience. Cal said we could all tell 4-5 mins. into the game that they weren’t prepared. Stallings earns his 400th victory against a storied program and what used to be Vandy’s most feared opponent, and we let them totally manhandle us because we didn’t have the guts to fight or will to win. Cal has always said that we are everyone’s super bowl but you have to play to compete, and we only played to our ability for a handful of games this year.



  19. Fire Cal Now
    10:31 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I say we send Cal to the Lakers and hire an actual coach.



  20. Reload
    10:31 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    We’ll just reload, just like we did this year



  21. UK
    10:32 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Lunardi has us as his last four in as of this morning.



  22. Coach Cal's size 56 pants
    10:33 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    We don’t rebuild! We just crumble! That’s the Calipari way!



  23. JF
    10:35 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    My emotions last night and today are mixed. I think I sort of cashed out weeks ago when it became clear that this year’s squad just didn’t have ‘it’, and time had run out for working on chemistry and even basic sound mechanics. All these months later, and the team still looks lost on offense often, letting non-athletic teams like Vanderbilt guard their screens and picks on the perimeter and deflect passes all day long. You know the talent is there, but aside from a few (thanks to you guys) there just seems to be no sense of urgency, no fire, and most importantly no enjoyment. There’s a lot of things that could have gone better that were beyond their control, but look back at all those winnable games where they just couldn’t climb that last hill, and they definitely could have taken hold of their own destiny. Again, this is the kind of play to be expected in November and December. I knew something just wasn’t right when the calender turned over to January and UK was still treading water. If there’s no NCAA tournament, decline the NIT bid. Don’t give rival fanbases the satisfaction, and don’t make these kids have to slog through even more games, since it’s becoming clear they themselves don’t want to play them.



  24. bung
    10:36 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Wiltjer and Hood were in when we made our run in the 2nd half…



  25. kramer
    10:37 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Please stop it with the Fire Cal crap, the players we have never jelled together this year, the past 3 years they did.Look at Pitino all the tard fans say how much better of a coach he is than Cal, he hasn’t won anything in his 11-12 years at UL. He may this year but, who knows lots from their team are leaving after this season too.



  26. nerlensnoelshair
    10:38 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I bleed blue like all true Cats fans but after looking at our performance last night I just don’t see us going to the Big Dance. We just aren’t very good away from Rupp. We were not terrific at all with Nerlens and certainly very average at best without him. Time to admit it, either these guys weren’t as good as we thought, or there are some issues between players, or something thereabouts, or maybe we just expected too much out of them. But whatever the case this team is just hard to watch.



  27. tyler
    10:39 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I hope we don’t accept the NIT invitation. Don’t fool yourselves, or get your hopes up. As much potential as I think this team has, we’re simply too inconsistent. No one wants to take control. When things get tough and we don’t have 24,000 people screaming their asses off, shaking Rupp, no one wants the ball in their hands. Despite being young, if you’re going to be a projected one-and-done, you better have a killer mentality. As of right now, it looks like we’re going to be absolutely loaded next year. No one on our squad looks to respond after getting hit in the mouth, besides Archie every so often (and it’s usually too late.) If anyone is looking to get paid after this year, they better start working on their Mandarin.



  28. Dumbby
    10:39 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    21. u big dumbby! Lunardie has us as the 2 of the first four out!



  29. Good News
    10:40 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Losing to bad teams is no news

    Therefore losing to bad teams is good news

    Since no news is good news



  30. kramer
    10:41 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    #26 exactly this team hasn’t played great all year! It happens, we have to move on, and hope the UL, and IU’S get upset in NCAA tourney:)



  31. JF
    10:41 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Even the Florida game felt mostly like them just having nothing left to play for, rather than Kentucky rising to the occasion. If they had really wanted that game, it seemed to me we wouldn’t even be at this point of there being a faint heartbeat, since UK would be riding a four game losing streak right now.



  32. Rae
    10:42 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    19. No. Who would touch us? We’d get losing seasons every year. He just won an NC last year. Every coach has bridge years.

    And 21. Are you still drunk?



  33. Jack
    10:43 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    No need to hold your breath. UK will not get an NCAA bid, nor should they. It’s that simple. Way too many really poor performances plus too many things that were problems all year and never fixed. Anybody who blames this coaching staff is just stupid. Sorry, can’t express it any nicer way- just stupid. This is 100 per-cent on the kids. Clearly, some of them, not all of them, never had the work ethic or the desire to improve themselves. Feel bad for those who did.



  34. Reality
    10:44 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    #19, please go back to your other team’s fan site. No one is stupid enough to believe you are a UK fan. UK fans are quite content with our coaching staff. While we may have hotheads venting about the loss, no one wants Cal gone except UL, IU, and fans.



  35. Real Fan
    10:44 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I think we should remember that we were horrible even when we had Noel and that had he not gotten hurt we would most likely be in the same spot. I bleed blue and I love UK basketball but this whole season has been dismal. We didn’t play any exciting teams, we lost to all our rivals, and the team as a whole was just unlikeable. We can just call this season a championship hangover.

    Really though, with College basketball being as horrible as it was this year there is no excuse for not even making the field of 68. This falls squarely on Cal. Should have played better teams (high mid majors/middle of the pack big conference teams) and he should have also realized that whatever he was doing wasn’t working by the middle of December.

    He gets a pass this year but if this is a recurring problem then we have an issue.



  36. kramer
    10:44 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Bridge year yes, Ricky P teams have one everyother year, this is our Bridge year!! We will be OK!



  37. Lark Miptack
    10:45 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Every year, Vandy just sticks their “rick” in our face at the SEC tourney. Sad. God, we had the suckiest bunch of players this year, other than Noel…A bunch of unlikeable turds. The only good thing about last night is that i won’t have to see anymore of it this season.



  38. Yule
    10:45 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Where can I get a DVD of the All-Access series??



  39. bung
    10:47 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    If Poy or Hood or wiltjer had 12 potential shots close to the basket they would have 5 assists and 14 points…



  40. tdogg40330
    10:48 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    28) ya big dumby, Lunardi has us in the “First Four” vs Virginia



  41. JF
    10:49 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Oh well, on the bright side, we may get some actual returning experience next year (even if they are relegated to the bench), football is looking up, and one of the best recruiting classes of all time. Not counting my eggs before they hatch, but I get the feeling this season will turn out to just be a small blip on the radar compared to all that’s to come in the next few seasons. Fingers crossed. Go Cats.



  42. tyler n - cBus
    10:50 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    As for those of you who want to fire Cal or say that this team is the worst to ever wear big blue uni’s… You’re part of the wrong program, and it is embarrassing. Are they ready to take it to the next level? No, but it’s not as if they’re a .500 team that hasn’t shown glimpses of greatness. I’m guessing most people are speaking out of frustation, much like I was a few hours ago, but you’re not doing any aspect of the BBN any favors. Don’t take this for granted, because it’s not forever. We could be blessed with a drunken, Gillespie-type era after this.



  43. Game on123
    10:50 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    @ #3 How do you think we win 1st game in ncaa, we will play a team better than Vandy???



  44. Kentucky Redneck
    10:50 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I wished we would have hired Tom Crean! Hes a great coach who doesn’t get thug players and his kids actually care about school and the team and not about the NBA!



  45. Big Blue
    10:52 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    The effect on me was more than just this poor team. It was such a thrill ride the 3 previous years ending in a long sought after national championship! I was prepared for a ‘not as good as it has been’ year. Despite the ongoing struggles I stayed with it but when Noel when down, that took all the air out – his injury was like ‘the day the music died’. I have had zero interest in this team ever since. Even gave away my tickets the rest of the way. Packed it in until next October. I’ll be back and ready then!! Go Cats!!



  46. Han
    10:54 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    The trolls from other schools are out in force, pretending to be UK fans demanding we fire Cal or saying his system can’t work. It worked last year, and it’ll probably work next year. Don’t you have anything better to do?

    12) The same thing was repeated by many the year we didn’t get in under BCG.

    Better for all of us to expected we’re left out, and then if we get in, we can have a pleasant surprise.

    In the meantime, we can wonder and hope about Randle joining next year’s squad.



  47. JF
    10:56 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Also, my thoughts on the actual players’ looming decisions. Noel is gone, no reason for a top 5 pick to return. It’s nice to rap that he hasn’t decided yet, but we’ve all heard that song before. Cauley-Stein, I think, has the most of this crop to gain with another year. I know he is something of a hot item right now in some circles, but I don’t seem him cracking the upper half of the lottery, especially right now. A year where he can prove himself as the focus and facilitator down low could move him up into that upper half, and make him a lot more money as well as more leeway if he can’t contribute right away. Poythress and Goodwin will have the toughest decisions, I think. Noel and WCS, Cal can find room in a rotation for next year, if the unlikely were to happen. Those two will have to earn their place all over again and probably accept a major drop in playing time. Whether that thought pushes them out the door, or they stay and face the fact that they need more work, will say a lot about their character going forward. They will go in the first round, but it’s hard to fight your way into a second contract from those lower numbers. Those are playoff teams already, they don’t need you.



  48. Rae
    10:56 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    40. That was as of yesterday. He hasn’t made a new bracket yet.

    35. If we had played high mid-majors, we’d have lost more games. In fact, we might have a losing record.



  49. JF
    10:57 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    44. Hired Tom Crean? Have you actually watched a game with him coaching? Hell, have you watched his Indiana teams play before last years’?



  50. nerlensnoelshair
    10:58 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Even though we weren’t that great even with Nerlens, here’s a thought. Everyone knows we have two or three guys that just can’t lock anyone down, Vandy repeatedly drove to the basket on us. When they drove, what was waiting for them? Usually nothing but someone chasing them from behind. With Nerlens we were able to mask some of our defensive liabilities because when teams drove to the basket he was there to swat it away. Without Nerlens nothing was masked and we are fairly easy for a good shooting team to play, if we stay out on the shooters they drive to the basket. In the unlikely event that Willie is in position they dish off to the wings for a three, or if Willie isn’t there it’s a mostly uncontested layup. Vandy did that over and over all night, and we had no answer.



  51. tdogg40330
    11:00 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    48) Not what I seen



  52. tdogg40330
    11:05 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I guess we’ll find out tomorrow



  53. Cal may be good but...
    11:05 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Cal is good no doubt. But I want someone to answer these questions for me.

    1) When Harrow is not playing well why not give Hood a chance? No trust in Hood’s
    talent? If we can only win if Harrow plays well, it is easy for the opponents to shut down Harrow and we are doomed.
    2) How come Archie continues to go straight to the basket even against 3,4 or players in the paint? I thought it was the coaches job to teach him to pass in those situations. How come he has never learned this from them? Sure, our bench is thin but if he continues to play like a dick and continues to repeat the same mistakes again and again, he needs to benched much longer.

    Cal seems to have given these duds too many chances and they could never capitalize. I hope they all leave next year.

    Regarding NCAA, I hope we do not make it as we will lose in the first round anyway. Let’s end this embarrassment now. We are already the laughing stock of every Tom, Dick and Harry.



  54. Revisit
    11:05 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    To help offset the gloom how about some “one year ago today” pieces? Highlight what was going on each day as the cats marched to a NC. Even re-post some pieces from last year. It’s been an AWESOME twelve months even if this team never clicked.



  55. davefromdagap
    11:15 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Hey #14,,,when is the banner hanging ceremony for winning the 2nd round game of tje Big Ten Tourny? Your pecker header Hoosier/loosiers will gag and choke as always.



  56. brian
    11:22 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Seems like we can’t make changes during game. Coaches are good recruiters an motivators and good practice coaches. Lack a good x and o guy who can make changes at timeouts or halftime.



  57. Al's IndiCats
    11:27 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    You all sit there and those freaking little sh!t eating trolls come and make your life miserable. Here’s the thing at least for me.
    I’ll take a down year every 4 years if it’s like the last three, who cares what the TROLLS have to say? Both IPOO and Uvel hasn’t won anything in this century and that makes it damn near 25 years in the making. Hell they’ve had people grow up, go through their schools and graduate without EVER winning a Championship….EVER!!~!!!! Cal won it all last year, UK WON IT ALL LAST YEAR!!!! We all hate to lose, also this year didn’t pan out the way we hoped.
    Trolls should get their best shots in this year, because next year these are going to be the same people who’ll be wanting to run their coaches out of their collective schools because they are going to suck like a new Dyson out of the box, aqnd we’ll be the ones who’ll be undefeated going into the big DANCE…..GO CATS!!!!!!!!



  58. Yule
    11:29 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe another round of dodgeball brings em back!



  59. Fancoulo
    11:33 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    All of you that laughed at shabazz for picking UCLA should admit you were wrong. I hope this season teaches everyone to temper their expectations for next year. Same scenerio with hopefully a different result, but lets not claim the championship just yet. And no one in the coaching community believes that Cal is a great x’s and o’s coach. He is known as a great recruiter and a good coach, but no one is afraid to coach against him. He is also very stubborn, to a fault, always plays man and same offensive sets. Do the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is madness.



  60. Young
    11:35 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    59
    Great post!



  61. UK class of 78
    11:44 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I am disappointed too. The best example of stupid is doing things that aren’t working over and over and expecting a different result. A lot of things never changed. “I can’t coach you” still rings loud in my mind. All things considered, nothing worked. Cal’s fault or the players fault?

    1. Archie Goodwin shoots the ball flat with no arch and will never be close to a good shooter from the field or at the line until he realizes this and changes. The best example of why to change was only to watch Vandy’s players shots keep going in. No such thing as a kick out pass in Goodwin’s mind. Archie tries hard but the head is too hard to crack. If I’m an NBA scout there’s too much work left to draft him. Verdict: Both. Players fault for not being willing to change and improve but also Cal’s fault for not being able to get thru to him and for not realizing that his game is better suited to play the point instead of Harrow.

    2. Alex Poythress just does not want to play. In high school it came easy and he took advantage of opposing players of inferior size and athletic ability. Now he plays against people of his own size and every bit the athlete he is and doesn’t know how to handle it. He has no moves around the basket and can’t handle the embarrassment of having the ball stuffed in his face down low, so he quits. He hides by giving no effort and has yet to learn that effort never has a bad game. On the other hand has a good form of an outside shot and won’t shoot. Verdict: Both. Players fault for not being willing to change and improve but also Cal’s fault for not being able to get thru to him and for not realizing that his game is better suited to play the 2 instead of Goodwin.

    Kyle Wiltjer has a good outside shot and cool post moves. But, the competition figured out his weaknesses. He’s too slow to defend anyone 1 on 1 and can’t make his own shot when you’re in his face on the perimeter. He may well be out of his league now. A transfer would not surprise me as he may never see the floor again with the next crop. Verdict: Cal’s for not putting him a position to succeed which is down low on offense or running set offensive plays to get him open for better looks. Cal hates playing a zone on defense so he’s not fit for Cal’s style and Cal refused to see it.

    Ryan Harrow just needs to learn to pass the ball and try and help his teammates get shots. He just doesn’t have the ability to finish at the rim in traffic like the previous PGs in the last 3 years and is being held to too high a standard. If he stays, he will take over the Polson minutes next year which shoud be his limit. He can get better if he will realize the nature of the position. Verdict: Cal’s for not putting him a position to succeed which is running set offensive plays for the players with ability to shoot the ball.

    The bottom line is none of us here were ever in attendance at a practice and we will never know what went on with this team.

  62. 59, you could be correct in that. This year’s this team JUST wouldn’t put a string of games together and they played very very selfish for the most part. Last night we have either Alex or Archie in the wings with nary a soul on them just to have Harrow brick one off the backboard.
    Last year’s team bought into what Cal was trying to do, hopefully next year team will see what all went wrong with this year’s team.
    Calipari has preached all year that the number one in the draft last year shot the sixth fewer shots of the team as a whole, and yet last night we couldn’t hit a lay up…Go figure…it happens!



  63. Mike
    11:56 am March 16, 2013 Permalink

    61. UK class of 78….some good stuff there.



  64. Chicago Chris
    12:00 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    For those confused about Lunardi, they didn’t update the main Bracketology yet, you have to go here, where we are OUT: http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/79636/bracket-update-fridays-final-look

  65. Good analogy 61, but let me ask you one thing. When you were in school and was taught that the correct way to spell the word “have” and you keep spelling it Halve, I would be assured your teacher would correct you, but still, you keep spelling it that way who’s correct? I’m sure you see what I’m trying to say. Last year Teague drove us all crazy, until he saw what the coaches were telling him how to be PG in college. Once the light bulb went off he was 5 times better at the end than what he was at the beginging of mthe season.
    And on your last sentence you are absolutely correct, noone knows. Maybe one day it’ll surface what actually went on with this team.



  66. Mark Liptak
    12:36 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Mark Liptak wants everyone to know that Mark Liptak’s name is Mark Liptak. Mark Liptak. That’s Mark Liptak. Mark. Liptak. M-A-R-K L-I-P-T-A-K. Mark-Lip-Tak. Mark, as in Mark. Liptak, as in Liptak. That’s Mark Liptak.

    This has been Mark Liptak, with an update from Mark Liptak, saying that Mark Liptak’s name is Mark Liptak.

    Mark Liptak.

    -Mark Liptak



  67. tennisman
    1:26 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    We don’t deserve an NCAA bid. NIT BOUND with the hammer down



  68. Lcat
    1:29 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    This was a tough year. We had to many expectations of a freshman team. I personally do not think any of these guys should go pro,save Nerlens.They all played like freshmen usually play. Last yr was ususual. Even Ryan was playing his first full season. He did not play that much at State. I believe the biggest improvements next year have to come from KYLE and ALEX.Kyle needs to take up tap dancing to improve his leg strength and lateral movement and Alex just needs to get aggressive and maybe take up kick-boxing. This team all year was too passive. No killer instinct. I hope Archie and Alex come back-otherwise they are facing a career in the D league. God bless these kids -i really want to see them improve and come back.



  69. Rob H
    1:30 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Why do people worry so much about an NCAA tourney bid? This team does not deserve to be one of the selected teams. The tourney is filled with “good” teams. UK is not a good team this year and cannot beat bad teams. Not tourney worthy.



  70. No flippin way
    1:32 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I watched the baseball game on the computer while watching the embarrassment in Nashville. That attendance # seems very inflated. If you believe that I got a CWS with 60k fans against vandy on nov. 2012 I wanna sell you



  71. Lucas82
    1:35 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I haven’t read all the posts but I agree that an NCAA tournament bid is wortheless at this point. This is a lick your wounds and wait for next year situation. The team never could gel. Noel’s injury simply sealed our fate. I think that Cal is still a good coach, and if he isn’t he is a hell of a recuiter. On paper Noel, Poythress, and Goodwin were supposed to be top tier players. But it turned out Noel was the only complete player at his position, Poythress and Goodwin would do well to come back and build their resume around some actual talent next season.



  72. Oogie
    1:36 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    The dude in the UK face paint and mohawk is how I picture Chris from Richmond looking. Is that you Chris?



  73. MikeD40
    1:45 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    C’mon guys! Do we REALLY wanna see this team get embarassed on an even bigger stage? They’re terrible. The fans and Rupp Arena built this NCAA resume’, outside of the Ole Miss game.



  74. bluegrassjimmy
    6:10 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    I have some advice for this team. If you can turn pro you better, the recruits comming in this fall will have your asses picking splinters! PERIOD!!!



  75. PaKettle
    6:56 pm March 16, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s be positive. UK is still a top 100 team …aren’t they?