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Well, that happened.

It has been a week that John Calipari would love to forget, to say the least. On Tuesday, he lost his star player for the season with a torn ACL, the first time he’s ever had a player suffer a season-ending injury in his 22 years as a head coach. And today, his Kentucky Wildcats suffered a 30-point loss to Tennessee, the third worst loss of his career. Not even an ice cold double serving of Orange Leaf’s cake batter and chocolate brownie swirl will ease the headache and heartbreak of these last five days. The guy is really being put to the test.

The most frustrating part of the loss is that the outcome of the game wouldn’t have been much different had Nerlens Noel been healthy and active. Kentucky still would’ve lost the game, just not by a 30 pack. The effort was poor, the execution was poor, and Tennessee played one of its better games this year. Everything that could’ve gone wrong for UK went wrong and Tennessee did almost everything right. Hats off to them for a well-played game.

Like you, I’m a little disgusted by what we just witnessed, so let’s run through some postgame chatter and then put our Eric Bledsoe jerseys on for tonight’s NBA Dunk Contest…

 

 Instead of dissecting each individual player’s performance, let’s break it up into two groups: ‘Julius Mays and Jarrod Polson’ and ‘Everyone Else.’ Uncle Julius and the heartthrob from Wilmore were the only two players who had any fight in them against Tennessee today. Unfortunately, those are two guys who can’t take over a game, even when they’re playing their best. It takes big games from UK’s impact players to win on the road in the SEC, and, well, UK’s impact players were nowhere to be found. If the guys in that ‘Everyone Else’ group had shown half the effort we saw from Julius Mays and Jarrod Polson, we’re not sitting here sulking after watching a 30-point loss to the Volunteers.

 It was a career day for Polson, despite the outcome of the game. He made his first career start for the Wildcats in a decision that was part reward for his hustle and part message to Ryan Harrow. He scored a career-high 11 points in the loss, topping his 10-point game against Maryland in the season opener, and he hit a career-high four free throws on a career-high four free throw attempts. He also sank a three-pointer for the third consecutive game. It was a fearless effort on both ends of the court and one his teammates should be forced to watch over and over again in Sunday’s film session.

 After the game, Julius Mays spoke like a true leader in his interview with Mike Pratt during the IMG postgame show. Mays, while speaking about his teammates, said, “If you are going to use Nerlens as an excuse not to fight, then don’t come out and play with us.” He said he is going to speak up and let everyone know they need to hold themselves accountable. “And if they don’t want to be a part of it, then don’t,” he added. Mays called it the softest he’s ever seen the team play. “Nobody had it in them.”

 This quote from Calipari says it all: “We’ve got a couple guys that are basically not real coachable.”

I think we have a pretty good idea of who that was directed to. Ryan Harrow is my first, second, and third guess. That kid has completely disappeared over the last month and he didn’t show any signs of earning his starting spot back.

 While no one expected a 30-point loss, Calipari isn’t completely shocked by his team’s poor performance. You can even say he saw it coming after hearing him call yesterday’s practice the worst one he’s seen in four years at Kentucky. “They were awful,” he said of Friday’s practice.

We, the fans, have been patient with this team for months now, still holding out hope they’ll get it going, but the timing of yesterday’s “awful” practice is inexcusable. This is the point in the season, especially right after the Nerlens news, when everyone should be 100% focused and driven to succeed. Everyone should be giving maximum effort and absorbing everything Calipari tells them in practice, film and at the Rafferty’s dinner table. So to hear him say practice was awful on the day before a pivotal game suggests things aren’t going to change. But with that said, Calipari still isn’t giving up on his guys and he believes the fight is still buried down in them somewhere.

 Alex and Archie, it’s now or never, boys. You two have all the potential in the world. Show it to us.

 Careful, Willie…

We’re not fake. Just frustrated. Love you.

Also, it’s never a good idea to tweet directly to a player. It never ends well for either party.

UPDATE:

Much better.

 I challenge anyone out there, ANYONE, to name a worse official in America than Doug Shows. His own colleagues in the SEC call him Doug Shows-off for his “Me! Me! Me!” attitude when officiating games. Referees aren’t supposed to get attention, yet Shows continuously demands the spotlight in games. The man was trending nationally on Twitter during the first half! That’s not what officials are sent out there to do. Refs are supposed to quietly and anonymously call a fair game. Their names should rarely come up.

And I’m not one to whine about officiating, either. Shows’ blatantly obvious screwup in the first half had zero impact on the game’s final score. But it seems like he’s always going after John Calipari and Kentucky when he’s assigned to UK games. He missed the jump ball possession call; he knew he missed the call; and he threw John Robic out for arguing the call. Cal said after the game that what Robic said to the crew did not warrant an ejection.

 Yes, the loss was atrocious, but the season is not over for Kentucky. As Matt learned at Bracket Camp last week, the margin of victory does not matter when the field of 68 is selected. A 30-point loss on the road at Tennessee is no different than a two-point loss on the road at Tennessee, when it comes to making the big dance. A win next Saturday against Missouri will do wonders for UK’s tournament hopes, so long as they get the win in Wednesday night’s home game against Vanderbilt.  There’s still a lot of basketball left, folks.

 

At least Kentucky Men’s Swim & Dive is having fun…

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

76 Comments for Well, that happened.



  1. Cats
    5:35 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I thought coach was a player developer. WTH is happening this year



  2. rnewton22
    5:37 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    SEC officiating is a joke. The home team, including Kentucky gets the majority of the calls. The louder the fans, the worse the officiating. The charge call needs to be looked at. They get this call wrong 75% of the time.



  3. Crap Pants
    5:37 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with 1. How is cal not developing these guys like he did Wall, Cousins, DRose, AD, MKG etc



  4. Sitdownmomma
    5:38 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    3. The refs were not the problem today pal



  5. Bob Sugar
    5:40 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    “The most frustrating part of the loss is that the outcome of the game wouldn’t have been much different had Nerlens Noel been healthy and active. Kentucky still would’ve lost the game”.. This is inaccurat



  6. Pop
    5:40 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Archie is one of the uncoachable and yet he played 34 mins, wow



  7. John Ellis
    5:42 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I think like the national media you are underestimating how good Nerlens. We would not have lost this game with him, he had that much impact even though he’s limited offensively. He’s just shy of Davis but he didn’t have Davis’ team around him. If he had he would have been POY. This team can STILL grow up, but it’s tough. Nerlens had been patching the holes all year, someone else will have to patch them now.



  8. Mike
    5:45 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Not proud enuf of your team yet….go to http://www.govolsextra.com and read about the blowout.



  9. Peter Piper's Pepper
    5:45 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    “The most frustrating part of the loss is that the outcome of the game wouldn’t have been much different had Nerlens Noel been healthy and active. Kentucky still would’ve lost the game” if that isaccurate why did you beat them earlier in the season??? hmmmm historically that is very INNACURATE!



  10. Archie Badloss
    5:45 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I’m a ball hog and I suck



  11. #weaksauce
    5:46 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Soooo fans are aloud to blast players on twitter but when 19 year old kids do the same to the fans he needs to ‘back off’ or ‘watch what he says’ Grow the f*** up. Fans sound just like the media with their sense of entitlement.



  12. Roland
    5:46 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I really never thought this day would come with Coach Cal at the helm.

    Coach is lost on this team.

    Cal has found the weakness in his overall plan.



  13. Peter Piper's Pepper
    5:46 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    **why did we beat them?



  14. Mike
    5:50 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Why is it that no one ever puts a mike in the face of Archie or Alex and asks them how satisfied they have been with their play? These duds have been babied and protected from the press far too long.



  15. bosshogg24
    5:51 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    A man that is 7’1″ should be able to stand under the basket and not move and score 10 points, not 2! Most of the players should be Ashamed of their performance wearing that uniform!



  16. Julia
    5:51 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    If Nerlens was well, I think the entire team would have played better.



  17. classof68
    5:51 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Drew has potential to be as good a KSR writer as Ms. TT.



  18. BPsycho
    5:53 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Well, at least no one got shot, like with live ammunition….



  19. classof68
    5:53 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Show it to us Drew.



  20. Haha
    5:54 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    IU fan,so you are saying you would like to do exactly what UK did last year in the tourney, which is run through our two biggest rivals on the way to a championship! How quickly some forget! Come back when you have as many wins and Championships as UK! Of course, IU will never be UK so you can stop trying so hard now!



  21. Jim
    5:55 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    It could be worse we could be that team that wears clown pajamas for warm-ups and celebrates sweet sixteen losses with a ring. IU sucks



  22. BPsycho
    5:55 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    #18 No… I’m sorry just no.. Not acceptable as a post lol



  23. Illinois uk fan
    5:55 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I love UK basketball, however I learned very early that this team is not very good. we are very limited offensively and without Noel to protect our defensive mistakes we are terrible. I hate to say it but I see at least 2 transferring next year instead Of being drafted. I do not believe we will win another game the rest of the season.



  24. Wildcatln
    5:57 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Said it earlier Doug shows has called 3 of are 4 sec loses plus the Louisville game.he has it out against coach cal and kentucky .



  25. First Round NBA
    5:57 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I was viewing the mock draft earlier today and Nerlens, Archie, and Alex will all go in the first round after the season. Hard to belive (except for Nerlens) but that’s how they are rated.



  26. Real fan
    5:57 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I’m still celebrating #8! Oysters at Acme and celebrating in the Dome – doesn’t get any better than that! Can’t expect that every year.



  27. Mike K
    6:00 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Fake Fans…what the …I’ll tell you whats fake…a 7′ footer thats able to get 2 rebounds in 23 minutes…out rebounded by J.Polsen….his 2 points were also miserable…maybe it time for WCS to head for the NBA….I’m sure he’ll be a solid first rounder…..LOL!



  28. Illinois uk fan
    6:00 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    No way Archie or Alex are drafted. I don’t care what any projections say.



  29. Pimp K
    6:02 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    24 — Thank you. We knew the team was very limited with Nerlens Noel. We now know they are terrible without him.



  30. IUSUCKSBIGTIME
    6:04 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    #2 best I remember we handed your butts to you last year WHEN IT COUNTED, so go back to your momma’s basement and wait on that nightly lap dance she gives you!



  31. Richard P
    6:05 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Last year after the Final Four loss I payed a voodo priest to put a hex on UofK, looks like it worked! 😀 Best 10 bucks I’ve ever spent.



  32. SouthBeachWildcat
    6:06 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Archie Goodwin was pulled over in Lexington this week. After the police officer approached the car Archie asked, “What did I do wrong officer?” The officer replied, “You were texting while driving son.” Archie then stated, “No sir, I just always drive with my head down.”



  33. goukats
    6:06 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    If Archie and Alex are 1st round picks it will be based on their high school careers.



  34. IUSUCKSBIGTIME
    6:07 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    #32, really, is that all you have? Go on and pay Karen Sypher a visit!



  35. IUSUCKSBIGTIME
    6:08 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    #32, it will be the best 15 seconds you have ever spent!



  36. Optimist
    6:09 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    2013-14 UK Basketball Lineup (prediction):

    PG Andrew Harrison, Jarrod Polson
    SG Aaron Harrison, James Young
    SF Julius Randle, Jon Hood
    PF Kyle Wiltjer, Marcus Lee, Derek Willis
    C Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson

    That should make everyone feel a little better. It certainly calmed me down.



  37. SC cat fan
    6:09 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like some of the voodoo missed and hit Richard P



  38. ukfastcat
    6:11 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Drew,
    Did you actually read your glowing praise of Polson and STILL post it?
    We all love Jarrod. That’s understood.
    But, from the tip onward, Trae Golden just beat him by two steps on his way to layup after layup.
    JP gives us everything he’s got. But, what he’s got on the defensive end will get us killed like we got killed this afternoon. That said, he is in no way the one to blame for the fact that his more talented mates took the day off.
    Truth is, he should only be out there in a situational role, not starting at guard for the UK Wildcats.
    THAT not on him. That is on his teammates, Ryan and Archie who simply will not follow the elementary instructions from the coach they came to play for.
    I will remain 100% behind our Cats, starting with JP.
    But, Drew, that dose of Blue Kool-Aid leaves a sour taste.



  39. Wall2Cousins
    6:12 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    37 Jon Hood….ahahhahaha…..he will be the one delivery pizzas at your Final Four party….get a clue.



  40. ukfastcat
    6:18 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    37.
    Hood and Polson are fine young men. They work their asses off, bring hustle and pride. They are also not players who will find meaningful minutes on next year’s team.
    Also, at PF, better pencil in rising star Marcus Lee. Kyle will be back to his very important role of zone-buster and situational contributor.
    Of course, we all hope young Mr. Wiggins has a say in that as well.
    NUMBER NINE!



  41. The champ
    6:20 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I’m behind this team win or lose. Alex, Archie and Willie you guys got to get your heads out of your asses and start buying in .



  42. jjk
    6:20 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Quote from Cal’s Friday press conference– He still won’t give in 100% to playing a zone defense, even now when it seems like that’s the best option. When asked if a zone defense is what they’ll use going forward, Cal said, “Maybe. We’re prepared for it. That’s not why we did all this time, but we’re absolutely prepared to play it and play it for long stretches if we want to.” He’s going to wait and see what kind of an impact Nerlens Noel really had on the games defensively before he gives up on man defense. Think Cal learned today what kind of impact Nerlens really had on the games defensvely? Time to give up on the man to man defense that Tennessee shredded for 88 points today. Does he really think this team would be worse off playing zone? Nerlens was the only player on this team that played defense & now he is gone. It’s very frustrating that Cal will not admit to the defensive limitations of this team and make some adjustments that will at least give them a chance to win.



  43. No: 1 in the nation
    6:21 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    How in the world did these losers get voted as the no: 1 class in the preseason?



  44. Tom Seaver
    6:31 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    The season is not over? Have you watched this team this season? We are not a good team, with or without Noel. Time to accept that, sometimes, doesn’t matter what the recruiting ratings are, you just don’t get a good team.



  45. Coach Jamin
    6:33 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    43. you didn’t notice we were in a zone more in this one game than we have been in Cal’s entire time at UK? Zone only works if your guards and 3 and 4 man are good enough defensively to cover the wings. Umm…. our’s aren’t. Problem is, they aren’t good enough to play man either. Or maybe they are and just won’t do it because they don’t care. Who knows?



  46. Holler Baller
    6:38 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I love UK and the kids on this team, but putting a superman cape or UK jersey on doesn’t make you superman.

    Guys need to stick around and get better.



  47. Duke Sucks
    6:38 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    43) Did you watch the game today? Cal tried the zone today and we got torched!



  48. NEWMAN
    6:40 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Am I the only one that doesn’t want to see this team in the tournament? We’ll be bounced by a 6th or 7th seed, somewhere out west. What’s the point? We just happened to get a crop of supremely talented, but selfish and uncoachable McD AA’s.

    Let’s move on.

    “There’s still hope” has a finite expiration date and, for most of us, that expiration date has already gone.

    I’m sure these are good kids. But if you don’t come to play, you just don’t deserve to wear the blue and white.



  49. Sheeeeiiit
    6:40 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    We win – No Old Scool.
    We lose – Old School is blowing up the message boards.
    For me today is an example why we do not play the bench more. As far as developing them, Cal does this very well. Polson never was supposed to be a star or a role player. But he is much better than expected because he has practiced with great players for a few years. But Cal is not able to wave a wand and make Polson faster and good enough on defence. Hood suffered and regressed from his ACL injury or maybe he would be better.
    The problem with this team is they are not beyond special like last year. They just don’t have the same chemistry or ability. We have some really good players but they need more time to develope. Archie and Poythress are not transitioning to this level very well. So they can follow Jones and Lambs lead and stay for another year. Anyone who doesn’t want them back is crazy.



  50. mudcreekmark
    6:42 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    39)I wish everyone would quit calling Goodwin and Poythress talented. They are not talented. They are athletic. There are a lot of athletic players in high school and college that does not mean you are talented. Talented on the basketball court would mean you can does some of the following extremely well:dribbling, shooting, passing,rebounding, defense,hustle plays, basketball I.Q(Which means you can anticipate plays before they happen, and be able to make a basketball play because of this.).Ask yourself how many of these do Goodwin and Poythress have? These kids are not talented please quit referring to them as such. They are not going to get any better until these practice and make themselves better at all of the above categories and that is not going to happen over night if it hasn’t happened in the first 19 years of their lives.



  51. JBR's a jerk
    6:50 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    JBR never fails to get on this website for FREE to blast Matt. He also loves to be a negative nancy. You never see him post much of anything positive, but when things aren’t going well, he loves to pile on. With fans like him who needs cards or hoosiers.



  52. Real Blue
    6:55 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Have faith BBN. This is our team- they need our support.
    Tired of all the bandwagonesque, so called fans and jerks who never played above grade school level – if at all.



  53. Lighten Up
    7:09 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Look we just won a championship and were decimated by the NBA draft everyone chill out. This team is extremely young, yes frustrating but young. They do not have near the talent nor chemistry as last year and its showing. If the so called first rd draft picks want to leave fine, but i for one would be glad to have any of them back. We need to remember they’re kids and some of them just haven’t adjusted well to this level. Not every McD’s AA makes the jump from high phenom to POY candidates. hopefully they can pull together get a few more wins and make the tourney. Remember be we did what everyone said was impossible win a title with freshman but that doesn’t mean every group of freshman will pan out like last yrs crop. They were the exception not the norm.



  54. playersfan
    7:17 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Somebody needs to tell this team that at this point losing is not the frustration, the frustration is not playing basketball, being out of position, waving your hand at a rebound, throwing the ball at the basket, its supposed to be shooting the ball. Don’t try to put it on the fans that tell the truth, no one looked like a Div 1 basketball player today, if you look at the rebounding in slow motion,it looks like some guys are closing their eyes to not see what might hit them in the face trying to catch the ball. If I was coaching this team, we would not practice between now and the next game, I would make them watch this game over and over, and critque each and every player on each and every pass, rebound, shot, and defensive play over and over. If they are not embarassed, quit coaching them at all, and hit the recruiting trail somemore, to make certain you bring in plenty of bodies, in case you have anymore fake McDonalds all-Americans.



  55. Sheeeeiiit
    7:19 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    52&53
    It’s true! Both are spot on. Plus old school sucks.



  56. playersfan
    7:20 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t know if Houston has any top 10 draft picks, but thats the best chance some of these guys have in the draft, any team that would pick someone who won’t fly, and pay him 1.6 million, and we are in February he only agreed to practice a couple of weeks ago, when they threatened to quit paying him, should are prime prospects for three guys on this team.



  57. uncle si
    7:25 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Sean Woods was right



  58. Bear
    7:29 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Enough of the apologists for this team. No I’m not gonna lighten up when they are guys who put zero effort forth. Freshman or Senior that is inexcusable.



  59. didyouseethesamegame
    7:31 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Played poorly, and got out butts handed to us. Would have happened with any line up today… But to say Polson stood out is completely out of left field. He hit a couple meaningless shots but got completely manhandled by Golden. The whole tempo and flow of the game was set by Golden’s abuse of him the whole game. I realize asking him to guard REAL D1 point guard is asking a little much, but looking like you are running hard while your guy is putting up 25pt and 8 assists and orchestrating a beatdown like a symphony conductor doesn’t make a good game or a watch me play on film moment. It is probably the last thing he would want is someone to watch the film… That said. Harrow would have been worse. Hope someone gets motivated by the twitter abuse I’m sure they are taking..



  60. Theresa
    7:39 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Why is no one talking about Wiltjer?! 18 points, 6 rebounds. That kid never gives up, hits beautiful 3’s and seems to have a good attitude. Sure he could run a little faster and Jim a little higher, but he has really stepped up this year.



  61. Go Cats
    7:47 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink


  62. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    7:48 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I actually feel bad for Ryan. He seems like a good kid, but he just isn’t cut out for this, especially at this school. I would not be surprised at all if Cal tells him it’s probably best, in Ryan’s interest, to leave after this yr. You can name a lot of physical attributes that the kid has, and doesn’t have, but none of that matters at all if you don’t have the ability to LEAD a team. Something, at this school, in this system, your pg MUST do. I’m actually surprised that Cal didn’t see the weakness in this kid. I mean, how could you not? He doesn’t have to actually be on the court, running your offense, to see that he isn’t that type of person.



  63. Bobbum man
    7:52 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Can u really blame Willie for that tweet? We do have some ridiculous fans the negativity and stuff gets bad enough on here I can only imagine some of the stuff these kids get from these idiots. Probably shouldn’t have said it no bit can’t blame the guy really



  64. Noel'sACL
    8:21 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    What Happened? Cal Coached, that is what. Can’t just roll it out there now that Noel is hurt.



  65. Don
    8:23 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I am already looking forward to next year with a group of outstanding freshmen coming into Kentucky’s basketball team. I feel we have guys rebelling maybe they can’t take the way cal coaches.Well, they have three possibilitie, They can make a foolhardy attempt to enter the draft, they can transfer,or they can come off the bench, if they are willing to be coached,because they sure will not get a chance to play much next year playing they way they have this year!!!!



  66. JBR
    8:56 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry mudcreek, above post was meant for 52



  67. Oohlala
    9:02 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    If I were any of the outstanding freshmen coming in I would think twice with all our turncoat fans posting all this negative trash. We expect these kids to have our backs but when something doesn’t go well too many of our shittier fans start posting everywhere they can about how much they suck. Complain to your friends and family in private if you don’t like how a game goes. There’s no need to post it all over the web and humiliate them. I thought that’s what our enemies were supposed to do. We are supposed to support them always or you are no true fan. First game without our best defensive player. They are confused on how to play without him right now. The fans turning on them does not help the situation and in all likelihood could make future players look elsewhere. I wouldn’t want to play for a bunch of ungrateful pri??s in the stands. If you only support them when they win then you should be a Louisville fan.



  68. Jet
    9:52 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    I said it yesterday and I will say it again. We give way too much credit to WCS. He is incapable of creating his own shot. Is to slow on defense and cannot box out. So crazy that draft experts have him going in the first round. I will not miss him maybe he is a good guy but he is no better than eloy Vargas.



  69. CalCantCoach
    9:56 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    ## He didn’t develop those guys, they came in as out of this world top recruits… AD, MKG, Wall, Cousins, and Rose were all top players coming in… Cal relates well to the young men and can get them to play together for the most part, it’s no surprise his recruiting is his bread and butter and this year he missed on Shabazz and this is what you get..



  70. Wildcatsteeler
    10:31 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    Trust me this season is over. We’ll be lucky to win 2 more games. The team had one heart and he tore his ACL.



  71. Kaptain Kat!
    10:57 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    @67
    Well said 67aka. Oohlala, well said!



  72. Rondalp
    11:19 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    As for two players that are uncoachable, well! They must play as much as possible” cause to enhance their chances of a high draft reward. Sometimes no matter how hard you try you cannot sharpen a rock.



  73. JBR
    11:54 pm February 16, 2013 Permalink

    It is official…posts being deleted because my opinion differs from Matt’s. His God complex is complete. His heart matches that of his man crush Poythress…grow a pair matt and have a TWO WAY discussion.



  74. Bob Loblaw
    12:06 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    67 Supporting the team doesn’t mean to shoot sunshine up their butts all the time. Just because fans point out the obvious fact that this team has no heart, no hustle and doesn’t listen to Coach Cal, doesn’t mean they don’t support them. This is a lame and uneducated argument. Please stop attacking the fans.



  75. Mark Liptak
    12:55 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Drew:

    Sorry this season is over as far as the NCAA tournament is concerned. Cal has been warning the fan base all along that things weren’t right with this team. He used different words but the end result is that some of these players are soft, mentally weak and playing for themselves unlike the other three teams he’s had.

    That’s OK though, next year when some of these kids are forced back to UK (I’m looking at you Alex, Archie, Harrow)they either are going to get with the program or they are going to be sitting on the bench,since I get the sense that the incoming group of players aren’t going to have the same issues.

    It’ll be their choice.

    They’ll still win 20 games this season though so it won’t be a total waste of a year.

    Dana O’Neil wrote it best at ESPN.com: “For most of the season, Noel has been the only one playing with a combination of consistent ferocity and passion. The rest of the team tends to disappear frequently, lollygags on defense often and shows such dispassionate body language at times that you have to wonder whether the players are clock-watching.”

    In otherwords like I said, soft, mentally weak and playing for themselves.

    Mark Liptak



  76. Dustin
    1:12 am February 17, 2013 Permalink

    Easily your best piece yet Drew. You can really see your growth as a true sports writer. Keep it up man. Sucks it has to come on such bad terms. Maybe that’s your spot though. The next Skip Bayless!!