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What went wrong

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The day after is for recovery and reflection. Let’s examine yesterday’s loss, first by looking at what went wrong for the Cats in Bloomington:

Terrence Jones had a bad game
Everyone has bad days. Athletes are no exception. Terrence Jones turned in his worst performance of the season yesterday, with four points, one rebound, and six turnovers in 28 minutes. More troubling to me was Jones’ demeanor during the second half. He played with no aggression, simply standing around for the most part, and at times, looked as though he was about to cry. I was genuinely concerned that something was wrong with Jones, like an injury or illness, but it seems he just reverted back to freshman Terrence, sulking both on the court and on the bench. Cal insists he just had a bad game, and you know what? That’s okay. It happens to every player, and instead of throwing him under the bus, we should support him. The real test of Terrence’s character will be how he comes out and plays next Saturday.

We are young
If there was any concern the fans had heading into this game, it was how the young Cats would respond to their first true road test. Assembly Hall was rocking (almost literally) from beginning to end yesterday, and it rattled the Cats, who looked shaky in the first half and struggled to find an offensive rhythm. Now, when we discuss what went right for the Cats a little later, we can talk about their admirable comeback in a hostile environment.

Everything went right for Indiana
Sometimes, everything just goes right for a team. Shots fall, calls go your way, and the momentum stays with you. Indiana had one of those games. And they deserve all the credit in the world. They outhustled the Cats, stuck to their gameplan, and nearly everyone on their team stepped up when they needed to. Kudos, Hoosiers.

Foul troubles
Until he got into foul trouble early in the first half, Anthony Davis was handling Cody Zeller just fine in the post. In fact, when Davis returned late in the second half with four fouls, Zeller still hesitated to challenge him, no matter how many times Dickie V told him to. The simple fact is that without Davis in the game, this team struggles to find a rhythm. Also troubling was Kentucky’s poor free throw shooting, which the Cats must improve if they expect to win close games down the stretch.

Still not guarding the three
The Cats continue to let teams kill them from the outside. Indiana was 9-15 from the three-point line yesterday, including a stretch where they hit seven consecutive threes. If we want to win on the road, we MUST improve our perimeter defense.

Lack of execution on the final play
Cal said the plan going into the final play was to foul the Hoosiers. Well, that didn’t happen. In fact, only Marquis Teague attempted to foul, and without a whistle stopping him, Watford had no problem sinking the game clinching basket (ugh, it still stings). You can chalk the lack of focus and execution up to the Cats’ youth, but it’s yet another teaching moment for Cal to use in practice.

Next up, we’ll discuss what went right for Kentucky yesterday. But for now, linger in what the Cats can improve on for next week.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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95 Comments for What went wrong



  1. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    11:33 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Terrence looks stoned in that pic.



  2. Support
    11:35 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I hope Terrance doesn’t read all this crap. Ok to be critical, but Good Lord. Is someone entitled to an off game? Ok, proceed to flay me like you have him.



  3. Joe
    11:36 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    To the KSR fans, please lay off Terrence. Yes, he had a bad game. But we don’t need all these negative comments to get in his head and affect his play. We need Jones if we are to the win the title. Let’s forget about yesterday and look forward to New Year’s Eve. That game is BIG now.



  4. DB11
    11:38 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Man up or get out of the way. You came back because you wanted to be one of the top draft picks, and now two of your teammates are ahead of you. Get your sh#% together.



  5. Socrates
    11:39 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    He who bashes team or players of team he rooteth for, is NO true fan at all.



  6. bigbluedude
    11:39 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    sack up terrance! quit playing like a girl! tj always seems to play his best against the worst teams.



  7. enes
    11:40 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    You can excuse jones for his poor play but not his lack of effort. The magic word here is team.



  8. DB11
    11:41 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    #7 exactly. I don’t care that he played bad, it’s the complete lack of emotion that pissed me off



  9. PUNT PUNT
    11:42 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Great learning opportunity here! Darius should hold a private ” team only ” meeting and put the season on the line!

    ” HERE IS WHERE WE MAKE THE STAND!!!! YOU WANT A CHAMPIONSHIP, WE ALLLLL NEED TO SEIZE THIS MOMENT AND DRAW A LINE!!! EVERY SECOND OF EVERY GAME FOR THE REST OF THIS SEASON IS OURS!!! ”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f04yCWHe74

    WIN WIN AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN!!!!!



  10. SteveM
    11:43 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    #7 is right. Lack of production is one thing. Lack of effort is something altogether different. Jones quit and let his team mates down big time.



  11. DB11
    11:45 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Did i mention we got shafted by the refs? No, i shouldn’t have to, because it was apparent to everyone except the announcers who failed to even mention any questionable calls. Instead we got DickieV screaming about passing the ball to Zellar for 40 minutes.



  12. ukfan
    11:46 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    it kills me how many people are hating on Cal after the loss.. I mean damn people, we lost by 1 point, at the buzzer, on the road.. how bout a little bit of loyalty perhaps?



  13. snoopaloop
    11:48 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Never in my life have I seen a team 1) give up so many 3’s and 2) miss so free throws. All of Cal’s teams have suffered those same two problems, both of which are critical in big games.



  14. CalifCatFan
    11:50 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Teague was jogging down the court in the final 3 seconds and was not covering a man defensively. He became a spectator. Maybe things would have turned out differently if he had covered Watford. Maybe not. My point is that Teague stopped playing and checked out. He has to realize that the game is a full 40 minutes. When Watford received the pass, Teague then suddenly darted over to cover him. By then, it was too late. In the North Carolina game in the final seconds, Teague did not protect the ball and started celebrating too early. Teague played a great second half in the Indiana game. He just needs to play a full second half.



  15. Coby
    11:51 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I look for TJ to make a “Tebow” like statement to his team after that horrible performance. This is his chance to take a stand and say “you will not see a team or player play harder from here on out” or whatever that D-bag said. If Terrence can take this one on the chin and use it to make him stronger, a lot of good could come from an absolutely terrible game. But if he reverts back, Anthony Davis is going to have a lot of slack to pick up



  16. Nick
    11:52 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Tyler, you are right, all of those items you listed contributed to the loss. But we seem to be failing to focus on the elephant in the room…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….FREE THROW SHOOTING!!!

    We can’t pretend like this problem doesn’t exist. It ultimately cost us the game more than anything. If Lamb, our best free throw shooter, can’t sink them when it counts, we have a serious problem. And honestly, when the Cats go to the line, who here really thinks that they are likely to make their free throws? Honestly, I am 50/50 on every one, and I am surprised when both go down on a trip to the line.

    In the last 7 minutes, UK did everything right offensively and for the most part defensively, but the one thing they did wrong was miss key free throws. We would not even be talking about the need to foul on the last play if Lamb had been able to knock down two free throws at the end. Ultimately, poor foul shooting cost them what would have been a great victory.

    I don’t know if Cal just thinks they are practicing them, when they really aren’t, or what the issue is. But he has to make it an emphasis. It’s embarrassing, and it cost them this game. I hope it won’t cost them others.



  17. ranger
    11:53 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    How do we plan on addressing this young and Inexperianced issue. We are always young and Inexperianced



  18. Hardline Charlie
    11:54 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Everybody needs to stop their whining, excuse making and finger pointing. Take it like a man. Indiana out played us, they were hungrier and that’s the bottom line. We were not playing to win, we were playin not to lose. Our boys needed to lose this game so we don’t drop a bunch more on the road later on. Crean had his team ready to play. We could have won this game or at least sent it into overtime. So give them credit.



  19. snoopaloop
    11:55 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    11.) My “favorite” call by the terrible refs was the no-call on MKG when Hulls clobbered him on a fast break and the baseline ref just threw his hands up in the air as if to say “no foul, just keep playing.” Not to mention the half dozen other times in which we should have had an And-1 and nothing was called.



  20. PUNT PUNT
    11:55 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    UK = SLEEPING GIANT ….that just woke up!!

    Banner 8 pending



  21. Syrin
    11:56 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    That was the prefect storm for IU who wouldn’t hit that many consecutive threes in practice. Anthony Davis will not get in foul trouble again. His third and fourth fouls were dumb, and his second foul was caused by TJ shoving him into the defender.

    Look at it this way. Anyone think that Teague will miss a WIDE open under the basket lay up again the rest of the year? That wins the game if he hits that EASY EASY shot. Cal will use this game to get the message about how crucial execution is

    I have three concerns (but ONLY three concerns):

    1) Free throws. I don’t know how you make a team improve upon free throws, but we HAVE to get better
    2) TJ – I saw a few rumors that he was out at 2:30 am the night before the game. His late night drunken event from a month ago tells me he hasn’t grown up
    3) Cal’s treatment of Wiltjer. When he HAD to have scoring from somewhere yesterday, he put WIltjer in for TJ, and Wiltjer passed up MANY WIDE OPEN shots. That tells me he’s afraid to shoot because Cal will sit him on the bench. The one thing I liked about Pitino was he wouldn’t sit players for taking a wide open shot. Wiltjer had rebounders underneath, and was open. We’ve all seen what he can do. he might be the most explosive scorer on the TEAM, yet Cal has shaken his confidence, NOT GOOD !!



  22. Jarweed
    11:59 am December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Our fans can talk about TJ and regardless of how it sounds in the heat of moment we love TJ, but what is not acceptable is the ESPN hit job Dickie V put on TJ for the entire game. Couple that with him going off about TJ flexing for the entire game. It appears he has it out for TJ. WE can talk bout ours but don’t YOU – Dickie V – talk bout ours as you did all game. That crap was worse than going on, and on, and on with the Zeller stuff. Maybe it’s time for the legendary Dickie V to retire.



  23. ruppsays
    12:02 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I’m madder than hell and will have no mercy from here on out!



  24. john4uk
    12:02 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Games are won and lost at the free throw line,and that is where UK lost this game.Make all the free throw opportunities and UK wins the game going away.For whatever reason Calipari coached teams seem to be abysmal at the freethrow line.At Memphis ,he lost the NCAA championship to Kansas because Memphis could’nt hit freethrows.Last year UK beats UConn if they make their freethrows.



  25. MacGruber
    12:03 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Agree with what you say Syrin, except for point #3. Wiltjer was rattled all day, I think that is why he didn’t shoot. Cal seems to give freedom to his guys on offense. If you can’t guard you don’t play. Most coaches are like that.



  26. freethrows
    12:14 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    TJ passed up millions of dollars to come back to UK so that he could improve and win a national championship. He had a bad game.

    Not everyone wears a demeanor that screams intensity. Everyone always complained about Tayshaun Prince being lackadaisical and looking unengaged, but look at his success. Sure, TJ can play better and be more intense, but it is okay for a kid to revert into his natural demeanor.



  27. 19snl60
    12:18 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    wishI knew which game they would ditch?the atmosphere was they were not trying as hard as they could have. when calls are not going for you PLAY HARDER.show what a hard foul looks like.blame this one on coaching.evidently curfew isn’t working.Eloy wants to play ….LET him, he had more want to than most players on the floor.



  28. Nick
    12:19 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    The rumors about TJ and his nightlife need to stop. If anybody knows something for certain, then say it, that’s fine. But these rumors are silly and inappropriate. I don’t really care what you 17th-hand heard from Jim Bob Joe’s great-nephew who is a freshman at UK and has a women’s studies class with TJ.



  29. Coach Cal
    12:20 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I love my guys. If my starters all get drafted in the first round, the season will be a huge success. Remember BBN, the number of guys we get in the McDonald’s All-American game and the number of guys who go in the NBA draft are the measures of success at Kentucky. The season in between doesn’t really matter to me.



  30. CA UKFAN
    12:21 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    In defending Jones Cal show his greatness. Most coaches would throw him under the buss especially our last one.



  31. Truth
    12:22 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    31) Those rumors are 100% true. But it doesn’t matter, Cal would never suspend him. didn’t he insert Orton back into the game after he walked off the court. If he played for almost any other coach, he would have been gone for quite some time. But Cal is a win at all costs coach.



  32. CATFANDAN
    12:23 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    As long as Cal is here and recruiting we well ALWAYS be young..It is PLANNED this way and it is either overcome or will always be our achilles heel…Simple as that…



  33. Mack
    12:24 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I have little hope of the free throws for this team to improve from the past 2+ seasons.



  34. Linebeard
    12:26 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Dicky V was right on all game in his opinion of Jones. That kid completely gave up, could care less if we won or loss. That’s inexcusable, and no it does not “happen to” every player.



  35. Ranger
    12:27 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    32. I understand your sarcasm. But what should Cal do? Turn away some of the best players in the nation. Do u think Coach K, Crean, Izzo ..etc would turn down John Wall or Anthony Davis.



  36. jaaaaayyyyy
    12:28 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    No, the real test will not be how TJ responds next Saturday against Chattanooga. We all know he will respond because it won’t even be a challenge.

    The real test will be how he responds in a hostile environment on the road in the SEC.

    Let’s hope it will be much better. I can’t remember seeing a player look so lifeless and broken after that type of adversity since the Florida team came to Rupp in 2003 and essentially gave up in the first half. Maybe some of our guys gave up in Vandy during Gillispie’s butt kicking there a few years ago, but really something seemed seriously wrong and I hope it doesn’t happen again for the team’s sake, and for TJ’s own draft stock.

    I can deal with the low production if he were trying and just got into foul trouble or something, but he seriously embarrassed himself and the team on national TV. Even one of my IU friends was texting me and asking what was wrong with “your player Jones.”

    But we won’t learn anything about TJ against Chattanooga. We already know he is capable of being first team all american. We will know if he grew from this on the road in the SEC.

    Go TJ GO CATS!



  37. Ranger
    12:29 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    34. You care to much about hating Cal.



  38. 19snl60
    12:29 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    enforce the CURFEW. Cal could have won this game..he see’s jones is not into the game, put the next guy in long enough to get into the flow of the game.Wiltjer, Vargas,Miller, Mallone



  39. Awaiting the Savior
    12:30 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Is Twany Beckham eligible to play next Saturday against Chattanooga? UK’s schedule shows the semester ends Friday.



  40. doubting thomas
    12:31 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah a loss is not so bad but this was a big time game and TJ had no heart when we needed it. So what if he comes out next game against some cupcake. It was just the lack of heart not the bad game that has me confused. That was division2 type effort.



  41. dude
    12:33 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Vargas is doing great. I wonder what would happen if he got 25-30 min?



  42. Coach Cal
    12:33 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    The next time I roll the ball out there to my guys, their superior athletic ability will carry us to victory. Please rest assure. I guarantee the turkeys we play over the next two weeks will be overwhelmed by our athleticism and hide my poor coaching skills. I just need a little more McDonald’s burger talent to take us all the way.



  43. Mack
    12:33 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    39) You may have hit the nail on the head.



  44. catcrawler
    12:34 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    41. I did expect Wiltjer to get a few more minutes than 7 – he should’ve shot some.



  45. catfan65
    12:35 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Aside from Terrance Jones, yesterday was not an embarrasing performance. UK was only a 5-pt. favorite and all the smart money was on Indiana and the suckers bet UK. 70% of people took UK yet the line dropped from 6/6.5 to 5 in last couple hours before the game. IU has nowhere near the talent of UK, but this was always going to be the 2nd most likely game that UK will lose this regular season (the first being the Gators on the road). No one should have been shocked that this would be a tough game. North Carolina, nearly everyone’s pick as best team preseason (I’ve always said UK is the best team) has already lost two games and struggled with Long Beach State at home yesterday. UNC, not UK, has reason to question whether their team is as good as advertised.

    Ken Pormeroy has IU ranked as the 13th best team in the country based on his formula. The vegas power ratings I have seen have UK 8 points better than IU on a neutral floor (or 4 at IU). The other team gets a say in the outcome and IU played very well. As a fan, I am gutted that UK lost, but on an intellectual level, I always knew that this outcome was a likely possibility. The outsized disappointment from some is more a matter of the completely unrealistic expectations some fans had going into this game. This team was projected to lose 3-4 games at the begininning of the season and now it’s more likely they lose 2-3 and maybe only one in the regular season. This team is already arguably the best team and they almost certainly have the highest upside of any team in the country. Get some freaking perspective.



  46. Mack
    12:35 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    If Jones came back to change his draft position yesterday’s game is a giant step….



  47. Coach Cal
    12:37 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    The book ends of the season that defines success at Kentucky:

    McDonald’s All-American Game NBA Draft

    The number of players we get in both is the real measure of our success. Forget about the season in between.



  48. jaaaaayyyyy
    12:37 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Syrin Wiltjer has the green light to shoot open threes, dribble pull-up, pass to open man, or shoot his hook, all straight from Calipari.

    What Wiltjer’s passing up of those shots should tell you, is that he was afraid of missing and/or was hoping to get someone a better shot.

    No way Cal told him not to shoot.



  49. HossCat
    12:43 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    So do we need to beat the MonStars now to get terrence jones’s powers back?



  50. BrooksBrothers
    12:43 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    After this loss, this season will never be the same. I hate IU exponentially more than any team on our schedule. The way their delusional fans have talked the past 4 years since they signed Crean. The main comment I always hear is “Wait till next year, when he gets his players in there” well guess what, its been 4 years and he still hasn’t done anything with “his players”. This loss upsets me more than any loss in the past 5 years.
    To me, a championship is the only thing to block out yesterday’s games in my eyes.
    Go Big Blue.
    Dominate from start to finish.



  51. freethrows
    12:44 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    #55 – TJ passed up millions to come back to school. Your comment is illogical and irresponsible. Go rut for Xavier or Cincinnati because UK is too classy for comments like that.



  52. catfan65
    12:47 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I’m with you Coach Cal. I can’t stand that we have a chance to win a title every year and are disappointed when UK only gets to the Elite Eight or Final Four. I miss the Tubby, BCG years when there was no disappointment because we knew UK had zero chance of winning it all and an Elite Eight appearance was the best to which we could realistically aspire.



  53. WinstonWolf
    12:49 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    inexcusable effort from jones. I hate vitale but, he sniffed out something in TJ very early and never shut up! What made it worse is he was right! Vitale already thinks jones is a puss and Jones proved he is right.

    I dont care if we dont go to the final four without jones. Just want to see someone who gives a sh1t out there playing.



  54. ukchampion
    12:50 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    everyone needs to calm down.

    this type of game was inevitable for this team. if you would have told me before the season that we would beat Kansas and UNC but drop to Indiana, that’s FINE with me.

    i LOVE ksr. but it doesn’t help when you talk about number 8 all season and dismiss a scrappy, desperate, blood-thirsty team like the Hoosiers as “cute”. you’re just asking for a fanbase meltdown.

    we lost to IU. BIG DEAL. we may lose 6 more games this year and if we do, we’ll still be a contender in March. a national championship is not going to fall in our laps.



  55. 19snl60
    12:53 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Next game i guess T J will play like a man posessed.and all will be forgiven..NOT…..You wear the Blue and we are all cheering our cats.All we need in return is to see our guys play 100% ALL the time…..WIN OR LOSE. a loss is acceptable if You guys give it your all.



  56. Mitch
    12:54 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    The hand points the way!!! The Hoosiers are for real!!!



  57. bballdoc
    12:56 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    OK, “Coach Cal,” your point is noted, and the repetition is already getting old.



  58. logical catfan
    12:57 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    everyone needs to read post #48 and CALM DOWN

    most of all, the KSR writers need to read #48.

    i LOVE ksr, but it has come to embody the ignorant UK fan with unrealistic expectations, only the typical UK fan probably has better understanding of the game of basketball.

    desperation is a stinky cologne”… enjoy the holidays and GO CATS



  59. Saruman
    12:58 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    BBN, when the mountain defeats you, will you risk a more dangerous road? You know what was awakened in Louisville. Will you risk passing through the mines of Moria on Dec. 31st?



  60. Flippy23
    1:00 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    57…..TJ may never GET millions in the NBA now. He is showing the world that he is a 9 year old trapped in Karl Malone’s body. I almost expected him to sit down on the floor and start crying….god, what a frustrating player to watch…..I literally screamed at him through the TV 6-8 times yesterday.

    If you need to have your diaper changed and your butt powdered, go somewhere else….UK is not for you.Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played his heart out, only to be undermined by the uninspired play of Jones.

    I am being serious…I’d bench his ass for a few games…..let the visions of NBA millions flying away sink in a bit…..I’d start MKG, Miller, Lamb, Davis, and Teague…..bring “Powder-Puff” off the bench and if he doesn’t play with intensity, pull him out again…..we can’t afford his crap in big games. I am sick of him.



  61. 19snl60
    1:03 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Give miller ,kyle, or eloy the start next week.let terrence relive the night before the game and see which is more important.stay out and party or play like a beast and have the fans look up to you.



  62. WildcatLogic
    1:03 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    How could Jones have been out “partying” til 2:30am on Friday night? Really? Doesn’t the team travel a day ahead and practice on-site the day before? If Jones were out “partying”, he would’ve had to have left the team hotel, gone out in downtown Bloomington somewhere, broken the new team curfew & then returned to the hotel. If this had actually happened, it would’ve made FB or twitter instantaneously and there’d be pictures galore to prove it. Who knows what contributed to TJ having a bad game, but let’s let it go. He’s a 19 yr old kid, he’s entitled to having a bad day just like everyone else. No doubt yesterday’s game was a tough loss, but let’s learn from it and move on.



  63. Cotton Nash
    1:05 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I always enjoy your take, Ms. Tyler. Thanks.



  64. Bledsoe's Biceps
    1:10 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    OMG. The Mayans must have been right. This must be the beginning of the end of the world. We all only have about a year to live. Hide your wives. Hide your kids. And hide your husbands too, ’cause they be raping everything down here…..Yeah it was a tough loss, but some people need to get a life.



  65. Jim
    1:11 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Horrible positioning on last play. We should have formed a wall and each player get on man as soon as Lamb hit his ft but we didnt and they got the jump on us. We were guarding for a last shot instead of fouling the ball handler…

    BTW, Miller did foul verdell jones but it wasn’t blatant and u r not gettig that call on the road.



  66. 19snl60
    1:12 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    All will be better next week



  67. Flippy23
    1:15 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    48-I agree with everything you said…..the thing I simply cannot accept is the zombie-like lack of effort from our “first team AA” that cost us the game. A bad game would have been acceptable, but TJ didn’t have a “bad game”….he had “no effort”. That is inexcusable when you are playing on national TV as the #1 team in the nation playing against a hated border-rival. To countless fans that live and die with every play this is a big deal.To his teammates it is a big deal.

    I’m officially sick to death of Terrence Jones.



  68. Relax
    1:15 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    This is 1 loss in December, iu was on FIRE from the 3 line, we played not good at best, crowd was ridiculous, refs didn’t help and foul trouble in the 1st and 2nd halves. AND we lost on a last second shot. We will be just fine.



  69. Scoutblue23
    1:17 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    If only Crean had hit Calipari in the back of the head. . .



  70. bluesince66
    1:28 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Didn’t read but a couple of comments, because everyone so over reacts. I just talked to our film guy and he said the officiating was worse in person than on the tv, so damn it was realy bad. Even with IU playing out their butts, and with the help of the officials we only lost by one and missed 7 free throws. That’s one of the few things about Cal that bothers me is his stubborness to admit how important free throw shooting is. It’s still early December folks back away from the ledge and just enjoy yourself.



  71. PittsburghCatFan
    1:37 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Great article. Summed up the day very well.



  72. catcrawler
    1:43 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    73. NO joke, some of those calls had me yelling. I normally don’t put it on the refs, but some of those calls (and non calls on the last play) were ridiculous.



  73. catcrawler
    1:46 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    72



  74. bud tugley
    2:04 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    free throws. But at the end of the game, coach cal has to let the young guys know what to do and why. No way Davis ends up being the one fouled to shoot a one and one. No way we don’t use our two fouls up two with 5.6 seconds left to go. Simple stuff that would not have happened on a bunch of sidelines. The kids did not have the proper information, or if they did, it wasn’t explained to them in a way where they executed it. That’s on cal.



  75. bud tugley
    2:06 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    50
    Crean has gotten it done, he’s got great fans, and it’s about damn time indiana got back into the mix.



  76. bluesince66
    2:14 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Know for a fact the Cats were told to foul twice, so yes it was taken care of by coaches, but not executed by players.



  77. Beas
    2:40 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    It wasn’t youth that lost the game in crunch time . Teague was trying to split the difference between Hulls on top and Watford and was late in getting to Watford (which I’m pretty sure wasn’t his man anyway). They couldn’t foul Watford because he went right into his shot (3 FT’s as compared to none if it was before the shot). The guy that misplayed it (and had a couple other defensive lapses was the senior, Darius Miller. His man dribbled down to the block before kicking out fore the shot FOUL HIM DARIUS!!! and then they take it out of bounds with around 2 seconds. They also had to foul us when the ball was passed to Davis….why pass it to a 58% FT shooter with the game on the line ??? The silver lining is that last years team had to go through crunch time growing pains and learn how to pull out tight ones as well…..so will this one,…. but it shouldn’t have been so much due to a experienced upperclassmen (Jones MIA, Lamb big miss, Miller didn’t foul)



  78. CAL PAL
    2:41 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Coach Cal also needs to have a discussion with the refs before that play and let let know we plan on fouling so don’t do us any favors of a no-call.. looked like he was fouled before the dish out to me



  79. Bleeding Blue in AZ
    2:47 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    TJ’s “bad game” actually goes back to last week. After a great first half against UNC, he was shut out in the second half. 4 points in 3 halves from the guy who is supposed to be your leading scorer? UK could have easily lost both games, but the fact that they beat UNC and lost on a last second shot to IU in a hostile environment is actually encouraging. Cal is right: he has found out in December that UK can win without Jones. That bodes well for March and April as the team will not be held captive by Terrence’s state of mind.



  80. BBNinIL
    3:00 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    FREE THROWS! FREE TROWS FREE TROWS FREE TRHOW FREE THROWS! WHERE IS IT MENTIONED ANYWHERE IN YOUR ARTICALS! WTF?!



  81. BlueFins
    3:08 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Everyone keeps mentioning free throws. How about lay-ups? How many, not in the same zip code, lay-ups can a team miss?



  82. Ms. Tyler Thompson
    3:10 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    80 – “Also troubling was Kentucky’s poor free throw shooting, which the Cats must improve if they expect to win close games down the stretch.”



  83. BlueFins
    3:16 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    From all the comments and posts I’ve read this week, Hoosier fans have got to be the W. Virginia of the Big 10. The only difference between the two is one, would think, has a better education and most, if not all, have all of their teeth. Hoosiers have this elitist attitude, when they are really nothing more than foul mouthed farmers. Way to keep it classy IU, see you whenever.



  84. Sam
    3:31 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    The play from Jones was only such a disappointment because of how good we all know he is. So whatever criticism is levied against him for the performance at Indiana has to be tempered with that understanding. If he got out there and scrapped and it just didn’t work out for him, that’s one thing, this was something different.



  85. playersfan
    3:36 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    While this game is disappointing to say the least, it was a good loss. Everybody is going to be more coachable now, Teague especially, Davis about being a foul target, and we need a way to get Lamb and Miller more open 3’s. Also, last year UK was better when Jones was not the focus, and he should not be this year. He did not have a bad game, he was awful. You don’t drop the ball out of bounds two or three times, uncontested when you have a bad game. You just can’t make a shot, or get a shot. Rebounding does not depend on whether you have a bad game. It’s effort or focus, or concentration, but has nothing to do with a bad game. We have seen this a lot last year and this, he rips up the unimportant opponents and we say wow, then he stands around like a zombie. You can’t win with 4 players, it doesn’t appear to me that he is included in the best 5 players on this team. He has the physical attributes, but something is missing. Team concept, focus, heart or something and while some say don’t talk about it, its the elephant in the room and somebody needs to. One of the analyst noticed it, and said same old same old for Jones.



  86. Mat
    3:42 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    I think people are looking to far into this. You can chalk this loss up to maturity issues on the court. As a team no individuals I saw one of the most immature games ever. From seniors to freshman this would of been an easy game to win if they would of played with their heads instead of physically forcing opportunities. But hey they are young and will get better from it.



  87. Terrence Jones
    3:58 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Did we play yesterday?



  88. JoeDaddy
    4:34 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    TJones must somehow now thinks of himself as the Incrediable Hulk the way he likes to pose after a play one might expect from a pre-season All-American. Is he posing for the cameras or the girls, or maybe the boys, or maybe the coach? One thing for sure. He made some All-Americans yesterday. For Indiana. Oh! By the way. The little league team (9-10 yr olds)I coach is shooting free throws at 79% for the season. That is 8 for 10 almost. The Cats must do better. Free throws win ball games. #80 you got that right. We lost on missed free throws.



  89. Tyler Zeller
    4:41 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    See! I told you little brother I way better than Crybaby Jones.



  90. thewaitfor8
    5:03 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    You should have stopped at Jones. He lost the game. I love the guy and he could be a great player but you know in the first five.minutes of a game whether he is there or not. Should have rode the pine the whole game.



  91. proudswimdad
    5:26 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville’s head just swelled up, they are thinking we got a chance…………………now that is funny!On the other hand it has been verified TJ took a nap before the game,during the game and during the post game interviews!!



  92. JBR
    5:29 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    Darius Miller is the biggest waste of potential in the history of UK basketball. He has the physical ability to be an NBA lottery pick, and the mental toughness and heart to be on an NBA dance team. Not only is he not a team leader as a senior, but continuously shrinks away from big plays when needed. Yeah, some other guys had bad games, but Miller should be the one constant on this team with his experience and talent. Unfortunately, he just does not have the heart, toughness, or intelligence. He was the one that should have fouled on that last play…came right to his lap. STUPID



  93. CATFANDAN
    6:44 pm December 11, 2011 Permalink

    35..Ranger..No , I’m just saying, it is what it is….IF this is your mo stop using it as an excuse when each season your are in the same situation because you WANT guys leaving to go to the nba to send a message to the kids you are recruiting that UK is the place to be for one and dones…Nothing more , nothing less….



  94. Catsfando
    8:50 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    92.



  95. Catsfando
    9:17 am December 12, 2011 Permalink

    92. Miller did foul on the last play when the guy rove the lane on hm Miller attempted to hold him and did make contact with him that I thought should have brought a call before the guy Kicked it back out to Watford. The ref just swallowed the whistle and the pass went back out and Darius hustled back out on D to get a hand up in the guys face. He just hit a great shot. Most of you people couldn’t carry Millers jock. He’s been more maligned than any decent player in UK history. The guy has played on numerous all star teams for other coaches and done quite well, winning several championships and being named MVP for a couple of these teams. Every other coach we play thinks Miller is a big key to beating UK, the only ones who don’t see Millers value to the team are UK fans. He’s been an easy whipping boy his whole career, he causes no problems, does not complain, sacrifices for the team, does not showboat, and makes me proud he wears the blue. He’s never quit on us and I’ll never quit backing a Kentucky kid who chose to wear the blue. He may not be one of Cal’s golden boys but he will get drafted and if given the chance, will make someones NBA club. If he doesn’t, he has his full education and great reputation to fall back on.