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10 Questions after Kentucky’s humiliating loss to Duke

Where do you even begin?

Kentucky didn’t just get beat by Duke in the Champions Classic, they got whipped, a humiliating and humbling start to the 2018-19 season. What was supposed to be a showcase of the Cats’ experience, talent, and depth instead turned into a 118-84 face plant, the worst loss of the John Calipari era. From start to finish, Duke looked better in all facets of the game, from talent, to execution, and, in many cases, effort. It’s just one game — and the first one of the year at that — but with the national spotlight shining bright, what a horrible way to lose.

If you’re like me, all you’ve got are questions now, so let’s try to find some answers.

1. What happened to the Kentucky team from the Bahamas?

Almost three months ago, the Cats annihilated two European professional teams and two national all-star teams in the Bahamas. Calipari bragged about how those teams were “grown men,” but in retrospect, were they? Or, has Kentucky regressed since then?

There were warning signs in the Cats’ lackluster exhibition wins over Transylvania and Indiana University of Pennsylvania: poor defense, cold shooting, questionable shot selection, careless ball handling, getting beat to balls. If you’re like me, you tried to chalk it up to the freshmen playing down to their competition or looking ahead to Duke. All of those errors were on full display vs. the Blue Devils. Even if Kentucky’s competition in the Bahamas was way worse than we originally thought, there’s no denying how out of sync the Cats seemed. I saw the team in the tunnel warming up and they looked the part, howling and barking like dogs at the chance to take on Duke. Once on the court, they looked completely lost; all bark, no bite.

2. What happened to Kentucky’s sophomores?

Duke’s trio of freshmen stars RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson, and Cameron Reddish exceeded expectations, putting up a combined 83 points, one point shy of Kentucky’s total score. Meanwhile, Kentucky’s trio of sophomore veterans PJ Washington, Nick Richards, and Quade Green combined for only nine points. Given that this was the first game of the season, most believed Kentucky’s experience would be the key factor in the game, but outside of Reid Travis, the returning players were more often than not part of Kentucky’s problem. That’s especially frustrating for PJ Washington, who is supposed to be a leader. Usually, Calipari brings two players with him to address the media after road and neutral site games; last night, he only brought Travis, which speaks volumes.

3. What happened to the backcourt?

Duke’s backcourt was expected to be the weakness Kentucky would expose, but Tre Jones looked far and away the best point guard on the court, dishing out a game-high seven assists. Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, and Quade Green combined for only eight assists and nine points. In terms of efficiency (points + rebounds + assists + steals + blocks – Missed Shots – turnovers), all three were decidedly inefficient, Hagans registering a 2, Quickley 4, and Green -1. In comparison, Reid Travis and Tyler Herro had efficiencies of 22, followed by Keldon Johnson at 19. Cal knows his backcourt needs help.

“I grabbed the two point guards and told them after down in the hallway that I’m going to spend more time with you,” Cal said afterwards. “I’ve got to get you guys on the same page with all of us how we need you to play.”

4. Where was the defense?

By far the most upsetting part of the night was Kentucky’s defense, or lack thereof. The Cats let Duke run all over them, at times seemingly clearing the lane to let the Blue Devils score. Some sobering stats: this is the first time a team has scored 100 points on Kentucky in the Calipari era. It’s also the first time a team has beaten Kentucky by more than 30 points. Ouch.

Expecting a team with several young stars to be a defensive juggernaut this early isn’t fair, but the number of breakdowns and mistakes was alarming to say the least.

“I told them, I said in one of the huddles, I think you guys thought this was going to be easy,” Cal said. “The most that you learn from this is they wanted it more than we wanted it.”

5. Was the moment too big?

Thus far, the defining characteristic of this freshmen class was competitiveness. Keldon Johnson certainly came out fighting, but for the most part, the freshmen balked at their first test. EJ Montgomery got things going at the end of the first half, prompting Calipari to start him in the second, but then reverted. Tyler Herro had 14 points, but nine came in garbage time, and he was only 4-11 from the floor and 1-6 from three-point range.

As the team’s elder spokesman, Reid Travis refused to say the moment was too big for his younger counterparts, but insisted it will be a learning experience.

“I wouldn’t say the moment was too big. Collectively we didn’t get the job done. I don’t know if it was the moment, the hype, but it just wasn’t a game for us tonight. I think as we go back and watch the film, we’ll get better. I love our group of guys and everyone does want to get better. You can tell that this hurt because we do care.”

6. Is this how UCLA and Kansas felt in 2014?

Kentucky delivered similar beatdowns to UCLA and Kansas at the start of the 2014-15 season. Looking around at the giddy Duke fans in the arena made me sympathize with Bruins and Jayhawks fans. Being so completely overwhelmed by an opponent isn’t a familiar feeling for Kentucky fans, even more so when you didn’t see it coming. Ugh.

Speaking of that year…

7. Is Duke that good?

How can you watch that game and not say yes? It pains me to say it, but Duke is not only good, they’re fun to watch. RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson are absolute stars and Kentucky had zero answers for them. Cameron Reddish and Tre Jones were great too.

“I mean, they’re a very good team,” Calipari said afterwards. “If they play like that, they’re not losing many.”

On the sport’s opening night, the Blue Devils firmly established themselves as the coolest team in college basketball and Mike Krzyzewski as the coach who is not only getting the best players, but finding a way to get them to play together. It’s just one game, but right now, that role reversal really sucks.

8. Or is Kentucky that bad?

It may feel like it now, but I refuse to believe Kentucky is as bad as they looked vs. Duke. Hopefully, the loss will serve as a brutal wakeup call for a team that otherwise may not have gotten it until late December or January. It’s hard to imagine as I write this at 4 a.m., but maybe it’s something we’ll even reference come March or April.

9. How crappy do fans that spent all the money on tickets feel?

Judging by the scene here in Indianapolis, pretty crappy. I got to town around 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Kentucky fans were already rolling, gleefully zipping around town on Bird scooters and drinking Tin Roof out of cold beer (it’s true). Eighty percent of Bankers Life Fieldhouse was Kentucky blue, making for a raucous and chill-bump inducing atmosphere before tipoff. Unfortunately, it was all for naught as things quickly crashed back to Earth, leaving the stadium in a shell-shocked silence.

“I wasn’t looking up there, but they do travel,” Calipari said of the BBN in attendance. “And they’ll watch this team more than I’ll watch this tape. But that’s what coaching and playing at Kentucky is about. We represent the whole state, and they take pride in the program, and this hurts. We understand that we’re playing for them. That’s what we do here. And we’ve got a ways to go.”

10. What a bad four-day stretch, huh?

Since Saturday, the Big Blue Nation has been on a roller coaster of emotions. Both the football and basketball teams had a chance to make a statement on the national stage and instead, were humbled by a superior opponent; in tonight’s case, that’s putting it nicely.

So, let’s go beat the heck out of Tennessee on Saturday.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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69 Comments for 10 Questions after Kentucky’s humiliating loss to Duke

  1. kamron.cox
    7:20 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Tough game. But I think we lost down at Vandy by more under Billy G. May want to fact check that.

    Cats played poorly but Duke was very good. As long as we avoid them, we’ll be alright.

    • loosey101
      9:41 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Couple things:

      There is good and bad news coming out of this, Bad News: Duke smacked us on national television to the likes of something we haven’t seen since BCG. If this was Michigan State, it’d suck but we’d move on, but it was Duke. It also really makes you consider if the tides have shifted in the favor of Duke for the next year and Memphis beyond with Penny. Cal is still getting guys but we may be missing out on elite talent moving forward.

      Good News: The rest of the college basketball world will hate Duke like they hated us in 2015. Cats get to fly under the radar and slowly but surely become the team we know they can be. It’s not often that the Cats get the opportunity to have a great team without the non-stop coverage. It’s the first game of the season and things could be VERY different come March. Unless this team is horrible in early March, don’t forget the turn around we saw in 2011 and 2014.

      Heads high guys, it’s a long season and we have a good young team, it’s going to take a few months to figure it out.

      Side note: This website is absolutely horrible, the never ending ads make it impossible to actually add a new comment.

    • kjd
      10:03 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Why do we need a few months to figure it out? Duke’s freshmen kicked our tails. They have something figured out right out of the gate.
      Talent, IQ and coaching is the difference.
      Watching and waiting for March. Maybe we’ll get a tweak in the meantime.

    • DelrayCat
      9:42 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      It is very possible this Duke team is going to be one of the best team EVER. They will likely have the top 3 picks in the upcoming NBA draft. And these are not just NBA role players (Like a #2 pick MKG is). These three guys all appear to be high level starters in the NBA from day 1 next year. That is unheard of. Therefore, the Cats will still have a good year…but Kansas and Duke look to be locks for #1 and #2 all year. They are both really really good. Unfortunately, UK seems lacks the interior bulk and rim protection to actually contend.

  2. catsarerunnin
    7:23 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    I hate to say it but dUKe is that good. The only UK beat down like this that I can remember was at Kansas in RPs first season. That one was expected. This one wasn’t although I didn’t think the Cats would win based on their performances in the exhibitions games. I’m not a fan of one and done but I think it’s apparent that if you’re going “all in” with one and done you better have the very best. Otherwise you’re going to have a very young team that will struggle. This team will struggle including in the SEC and especially on the road. They were not ready for the spotlight last night. They did what young teams do when punched in the mouth. We’ve seen this before especially the past few years. I’m still all in as a Big Blue fan but I’m expecting another bumpy ride with another young team.

    • DelrayCat
      9:47 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      The softness of our interior doesn’t bode well in the SEC this year either. Take a look at the grown-ass men Tennessee has. Thank God Cal pulled Travis out of the hat or this season would have gone south in a hurry. We keep getting guys who are long but sooo skinny….like 6-9 and 180 is typical…that stand little chance against a big who is 50+ lbs heavier (or 100! like against Zion).

    • AmazzzingLarry
      12:28 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Agree with both of these comments. Duke will be tough to beat unless two of their big three are having an off night or they have an injury or get in foul trouble. Straight up and firing on all cylinders, though, near impossible. Kentucky, on the other hand, needs to be focus on the SEC. Tennessee and Auburn are going to manhandle them if they don’t toughen up.

  3. BluesBrother
    7:34 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    I wish Duke would use the “over 70” rule. Maybe K would retire. I think we’re gonna whip most teams but this effort is concerning.

    • Irish son
      8:11 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Or maybe our 4 million dollar a year coach would get off his fat ass and actually coach?

    • CatsandPats
      8:37 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Are you talking about Coach Stoops? Cal is a lot more than 4 a year…try 8 million and rising.

    • Booby Petrino
      8:16 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      sounds like Irish is already hitting the bottle this morning.

  4. kilik64
    7:53 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Mrs. Tyler Thompson, did you forget the Super Tuesday 2008 beatdown from Vandy? 41 point loss. Member BCG? He was fun wasn’t he….

  5. Dee
    7:54 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Quade Green is selfish… and wants to be the “Star” (Big Blue Madness showed that)… Cal will get it worked out when it matters… I think this was the best thing that could happen for this squad. Brilliant move by Cal…

    I’m telling you… Green is a virus.

    • whatchyugot
      9:20 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      He should have gone with Syracuse like he was expected to. The zone would have hid some his defensive liabilities. He got starry eyes and jumped at UK when Cal got impatient with Trae Young.

  6. ballplayerstu
    7:55 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Look, this is a once in a lifetime game for Duke. They will not be like this to everyone. UK came out believing they could just show up and it was going to be easy but they weren’t ready to match the effort of Duke. I hate it but let’s see how we response Friday and game at a time. That’s the worst we could have played and the best they could have played. Think about that.

  7. jch67
    7:57 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    What can we expect, we’re a football school now!!

  8. JTHinton
    7:58 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Duke is simply better than us right now, but this will be a good thing because it gets the guys’ attention and keeps us out of the spotlight so that we can develop and improve. Our next seven games are almost certainly wins but we need to get better on both sides of the ball. I still love this team and it’s just one game— we will still be okay! Go Cats!

  9. Aar
    8:00 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    The way I read it comes down to this. Both teams had great August exhibition tours. Both coaches took their teams in opposite directions since then. As a result, we saw a game of March basketball vs November basketball last night. Our team has a long way to go and a great coach who will get them playing March basketball in March.

  10. UKBoo
    8:02 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    K has stolen every good idea Cal has had and improved on it. UK could have played better. A lot better. But 34 points better? I don’t think so. Duke has three Anthony Davis’ and UKs front court is a bunch of Josh Harrellsons. To be fair, that isn’t quite fair to Josh with a few of those guys. Nothing wrong with being a Josh! But to compete with that, Duke, you will need to play smart and together. This summer’s UK would have at least cut the margin in half. This version looked bad against D2 teams. The difference? Guys were playing together and working to stay in front of their man. Few guys even tried to stay in front of a guy last night. This summer, the guys were working to find the best shot possible. Last night a bunch of wannabe heros shot zeros. While Hero didn’t play well at all on the offensive end, he did fight for boards and loose balls which is more than you can say about anyone other than Travis. UK must figure out how to score. Going through Travis last night reminded me of last year’s fateful failure. Trading 1 of 2 free throws for open threes on the other end will not win you games. And that is exactly what Travis is. He’s 17-18 Washington 2.0. Who Washington 18-19 Washington is? Looks like a guy trying to pad his NBA resume and will fail miserably if he doesn’t start playing for the name on the front. This team can go far if they learn to play smart, play hard and play together. They are not going to out class elite teams. The only team on display last night that can out class it’s way to a title is Duke.

  11. katfan33
    8:06 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Thank god it’s football season!!

    • cats646
      8:18 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Yes sir!

    • ClutchCargo
      9:25 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I am so ready for a beatdown of UT. That would ease a lot of the pain for me.

  12. Kat4Life
    8:11 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    PJ Washington can cross his arms and mug for the camera with the best of them, but when it came time to play he wandered around like a 4 year old lost at the mall. I feel sorry for Reid Travis, he had his pick of any program in the nation and he hitched his wagon to a team of show ponies. Time to look in the mirror guys, because there is nowhere to hide here. Hell we understand you might lose a game or two…..but we cannot understand giving up and being humiliated. You got punched right in the mouth and ran home to mommy.

  13. Rise
    8:18 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    The problem is world wide wes is on Dukes side now. We aren’t getting the elite players anymore.

  14. drbigblue
    8:20 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    What can you say other than Duke is that good and seriously doubt if anyone else is close them either. Their whole team looked great and the three dominated. Chalk this one as another feather in his hat for coach K.

    • DelrayCat
      9:48 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Yep…and watch Wiseman and Carey follow suit and head there next year as well. 🙁

    • 4everUKblue
      5:31 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Don’t you mean follow the suitcase full of money?

  15. drbigblue
    8:22 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    One question? Why didn’t we utilize our depth and press like the whole game.

    • UKBoo
      8:29 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      UK couldn’t keep them from getting to the rim at will in their half court D. Duke would have annihilated a full court press. Duke was that much stronger, faster and quicker than UK. That doesn’t even account for how much better Duke’s shooting is, and that’s always a factor when breaking a press. Cal isn’t going to win many games if he doesn’t have the best talent on the floor regardless whether they press or not. To be fair, not many coaches will win without the best players but Cal is way way way down the list.

    • MadScientist
      3:06 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      You have to hit shots to setup the press.

  16. Duuuuuude
    8:24 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    The only one and done on this team is Reid Travis.

    • lecantrell
      10:35 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I agree. However if the coaching staff doesn’t run plays that utilize him, his effort will be wasted.

    • Robkycats54
      11:57 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Keldon look great he is one & done

  17. Jiminy Crickets
    8:31 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Say all you will this game was about coaching and developing. When Duke sat Zion and Reddish in first half, and put 2nd string in, UK slightly cut the lead, but not by much. As soon as the first team came back in it was blow out again. We were barely better than their bench.
    You can’t watch that game and think those 3 guys just instinctively knew how to space the floor, set up wide open shots, and swarmed on defense. Yes they’re exceptionally talented, but they looked well coached. UK looked like a collection of players, Duke looked like s team.
    Didn’t think it was possible but Quade has gotten worse, he looks lost. Washington looked worse, nick somehow looks the same. Meanwhile Bolden looked like a guy that will really contribute for them. Coaching and development. If you’ve ever questioned why UK has so many guys in the NBA absolutely tearing it up, but UK only has 1NC to show for it, last night was why. Calipari has them focus on individual skills that will enhance their NBA chances, Coach K coaches team oriented basketball.

    • ClutchCargo
      9:29 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Coaching and developing has little to do with what happened last night. It’s early November and Duke has 3 superstars that we can’t match up with. We aren’t as bad as we looked last night, but Duke might be that good.

    • Cmart0907
      10:52 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I agree with everything you said. You’re 100% correct.

  18. Blueballz
    8:39 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Coach Cal doing mess with more every year.

  19. cozbob
    8:42 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Duke has the three best players in college basketball. They will do this to a lot of people. And now I hate them even more.

  20. hohum
    8:46 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Duke has three players that will be impact players in the NBA and it won’t surprise me if Williamson, Barrett and Reddish are the top three draft picks. They are simply far superior to any one on UK’s roster. Despite the disparity in talent, there was no strategy to counter Duke’s superior athleticism – that falls squarely on Callipari. I thought we would be a better shooting team than Duke and play better defense especially after the way we were defensively exposed in the two exhibition games prior – obviously we didn’t play team ball and make the extra pass and our defense didn’t improve. Let’s put this in perspective -think about this – our perimeter defense and interior defense was no better in our two exhibition games – both Transylvania and IUP were able to knock down three point shots and beat us off the dribble to the basket with very pedestrian athletes. This team lacks fundamentals and may need to employ the Syracuse 2-3 zone because our bigs are slow and not very athletic. Hopefully this game turns out to be a very positive learning experience. As good as Duke is, they are not likely to often repeat that type of performance in conference play.

  21. Wade
    8:48 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Cal I mean nike needs to pay players. Nothing seems to happen if you do just keep strippers away and it’s all good! Hell im bout to make a go fund me account to pay Vernon Carey and wiseman right now who’s got 5 on it?

  22. StuckinLville
    9:01 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe our guys were too cocky coming into the game. Hopefully this will be their wake up call and Cal goes back to a different lineup. Let’s just move on.

  23. Mc12
    9:06 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    I’m going to chalk this to us falling back an hour a few days ago and the game starting at what felt like 11 PM. Yeah, I’ll go with that lol

  24. bigbluebanana
    9:44 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Humor me on this point. I’m always on here defending our guys, our coaches, and our school. To me, anyone who thinks Cal isn’t the best coach for us is off their rocker. However, I started to take notice of something the last couple years and it’s bothered me. Tell me if I’m way off base, because I could be.

    But…here’s what I have noticed and it just hasn’t set well with me for whatever reason. It seems like ALL the time, Cal is letting his assistants do his job. Exhibitions and practices, Cal is always off in the bleachers, or talking to reporters. After many actual games, Cal sends Kenny or someone else to face the media. It’s almost like he’s putting effort into grooming others for their next step in their career. Do other coaches do this? If so, do they do it this often? I am not sure if it is complacency, or what, it’s just something I’ve noticed.

    To be clear, there is NO ONE I’d rather have than Cal, I love him and he can coach until he’s 100, that’s fine by me. It just seems he puts more effort into making the other coaches, our players, our school, and our past players even, look great, but he’s not giving the effort to make himself better.

    Please, someone tell me why I’m wrong, I fully acknowledge that I could be.

    • DelrayCat
      9:53 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Nail on the head. Cal is a marketer and head coach like in football…he lets his staff do all the player development. But the biggest knock is that he doesn’t ever scout the opponent and game plan to their weaknesses. He admits this freely. He is always focused on his team and getting them to “do what they do”. Good coaches always gameplan to offset this philosophy leaving UK to simply rely on talent alone. That doesn’t always work.

    • notFromhere
      1:31 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      Ive been saying it for years, too, Delray. Its bitten us on thebackside too many times, and yet everyone keeps blowing smoke up Cal’s butt regardless. Why can’t a coach at UK be a complete coach anymore? Recruit, gameplay, develop, AND scout…? It’s always about “their system” win or lose, and “buying in” rather than coaching to the talent we have….

      It is ALWAYS about BOTH how we play AND how we should play to take away their strengths and take advantage of their weaknesses. The Cats should have been burying opponents for at least 7 of the years Cal has been here, but he neglects SO MUCH of what other coaches thrive on.

      Outside of UK, I will be rooting for Villanova to be the team to beat them in the tourney, while we are tying an arm behind our back for no reason. Marketing will only get you so far. Then you have to coach

    • notFromhere
      1:33 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      *gameplan… not gameplay

  25. KYjellyRoll
    10:17 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    So disappointing, these guys looked like they had 0 will to even compete… granted, they couldn’t play defense without being whistled for a foul. I’m not blaming the refs but that was the tightest game I’ve seen in a while. How can you defend a slashing wing if you can’t even stay close because o fouls??

  26. Doctor21
    10:37 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    We got out hustled, out coached, out referred, out recruited. I think we are now a football school.

  27. lecantrell
    10:41 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    BBN we had better get prepared for a few more embarrassments from our “kittens” unless the coaching staff makes some drastic changes and actually start coaching. And coaching is as much preparation, scouting the opposing team to find a weakness to exploit, as it is preparing an efficient offensive. Ops, sorry, we don’t prepare any offensive plays. We just let our “super stars” have at it!

    • MegatonRange
      10:56 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

      A “few more embarrassments”? We aren’t even top 5 in the SEC. More like 12-15 losses. Sorry this is just a repeat of years past.

  28. Jeffrey_M
    10:57 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    I never thought I’d say this (and I hate saying it), but my hat is off to Duke. I mean, “credit given to whom credit is due”, and all that stuff. Simply put DUKE LOOKED AWESOME! No one can deny that. Who wouldn’t want a team playing like that when you could land such a massive piledriver on “the most winningest team in college basketball?” Duke railroaded us like a marshmallow hit by a freight train. The opponent dropped a DUKE NUKE, and we were blown to smithereens! Obliterated! Vaporized! They earned the win. We earned the loss. Plain and simple.

    I don’t think we will ever live this down. To do so, Kentucky will need to come back at some point in the future and, not only punch Duke in the mouth really, really, hard, but we’ll have to do to them (and more) what they did to us last night – DEAL A TOTAL KNOCKOUT! And no matter what we do to them in the future, they can always point to THIS as the time they beat us like we were a bunch of little girls on the playground. Yes, it’s humiliating.

    I feel awful for Reid Travis. He seemed like he was the only one who threw his heart into it the whole game. Except, perhaps, for Herro. But by then it was too little, too late. Travis wanted to pick the team up and put them on his back, but it was all a little too overwhelming, I think.

    My only answer for this monstrous beatdown (aside from Duke’s exception performance) is that the Kentucky we saw in the Bahamas WAS NOT THE TEAM ON DISPLAY last night at the Champions Classic. Except for Reid, I think everyone else must’ve been abducted by aliens and replaced by doppelgängers. Who knew? Hopefully, the team will be returned so we can finish the season and, in some way, repair the damage that’s been done.

    GO CATS!

    11:42 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Question #1 Has Cal even coach D to these kids bc they sure didn’t look like they knew Defense was a part of basketball . And the adjustment to a 2-3 zone when they hit 5 threes was the dumbest in game adjustment

  30. Larkin123
    11:44 am November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Kentucky has many pieces… each one needs a job…

  31. Richardsislost
    12:46 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Hey quade stop shooting dumb shots. Seriosuly I was questioning nearly every shot he was taking. Pj was doing nothing at all, and nick probably thought he was in Lexington! There need to be heart in this team, it seems like they dont care at all for that name on their Jersey.

  32. notFromhere
    1:11 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    No one will beat Duke this year, and the officials will help them get there as much as they kept Town’s team from getting there in the tourney.

    • BlockDougShows
      3:48 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

      I checked the stats. Calipari has a .847 winning percentage in games that Doug Shows doesn’t referee. It’s only .745 in games that Shows helps in. Let that sink in for a minute. I’m not saying that UK lost the game last night because of Shows or any of the other refs, they got beat in every facet of the game last night but there was no shortage of bad calls that seemed to come heavily from Shows.

  33. notFromhere
    1:13 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Experience is no guarantee of leadership, maturity, or contribution. It’s like Cal never coaches anyone except the freshmen once they get to campus

  34. notFromhere
    1:14 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Why do shooters suddenly seem to not be able to shoot once they get to UK? We have so many guys that are great shooters in HS that struggle at times or for careers under Cal. Can he not take some of that 8mil and hire a shooting coach?

  35. Lip Man 1
    1:36 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Is it just me or are Baker and Richards simply a waste of scholarship space?

  36. GotACaseOfTheBigBlues
    2:27 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    How are we going to give up on a team or coach that lost week 1 to a Duke team that was overlooked by many people due to their play styles. We looked lost and a 34 point loss isn’t ideal but during the 13-14 season a mediocre UConn team lost to a decent Louisville team 81-48 only to go on and beat a good UK team in the National Championship game a month later. Anything can happen and that’s why we LOVE college basketball!

    Go Big Blue!!

  37. DaniTheGirl
    2:27 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Does anybody get a weird vibe from these kids mindset particularly herro and johnson ..? Maybe im getting older but it just seems like their interviews were a little scary because they seem so childish like i have a 13 year old and these guys seemed to have same vibe as my 13 yr old like really immature …i know we have really young kids every year but im not sure ive seen our kids acting so young before not even on the court but how they speak and how they move …just something seems off to me ? Anyone notice these things?

  38. AllBall
    3:58 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Until we learn half court defense and offense its going to be ugly. The Bahamas and exhibition games are fools gold because there’s very little execution involved.
    The ball never reversed the floor or went inside the post and back out. Everything is high pick n roll and one on one. That’s the biggest problem because this is the type of offense our guys defend against in practice. They have no concept of moving the ball on offense or rotating on defense.

  39. KYJelly
    4:45 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    In life, disappointments happen. How you handle it defines you. Will the team crumble and lose hope? Or will they take this and decide to murder the next team they face and re-establish themselves? I hope the latter

  40. Melvit
    8:21 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    #11 What happened to the coach?

  41. Don Kean
    8:32 pm November 7, 2018 Permalink

    Too much panic here. we got our hat handed to us no question. But, it is a long season. Duke came out red hot and stayed that way. The three point differential was staggering as were the turnovers. They will not always shoot it that well, nor will we that bad. Cal’s teams always lag on defense as the season starts,. He always gets them playing much better as the year progresses., Duke is a great and talented team, no doubt but we will get better. We had a poor showing and they played great, Coach k said they did. While not horribly disappointed with an early season loss to Duke, admittedly it was a shock how badly we lost. It was like the perfect storm for them. They were hitting everything from three early and we were hitting nothing. That set the tone for the game and we never recovered. Have faith BBN we are a whole lot better than we showed last night.