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10 Takeaways From Another Close Call Against Georgia

Brett Davis | USA Today

Brett Davis | USA Today

Brett Davis | USA Today

Whew, what a game.

It was a little closer than Big Blue Nation had hoped, but in the end, your University of Kentucky Wildcats escaped Athens with an 82-77 win in a game that saw 13 ties and 15 leads changes.

Like you, I’m a little gassed from yelling at my television, but let’s use what little energy we have left to run through some takeaways from the big SEC road win…

 

1. The Rule of 71 failed.

Georgia was the first to 71 points after J.J. Frazier made a three-pointer to reach the 71 plateau and put the Bulldogs ahead by two. But the Rule of 71 would not hold true tonight as the Cats still pulled off the win in the end.

Kentucky also won without getting a single point from Isaac Humphries for only the second time this season.

2. J.J. Frazier was unstoppable.

The Kentucky defense couldn’t do anything about J.J. Frazier and it was so frustrating to watch. JUST MAKE SOMEONE ELSE BEAT YOU!!!!

Georgia ran the same offense over and over and over again in the second half — ball screens to get a mismatch — and Frazier scored at will to the tune of a season-high 36 points, one shy of his career best mark.

Frazier was hot, but at some point you have to swarm him and make someone else do some scoring.

3. De’Aaron Fox was Mr. Clutch down the stretch.

Fox’s play was disappointing through the first 25-30 minutes of the game and the he took over in crunch time, scoring 10 points in the final two minutes and hitting six straight free throws in the last 44 seconds to close it out.

Fox said afterward, “I can step up in big moments.”

Yeah, we saw that.

4. Bam Adebayo also made big plays in the end.

Two plays in particular stand out: the block of Pape Diatta’s shot in a tie game with 33 seconds to play and the hustle to secure the long offensive rebound after a Kentucky missed shot with a little over a minute to go, which led to a tie game with the second chance bucket.

Adebayo also hit three clutch free throws and finished with 13 points and eight rebounds in 36 hard minutes.

5. You have to feel bad for Mark Fox and his Bulldogs.

Georgia has played two very tight games against Kentucky and had both of them won, plus an overtime loss at Florida, a one-point loss at Texas A&M (because the clock got stuck) and a two-point loss at South Carolina. They could’ve won any and all of those with just a couple different bounces of the ball, but instead they went 0-5 in those tight contests that could’ve really helped the NCAA tournament resume.

Unfortunately Georgia will likely miss out on the tournament now and that has to suck. They played so well in big games, just couldn’t finish.

6. Prayers up for Yante Manten.

Georgia’s star forward went down with a knee injury in the very beginning of the game and didn’t return. Hopefully it doesn’t keep him out too long and on into the summer when he is projected as a second-round pick in the draft.

Also, big pat on the back to Manten’s teammates for playing so well after he went out. You gotta wonder what the score would’ve been had he not suffered the injury.

7. Kentucky’s three seniors had good games.

Big night for the three seniors as they combined for 25 points off the bench and a whole lot more in other aspects of the game, including a CAREER-HIGH 12 REBOUNDS BY WILLIS. Derek did exactly what Kentucky needs from him outside of his shooting contributions and it’s time to consider moving him into the starting lineup.

Then of course Dominique Hawkins continued his streak of solid play by doing all the things Old Reliable gives you each night.

And how about my boy Mychal Mulder? I’ve been saying it all year: he needs more clock. Tonight he had nine points on three treys with two rebounds. Maybe I’m alone here but I wouldn’t mind seeing him take some of Isaiah Briscoe’s minutes when the situation calls for some shooting.

Coach Cal said on the postgame show, “I love what I saw from Dom and Mychal… And Derek did good.”

8. Malik Monk was cold from outside but made some key plays.

It looked to be one of those awful nights for Monk until he came up big late in the game and on the foul line. Monk finished 9-for-11 for the charity stripe with only three made field goals on 11 shots, and it was enough.

He got robbed of a big rebound when Kentucky was called for a cheap blocking out foul, too.

Speaking of bad calls….

9. WHERE WAS THE FOUL HERE!!!!!!!!

Had Kentucky lost that game, we were all taking a KSR field trip to the SEC basketball offices.

10. Moving forward…

It’s simple: learn to guard the high pick-and-roll. If not, that’ll be what kills this team in the end.

But for now let’s celebrate a hard-fought win in a tough environment against a very good team and a very good guard in J.J. Frazier.

Get back to Lexington with that W and put it behind us.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

71 Comments for 10 Takeaways From Another Close Call Against Georgia



  1. runningunnin.454
    9:38 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    Monk dribbles the ball; a Georgia player hits the ball twice on its way out of bounds, once with his hand and the other with his leg….a referee standing 6 feet away gives the ball to Georgia.
    How do SEC referees achieve this level of incompetence.



    • Luether
      12:35 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      It’s the Peter principle…



    • runningunnin.454
      1:44 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Hmmm….and in what capacity did they exhibit excellence previously;
      Judging jams, jellies, and pickles at county fairs?



  2. donjohnson
    9:41 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    We did not play bad D against Frazier……he just went nuts. Most shots were very contested.



  3. Cals Hoverboard
    10:01 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    My takeaways from the game:
    1. great resolve to get the win down the stretch. Fox stepped up with some winning plays and free throws !
    2. Our worst shooters are taking the most perimeter shots. Briscoe and Fox should get a green light from about 5 feet in!
    3. Our man to man defense is still swish cheese and cannot stop penetration by a supreme guard.
    4. Once Maten went out, the one person on the floor to beat us was JJ Frazier. We could not find a way to stop him with our man to man defense! Georgia was in no way a perimeter threat, why not rely on a zone defense? Remember the zone defense that we employed in the first half of our game with Georgia at Rupp that was so effective and allowed us to get back in the game?
    5. Remember the zone defense that kept us out of foul trouble?
    6. Remember the zone defense that every basketball “benny” was praising Calipari for going to in that earlier Georgia game in the first half?
    7. That zone defense that only allowed 9 touches in the paint in 15 minutes of play while the man to man had allowed 41 touches in the paint in the previous 5 minutes?
    8. Great effort on the boards, especially in the 2nd half.
    9. It is impossible to get a good whistle in the SEC on the road. Enough said about that. So many calls that were ridiculous to mention!
    10 I think we have the talent to go deep in March. I’ve been a big Cal supporter from the beginning, but I’m beginning to wonder if we have the coaching ability to take this team where we want this year.



    • AGSlater
      10:08 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Cal wont play zone. He did 1 play and they scored easy



    • 4everblue
      11:03 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Well damn, let’s fire Cal and hire you!



    • AGSlater
      11:10 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Not a bad idea. I was thinkin the same



    • BigBlue4Three
      11:25 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      At least AGSlater would hold practice tomorrow since we have a quick turnaround for Tuesday game instead of heading to the NBA All-Star game for prime selfie opportunities with rappers and our 47 NBA All-Stars. I’m sure the selfie tweet machine is warming up for some bodacious tweets tomorrow.



    • AGSlater
      8:37 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      or he will have his assistants run everything like he always does.



    • WildcatCam
      12:09 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      You can’t go away from something after one bad possession, that’s ridiculous…



    • 4everblue
      6:50 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      I was thinking AGSlater should go over to the UL site, not the kind of UK fan BBN needs, in fact I question his loyalty. AG why don’t you post your coaching resume since you’re so smart?



    • AGSlater
      8:38 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      im loyal, just hate this years team



    • catsarerunnin
      8:50 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      No kidding? Never noticed…



    • UK Big Board Update
      1:06 pm February 19, 2017 Permalink

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:28 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Cal lets the assistants do most of the coaching now. He is just a figure now that yells during games. Never seen the talent Cal has on a yearly basis look so bad in half court offense

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:15 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      They should count Briscoe jump shots as turnovers

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Time for Briscoe to pack his bags after this season

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:43 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      We have to lead the country in walks.

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:49 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Briscoe should never be allowed to take jump shots. If willis or gabriel miss they are out instantly but Briscoe is allowed to run a muck and shoot bricks all night

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Might be Fox’s worst game

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Gabriel also back to terrible again

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Hawkins needs to play over Fox i guess. Meanwhile Briscoe with another horribly bricked jump shot. His misses just sound bad off the rim

      AGSlater February 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      Laugh out loud at this. We have played poorly at times. Now everyone say I am negtiven This is a fair statement. We are playing better, but it wong be suprising to go 1 and done. You mad Bros?

      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK.

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
      Like It (1)
      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
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      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

      AGSlater September 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

      ag slater November 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
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      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football



  4. catsarerunnin
    10:12 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    Yeah if they score easy on the zone by all means keep playing it….



    • BigBlue4Three
      10:18 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      You mean like the ease with which they scored on every man to man possession in the second half? Our pick and roll defense is on par with middle school teams.



    • catsarerunnin
      10:37 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah so the obvious answer is zone. Right…



    • Cals Hoverboard
      10:57 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Just saying, why not throw a zone out there for 4 or 5 possessions to get their offense out of sync. Every time opposing coaches throw a zone at us, we struggle to generate good offense or offensive penetration until we can make some adjustments to figure out what we need to do. Georgia started changing how they run off their pick and rolls in the second half, we struggled in how we defended it, so why not try a zone until we get to a dead ball and figure it out in the huddle. Did you not watch the Georgia game at Rupp a few weeks ago?



    • donjohnson
      1:00 pm February 19, 2017 Permalink

      I thought our defense was pretty good second half. Pretty much every shot was highly contested. Frazier just went nuts. Just because they score does not mean it was bad d. Most teams that are bigger, stronger, faster than opponents don’t play zone. It’s easier to score against a zone in general for good teams. Bad d right now is an effort problem. Fox and monk should be able to do better. I expect them to when it matters



  5. BigBlue4Three
    10:17 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    You forgot the two other observations:

    1. Cal is too stubborn to play zone. When the opposing team is 1 -11 from the three point line and is absolutely killing you with pick and roll, maybe you should give zone a try for more than 1 possession.

    2. Briscoe needs less playing time. Horrible decision making, even worse shooting, no defense and, worst of all, a punk attitude. Why Dom, Mulder and Willis don’t see more PT and Briscoe less is pure maddening. Briscoe must have some serious blackmail material on Cal (Harrison level stuff).



    • catsarerunnin
      10:40 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah being 22-5 really sucks….



    • 4everblue
      11:06 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Ok fire Cal and the job is between BigBlue4Three and Cals Hoverboard. You guys are way smarter than Cal and I am sure have a much more impressive record coaching a major college team….right….



    • AGSlater
      11:12 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      What about me? No credit.



    • AGSlater
      11:11 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      “if you dont play well Im gonna sit you”….unless your briscoe,fox,bam,monk



    • UK Big Board Update
      1:49 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      AGSlater February 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      Laugh out loud at this. We have played poorly at times. Now everyone say I am negtiven This is a fair statement. We are playing better, but it wong be suprising to go 1 and done. You mad Bros?

      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK.

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
      Like It (1)
      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
      Like It (1)
      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

      AGSlater September 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

      ag slater November 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football



    • 4everblue
      6:52 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      AG you can coach at UL, oh wait they already have a traitor for a coach.



  6. @GoCayts
    10:27 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    You all are playing the wrong game, my friends and I have always said the first to 69 wins … because … and it held true.



  7. Rick_S
    10:45 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    Cal makes it easy to coach against him…He won the game with a zone at Rupp..He tried it 1 time tonight..He let UGA run the high ball screen all night..It almost cost us the game…I don’t get it..



    • WildcatCam
      12:18 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      It’s ignorant…



  8. Rick_S
    10:47 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    Hard to win when you have 2 starting guard shooting 15% from 3…You have a 6’2 SF that cant shoot or jump..makes it hard



    • BigBlue4Three
      11:09 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      Especially when you have better options sitting on the bench, but you are too stubborn to play them. Dom, Willis and Mulder need more minutes. Briscoe needs WAY less minutes and when Fox decides he wants to be a perimeter shooter, he needs less minutes.

      Watching this team is frustrating as hell, so much talent and yet they appear to be uncoached/uncoachable at times.



  9. jayiron11
    10:48 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    All the pick and roll defensive experts here. Kentucky played good Defense, Frazier was just hot. Obviously some people didn’t see the wild shots Georgia made.
    Analytically, a contested 2 is much better than any 3 point shot or layup, which is one reason why Cal want play it often..
    We aren’t going to make a deep run in the tournament playing zone. The Cats played good defense, Frazier was just hit 50% of his shots.
    Cal loves these grind it out games and hopefully it will serve The Cats well, knowing they can win a grand it out game. That’s what NCAA Tournament games are.
    How often do you see a team win it all that plays a lot of zone.
    The Cats looked good. Doom & Gloom, toxic portion of BBN always going to find something to whine about.



    • Skeps
      1:29 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah how dare people actually critique a game and point out weaknesses and flaws. How dare they go to a website where they can discuss these things with other Kentucky fans. We have no room for people like that. We must insult them at every post and discount their negativity. I vote censorship. You’re a real Kentucky fan! I salute you.



    • WeareBBN
      5:08 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Only problem with that logic jay is in the tourney the gring out game won’t be vs bad teams like we mostly play in the SEC.



    • maximumscott
      6:18 pm February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Cal is 4 out of 7 with Final Four appearances. We have played in the same crappy league every year. Our opponents dont matter. Cal gets em ready for March better than anyone. I trust his judgement before believing your negativity.



  10. Rick_S
    10:49 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    When Briscoe plays 12 less min than Monk and shoots it more we’re not winning against good teams..



  11. kentuck1
    10:50 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    The Cats showed their youth a little bit tonight.

    But they played exactly the way they have to play to win on the road in the SEC.

    They have to assume that every road game is going to be close. It will come down to the final 3 minutes. Then the cream has to rise to the top. Tonight it did.

    Georgia played a valiant game. They were ready for the Cats. If they had not lost their star player, they may have won the game? However, J.J. Frazier took up a lot of the slack with 36 points.

    The pick and roll was a weakness in the defense. The little guy kept driving around the slower big guys after losing his defender. But, in the end, this team showed that it had a lot of heart and a lot of fight in them. It was a good win on the road. The next road game will probably be very similar?



    • AGSlater
      11:13 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      cals excuse for everything



    • UK Big Board Update
      2:12 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:28 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Cal lets the assistants do most of the coaching now. He is just a figure now that yells during games. Never seen the talent Cal has on a yearly basis look so bad in half court offense

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:15 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      They should count Briscoe jump shots as turnovers

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      Time for Briscoe to pack his bags after this season

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:43 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      We have to lead the country in walks.

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:49 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Briscoe should never be allowed to take jump shots. If willis or gabriel miss they are out instantly but Briscoe is allowed to run a muck and shoot bricks all night

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Might be Fox’s worst game

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Gabriel also back to terrible again

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      Hawkins needs to play over Fox i guess. Meanwhile Briscoe with another horribly bricked jump shot. His misses just sound bad off the rim

      AGSlater February 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      Laugh out loud at this. We have played poorly at times. Now everyone say I am negtiven This is a fair statement. We are playing better, but it wong be suprising to go 1 and done. You mad Bros?

      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK.

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
      Like It (1)
      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
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      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

      AGSlater September 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

      ag slater November 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football



    • KYcats11
      10:42 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Lol agslater exposed



    • AGSlater
      11:39 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      he posts this after all my posts. I stand by my posts. They are the truth



    • KYcats11
      4:29 pm February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Well u predicted seasons without an sec win. That ain’t true



    • AGSlater
      7:28 pm February 19, 2017 Permalink

      in football yeah. I was right back then.. 2013,2014



    • UK Big Board Update
      2:52 pm February 19, 2017 Permalink

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:28 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Cal lets the assistants do most of the coaching now. He is just a figure now that yells during games. Never seen the talent Cal has on a yearly basis look so bad in half court offense

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:15 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      They should count Briscoe jump shots as turnovers

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      Time for Briscoe to pack his bags after this season

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:43 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      We have to lead the country in walks.

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:49 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      Briscoe should never be allowed to take jump shots. If willis or gabriel miss they are out instantly but Briscoe is allowed to run a muck and shoot bricks all night

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Might be Fox’s worst game

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      Gabriel also back to terrible again

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      Hawkins needs to play over Fox i guess. Meanwhile Briscoe with another horribly bricked jump shot. His misses just sound bad off the rim

      AGSlater February 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm | Permalink | Reply
      Like It (0)
      Laugh out loud at this. We have played poorly at times. Now everyone say I am negtiven This is a fair statement. We are playing better, but it wong be suprising to go 1 and done. You mad Bros?

      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK.

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
      Like It (1)
      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
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      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
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      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

      AGSlater September 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
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      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
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      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

      ag slater November 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
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      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football



  12. KYcats11
    11:21 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    We really didn’t play bad D. We contested shots but they dropped. You can’t do any more than that.



    • BigBlue4Three
      11:28 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      How about not let them drive the lane for 23 lay-ups in the second half. Call me crazy, but shooting percentages usually decline as you get further from the basket. Just sayin……..



    • KYcats11
      11:44 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

      I didn’t see too many unchallenged layups at all.



    • maximumscott
      12:20 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      I agree with KYcats11. We played with effort, hustle and heart! Defense wasnt perfect but the fondation to good defense is those 3 attributes above. They are building themselves back up. The fact that they have played with hustle, effort amd grit the past 3 games in a row and 2 being on the road to sold out arenas, that says something. It says Cal has their attention. When Cal has the teams attention they do extremely well, like 4 out of 7 Final Fours. So let this team get better and better while other teams are peaking now. Id much rather our situation than Duke ( who needs 13 threes to be Wake Forest at home) or UL (who needs 12 threes to beat Va Tech at home) or KU ( who obviously has flaws, but keep winning close ones so they never get truly exposed, therefore never growing). Im just saying UK got exposed in the worst way about a month and a half ago and it took a huge hit to their psyche. It takes time to build up back up. They stopped sliding about a week ago. They are now building up for March. The question is, Can they get it done in time? I think they will. You gotta remember we have played our best ball on nuetral courts! We will not have SEC officiating! Blue Gets In! The only thing we need to hope for is a good bracket set up. Right now, they have us in the east with Nova (1) FSU(2) UK (3) UVA (4). I love this bracket!!!!! FSU is not the same FSU team a month ago. UVA has lost their last 3 games in a row and only won 1 of their last 5. We match up great with FSU as they like to run so it would play to our strength. UVA wont make it out of their region.

      Anyways, rant over. Cats in good position to sneak up on em. Considering 50 coaches dont consider them a scary team in March. Haha. Wait till Monk goes off the first game and we drop 90+.



    • KYcats11
      12:07 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Frazier is an excellent player when he plays kentucky. If he played as hard as he does against kentucky everygame, he would average 40 points. You can’t put this one on our D. Frazier stepped it up with some crazy shots. I honestly think if maten played we would have beat them by more



    • maximumscott
      12:30 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      With Maten out JJ played even better and their team played better collectively. With Maten in JJ doesnt get 36 he gets 22-25 and Maten gets 12-18, but the rest of the team doesnt pitch in as much bc one of their best players isnt hurt. Soon as Maten went out it was either a blow out or a close game. Also, give the officiating credit for slowing the game down. A couple of times we were about to run away only to get slowed by a ridiculous foul followed by a tv timeout. 43 fouls called today (this included no extended game fouls) that is 1 foul a minute folks, plus the TV timeouts, plus the Teams timeouts. A lot of breaks equal no flow. Uk plays its best on spurts and scoring in bunches, hard to do when the clock is constantly stopped. It was a good win bc UK had to find a way to win when the game was extremely slow amd prevented them from building a lead. Plus they hit some huge shots time after time to stop UGA from going on mini runs.

      UK played good defense, they rebounded well, they shot free throws well, they hustled, they showed toughness, they were clutch, they passed the ball well, etc. they are doing alot of things right, but they are things not really noticed by the average fan or viewer. Some of these people think that its only a good game if UK wins by 30. Not true, they played great and Im glad they had a game like this bc it shows us as fans when the pressure is on how are they reaponding. Well, we got 2 guys in Fox and Monk that can step up amd make big plays in big moments.

      One last thing, Have you ever heard of “One Shining Moment”? I see Monk and Fox on some of those already.



    • KYcats11
      12:39 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      I agree with you. The sec probably told their officials to call a bunch of fouls, (even if it is both way) every whistle that blows therefore slows the game down, then the slow pace makes it hard to win. They probably want to make the sec look better by doing this.



    • maximumscott
      1:34 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      SEC isnt bad when playing top teams, its just they arent consistent enough against teams equal to or inferior. Of course, when UK comes its sold out so of course they play well. I dont get the SEC bball its been bad since Cal has gotten here. Wtf are they doing? How is not any better?!?!?



  13. bradbcats
    11:59 pm February 18, 2017 Permalink

    Rule of 76 tonight. Fox made his free throws and took the lead by two.



  14. UK Big Board Update
    2:17 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

    STILL GOT THAT ‘W’, HATERS.



    • 4everblue
      6:55 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Thank you UK Big Board Update! All you haters who have never coached need to put down the bottle and crack pipe and shut the hell up!



    • CATandMONKEY
      7:44 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Hell, even those who have coached…unless at a top-25 Division I program. Doesn’t mean one shouldn’t have an opinion, discuss said opinion an offer constructive criticism but for those who say we suck and that we can never win…Dear Lord…



    • mboysaw01
      7:56 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Thank you. We got the win and that’s 4 in a row. We are 22-5 and should be able to run the table the rest of the regular season going into the SEC tourney. How about you get behind the kids and the coaches and stop putting them down and finding every little mistake. Must be tough being a fan of a team that’s in championship contention every year. GO BIG BLUE!



    • catsarerunnin
      8:26 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      I think all the haters should become UConn women’s basketball fans. It’s a perfect fit. They seldom lose and win lots of titles. But if they were to do that and the Huskies winning streak ended,they would go bonkers. They would say Geno doesn’t know what he’s doing and only interested in the WNBA draft.



    • AGSlater
      8:41 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Yes correct. Is this team going to win title? Very unlikely. 1 title in 18 seasons. We should have more



    • catsarerunnin
      8:52 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Shoulda coulda woulda…



    • UK Big Board Update
      1:07 pm February 19, 2017 Permalink

      AGSlater, does your mommy and daddy allow you to have twitter?



  15. CatManDo
    8:08 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

    Would like to see a lineup of Fox, Monk, Mulder, Willis, Bam on the floor at the same time. Cheat on Fox on drives or double Bam in the post and we have 3 lethal shooters to kick to. May be a step back in defense but I bet we would out score the opponent with the offensive potential. Mulder is an underrated rebounder too.



    • Bill the Cat
      9:31 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      I agree with what you see. I could sub Hawk for Mulder depending on who played best in a prior game. Briscoe can be a liability on offense (when we face a coach that schemes for us and forces him to shoot) and his behavior on the court can be pathetic at times….downright embarrassing! He should
      have been tossed for that takedown he did last night. It was an obvious arm bar hip toss with his usual ‘what did I do?’ act afterwards. He is more likely to end up with STD on a rasslin’ show than making dough in the NBA. I like Gabriel’s hustle but he’s not consistent enough right now to start.



    • CatManDo
      9:35 am February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Plus Willis is probably our best post feeder.



    • trumpetguy
      4:50 pm February 19, 2017 Permalink

      Sounds good for at least a try. Really a lot of options on offense, floor spacing would be great, opportunities for double teams on Bam reduced, and greater avenues to the basket for virtually everybody. Last possession of the half (if Cal would use 30 sec TO), ideal, plus in crunch time when facing substantial deficit. Mulder/Monk/Willis perimeter threat very real! Ball movement is a must, FG % off extra pass typically up……very appealing option



    • trumpetguy
      5:05 pm February 19, 2017 Permalink

      CatManDo….more I think about your proposed 5 of Fox/Munk/Mulder/Willis/Bam….at least for portions of a game, more I like it. What coach out there would allow a combination of Monk/Mulder/Willis to float around basically unguarded? Any idea of doubling Bam or squeezing in defensively to help on Fox drives would invite our 3 best shooters to a bunch of clean looks…………..sounds very intriguing



  16. gottodoit
    1:37 pm February 19, 2017 Permalink

    Mulder more, Briscoe less.

    That doesn’t mean forget Briscoe.

    It means Mulder more, Briscoe less.



  17. rgeorge57
    2:18 pm February 19, 2017 Permalink

    All good points Drew. Winning on the road is big this time of the season.They are getting better and they can play defense if they want to. Hawkins and Mulder need more minutes for sure.Go Big Blue!!!