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At Least Misery Has Company


Hopefully not this kind of company.

Clearly, today is a good day for University of Kentucky athletics.  Mark Stoops nabbed the school’s first ever 5-Star commitment in Matt Elam, and while stars don’t necessarily indicate success at the college level, the excitement over the amount of talent Matt Elam provides is merited.

But that’s football.

And I never thought that we’d need a football recruit to cheer us up in the middle of basketball season, but after Tuesday night’s loss at LSU, it looks like that’s the shape we’re in.  Things are looking a little bit rough for Kentucky, but if it makes you feel any better, plenty of other elite programs are sucking harder than we are.  That helps, right?

Just take a look at four of the blue-bloods having bad, even worse seasons:


Ohio State

Aaron Craft is every ESPN employee’s favorite person, for almost no reason except he looks like he could be everyone’s nephew.  The Buckeyes started hot, but are in the middle of a skid worse than anything I experienced before I learned the importance of changing my underwear.  Three years ago.  And don’t let the “Big Ten is the toughest conference” argument fool you.  The worst loss for OSU was the most recent one to Penn State, which is an unimpressive 11-10.  That put their league record at 3-5, and I don’t care how good your conference is; if you can’t beat half the teams in it, your year isn’t so great.

North Carolina

P.J. Hairston was kicked off the team, but that doesn’t explain the absolutely baffling season the Tar Heels have had, winning three of four games against ranked teams, while losing six of ten to unranked foes.  They beat the Cats, and then immediately lost to Texas (which, to be fair, is now #25).  They’re stacked with All-Americans, and can’t manage a winning record in the ACC.  Say what you will about Kentucky this year, but we’re still 5-2 in the SEC.


Nobody likes Wisconsin basketball.  I think Bo Ryan tolerates it.  It epitomizes the Big Ten philosophy of “out-slowing” your opponent and is responsible for some of the lowest-scoring games of basketball since they got rid of the peach basket and stopped playing at downtown YMCAs.  After starting the season at 16-0, and getting hyped up as a championship caliber team, the Badgers have lost four of the last five.  That includes a loss to Northwestern at home, which should be enough to shame the players into volunteering for the D-League early.


Screw duke.  Sooo hard.


Look at all that disappointment.  Savor it.  It’s not all bad for us, is it?  The Cats have lost some games they shouldn’t have, but that doesn’t mean that this team is without hope.  And it certainly doesn’t mean that the coaching staff is incapable of putting together ANOTHER championship team.  Coach K, Thad Matta, and Huckleberry Hound are all having down years, too.  It just takes a little perspective: good programs have rough spots.  If you take into account that all but one of our losses were decided by five or fewer points, you’ll see that this team has at least been in striking distance most of the time.  Don’t let a down point in January cause you to give up hope in March.

“The night is darkest just before the dawn, but I promise you, the dawn is coming.”

-Harriet Tubman

Article written by Corey Nichols

47 Comments for At Least Misery Has Company

  1. SoCalCat
    6:11 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    I do think Cal needs to start marketing how he is helping his team improve. They are checking out on him.

    6:12 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Haha loved the Harriet Tubman touch. Season is decided this Saturday, for better or worse.

  3. Michael F. Jox
    6:12 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Even though I don’t agree with Wisconsin or Ohio State being considered blue-bloods, this was good.

    • mashburnfan1
      7:56 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      To argue we are at least 5-2 in SEC is weak. 1. SEC is one of the weakest conferences in the country. 2. We have not played the best teams yet, still have 3 games vs UF and Mizzou.

    • crazycatfan
      8:20 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t consider Wisconsin or Ohio State blue-bloods. Loved the “Screw Duke” comment!

  4. FlySoup
    6:14 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    your sarcasm isn’t evident enough when you said “blue-bloods”… unless of course you actually consider wisconsin and ohio state blue-bloods, in which case you are an idiot

  5. afidler
    6:16 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Yeah, Ohio State and Wisconsin are not Blue Bloods.

  6. AnthonyBBN
    6:16 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    This is a very good article to point things out to folks. Let me also put this in perspective for you, bad losses by the selection committee’s guidelines are those outside of the top 100, UK has zero outside the top 100, AR is the worst at 82, Baylor is 64, and LSU is actually 56th in the RPI. UNC is still in the top 50 (at 45th) and Mich State is 4th. UK had a bad game against LSU and still managed to only lose by 5 (I do not understand the last 14 seconds either folks) and have on the year only lost their 5 games by an average of 4.2. So even when they play bad and lose they are not being blown out. The sky isn’t falling, no need to call for a new coach, let’s just see what happens in the next couple games before we hit the panic button.

    • True Blue
      6:21 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      Cal did not want to call a timeout in fear they would make the free throws and a 5 point loss is not as bad as a 7 point loss. And we haven’t beat a ranked team and only have 2 chances to do that. I feel we need to run the table to get in tourney

    • AnthonyBBN
      6:32 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      Ummmm…. Louisville is a ranked team, but AP and Coaches Polls don’t mean jack as far as selection goes, they go about 90% RPI. We currently have 3 quality wins (top 50 RPI) and 4 more good wins (51-100 RPI).

    • ??
      7:12 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      You’re foolin yourself with the “only a 5 point loss.” They totally dominated us the entire game and some last second desperation 3s is the only reason it ended up 5. Arkansas will drop out of the top 100 by the end of the season and it’s looking like Baylor will also. And so will LSU. Arkansas and LSU are both terrible. Florida will blow us out at Florida and may well beat us at home so we’ll have one quality win on the season. Louisville and their 31 RPI. Losing that bad to a terrible LSU was the panic button. It’s also the panic button because if we lose again Saturday it’s a full fledge four alarm fire.

  7. louisbille
    6:18 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Any of you tweakers want to sell me your 40-0 shirts?

    • M
      6:20 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      No thanks. I don’t accept Meth as a form of payment.

    • M
      6:21 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      And I get your mom for free so don’t offer me her

    • Beavis
      6:52 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      Should be Louisbile

  8. True Blue
    6:19 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Uhmmmmm. Did they have the 40-0 shirts printed out at the beginning of the season. Did they have the top recruiting class. were they preseason #1. Yes its nice to see others struggle but they aren’t Kentucky are they.

  9. louisbille
    6:19 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Let’s make up some 1-9 shirts, your road record over the last 10.

    • M
      6:26 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      It has to hurt that UK beat UL this year. Tough for any other arguments from Louisville fans to matter.

    • Hal
      6:41 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      you lost to memphis. at home. cal is 5-1 v rick btw.

  10. Mean Randy
    6:23 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    The Huckleberry Hound reference is priceless. Laughing my ass off at that one !

  11. rukiddingme
    6:26 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    How about we make some UC Kicked Our Ass T-shirts after you get broken in half by some of there monsters !

  12. Maximus
    6:38 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Ohio State has not won a championship since 1960. They do not belong in the blue-bloods category.

  13. Perspective
    6:40 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    A young mother and her 8 children died in a house fire in Western KY today and we’re worried about the blue bloods having bad years?

    • yea..
      6:49 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      You want to feel depressed, head on over to while the rest of us get our sporting news from

    • AnthonyBBN
      6:51 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      This is a sports blog with articles that are loosely based on sports. That is what you are going to find here, you chose to visit this site. If you want coverage over tragedies then you go to regular news sites/channels.

    • Perspective
      6:56 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      Why would I head over to I can just come here and read about the basketball team..

    • Rei
      6:56 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      Go be stupid somewhere else.

    • Perspective
      7:00 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      Sorry Rei, thought the name of this article was “Misery loves company”.

  14. Orney Focker
    6:40 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    What the hell? That didn’t make me feel any better. Is everybody on here on damage control duty or what? You know if Cal had not started this crap of going 40-0, and this team will be special, yeah special alright; special ED when it comes to basketball IQ, It would not have been so bad. That’s two years in a row of over hyped disappointment. That’s what piss’ me off, but the lack of effort by a bunch of cry baby’s that thinks they are fouled everytime someone bumps them that’s the worst. Hey you are playing with the big boys, what did you think it would be like? They looked lost and confused at LSU, really worse than last years team. I just am so down on KY basketball right now, I just don’t know what to say. Focker out!

    • AnthonyBBN
      7:06 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      Cal never said this team would go 40-0, that is something people have misunderstood. He said before he retired he would love to have a team go 40-0 but he never said this team could do it.

      Also all of last year’s losses were not close with the exceptions of UofL, Alabama, and Robert Morris. This years team has lost by an average of 4.2 points. Overhyped yes, but not like last year.

  15. Orney Focker
    6:43 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Perspective has a good point!!

  16. brain
    6:59 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    The school’s 1st ever 5 star commitment? Are you stoned?

    • drdave
      9:57 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      I am a Matt Elam fan, a UK fan, and happy he is coming to UK, but why is it that the ONLY place that keeps calling him a 5 star recruit/commit is right here on KSR. He is, was, will forever be a 4 star on a few sites and a 3 star on a few others. I know KSR that you are happy Matt is coming to, but let’s be honest from here on out, ok. None of the recruiting boards has Matt as a 5 star.

  17. Tim Couch
    7:05 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    1st ever 5 star recruit? Ouch.

  18. Tim Couch
    7:06 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    or commitment rather

  19. Get ish right
    7:06 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    For the 99th time, Matt Elam is NOT UK’s first 5 star recruit! In fact, he is a 3* on Rivals, 4* on Scout, and a composite 4* on 247, which is what ranking Mrs. TT herself said KSR uses. I am happy to get Elam, but geez get ish right.

    • Dr. Tom
      9:49 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

      This 5-star talk has been very confusing to me. Thanks for clearing up the Elam ranking. Hopefully the KSR writers will all get on the same page.

  20. 5 star Commits
    7:06 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Tim Couch
    Dennis Johnson
    Antonio Hall
    Micah Johnson

  21. brain
    7:09 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

  22. ??
    7:27 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Who cares if those teams are failing? That is supposed to somehow excuse our team failing? And none of them endured a colossal fail like we did last season. So we’re approaching back to back mega-fail. From a team with the number 3, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 18 recruits. And a team over halfway through the season and showing no improvement. Tell yourself everything’s fine all you want. But it’s far, far from it.

  23. El Guapo
    7:42 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Wisconsin happens to be my favorite team to watch in basketball. Thanks. Fundamentally sound, pass, hit FTs, don’t turn it over. Don’t think they wouldn’t absolutely befuddle this UK team.

  24. Them
    7:43 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Damn, hate to say it but Wiggins made the best choice.

  25. Defense
    9:03 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Hate on Craft, but we could use a player that goes all out 100% of the time. Talent plus effort would give us better results.

  26. Brian
    9:40 pm January 30, 2014 Permalink

    Losers first cheaters forever. I wonder if their will be a post game presser from Ricky (15 sec) P

  27. bluegrassstu
    8:26 am January 31, 2014 Permalink

    Wisconsin? OSU? Bluebloods of college basketball? I will have some of whatever illicit stuff you are smoking or drinking.

  28. theWilkman
    10:16 am January 31, 2014 Permalink

    The night is dark and full of terr…ible posts by Corey Nichols.