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Big Blue Nation crushed by the Cats’ devastating loss in Knoxville

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It was going so well.

Kentucky jumped all over Tennessee in the beginning, taking an early lead in Knoxville and then stretching that lead out to as many as 21 points with a 34-13 score through 15 minutes of action. At that point in the rout, the unstoppable Alex Poythress had 12 points, Tyler Ulis chipped in with eight and the Cats were rolling without any sign of slowing down.

But Kentucky did slow down over the final five minutes of the half, allowing Tennessee to crawl back — in part because of foul trouble to Poythress — and before we knew it, the Vols were within six at the break.

Uh oh.

The Cats were still in control in the second half, though not nearly as dominant as in the first, until an Armani Moore three-pointer leveled the score at 63-63, the game’s first tie since the opening tip. Ulis missed a jumper to regain the lead on UK’s next possession and the Vols capitalized with a two-pointer from Robert Hubbs III to give the home team its first lead of the game with 9:42 on the clock. Kentucky would not lead again from there.

Ball game, Tennessee.

Final score: Vols 84, Cats 77.

Pathetic.

 

The blown lead is inexcusable. So is the loss in general.

Losing in Knoxville to an 11-loss Tennessee team is embarrassing no matter how you try to spin it. But when you factor in the fact Kentucky led by 21 and was playing an entirely different game than the Vols in the beginning, the loss goes from embarrassing to repulsive.

No sugar coating this one, folks. Kentucky is the superior team (so we thought) but Tennessee wanted it more and it showed. Tennessee played to win a basketball game and Kentucky was unable to match its toughness. The winning plays John Calipari always talks about? They didn’t happen. The Cats simply didn’t play to win and it falls on all of them, not just one or two guys.

Cal told Tom Leach the loss was a team effort.

“You had them, now just bury them.”

That’s what Cal said of his team, while admitting he doesn’t have the kind of guys that are capable of putting games away. Kentucky squandered away a lead for a second consecutive game, only this time it doesn’t have Allen Fieldhouse and a top-10 team to blame.

Again, those winning plays aren’t happening. Execute. Finish. Win.

Foul trouble cost the Cats again.

There were some very questionable calls, yes, but there’s no blaming the officiating in Knoxville. Kentucky fouled itself out of the game with five apiece for Poythress and Ulis, four on Isaiah Briscoe and three on Derek Willis and Marcus Lee.

Tennessee shot 19 free throws in the second half to Kentucky’s nine, and 34 to Kentucky’s 23 in the game. That’s not a reflection of the officiating but of UK’s inability to defend. It didn’t help that the Vols connected on 30 of those 34 attempts, either.

That being said, I will disagree with the officiating on these two particular plays:

But in no way are those remotely responsible for the outcome.

The timing is heartbreaking.

Admit it. You had high hopes for the Cats after the three convincing wins since the Auburn loss, and the way they played in Allen Fieldhouse against fourth-ranked Kansas. They were finally starting to look like a team that very well could make a run for the Final Four.

But right as we got wide-eyed and hungry to take this thing to the next level, the team took a gigantic step backwards against a sub-.500 team in the conference. All that momentum, gone. We’re back to wondering what Kentucky is.

Jamal Murray scored a team-high 21 points while playing absolutely no defense.

Murray’s defense was at its worst (and that’s saying something) in this one. As good as he can be offensively when he is on, he is the exact opposite on the other end and he’s become a defensive liability. Whoever Murray is matched up with, that person is scoring — take it to the bank. Kentucky is switching everything and opposing teams are going right at Murray with whoever is lucky enough to draw him.

When he wasn’t letting his man score, he went 3-for-12 on three-pointers. I don’t mean to pour it on the kid, but if he’s not defending and he’s not making shots, he’s REALLY hurting the team. He’s gotta do something.

20 points and five assists for Ulis again.

It was an off shooting night for Ulis but he made up for it by hitting 12 of his 14 free throws. He’s now had at least 20 and five in nine of the last 11 games.

He finally cooled off, so I guess he is human. Although I’m still not completely sure of that.

You can’t get out-rebounded by Tennessee.

The Vols have a negative rebounding margin on the year, having been out-rebounded by several teams, including five of its last six opponents.

Meanwhile, Kentucky is among the nation’s best in rebounding margin, but somehow found a way to lose the battle on the glass in Knoxville.

And this is a game we all thought UK would dominate with its height. Pretty said it didn’t considering Tennessee played only one guy over 6-7 in the entire game.

What now?

Kentucky will need to win out to have a shot at a three-seed or come close to winning out for a four-seed to be in play. But this team is too inconsistent to be looking that far ahead. It’s not a discussion we should even attempt right now. Saturday’s game with Florida is no cupcake and the Cats need a good win there to get back on the right track.

This loss hurts because it seemed UK had turned the corner over the last couple of weeks, but it turns out that wasn’t the case. Just remember: the 2013-14 team lost five regular season conference games and played for the championship. There is still a lot of basketball ahead and everyone in the country is losing. Kentucky can beat anyone, and like we learned tonight, Kentucky can also lose to anyone.

 

But really. How the hell did that happen? What did we just watch? wildcat-fall

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

120 Comments for Big Blue Nation crushed by the Cats’ devastating loss in Knoxville



  1. oruacat2
    11:08 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    Murray needs to sit. Cal cannot preach all these years about how “playing defense” is the key to earning minutes and then let Murray off the hook.



  2. WeareBBN
    11:08 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    That Ulis foul I agree was weak. The foul on Briscoe was because he was in the restricted circle and when the shooter landed he landed on him, it is a foul by rule and the rule is stupid. 2nd half free throws you say were 19-9 but don’t say 6 of those we gave them with intentional fouls to stop the clock. Poor defensive positioning has much more to do with the fouls than the refs do. Stupid plays like POY pushing on that first foul is not officiating, they are trying to be physical cause that was all Cal screamed at the beginning of the year.



    • wldktz1
      1:30 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      There were several fouls in the final 5 minutes of the first half where the UT player hooked the UK players arm and the UK player was called for the foul. Skal was pushed by a UT player into another UT player which was called a foul on Skal. Murray was fouled on one drive that ultimately resulted in a TO and I believe either two FTs or a basket. UT player had his hand all over willis. Ulis was fouled during that time period as well. I think the Briscoe foul at the top of the key was a weak call. The shooter initiated contact with Briscoe by hooking his arm. If that be the case why not have our players running around hooking the defenders arms up?



  3. JakeBBN
    11:10 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    After every game Calipari wants to talk about how his team is “not where we need to be” or “we have a lot of learning left to do”. Well, since UK has the top recruits coming in year in and year out, I’m gonna say the kids playing are not the problem. How about we start to analyze the “coach”? After all, there is a reason Calipari couldn’t cut it in the NBA and that reason is that you don’t recruit NBA players. (notice I don’t refer to him as coach Calipari)



    • KYJelly
      11:32 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

      I’m gonna be as respectful as I can … You are an imbecile. You realize COACH Calipari got to where he is by coaching players and schools that weren’t supposed to win big to winning records, right? Let’s ignore how he had no one at UMass and Memphis whe he first started at those schools. You don’t get the best players if you lose without them beforehand.

      Listen to coaches talk about him who know his system, it is very hard to win with the best recruits. 3 star recruits have played team ball through high-school, 5 star players have put teams on their back and are now being asked to play team ball, it is different and difficult to coach.

      Maybe you’ll agree Coach K is a COACH? Yet Duke is worse off than us at the moment with the probable #2 pick in the draft.

      Bottom line, anyone who says Cal can’t coach has definitely never coached and are idiots for thinking they know more about it than the people who have done it for a living commenting on the subject.

      Go cats



    • BrashCandipoot
      2:16 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Wow people like you are what’s wrong with a lot of this fanbase



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:05 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, JaneBBN only shows up after losses.

      I know, right? Weird.



  4. Craig Sagers Suits
    11:13 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    Let’s all be honest. They’re just not that good this year. They’re like the 13 team more so than the 14 team. If they make the tournament, that will be a success in itself. I’m not sure they get out of opening weekend at this point.



  5. Shawn Kemp
    11:17 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    Can’t be outrebounded by TN? TN averages 38.81 rebounds per game, UK 39.38. Huge disparity…

    Source: http://www.ncaa.com/stats/basketball-men/d1/current/team/932/p2

    @dallonadams



    • wldktz1
      1:31 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      We had some of those rebounds. Unfortunately some fouls were called which negated the rebound. Sure we did miss some outright.



  6. Lip Man 1
    11:24 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    At best this team wins two games in the NCAA Tournament and makes the Sweet 16.



    • KYJelly
      11:33 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

      Judging by how the season has gone, they could lose in the first round … Or win it all. This is the hardest season to predict I have ever seen …. Good luck filling out brackets on March



    • RealCatsFan
      11:36 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

      Yep, it’s going to be a wild ride. If only we had last year’s team, this year.



  7. pillsboy
    11:31 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    Why the hell aren’t refs held to account for such raping that are done to us like at Kansas and tonight coaches are players are!!!! I’m thinking of boycotting games I know it won’t mean shit but this is just wrong! Refs are like Gods beyond reproach and if they where held to account and made subject it would improve the game! I blame cal for not having the balls to get in there face and fight for his boys! They feel powerless! And it’s just not right! And I don’t want to here this BS that it’s got nothing to do with it! It brakes momentum and changes the games especial with young kids these are creaking kids and it affects them! My God a guy lands on Brisko and he gets calls for a freaking foul! That’s just one of dozens! I don’t want calls I want a fare whistle that’s all! And it makes me just sick! It needs to change! We have the power to cal out the system of refs are infallable!!



    • KYJelly
      11:36 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

      There has never been a game without a bad call. Yes, tonight was poorly officiated and seemed to be directed more towards us, but the refs did not give up our 21-point lead. The poor calls wouldnt even have been an issue of we had not let them back in the game.



    • WeareBBN
      12:41 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Know the rules before showing ignorance. Briscoe was in the restricted circle under the hoop so when the shooter landed on him, by rule, it is a blocking foul. Don’t blame the ref blame the rule. Also if you take away the 3 fouls we made on purpose at the end we only had 4 more fouls called on us than called on UT. Our team is not very good, accept it and quit blaming refs. We missed on big time recruits Zimmerman, Brown, Diallo, Swanigan, Bryant, Newman and many more so we now rely on coaching just like 2013. Cal needs to make adjustments, I don’t know the answer and am not paid to know them. Old saying is why keep doing what you are doing if it does not work? No in game adjustments but we can always brag about how many players we have in the NBA….yippy.



    • wldktz1
      1:41 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      WeareBBN all the semi circle is there for is to keep defensive players from getting a charge. It doesn’t mean that incidental contact is always a foul. Briscoe just can’t take a charge in that circle. He had already missed the shot and Willis clearly had the rebound. It should have been a no call and play on. UT was being allowed to hook our defenders arms and draw the fouls on UK players. Heck one even hooked Skal’s arm and pushed him into a UT player for a foul on Skal.



    • wldktz1
      1:45 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Art. 7. A secondary defender cannot establish initial legal guarding position in the Restricted Area for the purposes of drawing a player control foul/charge on a player who is in control of the ball (i.e., dribbling or shooting) or who has released the ball for a pass or try for goal. When illegal contact occurs within this Restricted Area, such contact shall be called a blocking foul, unless the contact is flagrant. (Exception: When the offensive player leads with a foot or unnatural extended knee or wards off with the arm.)
      This restriction shall not prohibit a defender, located within the restricted area, from attempting to block a shot.



    • WeareBBN
      7:47 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Right, point made. He was not blocking a shot and did not allow the shooter to land. Foul.



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:04 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      WeareBBN is #teamrefs



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      8:17 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      If that is the only applicable rule to the circumstance I will say the wording is confusing. By that wording the foul on Briscoe could be the correct call (although really dumb) but it also says that for it to be a foul Briscoe’s purpose in the restricted area had to be to get a charge…he was clearly looking for a rebound. I’m not sure the ref made the right call. He probably should have let it go. Either way, it wasn’t a 21 pt foul.



  8. RealCatsFan
    11:34 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    I’m as pissed as anyone about this performance, but for the love of God, people, does anyone remember 2014? Get a grip!



    • WeareBBN
      7:47 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      we also remember 2013



    • UK Big Board Update
      7:51 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      You also forget 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015…



  9. planocat
    11:35 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    Can’t play 8 on 5, 2 games in a row refs gave game to the other team!!



  10. pillsboy
    11:35 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    Sorry several errors in spelling in my post but you get the point! Cal needs to get a tech and let his guys know while it’s not an excuse I see your getting screwed and I’ll fight the refs for you!! Last two games about 80 calls against us!! That isn’t fair!!



  11. Bamboo2016
    11:35 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    I was there, and I think TV can’t do justice to the difference between the two teams in their level of effort. Up 21, and literally quit playing defense. Not to mention the failure to operate an offense with any flow.
    Living in Knoxville, this will be even harder to live with. I can only hope that maybe we play them in the SEC Tournament, and win that one.
    Rick Barnes is a competitor, and a good coach. But, we should have put this one away.



    • RealCatsFan
      11:41 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

      You are right, because when I was watching it, it appeared to me that the effort was there on defense, it just wasn’t effective. Murray appears to hustle and get up on his guy, but he gets beat off the dribble. Other times they get caught helping and leave a 3 point shooter open. They just don’t play smart defense. Young team that needs to develop more basketball IQ. Fast.



    • rockatao
      7:53 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      UK gave up 71 points in approximately 25 minutes to a mediocre team that does not play a particularly fast offense. That is a total failure on defense; you can’t blame it on just one guy. This team can’t guard a turnip without fouling. It is just delusional to think this is a Final Four team. They have as much chance of going to the NIT as to the Final Four. With a phantom defense, a predictable offense, and no quality depth, this team will finish with at least a dozen losses.



  12. AndTheDevil
    11:38 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    Murray scored 21 points on 20 shots. That’s horrible efficiency and also twice as many shots as anyone else. Here’s an idea Murray–Instead of dribbling into three or four guys, how about passing the ball to the open teammate?



    • donjohnson
      12:06 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      5 or 6 were in the last minute. He is BY FAR our best offensive player. I actually wish he would.ball hog more prior to us being down to other team. He needs to more aggressive with driving rather than shooting as many jumpers…..but he is definitely best offensive player. He defers to ulis too much



    • rainman
      12:18 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      I wish maybe he would guard someone just once!
      Teams are running screens to get him on the player they want,
      then attack him! He folds like a blanket eevry time!
      Love the kid, but if he doesn’t play D, sit him!



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:03 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      LMAO. If we sit him, we lose by 25.

      Genius.



  13. pillsboy
    11:39 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    If you don’t think that those refs don’t effect your play you have never played Ball! I have and when you 18 19 it just messes you up you feel you playing against 8 including the refs!! I’ve played college ball and this is bad! It’s very hard to over come that! And it’s affecting our players at critical times! These refs know what there doing!



    • Jaxson
      11:50 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

      Kentucky shoots a lot of jump shots so they get fouled less than teams that drive the ball. There isn’t a conspiracy here.



    • rockatao
      7:56 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Good teams don’t have to cry about the refs. This team is crying more and more; just watch the body language during a game.



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:17 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      pills boy: I played college ball as well and I agree. But hey, the experts think we are wrong.



    • cats paw
      9:47 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Water boy doesn’t count Big Board! Especially a water boy for the lady cats… Why is it that homer fans only notice or mention officiating after a loss? I’ve never heard you homers say “we only won that one because the refs were cheating for us”



    • UK Big Board Update
      10:09 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Nope. Starting SF. On a men’s team.

      And that’s because we aren’t delusional Tards like yourself. Thanks for playing.



    • UK Big Board Update
      10:23 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Congrats on your win over UNC. You all are making our win over you look better! 😎



  14. Catlogic15
    11:49 pm February 2, 2016 Permalink

    We have a terrible front court. Just terrible. The guards overplay because Skal, Lee are nothing but fouling machines with not one iota of offensive threat.



    • donjohnson
      12:07 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      That’s why they don’t start now!!!!!!

      Great cat logic



  15. Hale
    12:06 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    And we all thought auburn woukd be the worst loss of the season … I can get behind a team that plays hard and loses, but I can’t stomach this. Yeah, you know it’s going to be a let down / trap game, but that doesn’t explain how you can get up 21 an then blow that lead and lose. Have we ever seen a team with a point guard this good and and offense so bad that it looks like every possession is being played against the 96 Chicago Bulls. And probably the worst defensive team cal had had; why not just run and gun with the guard at this point.



    • wldktz1
      1:33 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Six of those points they scored at the FT line during that time should have never been.



  16. Jiminy Crickets
    12:46 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    in Jnauary Coach Cal said ” If you don’t have post presence, your team is a fraud”.

    Poythress is our absolute only post presence. Nothing else to be said



  17. UKfan4TwoDecades
    12:50 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Here are the problems as I see it. And by the way my mountain dew must have been spiked when I created my profile name as I have been a UK fan for six decades not two.
    Alex – he is a super intelligent young man that has proven himself in the classroom. It seems like he feeds into the “I am an NBA lock” and my future is secured regardless of how I play. His nickname should be “tie dyed” as he FADES every game.

    Marcus – he appears to have buyers remorse about not declaring for the NBA draft last year where he would be financially set. His nickname should be BLEMISH as he is squeezed between his NBA regrets – knowing his play has been erratic – and that the incoming players would relegate him to the bench.

    Skal – he is a fine young man that needs at least 2 years in college to prove himself. He should only get the minutes that he deserves and Cal needs to get off the “see how many of my players have been drafted in the NBA lottery” and hold him accountable. His nickname should be 6 AM as he is no where near “prime time” ready.

    Derek – Cal is constantly yelling at him with contradictory verbal directions. Derek has not been treated fairly since he came to UK and he, and I and many other UK fans, know it. He has earned his minutes but still needs to put more energy, and toughness, into sustained greatness. He has all the talent in the world. His nickname should be ENTOURAGE as he is close to…greatness.

    Coach Cal – point blank he needs to start playing Tai Wynyard now. I watched his expression during the game, and in the players line for handshakes, and he was the only player that was clearly upset about how awful UK played. No one can convince me that Cal treats the players “fair” (see Exhibit A being Derek Willis) and he should be playing every game and given the opportunity to help this team. Historically, Cal has (for whatever reasons) not aggressively gone after talented white players. Yes there are walk ons, etc., but this is 2016 and we have lived through (to his credit) Cal getting the “cream of the crop” pertaining to incoming class rankings but he has only added ONE NCAA National Championship. As much as I respect, and like, Coach Cal if the same players were here, during Cal’s time, and we had Tom Izzo – Sean Miller – and yes even Rick Pitino among others that UK would have 1 – 2 more championships. And the old adage of “what goes up must go down” will catch up with us in recruiting. Enjoy the ride folks because we have been the “flavor of the month” in recruiting since Cal came and we should never confuse effort with results. Cal should be concentrating on building a team of the best 5 as they work TOGETHER. Not the mish mash we have witnessed thus far. Many other teams have done much more with so much less. Enough with the “swag” and in response to real legit questions about players Cal deflects by “you have to ask them”. We deserve answers and no one should hesitate to hold the players accountable just as strictly as Cal does, and did since he arrived at UK, Derek Willis. Cal should be nicknamed the ANTI-GOLEM (i.e. from the Hobbit) because he is not focused on chasing rings (i.e. NCAA Championship rings).

    And why is it that Humphries is not given the chance to get in the games? How would it hurt? We have to have an inside presence NOW and it isn’t Alex and it is not Marcus. Why bring him here, and Tai, if you aren’t going to let them try to shore up our most glaring need…being inside banging/defending/scoring.

    Enough with the “wait until next year” mantra. We heard that last year and look where we are. The talent is there and if playing for the greatest university in NCAA Men’s Basketball (and kudos to the women’s cheerleading), before the greatest fans in the world, is not incentive enough for each player to break a sweat and go all out with a sustained purpose then put 5 out there who will.

    We can’t be hopeful that UK goes on a miracle run like they did a few years ago and get to the NCAA Championship game. Cal is blessed to have a great coaching staff and I would like to see them do more than sit, check their cell phones, and stand up when UK is not getting the foul calls (and these last 2 games we have been “screwed” in the biased way we are not getting clearly evident calls and if our players exhale within 3 feet of another player they are instantly whistled) and stand up to the Ref’s to hold them accountable and to show the players they have their back.

    How do you swallow an elephant? One bite at a time. And ladies and gentlemen the time is now.

    THANK YOU to everyone at KSR for a great site and to all the people who visit and share their insight, passion, and thoughts.

    Take care and may God bless you.



    • BrashCandipoot
      2:19 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Dude Wynyard isn’t good. If Cal thought he could help he would play. Never mind the fact we’d be throwing him in the middle of a rough SEC schedule to play a level of competition he has never been close to seeing in New Zealand.



    • Loother
      11:55 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Agree with most of your post except:

      “Enough with the “wait until next year” mantra. We heard that last year and look where we are.”

      Last year NO ONE SAID “WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR”…



    • Jiminy Crickets
      12:01 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      “A rough SEC schedule”?? I think if you say that 5 more times someone will believe it. The SEC schedule is WEAK by comparison to the remainder of the Big5 conferences. Auburn and UT are CBI level basketball teams, Maybe!! We have yet to play at Vandy, at Tex AM, At Florida or At USC. Cal went on record EARLY after Tai’s arrival and stated he has “no intention” of red-shirting him. Either he is terrible, or I really feel sorry for him that he flew across the country and early enrolled (he didnt have to), just to never even take off the warm-up jersey. Same exact story with Humphries.



    • Jiminy Crickets
      12:03 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      across the globe, I meant



    • conlee1983
      1:36 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Wynyard played with the National team and played against NBA players and held his own………Soooooooo yeah he can play. He wouldnt have been recruited if he couldnt. Imo he will be playing very soon. It has prolly just taken him a little longer to get adjusted than what we would like. We will be fine. I see a spark in this team sometimes that I know some of you see too. They just have to keep that motor running. If they are guilty of anything it is letting up.



  18. Jiminy Crickets
    12:50 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    The blueprint to beat UK is out. Forget playing Zone, the way to beat us is drive the basket, we will foul on every possession. Once AP and Lee get in foul trouble….ballgame!! we suddenly are a jump shooting, poor rebounding team without any idea of how to score



    • wldktz1
      1:32 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Probably not going to happen on a neutral court. The whistle will be much different then. It was at least in our two neutral court games.



  19. BigDaddyTR
    1:20 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    I had to watch the game replay on ESPN Go. Can someone tell me what happened late in the game when Ullis drove the lane with the score 79-74? They blew the whistle and then ESPN Go keeps showing the commercial screen, when it comes back, TN is shooting FT’s and the score is still 79-74. It seems unlikely he missed 2 free throws, so I am wondering what happened. Thanks!



    • Keith Biggins
      9:45 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Ulis missed the first on a one and one. That miss really hurt.



  20. pillsboy
    1:24 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Some told me to know the rules. You idiot it was a bad call period Brisco was in position before he went up for shot and landed on Brisco it’s not a foul! If anything it’s offensive he has a right to the spot if he is there first doesn’t matter if he is in the restricted area!! You idiot!



    • WeareBBN
      7:51 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      you must let a shooter land, plus he moved into that spot after the shooter left the ground. Not saying it was a good or bad call just letting all the people whining know why the ref may have called it. Never pays to use logic when fans only see things their way, if it was against us it was wrong. People are even saying the foul on Briscoe at top of the key was a bad call. He hit a 3 point shooter on his arm, I believe he even put his hand up to acknowledge the foul.



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:01 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      WeareBBN has spent a TON of time defending refs …..



  21. robuk
    1:55 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    This team makes team Turmoil look like a well oiled machine. I am embarrassed to be associated with them. My hat is off to the 2015-16 uk basketball team. Not out of respect, but out off shame. Cal cannot coach this team. They do not listen. Please stop suggesting we can beat anyone la la la la, plenty off time left la la la la. We suck!



    • UK Big Board Update
      7:53 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Bye, Felicia.



  22. robuk
    2:18 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Drew your title says we are Crushed. Sorry but I am pissed not crushed. I do not want another mind numbing excuse or rally round the team boys! I’m way beyond that crap. I’m so mad I’m ready to call out a certain player, but I wont. Not out of respect for the player, but because if I start I won’t stop!



  23. cats42301
    3:53 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    I personally can not stand or have any use for a bunch of players who do not play with any effort, intensity or will to win. Only a couple of players have any heart on this team! The rest don’t deserve to wear a uniform that says Kentucky across their chest! Thank God for Tyler Ulis! If the rest of our slackers played with half as much heart as he does we’d be undefeated! So sick of these one and done players who don’t give a shit about Kentucky, they’re only worried about their draft status those kind of players don’t deserve our respect or support. Sorry but like the rest of us I am pissed off and tired of this crap!!! Either give your all every game all game long or don’t even bother suiting up! Other than Tyler and Derek these players make me want to puke!



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      8:32 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      It isn’t all one and done players. I would say Towns was a very good example that some one and dones love UK. T



  24. kjd
    6:18 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Bottom line: Cal missed with recruiting this year. He gave scholarships to not one, but three big guys who are all projects. Two guards that give us nothing. Five scholarships that are not producing. Brings us to Briscoe. Talent is driving and drawing fouls, but can’t shoot free throws. If Murray played half as good as he thinks he is, he might be something, but he is not. This team is very flawed, and is going nowhere in March. They are incapable of producing a four game win streak, much less six.
    Question now is, how do you come up with enough scholarships for next year?8



    • ukwildcat89
      7:17 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      facts^^^



    • damage_control
      7:54 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Yea boy! Let’s start pulling player’s contract for not playing well enough! Wow dude- reactionary much? You think that anyone would come to UK if after one season Cal started yanking scholarships for not developing quickly enough?



    • UK Big Board Update
      7:57 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Ignore beaudiddy. He’s an obvious troll.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      8:35 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      It’s now commonly accepted that the freshman class was weak across college basketball this year, other than Simmons. Diallo isn’t producing at Duke. Ingram is just beginning to figure it out lately at Duke. And we know Skal’s troubles. It speaks to the weakness of the class that even with all his struggles, Murray is still probably the second best freshman in the country in production.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      8:35 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Diallo at Kansas. Typo.



  25. Bill the Cat
    6:37 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    We have the more talented team in the TN and Aub games yet can’t make more winning plays than the opponent. I have MY beliefs why this is. Discuss…



  26. ukwildcat89
    7:18 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    The refs made 2-3 bad calls last night. If you believe they are calling too many then WATCH ANY OTHER BASKETBALL GAME. They are calling them at a higher rate this year in all D-1 games, so its not a surprise and certainly not an excuse to use everytime we lose. Cal missed on a couple recruits, and get over Wynyard because hes going to be a redshirt.



    • damage_control
      7:43 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      It’s not an excuse used every time. Don’t remember refs being blamed for the Auburn loss. Why? Because the officiating wasn’t this bad. There is something to be said for the mental toll it takes on a team when for 10+ minutes you feel like there is nothing you can do. You play good defense and they miss a shot but a bogus foul is called, or it’s a made shot. It’s like no matter what they will score because the people controlling the game aren’t going to let you get a stop. 2 or 3 bad calls? Lol….that’s a good one right there.



    • damage_control
      8:03 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      https://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/kentucky-falls-to-auburn-75-70/

      I don’t see one comment about officiating in an equally bad loss (if not worse).



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:18 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Don’t throw facts at them, damage. ukwildcat89 and WeareBBN are gonna get mad and call you a troll!!!



    • Sentient Third Eye
      8:32 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      I think the officiating was terrible, but it was at least consistent. They wanted what Pitino once famously called “panty-hose basketball” in the paint, and anything else was a foul. Our guys should have adjusted to how it was being called. It’s not like it’s a new thing that UK gets a tough whistle on the road.



    • ukwildcat89
      9:06 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      big board..good one you shit dick



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:18 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Thanks.



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:48 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Someone didn’t read the post you linked, damage_control……



  27. badlld123
    7:25 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Can we please see what Tai can do?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come off of it Cal. He isnt playing for the same reason Willis wasnt playing. He isnt a 5 star recruit that you are trying to push to the nba!!!!



    • damage_control
      7:44 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Willis isn’t playing? Do you watch UK games or just make stupid comments about them?



    • UK Big Board Update
      7:55 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      He sounds pretty idiotic to me…



    • badlld123
      7:58 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Cant handle the truth?



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:08 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      I can handle the truth. Unfortunately, you are talking out of your ass, and I, along with most logical human beings, know idiotic bullshit when they hear it. And that was idiotic.



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:02 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Agreed, UKBBU,. Nowhere in the original post is any smidgen of intelligent criticism. If Tai were able to give us an advantage to win, he would be on the floor. I personally think he could help us by at least drawing fouls from some of our opponents’ bigs but beyond that Tai remains an unknown quantity.



  28. badlld123
    7:54 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Learn english my friend. Wasn’t……. The truth is he should have been getting more minutes all along. By now he would have been much better thatn he is now.



    • UK Big Board Update
      7:56 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah. Totally should’ve gotten minutes over Trey Lyles last year….

      Stop talking.



    • damage_control
      8:05 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Or Julius Randle the year before – yup! You sir, are a genius!



  29. kycats13
    7:58 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Well this certainly “SUCKS”.



  30. big cat
    8:10 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Here it is again folks….this team will be a WEST seed this year IF they make the tourny…and I agree that Cal missed it with this team….horrible recruiting….and Isiah NABISCO….really. Where’s Lee? The only player that show’s ANY ownership is Tyler Ulis. Where’s the “attitude” and fire with this team? They look like a bunch of scared pre-school kids in a haunted house…..

    Cal was beat with Donnie Tyndall’s leftovers at UT last night….and it’s VERY obvious Cal is less than average coach….great recruiter. I’d rather see another coach that CAN actually develop talent. But hey, ALL of us will drink Cal’s koolaid again in the offseason while the hype builds for next year….and the cycle will repeat….one and done, one and done, one and done…sprinkled with a few exceptions that decide to stay (or the ones who can’t make it to the D-League).



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:22 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      The idiot speaks again.

      I guess Cal beating our ’96 team with UMass, beating the overall #1 seed OSU in 2011, Wichita and UL in 2014, etc, were all just flukes, eh?

      Lemme guess: when he wins its because he’s supposed to. When he loses its because he can’t coach.

      Those who believe that are the most idiotic of the idiots.

      You’re either a troll, an idiot, or a completely miserable human being. Whichever you are, please get help.



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:04 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      I am going with miserable, idiot troll.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:38 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      I’ll take all of the above for a thousand, Alex.



  31. Al B. Frank
    8:14 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Well, now, Cal’s record with the Nets wasn’t as bad as people will lead you to believe. He coached there less than three seasons, and had the Nets in the playoffs in just his second season with the team where they were beaten by the Bulls & some guy named Michael Jordan.

    He only coached 20 games into his third season, so who knows if he might’ve been able to turn that season around if he had a chance.

    Yeah, his overall record there wasn’t great, but he didn’t exactly take over a juggernaut of a team.



    • Al B. Frank
      8:15 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Sorry, I logged in to reply to JakeBBN’s comments about Cal’s lack of coaching skills, but instead I accidentally posted this as a new thread.



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:26 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Don’t bog them down with facts, Al. It only pisses them off, and totally goes against their agenda.



  32. Sentient Third Eye
    8:29 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    It amazes me that this team can look so good on one night and then turn around and lose to a team that won’t be in the NCAA tourney or even the NIT baring an incredibly strong finish. In fact, this is now at least 3 losses to teams that likely won’t even be good enough to make the NIT (Tennessee, Ohio State, Auburn). At this point, UCLA is a likely NIT team, as is LSU, though they have the best chance of any of the teams that have beaten us (besides Kansas, of course) to sneak in to the NCAA.

    But still, that’s three catastrophic losses and two more bad ones. The Selection Committee will punish us for losing to multiple teams that will finish about .500.



  33. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    8:47 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Forget Tai, he is going to be redshirted I’m sure. But my question is this; Can Humphries really be any worse than Lee? I know Cal likes to be players first and probably feels he owes it to Marcus to let him play and try to get him to the NBA…but he is paid to win ball games. Is there a possibility that Humphries can still be red-shirted as well? That is my only explanation as to why he wouldn’t get some PT.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      9:30 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      If nothing else, let Humphries come in and pick up quick fouls in Lee’s place. It would save Lee for the second half at least…



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      1:41 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Right! Surely Humphries could score two points, get 3 rebounds, and commit 4-5 fouls in 20 minutes of action!



  34. Melvit
    8:53 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Tennessee got away with pushing our guys all night long. With that being said, our guys should be tough enough to play through that.



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:09 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Agreed. It’s tough to play through sometimes, but they’ve got to learn to. It’s just the way it is.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      9:32 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      It’s not like getting a bad calls was just invented recently. It’s the nature of the game.



  35. BK
    9:43 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    As Cal himself said, the team is a fraud because the front-court is a fraud. The Willis wrinkle/tweak worked for a few games and is now over. So, we’re back where we started with the other bad losses, with teams knowing all they have to do is beat us up, pack the lane, and wait for Tyler to become exhausted. This team draws you in and makes you think they’ve arrived, and then they fall flat. And when you think about the famous Harrison quote after South Carolina in 2014, or the 2011 team, you need to remind yourself that neither Julius Randle nor Josh Harrellson are walking through the door. Like many, I thought this team would be strong in March with our great guard play. However, none of us were expecting the front-court to be so inconsistent, unable to consistently defend, and Jamal Murray to turn out being a poor man’s Kobe Bryant, a volume scorer who pretty much only scores and does little to make others better. As my closest UK consort said last night……..poor tyler……..poor tyler.



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:59 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Oh well. It was fun having you as a fan! Good luck in your future endeavors.



  36. BK
    10:34 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Thanks Big Bore!



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:38 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      *Board



  37. bluesyCat
    11:14 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

    it’s not healthy to have a forum where people can air their grievances with players, coaching staff, refs, etc. only to be blasted and called names by one consistent user. UK Big Board is a Big Bully. No doubt he is a KSR moderator hiding behind a fake account or else he is the most despicable fan we’ve got. Spending all of his waking hours lashing out at others. Please sir, call me all the names you want I’m still going to tell it like it is. Our in game adjustments have been horrible, we’ve been exposed for our lack of depth and talent at the 4/5 spot time and time again. This team is just not built for a long tournament run so we gotta just try and enjoy what we have. Ulis is special, murray is too but he has the advantage of no depth behind him so Cal can’t bench him to teach him anything. Briscoe is a good if not great talent for a freshmen but he could really use another year or two in college to polish his shooting and become a truly elite defender. I feel bad for Lee and Poythress because they are decent but just asked to do too much. Lee is not that guy. Skal: no comment



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      11:18 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      I can assure you UK Big Board is not a moderator. Sorry for the trolls, we were pretty busy last night and couldn’t manage them



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:35 am February 3, 2016 Permalink

      So, those who criticize, can’t handle being criticized? Thats about right.

      I’m just as frustrated as the next guy with this team, but there are a select few who live on this site that troll or are OVERLY critical, throwing the players and coaches under the bus in malicious ways. (PLAY THE WHITES!! SEND SKAL BACK TO HAITI! CAL NEEDS TO BE FIRED CUZ HE SUX!!)

      Go back and read who I respond to – and instead of getting so butthurt by what I post, maybe actually read into what THEY are saying first.

      Trust me, I wish I didn’t have to lash out as harshly as I do, but if KSR is going to let the trolls slide, then I might as well get my digs in too.



    • Loother
      12:06 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Agree. UK dick bore is a total fraud…



    • catsarerunnin
      1:48 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      He may be a total fraud but he does have a lovely singing voice…



    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      1:51 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      I reread BK’s comments above and see no reason why UK Big Board Update thinks they are cashing in their fan card. I think there are plenty of things to criticize about this team. That doesn’t mean if you criticize that you no longer support them. It’s like a family. They get on your nerves at times and you call them out, but no one else better talk about your family. Except for obvious trolls that are fans of other teams we all care about UK basketball but show it in different ways. Some with support and some with criticism.



    • UK Big Board Update
      3:30 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Lol!!!



    • UK Big Board Update
      3:31 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      The usual suspects have voiced their opinions.



    • catdaddyd
      11:22 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      Well said Bluesy. UK Big Bore is just what you say. KSR should block him.



    • Craig Sagers Suits
      11:27 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      I got a comment or 2 awaiting moderation criticizing UK Big Board, truthful ones too. Hopefully they get pushed through because they’re facts.



    • Craig Sagers Suits
      11:27 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

      You sir criticize people for voicing their concerns, frustrations, and opinions in the most absurd of ways in both football and basketball, more so the former. You act holier than thou when you’re not. And while one guy did say send Skal back to Haiti, that doesn’t speak for the entire fan base, even though Skal was and is overrated as a recruit and is a project vs lottery pick anyone with the slightest observation skills can see that. Nobody really said anything about play the white kids, even though I can tell you’re being facetious there.

      Being critical of the team in either sport does not make you less of a fan. If anything it makes you more of one because that means you care and are tired of seeing things. Learn the difference, Big Board.



  38. jkcor
    4:51 pm February 3, 2016 Permalink

    Rocky Top

    I wish that you would fall off rocky top and roll down the Tennessee hills.
    Ain’t a full set of teeth that lives on rocky top and everybody’s high on pills.

    I once saw a girl that lived on rocky top. One tooth and really, really fat.
    Had her hair dyed orange and rowed like a corn crop.
    I threw up when I saw that.

    Rocky top you’ll always be a useless place to me.
    So glad we don’t have a stupid song like this about Kentucky.

    Once two cousins climbed on rocky top lookin for a little thrill.
    It’s normal for cousins from Tennessee so one said I will if you will.

    Folks won’t work at all on rocky top.
    Dirt bags too lazy by far.
    That’s why all the folks on rocky top ride donkeys instead of cars.

    Rocky top you’ll always be a useless place to me.
    So glad we don’t have a stupid song like this about Kentucky.

    Now I would rather live my entire life trapped like a duck in a pen
    than spend one day anywhere on rocky top.
    Wish I had never been.

    Rocky top you’ll always be a useless place to me.
    So glad we don’t have a stupid song like this about Kentucky.