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Cats revert back in embarrassing regular season finale

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Kentucky’s Saturday loss at Florida wasn’t all that surprising. Florida always plays Kentucky well in Gainesville, plus the Gators had already beaten the Cats in Lexington earlier in the season, so expectations weren’t particularly high going into the game. But how Kentucky lost at Florida was very disappointing, considering how well the Cats looked the last two weeks.

Florida led for all but 57 seconds of the game, and by as many as 23 points in the second half. That’s a butt-kicking, and the butts were kicked at a time when John Calipari’s team needed to close its regular season on a high note. A good Kentucky team should never be down 23 to any team, even on its worst day. It certainly shouldn’t happen when things were looking up for the squad on the final Saturday before the postseason.

It was even more disappointing that Florida didn’t play a great second half, yet Kentucky still couldn’t do anything when the door swung wide open for a potential comeback. The Gators went eight minutes without a made basket in the second half, but you wouldn’t know it if you only saw the final score.

So where did things go wrong for the Cats? It’d be easier to list what went right, but we’ll try. For starters, the one obvious advantage going into the game was Kentucky’s rebounding, but Florida hung right with them on the glass. Then there’s the free throw woes; Kentucky hit only 13 of its 22 attempts for a 59 percent clip from the stripe. It’s hard to win any game shooting 59 percent from the line.

Three-point shooting was also bad, not counting Quade Green’s perfect 3-for-3 afternoon from outside. Hamidou Diallo had three horrible misses in three tries (I couldn’t help but laugh when he posed as he air-balled one) while Kevin Knox hit only one of his five attempts. Collectively, UK went 6-of-18, with Green hitting half of the team’s made threes.

It didn’t help that some players had pretty bad individual performances with little to no contributions whatsoever. Diallo and Nick Richards — bless their hearts — are the two players who fall into this category. Diallo was 0-for-7 from the field with several wide open looks, and Richards continued his ongoing struggles. Wenyen Gabriel should also fall into the category, although he did sink a three-pointer, so there’s that, I guess. Calipari was very critical of him in the postgame interview.

Moving on down the line, Kevin Knox was okay but needed to do more, which has been the consistent theme in UK’s losses this season. Fair or not (and it’s probably not), he’s the one guy who has to bring it every time out. If he struggles, the team struggles. Today was no different.

Lastly, the backcourt of Green and Gilgeous-Alexander made some plays and combined for 28 of UK’s points; however, Gilgeous-Alexander’s five turnovers took away from his team-high 17 points.

With all that said, this is a game we should throw out as a bad performance and move on. It shouldn’t reflect poorly on the progress this team has made and the potential of making a run in the weeks ahead. Kentucky reminded me of the Kentucky team during the four-game losing skid, back when the offense was out of sync and certain individuals just couldn’t do anything right. The assist column also resembles those sadder times; Kentucky had only six on Saturday.

We should call it what it was: a bad game.

Moving forward

Until we know Kentucky’s seed in the SEC tournament, we’ll have to put the conversation about UK’s chances and path to the trophy on hold. But if Kentucky can earn the double-bye and the No. 4 seed (which would mean Missouri beat Arkansas in the 6 pm game), I like Kentucky’s chances as much as anyone’s in St. Louis.

The obvious and strong counterargument to that is Kentucky went 0-for-5 against the top three seeds in the regular season, but the addition of Vanderbilt and the backcourt of Green and Gilgeous-Alexander has the team playing its best basketball these past few weeks; Gainesville not included. On a neutral court with Big Blue Nation dominating the Scottrade Center crowd, Kentucky can beat any of those three teams. Not to mention, Auburn is down one of its key players for the rest of the year, and there’s an old saying that you can’t beat a team three times in one season. Tennessee and Florida would have to do that, should they meet the Cats again in the tournament.

Of course, we also have to acknowledge the worst case scenario, too. Say Arkansas beats Missouri and Kentucky falls to the No. 5 seed, it’s hard to imagine UK’s young and inconsistent team winning four straight games in four days. Even worse: the 12/13 seed could send Kentucky home on Thursday if Kentucky plays poorly and has one of those five-minute scoring droughts from the past, which always resulted in a loss.

We have plenty of time to dissect the tournament in the days ahead, but it’s lining up to be an exciting event with the best basketball its had in years. For Kentucky, the postseason is full of unknowns, but the Cats can do something special if they play their best basketball, which we’ve already seen in small glimpses. As much as we want to debate the team’s tournament ceiling right now, we won’t truly know anything until we see which team shows up when the ball is tipped in the first game — hopefully on Friday.

Go Cats.

Go Mizzou.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

85 Comments for Cats revert back in embarrassing regular season finale

  1. ukjohnston
    4:07 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    The coach reverted also. Playing players who contribute nothing and then continue to play them after no progress in effort or fundamental skills. Ultimately, you are failing them as a coach. You talk of outside enablers when you, their coach, are an inside enabler. Basketball players can be athletes and sometimes not very athletic. Not all athletes can be basketball players, even the most elite of athletes.

    • cats646
      4:26 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      We get it man, you can copy and paste.

    • futrelljr
      4:50 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      How many more times are you going to post the same f’n thing?

    • crazycatfan65
      5:30 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Sorry man but you sound like a broken record. You do realize that foul trouble also contributed to Richards and Diallo playing more than you liked. Like Cal said about Diallo, if Richards were your son would you want Cal to just give up on him? No you wouldn’t, so sit back, STFU and enjoy the rollercoaster ride.

    • Bull Filmer
      5:43 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Not gonna argue. Coaches do what they gotta do to prepare. I don’t worry about a loss at florida – on their floor with their environment and fans. KENTUCKY Fans shouldn’t worry. But they do. Don’t worry about the SEC tournament. This is all about the preparation. Preparation for the NCAA tournament. And, can we handle that. That’s the question.

    • BigBlueNationDude
      6:40 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Fair point

    • KYJelly
      6:59 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      You were so proud of your negativity as a fan that you posted this 20 times? Find another team

    • syrin23
      7:40 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Well, whether he said this before or not is irrelevant. His point is EXTREMELY valid as Cal’s loyalty to bad players has cost us dearly in the past. His insistence on playing the God awful Harrison twins against Wisconsin is the most glaring example, a point he himself acknowledged. He tells recruits nothing is guaranteed, and you have to earn it, unless you are Richards or Hami apparently. Sasha Kalaya Jones can shoot, rebound, defend and brings energy. I have no idea how anyone can watch Richards and him and decide to play Richards.

    4:17 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    If we lose early in the SEC Tournament we might still get an N.I.T. bid, won’t we? Well, if not, cheer up, there’s always next year, and then the year after that.

    • Eazy
      5:19 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Lol, we are in the top 15 in the RPI and are projected to be a 5 seed in the big dance. Not even close to the NIT. Worst case scenario we will be a 6-7 seed. The ignorance of some people amazes me.

    • callitlikeiseeit
      9:07 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      agree wih Eazy, lowest possible seed would be a 7 but prolly looking at a 6 with no wins and 5 with 1 or more wins. Does not matter what seed though, not going to be a long tourney. Just because we had a 4 game win streak vs a very bad team and three 10 seeds or bubble teams did not impress me. Ark has lost 6 times or so by 14 or more, they are feast or famine. Bama is bubble and not good. Mizzou is average at best. UF is not all that good and handled us easily. First round should be a bad team but after that will be playing teams better than we are.

    • justaguyinthebackrow
      11:40 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Saying UF is not all that good is enough to let any basketball fan know you have no idea what you’re talking about, you just looked at some W-L records.

  3. JPGott2
    4:30 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    1. EFFORT on defense was terrible in the 1st half. They truly showed their youth when it comes to just wanting to score.

    2. shot selection was also head shaking. UK gets a stop and someone jacks up a quick shot without any ball movement.

    3. Rebounding by our bigs….How many poor UF shots turned into offensive rebounds because our bigs could not grab it.

    4. Free-throw shooting….Enough said.

    With everything that went wrong, UK still only lost by 13. If UK brings the EFFORT, I think they will be fine.

    P.S. I think UK needs the SEC tourney to iron stuff out. Know Cal hates it.

    • jahanc2uky
      4:46 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      5. Florida played REALLY well. Not making excuses for UK, they played awful! But for 30 minutes Florida would have had everyone in college basketball down 10.

    • bobfromcincy
      8:14 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Yours is one of the few replies that someone actually gets it. Did Kentucky play like shit and revert back? Yes, to some extent. However, Florida played extremely hungry and out of their minds. Everything started falling for them and then it was compounded by Kentucky turnovers and bad shots in the 1st half. Florida would have beat the brakes off whomever they played today. Unfortunately, it just happened to be Kentucky.

    • steve simpson
      2:58 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you.

    • syrin23
      7:43 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t know why Cal didn’t use all of his TO’s in the first five minutes of a game when it was VERY obvious we had reverted back to passing up open shots in lieu of driving into the heart of their defense and forcing up bricks. The reffing was AWFUL. How many offensive fouls did they let their bigs gate away with? A dozen?

    • callitlikeiseeit
      9:11 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      UF would not have had so many easy hoops off turnovers against others, or as many wide open shots vs others, can’t say they played great and would have beat anyone. Guarantee Virginia would have played them better on defense which affets the way they play. Other teams may have played them different as well. They went EIGHT minutes without a basket.

  4. 502CodeRed
    4:35 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Owned by UF in football and now basketball. Ouch.

    • KYcats11
      4:40 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Owned? The score was 28-27. Still getting over your team’s collapse against Virginia?

    • cats646
      4:41 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      let a team score 5 points in one second. Ha ouch.

    • Catlogic15
      4:47 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Your shtick is old my friend. Your program historically embarrassed this year in so many (incredible) ways. Deal with it.

    • 502CodeRed
      4:49 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      KYcats11 – Indeed it was. I forgot how close it was. I’m sure there have been a couple close ones in UF’s 32yr streak. My bad.

    • Eazy
      5:23 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Owned?! We are 12-8 vs Florida in the last 20 games. How do they own us? Ownership is UK winning 9 out of 11 vs Louisville or Virginia beating your sorry Cards 6 straight.

    • 4everUKblue
      5:15 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      CodeRedNeck…..Owned is the term we use for the UofLittleBro basketball program. We own you and it’s not close. As for UF you might want to go look at our all time record against them. Still mad about the #bannerdown I see. #bannerdownbillboardup……lol

    • Eazy
      5:28 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      FYI: UK is 100-40 vs Florida and UK has won 6 of the last 9 games. Only an ignorant UL fan would think that means they own us. LOL. It’s hilarious considering we own Louisville. And so does Virginia.

    • Eazy
      5:51 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Oh, and our games against Duke, UNC, Kansas, Florida are all bigger to us than the so called Louisville rivalry. There’s a reason UK gets all the big non conference games and tournaments. Louisville is an afterthought. Everyone know we run this state and have always been the National program. Louisville is tied with Florida in National Titles. Pathetic.

    • Eazy
      5:55 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      UK is top 5 in strength of schedule. Louisville is 23rd. The fact you are here is pathetic. We own Louisville and knocked you out of the tournament twice in the last 5 years. I guess you all just didn’t care though right? Since the NCAA tournament doesn’t matter to UL in the grand scheme of things…

    • Eazy
      6:24 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Anyway, I hope you aren’t serious. I wouldn’t think anyone is really stupid enough to believe louisville is on our level. The facts are absolutely overwhelming. 8-2, 17-9, 35-15, etc. It’s not even a rivalry. And we have done better in the tournament 7 out of the last 8 years and have double the tournament wins. That’s without the cheating taken out. We absolutely own you. And even in Louisville’s biggest game of the year they can’t compete with us. I hope you can accept the facts man. It’s only gonna get worse from here. Peace

    • Eazy
      6:27 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Louisville fans don’t even realize the ACC would kick them to the curb tomorrow if they could have UK. They tried to land UK in the 90s.

    • Eazy
      6:28 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      We have 5 times the fan base and a national following. Louisville is a national laughingstock and not even a top 10 program all time.

    • Bull Filmer
      5:35 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      502 code turd……the bottom end of humanity’s alimentary canal – whose own name equates a Charmin commercial…tiny, little ball-less squirrel, father of nothing…..except more shit protruding from a worthless and mindless volcano of incessant uavel L O S E R N E S S. You are – indeed – a P O S.

    • 502CodeRed
      5:39 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Eazy – Everyone knows with UK’s paltry schedule that UofL is their Super Bowl. The Cards have to worry about the Dukes, UNC’s, UVA.s, etc. Focusing on UK isn’t exactly a priority in the grand scheme of things.

    • Eazy
      5:44 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Wow, man you are almost too stop to talk to. You do realize UK has played a tougher schedule than UL, right. You do realize we have more titles, final fours, etc? UK is everyone’s super bowl. We couldn’t care less about Louisville. The fact you think you’re on our level just shows how stupid you are!

    • Bull Filmer
      5:50 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      uavel ‘blew’ a 4 point lead with ZERO POINT NINE SECONDS ….0.9 seconds……IN THE GAME.

      Had it won!

      ).9 second to win – against the #1 Team – and somehow, managed to lose.

      That should be a Guiness Record for ….CHOKE!!!!.

      Like you, code turd.

      BTW: Whose third leg are you ‘managing’, code turd, cough-cough?

    • 502CodeRed
      6:00 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Eazy – “We couldn’t care less about Louisville”.
      So why do UK sites write about Louisville so often and yet UofL sites rarely write about UK? Because we are your Super Bowl. Dont be mad,accept it me amigo. UofL moved on….you guys didn’t. It’s all good.

    • catsarerunnin
      8:18 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      UL owned by the FBI and NCAA.

    • steve simpson
      3:05 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      You are good. I’m sure the responses make you lol.

    • Bull Filmer
      6:16 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      code turd – why are you continually on a KENTUCKY sports site? Perhaps envious? Or – because lil’ bro does want to keep up. KENTUCKY must be the JONES uavel fans are jonesn;’ for.

      Just like uavel hired KENTUCKY grad Howard Schnellenberger to coach Football.

      And, just like uavel hired former KENTUCKY coach Pitino – after firing legendary former UCLA assistant Denny Crum.

      How’d that work out for you all?

      Now, as their AD they’ve hired another KENTUCKY grad.

      You Avelians spend an inordinate amount of time trying to be – and . beat – big brother.

      uavel fans suffer from an acute case of ‘napoleon complex’.

      Always have – always will.

    • 4everUKblue
      6:22 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Fans like you Code are the reason we take so much pleasure in LittleBro’s misery. Beating you in basketball is a given. We own you in basketball and you will always be little brother.

    • 4everUKblue
      6:29 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      And talk about super bowls….Why else are you on the fansite of your most bitter rival, who by the way owns your ass, if we aren’t your super bowl? LittleBro hasn’t been good enough to be our super bowl, we just liked humbling Pitino, but turns out he’s got that covered on his own. LOL

    • antiquefurnitureandmidgets
      11:44 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Lord have mercy the pitiful psychology of “we’re your Super Bowl”. That should embarrass Louisville fans. Talk about a deluded way to excuse absolute failure versus Cal’s Cats. Even Louisville fans can’t take themselves seriously on that one.

    • 4everUKblue
      7:00 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      Code is a special needs fan who clearly has NO grasp on reality. There are probably meds that could help but he would need to stop self medicating first.

  5. ballplayerstu
    4:44 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Hey Kansas is getting killed at the moment if that makes anyone feel better….

    • Eazy
      5:24 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly. That’s a much worse loss than ours.

    • CatsandPats
      5:50 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Get your brooms out because OK State is about to land the season sweep! They have given the rest of College BB the recipe to drop the Gayhawks. Loving it!

  6. Headhurts
    4:47 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    NCAA only counts W’s and L’s not margins, all neutral courts from here on, SEC TOURNEY will help cats, regardless what cal says.

  7. Eazy
    5:17 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    I wouldn’t call losing on the road by 13 to an ncaa Tournament team who has 4 top 10 wins embarrassing. We didn’t play well but we will be fine. Check out Kansas getting drilled by Ok State. OSU isn’t even a top 100 team and they are about to sweep KU. Now that’s embarrassing. The sad thing is Kansas won’t even get penalized and we probably will.

    • callitlikeiseeit
      9:14 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      You do know Kansas beat us right. Bragging about them having bad losses is just that much worse that we lost to them. And I love your bashing of codered but be thankful we are not in the ACC for basketball, we would not have made the tourney this year.

    • justaguyinthebackrow
      11:44 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Kansas beat Virginia? Or are you still pretending to be a UK fan?

  8. shepdog3720
    5:23 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Until this team start sharing the basketball, these results will continue… Isn’t it baseball season now anyway? (I joke, but just a little)

  9. Rixter
    5:23 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Cats could have gone 22 – 22 from the line, and they still would have lost by 4. Cant lay this loss on the FT shooting

    • makeitstop
      6:00 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      True but they missed WAY too many and at times when they could’ve tightened it up – it hurt them and it’ll hurt them worse in the tourney.

    • syrin23
      7:45 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Some of those misses were front ends of 1 and 1’s, so if we went perfect from the line, we get to OT.

    • ukcamel
      12:37 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      Eh, hard to determine how the rest of the game could have gone if every run was not curved by poor FT shooting. It was one of a few glaring factors in the loss.

  10. shelby
    5:27 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Cal is used to having at the very least THREE elite players—he has one: kevin knox (maybe). Knox will leave and next year Cal will have NO elite players. Gonna be very interesting to see how that team does. I’m not giving up on this bunch but elite 8 is probably a fairly high bar to set.

    • Eazy
      5:41 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      I think Johnson is better than anyone we have now actually. But we will also have much better shooters next year with Herro, Johnson, Green, Baker etc.

    • shelby
      6:41 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Eazy; adding johnson to shai, quade, and diallo (likely all returning), herro and baker will never see the floor.

    • syrin23
      7:46 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Shai is a projected top ten pick and will be gone. Diallo might leave on his own and go to the D league or overseas.

  11. gasman01
    5:34 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    What was disturbing was their lack of effort in the first half. After talking for 3 days how they wanted to take of business for losing to Florida at home, we showed nothing in the first half. Really disappointing!!

  12. Eazy
    5:46 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    2 of those 9 wins were in the tournament by the way. UK has and always will be Louisville’s super bowl. The grand scheme of things for us is the NCAA tournament where we also own you. Regular season means nothing to us. We aren’t Kansas. LOL

  13. makeitstop
    6:04 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Their lack of movement without the ball was a big part of “reverting.” Some of the bad shots and TO were guys standing and watching. One bad one was the traveling call on WG (they missed the first one) and Knox just sticking his arm out and not moving. Same w a lot of the turnovers. 1:2 assist to turnovers is on the guy the ball and the guy not moving well…

  14. catsby90.1
    6:29 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Florida did play really well. Idk if I would consider it embarrassing considering we fought back and made it a game when it was getting out of hand. Florida tried to give us the game towards the end, but we couldn’t execute. The only thing really embarrassing to me was the rebounding.

    • Bull Filmer
      6:50 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      No question; as expected.

      The questions is, did we do enough; how can KENTUCKY improve – ASAP!

      Analyze – the beat down.

      Rise from the…………beat down.

      Tomorrow is a new day – an opportunity!

  15. drbigblue
    7:40 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Wow, 6 assist….. 4 from Shai

  16. BlakeBlueNation
    8:10 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    Though we looked terrible, on paper, this isn’t a bad loss at all. Florida also has a top 30 RPI and we only lost by 13, if we can get a round or 2 more in the sec tournament I think we can get a solid bid in the tournament. Glad to see Mizzou win though, guaranteed a double bye.

  17. Megan
    11:00 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

    To Drew’s point on free throws, 13 of 22 isn’t good, but a very respectable 75 percent would have gained only a few more points. Florida outscored us by one at the line. Hardly a significant factor in the game. Free throws are a typical fan’s default complaint. And I didn’t think Drew was a typical fan.

    As for shooting 6 of 16 from the arc (not 6 of 18), that’s effectively 56 percent from two-point range, which is nothing we’d turn our noses up at (sorry, I couldn’t find a 3rd preposition to end this sentence with) (there it is). Consider that we shot only 43 percent from two-point range, and you’ll see that we actually scored more efficiently from behind the arc.

    And again, what would have made it a decent percentage, 7 of 16? So after watching that game, we’re complaining that we should have made one more from range? No, it’s not about making three more free throws or one more three. Our shooting from the line and behind the arc didn’t help, but that wasn’t the problem out there today.

    Drew’s other points are more salient. Let’s include 6 assists on 24 baskets. Compare Florida’s 15 assists on 28. That tells you so much more about the game.

    • justaguyinthebackrow
      11:48 pm March 3, 2018 Permalink

      Well said. They should give you a job.

    • ukcamel
      12:42 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      FT were a factor, but also we didn’t rebound the way we should. Sure we had +2 but should have +10 against Florida with our size and athleticism.

    • 4everUKblue
      8:28 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      But the real issue is how many points did they get off our turnovers?

  18. BluKudzu
    1:24 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

    So what is so great about Cal?
    More than half of his years have been with at least 9 losses.
    He is getting paid to be the best and win games at UK. Love his position he is for the kids. Got it. I get the deal.
    If you have to play to get the 4th seed in the SEC, AND BE THANKFUL YOU CAN.
    Not at UK.
    Playing for a middle spot in the SEC tournament IS NOT UK basketball.

    • BigBlueNationDude
      2:07 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      Well put

    • catsarerunnin
      8:19 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      Slater son you much humor

    • TXwildcat57
      5:11 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      To complain about Cal as a UK fan is just being ungrateful.

      In the past 30 years of UK b-ball there has been no era as entertaining or as many deep tourney runs than in Cal’s time here.

      The set up of the NCAA tournament being single elimination makes March truly madness and is what makes the event highly entertaining for fans. Anything can happen, and the best teams don’t always win it all.

      The fact that Cal consistently makes a deep run, and the fact he does it with a core group of 18-20 year old kids solidifies that he is GREAT at his profession.

      Enjoy the ride we are on, and appreciate how good you got it in regards to the team you root for.

    • 4everUKblue
      8:02 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      If you need someone to explain it to you, then you must be a special needs case.

  19. bigbluehank
    2:39 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

    If Tubby were the current coach, fans would be clamoring for him to be dumped. Why does Cal get a continuous free pass? They both have the same amount of titles. Tubby doesn’t get enough credit for coming in and coaching another guy’s players. Cal reeled in Davis, which won him a title. Big difference between their coaching acumen.

    • 4everUKblue
      7:36 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      Hank, please take the time to compare their records. Speaking of acumen….where did you get that big word, did you google it?

    • 4everUKblue
      7:44 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      And btw Hank, Tubby didn’t recruit any of the players he won the 98′ title with. If I’m not mistaken that is the only time in his entire career he has made it to the final 4. So you can pick Tubby over Cal if you want, I will take Cal all day long.

  20. steve simpson
    3:01 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

    So do you believe Tony Bennett is a better coach than Cal??? If so please explain and give your proof.

  21. 4everUKblue
    7:35 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

    Here is an article for all the Cal haters out there, specifically Slater and CodeRedNeck.

    • 4everUKblue
      7:38 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

      Let’s add bigbluehank to the list of Cal haters. Hank you need to read this article, although it is not going to say what you would like it to say because it is based on facts.

  22. T-wah
    9:54 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

    Why does everyone keep saying “reverted back?” #redundant

  23. Kat4Life
    11:10 am March 4, 2018 Permalink

    Well……we are what we are at this juncture……we’re either good enough to advance, or we aren’t. Let’s just get behind them and provide as much support as possible.

  24. kentuck1
    1:57 pm March 4, 2018 Permalink

    In order for the Cats to beat good teams such as Florida, Auburn, or Tennessee, they need Vanderbilt and Washington to play at least 30 minutes in the game. They cannot hang without rebounding or a physical presence. They both got into foul trouble and were unable to contribute when they were needed against Florida.

    This team is easily distracted. The ill-advised comments about “spanking” does not help when you have a big game in front of you. We’ll chalk that up to youthful exuberance. Also the story about Shai going ahead of Knox in the draft was very distracting, unfortunately.

    We, as fans, should not get our hopes too high on this team, even if they start playing better. They do not have a real good Basketball IQ. Too many times they let an opposing player drive all the way to the basket without and defense. The three things needed to win in the NCAA tournament are defense, rebounding, and three-point shooting. If you are lacking in any of those, you will not last very long in the Big Dance.

  25. Dy9astyIn2018
    2:00 pm March 4, 2018 Permalink

    You lost all credibility when you said the Harrisson twins are “god awful”. I do agree that Ulis would’ve been a better option than Andrew down the stretch, but people always want to forget that Booker got abused defensively against Dekker in that game. “Fans” like you really piss me off. Blame one loss on two 20 year old kids, one of which you probably loved and worshipped the year before. Eat s**t, sir.

    I was at the Wisconsin game in 2014 and 2015, and I’ll be in St. Louie on Friday to cheer on our boys. What will you be doing, other than being curmudgeon?