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John Calipari: “I tried just about everything”

After trailing by as many as 11, the Auburn Tigers fought their way back into the game against Kentucky. A rebound and a resulting basket by PJ Washington with :56 remaining pushed the Cats back ahead 60-58, but Auburn’s Jared Harper tied it up again with :37 left in regulation. Neither team was able to connect on their final possession, and the Cats further collapsed in overtime.

The Tigers came out hot in OT, scoring the first four points of the extra period. They never trailed again, coming away with a 77-71 victory to earn a spot in the program’s first Final Four.

There are so many ways Kentucky could have won Sunday’s ball game. What if they had made a few more free throws? What if Tyler Herro connected on a few more possessions? What if they threw it inside a little bit more? What if Calipari took Ashton Hagans out of the game? The possibilities are endless, and John Calipari says he’s sure he’ll think of a few more now that it’s too late.

“I tried just about everything, but I’ll probably find four, five things I should have done or tried,” Calipari said after the loss. “Right now, couldn’t tell you what those are, but I probably will spend some time that way with myself.”

From a statistical standpoint, today’s loss is still tough to swallow. Kentucky out-shot Auburn 44% to 40%, out-rebounded them 41-37, scored more second-chance points (10-9) and more bench points (31-18) and had more assists (14-8), while holding Auburn to 30% from deep (7-23). But Auburn got it done when it counted, and silly mistakes stacked up against the Wildcats.

“They shot more free throws, and it’s not because of officiating. First game we played in a long time that someone shot more free throws than us because of how we play. We want you to grab us – that’s how we play… [And] we had a few too many turnovers at inopportune times. That changed the game.”

Not only did Auburn get to the charity stripe more frequently than Kentucky, but they were also far more efficient. UK finished the game 12-21 from the line (2-4 in overtime) for 57.1%. The Tigers hit 18-24 (7-9 in overtime) for 75%. And as for turnovers, Calipari is right. The Cats turned the ball over 14 times, compared to Auburn’s nine miscues.

Calipari may have tried just about everything, but small mistakes across the board proved to be too much for this Kentucky team.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

98 Comments for John Calipari: “I tried just about everything”



  1. Arch Stanton
    9:04 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    ?



    • Irish son
      9:45 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      I wish he would try resigning



    • KYCat4EVER
      11:02 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Amen! SPOT IN Irish Son!

      When Coach “Process” came to Kentucky he declared us “the gold standard of college basketball “….

      Since then this coach had shown us he is a great person, great recruiter, but a horrible bench coach who is one dimensional, stubborn, and enforces a flawed approach.

      He’s embarrassed our once proud program with losses to West Virginia, Robert Morris, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Tennessee, and this year…we won nothing: no conference championship, no conference tournament championship, and for the sixth season in a row… NO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP!

      Additionally, Coach Calipari hasn’t gained anything on UCLA as he ran his mouth and predicted after 2012…

      And lets not listen to the stupid statements about “oh… he passed Adolph Rupp in tournament wins” and “he won an NCAA Championship in 2012…”

      Do the math BBN….

      IMO..Calipari couldn’t carry RUPPS toilet paper to the gym, and since he stepped foot on campus at UK… Duke, Villanova, UConn, have all won more than Coach “I tried everything”!

      How about you resign Calipari?

      How about you let another real coach come in to Kentucky, return us to the gold standard of college basketball, clean up your mess, while you go sell automobiles some place!

      FIRE CALIPARI! The most overrated and under achieving coach in div one college basketball!

      GO BIG BLUE!



    • dballrb
      3:03 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Dosen’t take chips to be great. Imagine what would have happened if the one an done rule wasn’t going on. There would be powerhouse teams like back in the day,With the players Cal got before anybody else jumped on the one and done train.. We could have 5,6 chips…So would other schools.



    • catdaddyd
      1:12 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      I wish he would let the guys run a fastbreak instead of holding them back and micro managing the offense. Dribbling for 27 seconds and then passing to Herro or PJ for a bailout shot is bad offense.



    • RealCatsFan
      7:33 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Catfan4ever, your are full of what your avitar produces.



  2. syrin23
    9:04 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Did you try BENCHING Hagans? Did you try putting in EJ or Nick to protect the rim on all those drives for lay ups in the second half? Did you run any plays to get Herro open looks? Did you try moving Herro onto someone else defensively?



    • Lip Man 1
      9:28 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      And the frustrating thing is that next March again we’ll be talking about bad free throw shooting. Seems like every NCAA Tournament recently bad free throw shooting is killing UK in big, big games.

      Yet nothing gets done to fix it.



    • Soylentbeans
      9:46 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Cant really practice not choking ft’s in big games. This team was not a bad ft team.



    • SGD
      10:17 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Cal’s line I’m sure is they are going. That is his way of saying he can’t coach during the game. What did Tubby say, play with emotion but don’t be emotional. Cal, coach with emotion but don’t be emotional. Otherwise you make the same stupid mistakes you always make and then blame the players.



    • SGD
      10:47 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      “They are young”



    • Rixter
      9:34 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      I signed in to say this, you beat me to it: we were running their guards off the 3-point line, they were simply taking it to the basket for easy layups. Cal didn’t try putting shot blockers at the rim.



    • I miss Kyle Macy
      9:35 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Amen



    • bosch8184
      9:40 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Perfectly said.



    • Matt10
      10:10 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Well Nick came in, made one mistake and so obviously had to sit the rest of the game.



    • KYCat4EVER
      11:11 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      SPOT IN syrin23! But not too loud..,

      A very small contingency of BBN are still taking Coach Calipari’s advice a pretending we actually WON today… just like how we beat Seton Hall earlier in the year…

      You know who they are? Ya know… the same absolute uneducated and gullible minority on here who still actually believe Coach Calipari belongs at UK? They don’t criticize or hold him accountable! They have no knowledge of UKs history! So don’t post things too loudly…

      They may hear what your saying and end up seeking mental help tomorrow for the denial they’ve been in since Coach Process arrived”….

      GO BIG BLUE !



    • dballrb
      3:04 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Did you try coaching a level just below the NBA?



  3. calicat5
    9:07 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    We’ve seen this story before. You do you though, Coach.



  4. BigolBlue
    9:08 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Overrated duh duh duhduduh. Cant win the big ones that matter. Everyone pats cal on the back for mediocracy



    • KatFan48
      9:43 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Sooo glad I found you lilolchicken. You may not know but the #1 overall seed with, in your eyes, the greatest coach ever just lost to an inferior team from the Big Ten of all things. You can have my help spreading the word. THE SKY IS FALLING. THE SKY IS FALLING



    • KYCat4EVER
      11:13 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      SPOT ON again BigolBlue…



    • Skooms
      11:01 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Spot on again Katfan!



  5. ScoggDog
    9:09 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Good God – I’ll give KSR credit – they’re showing more effort in trying to change the narrative than Cal ever does in changing his game plan.

    You know – just throw out some new thread every five minutes or so. Rinse and repeat. At some point, the narrative will change as well.

    You can’t tell me that the entire KSR Cabal isn’t talking – and throwing up thread after thread after thread to try and diffuse the fan frustration with this debacle.

    And y’all used to make fun of Jurich.



    • StillBP
      9:28 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Most of the fan base is happy to have Cal and happy he has us competing every year. The ksr comment section doesn’t represent a majority of the fan base, all the cry babies come out when we lose. Most of the fan base actually has sense and understands that it’s not easy to win a championship, even if you have the best coach (right, Duke fans?) Oh and we’d still make fun of Jurich had he not been run out of college basketball for being a dirty cheater.



    • KYCat4EVER
      11:32 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      YOU ARE the minority StillBP… FIRE CALIPARI!



    • kingbing
      7:34 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      You are a dick!



    • BigolBlue
      9:28 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly!!!!ive been saying this for a while. M Jones tells all his people to worship Cal. He is the biggest Hypocrite ever



    • BigolBlue
      9:30 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Bp still saying the “majority”. Just like jones. You guys are gullable. The majority thinks cal us an underachiever you blue tinters are the minority



    • syrin23
      9:42 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Coach K squeaks out a title every now and then between major choke jobs, usually with the assistance of the NCAA seeding and refs.



    • henderblue
      9:43 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      BP you’re right on the money!! Agree with everything you said



    • bosch8184
      9:45 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Amen. Been calling it Kalipari Sports Radio for two years now.



    • Blue Bill
      8:02 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Oh here’s scogdog the troll. He’s back…… thought you’d died and gone away.



    • Skooms
      11:04 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      No you doom and gloomers are STILL the minority. Prove me wrong. I’ll be waiting.



  6. KYWildCatsFan
    9:11 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    How about getting Hagans the hell out of the game? He played terrible. Immanuel deserved to be in that game.



  7. DagummitLarry
    9:11 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Most of the game our players kept a 3 feet buffer between their respective opponent . When that happens, and you’re playing man
    to man, a speedy point guard will get easy drives to the bucket. Hands out defense and intense pressure would have made Auburn make more mistakes Use the talent and athleticism that you have wisely.



  8. chrislarkey
    9:15 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Cals a great coach

    We blew a chance at #9
    Johnson should not get drafted nor should Hagans



  9. Truth_Hurts
    9:19 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    I know y’all are pissed we lost, but just stop. Cal is a good coach. No one is going to win it every year. Very often not even the best team wins. It’s a 6 game tournament that about anything can happen. Cal gets us a lot of good opportunities. We’ve been to the Elite 8, 7 out of 10 years. Compare his record to anyone else. Shut up.



    • calicat5
      9:37 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Uh. I’ll compare it. Worse than Coach K, Roy Williams and Jay Wright. It’s ALL about titles.



    • Rixter
      9:38 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      let’s hang some Elite Eight banners!!



    • syrin23
      9:44 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      In twenty years, the ONLY thing will look at is how many titles we have. No one will care if we got bumped in the first round or title game. Do you remember the Buffalo Bills being good? Probably not because they NEVER won the title. It’s all that matters in the end.



    • Truth_Hurts
      10:46 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      You obviously remember them being good. You brought up the bills. Coach K hasn’t made a final Four since 2015. Cal will win more titles. He gives us a lot of opportunities like I said. When you get to the Elite 8 all the teams are really good. Out of all these years total we only have 8 championships and were 2nd. Y’all need to get some perspective.



    • KYCat4EVER
      11:36 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Mark this down Truth!

      UK will not win another NCAA Championship with Coach PROCESS CALIPARI as our coach… not going to happen!

      He is overrated and under achieving… PERIOD!

      Even national sports casters speak on it!

      GO BIG BLUE!



    • sharpshooter81
      11:39 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      I am not a betting man Truth, but I will gladly bet you that Cal doesn’t win more titles than Coach K. Cal will be very very lucky to win one more before he retires or moves on. The only thing I wish Cal would do is to re-evaluate his approach and consider working more on shooting in practice than his “team concepts”. To be a great coach you have to be willing to change.



  10. C.A.T.S.
    9:26 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Part of me wanted him to go EJ, PJ, Reid, Keldon, Herro as a line up. This was supposed to be our best shooting team but we had an off night. We didn’t play through our strengths. I love that we have Calipari. I always have. He fits this job and handles about everything pretty well. Who else would we get? UK may never be as fun as these last 9 years have been. Let’s not forget the Gillispie years. Let’s not forget Tubby’s lackadaisical tourney appearances. What we have with Cal is pretty special.



    • BigolBlue
      9:31 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      1 title in 20 years. You think Bills fans were happy in the early 90s losing all the super bowls? We dont hang elite 8 banners



    • C.A.T.S.
      10:01 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Cal’s only responsible for 9 of those years and the title you refer to. Go be a Duke fan if you are that worried about it. This was a fun season all in all. Remember these are 19 year olds for the most part, also you are supposed to be entertained by this…. So what if they don’t win the title every year….. When they win that title all you’re going to do is buy a couple shirts and beat your chest a little more than you probably already do…. Years like this make actually winning a title that much more meaningful. I want them to win #9 too, but I can guarantee that no one is a better fit here than Calipari.



    • KYCat4EVER
      5:17 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Hey C.A.T.S.
      YOU may call this a fun season
      YOU may call this coach a great fit…

      But you obviously are rooting for the Bobcats, Tigers, Bengals, Tabby cats, or possibly Northwestern or Arizona????

      But we are KENTUCKY WILDCATS..,

      And as Joe Hall once said it..

      “We have fun winning National Championships and hanging banners here”…

      Obviously… I this was NOT a “FUN YEAR” for any REALLY EDUCATED KENTUCKY WILDCAT fan…. unless you don’t know much about the university of Kentucky!

      FIRE CALIPARI!

      GO BIG BLUE!



    • C.A.T.S.
      8:00 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Who are you putting there…..? You’re so educated tell me who we are getting…… I get you’re angry. But…. Three HOF coaches lost this weekend….. Our is one of them….. Who you getting? I hope you call into the show today so I can burn you to the ground.



    • kmart2129
      8:11 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      @KYCat4EVER remind me again how many championships Joe B Hall won in his 13 seasons at UK



  11. Larkin123
    9:30 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    EJ was needed in sopts



    • Wade
      9:35 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed



    • syrin23
      9:46 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      I agree, and his lack of development along with Nick was one of the biggest disappointments in a long time. If our crazy athletic seven footers ever developed, we win.



  12. drew_123
    9:35 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Except benching hagans or calling timeout.



  13. backwaterd
    9:41 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Kemba Walker, “won’t watch tape of Wisconsin”, leaving Hagans in the whole game practically, etc. The kids gave their all, played hard. Cal is notorious for yanking a player after a miscue, why not today? “Playing through it”???? How about getting the kid out of the game and giving him some coaching, adjustments, or let him get his head together. Cal plays not to lose in big games, instead of putting a foot on pedal when your up 10. Cal has great qualities, winning big games is not one of them. He does not adjust, he gets out coached. If Auburn had played a good game, they would have beat us by 20. Hagans got outplayed by his opponent and Cal did absolutely nothing to help him or stop it.

    Tubby Smith – 1 national championship
    John Calipari – 1 national championship

    Which coach has had the most talent? It’s not even close!



    • syrin23
      9:46 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      I made this point too. You DON’T “Play through it” in the game to get to the FF. This is NOT a player development game.



    • mikeblank
      10:44 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      The “John Calipari = 1 title” “Tubby Smith=1 title” quote is hilarious Tubby won a title with Rick’s leftovers and Never did anything in the NCAA tournament with his own players although he had great teams they never went very far while Tubby was Coaching plus the game has changed a lot from the Tubby era to now. Yea we have great talent year in and year out with all our highly ranked FRESHMEN but winning the championship isn’t easy the best team of the season rarely wins it. Meaning the #1 overall seed but Cal has us in the hunt almost always and he’s a great fit at UK most coaches couldn’t handle the pressure here or the fans but sometimes it’s not the coach losing the games you ever think that Cal went 0-0 this tourney on his FTs! I love our team as well as our coach and we had a great year just fell short of our goal which is to win the title every year!!! When Cal is gone he’ll be missed the excitement he brings to this team every year with his recruiting and putting us in the conversation with a chance to win it almost every year is amazing I hope he’s here another 10yrs although I know he want be but to all the haters/ nay sayers your all wrong Cal will win another title while at Kentucky before he’s done remember that screen shot it whatever yes I said it! #BBN for life Go Cats!!!



  14. bosch8184
    9:43 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Jesus Christ KSR even Baghdad Bob is getting a little embarrassed for you guys at this point.



    • syrin23
      9:47 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Baghdad Bob has one less title than Cal



  15. Tango98
    9:50 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Except put Quickley in….Hagans and FT shooting killed us. I love Hagans, but Quickley deserved the minutes. Hagans made a couple nice plays but overall he was not on his game. Never came close to the defensive stopper we saw for a few weeks in Jan. Uugghhh! Go Cats!



    • UKBlue52
      10:07 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      I am curious as to why Herro never made it to the FT stripe today? Every interview given by Cal through the NCAA emphasized they trained for March. If that was the case, why didn’t some primary mistakes up to then be corrected, i.e 3 point shooting, FTs. FTs has haunted the CATS for many years during the NCAA. Most of these freshmen are not prime time players for the NBA. All should return for more “training”. Game with Auburn next year at Auburn will be very interesting!

      I would love to see more players recruited in the style that Texas Tech has today. They have certainly been a fun team to watch. Go CATS, as they say, wait until next year.



  16. calicat5
    9:55 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    This. Is. Coaching. Why is this so hard to understand? How many times have you seen choke in big games under Cal? WVU comes to mind. UCONN. Wisconsin. Oh, Wisconsin. Last year. This Year. What am I missing?



    • UKBlue52
      10:14 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      I am curious as to why Herro never made it to the FT stripe today? Every interview given by Cal through the NCAA emphasized they trained for March. If that was the case, why didn’t some primary mistakes up to then be corrected, i.e 3 point shooting, FTs. FTs has haunted the CATS for many years during the NCAA. Most of these freshmen are not prime time players for the NBA. All should return for more “training”. Game with Auburn next year at Auburn will be very interesting!

      I would love to see more players recruited in the style that Texas Tech has today. They have certainly been a fun team to watch. Go CATS, as they say, wait until next year. Oh, I cannot say enough about how PJ performed, he laid it all on the line for the team. He would be a great asset for next year’s team if he decided to return.



    • mikeintn
      10:23 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      A brain?



    • backwaterd
      10:23 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Couldn’t agree more!



    • KYCat4EVER
      5:19 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      SPOT ON calicat5



  17. backwaterd
    10:07 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Forgot that one!!!! Thx terrible talent on that team



  18. backwaterd
    10:20 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Here is how we fix this……

    Cal, head coach, ceo of recruiting, day to day operations, and public relations.
    That is his greatness.

    1. Fork out 7 figures for a coach to run the offense.
    “The Dribble Drive Offense is a myth, doesn’t exist, if it does someone please break it down for me”

    2. Cal runs defense, with another assistant coach.

    This might work, I would be excited!



  19. maximumscott
    10:26 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    TURNOVERS.PERIOD.



  20. bigblue2284
    10:28 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Cals coaching style is out dated. He won’t press, play zone or recruit shooters. I’m so tired of boring stall ball, nothing different than Tubby ball except Tubby actually pressed once in a while.



  21. VirginiaCat
    10:43 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Backwaterd: You are stealing my thunder. I have been saying for years that Cal needs to focus on those things that he does really well, like PR, recruiting, etc. Leave the bench coaching to a true X and O guy. Cal needs to do a little self examination and realize that bench coaching, particularly in high pressure games, is not his forte. He has learned a lot over the years through osmosis, but he is not a great bench coach. He might not like relinquishing control, but it would be best for the program.



  22. makeitstop
    10:45 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    If ur blaming Cal for the loss u just don’t know basketball. Rule 1: young men make mistakes; Rule 2: Coaches can’t change Rule 1. I’ve complained about not taking a TO at the end when we were in disarray. That’s a coach’s call. Not replacing Hagans? Fair criticism. But u say the game passed him by u genuinely don’t know what ur talking about. His 10 year record is the best in the business. U want to cite Jay Wright? Great coach. 2 titles. How many second weekend runs? Elite 8’s? Same for Roy, Mike, Mike, Billy Donovan – name anyone. Cal’s streak of 37 straight wins w a lead at halftime was snapped today… just like the guy he was tied with, John Wooden. One title was flat out stolen. U know that, yet u cite it as evidence he can’t win. One final four was stolen – same guy – u cite that. Both led to the second title of Duke and UNC. Get a life. He’s not a perfect coach, nor was Rupp, nor was Wooden, or Saban or Bryant or Lombardi or Belichick. U are in the HoF by being right most the time, winning 85% of the time. Bruce Pearl did a great job w his guys today but WE got the pace we wanted. We just turned the ball over too much; missed one too many 3’s; missed1 too many FT to win in regulation . That’s not coaching. It’s platers making plays. Ask Duke. Ask UNC. Ask Villanova. 3 teams sitting at home w us next week.



    • bigblue2284
      11:06 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Your missing the point. Cal is the one who declared UK the gold standard, hanging banners and recruiting the best of the best. Don’t get pissed off when fans expect banners if that’s the bar Cal set himself. If you want to bring up his record in the tournament over guys like Jay Wright it’s disingenuous not to mention the obvious talent advantage he has had over everyone including coach K. Anyone who isn’t wearing blue tinted glasses can see Cal can’t make a final four without overwhelming talent, talent he can’t recruit anymore since Orlando left town.



    • The Big Lebowski
      11:33 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Cal is the guy who gets paid 9 Million Dollars a year. He creates the team. He recruits the players. He coaches them up.

      Why would he not be responsible for the final product?

      That’s just idiotic.

      I wish I had a job where I could blame my losses on everyone else and make millions of dollars. It seems the more money one is paid, the less one is responsible for results.



    • makeitstop
      8:38 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Actually recruiting is part of the job – the part Tubby hated. He got the second best class in the country. If u expect the best class every year, ur just not reasonable. K had the best class (ever) and went out yesterday, too. The gold standard means the best. We hv been to more FF and EE and Sweet 16 than anyone else. But we won’t win every year anymore than the Yankees or the Patriots or… well, no one else has dominated their sport like those two, and us, since the Wizard of Westwood retired. I hate losing too. But I try to hv rational reactions and the fire Cal crowd is composed of the a) delusional, b) well intended but unreasonable and c) trolls who want to hurt the program. It’s like reacting like the Russians want u to, u realize that’s what UL and Duke and KU and others would like, right? For us to get rid of Cal. Not that’s going to happen, it won’t. But the dialogue itself hurts the program. Go ahead and complain but if it’s based on records u can’t rebut what I said above except to say “talent” – well they ALL had talent. Villanova’s last team had, what 3 first rounders and a lottery pick?



  23. jaws2
    11:03 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    makeitstop you are waaaaay to logical to be on this site!



  24. jaws2
    11:04 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    Oh, and why doesn’t the reply button work for me? Been that way for a week now.



    • bigblue2284
      11:11 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      Duke, Villanova and UNC all more successful than UK since 2009 btw, bad example.



  25. Mc12
    11:14 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    The last 10-15 seconds on a rebound the team was absolutely lost. I was screaming to call a timeout and settle them down. Just like the seton hall game. Get the attention of someone and call a timeout there. Help your young team that’s lost.

    Also, why not get Reid the ball more on the block? Whatever. If we don’t get a standout front court player next year we are toast. The one and done is tough. You need continuity especially at the point especially if you aren’t getting the elite one and done players and they still go pro. It’s a tricky problem. Almost a lottery



  26. tncatrn
    11:23 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    So at what point are some of u idiots satisfied….a four final fours in 10 years…conference championships left and right. The tournament is full of random crap happening….that’s why no one has a perfect bracket. Find another sport to watch if you cant handle the tournament and the wrenches it throws into some of your pitiful outlooks… I am 35 years old and the best basketball I have ever seen since 96 and 98 consistently rolls through the doors almost every year under Cals watch. So piss off and let the the real fans have this sight if u dont like it. Morons like BigOlManboobsBlue want to gripe and complain about a site he continues to comment on….epitome of idiot in action. There is a reason the comments section here gets called a bunch of retards by people i hear talking about KSR…there are some good people and fans here….but they unfortunately have to swim in a pool of losers to get to say anything
    ..sad really…



    • The Big Lebowski
      11:28 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

      lol

      Whining about the whining.

      What will satisfy? A team that doesn’t lose due to free throws? Another Final Four?

      Success at Kentucky is measured in Final Fours and Championships. Like Calipari says; “If you can’t handle the pressure, maybe this isn’t the place for you.”



  27. CaliCat
    11:39 pm March 31, 2019 Permalink

    That was a tough loss. As in many games this tournament, it came down to a few plays and breaks. Sadly, we just couldn’t get it done. I’m disappointed but still love my team and coach.



  28. kywildcat_96
    12:04 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    He tried everything he knew. Unfortunately adjustments during a game aren’t one of those things.



  29. Glock
    1:40 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    I thought the downfall started in the 1st half when Baker went in, three times immediatly afterwards Auburn drove and scored….11 pt lead to five or six, the rest of the the AU hung tough and gotbtheir confidence and shots started falling. Baker couldnt have guarded me today.



    • makeitstop
      8:40 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      That is a fact. And Cal said afterwards he had to leave Hagans in partly bc Baker got beat so much, then fouled a 3 pt shooter.



  30. Glock
    1:51 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Hagans doesnt even look to drive for a layup at the rim. Harper did what PGs sre suppose to do…drive until you get cutoff then pass. Hagans doesnt seem to understand there is a rim about 3 feet from him sometimes . He just dribbles in and throws it back out or turns it over. With his size and athleticism he should shoot 7-8 layups per game and maybe 8-10 FTs by getting fouled on drives. If Cal cant see that then he should go coach rec ball. Herro ? I don’t have a clue what happened to him today. Lost out there. Keldon was a brick machine, plsys hard, just toooooo inconsistent……well at lesst we dont have to look at Brad for a while…..got sick of the spoiled little brat. Earned not given…..



    • syrin23
      2:00 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      And the few times he does, he finishes poorly. One of the worst finishers at the rim that we’ve had in quite some time. At least Herro took himself out of the game.



  31. Bird88
    6:55 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Some of you people are complete morons! Since when is seven out of ten elite 8s, four final fours, national runner up and 1 national championship mediocrity?!? Joe B hall only won one and everyone treasures him, Rupp is a legend but it was a lot easier to win back in those days. We could win a title once every two years and there would still be idiots saying it isn’t good enough. Was Cal perfect that game, no but nothing was. There were several reasons we lost. How bout some moron fan, probably one of the ones that dog Cal making fun of their injured player and Auburn using that as fuel the whole game? At the end of the day the players that a coach only has so much control over were completely underwhelming besides one or two guys. Auburn played harder with a bigger will to win than our guys and guess what? They won.



  32. mcp157
    7:18 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Cal is practically perfect for this crazy atmosphere in BBN! Hard to beat a team 3 straight, even with better talent. Keep plugging away Cal the other title(s) will come at some point and eventually after you are gone your era will be missed.



  33. CahillsCrossingNT
    7:46 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    They could hold this NCAA Tournament 100 times, and Kentucky wouldn’t win it once. No team that failed to get to the SEC Championship game had ever made a Final Four, and it was obvious to me this team wouldn’t either, let alone win a championship. This team overachieved.



    • Bird88
      10:13 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      It’s obvious to me that the sec has never been this good. No UK team has ever had to play a 2 seed from the big tourney in semis of the conference tourney! So everything you said is horse shit!



  34. RealCatsFan
    8:29 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Let me start this by saying I was so pissed yesterday that the dog ran and hid from me – I had to make it up to her later with a treat. I was pissed that we squandered a great chance at another FF, and I was pissed at Cal for some of the same reasons others are – for bullheadedly refusing to play IQ in place of Hagans, for not playing Nick or EJ at all in the second half, for not finding a way to get Herro open, etc.

    But the sun came up this morning. I am still disappointed, but now I have a chance to step back and assess things.

    This should be labeled the troll thread, because it is an absolute invitation for some of the cockroaches to crawl out of the cracks of UK fandom and whine. So predictable. If UK had won a lot of you would be no where to be found on this site to congratulate the Cats. Cal has his shortcomings, but a lot of you would not be happy no matter who we have as our coach. We could clone Adolph Rupp and you would bitch about losing to UCLA or Texas Western. Do you realize that after that last title he won in 58, he went 14 years without winning another? Hall had some absolutely super teams that came home empty handed. Yeah, Pitino was an absolute master, but there was that inbounds play that he didn’t guard, and he should have made an adjustment in the 97 title game. And that loss to UNCheat in 95 was probably his fault too. 😉

    I really hope Cal learns from this and changes some things, but he is pretty set in his ways. He has said that having Reid opened his eyes to the importance of a steady elder on the team, so hopefully he will bring in another quality grad transfer. And I hope that PJ set an example for some of our other freshmen that maybe 2 or even 3 years is a better path to the NBA (looking at you, Tyler). But fire Cal? Are you an absolute freaking idiot? Good luck with that coaching search. If you didn’t learn anything after the BCG fiasco, I have no hope for you.



    • makeitstop
      8:51 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Thank u for being rational. U got it from here lol, I’m tired! Seriously, what people are missing is that the game plan basically DID work. We held them to 7 3’s for the whole game, and 60 points in regulation (OT was a nightmare). He said “we’re going to hv to hit 7-8 threes ourself. If they had hit one more, we win in regulation. He was ok w their guards driving. That was the plan. Defensively we did what we needed. We outrebounded them. We just missed shots. Guarded and unguarded. What’s the “adjustment” everyone calls for to fix missed shots?? It’s like a play for 3rd and 30… there isn’t one. If u don’t hit, they beat u. The game plan actually worked well we just couldn’t shoot. Sitting Hagans night hv helped and maybe fresh legs in OT would’ve helped bc they were gassed but this one is on the kids who couldn’t hit anything and IQ was missing every shot, too. We had one guy hitting from the floor and that guy couldn’t hit from the line. John Wooden couldn’t game plan past that.



    • tncatrn
      9:34 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Well said



  35. tncatrn
    9:32 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    You can call it what you want man. I do not care. This isnt about handling pressure. It’s about a section of a fanbase that completely destroys the reputation of the whole because they cant seem to temper their rediculous expectations. Reality is that we have always been one of the most successful programs around, and at no point have we been as successful as we have been in the last ten years outside of Rupps run through the 40s and 50s….and the way basketball was played then vs now…that isnt even a comparison that can be made. Four final fours in 10 year, that’s almost one every 2nd or 3rd year. How can ANY fan complain about that…if u do I seriously pitty your overall outlook on the quality of your own lives. How do you get yourselves up every morning and even function…there is always next year. Get some perspective



    • tncatrn
      9:36 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

      Was a reply to The Big Lebowski



  36. CMH23
    10:26 am April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Not subbing in EJ or Nick for the entire second half makes PJ and Travis a little slower and takes a few inches off their jump. Not giving them a breather makes it impossible for them to muster enough energy for a late game spurt. At what point in the season or in the tourney did we ever win with tired horses? Same coaching mistake as when he dismantled the platoon system in the tourney in favor of a tired rotation. He gets scared in big games and tries to play conservative instead of coaching to his players training. Trust the process to the end Cal…have the same TRUST in EJ and Nick that you ask us to have in you. Thank you BBN



  37. dballrb
    10:55 pm April 1, 2019 Permalink

    Damn everyone! Just a couple years back UNC hit a last second 3 to win the regional. It takes the right blend of talent, I.Q.Right players playing in the right spot, etc.. We B fine..!!!!



  38. wes18122
    7:31 pm April 2, 2019 Permalink

    HahahhhahHahah! So happy about the LifeTime contract! Now there is no excuse, all you posers who wrote your filth on this comment section can officially STOP being KY fans! We don’t want you! Good Riddance! #BBN