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John Calipari is “Sick” After Sweet 16 Loss

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Like the rest of the Big Blue Nation, it was a rough morning for John Calipari.  After the Kentucky coach had time to kick off the cobwebs, he collected his thoughts to share this message to UK fans on Twitter:

I woke up this morning feeling as sick as I did last night after that game. This is going to hurt for a while for all of us. The players took it as hard as any team I’ve had when it ends.

What they accomplished this year can never be taken away. To play like they played all year – coming together, battling through adversity, continuing to work every day and representing all of us the way they did – is truly amazing.

It’s hard for us to see the forest through the trees right now, but each of these kids gave everything they had, including in a game last night when we weren’t playing at our best. And we still had a chance to win!

As a coach and as a fan, all you can ask is that they give their very best and that they do it as a team. This team tried to do that all year. Losing stinks, but I’m proud of each and every one of them.

He’s right, losing stinks.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

107 Comments for John Calipari is “Sick” After Sweet 16 Loss



  1. KYJelly
    11:17 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    The hardest thing about the loss last night is that, even with everything that happened, we were the better team. If PJ hits free throws at his normal clip, we win. If Shai “ice in his veins” Gilgeous-Alexander doesn’t have an off night, we win. If one of the worst 3-pt shooting teams doesn’t hit 46% against one of the best 3-or defenses, we win. I think these kids have fought all year, the way they never gave up, even in games they were down, is admirable.



  2. KYJelly
    11:20 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Before the tournament, most of my friends said they’d be satisfied with the season if they made it to the Sweet 16, but they also thought they wouldn’t get past Arizona. The way the chips fell, it turned into being disappointed without getting to the Final 4. Maybe it would’ve been better if we had ran into Arizona or Virginia and lost, I certainly don’t think it would’ve hurt this much.



    • symphonist41169
      12:05 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Bullsh*it. All season-ending tournament losses hurt equally.



    • KYJelly
      12:51 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      If you don’t expect to win, it defo hurts less than when you expect to be playing the next game



    • sprtphan
      2:19 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Agree.



    • syrin23
      1:31 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      I agree, because we didn’t get beat by K. State, we choked it away. We are clearly the better team. I wonder if Cal typed that up while inside the coaches box because his ARROGANT f’ing technical hurt the hell out of us.



    • catsarerunnin
      4:29 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Arrogant lol? Pot meet kettle.



    • JerryDamage
      2:00 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      All season ending losses do NOT hurt equally. Robert Morris did not hurt nearly as bad as Wisconsin. The loss 2 years ago to IU did not hurt worse than that loss to UNC last year. Some hurt worse than others. It doesn’t mean we don’t care more or less, just that some situations are better at getting an emotional response out of you than others are.



  3. BallDontLie
    11:24 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    If we get the right guys to return this loss wont bother me as much. To steal a final 4 would have been nice, but this was never a team that had any business winning a championship. If we get the right guys back then next year we will be one of the favorites. And by right guys, im thinking of a guy like washington, maybe vando. Having a 2nd year Terrence Jones and D lamb, or the twins and a 3rd year willie is so much different than a 2nd year richards or a guy like wenyen. No offense to those guys but just not on same level. Not all returnees are created equal and a 2nd year isn’t going to turn Richards into an all american. But if we lose more than we should to the draft or europe or wherever, next year will look like this one just with a couple guys who can shoot a little better. That would be hard to stomach. 10 loss teams shouldnt lose a bunch of players to draft. Shai, Knox and diallo (just because i think he has his mind made up, like a briscoe or the twins where he doesnt care about projections) but anything past that and to me, that would be an example of a flawed approach to building a roster.



    • makeitstop
      11:38 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Totally agree apart from Richards. He needs a year, and IF he works and gains strength he’s a good ball player. And seriously he can’t see… no one has that bad eye hand.



  4. Based God
    11:24 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    I’m proud of them and of Coach Cal. They were both off last night (Cal more than the players IMO), but I’m not mad about it. It happens to all of us. It was a good season considering how bleak the outlook was in January. It’s not like Kentucky is going anywhere. We’ll be back.

    Now somebody beat Duke and Kansas, and I’ll be satisfied.



  5. loosey101
    11:33 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    This is the third time in the last four seasons that we’ve heard the ‘sick’ line. It’s actually kind of astonishing when you think about the bad luck Kentucky has had in the tournament.

    – 2015 38-1 loss to Wisconsin, one that was marred by horrible coaching decisions.
    -2017 loss to UNC on a buzzer beater in the elite 8
    -2018 loss that had everything going against us and again, was marred by a horrible coaching decision.

    We’ve got it good as Kentucky fans, but there comes a point when you have to look yourself in the mirror and say something needs to change. These things below have not changed since the 2014 title game loss.

    -proper pick n roll/pop defense
    -free throw importance
    -timeouts when neccessary

    I’m just beat up inside, each year we start over because of our greatest strength and weakness (one and dones).

    Here’s to next year…



    • wildcatmama
      12:08 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Agree. Now everything is about getting players to the NBA. What about the NCAA????? That is what Kentucky fans want. National Championship banners. He practically throws freshmen out the door when the season is over. It’s getting very old with me.



    • Lip Man 1
      12:24 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Well said…

      They lost three games this year by three points or less and missed 26 free throws in them.

      The last two NCAA losses have been by a combined five points and they missed 22 free throws in those games.

      The 2014 title game was lost to UConn by six points and they missed 13 free throws in that game.

      “I’m sick” too coach. But you are the only one who is in a position to do something about it. Maybe it’s time to start emphasizing some things even though you seem to not want to based on historical facts.



    • TWhite
      12:26 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      I know I’m going to get flamed for this, but I don’t think Ulis and Booker should have been in over the twins against Wisconsin. Booker was getting flat out abused by Sam Dekker. But everybody always complains that he should have gone with Booker and Ulis and blame that decision on us losing.



    • bosch8184
      12:40 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      In the UNC game he went to a 1-4 clear out set for Fox in the last 3-4 minutes we hadn’t run one effing time all year and I think we scored once out of it, but perhaps 0 times. Everyone stood around and watched a bad shoot be chucked up. Rinse and god damn repeat.

      When we didn’t score for 5+ minutes in the first half last night he can’t call time out and draw up a pick and pop or curl for Knox to get us a bucket????? Jesus Christ.



    • syrin23
      1:37 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      He lost his chance for a title at Memphis because of bad clock management and awful FT shooting. The guy doesn’t lose. I don’t believe for one second he is sincere. I think this “I feel awful” is his way of being “one of us” when he could care less about NCAA games, It’s all about the NBA player development. Otherwise Vanderbilt would have played. A month off for a sprained ankle while their player with a broken foot is in the game only 2 weeks into his rehab. Yeah, I am angry and cynical, but this is a patern of behavior at this point. If he really “felt bad” then why doesn’t he learn? Why doesn’t he recruit quality basketball players instead of athletes who can jump and from time to time play basketball? Why does he day he wants to play “fast”, then watch Shai NEVER push the tempo the entire game while LITERALLY walking the f’ing ball up the court instead of using our elite athleticism and size try to get us some fast break looks



    • dakich is stupid
      2:49 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Why why why did Alexander never push the tempo. That was completely opposite of what Cal has been YELLING about all season. Really confused about that.



  6. GeraldFitch
    11:45 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Yea he should be sick considering we pissed that game away. We should have beat that team by 15…..nice play call at the end coach. Theres 5 seconds left and were down by 3 lets throw the ball 60 feet away from the basket and give ourselves one option AFTER we had every opportunity imaginable to pull away. He should be sick.



    • BBNDan7
      11:56 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe you should be the head coach Mr. Anonymous KSR Commenter



    • GeraldFitch
      12:06 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Your wife needs a new head coach – BOOM ROASTED!



    • catsarerunnin
      4:30 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      An idiot can’t boom roast anything.



    • ready4nineNOW
      12:49 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah she does and little Gerald’s wife will be the BEST head coach she could learn from….
      BOOM…SNAP. .



    • syrin23
      1:40 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      The blue bloods can’t handle facts. Wisconsin, IU, West Virginia, K. State , UConn, an NIT year, etc. The post season has been mostly us losing to teams with much less talent than getting beat in a great hard game by a really good team, espcially the last several years.



  7. Daddyof3Ballers
    11:58 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    I’m sick too. I was sick watching us walk the ball up the court. Why didn’t we run on these guys?! Their half court defense was solid, so get in the open court and use our length and athleticism. I know people are going to have a comeback but I was yelling run on rebounds and Cal was screaming hold up. Pregame our goal should have been run over this team but it appears our strategy was to make it a half court grind out game (which is what they wanted and wouldn’t benefit us).



    • syrin23
      1:42 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Preach it brother. I said the same thing all night long. “TAke your time Shai! We’re up by 30 with 4 minutes to go. Eat some more clock”. WTF?!?!? If we run, they will blow a coverage at some point and let us get some good looks that we weren’t getting. Andrew Harrison did the same f’ing thing, and Call tells us he wants to play “fast”. So BENCH SHAI when he walks up the court.



    • catsarerunnin
      4:31 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Oh I’m sure you would have drained the three….



  8. wildcatmama
    12:06 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    He should be sick. We’re all sick. I’m sick and tired of him telling freshmen there’s no place on the team for you next season. He tells them to go to the NBA. When did we become all about the NBA and not about hanging championship banners. I know KSR always does their “Cats in the NBA” articles, but it’s supposed to be about winning games for the University of Kentucky. That’s what I want Cal to do. Win championships for Kentucky.



    • jim tom
      1:04 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Uh did you not watch the SEC championship game this year. Last time I checked we won. That is a championship. Were not going to the final four every year, much less win it. That is reality,



    • J-Dub421
      1:20 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Go cheer for U of L, they almost never put anyone in the NBA, so you’ll get your wish.



    • syrin23
      1:44 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Jim Tom sets his sites low and accepts mediocrity. SEC tournamnet winners. That’s why we pay Cal millions. To win the tournament no one cares about and Cal openly hates.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:10 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      One more time for the mod bot:

      I wish some people could see how dumb they look while complaining about Cal’s performance as UK’s coach. Please, just stop. We all hate it that our team lost last night, but it’s time to act like big boys and girls and get over it. Cal is literally the most successful basketball coach UK has ever had over the amount of time he has been here. It’s sad that somebody has to break it down for you like that, but there you go.



    • Al B. Frank
      2:19 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      I’m glad some of you think you know everything, but what exactly do you think Cal has to gain from putting guys in the NBA? Nothing. The only thing he gains are: 1) It helps him continue to be able to recruit the best players so he can WIN GAMES. 2) It helps him to better the lives of kids AFTER THE SEASON ENDS that he has grown close to.

      You think Cal doesn’t care about winning titles? Talk to current and/or former players. They will set you straight in a heartbeat. Why do you think you constantly hear the jokes about Cal “holding them back”? It’s because at Kentucky, they are expected to sacrifice individual stats for the good of the team to help WIN GAMES.

      Any idiot who thinks Cal only cares about putting players in the league, and not winning games AND TITLES at Kentucky is just that, an idiot. Of course he celebrates the kids reaching their dreams. Why do you think we continue to get top caliber players? Remember the Gillispie years? He didn’t care about anything but winning games. How did that work out?



  9. ky wildcat fan
    12:07 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    I wish more people cared about how extremely boring these games are because of all the fouls.I dont think there was more then 2 trips in a row where there wasn’t 1 called all game



  10. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    12:31 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    This doesnt really matter but was that the first game Cal doesnt wear a tie on the sidelines this year? Wondered that before the game.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:08 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      He had a pullover jacket in the WVU game.



  11. jytruebluefan
    12:32 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    He should be sick because that was one of the worst coached games if not the worst by Cal. That possession down 2 with 15 sec left was the worst thing I’d ever seen. You have all freshman call a dang timeout. This goes all on Cal. He had done a great job coaching this team up the past few weeks but had a horrible coaching game last night. Why were we walking it up every possession against that defense, why did we just totally forget Knox was in the game the last 3 min, and why did we run a play for Wenyen that was one of the sloppiest plays I’ve ever seen. Actually calling the timeout with 5 sec was probably when he should’ve let it go. I’m sick of this.



    • Lip Man 1
      12:58 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Remember he said the same thing about “should have called a time out” after the loss to Tennessee and going to the UK web site and looking up the comments after the title loss to UConn he AGAIN said the same thing, “should have called a time out.”

      “I’m sick” of Cal saying the same stuff over and over again. Admitting he should be doing something but then NOT doing it! Just insane!

      Awful free throw shooting is killing this team in big games time after time after time. Cal does nothing about it thinking guys should figure it out on their own.

      History says they aren’t. Cal needs to swallow his pride, and do some actual teaching and forcing the issue with his clubs on this.



    • syrin23
      1:46 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Yep, and these problems were there when he was at Memphis. That team lost to Kansas because of bad clock management, bad tempo and terirble FT shooting. Sound familiar?



    • Big Meech
      3:57 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      What’s really pathetic is all the so called “BBN” dogging cal like its all his fault. If he calls a to and they lose he can’t coach but if he doesn’t and they lose then he can’t coach. Dude is a hall of famer, the problem is that he is brutally honest about his coaching job and when he makes mistakes. So would u rather him say I called the right play and it wasn’t executed… nonsense. It doesn’t always go your way and the tournament forgives no one if u have a bad game. Our performance on the court wasn’t his fault, it was an off night to a decent team. Now we go home, stop acting like anybody could have done better. That’s not what being a real fan is about



  12. bosch8184
    12:35 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    In the end this year end exactly like the “bad” fans said it would all along: Horrible coaching decisions again, dumb mistakes by freshman, and poor free throw shooting. So piss off.



  13. CoachCat
    12:43 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    No. There were more then a few games that Coach didn’t wear a tie



  14. chrislarkey
    12:46 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    I was sick too. Sic seeing a kid from KState play with a fracture in his foot while we have a player witha 2week old ankle sprain sittin gon the bench,
    Yeah it made me SICK seeing he had no toughness or lack of heart.



    • Bobbum Man
      12:48 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Please let this go, Cal said multiple times Vando wanted to play, quit whining



    • chrislarkey
      1:44 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      If the kid wanted to really play, then he would have. No coach can stop a kid who wants to play.



    • syrin23
      1:47 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      You got to remember, the goal is to win the NBA draft, and a hurt JV hurts the NBA draft. We could have used his energy and willingness to RUN unlike “Let me walk this thing up and turn it over” Shai.



    • henderblue
      2:40 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Idiot



    • J-Dub421
      1:48 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Can Vanderbilt put himself into the game? No? A coach can absolutely stop a kid from playing.



    • Jiminy Crickets
      2:35 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      The biggest Calipari myth is that he plays fast. He actually does not, regardless of what he said as a recruiting pitch on a known open mic against Davidson. Caliparis teams pressure the ball up the court off a rebound, but then predominately pulls ball out to top of circle, and runs a weave before going into offense at about the 15 second mark. Only team that really pressed the hall was Fox/Monk and that’s only because Fox was so fast he couldn’t help it.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:12 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      syrin23 and chrislarkey are in a fierce battle to see who can make the most ridiculous but sincere comment. Too close to call at the moment.



    • henderblue
      2:42 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Gonna be hard to beat syrin23.



    • henderblue
      2:43 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      But they’re both equally stupid and immature at the same time



    • JerryDamage
      2:15 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      If Vanderbilt, aka Vando as you referred, has an injury and the medical staff says he shouldn’t play, then it’s in the best interest of him to not play him. He may want to play, and I’m sure that Vanderbilt wanted to get in there just as bad as we wanted him to be in there, but in the end if it’s not safe for him to be in there, you can’t put him in. Say we played him and he made it worse? Then was it worth it? No, it’s not. At some point you have to care about these kids as human beings and realize that they will have a life after they leave here. Whether that’s this summer or 4 years from now, we should have them setup to be successful no matter what they go into.



  15. Bobbum Man
    12:47 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Going into this tourney if you told me we’d come out with a sweet 16 I’d have been thrilled. But seeing the path to the final four it’s hard to not be upset but K st played their game and the refs ensured there was no pace possible.. 51 fouls in 40 minutes plus TV timeouts and other stoppages etc and we could hardly play basketball in between whistles. They sucked the air out of the game from the get go and made sure it never got going. Not blaming them as there were bad calls all around but it just ruined the game itself. And everyone knocking PJ seems to forget we wouldn’t have even been in the game if not for him, only guy fighting for the team and playing with heart. I wasn’t the biggest fan of his earlier in the season but now I’m really hoping he comes back, he quickly became one of my favorites. Best wishes to those we never see play for UK again, to the others keep ur heads up we should have a better more experienced team next year



    • Willis Wolf Tattoo
      1:59 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Classy post and couldn’t agree more. We just needed a little more production from our role players and it just wasn’t meant to be last night. The only thing I can criticize Cal for is not trying to get Sneed out of the game when he had 3 fouls for 12 minutes of the 2nd half. He was obviously their hot hand and we went on our run when he left the game.



  16. CoachCat
    12:48 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    It’s because it’s not a sprain. He has a hairline fracture.



    • mcp157
      1:11 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Why no walking cast boot then?



    • chrislarkey
      1:45 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      No boot is becasue its a sprain. He dont have a fracture and if he did why not just say it.



  17. bigbluehank
    1:11 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    I hope he feels better for the NBA Draft! It’s his favorite day of the year, after all. And who can blame him? Getting to soak in the limelight while sending some of your basketball farm system players to the NBA has to be a great feeling!



  18. mcp157
    1:14 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Cal consistently shows class and cares greatly for the players. He may not be perfect but I am so happy we have him as our coach.



    • chrislarkey
      1:46 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      yes he does, I will give him credit for that. he promotes our program as well as anyone.



    • syrin23
      1:49 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      When coach K wins the title next year with a team younger than this one, I wonder if you will feel the same way.



    • runningunnin.454
      2:04 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Syrin, do you need a tissure…or a lollipop?



    • runningunnin.454
      2:05 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Make that tissue…you know, one of the ones gentle to your nose.



    • Al B. Frank
      2:14 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      What would Coach K winning the title have to do with our opinion of Calipari? Fact is, Cal is more successful at UK than any coach in our history not named Adolph Rupp. Also, another fact, no way that Coach K would ever come coach at Kentucky, so what’s the point in basing your opinion about Calipari on that?



  19. JerryDamage
    2:04 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    So here’s my impression of the trolls.

    Cal can’t coach. We all know he should have ran a 1-4-3 zone and then switched to Man to Man and then on offense ran the 4 corners. He needs to go. If I was AD, which I should be since I know more than anyone making millions of dollars for this, my first call would be to John Wooden. I mean look at what that man done. He won more than everybody. We need to get better players in. I don’t mean the one and dones or NBA players. I mean guys like Sam Malone and Patrick Sparks. Give me some guys who’ll stay 4 years and can grow. I mean they aren’t as good but it’ll make me feel better and in the end that’s what I really care about instead of the team’s success. But if they get the guys I want and they lose, well you’ll hear about it believe you me!

    Does that sound about like what the general consensus of the trolls are?



    • Al B. Frank
      2:12 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Sounds perfect to me.



    • chief_cat
      4:43 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      That sums it up nicely JD



    • J-Dub421
      4:44 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Yep. The same people who complain about one-and-dones are now saying all our players suck and should leave because they don’t want them anymore.



  20. CatsfaninFL
    2:05 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Man the losses sure bring out the worst fans. It still baffles me that people can’t understand “coach speak”. A good coach ALWAYS takes the blame for a loss. Even if it’s blatantly not his fault he foots the blame because he in charge. Doesn’t matter if a guy shots >20% under his season FT average. Doesn’t matter if your players couldn’t hit the broad side of the barn. Coach. Takes. The. Blame. Secondly, please tell me the difference between Cal NOT calling a TO in 2nd to last possession and calling a TO on the last possession?! People are mad he didn’t on 2nd to last and mad he did on the last one when play didn’t work. Can’t have it both ways. Both ways failed last night.



    • Al B. Frank
      2:11 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly. Why aren’t these experts coaching somewhere? Our fans are embarrassing. I’m seriously disgusted with the lack of class that UK’s so-called fans are showing today.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      2:15 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Its bc all you people kept pushing cal is so great on us and matt saying how horrible these fans are. Cal is bad admit it. Stfu



    • CatsfaninFL
      2:50 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      A) He’s in the Hall of Fame. Pretty sure I shouldn’t have to tell you he’s great. But then again I’m clearly not dealing with the cream of the crop.
      B) You are horrible. But only because you’re a troll.



    • Al B. Frank
      2:22 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Cal has been to more Final Fours during his short time at UK than any coach besides Adolph Rupp. Yes, that includes Joe B. Hall, Tubby Smith, Rick Pitino, etc. Go cheer for a “good” coach. I’m sure UNC fans are over there calling for Ol’ Roy’s head because they are out of the tournament, huh? Everyone knows that BigBlueNationDude is a troll account anyway.



    • Bobbum Man
      2:33 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Imagine if he just came out and blamed all the players lol… trolls are trolls and will whine regardless, we get to watch some of the best players in the country year in and year out… how quickly people forget the Billy G days, I’m still very thankful for Cal being here and wouldn’t trade him for anyone. There’s something to be said about the personality of ur coach and I still think Cal is the perfect man for the job. NCAA championships are very very hard to come by even the best coaches of all time have a hard time coaching a team to 6 straight wins in win or go home circumstances, if you think there’s many if any coaches out there who can do this like Cal does ur foolish. Please, tell me how great coach K is when if he was our coach you’d call for him to be fired everytime we had an early round exit against a garbage team. this is what makes the NCAA tournament so exciting and so heartbreaking at the same time, the unpredictability.



    • CatsfaninFL
      2:59 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly. There are only 2 current head coaches who have more titles than Cal, only 13 all time that have more than Cal, and only 1 UK coach that has more than Cal. If this were easy, everyone wound be doing it. Including the maroons on this page.



  21. runningunnin.454
    2:07 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    I wish all of you coaches extraordinaire would get a coaching gig, and let us know so we can follow you.
    I’m sure you all will be in the HOF in no time.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      2:16 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Please ppl stop saying “expert fan coaches”. Its the only excuse you have. Cal blew it last night. Youve been very quiet runnin. Joker



    • runningunnin.454
      2:29 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Some people have jobs and serve mankind, while you live in momma’s basement. At least, try to coach t-ball before you criticize a HOF coach, and make a fool of yourself.



    • JerryDamage
      2:35 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      T-ball is legit. I’d say try 3-4 year old soccer first. That’s where you really need to start out at.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      4:59 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Runnin says this about everyone. Its his only defense. He is truly hurt everyone is calling his coach out. He loves cal and has posters of him on his wall



  22. BigBlueNationDude
    2:12 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Im sick of him being the coach



    • runningunnin.454
      2:14 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Ha ha ha ha…what are you doing up so early; momma cleaning the basement?



    • Bobbum Man
      2:36 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      I’m sure he’s heartbroken….I’ll still take him over pitino/Mack/any other clown that would actually entertain the UL job in a heartbeat



  23. JerryDamage
    2:33 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Guys, I know what we need. We need to make Brad a player coach. It’s brilliant. He can call the plays from the floor and it’ll be great. Best yet, we can be fan coaches because when he gets the ball, we yell SHHHOOOOOTTTTT, and then he shoots and scores. Since we know more than they do, it’s really the only option we got left at this point.



    • JerryDamage
      2:33 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      And yes, this is sarcastic. I’m just trying to help the trolls out with their next big idea.



  24. Jiminy Crickets
    2:39 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    When Darius Washington missed 2 FTs against Louisville, sending Memphis to the NIT, Calipari was quoted saying “I don’t care about free throws, we don’t practice them, I figure when it counts they will make them”.
    Since then poor FT shooting has likely cost Calipari 4-5 national championships.

    Anyone think Cal will look in mirror and change his approach?? Nope.



  25. sweet wm
    3:15 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Well Kansas State tried their Best to give the game to UK. We just could not take advantage of all openings. Sorry fans



  26. KYjellyRoll
    3:19 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Bad loss. Anxious to see who stays and who goes. Best of luck to them all. Cals players that go to NBA seem to be doing fairly well I’d say



  27. BigBlueNationDude
    3:51 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Cats runnin is sooo mad at defending every negative post. The cal police are in full force today. 1 title. Insane amount of talent. Overpayed. Arrogant. Only cares about nba.



    • chief_cat
      4:58 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, one title in the last nine years. In that same time, Duke and UConn have two, UNC has one, Villanova has one. Kansas has zero, as do Michigan St., Ohio St., Syracuse, UCLA, Wisconsin, Indiana, Florida, Texas, Wichita State, Gonzaga, and the list goes on and on. Louisville was rumored to have one, but where is your banner?
      Fact is that the one-and-done rule, style of play and other things have lead to more parity in college basketball. Perennial favorites will continue to have great talent and good seasons, but it is harder than ever to sustain superiority over the field year after year. Complain all you want about Cal, but he continuously has a team that gets to the tournament and has the chance to win it all. And if the departure from this tourney in the Sweet 16 is bad, what about the losses by Arizona, Virginia, UNC, Michigan State, Gonzaga and others that were touted as favorites by one talking head or another? When you play in a single elimination tourney you are gonna lose years than you win.



    • makeitstop
      6:32 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      chief cat – I agree vis a vis other “blue chip” programs, but Cal’s first 3 years, we went to the Elite 8 all 3 years, Final Four twice, won it once. Next 3 years, we missed the tourney but still went to the Final 4 twice, and championship game twice. The last 3 years have been disappointing. No final fours. One elite 8, one loss the first weekend. Objectively a downward trend, right? And looking in more detail, we underperformed only once, losing to WVU in the Elite Eight on a bad shooting night the first 3 years; we over-performed against expectations in 2014… but then to be honest, in the tourney, 2015 we got beat by a team not nearly as good as us. The last 3 years, same story. Ulis/Murray team had a donut hole bc a recruit didn’t work out as billed, OK, but we were better than IU and lost; last year, we should’ve won that tourney. Fox, Monk, Bam plus a good supporting cast were special. This year, we beat two teams in the tourney who we should’ve beaten and lost to a team we clearly are better than. So, early years: exceeded or met expectations. Last 3 years, pretty disappointing in the tourney, which he SAYS is what the whole season is about. I don’t necessarily agree – SEC championships and games like Kansas and UNC and UCLA and U-6 matter – but that’s Cal’s measure. And by his own measure… meh not so good lately.



  28. SoCalCat
    3:55 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    If nothing else, Cal is consistent. He is a broken record at times, thus his reason’s for losses are usually the same.

    I have to admit that this year’s team grew on me. In the beginning, it was the first year in a while where I didn’t make plans to try and see them play (the dip in home attendance this year seems to be in alignment with me). I really thought the 4 game losing streak meant that the NIT was really as far as this team would go; I wonder whether Cal had similar thoughts given his comments about the team hitting rock bottom. I do give Cal credit for balancing his in game demanding-demeanor to continuing to prod the team along in the media. Also, UK received a tremendous break when Arizona and Virginia lost.

    Given the troubles Cal is having in getting the elite recruits, I wonder if we’re close to the end with Cal as coach. Overall, it will be a sad day when that occurs.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      4:25 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Its coming soon. He has stunk lately. Even the die hard cal lovers will be done soon



  29. bluecrowe
    4:16 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    honest questions not bitching…Why were we not pushing the ball (I think Shai does not feel comfortable doing this and hence Cal stopped asking for him to push it several weeks ago)?

    Once we realized they were just going to hack PJ, why not put Knox on the block with his back to the basket and let him get to the rim? We all know he shoots well from the line.

    I was just curious what you all thought.



    • ClutchCargo
      4:22 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      That’s a good question, but I think you are right about Shai not really being comfortable doing that for whatever reason.



  30. lecantrell
    5:15 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Need the coaching staff and the university to make a shift in focus. Focus on wins and titles instead of an “NBA” prep facility. Would rather have more banners hanging in Rupp as opposed to NBA photos in the basketball facilities.



  31. RICKSVD
    5:32 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    I’m sick too but only make 100k, I think if I was making 5+ I’d be less sick. Sorry, don’t feel bad for you.



    • RICKSVD
      5:34 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Five million plus