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Kentucky’s season ends in the most disappointing way possible

If it felt too good to be true, it’s because it was. Even though the bracket opened up and San Antonio was in sight, Kentucky couldn’t overcome its own mistakes, falling to Kansas State 61-58 in quite possibly the ugliest basketball game ever played.

Many things led to tonight’s loss – Kansas State’s stingy defense, the 51 fouls that were called, Kentucky turning ice cold – but there’s no other place to start than PJ Washington’s 8-20 performance from the free throw line. It really is a shame because PJ did everything else well. He had 18 points, 15 rebounds, three steals and a major, major block in the final minute, but the only thing people will remember from this game are the twelve points he left on the board. Even two of those would have made the difference. Don’t tell him; he knows.

“I didn’t play good at all,” PJ said afterwards. “As you saw, I went 8 for 20 from the line. I feel like if I would have made at least half of those, we would have won the game, so I didn’t play really good.”

Credit to Kansas State. They honed in on PJ’s weakness like a shark to blood, turning the entire second half into Hack-A-PJ. All season, we’ve joked about him going 1-2, but watching PJ deflate after each missed shot was painful. When he finally hit two in a row to pull Kentucky within three with 6:18 left, Catlanta let out a cathartic cheer. When Kevin Knox hit a three on Kentucky’s next possession, hope began to spread. When Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sliced to the basket to give the Cats the lead with 4:04 left, the tide started to turn. Sadly, it wasn’t enough. Every time Kentucky made a move, Kansas State responded, either with a big shot or a foul to squelch momentum.

It’s not right to pin this game solely on PJ Washington. There were plenty of mistakes to go around. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been brilliant this season, especially this postseason, but his five turnovers were beyond costly. The one that hurt the most came after he gave Kentucky the lead with four minutes left. Instead of Kentucky going up by three or four, Shai turned it over, leading to a Kansas State layup and foul on the other end. PJ Washington managed to get the lead back and tie it up again, but in the end, Kentucky didn’t make the plays that mattered. Even though Kevin Knox was wide open, Quade Green took a desperation three that came up way short with nine seconds left, and with the chance to tie it to take it to overtime, a three from Shai clanked off the rim and, just like that, Kentucky’s season was over.

As he always does, Calipari shouldered the blame for the loss, especially not calling a timeout with 19 seconds left, which resulted in Quade’s ill-advised three. He brought it up first thing in the press conference.

“I should have called that timeout late with 19 seconds to go, but we had worked on something, and I thought we could catch them off guard. Veteran team, should have called a time-out. Can’t put that on these guys. That’s right on my shoulders.”

It should never have come to that. Somehow, a Kansas State team that was hardly known for their offense couldn’t miss, connecting on 41% from beyond the arc. Xavier Sneed had five threes, and, really, the only time Kentucky was able to put together some momentum was when he was on the bench in foul trouble in the second half. On the flip side, Kentucky was frigid, hitting only 3-12 (25%) from three and 16-42 (38.1%) from the field. In a sign of how ugly this game was, the Cats only hit six field goals in the first half. It was that bad.

Kansas State led the Big 12 in steals, and they had 11 tonight to Kentucky’s five. Another disparity: assists. Kansas State had twice as many as Kentucky, 12-6. Almost every time Kentucky’s lost this year, it’s because they haven’t shared the ball; by slowing down the game and getting physical, Kansas State made that Kentucky’s tragic flaw.

So, another season cut short just as we were getting to know this team. This year’s exit is especially frustrating knowing the path that lied ahead. And while it may not be of any solace right now, this very young team will return several key players. They’ll remember this moment. And hopefully learn from it.

But still…what a crappy ending.

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117 Comments for Kentucky’s season ends in the most disappointing way possible



  1. bluecrowe
    2:08 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Do not talk to her that way. What is wrong with you?!



  2. syrin23
    2:10 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Honestly, this team under Cal has brought more moments of disappointment and frustration than joy. Losing to lesser talented teams in the tourney is becoming the rule. I remember when we beat Ohio State as underdogs with Jorts, and that was a great moment, but now it’s become losing to IU, losing to K. State, losing to Wisconsin in the worst coached game I have ever seen at any level. Losing isn’t the problem. If we lost 80-77 to a talented team,, yeah I’d be disappointed, but it would feel different. We would have lost to a good team. K. State is not even a good team. We GAVE tehm that game, and most years we can look to our losses as more about what we did wrong versus what the otehr team did right. Can anyone tell us Cal’s technical didn’t matter in a game this close? Why does he keep making terrible coaching decisions at the end of games? Why do we keep losing to teams with a fraction of our talent? They didn’t have a player over 6’2” in the game at the end, and we never took advantage. Cal says he wants to play “fast”, yet Shai just WALKS up the court, kills 10 seconds on the shot clock before we even start our offense while down by 8. WTF? This game more than ever we should have run, run and since they didn’t have our size and athleticism and we played terrible in the half court. It’s just not fun to watch your team get beat every year by lesser teams. This year Cal moaned about the bracket then was handed a GIFT Final Four and choked it away. Make no mistake, this was a choke. Not fun at all. When we lost to the really good UNC team a year or two ago, it suckedb ut we lost to a great team. Got beat, didn’t give them the game like we did tonight and many of our recent years.



    • maximumscott
      2:41 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      So KState shooting an uncharacteristically 9-22 from 3 point line had nothkng to do with it? Also, we shoot the ball poorly. It happens, teams dont shoot well often. Its not on Cal. PJ going 8-20 is not Cal. Cal brought this team peaking in time for the tourny. 51 fouls muddied the game and made rythym and momentum an after thought. This team has gotten most wins bc of rythym and big spurts. Crowd couldnt get involved bc of the style of game played. All in all, we played poorly and they played better than there typical performance.



    • TBW3011
      6:49 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Cal force feeding the guy not making free throws is on Cal. Wake up.



    • henderblue
      1:16 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Bull crap



    • Cryingtheblues
      3:53 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      And when Kentucky gets a decent lead he wants to go into STALL BALL. Not meaning tonight but In other games. Kentucky damn near got beat in the 2012 Championship game for that very reason. Being up 41-27 at halftime and Cal wants to go into STALL BALL mode. Common sense tells you to keep doing what you’re doing until the opposing team makes an adjustment to stop what you’re doing. Some fans on here think they know it all and won’t look at reality but instead leaves smart ass comment.



    • timbo
      5:58 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Thanks for proving your theory…



    • KY1818
      7:45 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      You have lost it!!! To a lesser team? The game was handed to UK with 37 free throws. How do you not win with 50% if your points could have been easy. Then the fouls 21 to 30 another issue. The refs gift wrapped a win to UK but they were not good enough to win. Let’s be honest with ourselves BBN we are not that good and haven’t been in 2-3 years. That team drank a whole bottle of tg at poison. By this year ranking don’t mean a thing and the better teams are winning. For once be thankful for being in the tournament and playing different teams. The better team won, so stop whining about it.



    • Rixter
      8:25 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Are you saying Cal shouldn’t put ‘being outcoached by Bruce Weber’ on his resume?



    • JerryDamage
      8:28 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Not good in the last 2-3 years? I think last years team was really good by the end. They lost on a last second shot to the best team in the tournament. I even think this team had potential and were playing really well. They just lost the game tonight. I wouldn’t say this team was bad. Was it 38-0? No, but if that’s our standard then we’ve had only a few teams that were good and every other team we’ve had sucked.

      I liked this team. They weren’t great but they had potential. That same potential is still there. Next year these kids will be more seasoned and have a chip on their shoulder from this. Let’s use that to get #9.



    • henderblue
      9:07 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Too bad we didn’t have you over there on the sidelines. Because you obviously have it all figured out. Too bad we didn’t have you on the sidelines for the Wisconsin game. With you in control we would have went 40-0 that year. And every year I guess. No doubt. You are a genius



  3. jsanchez859
    2:20 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Love Coach Cal but how many times is he gonna say he shoulda called a timeout? Instead we got a terrible shot. Oh well…loved seeing this team learning to play together.



    • maximumscott
      2:42 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      How many times you gonna say sorry to your wife?



    • Rixter
      8:29 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Was thinking the same thing. Cal: “If I had it to do over..” – Cal, you DO have it to do over.. the next time. And yet, you keep making the same mistakes.



  4. BigBlueNationDude
    2:50 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Cal still in good spirits. Draft day is coming up. Hes gonna push Vanderbilt out and probably 1 more that shouldnt go. Shai showed tonight he is not ready for nba. Imo he cost us maybe more than pj free throws.



    • catsarerunnin
      6:58 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      NIT Slater??



    • Luether
      6:59 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Nope. PJ missing 12 FTs in a 3 point loss says it all. Can you say choke? Reminds me of Terrance Jones’s FT performance in the close loss to UConn. At least TJ came back and helped lead us to a ‘ship. Highly doubt we’ll get that from PJ…



    • JerryDamage
      8:35 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Why do you think we won’t get that from PJ? Outside of the FTs he had a good game. He can be a beast inside. Give them more time to work with him and let him shoot 500 FTs a day this summer.



    • dballrb
      3:15 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      You on drugs??



  5. bluecrowe
    2:56 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Shai was seemed to be physically and emotionally exhausted from having to carry the team in this physical game.



  6. backwaterd
    3:10 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    When u have a used car salesman as a coach, u get beat by karate! UK FAN FOR LIFE, THIS ISNT WORKING!



    • JerryDamage
      8:37 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Ok, who do you want us to get? Please tell me what coach we should hire that will do better than Cal.



  7. backwaterd
    3:11 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Kstate



  8. backwaterd
    3:22 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    this program is becoming a joke, false hope every year with the recruiting class, WAKE UP BBN!



  9. TBW3011
    3:42 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Hey Matt, you going to retweet fans again that thought this team had no shot in March? You know, the fans who have a fn clue what they are watching? Of all th childish, stupid things you’ve done, that one took the cake. And you choose to do it after mega wins over Davidson and Buffalo. Lol. As if that somehow made you right and those fans wrong. I hope we all enjoyed #8, because I’ll be shocked if we see #9 with Cal at the helm. I’d love to eat crow on that, but it’s what I believe. He’s done some incredible things and I can’t tell you anyone I’d rather have, but without overwhelming talent, he’s difficult to overcome 6 games in a row in March. Continuing to force feed PJ when he’s struggling at the line the way he was is beyond incompetent. Sure, he fouled their team out, but exactly what good did that do us? As baffling as anything I’ve seen Cal ever do. Even more baffling than continuing to start Nick over significantly better players. But hey, I know that doesn’t matter because you said it doesn’t. If there is anyone who knows the game of basketball it’s a 6’5 twelfth man from Middlesboro.



  10. CoachCat
    3:43 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Reading all these comments leads me to one conclusion. None of you get it. Kentucky had 5 freshman and it showed in every loss and in most of our wins. Ability and talent will only get you so far, but not having experience or the mental toughness to put games away is what this team lacked most of the year. Time outs, free throws, and ill advised shots aside Kentucky had freshman and it showed. All and all it was a good season, looking forward to having most these guys back next year. Go Cats ?



    • JerryDamage
      8:38 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      This guy gets it. Well said.



    • katfan33
      8:40 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Nope, just nope. Good Season? Ha!



    • JerryDamage
      8:50 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Hey Katfan….you spelled Cat wrong.



    • katfan33
      9:36 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Good one, Jerry. You win the internet today!! Very well thought out.



    • JerryDamage
      9:44 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      You’re welcome. Just because you troll doesn’t mean you can’t also have proper spelling. I’ll take my daily internet trophy and proudly sit it on my desk. Thank you for this prestigious honor.



  11. Randall lee
    4:01 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Thanks p.j. you made us pay.



    • henderblue
      9:17 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      You’re a dumb ass. We don’t need fans like you who call out kids for missing free throws. Like you would have made them.



  12. CoachCat
    4:11 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    You’re kidding right. He had what, 18 points and 15 rebounds.



  13. UKfanman01
    4:16 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    PJ couldn’t hit a free throw to save his life and they missed way too many easy baskets. When your team is missing layups and the other team is hitting circus threes you know it’s gonna be a long night.
    Season was still successful. They won the SEC Tourney and weren’t supposed to make it out of the round of 64



    • TBW3011
      8:00 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      So a 5 seed beats a 12, 13 and loses to a 9 seed and they weren’t supposed to make it out of the round of 64? Interesting take.



  14. AdamN
    4:19 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Trying to be logical with illogical people will just drive you crazy. This comment section (any internet comment section really) is full of people that talk trash when we lose, then pretend like they’re fans when we win. You could point out that since Cal has been here, we have won more regular season and NCAA tournament games than any other team in the country… but all these idiots care about is the most recent game, and they finally get their chance to say “I told you so”. Cal might be the greatest to ever coach at UK, he’s in the hall of fame, and these morons aren’t happy. These are the glory days of UK basketball and people who know the game, couldn’t be happier right now. Who cares what stupid people think? Putting any thought into their opinion is wasted effort. I haven’t commented in a long time because there’s no point in being logical in with these clowns. I will not be commenting for another long while.



    • Jester
      6:03 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      We’re glad you won’t be commenting for another long while.

      If we aren’t consistently making it to at least the Final Four, then you can’t really say these are the “glory days of UK basketball.” How are they better than most other non-Billy Clyde days? We win SEC tourney championships? Big deal. Did that with every other coach. We had winning seasons? Big deal, did that with every other coach.

      I’m not saying we should look for another coach, but it would be nice to have the same core players returning for 2-3 years on a regular basis. Would give us a little stability and experience.



    • TBW3011
      8:02 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Or you could point out both sides of Cal and still be a fan. Sheep like you are worse than the lunatics who are 100% negative all the time.



    • Al B. Frank
      8:36 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Funny, TBW3011, I haven’t seen any of those posts where you point out the “other” side of Cal, nor one where you are not 100% negative. But keep on trollin’.

      Also, Jester, Cal’s taken us to four Final Fours in less than ten years. That’s pretty consistent. No UK coach since Rupp has done better. Ten years, Tubby took us to one. Pitino only took us to three. Billy G… well, no comment. Joe B. Hall only took us to three.

      Billy Donovan took Florida to four Final Fours… but it took him 19 years to do it.



    • henderblue
      9:21 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      I think you are spot on. Jester is no doubt one of those morons you’re talking about. Don’t pay attention to such a loser as him.



  15. letsroll76
    4:31 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Keep your head up PJ ,just stay another year please. Go Cats moving on.



  16. letsroll76
    4:32 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Keep your head up PJ ,just stay another year please. Go Cats moving on this loss.



  17. ScoggDog
    6:25 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Just came down to how many good games this team could play in a row. Honestly … I knew the answer wasn’t four.



    • TBW3011
      8:04 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed. Didn’t need to play good to win this one though. Just don’t be incompetent on the court and on the bench. We were both.



  18. DT in DC
    6:33 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    As I told my 12 hour old son on 4/2/11 when we shot 33% from the line in a 1 point loss in the Final Four. “Son, you’ll never win basketball games shooting 33% from the line.” How many Calipari teams have lost in the NCAA tourney b/c of pour foul shooting? Hate to lose that way. Hoping the guys who aren’t on the draft boards actually stay next year. if so, next year should be a special year!



  19. catsarerunnin
    7:03 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    I’m proud of this team. A team starting five freshmen came together after a season of struggles to win the SEC tourney and make it to the Sweet Sixteen. All of you so called “fans” can keep hatin’. Love my team. Love my program. GO CATS!!!



    • TBW3011
      8:05 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah. I love them also. And will criticize when I see fit. Thanks though.



    • katfan33
      8:43 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe, just maybe, UK shouldn’t be starting 5 freshman year in and year out. It’s not working. Look at what Duke and Carolina do…



    • catsarerunnin
      9:08 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      UNC lost in the round of 32. Duke has plenty of freshman last time I checked. I don’t care about either. I root for my team. I’m 56 years old and I’ve been lucky enough to watch my team win 4 national championships. So 52 seasons ended without a title. It’s beyond crazy to believe this program should win a title every year or every 2-3 years. I enjoy the whole experience every season and most end with a loss. There’s no participation trophies.



    • Al B. Frank
      9:03 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Look at what Duke and Carolina do? Wait… didn’t Carolina get put out of the tournament BEFORE we did this year? Of course we don’t know how Duke will do with the rest of this tournament, but prior to this year their last FF was the same season as our last one.



    • katfan33
      9:37 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Last I checked UNC played for the past two titles and Duke won the year before that. Both are doing something UK isn’t doing.



    • catsarerunnin
      11:17 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Who has the most titles? Case closed.



    • katfan33
      11:21 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Who has more in the past 10 seasons? Case closed.



    • catsarerunnin
      1:58 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Most OVERALL?? In your face.



  20. KYcats11
    7:10 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Do the people saying that the refs we’re not one of the reason we lost… If you look at the box score, it looks like the refs were for us as K State had a few more players in foul trouble than us. But, if you watch the game… Kentucky attacks the rim almost every time so we should have drawn more fouls. It’s also not even that they tried to foul players out that played to a teams advantage, it’s that calling 60 fouls controls the flow of the game, not the teams. UK likes to play fast, while Kansas St likes to play relatively slow. So there you have the problem with the officials.



    • henderblue
      9:25 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly. They controlled the tempo of the game which favored K-State.



    • KY1818
      1:25 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      They lost the game on their own!! They got out played. They shot more FT and couldn’t hit them. They got out played by a team in foul trouble and their best two players on the bench. Stop blaming other people, blame the team.



    • AmazzzingLarry
      10:27 pm March 24, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, the refs purposely called lots of fouls, mostly in favor of Kentucky. It was all part of a conspiracy. Moron. You were probably one of the same people whining how Bam and De’Aaron couldn’t get a call against UNC last year.



  21. DG
    7:26 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Cal was outcoached again by that wack Bruce Weber. 0 are ready for the league. I am Cal’d out. He has blown more title chances than taken advantage of, ask Memphis fans and now us. Should have about 4 titles by now. He’s a glorified overpaid recruiter.

    They all truly need to come back, but Knox, Alexander, & Vanderbilt probably will not. I am ok with that diva Vanderbilt leaving, they had a kid playing with a stress fracture, but Vanderbilt can not even play 5 minutes with a 3 – 4 week old rolled ankle? Please. Leave. Diva.

    As always until you blind witnesses just accept it – Fire Cal, call Billy D!



    • Al B. Frank
      8:02 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Billy D? Seriously? You’d take Billy D over Cal.

      First of all, Billy D ain’t leaving his NBA job to come to UK. Second… do you know anything about Billy D’s career at UF? You realize he failed to make the NCAA Tournament FIVE times as Florida’s coach? Three seasons at Florida, he was under .500 and had 15 losses or more. If Cal had one season like that, people would burn his house down. He coached at Florida 19 seasons, went the Final Four only four times.

      Cal wasn’t outcoached. Anyone who has ever coached a game could easily tell you that. Some of the players didn’t execute in key moments. Cal shoulders the blame to shield it away from his kids, like a good leader does. But the man is a great coach. You just know nothing.



    • TBW3011
      8:07 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      I disagree with both of you, but DG is more right than you are.



  22. ukbball
    7:31 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Same results yet Cal keeps getting more and more money…



  23. Leander Wapshot
    7:34 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Edit: the path that LAY, not lied ahead.



  24. empiremaker
    7:36 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    As Matt pointed out many times, we could beat anyone and anyone could beat us. I agree and not angry just sad it ended on a bad note.



    • TBW3011
      8:08 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      As Matt also pointed out many times, “who starts doesn’t matter. 13-1



  25. empiremaker
    7:40 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Further on my sentiment is that I do need a forensic analysis of game we lost yesterday. It was a knot in the stomach all season long and so I think the entire team was not a good fit who had to learn the fundamentals of the game and the team concept until the very end.



  26. jbro24fan913
    7:44 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    In the end they lost. It’s not on any player or coach. KState go hot and UK couldn’t hit a shot BUT I asked this question during the 2nd half. How, in a game being called this tight, with a grand total of 51 fouls called, does SGA go to the free throw line 12 times in the 1st half but not one SINGLE time in the 2nd half???



    • kjd
      8:02 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      We lost as a team.
      I don’t call scoring 61 “hot”.



    • AmazzzingLarry
      10:19 pm March 24, 2018 Permalink

      Did you not see K State defending SGA? They were all over him. essentially tom him out of the game. UK played great D, too, but couldn’t hit anything.



  27. Al B. Frank
    7:55 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    It was a “down” season that ended with a run to the Sweet Sixteen… and UK “fans” are acting like it’s the end of the world and calling for Cal’s head. Sometimes I can see why other fans of other teams make fun of us.



    • katfan33
      8:49 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      If you consider down seasons and sweet 16 losses acceptable you’re not a “fan”. This season, the recruiting, and the excuses are unacceptable. Is this what 8 million a year gets you??



    • Al B. Frank
      8:59 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      katfan33 – Thanks for proving my point and further embarrassing true fans.



    • katfan33
      9:27 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Whatever helps you sleep.



    • henderblue
      9:29 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      The ones calling for Cal’s head are not fans. They’re idiots.



    • Al B. Frank
      9:36 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      I hope you don’t have any kids. That’d be a tough job, huh? “Hey dad, I got all A’s!” “But you’re not the valedictorian.”
      Do you take this attitude to work with you? Boss: “We’re giving you a raise.” “But I still make less money than the CEO.”
      “You just won $1,000,000 in the lottery!” “But I didn’t get the Powerball!”
      It can’t be all or nothing, all the time. It’s sports. It’s supposed to be “sporting.” Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. “Fans” support their teams through the good times and bad. Adults get that some seasons are better than others and losing a game is not the end of the world. Wait… the sun did still come up today, didn’t it?



  28. kjd
    7:57 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    K State executed their game plan. They consistently exploited our team and individual player weaknesses.
    Yes, our Cats are young. You couple youth with fundamental basketball flaws, you get last night’s loss.
    I think Mitch Barnhart needs to fine Coach Cal every time he says ” I should have called time out” or ” this one is on me”. I’m beyond tired of hearing all of his repeated cliches. I like Coach Cal, but when do you learn from years of experience?



    • Al B. Frank
      8:27 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      You realize Cal says stuff like that to shield the blame away from his players, right? Obviously, it was a play that they had worked on before, so they didn’t need to call the timeout. It just failed to develop. His hope was to run the play and not give K-State a chance to figure it out and defend it. It didn’t work. It could have and he’d have been a genius. Or he could’ve called a timeout, K-State could have set a defense, like the way they stifled our offense the entire game, and ended any hope of pulling off a big play. Sometimes the plan is in place, the players just aren’t always able to execute. But feel free to choose any other team in the country. The constant “sky is falling” mentality of some of our “fans” is embarrassing. We went to the Sweet Sixteen in a “down” year. Not a lot of teams can say that.



    • kjd
      11:22 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      The Cats are my team. Expressing an opinion you don’t agree with doesn’t mean I’m not a fan.
      But feel free to keep on expressing your opinion. It won’t embarrass me.
      GO BIG BLUE!



  29. meeksfor3
    8:08 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    While PJ’s missed free throws were costly without him we aren’t even in that game. The big issue for me was some mistakes from the sideline. I don’t want this to sound like I want Cal fired or whatever but first this is the 2nd or 3rd time this season he has said I should have called a timeout. He get frustrated when an 18 year old makes the same mistake but yet it seems he does it too. Second, how do you let Sneed, who is torching you, get his 3rd foul in the first half and not go at him to start the 2nd half. Most of the half he was guarding PJ and we didn’t go at him once. He finally picked up his 4th with around 8-9 minutes to go. They had a 9 point lead which went away with him on the bench. Third thing was why they kept running Knox around the baseline like he was in a 5K when he had 5 inches on the guy guarding him. Why not post him up on the blocks and let him go to work. I know his mid range game is a strongpoint but at least try it instead of wearing him out running around in circles.



    • TBW3011
      8:11 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Careful meeks, Cal is perfect and if you question that around here you need to “quit being a hater”, “go cheer for another team”. All the while being told that by someone who doesn’t know how many seconds you can stand in the lane. The combination of Cal’s weaknesses and the sheep are exhausting sometimes.



    • Al B. Frank
      9:06 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      No one is saying he’s perfect, but stop pretending you’re some level-headed enlightened fan seeing both sides of the coin. All you’ve posted are negative comments, insults, and complaints. You clearly don’t love this team, so why not choose one that you do like? Maybe you can start to enjoy your life. You clearly are not at the moment.



    • katfan33
      9:28 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      You should really stop telling fans how they’re supposed to feel. Venting displeasure about this team doesn’t make us bad fans.



    • Willis Wolf Tattoo
      9:26 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Not getting the 4th foul on Sneed earlier was a huge deal. He was the obvious hot hand and their offense stalled when he had to go out. It took them 12 minutes into the 2nd half to finally get his 4th and it was a ghost call.



  30. msnthrop
    8:17 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    6 assists? News reports of the team walking off without shaking the hands of their opponent? Selfish, entitled play? Typical Cal team these past few years….



  31. lookyanner
    8:19 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Reality of our program and it’s current situation will either be deemed a failure of a success by how many of these young Cats enter the draft and get taken in the first round, it is what it is.



  32. Rixter
    8:22 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    In our arrogance, BBN thought the bracket was opening up for the Cats. In hindsight.. maybe all along it was opening up for Loyola.



  33. bigbluehank
    8:35 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Will Cal wear a tie to the NBA Draft? Apparently the second half of the regular season and the tournaments didn’t warrant such attire from the head coach!



    • JerryDamage
      8:49 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      So all coaches have to wear a suit and tie? I bet you just love Huggins then don’t you.



    • Willis Wolf Tattoo
      9:29 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Go read the Herald Leader and take some Metamucil, you sound like you’re 90 and angry.



    • bigbluehank
      12:00 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, what do I know? The guy makes millions to coach the nation’s most prestigious basketball program, and he walks the sidelines looking like he moonlights as a used vacuum salesman. Show a little class.



  34. Rixter
    8:41 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Here’s the real problem with this program: Next December, Cal will be starting 5 freshmen, and whining that his team is the youngest in the history of basketball.
    Wash. Rinse. Repeat.



    • Al B. Frank
      8:50 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      The real problem with this program is trolls like you.



  35. ukbradstith
    8:46 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Stop with the outcoached thing. Please. Bruce Weber had his players foul on every play. Literally hold, grad, bump every single possession. That was the right thing for him to do, because that was his only chance, but it’s not like he had some sort revolutionary plays drawn up. Foul every time to disrupt the offense and pray we miss enough free throws to sneak one out. It worked, but it wasn’t rocket science. Plus, his guys faced up and hit a few threes, again not off any offense Weber ran. Every big name coach and big name program losses to a lesser team nearly every year. By most of the comments, I assume K, Bennet, Chris Mack, Sean Miller, Ole Roy, Izzo, Self, etc. can’t coach either



  36. mcp157
    8:51 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Shai needs to get a lot stronger. Knox needs to play a full game, PJ has more heart than the rest of them but damn practice free throws. Knox will go but all the rest need to stay. Gabriel, PJ and Shai could benefit a lot from one more year and Jones, Green and Richards desperately need to stay. Terrible loss, but on par for this season which has aged us all.



  37. 3 fan
    8:52 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Glad Vanderbilt rested that ankle. You know, that ankle that was hurt a month ago. That ankle that was never in a boot or cast. The one that NEVER made him limp even.

    Yeah that ankle. God forbid he get a hangnail



    • chrislarkey
      9:47 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah amazing that KState has a guy play witha fracture while our guy has an ankle sprain and cant play, even after 2 weeks. Shows he has ZERO PRIDE. I wouldnt draft him based on his toughness and lak of offense or pride.



  38. Al B. Frank
    8:56 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Cal – 4 Final Four appearances in nine years at UK
    Billy G – 0
    Tubby – 1 Final Four appearance at UK
    Pitino – 3 Final Fours
    Sutton – We don’t talk about Sutton
    Joe B. Hall – 3 Final Fours.

    Oh… and Billy Donovan at Florida – 4 Final Fours – in 19 seasons. Also, three sub-.500 seasons.

    We went to the Sweet Sixteen in a “down” year. We lost some players from last year’s team that no one expected to lose. We’ll be fine.



    • Jiminy Crickets
      9:07 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Until we see SKJ transfer, Knox, SGA, Vando, and Diallo declare for draft even if they go undrafted, and we bring in 3 guys in our recruiting class where 2 of the 3 are ranked lower than the ones leaving we’re coming in. UK fans get this delusional effect this time of year that these guys realize they need to come back, and then are blown away when they don’t.
      While ur pointing to coaches, tell me which other coaches has had 30 players in 9 years go to NBA but has had as many double digit loss seasons? Or has had a round of 32 loss, sweet 16 loss, and a NIT loss that has sent 3 players of each team to the NBA. Calipari over achieved with 2011 and 2014 teams, both of those teams were not great, but made a run. Otherwise the narrative is he couldn’t get cousins, wall, Bledsoe and Patterson to the FF, and had a team that had SEVEN guys go pro after losing to Wisconsin, 2 of those 7 are NBA sensations (KAT, Booker).



    • mcp157
      9:16 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      In fairness Pitino started with low level talent, compared to the other coaches, and on probation. He had the most impressive stretch of all of them. Yes, he turned out to be not at all what we thought of him in the 90s but give the devil, literally, his due.



    • Al B. Frank
      9:38 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      mcp157… yes, I totally agree with you there. Had Pitino stayed at UK, we’d all be viewing him differently and he probably wouldn’t have had to go down some of the paths he ended up going down, also.



  39. riandri
    9:10 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Washington missed way to many from the line, way to many. And, the whole Team played flat!

    I feel several players let Kentucky down last night. However SGA, who has won a lot of games for Kentucky this year, lost the last game for us. Honestly, it actually crossed my mind late in the game, SGA play looked as if he was working for someone from Vegas.

    Sad ending to the season…



  40. henderblue
    9:31 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe for 10 million we could get katfan33 to come in and coach. No doubt he could have taken us to the promised land



  41. chris43
    9:48 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    We couldn’t throw it in the ocean tonight. But ultimately what got us beat was free throw shooting and giving up that last offensive rebound. It’s a been a down year and without Vanderbilt playing….I’ll take a Sweet 16. Hopefully all we’ll lose is Alexander (wish he’d come back) and Knox. If our returning guys will hit the gym hard and improve over the Summer with what we have coming in we should be in the mix next year. It’ll be nice to have some experience. Hopefully Nick Richards can get out of his head because at this point he’s just filling a jersey on the court. Hated to go out that way but still proud of the team. Still wouldn’t have another coach but Cal! GO BIG BLUE!



  42. Randall lee
    9:50 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Quit kissing these kids butts, UK is just a stepping stone for most of them. Without a good mix of upperclassmen like cal had. His first few years will never be another title. If sweet sixteens make you bonehead Brown nosers happy well more power to you.



    • mcp157
      10:06 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed. We need more guys to stay. Miller, Lamb and Jones were not freshmen and were all major contributors to the title Cal won. I am hoping Gabriel, Washington, Richards, Killyea-Jones and Green stay to help build that type of core to blend with the ones coming in. Alexander, Knox, Diallo and Vanderbilt are gone in my opinion.



    • Al B. Frank
      11:21 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Last year we had some seniors, Hawkins and Willis. Also, should have had Humphries this season as a Junior. I don’t think Cal expected him to leave. Next season, if they stay, Wenyen and SKJ will be Juniors.



  43. Randall lee
    10:17 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Finally someone with sense.



  44. chrislarkey
    10:59 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Glad to see KState had a guy who was tough enough to play with a fracture in his foot, but we got a guy with a 2 week old ankle sprain who cant go into big game. Heart?



  45. CatMan4
    11:06 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    We can question this and question that, but I saw 3 things last night that I question the most….

    1.) K-State got physical with us and Washington was the only one who was willing to get physical as well. Shai usually plays through it, but not last night, and Knox never likes it when people play rough on him.
    2.) FREE THROWS!!!! We never have a good free throw shooting team. I could find a middle school team shoot 60% or better.
    3.) I truly question everything about Jared Vanderbilt! He is either the next Sam Bowie (I’m showing my age), and will never be healthy, or he has NO HEART.. The Wade kid had a stress fracture and chose to try and play. Vanderbilt and Cal only worry about NBA potential. If the kid never gets on the floor what can he show the scouts? I love Cal, but if he pushes this kid out the door like he has done others I will really question his motives.

    NONE of these kids are ready for the NBA. They have shown that more this season than anything. They all need to talk to Terrence Jones, the Harrison twins, Marques Teaque, Doron Lamb, or any of the others who needed another year or so.



    • riandri
      1:27 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      Purdue’s Haas is trying hard to lay with a broken elbow. You may be spot on – Heart!!!



    • riandri
      1:28 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

      *play



  46. drbigblue
    11:19 am March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Well fans, Cal said that if you miss free throws and go three minutes without scoring, your going home. Well, we miss a lot of free throws, some on the front end of one and ones. We also went over 7 minutes in the first half without scoring a field goal. Add the turnovers and only 6 assists for the game and you go home. But even with those bad stats, we were within 3 points of tying and we really could have won.
    We won the SEC tournament and got to the Sweet Sixteen. Both of which no one had predicted. Not bad for a group of young freshman.



  47. nicky
    12:33 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Hey Tyler….thanks for hosting the live blog again this season…..I’m sure it’s a difficult task to do while trying to enjoy the games at the same time….We really appreciate it!



  48. ukfan377
    1:41 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    Yes, the way they lost last night was much more disappointing than getting beaten by Luke Maye last year, or losing to Wisconsin in the Final Four, or losing to UConn not once but twice in the Final Four. Last night was even more disappointing than getting beaten by that Laettner guy at the buzzer. Yes, last night’s game ended in the most disappointing way possible.



  49. kentuck1
    1:42 pm March 23, 2018 Permalink

    A month ago, if anyone would have asked if we would be happy with a Sweet Sixteen finish, most would have said “Yes!”.

    All we can ask is that our team give it their all. I think this team fought to the bitter end. It’s true that they needed more experience. They were very young. That is a fact.

    But it was not to be this year. This has been a year of surprises and we may be surprised by who ends up winning it all?

    I suppose that if there is a lesson from this season, it is that a young team is never the favorite in any game. They play best when they are the underdog. It is natural for younger players to think they are better than they actually are. They think they have found the magic formula and are slower to adapt to the changes that are needed from game to game.

    But if Tennessee or any other school in the SEC had won the SEC Tournament and made it to the Sweet Sixteen, they would have considered it a very successful season. Perhaps unreasonably, Wildcats fans expect more and are disappointed in the season.