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The Cats could use a Morgantown Miracle

Wake up frustrated this morning? You’re definitely not alone.

The Duke hatred welled deep within us all last night, making the forthcoming loss to Florida that much more traumatic. And if we’re being honest with ourselves, the Cats didn’t deserve to win. It was merely late game good fortune that kept Kentucky in the hunt.

The potential behind this UK team is painfully obvious, especially with the addition of Jarred Vanderbilt, but I’m not sure anyone on this planet, including Coach Cal, knows exactly what it will take to make them play up to their capabilities. If it’s gonna happen, one day, it’s just gonna click. And sure, there is plenty of time left before March Madness gets into full swing.

But I can’t think of a better time for the Cats to get their mojo back than when they face off with soon-to-be top 5 ranked West Virginia next weekend.

The de facto main event and potential decider of the Big 12/SEC Challenge, UK vs. WVU will be even more hyped up with College Gameday emanating from Morgantown. And barring a surprising upset bid from TCU tomorrow night, the Mountaineers will enter this game as the AP’s top ranked team from the Big 12.

The Cats will likely enter this game unranked. But for hype purposes, we all know just having “Kentucky” on the jersey will do the trick.

The last two times Cal and Bob Huggins have squared off have both gone in Kentucky’s favor, with UK having knocked WVU out of the 2011 and 2015 NCAA Tournaments. Nonetheless, I’m sure BBN can rally around the 2010 Elite Eight loss yet again.

A loss in Morgantown would likely prove inconsequential. But a win, regardless of the fashion, would earn the youngest team in college basketball some major confidence points. And despite the setbacks that have plagued UK so far this season, confident Cats are still dangerous Cats.

All of this, of course, is assuming we can get past Miss. St. on Tuesday.


Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

20 Comments for The Cats could use a Morgantown Miracle

  1. unbridled
    12:24 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    I like this article, but to beat West Virginia at home is a tall order. I guess we shall see if the young cats are up for it. I believe in miracles.

  2. njCat
    12:37 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Why hate Duke? They are amazing. You should hate Cal for failing and talking crap.

    • 4everUKblue
      1:12 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      There is nothing amazing about dUKe and your comments about Cal are ridiculous. Get a grip.

    • urincatland
      1:20 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Why are you questioning NJCat comment?? He’s speaking the truth!! As bad I hate to say it Coach K is smoking Cal in recruiting. When Duke loses you don’t hear Coach K keep saying they’re FRESHMEN and the YOUNGEST TEAM in the country. When he does that he’s blaming his players instead of accepting responsibility himself.

    • 4everUKblue
      1:16 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      But I bet they have a fan site too….you should jump ship and join it.

    • AdamN
      1:36 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      But Duke doesn’t have one of the youngest teams, so your point is nonsense. Of course coach K wouldn’t say that. The reason why is because Kcyshxfekjdski can’t coach as well as Cal, so a of of his players have to stick around for a few season. Your usernames sound like genuine UK fans, but your comments just sound like haters. I’m confused.

    • Booby Petrino
      1:37 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      “K is smoking Cal in recruiting”…yeah and when Cal was smoking k a few years ago all we’d hear from Duke fans is “you can have a recruiting win, we’ll take real championships.” one and dones aren’t winning championships, right? With the exception of uk 2012. So why are so many people so panicked?

    • Eazy
      5:28 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Duke lost on the second round last season. Really amazing huh?!

  3. shelby
    12:43 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve watched a handful of WVU games this year: Jevon Carter alone has more toughness than our entire team combined at this point. WVU -25

    • Eazy
      5:29 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Last time we played him we only won by 39. The big 12 is a joke. Texas A&M destroyed Carter and WVU this season!

  4. BigBlueNationDude
    12:46 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    No higher power or miracle can help this collection of players. Going to be another embarrassing national tv night for Cals kitty cats. Cal still thinks there good to go though. His yelling philosophy is working wonders.

    • FACTS
      1:22 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      4everUKblue you are so stubborn. You defend Cal when he isn’t living up to his potential. I agree the players need to get things together, but Cal needs to coach them. He is a recruiter, but to be honest with you he is now being beaten at his own game. He needs to step up too. Quit defending Cal every step of the way.

    • Booby Petrino
      1:42 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Well hopefully Cal reads the ksr comment section and sees that he needs to step up. This site is where all good advice comes from.

  5. Jiminy Crickets
    12:59 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Lose to miss st, and head to Morgantown on 3 game losing streak to unranked teams and UK will be on the NIT bubble. 4th time in 9 years we started preseason ranked in top 5, only to become unranked during the season. People are starting to take notice.

    • 4everUKblue
      1:13 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      All I hear is crickets…

    • Booby Petrino
      1:44 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Hey why stop there. Lose every game the rest of the season and the NIT won’t even want us. The sky is falling!

    • Eazy
      5:31 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      We have been to the final four 4 of the last 7 years if you didn’t notice.

  6. mikeintn
    1:27 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    I love the CATS, but I’m not looking forward to WV, it’s not going to be fun, just hope it don’t get to ugly.

  7. StevieGotLoose
    3:01 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t care how young or old the cats are. They are supposed to be 5 stars. I wonder what the coaches watch on recruiting trips. It is obvious they didn’t watch this bunch. If they did the would have seen that they can’t shoot. Unless I’m mistaken, that is the purpose of the game.. Potential, athleticism and 7 foot wing spans don’t make basketball players. It takes brains, desire and talent. Not seeing much with this team. Cal does need to step up, he’s the one getting his tail kicked. The real talent is going elsewhere.

  8. henderblue
    4:17 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    I’m not ready to give up on this team just yet like so many others are. It will be very difficult to get a win at Morgantown. But it sure would be a confidence builder for a young team. Let’s get Green healthy and give Vanderbilt a chance to 1) get in game shape and 2)develop a little chemistry with the team. Then let’s see what we got.