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The Year of the Anti-Blue Blood Rolls On

While it’s unclear if we’ve seen their ceiling, I think it’s safe to say we have now seen this Kentucky team’s floor. We aren’t going to see 18 points scored in a half, the lowest in the Calipari era, again this season. Nonetheless, February should be a time when elite teams establish their dominance, not stumble and careen off the side of the road to March Madness.

Fortunately for us UK fans, our team isn’t the only storied program who has yet to put all the pieces together. Just yesterday, two upsets occurred that would be borderline unfathomable in any other season. But this year, clearly, the polls and the prestige are meaningless.

St. John’s def. Duke 81-77

It’s funny, but even with a win over Duke, St. John’s is still 0-11 in Big East play. They had lost all 11 of those games in a row coming into their Madison Square Garden clash with Coach K’s Blue Devils, and by hook or by crook, the Red Storm escaped with the win, stunning the fans back in Durham.

Duke also dropped a game to a subpar Boston College back in December. These two games make me really curious as to what team is gonna play the role of Lehigh/Mercer come tournament time.

Oklahoma St. def. Kansas 84-79

On paper, a single loss to a mediocre Oklahoma St. team shouldn’t mean much to Kansas. But this game is symptomatic of KU’s inability to overcome obstacles this season.

The Jayhawks have lost 3 games inside Phog Allen Fieldhouse so far this season, which is already more than in any season of Bill Self’s tenure. And sure, the Big 12 is impressively deep this season, but when it comes to home court advantages, The Phog is hallowed ground. I can’t imagine Kansas faring too well on neutral sites come March.

So while we continue to hope and pray the Cats can pull some kind of postseason run, we can take solace in knowing that the other blue blood fans might be shaking in their boots during the Big Dance too.

Misery loves company.


Article written by Jay Winkler

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

11 Comments for The Year of the Anti-Blue Blood Rolls On

  1. Rise
    11:36 am February 4, 2018 Permalink

    I think we will finish 10-8 in conference. Losses at Texas A&M, at Auburn, at Arkansas and at Florida. We will probably finish with 7 rpi top 50 wins. Probably a 8 seed in tourney.

  2. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    12:15 pm February 4, 2018 Permalink

    I think it’s a matter of a pretty weak class and thus multiple elite schools are struggling.

  3. Smyrna_Cat
    12:46 pm February 4, 2018 Permalink

    Just two examples? I was expecting more. There were a ton of upsets yesterday.

  4. Smyrna_Cat
    12:50 pm February 4, 2018 Permalink

    Just to clarify … if you are 0-11, you don’t really need to say you lost all eleven in a row. I think that is understood.

  5. Smyrna_Cat
    12:59 pm February 4, 2018 Permalink

    And on a side note, what happened to Grayson Allen? Wasn’t he first team AA? He was 1-7, missed two FTs, and had 3 turnovers. I think he has more trips than points this year! Do you remember a player dropping as far as he has from Soph. year to now? Amazing.

  6. runningunnin.454
    1:20 pm February 4, 2018 Permalink

    Bunch of upsets yesterday, not just a couple. And, high scoring Florida only scored 17 points in the 2nd half against Alabama.

  7. Eazy
    2:50 pm February 4, 2018 Permalink

    We are still a top 15 team. Should be a 4-5 seed at worst. You mentioned the Big 12 being deep by the SEC is even deeper and is 11-7 vs the Big 12 this season. We also won the challenge without Auburn and Missouri in it. SEC is also way more talented top to bottom. Just look at the draft boards. SEC will have 7-8 teams in the tournament.

    • Eazy
      2:52 pm February 4, 2018 Permalink

      It’s funny too because these other teams don’t get penalized for being upset as double digit favorites and we do for losing a game on the road as an underdog against a tournament team.

  8. Smyrna_Cat
    7:01 pm February 4, 2018 Permalink

    Can you guys not put in video that automatically plays? Thank you.

    • kwagmyr
      1:01 pm February 5, 2018 Permalink

      I had to scroll down really far to find this thing, I agree.

  9. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    9:28 pm February 4, 2018 Permalink

    First off commercial was terrible but any publicity is good publicity…. secondly if you were on the fence about watching game of thrones please don’t base it off that commercial. And lastly and most importantly, it’s early still! You don’t want to be peaking and making runs this late. All the teams mentioned lost to bad teams and Arizona and title contender lost as well so add them to the mix. Another top 10 team.