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Today on KSR: Oh no, we suck again!

Ah, remember a week ago? When we thought the ‘Cats had turned a corner? What a time to be alive that was. After yesterday’s 66-59 loss to Auburn, Kentucky has fallen to 4-8 on the season, and they’re running out of time to build a tournament-worthy resume before March. Let’s not waste any time with this one.

More of the same from Calipari

It’s almost not even worth re-treading at this point, but John Calipari’s stubbornness continues to bite UK at the worst moments. This time, it was his unwillingness to play Dontaie Allen and Jacob Toppin down the stretch, even as they led the team in scoring for much of the game. Allen finished with 8 points on 2-6 shooting from deep, but was on the bench for a decisive four-minute stretch in the second half, when Auburn went on a 9-0 run to take the lead that they would maintain the rest of the way.

Still, they almost came back in the end. A few nice drives by Devin Askew and a dunk from Toppin got the ‘Cats back within two points in the final minute, but back-to-back defensive breakdowns by Keion Brooks Jr. broke the last-gasp momentum.

Cal’s latest excuse? He doesn’t want to “take anyone’s heart away by putting nonproductive starters on the bench. Later, Toppin called out the team’s inability to “buy into team basketball” as well as a general lack of toughness. Hard to argue with that.

For more on Cal’s excuses, frustrating substitution patterns and apparent hypocrisy, check out Jack’s writeup from last night. Oh, and if you have any solutions please let us know. This is a safe space.

Rams, Ravens sent home

Unlike a certain basketball team, Saturday’s NFL action did not disappoint. First, the Green Bay Packers held off Austin MacGinnis’s the L.A. Rams, 32-18, then Lamar Jackson and the Ravens blew it again, losing to the Buffalo Bills 17-3 in the nightcap. It’s the first AFC Championship appearance for Buffalo in 27 years.

The Bills are set to play the winner of today’s titillating afternoon matchup between the defending champion Chiefs and the Browns, who I can only assume are just happy to be here at this point. That game kicks off at 3:05 on CBS, followed by Saints-Buccaneers at 6:40 on Fox, with the winner of that one headed to face Green Bay in the NFC title game next week. It’s a good day to kick back and watch some football, folks.

Now, can we get Liam Coen on campus already?


NBA: Harden stars in Brooklyn debut

No, that picture is not photoshopped. It’s real: James Harden is a Brooklyn Net, and everyone else should be very, very scared. Following a blockbuster four-team trade this week, the former MVP made his debut last night alongside new teammate Kevin Durant (in those awesome, colorful Nets throwback unis, no less). All he did was drop a casual triple-double of 32 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds, complimenting Durant’s 42-4-5 in a seven-point win.

Meanwhile, Harden’s recovering ex–the Rockets–lost 103-91 to the Spurs, with John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins both sitting out due to minor injuries. Expect Wall to do lots of Wall things going forward with the ball back in his hands a little more often.

More (better) basketball: #12 Lady Cats vs. Vanderbilt, 5:00

With Thursday’s game being postponed, Kyra Elzy’s team got a much-needed break following a brutal four-game stretch against top-12 teams (UK went 2-2 against Arkansas, Mississippi St., Texas A&M and South Carolina). Rhyne Howard needs to blow off some steam, and lord hope the poor fools who get in her way… oh, it’s Vanderbilt? Nice.

You can catch the 12th-ranked ‘Cats in action at 5 p.m. today in Memorial, live on the SEC Network. It should be fun.

And finally: special shoutout to my Bellarmine Knights, who earned their first two A-SUN conference victories by sweeping “Dunk City” Florida Gulf Coast over the weekend. Swords up.

Happy Sunday!

Article written by Wynn McDonald

You fellas have nothing to worry about, I'm a professional. @twynstagram

28 Comments for Today on KSR: Oh no, we suck again!

  1. JDid
    10:36 am January 17, 2021 Permalink

    GO CATS!

  2. Bluehender
    10:50 am January 17, 2021 Permalink

    Pitino wouldn’t worry about “taking someone’s heart away.” Some pine time to let a guy reflect on trying to do it himself would be great motivation to think ‘pass first.’

    • IndianaSucks
      11:35 am January 17, 2021 Permalink

      Bingo… Nothing better to make you reassess your play than thinking about it on the bench.

    • mcp157
      11:39 am January 17, 2021 Permalink

      Pitino rarely played freshmen to begin with. But in fairness, Pitino is a low life and Cal should not be compared to him. I doubt Cal would go to U of L, be in charge of a program allowing prostitutes in the dorm, etc. Cal is screwing up currently but I will not compare him to Lucifer! His coaching record against Lucifer was pretty good even before he got to UK. Before UK Cal was always at the less prestigious school and was nearly even Steven with Lucifer. After he got to UK he totally dominated Lucifer.

    • just a guy
      12:04 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      I’ll never forget Pitino at UK I was at my prime time college days. Went to UK 95-99. I remember Rhoderick Rhodes went up for a circus dunk and literally while in mid air, Pitino was pointing at his sub and telling him to get in there. Pitino was a headcase, but I’d trade him today right now no questions for Calipari

    • just a guy
      12:34 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      I’m talking I’d trade Pitino in his glory over Cal in his today. Not the today versions, however I’ll bet anyone anywhere Iona this year would beat us if we played tomorrow

    • Bluehender
      12:19 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      Whether you want to compare them or not, there’s no denying the difference in the way they motivated players one, and two the coaching styles. Pitino would adapt to the talent he had use it in the best way to win. Cal keeps trying the same thing hoping it will work, no matter what the talent level. If you want to call Pitino the devil, that’s fine. I bet Pitino could make winners out of this group. He would coach a zone defense to perfection with this group. They would probably average 80 points a game in Pitino’s trapping zone press. We have the length and depth to be successful at it..

    • IndianaSucks
      6:09 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      Mcp… You need to get outside man…

    • ClutchCargo
      12:07 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      Yeah, there’s no point in bringing Pitino into any discussion of what should or should not be done.

    • ClutchCargo
      12:13 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      90s Pitino is not walking through that door. I was at UK for Sutton’s last two years and the beginning of the Pitino era, and that was amazing to see. But he might have done to UK basketball what he did to UofL basketball had he stayed long enough.

    • mcp157
      12:47 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      I think one reason Cal will not play zone is because he has promised the players that they will play in an NBA type scenario. This goes back to the point that it should always be program first and players second. This being said I think Cal is exponentially a better person than Lucifer who only considered himself, as time has proven. Lucifer would lie and cheat his mother to win. I think winning is important to Cal but his word, to players that have committed to him, is first. I still think he is a great coach but needs to reprioritize to stay at UK, be successful and please the owners of the program, the fan base.

  3. Dr. Tom
    11:45 am January 17, 2021 Permalink

    McDonald, you are a funny dude. Your article title made me laugh!! Sad but true.

  4. UKFanSC
    12:23 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

    I just shake my head at the pundits who are calling for Cal to be fired. Seriously ? He has won more games, recruited more talent, and represented the program as well or better than any coach in our storied history…..he’s having a rough year, but have any of you watched college basketball this year ? It’s a hot mess everywhere. Some of it is due to the unprecedented issues brought on by the virus. If you did fire him, who do you want to replace him with ? Who’s better ?
    The guy relied on “can’t-miss lottery picks” that have not panned out. It happens. Just like Herro and SGA morphed into a lot more than we expected, sometimes it goes the other way. Boston, Clarke, Sarr have been the problem….. not Calipari.

    • kjd
      12:37 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      Cal recruited them! Wanted the “talent “ his saw in them! Cal is not the problem!? He’s a good size chunk of it.

    • UKFanSC
      12:43 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      You do realize the same coach recruited 28 current NBA players right ? Where was you bitching then ??

    • DoubleB65
      1:00 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      I could care less how many NBA players he’s brought in. Once they’re gone I really don’t care what they do or where they play. I don’t follow the NBA. You’ve bought into Cal’s M.O. with that. I care how many Championships we’ve won. He has ONE. During the same time period Duke, UCONN and Villanova each have two.

    • The Big Lebowski
      1:25 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      What we have here is a University of Cal fan.

    • The Big Lebowski
      1:30 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      Go back five years on this site. Look for Big Lebowski.

      You’ll see that I’ve been saying that this year was in the making. It was obvious what was happening. It was obvious that Cal’s system was going to lead straight to this year.

      You can love on Callie and the Five Stars all you want.

      I don’t care that he produces draft picks for the sake of the draft picks. I liked that he produced or recruited draft picks so that they would help the program. That is no longer working. It hasn’t worked for the past five years.

      The downward trend start with Skal and Marcus Lee. Skal didn’t pan out. Lee transferred out.

      If you can’t see the trend from that date, you are blind.

    • bosch8184
      1:46 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      When will you people understand that we could literally care less about anything to with the NBA. Zero. Nada. Zilch.

      Not sure Epps or Turner or Cliff Hawkins ever scored a bucket in the NBA and those guys would run circles around us right now. Patrick Sparks would be our best player by a WIDE margin.

    • The Big Lebowski
      2:00 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      Turner and Hawkins!

      Two of my favorite players EVER at Kentucky,

      ALL TIME!!!

      I loved those guys. They yearned to win. You could see the absolute DISGUST with losing on Turner’s face.

      You could see the desire writ large in Hawkins.

      Both had pride in what they did.

      I just don’t see that with the last few classes at Kentucky.

      This team needs a Hawkins or a Randall Cobb. Guys who hate losing more than the love winning. Hell, Cal could use a bit of that.

  5. jim tom
    12:33 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

    Please leave now

  6. just a guy
    12:41 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

    My short list would be Billy Donovan, Brad Stevens, freshness Casey Mark Few and Frank Vogel. In that exact order of preference. The problem is not sure any of them would come.

    • just a guy
      1:21 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      Lol dewayne Casey. Auto correct Freshness.

  7. jim tom
    1:57 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

    Chris Beard, Scott Drew, the list goes on

  8. The Big Lebowski
    2:01 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

    Mark Few and Brad Stevens aren’t leaving their current gigs.

    I don’t think Donovan can do it anymore. That moment in time passed when they hired Gillispie.

  9. UKFanSC
    2:07 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

    I was referencing NBA players only as a proxy for just how much talent Calipari has attracted to Kentucky. A fact all of you guys celebrated wildly when they were on campus producing 30 win seasons. We get one virus-effected stinker season and Rome is burning !! You think having a roster full of Anthony Epps, Patrick Sparks and Donte Allen’s will result in more championships is ludicrous. If you want banners you need 5 star talent, and no coach in NCAA history brings more of it to his system than Calipari. We just need it to play like 5 star talent, that what’s not happening now. Hang our woes on the underperforming players where it belongs. Sure Cal shares the blame, but some of these comments are just nuts.

    • BigBang-BigCrunch
      5:53 pm January 17, 2021 Permalink

      1.) Yes, Sports Agent Calipari has brought more highly tired recruits, and underperformed with that talent. There are plenty of fans who like the wins sure, but have never been fans of Calipari’s selfish players first philosophy. It certainly hasn’t produced the championships most expected from the unprecedented amount of talent and a Hall of Fame coach. And most of us have seen how this one and done philosophy has destroyed the college basketball culture. Used to be that these entitled athletes didn’t get truly spoiled and have an out of control ego until they made it to the league and became millionaires. These days they are entitled and spoiled before even getting to college, with their own documentaries, Youtube channels etc.
      2.) Quote “You think having a roster full of Anthony apps Patrick Sparks and Dante Allen’s will result in most championships his ludicrous if you want banners you need five star talent..” Your logic makes absolutely no sense. As you said the man has given us more NBA level talent than any other agent, sorry coach, yet has one title to show for it. Plenty of other UK coaches, and BB coaches in general have won titles without 5* talent than with, so you’re comment is just opinion and you zero facts to back up the statement. We get it you love Cal. Many of us love the University and tradition over the shyster.

  10. Middy
    10:44 am January 18, 2021 Permalink

    I love Cal… but it’s difficult to dismiss the criticism. He is playing favorites. They don’t play zone (even though zone is commonly used in the NBA nowadays). There is a failure to adapt to how the game is played. Throughout the Cal era, we’re only good when we have a dominant inside presence and even then our Achilles heel is always a lack of outside shooters. All that being said… this is not an ordinary year. Turnover has been greater than ever and there was no off season to gel. It’s the perfect storm. It’s ridiculous to expect championships every season. What makes this hard is it looks like incompetence. Everyone can have a bad year. Every HOF coach has gone through down periods. I’m willing to ride it out with Cal. Better times ahead. It certainly can’t get worse!