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Today on KSR: Ouch

Losing is never fun.  After years of watching sports, there are plenty of ways to cope with a loss.  My typical strategy is to completely ignore it for one day, then snap back to reality and embrace the suck with open arms.  It’s not going to be so easy this time around.

There’s only one word to describe Kentucky’s second half start at Texas A&M: embarrassing.  For the first time all year this team looked hopeless.  A&M did whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted and nobody seemed to care.  I know they cared after the game, as players walked into the lock room teary-eyed, but nobody played with any pride when it mattered most.  Nobody decided, ‘I have had enough,’ and tried to do something differently until it was too late.

One bad game should not define a season.  The loss should not completely alter the trajectory of this team, especially when nobody expected UK to leave College Station with a win.  Cal isn’t quitting on this team; he will not crack.  I will not quit on the team either, but I do question this team’s capabilities.

What once appeared to be a team with a limitless ceiling has transformed into a team without an identity, a rotation or a reliable leader entering the important final stretch of the season.  Accepting a loss is never easy; accepting that reality is downright painful.

UK’s Tourney Stock Drops

Yesterday the NCAA Selection Committee released the tourney’s Top 16 seeds to date.  It will all dramatically change before Selection Sunday, but Kentucky isn’t going to get into that group.  The CBS gurus projected UK as a seven-seed after that loss, lower than any seed line Joe Lunardi has projected all year.

Not Cool

This weekend Kentucky became a punchline.  The Kings have no room to talk trash, but I can’t even be mad.  I just miss these guys.

Sports on TV

Time Game Network
7:00 Notre Dame at #21 North Carolina ESPN
7:00 Delawware State at Norfolk State ESPNU
9:00 TCU at #19 West Virginia ESPN2
9:00 Baylor at Texas ESPN
9:00 Jackson State at Praire View ESPNU

It’s a decent night for college basketball, but it’s not too good to turn down to watch the Olympics.  Ski jumping and the luge kick things off on NBC at 3:00.  In primetime you can see alpine skiing, snowboarding and speed skating on NBC.  Find out what’s on every channel here and pray that one day you can be as cool as this Korean figure skater.

UK Hoops takes an L

The Cats’ trip to Starkville wasn’t pretty.  The Kentucky women’s basketball team fell to the nation’s No. 2 team 74-55.  The silver lining: Maci Morris scored 22 points to move up two spots on UK’s all-time scoring list.  She’ll be in the top 20 before the season is over.  They’ll be back in Lexington to host Arkansas this Thursday at 7:00.

In other news around UK Athletics, The UK softball team started their season this weekend in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  It was a rough start; Rachel Lawson’s squad dropped the first two games to New Mexico State before rebounding Sunday for a 10-2 win.

New Football Coaches Introduced 

Today at noon we’ll meet UK’s two new assistant football coaches, wide receivers coach Michael Smith and outside linebackers coach Brad White.  If nothing else, it’ll be a nice distraction from whatever is happening with the basketball team.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

8 Comments for Today on KSR: Ouch

  1. Ben27
    9:20 am February 12, 2018 Permalink

    North Carolina is projected as a three seed with as many losses and worst losses at home. Wofford anyone? It is all a popularity contest. I do not put much stock in it!

    • runningunnin.454
      9:46 am February 12, 2018 Permalink

      And Wofford was crushed by…Furman. And Kansas, they’ve recently lost to Baylor, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. I didn’t memorize the brackets; but, I think 4 of the top seeds all lost just this past week.

    • BigBlueNationDude
      12:36 pm February 12, 2018 Permalink

      Running can keep rationalizing every situation. Its becoming sad to read. He is going deep in the well.

    • Aar
      9:58 am February 12, 2018 Permalink

      …and I was at the game when UNC-Greensboro beat Furman.

  2. Rembrandt
    9:43 am February 12, 2018 Permalink

    I’m sure we are all disappointed, but all of us have known from the very beginning that this is one of the youngest college basketball teams ever assembled. Once Vanderbilt and Baker were lost at the beginning of the season, the handwriting was on the wall. Baker was signed to help our perimeter offense. He was needed. Vanderbilt is still getting himself into playing shape and redeveloping his athletic instincts.

    Potentially high ceiling players Knox, Richards, Washington, and Green are still adjusting to the physicality and speed of college ball.

    If we have learned anything this year, 4 star Shai Gilgeous Alexander is a better basketball player than all the so-called 5 stars. Just because a media expert puts a label on a high school player, that doesn’t mean it has real predictive value. Sometimes it doesn’t.

    • Booby Petrino
      9:48 am February 12, 2018 Permalink

      Good comment. Nice to hear someone making sense without completely dogging this team.

  3. JTHinton
    9:47 am February 12, 2018 Permalink

    Sports on TV…. u mean CBB and Olympics.

    Chelsea vs West Brom at 3:00 on NBCSN or CNBC

  4. Aar
    10:19 am February 12, 2018 Permalink

    I saw the game a bit differently. TAMU came out on fire in the second half. They hit 5-5 threes, most of them deep and contested. Trying to defend the three opened the paint. Sometimes you just need to try to outscore a scorching lunch hot opponent and the Cats’ shots weren’t falling because they went through a stint of hero ball.

    I’m proud that they clawed back half of the deficit. Happy that Diallo broke his scoring slump and has been taking on ball defense seriously since WVU. I also liked that this team passed and moved without the ball in the first half. Three, probably four, straight losses suck in a huge way. On the other hand, adversity is a great teacher. I think this team is starting to find itself and has a good chance to do so before March. They certainly have the talent and athleticism. Just need more consistent teamwork and Cal’s great at building that