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Hey Kentucky looks back on the 2018-19 UK Basketball Season


Now that we’ve had some time to let it marinate, the Hey Kentucky crew is ready to recap the season that was. Drew Franklin and Mary Jo Perino went through the highs and the lows of John Calipari’s tenth season in Lexington on Monday night’s edition of Hey Kentucky.

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18 responses to “Hey Kentucky looks back on the 2018-19 UK Basketball Season”

  1. Bigblue7982

    No thanks.

  2. UKantholdme

    Good year …….. but as UK fans we want (and with the talent we have year in year out we expect) GREAT YEARS… But as long as we have a great recruiter and average coach …. this is the game we play
    …… before someone says something stupid … I’d much rather have calipari than not have him… because of the talent we always have a shot ….. our teams are usally fun to watch …. good kids … Cal gets it … hopefully 2020

    1. runningunnin.454

      Too late; couple of people have already said something stupid. ha ha ha ha.
      Average is a coach with the top three freshmen in the country, including a generational dominant player, and a no. 2 ranked PG in the class, and the team regresses consistently as the season progresses.
      And as the ncaa tournament unfolds, Coach K’s team is reeling, staggering in each successive game.
      That is average.

    2. makeitstop

      Running nailed it. U want under-performing? Durham is the epicenter.

  3. UKBigBlueForever

    I would consider this year better than good considering how much we grew from the beginning to the end of the year but great would’ve been a trip to the final 4. It was in between good and great to me.

  4. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots

    The program went from pushing for “all 40” to let’s just get better. Honestly look at the roster, we don’t fill out all of our scholarships, UK can take on at least 1-2 players a year that are growers/program stabilizers like Willis and Hawkins turned out to be or how Miller and Liggins were. Players that stay, develop, and provide veteran leadership become NBA players too. The 5 star mentality of needing to be a one and done at big schools needs to go

  5. FreshmanFarce

    Meanwhile, Ky fans are watching a veteran team celebrating a championship. Makes me sick. Wake up dummies.

    1. JT919

      Go root for Virginia then. They’ll be irrelevant again no later than in two seasons.

    2. runningunnin.454

      Who is the dummy, dummy? Close your eyes; now imagine it takes Cal 10 years to win a title, or EVEN to get to a final four. Imagine he coaches a No 1 seed, and becomes the first coach in history to lose to a 16 seed. Imagine UK is 31-31 his first two years; are you willing to wait for that veteran team? Are you going to wait for the lightning in a bottle?
      Now open your eyes; that’s not Cal’s record at all, is it?

    3. FreshmanFarce

      Is your “one shining moment” the NBA draft each year?

    4. JT919

      Do you always cling to recency bias to make you feel better?

    5. makeitstop

      Running is right, out fans would’ve fired Bennett after the first two years, after the loss to Syracuse in the EE w the #1 seed, and CERTAINLY after last year. Not saying that’s a bad thing, but his point is well taken, while everyone is posting about Jay Wright or Bennett and their veteran teams, no one would trade the records. Both good coaches. We just wouldn’t wait 10 years or suffer the first and second round losses, and bf u say they wouldn’t lose here in the first round, our prior coaches did, apart from Pitino, and HE left the inbounds guy uncovered lol!

    6. 4everUKblue

      Ooh freshman you just got owned by RG! Don’t be bringing that weak sauce in here.

  6. makeitstop

    As a lifelong UK fan (dad played for Rupp and my first games were at Memorial Coliseum and Stoll Field) but UVA grad, I hv to say this was the best tourney that we didn’t win, bc there were so few upsets, so many OT games, best against best, and if the Cats can’t win, at least it was the Cavs. It was like a Breeders Cup – so many good teams in every round, anyone could win. It makes it harder to win but fun to watch. Thank god Duke lost. Next year, the trophy comes back to Lexington!

  7. michaelb

    I really liked this team we had , I felt like we did well but could have made the final 4. Remember the second time we played auburn when we let Montgomery play d on the guards and it gave them fits and we won by 20/30 ? Well where in the he’ll did that go ? Did we not look at what worked vs them ? Nah let’s just bench ej. Lol wtf

  8. RealCatsFan

    Yeah, you could argue that Cal made some questionable decisions this year, particularly with substitution patterns, but a lot of high profile coaches also made bad decisions. Cal has consistently brought in high level players who are also good people, and I couldn’t think of many coaches who can handle the beast that is UK Basketball the way he has. That being said, I agree that Cal needs to find a way to maintain some maturity and experience on the roster. The grad student route helped, but it doesn’t provide the continuity that a 3 or 4 year player provides, and the NCAA may be closing that door. Cal needs to find a way to keep a few 4 or 5 star players for multiple years while still working in a few one and done studs. Difficult balancing act, but it’s what needs to be done to move forward.

  9. dave1964

    If Cal comes out before the season starts and say Richards has made the most improvement of the summer I will throw up. If not for Tyler H this would have been a big let down.

    1. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots

      Always been very surprised by UK’s interest in Richards as a prospect. He hasn’t played too much basketball and you can tell when you watch him, especially up close. Been coaching a Nike AAU team here in Chicago for a while now and was always surprised at how little basketball knowledge Richards was able to absorb.