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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


The 2013-14 season is here, and Kentucky will spend the entirety of it trying to atone for the disaster was the 2012-13 season. John Calipari’s team is trying to do something that no team in the history of college basketball has ever done: Win a national championship relying primarily on 6 freshmen who were McDonald’s All Americans. With disappointing losses to Michigan State, Baylor (lol) and North Carolina, the team will fail to reach its ultimate goal of perfect season, and will instead try to console itself with a national title. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*You Were Right: In his weekly top 25 ballot last Sunday, noted expert Seth Davis dropped Kentucky from 12th to 15th on his ballot. Of course, many UK fans took offense to this, arguing that UK shouldn’t have dropped at all since they didn’t even play last week. But of course, he was right. For one thing, North Carolina lost, which makes Kentucky look bad because they lost to UNC a month ago. Also, Robert Morris lost, which makes not only the current UK team look bad, but it also sheds a negative light on last year’s UK team. And I’m not sure why Cat fans insist on pointing out the fact that Davis never played sports in support of their argument that he’s not an expert. His father was special counsel to Bill Clinton, for crying out loud. I’m not sure what other qualifications he needs. And the fact that he went to Duke doesn’t make him biased. He has the Blue Devils ranked #12. If he were truly biased, he’d have them ranked #1.

*Made-Up Dreams: On Wednesday, North Carolina lost to Miami, bringing the Heels’ record to 10-5, and 0-2 in the ACC. Kentucky fans must absolutely hate to see that. For UK to get into the NCAA Tournament, the Cats will need to end up with an impressive “strength of schedule.” (This is a metric that measures a team’s schedule strength.) Earlier in the season, Kentucky played North Carolina. So every time the Heels lose, Kentucky loses too. Also, with UNC’s profile continuing to plummet, the UK/UNC rivalry doesn’t look as good as it once did. For that reason, I suspect Big Blue Nation will be putting its collective weight behind North Carolina the rest of the year. The same reasoning applies to Louisville. For that win to mean anything, Louisville will need to get back in the top 10. As such, there are probably Kentucky fans all over the Commonwealth saying “Go Heels!” and “L1C4!” at this very moment.

*Out of Site: When UK pulled away from Louisville to win, they did so with star freshman Julius Randle on the bench with cramps. This does not bode well for Kentucky. All season long, announcers and media folk have been touting Randle as a “superstar” whose otherworldly talent, strength and skill could very well carry the Cats to the national championship. But apparently, he’s not that good at all. If he were, would UK have been able to somewhat easily defeat a top 10 opponent without his help? Of course not. And to anyone who says “well, this just shows how good his teammates are,” remember this: Those same teammates were 0-3 against ranked opponents before the Louisville game. Exactly.

* On this date: On this date in 2036, Louisville fans will still be blaming the refs for losing to Kentucky last month.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

9 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. Joe
    3:09 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Up a little early aren’t we Jerry?

  2. hoodrat
    3:45 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Jerry is ready to rock n roll!

    • PimpC
      3:48 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

      My niggggggla

  3. Midday
    5:18 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    I said maybe, it’s 3 a.m. and I must be lonely.

  4. NCAA Tourney
    8:03 am January 10, 2014 Permalink

    I know the quality wins are not looking great with North Carolina and Louisville losing, but it is preposterous to think, we wont get in the tourney. It may hurt our seeding, but if we take care of business the seeding should take care of itself. I hope Louisville loses the rest of them

  5. BobKYCats
    3:15 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

    “the Cats will need to end up with an impressive “strength of schedule.” (This is a metric that measures a team’s schedule strength.)”

    For as simple as that joke was, it made me actually laugh out loud. Thanks a bunch, NJT.

    • NJT = JT?
      3:32 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

      Same, another solid post from NJT (who may actually be the real JT).

  6. Al/in/Indy
    3:59 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

    Good again NJT, especially the last quote. Cats by 20 tomorrow!

  7. On this date
    5:09 pm January 10, 2014 Permalink

    On this date in 2016, Head Coach Petrino has decided to leave the Washington Redskins for the University of Louisville. This will be Petrino’s third stint as head coach for UofL after leaving late in 2014 for the Washington Redskins. He replaced fired coach Gruden and said he couldn’t pass up the chance to coach RGIII. After departing the Redskins in the middle of the night after going 2-14 before the season was complete, he was re-hired by AD Jurich. Coach Petrino expressed his gratitude for being given a third chance at UofL and really is a changed man, he really means it this time!