Mornings after losses suck. Mornings after late-night losses really suck. Mornings after late-night 20-point losses really, really — well, you get the point.
In case you fell asleep early, the Cats turned in an absolute clunker last night, losing to Alabama 85-65. The 20-point margin was the largest home defeat since Dec. 20, 1988, a 23-point loss to Indiana. In another Calipari Era first, Kentucky did not lead for a single second. Alabama was ahead for 39:17, and in the remaining 0:43, the game was tied. According to Corey Price, the last time that happened was Feb. 3, 2009 vs. Mississippi State.
From start to finish, the Crimson Tide dominated, hitting wide open threes, slicing the lane, and making the Cats look like the 1-6 version of themselves rather than the 4-6 group we had started to believe in. Only three players scored more than eight points, and one of them was Isaiah Jackson, who hit six free throws in the final 3:32. Bama hit 14 threes to Kentucky’s four. The Cats turned the ball over 19 times to only 7 assists. As Dontaie Allen said, it was a “butt-whooping,” and the Tide was without three starters by the end of the game due to injuries. Every single player finished in the minus in efficiency:
“My hope is this is a knock-off game,” John Calipari said. “Alabama’s good. They deserved to do what they did to us. They made open shots. They were physical going to the basket. So, not only did they get that, they were getting plays at the rim. We were getting back on the left and right. Like I said, this may be one you burn the tape, don’t even look at it. My hope is this isn’t who they are. This is a knock-off.”
I sure hope so. You can scroll down to read our coverage, or just listen to John Calipari, Dontaie Allen, and Devin Askew share their thoughts in the videos below.
While you’re at it, check out Dr. Mike’s gallery on Facebook. While the game stunk, the team’s tribute to Ben Jordan was a beautiful, powerful reminder that this all really is just a game.
Kentucky had a chance to take first place in the SEC last night. Unfortunately, they’re now in a logjam for third:
We’ll probably wallow in our misery some more today, but there is other, potentially huge stuff happening…
Wan’Dale Watch continues
On Monday, former Nebraska wide receiver/running back Wan’Dale Robinson entered the transfer portal, citing the desire to play closer to home in a system that will prepare him for the NFL. While there’s plenty of buzz that the Frankfort native and one-time Kentucky commit will soon be a Cat, it’s not official yet. The KSR crew will be ready if/when news breaks, so keep those app notifications on in hopes of hearing “Bam, Bam, FIREPOWER.”
College Basketball on TV tonight
- 4:30 PM: Notre Dame vs. #18 Virginia, ACC Network
- 7:00 PM: Northwestern vs. #21 Ohio State, BTN
- 7:00 PM: Auburn vs. Georgia, SEC Network
- 7:00 PM: Arkansas vs. LSU, ESPN2
- 8:30 PM: #16 Louisville vs. Wake Forest, ACC Network
- 9:00 PM: #15 Texas Tech vs. #4 Texas, ESPN2
- 9:00 PM: Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State, SEC Network
All that basketball sure would pair well with some wings. Lucky for you it’s WINGSDAY at KSBar. Dine-in or takeout, we’re offering 25 wings for $20. We also have live trivia tonight, so call 859-554-6081 to book your table.
KSR Dog of the Day
Stella, wearing an old school Randall Cobb (or Freddie Maggard) jersey, is ready for some good football news. We’ll do our best to deliver.