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Today on KSR: Will good football news cure basketball blues?

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.

SEC Standings

Kentucky had a chance to take first place in the SEC last night. Unfortunately, they’re now in a logjam for third:

Alabama 5-0 10-3
South Carolina 1-0 2 3-2
Tennessee 3-1 1.5 9-1
LSU 3-1 1.5 8-2
Mississippi State 3-1 1.5 8-4
Kentucky 3-1 1.5 4-7
Florida 3-2 2 6-3
Arkansas 2-2 2.5 10-2
Missouri 1-2 3 7-2
Texas A&M 1-3 3.5 6-4
Ole Miss 1-3 3.5 6-5
Georgia 0-3 4 7-3
Vanderbilt 0-3 4 4-5
Auburn 0-4 4.5 6-6

We’ll probably wallow in our misery some more today, but there is other, potentially huge stuff happening…


(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

15 Comments for Today on KSR: Will good football news cure basketball blues?

  1. JT55
    9:18 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    This team will be known as the UNWATCHABLES. Sounds a little better than kneelers

  2. Dave C
    9:20 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    A “Knock Off” Game. New Calism.. Id say closer to a “Knocked Up” game. Cause we got F$#ked.

  3. runningunnin.454
    9:31 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Short answer; no, nothing will cure basketball blues. The ’88 team you mentioned finished 13-19; do you think this team will win 13 games?

  4. Swizzle
    9:32 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    No because, the football team was talked up this year and had a losing record. I dont wanna hear excuses for either team.

  5. just a guy
    9:36 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    So we’re a football school now? Winning 7 games and finishing 3-4th in SEC is now better than what our basketball team can do

  6. ClutchCargo
    9:43 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    I don’t know if good football news will cure basketball blues, but I’d sure like to find out.

  7. just a guy
    9:47 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Sadly I remember the 88 team. Then pitino came in after They were raped of talent by a mass exodus due to NCAA suspension. Finished season 14-14. Pitino got murdered by Kansas that year, and instead of making excuses he cussed out Larry Brown told him to F himself. That team had zero talent, significantly less than this group. The 88 and 89 teams win by 15 over this group.

  8. bosch8184
    9:54 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Narrator: “It did not.”

    • BobbyBlue
      1:13 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

      until he got Mr Football then signed with Nebraska and threw shade on the Cats as he left town. I wouldn’t even answer the phone if he called.

  9. Bluehender
    9:57 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Well Mrs TT there’s your answers to your question. An emphatic NO…JT55 with the team nickname..The UNWATCHABLES. They are painful to watch. No defense. Anemic offense. Pound it in the lane…to who? What is our offensive strategy? Prescription for beating us…spread the floor and take it to the rim. We can’t stay in front of anyone. I’ve been a Cal guy for a long time, but times they are a changin’. He needs to change his philosophy..from A to Z…

  10. Cabranton
    10:22 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    No Cal, you don’t burn the tape, you watch what Alabama did offensively and you become modern, your offense is awful, archaic, boring, dependent on having Superstars. I understand having an inside presence, that is good, but you can have a modern working offense with a quality Big.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:08 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

      Funny thing is, he’s always said he hardly watches game tape anyway (nor makes his team watch it much), so what’s different?

  11. mcp157
    10:34 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    No the cure for hoops blues is to get rid of the one and done mentality. Cal change or leave. Thank you for the excitement thru the years but the bottom line is one national championship in your tenure. So you are equal to Joe Hall and Tubby Smith. So the swinging door to the NBA experiment has failed for KY which is who the University belongs to not kids coming in for one year.

  12. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    11:07 am January 13, 2021 Permalink

    I say Stoops shouldn’t accept any call from Wandale that doesn’t involve in the conversation “I’m sending my commitment letter on the fax/email now” (however they do it when they transfer). Otherwise he may still have Louisville in the back of his mind.

  13. blueblood80
    1:27 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Wansdale didn’t like the touches he got at Nebraska. Used the NFL in the same sentence. I wouldn’t give him the time of day. We have new receiver talent coming in, don’t let his cancer poison their brains…..