The Hypocrisy of Pat Forde

forde-lol.png.pagespeed.ce.8FckQal1a3As occurred when John Calipari finished his first season with Kentucky, Draft Night was a huge success for Kentucky Basketball Athletes. Along with that occurred what was become an annual affair. Pat Forde railed against Kentucky Coach John Calipari’s insistence that College Basketball be not only centered on a successful National Championship run but a successful night at the NBA Draft. Calipari wants the players he recruits to have success in moving on to a successful career in the NBA. Pat Forde thinks this is a bad idea. Pat Forde thinks that this is bad for College Basketball.

Pat Forde seems to think that College Basketball should not be about the players themselves but about everything else. Pat Forde seems to begrudge the Athletes any success or monetary gain themselves. All the while, Pat Forde’s whole financial existence is predicated upon College Basketball athletes.

College Sports Columnists can make money off of College Basketball. The Coaches whom Pat Forde admires such as Rick Pitino and Bobby Petrino can rake in millions off of College Basketball. Mark Emert and the NCAA can make Billions off of College Basketball. Pat Forde, himself, makes hundreds of thousands of dollars each year off of College Basketball.

However, College Athletes are supposed to subsume their own financial well being for the greater good bottom line of the NCAA, College Basketball and College Sports Columnists.

Pat Forde loves nothing more than to crank yank John Calipari for not winning Championships with “the most talented roster” in College Basketball. Talent doesn’t always work out to the best team on any given night. Potential sometimes takes time. Some talent, such as Anthony Davis & Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, can make the leap from High School to College and reach the highest potential. Others take more time. One cannot tell this to Pat Forde. If Calipari has the most talent, he should have the best team. He should win the NCAA Tournament. We shouldn’t even play the games. We should just crown that team whom Pat Forde has deemed the most talented. Certainly…

Pat Forde rips on Calipari each year after Draft Night. Of course, he let that animosity slide to the background in 2012 when Kentucky won the National Title. One has to wonder how Pat Forde held in all of that hatred. It must have killed him. I suppose he consoled himself by ghost writing a hagiography about the Philandering Pitino and Petrino Brothers.

ReboundRules_hc_cCalipari says that Draft Night is important to Kentucky. Kentucky is a Player’s First Program. To Pat Forde that is anathema to College Basketball. Talented men (and one assumes women) should put the NCAA first. They should be students first. They should be everything first except human beings who wish to put their talents to use at the highest level of their chosen profession. God forbid that these human beings wish to profit themselves from their talents. These particular children of God should stay in the NCAA for four years and allow the NCAA to profit immensely while they themselves “earn” a degree that is mostly worthless and as they themselves take all of the risk upon themselves.

For it is a given that if a talented athlete suffers a “career” ending injury, the NCAA will throw them under the bus.

The morality of it all! Calamity of Calamities!

A Black Teenager or early Twenty Something using his talents to enrich himself. We can’t have that. That’s bad for the NCAA. Because it is bad for this to happen:

John Calipari accomplishes his prized goal: watching Kentucky players get drafted

That is the Column Title to the latest Pat Forde hit piece aimed at John Calipari.

Below are to more gems from the keyboard of the most hateful human in College Sports:

Fortunately he has educated the Kentucky fans on the miniscule nature of the national title mission. They now see the bigger mission: helping guys like Karl-Anthony Towns get drafted No. 1, because he surely wouldn’t have had a chance at being the No. 1 pick if he’d been coached for six months by a lesser man and smaller stone than Calipari. Imagine if Towns had made the monumental mistake of playing for Mike Krzyzewski, Bill Self or Roy Williams – he’d probably be an undrafted free agent.

And another:

Who said winning and getting your players drafted are mutually exclusive? Duke won it all and had three first-round picks Thursday night. Wisconsin played in the title game and had two in the top 20. Yet neither Krzyzewski nor Bo Ryan feel compelled to sell their fan base on the dubious premise that the draft is a higher goal than a national championship.

Apparently, winning is everything to Pat Forde. It is a zero sum game. Either Calipari wins the National Championship each year or he is a failure. Thus sayeth Pat Forde.

The irony! Oh, the irony!

This is the same attitude which Pat Forde uses as a weapon against the University of Kentucky Basketball Fan Base. When Kentucky fans were upset that Tubby Smith wasn’t getting to the Final Four much less the National Title game, columnists such as Pat Forde ripped into them. Kentucky fans were unrealistic. “No Coach can get to the Final Four or win a Title as much as Kentucky fans desire.” Kentucky fans were crazy. Kentucky fans were/are racist. Kentucky fans were bad people. Kentucky fans chased off a good Black Man because he was Black. These were all characterization made by Pat Forde and the National Sports Media. Yet, this is the exact same expectations that Pat Forde seems to have for John Calipari. Now, who is being unreasonable.

John Calipari has had an amazing run of success in the NCAA at Kentucky. He has 4 Final Fours, one Championship and a string of successful players transition to the NBA. His players have remained academically eligible. His players have been active in the community. There have been very few off the court issues. His four year players have graduated. And, yes, he has had Three (3) Number One NBA Draft Selections since 2010.

Of course, all has not been perfect. Aaron Harrison was not drafted. Daniel Orton was Daniel Orton. A couple of guys have transferred out for playing time or because they did not fit in well at the program.

Overall, Kentucky Basketball under John Calipari has been a smashing success and many attached to the program have gone on to success in the NBA and elsewhere.

I’m not certain why Pat Forde has such a problem with this…unless he just hates John Calipari.

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Jorts takes out the Cards in the Chicken Box!

Josh Harrellson puts in 23 points and grabs 14 rebounds in the win over the hated Louisville Cardinals and Quick Rick.  Brandon Knights led all scorers with 25 points.  Deandre Liggins did his thing and shut down every hot hand that attempted to score.  Swatting one Siva ball into the stands.  Liggins and Harrellson are exactly what this team needs for a good run in the tournament.  Senior Leadership.

Cal has done wonders with these kids.

In four years, Cal will have a good mix of Seniors, Juniors and One Year Wonders.  It’s gonna get nasty.  You almost feel for the Cards as they’re so far behind the power curve that they can’t catch up.  But, don’t…they deserve their Pitino and everything else that happens to that program.

And Dr Dunkenstein ain’t walkin’ through that door Little Ricky.

No. 11 Kentucky handles No. 22 Louisville 78-63

Kentucky
Name Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
J. Harrellson 37 10-12 1-1 2-3 6 14 2 1 1 1 3 23
B. Knight 36 7-13 4-6 7-8 1 3 4 5 0 0 2 25
T. Jones 33 5-11 0-2 2-2 3 8 5 1 1 3 2 12
D. Miller 29 3-6 0-1 1-1 1 3 0 2 0 1 4 7
D. Liggins 39 1-7 0-4 0-0 0 4 2 4 4 2 2 2
J. Hood 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Lamb 23 3-6 1-2 2-2 2 3 1 0 0 0 2 9
E. Vargas 2 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 29-57 6-16 14-16 13 35 14 13 6 7 15 78
Percentages: .509 .375 .875 Team Rebounds: 1

Josh Harrellson’s career day sparks Kentucky

BONUS on the DAY!  That bum up in Minnesota lost as well.  lol

Kentucky Makes NBA Draft History ~ Awesomeness

Coach Cal put five Cats into the NBA Draft this Thursday.  Never been done before (in a single draft).

I’m happy about it.  Not nearly as excited as I’d have been if those 5 players had led UK to the National Championship.  Still it’s a great accomplishment.

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Kentucky Coach John Calipari sounded like a proud papa on Friday when discussing his five former players who were picked in the first round of the NBA Draft the previous night.

And while the exodus means that UK must adjust to a lot of new players next season, Calipari is hoping that the Cats continue to be a big player on NBA Draft night.

“I hope we do it again,” Calipari said. “My dream now would to be to have the No. 1 overall pick and six first-round draft picks. I want my sixth man to get drafted in the first round.”

John Wall was the No. 1 draft pick. DeMarcus Cousins checked in at No. 5, Patrick Patterson at No. 14, Eric Bledsoe No. 18 and Daniel Orton at 29th.

John Wall Jersey on Ebay for $1000.00

I wonder if anyone will match the “buy now” price.

John Wall is popular, but, is he that popular.  Those Jerseys were extremely difficult to obtain.  I was able to get a John Wall Jersey for myself and my girlfriend and a friend of mine.  They sold out almost instantly online and in the store.

Vandy Unable to Surmount the Great Wall!

Vandy guard Jenkins proves unable to shoot over the defensive presence that is John Wall.

In the closing seconds of the game, Jenkins attempts a 3 point shot.  John Wall gets a piece of it and the shot is off the mark.  More last second heroics by Wall who had made the winning shots for Kentucky only seconds earlier.

This Kentucky Team refuses to lose.  The swagger is definitely back at Kentucky.

GO BIG BLUE!!!

KENTUCKY TAKES OUT THE ‘DORES!

BIG CUZ got T’d up!  AND his 12th Double Double!

Patterson hit 3 of 4 from three.

Liggins was scrambling and Bledsoe was rockin’.

Even Stevenson showed fire out there.

Wall was back!  Back in excellent form.

Dodson brought his three back with him.

Great game for the Cats.

Way to come back and take a win in Rupp.

Keep that Rupp record intact and undefeated.

Ready for a run and Rupp to be invincible again.

Great Job Coach Cal!

GO BIG BLUE!!!


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins posted his 12th double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds as No. 1 Kentucky bounced back from an upset loss to South Carolina with a 85-72 win over No. 23 Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Darnell Dodson added 16 points in a rare start for the Wildcats (20-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference), who played like the nation’s top-ranked team for long stretches in front of special guest LeBron James.

Kentucky built an early 19-point lead then made it hold up while the NBA superstar, a friend of coach John Calipari, watched from courtside.

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Facebook ~ Patrick Patterson

https://i1.wp.com/a.espncdn.com/photo/2008/0229/ncb_u_ppatterson_300.jpg“To the entire Big Blue Nation.. Do not talk to me or message me about the performances of myself & my teammates OR question our talent, pride, or love for this University.”  ~ Patrick Patterson

Established.  Some UK fans are retards.  Idiots.  Morons.  Call them what you will.  Anyone who would go on the board/page of a UK player and talk smack to one of the Athletes on the team or any team for that matter is a low life piece of  human trash.  They deserve their trailer park lives.  If you know the guy(s), it’s one thing.  If you’re a fan, get off the stalking vibe and let these dudes live their lives.  Give ’em room.  Let them breath.  Especially after a loss.

I’ve got a few choice words that I’d like to use to any moron who went onto Facebook and was talking smack to Patrick Patterson or any of the team.  I like to keep this site PG rated, so I’ll not post it here.  Gimme some face time with one of these cyber-tards and I guarantee I’ll make the little punk cry.

Peace!

Kentucky is Number One!

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Box Score vs Arkansas

Cats blow out the Hogs to earn debut at #1 in 2010.

No. 2 Kentucky dominates Arkansas 101-70

LEXINGTON, Ky.(AP) Darius Miller had a career-high 18 points and DeMarcus Cousins got his 10th double-double as No. 2 Kentucky coasted by Arkansas 101-70 Saturday.

The Wildcats kept alive the nation’s only unblemished record and a near certain return to the top of the college basketball rankings.

Kentucky (19-0, 4-0 SEC) hasn’t topped The Associated Press poll since 2003, but that streak is almost certain to end Monday courtesy of its dominating victory over UK alumnus John Pelph

rey’s Razorbacks and top-ranked Texas’ loss to Kansas State earlier in the week.

This one was practically over by tipoff. Kentucky scored the game’s 10 points, stretched the lead to 30 by halftime, then added the first 14 points of the second half.

With that much margin for error, the Wildcats easily avoided the kind of second half letdown that made recent wins over Georgia and Auburn much closer than anticipated. Arkansas (8-11, 1-3) did make an 18-3 run midway through the second half, but by that time, Kentucky had plenty of cushion to withstand it.

The Wildcats’ largest lead was 46 after John Wall hit a jumper with 14 minutes left. The Razorbacks got it no closer than 92-62 with under 4 minutes to go.

Arkansas was led by Courtney Fortson ‘s 21 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up with the Wildcats’ scoring barrage.

They ended the first half and began the second on a 21-0 run, including a 3-pointer by Ramon Harris at the halftime buzzer and later consecutive 3s by Miller.

Miller connected on four of six attempts from long range.

Cousins, who finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, secured his double-double just seconds into the second half. He probably would have gotten it even sooner but was sidelined for all but nine minutes of the first half with a minor injury.

Calipari tried to keep expectations low going into the Arkansas game, joking, ”What’s going to happen the next day, we go to the electric chair?”

One thing that did concern him was the Wildcats have been vulnerable against 3-point shooters this year, and Arkansas has one of the nation’s best of those in Rotnei Clarke . However, Clarke was just 2-of-9 from beyond the arc and the Razorbacks managed just one other 3.

It was Kentucky’s third 100-point effort of the season and first in SEC play.

Pelphrey has now lost all three meetings against his alma mater as an opposing coach.

Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/ncaa/men/gameflash/2010/01/23/58835_recap.html#ixzz0dTybSb3A

Kentucky should be ranked #1 on Monday.

Darius Miller was stroking it from the outside hitting 4-6 from the Trey.  Stevenson got in early and had a killer dunk.  Wall and Bledsoe played like Siamese Twins out there.  Cousins got a double double and lost a tooth.  Patrick Patterson had his normal outstanding game.

Kentucky remains undefeated.  Is soon to be ranked #1 and is on their way to the Top #1 Seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Less than two months until the SEC tournament.  I can’t wait to get there and see it.  Live and in person.

GO BIG BLUE!

BONUS: Mich St defeats the Gophers in their house. TLT strikes again. Double Bonus: UL and UNC lost this week.

Tonight I get to watch my first live UK Game of the Cal Era

I almost missed it.  For some reason, thought the game was tomorrow night.

But I get to watch it.   I’ve got to stay up damn near all night to do so.  It’s worth every second of lost sleep, though.

Can’t wait to see Wall and Patterson in action…with the outcome unknown.  Although, I am pretty certain that UGa is a gimme this year.   Mark Fox and Company are outmatched from top to bottom and there’s no Coach Gillispie to choke the drive and will to win out of the talented kids who take the floor for UK this year.

GO BIG BLUE!!!

I wish Meeks was here to experience this year with the Cats.  Without Meeks, this UK team is incredible.  With Meeks, they’d be a juggernaut.  Unstoppable!

John Calipari on Playing at Kentucky

Calipari said he’s trying to do much more with this team. “It’s about more than just winning,” Calipari said. “It’s about are you getting your team better. are they coming together? That’s what I’m trying to do.”

Calipari also said that he’s seeing a huge difference in his competition. The Wildcats are a big target every night. “We’re everybody’s Super Bowl,” Calipari said. “It’s almost stupid watching tape. They’re not going to play the way they’re playing on that tape.”

Daniel Orton getting high praise:

Also very good at basketball: Daniel Orton

by John Gasaway

I tried six ways to Sunday to make the following fit in the John Wall feature I just posted, but it was like putting a taco on a birthday cake so I had to leave it out. Nevertheless I want this to be on the record:

The sequence in Saturday’s North CarolinaKentucky game where Daniel Orton rejected John Henson at the rim, sprinted down the floor, received a fast-break pass from Eric Bledsoe, and dished an exquisite bounce-pass to Patrick Patterson for the dunk may have been the most impressive possession I have seen from a player this decade. Defense, athleticism, hustle, selflessness, and point-guard-level skill, all on one play. Seven-second wonder Daniel Orton, I salute you!

How Good is John Wall?

The Cats Hang On in a Tough One! UNC goes down! UK 68 ~ UNC 66

John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball while defended by Marcus Ginyard #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game on December 5, 2009 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 68-66. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball while defended by Marcus Ginyard #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game on December 5, 2009 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 68-66. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Andy Lyons

No.5 Kentucky edges No.10 North Carolina

Big Cuz talked a big game but didn’t put up much to show for it.  He’ll have plenty of chances to redeem himself, though.

It was a hell of a game. I looked and the Cats were up by 19.

Half time came and went and suddenly the Cats were no longer taking it to them.  Wall, apparently, had cramps.  #54 held it down, but, no one else stepped up while Blue Jesus was out.

Finally, though, Eric Bledsoe took advantage of opportunity and iced his free throws and Wall came back in time to to help putt he game away.  EB and JW put the final touches on a nice win by hitting 5 of 6 in the final 30 seconds as the Cats held off the Tar Heels.

A nice halt to a 5 game skid that began back in the days of TLT and continued through the lunacy that was Billy Gillispie.

Excellent Game Guys.  Wish I could have watched it.  AFN doesn’t think that College Basketball is very popular overseas, so I’ll have to catch it tomorrow on tape delay.  Better late than never though.

Thanksfully, the guys at Wildcatnation.net kept me up to date throughout the game.  If the game was half as frantic as the chat room, tape delay probably saved me a heart attack.

GO BIG BLUE!

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – John Calipari’s rebuilding project at Kentucky is ahead of schedule.

Patrick Patterson added 19 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky (8-0), which snapped a five-game losing streak to the Tar Heels (7-2) and inched closer to becoming the first program to reach 2,000 victories. The Wildcats have 1,996, while North Carolina has 1,991.

Deon Thompson led North Carolina with 14 points and Will Graves added 13, but the Tar Heels‘ second-half rally stalled in the final minutes.

Wall and fellow freshman Eric Bledsoe made sure of it, making 5 of 6 free throws in the last 30 seconds after North Carolina had trimmed a 19-point deficit to two.

Freshman star John Wall shook off a leg injury to finish with 16 points, including the clinching free throws with 4 seconds remaining, and the fifth-ranked Wildcats held off No. 10 North Carolina 68-66 on Saturday.

Kentucky Wildcats
Player Game
FGM-A FTM-A 3PM-A Off
Reb
Def
Reb
Tot
Reb
Ast PF Pts
E Bledsoe 2-7 5-6 0-2 0 1 1 1 4 9
P Patterson 8-12 2-2 1-1 2 5 7 0 1 19
D Miller 3-7 0-0 2-5 1 2 3 1 0 8
D Cousins 2-7 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 5
J Wall 5-10 5-7 1-2 0 5 5 7 2 16
P Stevenson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0
D Orton 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 0
D Dodson 3-7 1-2 2-6 2 3 5 0 1 9
R Harris 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 2 0 2
Totals 24-54
(.444)
14-22
(.636)
6-16
(.375)
8 25 33 13 17 68

Team Rebounds: 11

The win pushed Kentucky’s victory total to 1,996, just head of North Carolina’s 1,991. Not that the Wildcats were concerned with history.

The win pushed Kentucky’s victory total to 1,996, just head of North Carolina’s 1,991. Not that the Wildcats were concerned with history.

‘You guys are going to say I’m crazy, but I’m happy with the way it played out,” said coach John Calipari. ”We let the other team come at us. We gave up way too many (3s) but I’m proud of my guys. We did what we needed to do. We had just enough.”

The win pushed Kentucky’s victory total to 1,996, just head of North Carolina’s 1,991. Not that the Wildcats were concerned with history.

For a team whose motto is ”envy our past, fear our future,” the first signature win of Calipari’s tenure proved his rebuilding job is well ahead of schedule.

”I hope it just gives people some respect for us that we’re a pretty good team,” Wall said. ”We did what we were supposed to, come out with a win against a great team.”

Consider North Carolina coach Roy Williams convinced, particularly after the Wildcats took control with an explosive 28-2 run in the first half.

”You’ve got to give them congratulations, they really kicked our butts,” Williams said. ”They just ran us out of the gym.”

Annual UK-UNC game shouldn’t go away

Adolph Rupp Would Roll Over In His Grave!

Observation: A loss might be a very good thing for this team

I’m no different than any other UK fan. I want the team to win every game every season, so don’t think I’ve lost my mind with this observation.So far, this year’s version of the ‘Cats has had good games and not so good games. They’ve looked really good in spurts and not so hot in others.
Yet, in spite of all that, they have yet to feel what defeat feels like. Last night’s game was arguably the toughest test they’ve had so far. The Miami/Ohio game was a tough one, too, but it didn’t go into overtime. My point is they have yet to “pay the price” for their sloppy play. Again, I DON’T look foward to our first loss, but we all know it’s going to happen eventually. When it does, I honestly think that will be the catalyst to get our younger players, as well as the whole team, to realize that they really need to get with the program completely. Frankly, I would rather it be prior to the start of SEC play, rather than after.Last night was the first time this season I think at least some of the players had reality set in. At the end of regulation and into the overtime period, the camera was on John Wall and he was more intense than I’ve ever seen him. I know he really enjoys it when he makes a good play and I get pumped up just watching him, but last night I think it finally dawned on him that, “Hey, we might actually LOSE this game if we don’t it in gear!”Sometimes the foundations for the BIG victories are laid on the grounds of a loss. I won’t be happy when we do lose, but in the long run I think it’ll pay dividends when we do.

 

Comments?

I think John Calipari, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe, John Hood, Ramon Harris and the rest of the Team and Coaches would think you a complete fool.

What kind of fan spouts this nonsense?

The guy who wrote this idiocy is the exact same fan to whom I was referring here.  The dude is an idiot and should be banned forever from posting on any Kentucky fan board.  Complete Fuckin’ Moron.  Dude needs to have his Kentucky Fan credentials revoked.  lol

Joe Hall, the Kentucky coach who succeeded Mr. Rupp and for many years was his assistant and chief recruiter, once said:

“Coach operates from an extreme competitive desire and has a strong dread for losing.”

Regardless of the reason, he always put forth this kind of effort. On his weekly television shows he often said:

“We want to win, we just have to win. Goodness knows, no one wants to win any more than we do.”

Winning was Mr. Rupp’s passion. Someone once recited to him the famed Grantland Rice line, “when the one Great Scorer comes to write against your name, he marks not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.”

To this, Mr. Rupp answered:

“Well now, I just don’t know about that. If winning isn’t so important, why do you keep score?”

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That looks like Coach Rupp telling a moron what he thinks of the “good loss” theory.


GO BIG BLUE!!!

John Wall Takes Over! Scores Career High 23 against Stanford

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Kentucky
Name Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
D. Miller 36 3-9 3-6 4-5 3 4 3 1 0 0 3 13
D. Cousins 26 5-8 0-1 3-8 2 5 2 2 1 3 5 13
E. Bledsoe 30 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 2 1 0 4 5
J. Wall 45 7-15 1-4 8-8 1 4 5 5 1 2 3 23
P. Patterson 31 5-9 1-2 1-2 6 11 0 0 0 1 2 12
D. Orton 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 0
D. Dodson 13 0-3 0-3 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
J. Harrellson 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0
R. Harris 24 3-5 0-1 1-2 1 7 1 0 1 0 2 7
P. Stevenson 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0
Totals 225 25-56 6-19 17-25 15 37 14 15 5 8 21 73
Percentages: .446 .316 .680 Team Rebounds: 2

“NBA, that’s all I’ve got to say,” Wildcats forward Patrick Patterson said. “John Wall is a pro player and he wants the ball in crunch-time situations. Whenever we need a basket or something on the offensive end John is going to be the one to do it.”

Calipari on Wall and Bledsoe:

“I think we’ve got two guys when the game is on the line they are not afraid to make plays, which bodes well for us,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “You saw once again that late in the game I’m not calling a timeout. I don’t need to be a hero, let those guys be the hero.”

“Those two guys have the killer (instinct),” Calipari said. “What you want is the guys with the killer to bleed onto the others. Just a will to win.”

“For such a young team, they showed a lot of poise down the stretch,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “(Wall) is one of the fastest guards I’ve ever seen play on any level. He showed a lot of poise for his age. He’s a terrific player.”

On the other side, Wall was the only Kentucky player to get going before the break. The freshman guard had 15 points but could not do all the heavy lifting with preseason All-American forward Patterson going out of the game less than six minutes in with two fouls. Without Patterson’s inside presence the Wildcats struggled to get anything in the paint and shot just 35.5 percent from the field.

Patterson got going early in the second half on his way to his 25th career double-double, but he missed two point-blank opportunities on the same possession that would have given Kentucky its first lead since late in the first half with just over 10 minutes remaining.

He made up for it later, using a power post move to give Kentucky a 54-53 lead with 6:42 to play.

John Wall will be the first #1 Draft Pick in Kentucky History.  He or Patterson should be the First UK Basketballer to bring home the Adolph Rupp Trophy for Player of the Year.  I think one of them will bring home the Wooden Trophy as well.  Wall may well be the most highly regarded Frosh/Student Athlete to ever have worn the UK Jersey by the time this year is finished.  He is certainly lived up to the hype surrounding him as a player.  What’s more is that the guy is actually a good student and a good guy as well.

Calipari pulled off a recruiting coup with John Wall.  His second best recruiting pitch was retaining Patrick Patterson.  These are two All World Student Athletes.  I just hope that all of the anti-Cal or anti-Kentucky feeling out there doesn’t hurt them over the course of the year.  Lots of guys out there who are waiting like vultures for something, anything to pop up to stall or kill Cal and Kentucky’s momentum.  Yet, these same hypocrites defend John Wooden as if their reputations depended upon said defense.

This year, UK has three of the Top Freshman in the CNNSI Power Rankings.  Wall and Cousins are ranked #’s 1 and 2 respectively.  Eric Bledsoe is ranked at #25.  I’m sure that Bledsoe will rise as the year goes on.  All three are players.  I can see them all going to the NBA after this year.  Hopefully, Bledsoe and Cousins come back for a 2nd year.  The good thing, though, is that IF Cousins sees it as more wise to come out for the Draft after this year, it will likely mean that he has helped lead UK to a Final Four or better.

This should be a great year for Kentucky Basketball.  Patterson, Wall and the rest of the Frosh are finding ways to win this year.  Whereas last year, Billy Gillispie was finding ways to lose.



GO BIG BLUE!!!


Kentucky Scores 117 in Exhibition Game

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The Clarion team was outmatched in every category and it showed from the start when Kentucky came out and scored 12 points in just over 2 minutes. Had they kept that pace, the boys in Blue may have scored into the 300s.

The first exhibition left some scratching their heads. The team seemed to look hesitant. No hesitation tonight from all I’ve read. I won’t get to watch the game for a couple of weeks when it’s mailed to me (I’m in Afghanistan). Can’t wait to see this game.

I’m very excited to watch this UK team get the season started. I haven’t been this excited about a season since 1996. With Wall, Cousins and Patterson on the court, this should be a fun season. And a dominant one.  Kentucky Coach Calipari has been taking the team through two a day practices this week so I fully expected a big improvement over the 4 November performance.  The Cats did not disappoint.

Here’s the official box score from UKAA:

HOME TEAM: Kentucky
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
15 Cousins, DeMarcus… f 9-12 0-1 2-4 3 3 6 3 20 2 3 2 1 21
54 Patterson, Patrick.. f 6-12 2-2 0-0 1 5 6 4 14 0 2 3 0 26
01 Miller, Darius…… g 3-5 1-2 4-4 1 3 4 4 11 7 1 1 2 27
03 Dodson, Darnell….. g 3-11 1-5 4-4 3 6 9 2 11 4 0 0 1 22
11 Wall, John………. g 10-14 1-2 6-7 2 2 4 1 27 9 4 1 1 28
04 Hood, Jon……….. 1-3 1-1 4-4 3 1 4 0 7 1 1 0 1 15
05 Harris, Ramon……. 5-6 1-2 0-1 1 6 7 1 11 2 0 1 1 21
12 Krebs, Mark……… 2-2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 7
21 Stevenson, Perry…. 2-2 0-0 4-4 0 2 2 2 8 1 1 1 1 19
33 Orton, Daniel……. 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 4
55 Harrellson, Josh…. 1-4 0-0 1-2 2 1 3 0 3 1 0 1 0 10
TEAM……………. 1 1
Totals………….. 42-71 8-16 25-30 17 30 47 18 117 27 12 10 9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 21-36 58.3% 2nd Half: 21-35 60.0% Game: 59.2% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-8 37.5% 2nd Half: 5-8 62.5% Game: 50.0% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 13-15 86.7% 2nd Half: 12-15 80.0% Game: 83.3% 2,1

The Final Score was 117 UK to 52 Clarion. I can’t remember the last time that UK scored 117 points. Perhaps ’96 or ’97. Tubby didn’t score in the triple digits too often and Gillispie only had one game in the 100s. He lost that one. And I don’t remember a time that UK defeated a team by 65 points.

It is possible that this UK team will produce many firsts. I’m looking forward to seeing this season unfold.

I’m glad Patterson came back for this season. I understand Meeks leaving and the reasons he gave for leaving. Still I wish that he’d have come back. He deserved a season like the one forthcoming.

From KentuckySportsRadio: Kentucky wins this not-a-game 117-52. Best practice of the year, guys. Next time it counts.

From ESPN:

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Wall proved to be worth the wait.

The heralded Kentucky freshman scored 27 points in his collegiate debut as the fourth-ranked Wildcats rolled past Clarion 117-52 on Friday night in an exhibition game.

“I asked him, ‘Is that your ‘A’ game?” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “He was pretty good.”

Maybe even better than advertised after Wall was forced to sit out Kentucky’s exhibition opener on Monday as part of an NCAA suspension for accepting improper benefits from his former AAU coach.

He didn’t waste any time getting comfortable against the Golden Eagles, an NCAA Division II school in western Pennsylvania.

Wall nearly outscored Clarion in the first half and showcased a little bit of everything, from a dunk to a 3-pointer to a nifty behind-the-back dribble for a layup.

“He’s the real deal,” Clarion coach Ron Righter said. “I hope (Kentucky) can keep him because he’s in another league.”

GO BIG BLUE!!!

Patrick Patterson named Pre-Season First Team All America

PatPat2 is sharing the load nicely thus far.

Patrick Patterson was named  AP First Team All American.  Patterson is the first UK Basketball Team member to be named to the All America Team since Tayshaun Prince.  If he makes the post-season team, he’ll be the first UK player so honored since Ron Mercer in 1997.  Neither Smith nor Gillispie produced a post season All America honoree.

John Wall was named to the Second Team All Americas.  Many folks in the Sports world are asking the obvious question.  Does anyone really think that there are 8 or 9 players better in the NCAA than Wall.  Had Wall been eligible for the NBA Draft, many believe that he would have been the Number One pick.  He would at least been a Top 2 or 3 pick.  I understand that he’s not played an NCAA game, yet.  Even so, Wall is going to be one of the best 2 or 3 Collegiate players out there this year.

Here’s the AP First Team:

Luke Harangody – Notre Dame
Cole Aldrich – Kansas
Sherron Collins – Kansas
Patrick Patterson – Kentucky
Kyle Singler – Duke

***There is no way that Kyle Singler is going to have a better year than John Wall.  Coach K must have paid some of his AMEX money as a bribe to the voters.

The 2009-2010 Season is going to be crazy awesome for this team and UK fans.  A fitting end will be for Patrick Patterson and John Wall to be named First Team All America in the post-Season and for Patterson to be named the Player of the Year and bring the Adolph Rupp Trophy/Award home to Kentucky for the first time since it’s creation.  They’ve also been named to the All Wooden Team.

That would make for an amazing year.  Incredibly amazing.

“I was really excited when someone told me he was named All-American,” Kentucky sophomore Darius Miller said. “But he didn’t tell me or make a big deal out of it. Everybody was talking about it except Pat. He’s not really the type of person to brag on himself.”

Vaught’s Views on Patterson and the All America Honor

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GO BIG BLUE!!!

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John Wall ruled Eligible for NCAA Amateur Status

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From the UKAA website:

Oct. 30, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky men’s basketball student-athlete John Wall has been certified with conditions by the NCAA. The conditions are repayment of expenses and a two-game withholding, including the first exhibition game versus Campbellsville (Nov. 2) and the first regular-season game against Morehead State (Nov. 13).

Wall, a 6-4 freshman point guard from Raleigh, N.C., was one of five freshmen on the Naismith Preseason watch list. A pre-season All-American according to several national publications, Wall was the top recruit in the country last season according to Rivals.com.

“I’m grateful to have this decision behind me. All I ever wanted was to go to school and play ball with my team,” said UK freshman John Wall. “This has been really hard for my mom and I want to thank her for her support during this process.”

The repayment of expenses includes a total of $787.58, consisting predominantly of travel expenses incurred during Wall’s unofficial visits to various institutions during his junior year at Word of God Christian Academy.

“We’re appreciative of the process and the NCAA’s willingness to listen,” said UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. “The NCAA staff worked to keep the welfare of the student-athlete in mind throughout this process. I’m happy for Coach Calipari and John Wall that he will get a chance to represent the Wildcats this season. He’s a great young man and deserves to be able to concentrate fully on his academics and basketball.”

John Wall is a great kid who always tries to do the right thing and his mother is a great lady,” said UK head coach John Calipari. “I’m just happy this is behind us.”

John Wall must repay 757.58 USD to his former AAU Coach.  His AAU Coach was a registered, though, inactive agent.  It’s a bunch of hogwash.  The archaic NCAA rule book, though, is full of idiotic rules.

A Duke player can be paid.  A USC player can be paid.  ZERO repercussions to the program.  Those two incidents were proven and the parties involved even publically admitted to the facts and allegations.  A player is alleged to have cheated on an SAT.  No proof mind you.  The NCAA lays down sanctions.

What is the difference between what occurred at Duke and that which occurred at UMASS.

One thing:  Coach K!

That is the only difference.  Had it been any other coach or any other program and that Final Four banner would be gone from the official records.  Oh yeah, and most of the press would be writing articles about it and how it’s the end of the world for Amateurism.  Coach K could personally pay players.  Get caught red handed.  On video.  Deny it.  The NCAA would claim that it had no proof against him.

This time next year, I’m sure that the NCAA will re-open the investigation on John Wall.  I’m sure that they’ll find something that they missed.  I’m sure taht John Wall will be ruled retro-actively ineligible.

BUT!  Only if  UK and Coach Cal make it to the Final Four and Championship game.  If UK bails out of the tournament in the Sweet 16 or below.  No one will say a thing.

2009-2010 University of Kentucky Basketball Team

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Here they are folks.  This years Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Team.

Left to Right 2nd Row (Standing):

Jon Hood, Ramon Harris, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton, Demarcus “Big Cuz” Cousins, Josh “Jorts” Harrelson, Perry “Slim” Stevenson and Darnell “Ramel Bradley’s Twin” Dodson

Left to Right First Row (Seated):

Rod Strickland, Orlando Antiqua, Darius Miller, John Wall, Mark Krebs, Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Liggins, John Calipari and Jon Robic

*Coaches in Black, Players in Blue

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari says he has felt like a political candidate during his first six months as Kentucky’s basketball coach, generating new hype with each campaign stop across the state even while trying to temper some lofty expectations.

“I’ve done enough,” Calipari said Thursday at the first official media day since leaving Memphis. “I’m waiting for election day. I was kissing babies, and I didn’t care if I won or lost the election. I just wanted it to happen.”

Calipari is well aware that the passionate UK fans care strongly about whether he wins or loses. They want wins — preferably in bunches.

The program’s recent buzz has been sparked not just by its energetic new leader but by his debut recruiting haul, a freshman class arguably the most touted since Michigan’s Fab Five.

Yet unlike that 1991-92 Wolverines team that reached the national title game with five freshman starters, Kentucky has plenty of experience to go along with the new blood. Patrick Patterson was an all-Southeastern Conference center last year during Kentucky’s National Invitation Tournament season. Kentucky’s roster is so deep, Calipari envisions Patterson playing some wing this year.

This is going to be a hell of a year.  Big Pat is back on the scene with a mission.  He’s got help from incoming Frosh John Wall, Big Cuz, Orton and Eric Bledsoe as well as Darius Miller and the remainder of the returning team.

Big things are expected and these guys can take care of business and meet those expectations.  I can see making Final Four this season.  Of course, everything will have to go right for the team.  Keep the injuries down.  Cohesion and Esprit de Corps will be important factors.  With the Cal DDS system, there should be plenty of PT for all of the stars that make up this team.  Cal has been to two Final Fours and I can see this being his 3rd with the possibility of going al the way to the Title Game and bringing home banner #8.

A year that doesn’t end in a National Championship will not be catastrophic.  Less than a Final Four would surprise me.  I see this team slicing through the SEC like a hot knife through butter.  I’m sure there will be challenges, but, I see enough talent to overcome a few bouts with youth and inexperience.

Everything I read about John Wall says that the kid will be an instant player for Kentucky and Coach Cal.  Big Cuz is supposed to be a monster.  Daniel Orton should be a beast down low.  Eric Bledsoe may be better than advertised which would be impressive as he’s supposed to be a future lottery pick.  Darius Miller can take care of spot duty at the point and become an assassin on the wings.  These things take place and it’s gonna be a huge year.

HUGE!

Bottom line is that Patrick Patterson didn’t come back for the hell of it.  The man came back to get his.  I’m hoping he gets it.  Patrick Patterson leads this team to a Championship this year and he will go down in history as one of  THE greats of Kentucky Basketball.  He could well supplant Dan Issel as THE GREATEST.

GO BIG BLUE!!!

* Kentucky Men’s Basketball Yearbook

 

Alphabetical

No. Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Cl./Exp. Hometown (Last School)
24 Eric Bledsoe G 6-1/190 FR/HS Birmingham, Ala. (Parker)
15 DeMarcus Cousins F 6-11/260 FR/HS Mobile, Ala. (LeFlore)
3 Darnell Dodson G 6-7/215 SO/TR Greenbelt, Md. (Miami-Dade CC)
55 Josh Harrellson F 6-10/265 JR/1L St. Charles, Mo. (SW Illinois College)
5 Ramon Harris G/F 6-7/218 SR/3L Anchorage, Alaska (West Anchorage)
4 Jon Hood G 6-6/195 FR/HS Madisonville, Ky. (North Hopkins)
12 Mark Krebs G 6-5/208 SR/2L Newport, Ky. (Newport Central Catholic)
34 DeAndre Liggins G 6-6/202 SO/1L Chicago, Ill. (Findley Prep)
1 Darius Miller G 6-7/223 SO/1L Maysville, Ky. (Mason County)
33 Daniel Orton F 6-10/255 FR/HS Oklahoma City, Okla. (Bishop McGuiness)
54 Patrick Patterson F 6-9/235 JR/2L Huntington, W.Va. (Huntington)
21 Perry Stevenson F 6-9/207 SR/3L Lafayette, La. (Northside)
11 John Wall G 6-4/195 FR/HS Raleigh, N.C. (Word of God)