Kentucky Wins! (and almost gets a Triple Double Double)

MKG 19pts and 9rbds

AD 12pts and 14rbds

TJ 15pts and 11rbds

GO CATS!!!

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*** Syracuse goes down to Cincy.  KU gets hit by the Bears.

Kentucky Wildcats Kentucky

Name FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast PF Pts
Anthony Davis 4-8 0-1 4-5 1 14 0 2 12
Terrence Jones 5-12 0-2 5-8 3 11 0 2 15
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 5-9 0-1 9-13 5 10 1 3 19
Doron Lamb 4-7 1-3 3-4 0 2 0 3 12
Darius Miller 0-2 0-1 0-0 1 1 3 3 0
Marquis Teague 0-6 0-0 2-4 0 0 6 0 2
Kyle Wiltjer 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 18-44 1-8 23-34 10 38 10 14 60

Terrence Jones out drinking at 230AM?

Terrence Jones. Out with friends in the wee hours of the morning the night before the first game of the season.  Alleged to have had a drink or two (even though he was underage). The night before the first game of the season. I was told by a gal who “knows” TJ that he was calling her at 3AM the night before the UCONN Final Four Game. This behavior goes hand in had with that nonsense.

TJ is not JUST an average College Student. He’s an Elite Athlete on an Elite College Basketball Team. A team whose goal is to win a National Championship. That’s a lot of responsibility.  Carrying that load this year has the potential for a huge pay off if Jones carries it well.  If this kind of irresponsible behavior continues, those goals will not be met.

This is one of my few complaints about Cal at UK. His teams lack discipline. They lack focus at times. At key times, during key games.

If he truly wants that National Championship, he needs to rectify this. Immediately.

“The occupants of the victims’ vehicle were not charged with any wrongdoing. No evidence of drugs or alcohol was found,” Calipari wrote.

FROM KSR:

Sources say Jones was found at a location along Alexandria Drive and was “slightly under the influence with alcohol.” Jones indicated he left the scene, “hoping that Coach Calipari would not find out.”

University officials said they have no comment on whether Jones, who is underage, was drinking.

I don’t care if Jones was drinking or not.  He’s supposed to be the leader on this team.  He’s supposed to be an elite athlete focused on achieving a goal.  Being out at 230AM the night before the first game of the season is a complete lack of focus.  That action is a total disregard for the rest of the team.  This is not the example that Jones should be setting for the Frosh on the team.  Period.  Jones needs to get his act together.   Jones is not just a college student out partying.  I don’t want to hear that excuse.  If Jones didn’t think that he was doing anything wrong, he would not have fled the scene of the accident in the hopes that Coach Cal would not find out.  Obviously, TJ knew that he was in the wrong.

Get yer shit together Jones.  You too, Cal.  WTF!

As an afterthought, Wall and Cousins were supposedly seen out late the night before the West Virginia game.  That team had an off shooting night against West Virginia.  Anyone see a pattern here?

Coincidence that both teams had off shooting nights during those games. Fatigue, maybe?  Ya think!

Coach Cal, Terrence Jones and Profanity ~ An Ideal Time for Some PERSPECTIVE

When I was 18, I was in the Army. I turned 18 about 1 month after basic training. Yes, my Drill Sergeants cursed at me. One of them called me a dumb em effer and kicked me damn near across the room. It was more like a pushing kick than a kick. But his foot hit my back and I went sprawling.

I was recently in Afghanistan.

I met a few 18 year old soldiers over there.

I’m not sure about this. But I don’t think IEDs or bullets or rockets or mortars or any other type of munitions have an age checker on them.

Lots of cursing going on in Afghanistan as well.

I know I cursed every time a rocket exploded near enough that I could feel the ground rock. Usually I was cursing because I had to get my lazy butt out of bed and head to a bunker. I heard a lot of cursing in those bunkers too.

Terrence Jones is 18 or 19. I don’t know. I’ve heard both. I think he’s 19. By that age, there are many who have been in combat and are about to head back to combat.

The average age of the Combat soldier in Vietnam was 19. Nu Nu Nu Nu Nineteen. lol

My older brother joined the Marines when he was 17.

I knew a lot of 18 year olds amongst my fellow recruits.

Some of these were heading to the Korean DMZ.

Some of these guys were heading for Fulda.

Some of them were heading to Panama and would be embroiled in an invasion soon.

Lots of 18 and 19 year old Marines in Beirut in 1982-3.

Terrence Jones had a couple of profane words beginning in “F” directed at him on National TV.

Why am I supposed to be concerned about that?

He could be just another talentless schmuck heading for his second tour in Iraq.

Kentucky outduels the ETSU Bucs 88-65

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First game of the regular season. The Cats come out guns a blazing.  Terrence Jones slams down 25 Points and 12 Rebounds for his first Double Double of his UK Career.  Brandon Knight (17 pts/5 ast) and Doron Lamb (20 pts) bring it with Double Digit scoring. Young Doron also pulled in 5 rebounds.

And in what is most likely a surprise for many a UK fan who had left him for dead, Deandre Liggins throws down for 14 points, dishes out 6 assists and nabs 3 rbds.

It’s going to be a group board effort this year without Kanter.  Unless Vargas and Jorts step up big time.  Jorts is a big fella.  he should be snatching balls left and right.  We’ll see.https://i0.wp.com/www.blogcdn.com/ncaabasketball.fanhouse.com/media/2010/11/terrencejones-200-111210.jpg

Jorts had a respectable 7 rebounds (4 Offensive).  He’ll be sorely needed this year with Kanter being ruled ineligible.  A shame that.  The NCAA made a piss poor decision on that call.  13,000 dollars makes one a “Professional.”  Who’d a thunk it.  I thought Pro Ballers were cashing million dollar checks.  Yet, the NCAA rules that a measly 13,ooo bucks and 20,000 bucks in school expenses makes one a “Professional.”  The NCAA is still a joke.

Anyway.  Great Game and Great Opener on the Season.  Many is the fan was worried about this game.  The baby Cats proved up to the challenge of the Great Bucs of ETSU. Imagine!

The one down side is free throw shooting.  An abysmal .391.  Can’t give up the freebies like that and expect to make any kind of run in the NCAA Tournament.

Last word.  Darius Miller.  The kid seems to have talent.  He doesn’t seem able to bring it except on occasion.  I think he can ball as well as the Frosh.  Why he continues to be satisfied with second string is unfathomable.

Jones become the first Kentucky freshman to debut with a double-double since Jules Camara in 1998, stuffing the stat sheet with 25 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals in Kentucky’s 88-64 win over Eastern Tennessee State.

 

Kentucky
Name Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
J. Harrellson 16 1-2 0-0 0-0 4 7 0 1 0 3 4 2
D. Liggins 37 5-10 2-4 2-3 0 3 6 3 0 0 1 14
B. Knight 32 6-13 4-7 1-4 1 4 5 2 0 0 2 17
T. Jones 35 10-19 2-3 3-10 5 12 2 0 3 2 2 25
D. Miller 31 3-9 2-5 0-0 3 11 1 3 1 1 2 8
S. Poole Jr. 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Lamb 28 7-10 3-5 3-5 0 5 3 1 0 0 1 20
J. Polson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Vargas 13 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 4 1 0 0 1 2 0
J. Hood 6 1-3 0-2 0-1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
Totals 200 33-68 13-26 9-23 16 48 18 10 4 7 15 88
Percentages: .485 .500 .391 Team Rebounds: 3
Game Info
Technical Fouls: None
Attendance: 23,740
Officials: Doug Shows, Lee Cassell, Chuck Jones

John Calipari is a Recruiting God!

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With Terrence Jones joining the roster for 2010, Cal brings in his 2nd Number One Class in a row.  2nd Number One Class in two years at the helm of UK.  2 Years, 2 Number One Classes.  More than likely, next year will see the Number One Class as well.

Now, he needs to build continuity for the decade and I need to secure some Final Four tickets for the Next Few Years.

GO CATS!!!

And then there is John Wall

Jimmy

#1 Draft Pick of the 2010 Draft

“I think there’s no question John is by far the most dynamic player in the draft,” Saunders said. “He’s probably one of the most dynamic guards to come out in a while, when you combine his athleticism, his ability to defend and the speed that he has. A lot of times when players come into our league, you’re trying to develop a guy into a point guard.

“Sometimes you’re trying to change him from maybe a guy that was a scorer and more of a shooting guard in college to a point guard who tries to run a team. Whereas John is definitely a guy that is definitely a point guard. He averaged a lot of assists at Kentucky and pretty much dominated games with his ability to make plays for other players.”