Kentucky Talk Ep. 3

Welcome everyone to the third episode of Kentucky Talk.

In this episode I talk about:

  • Kentucky’s loss to Alabama
  • Jalen Hurts possibly transferring and considering Kentucky
  • Anthony Davis rumors

You can listen on iTunes and don’t forget to subscribe to the Kentucky Talk podcast feed. You can also listen on Stitcher.

Hope you all enjoy. Go Cats.

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Kentucky is a 6 seed in the latest ESPN bracketology

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Good afternoon BBN. I have been away for awhile and wanted to start off by saying I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and got to spend it with friends and family.

With that said, I am not much into bracketology, especially with it only being December, but the latest version of ESPN’s Bracketology was released and I thought I’d give it a look.

Kentucky is currently a 6-seed in Tennessee’s bracket. They would be facing VCU in the first round and would be facing the winner of UNC and Vermont in the second round.

These projections would definitely change once the Cats have handled business against the Cards tomorrow.

Here’s a look at the rest of the bracket:

Go Cats.

The Kentucky vs. North Carolina series has given us some pretty memorable games in the Cal era

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Tomorrow, Kentucky and North Carolina face-off in one of the better matchups so far in college basketball. The game is scheduled to tip-off around 5:15 PM on CBS.

North Carolina leads the series 24-15 and the most recent game in the series was in the 2017 Elite 8 where Kentucky lost 75-73. I’m not going to go into that game because I will become depressed again and I’m sure you will too.

North Carolina owned Kentucky in the early years, but since John Calipari got to Kentucky, the Wildcats have gone 5-3 against the Tar Heels.

This series has also brought us some pretty awesome games.

Kentucky 73 – North Carolina 75: 2017 Elite 8

This game is pretty depressing for UK fans. Kentucky was down late in the game and Malik Monk hit two crazy 3’s to tie the game. We all know what happened after that.

Watch this video at your own risk and there’s no need to watch the end.

Kentucky 103 – North Carolina 100: 2016 CBS Sports Classic

One of the better games, in my opinion, in a decade. Malik Monk dropped 47, including a last second three to give Kentucky the win.

Kentucky 73 – North Carolina 72: Anthony Davis’ block

This is the kind of game you don’t get a lot at Rupp Arena. Two top-five teams going down to the last second. Anthony Davis, I think became Anthony Davis in this game after blocking a jump-shot from John Henson in the final seconds to give Kentucky the win.

Kentucky 76 – North Carolina 69: 2011 Elite 8

After upsetting the best team in the tournament, Ohio State, Kentucky played North Carolina in the Elite 8. DeAndre Liggins hit a three with 35 seconds left in the game, which gave Kentucky the win and sent them to the Final Four for the first time since 1998.

Highlights:

Full game:

Kentucky 68 – North Carolina 66: Kentucky basketball was back

John Calipari’s first game against North Carolina since taking the Kentucky job. The Cats were coming off five straight losses to the Tar Heels, including a 20 point blowout the previous year. This game put Kentucky basketball back on the map and the world was introduced to John Wall.

Kentucky and North Carolina have had one hell of a series since Cal arrived in Lexington. Hopefully the Cats can pull out a huge win against the Tar Heels tomorrow in Chicago.

Go Cats.

Kentucky loses experience off the bench as Quade Green decides to transfer

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Around 11 am on Wednesday, it was announced that Quade Green was thinking about transferring from Kentucky, then around 1:30 pm it was made official that Green was going to transfer.  As if we needed more depressing news, right?

I will say that I was somewhat surprised by the news but from what I saw, the staff knew that is could happen.  If you remember, Green thought about transferring in the summer, but decided to remain in Lexington for his sophomore year.

In 43 games in a UK uniform, Green averaged 9.3 pts, 1.7 rebs, and 2.6 asts.

This decision now confirms that something has to change at Kentucky.  Green obviously felt like his talents could be used somewhere else, because he was not getting the opportunities of the other guards.

John Calipari released this statement about Green transferring:

We all wish you the best wherever you go, Quade.

Go Cats.

Don’t we do this stuff every year?

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Isn’t the beginning of basketball season just great? 

It’s been a little different this year because of football.  Kentucky usually doesn’t go 9-3, have a player win three awards, and have three guys named to AP All American teams. 

I thought that would be a blessing and I think it has been.  Football casted a shadow over basketball for a month, and all that did was delay what is happening now, and by that I mean all of this negativity.

Usually Kentucky football is a joke and when are jumping on basketball, acting like football doesn’t exist when Big Blue Madness hits.  These kids, who are normally only 18 years old, are thrown into the spotlight immediately and criticized from the first tip until the final buzzer in March.

I am blessed to not remember much of the Billy Clyde years, so when Cal got here I became addicted to Kentucky basketball.  I remember going to bed on the night Kentucky played South Carolina.  They lost that game.  I woke up the next morning to hear that and didn’t believe it.  Man I had no idea what I had gotten myself into.

I cried for what felt like hours after Kentucky lost in the Elite 8 to WVU that year.  I did that after most losses, especially after heartbreaks.  The last time I cried was after the Wisconsin loss.  I know I am not the only one.

I started down the next depressing path as I decided to get a Twitter account in 2015 and didn’t pay much attention to it.  I started to get on it daily in 2016 and noticed one thing.  A ton of negativity.

They call the BBN the best fanbase in the world, and it is.  But, if you’re only on Twitter then you think we have the most negative, fans in the world.  There is a progressive cycle though, that happens every year.

At the beginning of the year, we’re excited and anxious for the season.  If we don’t start the season 10-0 and look like world-beaters, we go crazy.  We start the “should Cal be fired?” stuff and we lose our minds.  Then we go through the depressing SEC schedule, but this year the conference is insanely good, normally it sucks.  Last year we lost four games in a row and thought the team was going to miss the tournament, and I did too.  We all know what happened.

The end of the year is always exciting.  Cal has his guys ready and 90% of the time, UK wins the SEC tournament and goes deep in the NCAA Tournament.

We go through this cycle every year and we tell ourselves that Cal will have these guys ready by March, which usually happens.  We get all bent out of shape because an orange ball doesn’t go through a hoop or when a buzzer sounds the opponent has a higher number on the scoreboard than Kentucky does.  It’s hilarious if you think about it.

I have tried to not, I guess get depressed, over basketball in the past year.  It hasn’t really worked but I am still making an effort.  

Here’s a reminder.  When or lose a game, a recruit, etc.  The sun will come up the next day and our lives go on.

P.S. For the love of God, DO NOT tweet the Calipari daughters about their dad.  Thanks.

Go Cats.


ATTENTION: $15 tickets for UK vs. Utah

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Yes you read that right.

Since UK goes on Christmas break soon, Kentucky is offering a special deal.  Fans can purchase eRUPPtion Zone tickets for $15 each for this Saturdays game against Utah, which tips-off around 5 pm EST.

Tickets will be sold at the Rupp Box Office on Saturday, beginning 90 minutes prior to tip-off.

If you haven’t been to a game or have never sat in the student section, this is a great opportunity.

Safe to say I will be highly disappointed if the student section isn’t packed on Saturday.  C’mon BBN!

Go Cats.

Louisville is in shambles and I love it

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Louisville just can’t stay out of the spotlight, can they? After Jeff Brohm announced that he would be staying at Purdue and not taking the Louisville job, the Ville lost their minds. So much so that an anonymous Twitter account by the name of “Proud Clarion,” threatened to burn down Trinity High School if Brohm didn’t accept the job.  He sub-tweeted that tweet with some others making the threat worse:

That last tweet says, “If you see a man running down Frankfort with a gas can and wild look in his eyes, it’s me.”

You’d think that after the FBI investigations and the Katina Powell stuff, they would be able to keep it together.  No. Just imagine if a Kentucky fan had done this? The media would be ripping us.

Now, I sat with some sane Louisville fans at Cardinal Stadium for the Kentucky game, so not all of them are bad.  But, wasn’t all of this supposed to happen to us? Kentucky was supposed to get caught in a bunch of scandals because of the Calipari hire and they were supposed to own us in football, right?

Hey Cardinal fans, we’re 2-1 against you in the last 3 years, and 8-1 against you in basketball. You guys are the ones caught in all the scandals and your program is in shambles.  How does 2-11 feel?

I love it.  Go cats.