What Kentucky fans are saying on message boards

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After Kentucky lost in Tuscaloosa to the Alabama Crimson Tide today, 77-75, I thought I’d visit the message boards to see what some fans are saying.

I’m sure everyone will be rational, friendly human beings who don’t think Cal can’t coach, Cal needs to be fired, and this is an NIT team.

“We suck a**. With the most all around talent in the country. Go figure.”

Doesn’t Duke have like three of the best players in the country?

“What’s there to be negative about? These days, we play for ending generational poverty and Draft Green Room anyway! While suckers at Villanova and Duke lose sleep deep into March, I’m up all night in June refreshing the mock drafts and trying to find out which G-league team our player ( that would be a 4-year project anywhere else ) will be on next year”

Six Elite Eights, Four Final Fours, and a title… I know I went to bed late during March those years.

March baby March. That’s all that matters

Reply: “Lol, terrible that a program like Kentucky can’t expect to be great throughout the season. We have to settle for a mediocre regular season and sweet 16 finish and be talked into accepting it as a “good” season.

Define “mediocre” and then get back to me. By the way, we’ve only not made it past the Sweet 16 twice in the Cal era.

“It’s been a long season.”

We’ve only played 13 games?

“Cant win with low tier five stars. Simple as that.”

Are we really going to start saying there are levels of five-star athletes?

“Look how good we looked in the Bahamas against Mega Bemax with minimal coaching and playing more on natural ability. Look how bad Michigan looked against Mega Bemax with minimal coaching. Look at both teams now. Call me names, I’m just saying.

Maybe Cal should just roll the ball out.”

So we accuse Cal of rolling the ball out and being a bad coach, now we want him to roll the ball out? Makes sense.

“Hey Cal, what bandwagon were you talking about. The team has to be good in order for there to be a bandwagon to jump on and off. I hate that he bitches about the fans, then uses two wins to say that the fans complaints were unwarranted. He then goes on to lose the next game to a bottom feeder in the SEC. Worry about your coaching and not the fans.”

Isn’t this team top 15? And I don’t think Alabama is a bottom feeder anymore…. or at least no after beating Kentucky.

“When we win – well we have better recruits, so…
When we lose – Cal got exposed

Always write the narrtive so Cal can never win and you always have a reason to bitch. I guess Cal made Reid play terribly.”

Oh look, a rational fan.

Go Cats.

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Kentucky makes Paul Finebaum’s post-bowl top 10 list….. but they’re still behind Florida

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If you haven’t seen it yet, Paul Finebaum released his post-bowl top 10 rankings and the Kentucky Wildcats slid in the door at #10, but they’re still behind Florida, who is #9.

Paul knew obviously knew there would be some debate because he said “I’m sure everyone will agree on all of them and there will be no debate about any of the choices.”

People seem to forget that an unranked Kentucky team went to the Swamp and kicked the Gators teeth in. A lot of people say that if Kentucky were to play them again, then Florida would beat them. I think the game would be close and I think Kentucky could maybe even come out with another victory.

Here’s the complete rankings:

Notre Dame is a fraud, so drop them to the 10th spot, move everyone up a spot, flip flop Kentucky and Florida, and I’m happy.

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.

Who is the second potential transfer?

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Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio has been hinting at two potential transfers for Kentucky for a few weeks now. Yesterday it was announced that Miami freshman QB, Jarren Williams, was going to transfer. The destination was never said and now will never be as his father told 247Sports that Mark Richt and Jon Richt convinced Williams to stay.

They were talking to him yesterday and today about staying and competing through the spring. He felt as though he should had an opportunity to probably play more. He was frustrated by play time.” Williams’ father said.

With Williams now off the board, who is this mysterious transfer that Jones has been hinting at?

*I KNOW NOTHING WHEN IT COMES TO THIS*

Xavier Peters

Xavier Peters committed to Kentucky in July of 2017, then on signing day, he didn’t sign. Then in late January of this year, Peters flipped his commitment from Kentucky to Florida State during an official visit. He was ranked 173rd in the 2018 class by 247Sports and was UK’s highest-rated commitment in 2018.

Shocky Jacques-Louis

Shocky Jacques Louis committed to Kentucky in late April of 2017, then in early June, Louis announced his de-commitment from Kentucky. He then committed to Tennessee in early August. After being committed to UT for several months, Louis de-committed from Tennessee after Butch Jones was fired. He then, in late December, committed to Pittsburgh.

Russ Yeast

Russ Yeast committed to Kentucky, then flipped his commitment to Louisville. With Louisville being in a mess, Yeast announced that he would transfer after their 77-16 loss to Clemson. His dad, Craig Yeast, played with Tim Couch at Kentucky, so would Yeast come back to his dads old stomping grounds?

Those are the three that I think are most likely. Remember, I know nothing when it comes to this, so I will find out when everyone else finds out. Other potential names would be Mac Jones and Alex Reigelsperger.

Go Cats

Five things I want to see for Kentucky’s Senior Day tomorrow

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It’s crazy to think that there are only two games remaining for Kentucky football this year.  It feels like just yesterday I was sweating out Kentucky vs. Florida.  Senior day is here though and Kentucky’s last home game for the year is tomorrow.  This season has had its fair share of ups and downs and I get that most of you are somewhat disappointed with the way the season has ended so far, but we still have two games to cheer on our Cats before they take a month off for whatever bowl game they play in.

It’s cold, it snowed last night, the pain of the Duke and Tennessee game is still there, but Kentucky has a great chance to win 10 games (including the bowl game) this season and some of us are disappointed.  I understand why most of us are a little frustrated, but we need to put that aside and go support the seniors tomorrow.  With all of that, here are five things I want to see tomorrow.

A full stadium for the seniors

As I said above, it’s senior day tomorrow, which means it will be the last time you all get to see these guys play in person, unless you’re going to the bowl game.  It’s going to be cold, early, and we’re playing Middle Tennessee State, but that still doesn’t mean all of BBN shouldn’t be out there to say goodbye to our seniors.

An explosive offense

Ever since the second half of South Carolina, Kentucky’s offense has looked stagnant.  To go further, Kentucky hasn’t scored more than 15 points since putting up 24 against the Gamecocks.

I want to see Eddie Gran open the playbook and mix things up tomorrow because the last thing we need is another game where we are ready to kill him.

Benny Snell to be his old self

The last three games have not gone according to plan for Kentucky’s star RB as he has totaled only 221 yards rushing.  One of the main reasons why Kentucky hasn’t been able to get the offense going is because the running game hasn’t been as affective as it was in the first part of the season.

I would love to see Benny run for 120+ tomorrow which will help Terry Wilson in the passing game.

Lynn Bowden returning punts

For nearly the whole year, David Bouvier has been returning punts for the Cats and Lynn Bowden has only come in if the Cats need a spark.  I want to see Stoops throw Bowden back there more because I have a hard time believing MT State will be able to stop him.

They won’t be able to.

A WIN

Good lord it feels like it has been 4 years since Kentucky won a football game.  After two depressing losses, this team and this fan base needs a jolt.  I’m not saying that’ll happen when the Cats win tomorrow, but it will help us all.

Wouldn’t mind a blowout either.

Go Cats.

Five things from Mark Stoops’ Monday press conference

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Mark Stoops held his annual Monday press conference on Wednesday where he primarily talked about the beat down in Knoxville this past Saturday, and a little about the upcoming game against Middle Tennessee State this Saturday.

Here are five things that stuck out to me.

Doesn’t plan on changing the game offensive scheme

After Kentucky’s defense looked awful Saturday, Stoops was asked if it was time to make adjustments to the offensive scheme.

“That wouldn’t be a very good idea. We got two opportunities to get the most victories we’ve had in a regular season since 1977. I don’t think that’d be very wise. We did a lot of good things to win seven games, and we plan on trying to get to eight and nine. I appreciate all the good things that they did to put us in that position. That would be called panic mode.”

I am 50/50 on this.  I agree with it because it wouldn’t be easy to plan a certain way for nine games, then change it all for the last two games, but I also don’t agree because while Kentucky has won seven games, they haven’t exactly looked good in every one of them.

Maybe he would consider it if we didn’t finish the season with MT State and Louisville?

Guys were just “going through the motions”

After Benny Snell said that he could tell some guys were “going through the motions” on Saturday, Mark Stoops was asked if he thought the same.

“Definitely. I said it after the game, I was the first one to say it. I said it to the team prior to them talking to you. I didn’t do a very good job because we weren’t ready to play at the level that we needed to play at. I think you could see Tennessee, where maybe they played that way the week before, and they got straightened out and came out and played with a lot of passion and energy. Our team has done that throughout this year. We didn’t Saturday and that’s on me. I appreciate Benny pointing those things out, and that’s what leaders should do. I don’t think he’s pointing at any one person, just in general, I told them that we didn’t do a good enough job.”

Can he get them pumped up for these last two games?

Dorian Baker didn’t travel with the team because he was suspended

I noticed Dorian Baker wasn’t out there, but I didn’t ask why because he can’t catch the ball.  Stoops said the reason he wasn’t out there was because he wasn’t even at the game due to being suspended.

“No. He was suspended for that game, but he’ll be back this week.”

Suspended for what? Stoops never clarified.

Not having Darius West in the first half hurt

After being ejected against UGA for targeting, Darius West was suspended for the first half of the Tennessee game.  Tennessee scored 17 points in the first half and in the second half Kentucky held them to 7.  Stoops was asked if him being out hurt the teams.

“Definitely missed him. I think his presence and being out there and doing that, but we gave up…then you look at efficiency and when you just look at the overall statistics and even myself I’m sitting here saying how in the world did we give up 200 rushing yards? We gave up, I don’t know the exact yards — 40 or 45 – on a simple technique of our four-technique (defensive lineman) trying to do too much. Has the block controlled, sticks his head out in another person’s gap, runs it right down there and led to a touchdown. 40, 45 yards leads to a touchdown and then the reverse was a huge play. That’s a finesse play, but it was set up and we need to play better. There’s like 100 yards on two plays. You look at the rest of it and we had quite a few tackles for a loss and zero-yard gains and things of that nature. Just as a team, we didn’t play good enough. Definitely offense always wants to take the hit because they look at the bottom line and we missed two field goals, turned the ball over in the red zone and had other drives stalled for various reasons, various mistakes, but the defense we definitely should have done enough to keep it in the game like we’ve done in other games.”

Middle Tennessee has an explosive offense

With the other four things being about the Tennessee game, I thought I’d throw in something regarding the game this Saturday.  Stoops focused on one player, their QB.

“Stockstill, Brent, the quarterback. You have to have a lot of respect for him. You could tell he’s a coach’s kid. He plays so hard and makes such critical plays. He’s one of those guys. He’s a real gamer. You can put pressure on him, you can get him out of the pocket, and he finds guys open. He puts it in good spots, he throws a catchable ball. You got to have a lot of respect for the way he plays. He plays the game the right way, very intelligent and great touch on what he does, and they have a good scheme, and they can move it on you.”

Go Cats.

Kentucky’s Senior Day this Saturday will be the best of them all

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C.J. Conrad (pictured above) is one of many seniors on this Kentucky football team.  The 2015 recruiting class is maybe the best one (in terms of results) Mark Stoops has produced during his time at Kentucky, and that’s the main reason why this team is so good.

This graduating class includes players like Josh Allen, C.J. Conrad, George Asafo-Adjei, Derrick Baity Jr, Dorian Baker, David Bouvier, Mike Edwards, Lonnie Johnson, Jordan Jones, Bunchy Stallings, Darius West, Chris Westry, etc.

All of those names have played a big part in every season since they stepped foot into Lexington.

Their record at Kentucky is 26-22 with two bowl games.  Hopefully once this season is complete, that record will improve to 29-22 with three bowl games.

We all knew Stoops could win games once he could recruit his own players and fill a team full of guys that he recruited and he has done just that.

For all of you fans that have criticized these players over the years, just remember that they didn’t have to come to Kentucky because they weren’t promised success.  I hope you all will join me in letting them know how much we appreciate what they have done here.

Go Cats.