Good morning, Big Blue Nation. We are now two days removed from arguably one of the worst losses in the John Calipari Era at Kentucky. If you are like me, Tuesday night's performance at LSU left you feeling sad, depressed, angry, confused, or maybe a combination of the emotions.
Yesterday, the radio call-in shows, the blogs, and social media were full of fans giving their takes on the woes of this team and how this just may not be our year.
I'm here to tell you that it's too early for that. While this team does have issues, they are all fixable. And don't forget:
- This team has two quality wins about as good as any team in the country. One on a neutral court against Duke and at home against Louisville.
- Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray are elite players.
- We have seen young teams in the past that have found it difficult to win on the road. This isn't new.
- Outside of Alex, none of these have much experience starting and playing extensive minutes at this level. Yes, Tyler and Marcus Lee have played in big games, but this is the first time they have ever really been asked to carry the load at their positions. Ulis has been great, Lee has been very good when he is on the floor.
- Right now, outside of a couple of teams in the NCAA, everybody has a couple of a losses, some to teams they shouldn't lose to. This is a year in college basketball where almost every team is on an even playing field.
"There is no place to hide the rip in your skirt!" -Calipari— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) January 6, 2016
I keep on thinking Calipari is out of metaphors and then boom he is talking about a ripped skirt— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) January 6, 2016
Calipari is now talking about registers "You’re Broooooooke"— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) January 6, 2016
Bam Bam Adebayo with a vicious dunk, as called by Jim Ross (orig. vine by Will Brinson) https://t.co/hHAfKpcpnJ— Alexander Bowles (@ALEXBOWLES01) January 7, 2016
Perhaps you heard about Rick Pitino's New Year's Day news conference. The Louisville hoops coach was 15 minutes in when someone prefaced a question with: "I apologize in advance. I was told to ask this."
Great day for journalism
His odd ramblings even included this: "The one person I would never question is Joe Paterno. He would be the one guy I would hold above reproach. What did they do? They took a statue away. They probably killed him. … I don't think I've ever met a man with more integrity. … He didn't know about (the Jerry Sandusky scandal). It was scurrilous what that assistant coach was doing. I believe in Joe Paterno. The way he went out, it breaks your heart."
LeBron James beats Otto Porter for dunk & backboard slap... sitting on 30 midway through third pic.twitter.com/GpkQCS18Go— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) January 7, 2016