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UK ignores Obama, loses focus (and game)

Posted on: January 27, 2010 12:51 am
Edited on: January 27, 2010 6:51 am

I had the details wrong.

I admit that much.

But I did tell you that Kentucky would not go undefeated, that the Wildcats would lose on the road. And wouldn't you know it, before my stupid column was up even 12 hours, the Wildcats lost at South Carolina, otherwise known as a place I thought they'd win.

Final score: Unranked South Carolina 68, No. 1 Kentucky 62.

Call it the President Obama Jinx.

As you probably heard, President Obama called the Kentucky basketball team Tuesday to thank them for organizing a telethon that raised more than $1 million for Haiti. He referred to John Wall as "all-star" and told the team that "the way [they] were going" indicated they might end up at the White House accepting congratulations for winning a national title. President Obama then asked who Kentucky played next. John Calipari told him South Carolina, at South Carolina.

"I think you should be alright," President Obama said. "But there is that tendency once you get to be No. 1 to start letting down a little bit. So you guys stay focused."

Roughly nine hours later, Darnell Dodson missed an open layup in a one-possession game with a little more than five minutes to play. No focus. It seemed to foreshadow the conclusion, which was Kentucky's first loss -- a loss to a team that entered with an 11-8 record, a loss to a team that lost its second-best player (Dominique Archie) to a knee injury five games into the season.

"Let's be honest," South Carolina's Devan Downey told reporters afterward. "No one gave us a chance."

That's basically true.

But President Obama did tell UK to stay focused or else.

The Wildcats did not.

So now they're one of five teams with one loss.

Just like Kansas.



And Syracuse.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2010 2:56 am

UK ignores President Obama, loses focus

Dude, he was joking

Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2010 2:19 am

UK ignores President Obama, loses focus

Nice propoganda, Ignore God Obama and ye shall burn in the depths of hell!

Since: Sep 18, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2010 1:37 am

UK ignores President Obama, loses focus

South Carolina is a classic trap. There were those--like Dana O'Neil over at ESPN--who predicted UK's first loss would be to someone nobody would see coming. Enter the Gamecocks. A while back, Seth Davis listed all the then-undefeated teams and predicted where they'd lose. He wisely bypassed Florida and named South Carolina. And for the reasons Ms. O'Neil has given. I think it's terrific, and I'm a UK fan. These kids--emphasis on that word--needed DESPERATELY to know what it was like to lose. And in this game they were doing what I've seen them do before. They seemed offended when they weren't getting away with their usual dog and pony show. John Wall kept trying to run to the hoop and lay it in as he has done so many times. Same with Eric Bledsoe. But SC was on to 'em. Somebody was bound to be. Tons of credit to Demarcus Cousins for playing like a man! Wow! Tons of disappointment at whatever Patrick Patterson was doing. Or not doing. Then again, although he is a junior, he's never even been in the top ten, let alone #1. He's never run off 19 straight wins. And just like the rest of them, he's never gotten a phone call from the leader of the free world. If they cannot come down to Earth and learn from these mistakes, they absolutely will not enter the SEC tournament at 29-2. I think that's what you said Gary. No way. Uh uh. Ain't happenin'. Time to focus. Or some 8, 9, 7, or 10 seeded team is going to be very happy in a couple of months.

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