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Friday was a terrible day for Kentucky basketball

Posted on: February 29, 2008 5:28 pm
 

Remember what I wrote about Kentucky being on the verge of making the NCAA Tournament?

I'd like to take it all back, if you don't mind.

Because it's a longshot at best (a hopeless proposition at worst) now that Patrick Patterson is out with a stress fracture in his left ankle. The injury means Kentucky will play the rest of the season -- including Sunday at Tennessee -- without its second-leading scorer and leading rebounder. And if you're wondering how that team might do you should probably look at the box score from the Wildcats' game at Houston two months ago, when they had to play without Patterson.

Final score: Houston 83, Kentucky 69.

And that's not a good Houston team, mind you.

That's a Houston team whose next best win is a victory over a UTEP team that is just 7-6 in Conference USA. So if that Houston team can beat Kentucky sans Patterson by 14 points it's scary to think what a Tennessee team that is ranked No. 1 in the country might do to the Wildcats.

But that's not the point I'm trying to make.

The point I'm trying to make is that this is just awful -- for Patterson as a player, Billy Gillispie as a coach, Kentucky as a program and UK fans as a group. It's usually difficult to find sympathy for powerhouses, and in college basketball there is no greater powerhouse than the folks that call Rupp Arena home. But this development is a kick to the stomach that comes just when UK fans' stomachs were starting to settle after that unsettling 7-9 start. The NCAA Tournament seemed within reach 24 hours ago, seemed like a realistic proposition. But Patterson's injury has ripped away any realistic hope that Kentucky can finish where it wants to finish, and that seems grossly unfair ... even for a powerhouse.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2008 6:01 pm
 

Friday was a terrible day for Kentucky basketball

After almost beating TENN in Knoxville Kentucky showed they are not dead by any means.  Comparing the team now to earlier in the season is just ridiculous.  Kentucky has had time to buy into the new system and now it is paying dividends.  Kentucky has two must win games in a row.  They should beat South Carolina but Florida has a long winning streak over Kentucky.  This Florida Kentucky matchup could be a potential elimination game for the NCAA tournament. 



Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2008 5:37 pm
 

Friday was a terrible day for Kentucky basketball

Yes, it sucks for Patterson and Kentucky to a degree, but don't get discouraged by this idiot's comments.  You have to remember that Parrish is a complete douchebag and hates conference USA, even though he went to memphis.  Houston is a very good team and doesn't get any credit.  This is a team that could very well be a sweet 16 team if given the chance (which they probably won't).  Point is that Kentucky played a great game against tennessee and nearly won despite the loss.  this is a tourney team.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2008 2:19 pm
 

Friday was a terrible day for Kentucky basketball

Gary,

You are correct about the kick in the gut feeling, but I was reading an internet blog from a fan that watched the team practice after the press conference yesterday reporting Patterson's injury. The blogger reported that Bradley, Crawford, and Stewart were taking this situation as a personal challenge and they were challenging the rest of the team to step up and show the country, and the talking heads, that Kentucky could play with the best in the nation, even without Patterson. True, we won't find out how good they are, without Patterson, until the next 3 games are played, but as someone who has gambled a bit on college basketball, I have seen teams either do one of 2 things when a star player goes down for the season. They either lay down and give up or they rally around that player and step up their games to the next level.

If the bloggers report was true, then I believe that Crawford, Bradley and the rest of the Cats are not going to give up on the season. Trust me, I will be amazed if we beat Tennessee in Knoxville, after they lost their #1 ranking with a loss to Vandy, but South Carolina and Florida are still possible wins and if they win 2 out of the last 3 games and get to the semi-finals in the SEC tourney, I believe the committee should give Kentucky some serious consideration.

In other words, please don't dig the grave just yet. Let's see if they step up or lay down before you right Kentucky off for the season.

Go Cats!!!!!!




Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2008 12:48 pm
 

Friday was a terrible day for Kentucky basketball

First of all we should all be glad that Feb. 29th only comes once every 4 years, I respectfully must disagree with the belief that UK is automatically out of the NCAA tournament with Patterson out for the year.  Now is the time for the team to step up and show that they are the University of Kentucky and not the University of Patterson.  To draw a comparison to the houston game is oversimplistic.  The team had not yet embraced coach Gillispies style.  Are we on life support?  Certainly but if the Cats can win 2 of their last 3 games then I say not only are they in but Gillispie deserves to be coach of the year in the SEC.  I truely thought Kentucky would win Sunday against Tennessee and even without Patterson i think this could be a trap game for the Volunteers.  As long as everyone keeps spouting that the Cats are done then maybe the Vols will buy into that thinking and anything can happen.  As long as the refs throw the ball up in the air for the tip off, I will believe the Cats can win.  Unrealistic homer thinking?  Maybe, but they have won more games then any other college basketball team in the United States and I would guess that means in the world also.

GO CATS

Keep the dream alive!




Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2008 6:01 pm
 

Friday was a terrible day for Kentucky basketball

Consider my gut kicked.

On the bright side, maybe we can see if any of the other creampuffs we put in the post (Carter, Williams, Stewart, or Coury) can come in and at least not embarass themselves.  They won't be double-teamed like PatPat, maybe Crawford and Bradley can shoot well enough to open things up for some easy baskets in the middle for Stevenson.

On the not so bright side, I've never been to an NIT game!  That might be fun...



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