The Day After – Sunday Super Links

Here are the UKBBN Postmortem Super Sunday Links. Our featured read is the article by Paul Jordan entitled “Moving on From Tennessee Requires a Look Back”.

Cats Comeback Not Enough, Volunteers Win – 74-65 | Metz Camfield of Kentucky Kernel wrote | Calipari’s thoughts when Cousins tied the game. “When it went 65-65, I thought we were winning,” Calipari said. “There was no question in my mind we were winning this game. And you know what, they made a play, a ball squirted loose – they had a guy who just took it out of our hands on the baseline. That means they wanted it more than we did. You have to give them credit.”

Two Cats Napped Against Vols – Coach Calipari Said | Jerry Tipton of wrote | “Noting the noon tip-off, Calipari said UK had “a couple guys asleep” in the game. Those players did not understand the urgency needed against an inspired opponent. He noted how some of the Wildcats were playing AAU basketball less than a year ago.”

Tennessee Upsets Kentucky – 74-65 | Joe Biddle of The Tennessean writes | “And it was Bruce Pearl who gave the rest of college basketball the recipe for beating a talented, but young, Kentucky team. Tennessee started in man defense, but chose to play zone for much of the game. It proved effective. It led to a 40-29 halftime lead as Kentucky shot 24.1 percent from the field and hit only 1 for 11 from behind the 3-point line.”

UKBBN Point of View | Please, who hasn’t figured out by now that the only way to slow down the Cats is to play a zone? It started earnestly in the U of L Game and has showed up in every game since. In the first match up, Tennessee played a 3-2 zone which confused the Cats during the first half. Was anyone expecting Tennessee, or any other team for that matter, not to play a zone against UK?

Rowdy Crowd Helped Tennessee | “Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl agreed that fatigue could have played a factor in his team’s win. However, he thought the rowdy crowd – which included students who camped out overnight for the best seats – had a bigger impact.” Pearl said – “There is not necessarily a better environment in college basketball then Thompson-Boling Arena – as good as any. We do not beat Kentucky – or Kansas – without 22,000 (fans) here. It just does not happen.”

UKBBN Point of View | Obviously Coach Pearl wasn’t watching ESPN GameDay on February 13, 2010. “There is not necessarily a better environment in college basketball then Thompson-Boling Arena – as good as any… Tennessee couldn’t even sell 24,000 seats when The Big Blue came to town. UK sells 24,000 for ESPN GameDay.

UK Falls to Tennessee After Valiant Comeback | The Big Blue Lowdown on Kentucky’s comeback at Tennessee. “The fact that Kentucky tied the game and was in a position to possibly win it is, if anything, a testament to the fight in this group. And don’t believe any of the pundits who will try to say that UK crawled back into this game on talent alone.”

Moving on From Tennessee Requires a Look Back | Paul Jordan of Wildcat Blue Blog writes “Can the Tennessee writers simply shut up about Bruce Pearl being the better coach than John Calipari based on this one win? No team has been a better case of wasted potential the last four years than Bruce Pearl and his Volunteers. Need proof? Bruce Pearl likes to brag about how his Vols have finished ahead of Kentucky the last four years, but what has he really down with that?”

Vols Delay Wildcat’s SEC Celebration Plans, Upset UK 74-65 | Paul Jordan comments on the Cats first half play against Tennessee on Saturday: “I am battling a cold this weekend and spent most of the first half dozing in and out of consciousness on the couch. Apparently John Calipari’s Wildcats did the same thing as they found themselves the victim of an early 18-0 Tennessee run that caused them to play catchup the entire way.”

My own post “Rocky Top Comes Out On Top” | The hometown hero comes back to haunt UK – “UT’s Scotty Hopson, the Hopkinsville KY native, put the dagger in the heart of the Cats at the 0:41 mark with his only 3 pointer of the day, putting Tennessee up 70-65. Prince finished the Cats off with 4 free throws capping the upset and giving UT wins over #1 Kansas and #2 Kentucky, both at home.”

Go Cats!!!


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