The Kentucky Wildcats Popped their Own NCAA Bubble Last Night with the Loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores

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Mar 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats team members watch the final moments of a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. The Commodores beat the Wildcats 64-48. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

 

Last night, Kentucky lost in the Quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament to a hot Vandy team who played like men possessed in all facets of the game.  I’m not sure what Kentucky’s mindset coming out was but I can say they probably didn’t either.  Vandy jumped all over their lack of energy and defense, questionable decision making and field goal inaccuracy.  The Wildcats played defeated.  Jerry Palm now has our Kentucky Wildcats according to his latest BS Bracketology. And in case you don’t think this loss is hitting them hard, below are quotes Coach Calipari and some of his players:

CoachCal.com had video reaction from some of the players after the loss:

 

After the game, Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley-Stein make a case for why UK should be in the NCAA, posted on Vaught’s Views:

NASHVILLE — During the postgame press conference after Friday’s loss to Vanderbilt, Kentucky freshmen Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley-Stein were asked to make a case for UK still being in the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s what they said — and see if you agree or disagree.

Goodwin:”I feel that we definitely have the talent and we have a good wins against quality teams and, you know, some of those games we were right in there with the teams.  We lost the game.  We’re a team that’s going to compete.  It’s just a lot of us doing it every day.  Once we can figure out to where we can continue to compete game after game, then things — that will be even better than they are, but until we figure that out, man, nothing is going to change.”

Cauley-Stein: “I mean, we beat three ranked teams, Florida, Ole Miss, and Missouri, and Missouri is in it, so I don’t see, you know, we can’t compete, either.  This is a matter of getting our stuff together.”

 

Jon Hale of KYForward.com has no shortage of theories when it comes to UK’s blowout loss to Vandy last night.

There were no shortage of theories as to why the Cats played as badly as they did.

“We were prepared, coach gave us a lot of good things, and we just didn’t show up to play,” Wiltjer said.

“We got the shots we needed to get. We got a lot of shots in the lane, none of them just fell,” said freshman forward Willie Cauley-Stein. “There’s nothing you can do when you’re just shooting the ball, especially from two feet from the basket, and it just rims out.”

“I think it was on guys’ mind that we already beat them twice, so maybe thought it was going to be a walk in the park,” Mays said.

There was even some credit to the opponent.

“They’re playing great right now, and it was us playing an egg,” Calipari said. “It was a combination, which is why the score was what it was.”

UK trailed by 14 at halftime and never pulled closer than 11 points in the second half. A 10-0 run midway through the second half cut the lead to 48-37 with 12:46 remaining, but Vanderbilt scored the next five points to bring the lead back to 16.

UK players will now have to wait until Sunday to find whether their season will include a NCAA Tournament appearance.

They haven’t lost all hope yet.

“The good news is everyone seems to be losing,” Calipari said. “I just hope we’re the best of the bad right now.”

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  • ruis2002

    There are much worse things in life than not making it to a tournament. Stay zen. When you throw the ball, aim for the square and don’t hit the rim. That’s how you nail a 3 point shot. I used to be able to do a dozen of those, one after another, but I’m older now, and I’ve lost what minimal upper body strength I ever had. It’s all in the aim, anyway. (I’m a very short girl, so if I can do it, anyone can do it).

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