Nov 27, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari coaches his team during the game against the East Michigan Eagles in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated East Michigan 81-63. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Late nights and knee jerk reactions


The frustration of last night’s loss to the Baylor Bears has not worn off, but the anger and need to vent has diminished.

Let’s face it. It was an extremely surreal night for Kentucky basketball as there was a brilliant men/women double-header held in one of the countries biggest and best facilities. And there was no one there to see it.

Winter storms kept the crowd away and a four OT womens game assured that this weird night would end well past 1:00 AM on the east coast. And after a disappointing ending to a long night, the social media world exploded and Kentucky fans vented their frustration. A lot of Kentucky fans said things that in the morning, I’m sure they thought seemed rather silly.

Especially the guy who advocated that Kentucky fire John Calipari should be fired. But it turns out that Kentucky fans were not the only ones with a knee jerk reaction to the loss.

CBSSports released an updated “25 plus One” poll around 2:30AM in which Kentucky dropped from #2 to #20. It appears to have been updated by Gary Parrish, who on more than one occasion has been known to tweak the Kentucky fanbase.   Sometime in the early morning, the poll was adjusted with Kentucky now perched at #15. Knee jerk reaction from CBS? Probably.

And its way too early to give up on this Wildcats. It’s only December 7th and Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, and Florida all have two losses. It’s obvious that this is going to be one of those years of parity where there will be perhaps 10-12 teams that are capable of getting hot and winning it all.

I have to admit, I feel better after a day away from sports. And I still believe in this team.

You should too.

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