As I sit here and try to type out words that go together and make sense, I cannot believe what just happened. Let’s be honest, can any of us?
Now, I will be honest, I thought this team was good, but didn’t think they were worthy of the #1 ranking and maybe even the preseason ranking of #2. They just beat the #1 team in the country and stomped EKU. Both good wins, but this loss undoes both of those wins.
I did not watch the first half. In fact, I forgot the game was even being played, but it’s Evansville. EVANSVILLE.
I came back to my dorm room, opened up the ESPN app and saw that we were down by four, I think. I thought, well damn, looks like the Cats have slept through the game so far.
I watched the game and looked at Twitter simultaneously (something I do a lot) and it never dawned on me that Kentucky could actually lose the game. I thought this is Kentucky, they’re better, the game is at Rupp, things will naturally shift and Kentucky will comeback and win the game.
Well, that never happened.
Kentucky lost to Evans – wait. Why am I repeating it? WE GOT IT! WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!
(Sorry I’m doing my best)
I’m young enough to not remember much of the Billy Clyde era, so forgive me if these kinds of terrible losses at home are new to me.
Kentucky got thoroughly outplayed tonight by a team that simply wanted it more and was ready when the ball was tipped.
Kentucky shot 23 percent from three, 37 percent from the field, got out-rebounded 38 to 35, and had 13 turnovers. Not going to win a lot of games playing like that no matter who you play.
This is a historically bad loss in college basketball history and Kentucky basketball history. The best program historically in the sport had a historically bad night.
Calipari said after the game that this team did nothing it did in the first two games, on both offense and defense. I watched the MSU game and EKU game in their entirety and can tell you the team that walked out onto the court in those games and the team that walked onto the court tonight are not the same. Not even close.
This loss hurts. It will hurt NCAA seeding. It will hurt Kentucky’s top-25 ranking.
It’s also funny that the one guy not to vote for Kentucky in the AP Poll this week, Dan Borges, who I have never heard of until tonight, is gloating over the Cats’ loss tonight, saying that AP voters are scared of the “BBN morons” and just vote for who they think they should vote for. He writes for the New Haven register, which is something once again I had never heard of until tonight.
What now you ask?
Well, the Cats play Utah Valley next Monday in the first game of the BBN Showcase at 7 p.m. EST. I expect them to come out poised and to win big. This loss should do nothing but help them moving forward as they now know they cannot overlook anyone.
They don’t face a ranked opponent until December 21, when they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in the CBS Sports Classic in Vegas.
That’s enough from me tonight. Goodnight and go Cats.