Robert Morris stuns Kentucky in NIT, 59-57

Kentucky head coach John Calipari takes the court before the start of an NIT college basketball game against Robert Morris on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, PA. Calipari was a former Robert Morris coach.(AP Photo/Don Wright)

Kentucky head coach John Calipari takes the court before the start of an NIT college basketball game against Robert Morris on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, PA. Calipari was a former Robert Morris coach.(AP Photo/Don Wright)

Robert Morris guard Velton Jones (2) fouls Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) during the first half of an NIT college basketball game on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Robert Morris guard Velton Jones (2) fouls Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) during the first half of an NIT college basketball game on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Robert Morris fans cheer as their team takes the court to warm up before an NIT college basketball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, PA. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Robert Morris fans cheer as their team takes the court to warm up before an NIT college basketball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, PA. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Robert Morris fans cheer as their team takes the court to warm up before an NIT college basketball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, PA. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Robert Morris fans cheer as their team takes the court to warm up before an NIT college basketball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, PA. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) looks to pass as Robert Morris forward Lucky Jones (22) and Mike McFadden defend during the first half of an NIT college basketball game on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) looks to pass as Robert Morris forward Lucky Jones (22) and Mike McFadden defend during the first half of an NIT college basketball game on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Robert Morris head coach Andrew Toole cheers on his team during the first half of an NIT college basketball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Robert Morris head coach Andrew Toole cheers on his team during the first half of an NIT college basketball game against Kentucky on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Robert Morris guard David Appolon (4) tips the ball away from Kentucky guard Jarrod Polson (5) during the first half of an NIT college basketball game on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Robert Morris guard David Appolon (4) tips the ball away from Kentucky guard Jarrod Polson (5) during the first half of an NIT college basketball game on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in Coraopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

MOON, Pa. (AP) — A down season for defending national champion Kentucky ended with one final disappointment.

Mike McFadden hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining and the Colonials stunned the defending national champions 59-57 in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday night, sending the disjointed Wildcats into an uncertain offseason less than a year after cutting down the nets in New Orleans.

"This is humbling," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "They think we're supposed to win 30 a year, 35 a year, go to the Final Four, win a national title."

Not this time. Not even close.

Robert Morris (24-10) led almost the entire way, never blinking in a rare visit from one of college basketball's Goliaths. Then again, this isn't the same Kentucky team that roared through the NCAAs behind stars Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

This batch of Wildcats (21-12) hasn't been the same since center Nerlens Noel went down with a devastating knee injury. Kentucky lost six of its final 10 games, the last one coming just a couple of 3-pointers away from the house Calipari grew up in.

"This is a shot in the arm for them and they deserve to win the game," Calipari said. "If we'd have won at the buzzer, it would have been a shame."

The Wildcats came close. Calipari opted not to call timeout after McFadden's second free throw but Kyle Wiltjer's 3-pointer before the buzzer bounced harmlessly off the rim, sending hundreds of students onto the court following the biggest win in school history.

The triumph took some of the pain out of a heartbreaking end to the regular season. Robert Morris cruised to the Northeastern Conference title but lost to Mount St. Mary's in the conference tournament. The defeat dashed the Colonials' hopes of making the NCAAs, though the chance to play Kentucky hardly felt like a letdown.

"It's probably the greatest consolation prize you can possibly have," coach Andy Toole said.

Lucky Jones led Robert Morris with 15 points but was ejected for a flagrant foul on Archie Goodwin with 3:41 to play. Kentucky, which trailed by 13 in the second half, managed to tie it twice but could never grab the lead.

Goodwin scored 18 points for the Wildcats but couldn't stop Kentucky's tumultuous season come to a stunning end.

Robert Morris will advance to the second round, while Kentucky's injury-marred underachieving year came to a merciful finish. Yet Calipari remains upbeat. He has another stash of high school All-Americans at the ready, though it's uncertain how they will mesh with the holdovers from Kentucky's worst season in the four years Calipari has been running the show.

"They haven't had any discipline all year," Calipari said. "We ended on a note we've been talking about (all year). We can't really play (disciplined)."

The Wildcats let the Colonials race to an early 10-0 lead, only led briefly at the end of the first half and appeared disinterested to spoil the return of a hometown kid made good.

Calipari was born in Pittsburgh, grew up a couple of miles from the Robert Morris campus and played guard at Moon High a couple of 3-pointers away. He returned to Western Pennsylvania to finish up his college playing at Clarion and served as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh in the 1980s before hitting the big-time.

The homecoming, however, was less happy than hostile.

Fans scooped up the 3,500 tickets in a matter of hours on Monday then lined up outside in the blustery March wind well before tipoff of arguably the biggest game in school history. Robert Morris averaged barely 1,000 fans during its 15 home games, yet there were scalpers asking for $75 to get in the door.

Though disheartened about missing the NCAAs, in a way, it may have served as a blessing.

While the NCAAs would have provided Robert Morris with a brief moment in the sun, the NIT gave the school of just over 3,600 undergraduate students an opportunity to host a program that would never otherwise have made the trip.

Kentucky earned a top seed in the NIT but was forced to hit the road because Rupp Arena is hosting NCAA games this weekend. Though Calipari warned his team to be ready, the Wildcats hardly looked thrilled to be there, and it showed.

Robert Morris scored the game's first 10 points while the Wildcats — who typically play in front of home crowds in excess of 23,000 — stumbled their way through a series of miscues and appeared rattled in a gym with wooden bleachers that swayed underneath the feet of a clamoring student section chanting "Bobby Mo" every chance it could.

Senior Jarrod Polson came off the bench to steady things, and Kentucky recovered to get within 28-27 at the break.

Yet the Colonials never folded, making 8 of 12 shots during one stretch to move back in front 49-36 then holding off a late Kentucky push to send students leaping over tables and onto the floor in a delirious celebration.

It wasn't the NCAAs, but in a way, it might have been better.

"For them to be able to come here and us get a victory, it's a great thing for the university," Velton Jones said. "It's just crazy."

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orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Did anyone watch this one? I understand U K fans were sending twitters and e-mails to the Robert Morris people warning them of the impending massacre which was going to befall the Colonials.

OK fans, this is one we can talk about a little bit on OUR site. Don't go to the the Kitty site to rub it in...........losing to Robert 'freakin' Morris in a 3,000 seat gym. Therefore, Seven teeth is drowning in his sorrow tonight. He'll say, "well, we didn't get to use our one and dones in Co-Rupp arena."

That was an exciting game. The stuffy kittens and Calipara got a huge dose of humble pie to choke on. #1 seed in the NIT is given a break.....they don't have to worry about another possible beat down by the Vols.

I don't think R M even missed a free throw. Calipari, given a warning for leaving the coaching box earlier, could have well received a T for doing it later.......but we can forgive him.......he was quite frustrated. All the talk about another one of those 'greatest recruiting classes again coming in' is actually an invitation for people like Tennessee and Robert Morris to laugh at all that. After all, the games are played on the floor, not in the media !

creekroad writes:

Calipari willing to "discuss" openings at other schools if "the right situation" presents itself......he's gone guys

GR82BTNVOL writes:

It was nice to see that the officials weren't intimidated by the very presence of the Cats.

Colliervol writes:

in response to creekroad:

Calipari willing to "discuss" openings at other schools if "the right situation" presents itself......he's gone guys

Heck creek, he did the same junk every spring at Memphis just to shake them down for a raise. Nothing new there. I will say this though. This year provided a classic example of what happens when he doesn't have a clear talent advantage. His coaching ability won't get anybody very far. He can run a great con on people though. Got to give him credit for that.

dvols writes:

congrats to the Memphis fans!!!

JSmith525 writes:

hahahahahahahaha, sorry, hahahahahahaha! Just can't stop laughing!! How did that #1 seed in the world famous NIT work out for ya SevenT & Tomkats? hahahahahaha!

Sir_Spanky writes:

Obviously didn't want to be there. There are probably several others including Tennessee that don't want to be there either. That Almighty Dollar.

tnvol4ever writes:

in response to JSmith525:

hahahahahahahaha, sorry, hahahahahahaha! Just can't stop laughing!! How did that #1 seed in the world famous NIT work out for ya SevenT & Tomkats? hahahahahaha!

hahahahahahahaha...hahahahahahahaha...see what you started, now I can't stop. hahahahahahahaha

carbonzip writes:

Calapari was from Moon Township, PA. He was Prom King there in 1977. This was the biggest event in Moon Twp history other than an air liner crash in the 90's. I think Calapari threw this team under the bus to make a statement to his team...you are not "one", you are done.

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

in response to carbonzip:

Calapari was from Moon Township, PA. He was Prom King there in 1977. This was the biggest event in Moon Twp history other than an air liner crash in the 90's. I think Calapari threw this team under the bus to make a statement to his team...you are not "one", you are done.

Calipari threw everyone under the bus but himself. Blamed the players. Blamed the Noel injury. Blamed the situation. Didn't blame the coaching. Now, THAT'S the Cal Memphis folks remember.

For the Ky. fans: when you sleep with dogs, sometimes you wake up with fleas. I hope this season will teach some of your fans about the humility and sportsmanship they clearly lack.

lastlap writes:

The best thing that's going to happen to the KY Jellies is they get to go home and watch THE Louisville Cardinals turn Rupp into a sea of RED and make it their second home. All the while the Jellies get to set and witness it. ROFLMAO!!! GO Cardinals!!!

ktownorange32 writes:

in response to andforhisnexttune:

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I can't say I agree totally with that statement. But the not getting excited yet part has merit. It wasn't a talent issue last night. It was an interest issue I believe from not only the players and Coach Cal. I would LOVE to join the hahahahahahaha stream but PLEASE VOLS, get your job done tonight so we don't take the return humiliation tomorrow

vol98champ writes:

How many Ky players will have to turn pro because they don't want to ride the pine next year? Which is better; development league, Turkey, or bench time? Big decisions in little kitty land.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Man, I so hate this for the Cats and their coach.

Doubles865 writes:

I maintain my feelings toward Calapari: he's an excellent recruiter, but he is not a coach. $omehow he i$ able to get all of thi$ unbelievable talent to come and play for his $taff. I really wonder if his $alespitch i$ $imply, "Come play for me. I won't tell you what to do. Come play whatever kind of ball you want to. Next year, you'll get to play in the NBA. Here i$ a bag for you. I$ that enough? $$$"
You put Cal in a situation where he has to coach and he doesn't know what to do. You look at games he gets behind in, he struggles. Robert Morris, Tennessee's beatdown earlier this year, Memphis against West Virginia a couple of years ago. He doesn't know how to coach when he's behind.

chipmurphy461 writes:

Maybe Kentucky was stunned, but I wasn't...I actually expected them to lose to RM. You're recruiting class isn't top 10 when 1 player gets injured and you lose multiple games by double digits. That reveals poor coaching and recruiting!

TheEffect writes:

"Enjoy Kentucky's misery while you can, because it won't last long. The 2013-2014 Revenge Tour starts in November....and it's going to be a bloodbath".

The most accurate quote I heard all day.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to TheEffect:

"Enjoy Kentucky's misery while you can, because it won't last long. The 2013-2014 Revenge Tour starts in November....and it's going to be a bloodbath".

The most accurate quote I heard all day.

You wish troll.

Surprising any troll would show up after an embarrassment.

We love hearing about those one and done recruiting classes. How very embarrassing when they show up at the "NBA farm team" and show people all they cared about was $$$$$$$$$ and to heck with a degree. Then, to go out and lay a big egg and write it off due to losing a one and done player to an injury.

It might be curious to see how many actually set foot in a classroom. Perhaps a few of the heralded future one and dones might do well to think twice before wasting time with the 'throw them under the bus' Calipari.

JSmith525 writes:

in response to TheEffect:

"Enjoy Kentucky's misery while you can, because it won't last long. The 2013-2014 Revenge Tour starts in November....and it's going to be a bloodbath".

The most accurate quote I heard all day.

I guess that I will be laughing hahahahahaha, up til at least November then, hahahahahah. How bout those mildcats!!! hahahahahahaha. Have a most awesome spring & summer troll. There is always next year.... hahahahahahah!!!!

volnbig11land writes:

in response to Fall_Creek_Vols:

Calipari threw everyone under the bus but himself. Blamed the players. Blamed the Noel injury. Blamed the situation. Didn't blame the coaching. Now, THAT'S the Cal Memphis folks remember.

For the Ky. fans: when you sleep with dogs, sometimes you wake up with fleas. I hope this season will teach some of your fans about the humility and sportsmanship they clearly lack.

I agree with what you said, but seriously doubt it teaches the fans any humility and sportsmanship.

I have been to football games at Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, Alabama, LSU and Kentucky, and by far the worse fans were in Lexington (and that's the football ones.....)

volnbig11land writes:

in response to volnbig11land:

I agree with what you said, but seriously doubt it teaches the fans any humility and sportsmanship.

I have been to football games at Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, Alabama, LSU and Kentucky, and by far the worse fans were in Lexington (and that's the football ones.....)

p.s. I forgot to include my in-laws who have never been to a football game, and rarely watched one on T.V., who came out of the woodwork when they won for the first time in over a century.....

8ball writes:

in response to TheEffect:

"Enjoy Kentucky's misery while you can, because it won't last long. The 2013-2014 Revenge Tour starts in November....and it's going to be a bloodbath".

The most accurate quote I heard all day.

Don't be so upset its just a basketball game, its just a basketball game. I hope you and seven ( all ky fans ) will be able to sleep for next 8 months.

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to TheEffect:

"Enjoy Kentucky's misery while you can, because it won't last long. The 2013-2014 Revenge Tour starts in November....and it's going to be a bloodbath".

The most accurate quote I heard all day.

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHH

I'll take your advise and enjoy it while I can.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Snapshot writes:

Where are you sevenTeeth? How did you like the cats losing to Robert freaking Morris? What a pathetic showing for the mighty mildcats!

We are waiting for your excuses.

eduardo writes:

Could not have happenend to a better bunch!! Take that you bunch of stinking cheating idiots!!

brokendownoldvol writes:

That's funny.Now maybe it won't be such a shock tonight when Mercer blows out TN. The SEC really was bad this yr.

MetroplexMojo writes:

S _ C _

Other than all the shots they took last night, the only thing missing is U K

cheetah-vol writes:

While it's tempting to make fun of KY on here for such an embarrassing loss, I'm gonna restrain myself. If a troll wonders onto one of our comment boards, then I'll always defend the Big Orange. And, I know many Vol fans have had to take it on the chin from trolls who are cowards and have no life.

I have rarely cheered for an opponent to beat an SEC team, but, yeah, I have done it. I'm no angel. In the end, though, a loss by an SEC brother reflects on all of us in the SEC.

I pretty sure KY fans know what's wrong with their basketball program this year. They've gotten a rude wake-up call to the fallacies with the "one and done" scheme Cal's brought to their school. So, let them argue and fight about it. No doubt that's what they're doing with each other today. Don't think they need a lot of help from us.

"That's just my opinion. I could be wrong." - Dennis Miller

secfan1 writes:

The loss proves what the NCAA Selection Commitee alreaady knew and the SEC was weak this year. This is a UK team that finished second in the SEC regular season and did beat UT once. It is easy to beat a team during a down year. It hurts the SEC in basketball when UK is down just like it hurts in football with UT being down for the past couple of years. I do think UK basketball and UT football will be back and this will help the conference reputation in both... GO SEC best conference in America.

SevenT writes:

in response to cheetah-vol:

While it's tempting to make fun of KY on here for such an embarrassing loss, I'm gonna restrain myself. If a troll wonders onto one of our comment boards, then I'll always defend the Big Orange. And, I know many Vol fans have had to take it on the chin from trolls who are cowards and have no life.

I have rarely cheered for an opponent to beat an SEC team, but, yeah, I have done it. I'm no angel. In the end, though, a loss by an SEC brother reflects on all of us in the SEC.

I pretty sure KY fans know what's wrong with their basketball program this year. They've gotten a rude wake-up call to the fallacies with the "one and done" scheme Cal's brought to their school. So, let them argue and fight about it. No doubt that's what they're doing with each other today. Don't think they need a lot of help from us.

"That's just my opinion. I could be wrong." - Dennis Miller

Cheetahgirl

Have you ever heard of Tennessee one and done Tobias Harris.

How about your 1.5 and done on the team now Stokes?

Truthfully if Tennessee could land 2-3 one and dones for next years team they would love to have them. And UT homers like you would love it too.

People who understand the system know that it is a NBA rule which is broken and needs to be fixed. So spare us the lecture

Just Saying

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to TheEffect:

"Enjoy Kentucky's misery while you can, because it won't last long. The 2013-2014 Revenge Tour starts in November....and it's going to be a bloodbath".

The most accurate quote I heard all day.

LMFAO, couldn't happen to a better bunch of overrated, pompous, NBA wannabee jerks. And ole cali better get him so more Dapper Dan's pomade cuz he looked a little disheveled at the presser after the game last night. Hee hee, ha ha ha.

Bloodbath my arse, these kittens lost their teeth and will be sucking pablum for years to come, long overdue payback for them has only just begun.

They will be on a "Revenge Tour" alright, but they'll be on the receiving end not the dishing out end of it, waaaa...poor blue kitties, no NCAA invite and then lost to a nobody 1st game in the NIT, wooo hoo heee ha ha.

JSmith525 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Cheetahgirl

Have you ever heard of Tennessee one and done Tobias Harris.

How about your 1.5 and done on the team now Stokes?

Truthfully if Tennessee could land 2-3 one and dones for next years team they would love to have them. And UT homers like you would love it too.

People who understand the system know that it is a NBA rule which is broken and needs to be fixed. So spare us the lecture

Just Saying

Had to re-post this for ya SevenT, and just add in that a) yep the NCAA left them out and b) dang what a game last night eh, RM looked like a powerhouse not like a Div III team at all. God thank you so much for the "Karma", I love Karma, don't you SevenT? The Mildcat downfall, Is all on you SevenT, you are the one that caused the KARMA to cut loose! :), Life is good!!!!

"From a couple of days ago"
"Karma", ya got to love it, isn't it a wonderful thing. You come to a Vols site spew you BS and then before ya know it Vandy "of all teams" blows out your Mildkittens. It reminded me of another time Karma bit ya. Like right before UT blew out the mildcats by 30. It's your fault that Vandy beat them so badly, you do realize that don't you? Karma will not stand for your BS on another teams site. Now if Karma will just keep the mildcats out of the NCAA tny it will have come full circle back to you. Life is good, eh!!!!!! :)

FanNotSheep writes:

Great job Kentucky!

Couple of things: The NIT gets as much respect as golfers not named Tiger. ESPN hasn't shown the results of any other NIT game except Kentucky, even telling us the DiaperCats are saying they'll come back to lose more games next year. But good luck trying to find out if Alabama won (they did, but it was even hard to find online) and who Vols will play if they win tonight (BYU).

Did not realize there is a women's NIT. Can't imagine any reason to have that tournament unless it's Title IX. I mean, they have to have higher seeds host early round games in the Women's NCAA Tourney to have anyone in the stands. The Lady Vols are blessed in terms of fan support, but really, please tell me who is going to be watching women's NIT?

cheetah-vol writes:

Awww. 7IQ responded to my post. I feel so honored. Yes, I understand the NBA rule, and yes, lots of schools besides KY are taking advantage of it by recruiting one and dones. Do I like that and would be happy to have 2-3 of them? Actually, no. Not if they're not gonna care about the Vols and only themselves like your bunch did this year. I am sorry UK lost, but I have enough UK friends here in Nashville who have voiced the fallacies of recruiting one and dones. So, this is not a lecture on anything but exactly what some of your fans think. If you beieve their wrong, then fight them.

bUTch_please writes:

Revenge tour? Isn't that the boosters shaking down the one & dones for a refund? Bunch of Escalades got towed last night in Lexington don't cha know.

Olddogsrule writes:

The 'One and Done' not-a-team did just that in the NIT, went 1&done to a tiny college TEAM neither my wife nor I knew anything about as we started watching the game. The result is what the Smurfkitties can expect to happen often if the fanbase and school allows Calipari to continue with the 1&done approach. Regular season routs and regular appearances in the NIT. Yes, they'll have up years and go the the Big Dance, but many not-a teams will be completely filled with 'players' who care not one wit about anything to do with the bluegrass state's 'not premier any more' basketball program. This is due to the head coach's philosophy that the fans and school bought in to; but is mostly because the of the 'players' themselves who will sign with a program doing that. I'll definitely NOT call them student/athletes. They aren't students. They aren't even athletes, just highly gifted 'players' with poor attitudes and little or no sportsmanship, caring only for themselves. They, along with Calipari, are 'playing' the NCAA student/athlete scholarship program. (the key word is SCHOLARship) and have no, none, nada, real desire to get a degree, represent Kentucky, the Kentucky fan base, or even their own not-a-team mates. These users who sign with Kentucky are only there to get highlight reel moments and championship bling until they announce (they think) for the NBA. To call them student/athletes? That's an insult to good kids everywhere working hard to earn a degree by earning a sports scholarship. They and their coach are merely 'players'; playing the system. The uncoachable Smurfkittens' 5* prima-donnas nationally televised embarassments of losing during the regular season and the 1st round of the NIT as they have may be the best thing that happened for the NCAA basketball scholar/athlete program this year.

jt45 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

Did anyone watch this one? I understand U K fans were sending twitters and e-mails to the Robert Morris people warning them of the impending massacre which was going to befall the Colonials.

OK fans, this is one we can talk about a little bit on OUR site. Don't go to the the Kitty site to rub it in...........losing to Robert 'freakin' Morris in a 3,000 seat gym. Therefore, Seven teeth is drowning in his sorrow tonight. He'll say, "well, we didn't get to use our one and dones in Co-Rupp arena."

That was an exciting game. The stuffy kittens and Calipara got a huge dose of humble pie to choke on. #1 seed in the NIT is given a break.....they don't have to worry about another possible beat down by the Vols.

I don't think R M even missed a free throw. Calipari, given a warning for leaving the coaching box earlier, could have well received a T for doing it later.......but we can forgive him.......he was quite frustrated. All the talk about another one of those 'greatest recruiting classes again coming in' is actually an invitation for people like Tennessee and Robert Morris to laugh at all that. After all, the games are played on the floor, not in the media !

Yes I watched every minute of this game with my wife who is a die hard UK fan from coal mine country. I have to admit it was a bit tough trying not to laugh and cheer on the Colonials and yet be sympathetic to her at the same time.

All I can say is I enjoyed rooting for the underdog very much and enjoyed her silence after a Kentucky game even more and I might add that Im glad she doesnt read these boards.

Regardless of how the Vols fair in this tournament, watching them beat UK and Fla has made this a good year in my book.

HooRay_Vol writes:

Guess they didn't deserve to be in the NCAA tourny afterall. They should have beat this team by at least 20.

Volunatic writes:

Nelson Munce: "Ha ha"

Volunatic writes:

in response to TheEffect:

"Enjoy Kentucky's misery while you can, because it won't last long. The 2013-2014 Revenge Tour starts in November....and it's going to be a bloodbath".

The most accurate quote I heard all day.

Y'all better schedule a home/home with Robert Morris, then.

pcorange writes:

It's further embarrassment for the SEC, but it couldn't have happened to a better team or coach.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Sir_Spanky:

Obviously didn't want to be there. There are probably several others including Tennessee that don't want to be there either. That Almighty Dollar.

Yeah, I just hope the Vols don't come out flat like that. I know it isn't where they wanted to be, but they didn't do what they had to do to get to the Big Dance. So now they need to gear up to dominate the "Sock Hop". It won't be easy. If they win tonight, they have to go to BYU, which will be no picnic. The "Fightin' Joseph Smiths" are big and physical with guards who can handle and shoot. They love their basketball out there and will fill a pretty good sized arena. Yeah, Vols, it's only the NIT, but it is also the only way you have now to finish the season on a winning note and leave a good impression for future recruits and preseason raters.

golfman1975 writes:

in response to Colliervol:

Heck creek, he did the same junk every spring at Memphis just to shake them down for a raise. Nothing new there. I will say this though. This year provided a classic example of what happens when he doesn't have a clear talent advantage. His coaching ability won't get anybody very far. He can run a great con on people though. Got to give him credit for that.

Good post...Anyone could have coached last years team to a NC. This year, his system was exposed
for what it is...One & done U. Not a system at
all. Just goes to show you...you may have the talent but it takes a coach to make a team.

golfman1975 writes:

in response to Snapshot:

Where are you sevenTeeth? How did you like the cats losing to Robert freaking Morris? What a pathetic showing for the mighty mildcats!

We are waiting for your excuses.

SevenTeeth? When did he get his implants?

johnlg00 writes:

I know it's hard to resist jumping back at all the blue trolls we have on here, but we Vol fans will be the butt of some pretty sorry japes if the Vols don't win tonight. Or even if they win tonight and then lay a big ol' egg in Provo afterwards. When you look at the list of teams in the NIT this year, about half of them have been upper-half seeds in the NCAA or even champions fairly recently. Winning the NIT this year may not be what the winners wanted at the start of the season, but it wouldn't be NOTHING. I just hope all our guys realize that, play long enough to get in some more good practice, work on some of their weaknesses, and have a good feeling to take into the offseason.

golfman1975 writes:

in response to TheEffect:

"Enjoy Kentucky's misery while you can, because it won't last long. The 2013-2014 Revenge Tour starts in November....and it's going to be a bloodbath".

The most accurate quote I heard all day.

WOW! Didn't you guys predict a championship THIS year? By the way, while you are at it...when the world come to an end? Wait...it just did in the state of KY.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to SevenT:

Cheetahgirl

Have you ever heard of Tennessee one and done Tobias Harris.

How about your 1.5 and done on the team now Stokes?

Truthfully if Tennessee could land 2-3 one and dones for next years team they would love to have them. And UT homers like you would love it too.

People who understand the system know that it is a NBA rule which is broken and needs to be fixed. So spare us the lecture

Just Saying

We just won't pay the going rate.
Enjoy the next seven months.
HAHAHAHA

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to golfman1975:

Good post...Anyone could have coached last years team to a NC. This year, his system was exposed
for what it is...One & done U. Not a system at
all. Just goes to show you...you may have the talent but it takes a coach to make a team.

some 'playas' are not coachable, especially a lot that see college ball as only a one year venue for them to "show they stuff" to the NCAA

johnlg00 writes:

in response to golfman1975:

Good post...Anyone could have coached last years team to a NC. This year, his system was exposed
for what it is...One & done U. Not a system at
all. Just goes to show you...you may have the talent but it takes a coach to make a team.

In fairness to Calapari--words that seldom come off my keyboard--he got lucky last year by getting a group of talented guys who DID buy in to the idea of "team". This year he wasn't lucky that way. The main thing about one-&-done types is that they usually WERE the team in HS. When they come onto a team with upper-class leadership, they learn pretty quickly that being "all that" in HS doesn't necessarily carry over to college ball after all. But when there AREN'T good upperclassmen, like there were on UK's team last year, to talk to them in ways coaches can't, they carry that sense of entitlement with them to college ball. This experience should be a sobering lesson to the guys coming in next year, even if some of the frosh this year aren't real leader types. Again, I know it's fun to poke at the Kitties now, but they probably WILL be back strong next year. There will be enough holdovers that not so many of the newcomers will be able to expect to just walk into starring, or even starting, roles.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to SevenT:

Cheetahgirl

Have you ever heard of Tennessee one and done Tobias Harris.

How about your 1.5 and done on the team now Stokes?

Truthfully if Tennessee could land 2-3 one and dones for next years team they would love to have them. And UT homers like you would love it too.

People who understand the system know that it is a NBA rule which is broken and needs to be fixed. So spare us the lecture

Just Saying

Spare you the lecture? You have got to be kidding.There is not enough lectures for a dumb arss like yourself.People don't dislike Kentucky. It is people like you that makes other teams and fans despise you and your team. Grow up squirt. Act like somebody and you may be treated like somebody.

You know nothing about Stokes.so sthu.

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