While the Vanderbilt loss certainly hurt Kentucky’s national perception, did it really do all that much to damage its overall body of work? If the NCAA selection committee really does count every game of the season the same – and NCAA chairman Mike Bobinski said exactly that Saturday when he said games at this time of the year weigh equally with every other game during the season – UK appears to have a résumé that stacks up pretty favorably to rest of the so-called bubble teams.
For everything that has gone right or wrong this season, Kentucky’s fate has yet to be determined. Sure, the 30-point loss at Tennessee over the weekend looked bad, but it was UK’s first game without Noel. Not all hope is lost quite yet.
Coming off the tough loss at Tennessee and with six regular-season games to go, John Calipari spoke Monday on the Southeastern Conference coaches’ teleconference about playing the rest of the season without Nerlens Noel and bouncing back from adversity.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Nerlens or no Nerlens, John Calipari said his team had Saturday’s 30-point beating coming its way.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It wasn’t a pretty day in Tennessee for the Kentucky Wildcats. Far from it. In their first game without Nerlens Noel, the Cats were drilled by Tennessee 88-58, the largest loss by a John Calipari team during his time at UK. Before they put the game behind them, Coach Cal, Kyle Wiltjer and Willie Cauley-Stein try to make sense of the loss.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Join us Saturday as CoachCal.com and UKathletics.com team up for a live interactive blog for the Kentucky-Tennessee game at 1 p.m. ET. We’ll detail the action throughout the afternoon, live from Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. Fans can join the chat and send in questions and comments in a real-time format. We will get started around 12:45 p.m.
Noel has a torn ACL and will undergo reconstructive surgery soon, the same surgery Hood had after he sustained the same injury as Noel in similar fashion. The injury – which happened in a summer pickup game – and the rehabilitation that followed cost Hood the entire 2011-12 season, which means the two teammates are members a fraternity into which no athlete wants to be initiated.
eRUPPtion Zone tickets will be available to the public for the Belmont and Mississippi State games, which occur over the university’s holiday break. Tickets will go on sale 90 minutes prior to tip-off at the Rupp Arena Box Office and are available on a first come/first serve basis.