There will be no numbered bullet points tonight. That game we watched from a hundred+ miles away didn't call for well thought out opinions or even embellishment of fact. The facts, themselves, in their slapface quality, screamed out well enough for a moron to extol them.
"Oooooooooooh, you're gonna whine about the officiating, again; like every other Tennessee-Kentucky game at Rupp."
Yes. How the hell does such an obvious disparity exist in a televised college basketball game?
No. I want to question the winning streak they currently dangle over the heads of every team who walks into Rupp Arena. It's a got dang sham.
We're not the first team to lose to them, under the circumstances of the first half, that played out this evening. I'm not even gonna look it up how many in a row it's been. I'm fairly sure we're the 30th or so. I haven't watched any other games of the 30. Tonight just showed me how probable it has been that other teams faced the same weighted scale, impossible to overcome, that we faced in the first 10 minutes tonight. There were hacks and bodies flying and fouls called left and right. The vast majority were called on Tennessee.
Kentucky is a good team; I dare say they have the ability to be great. When a great team plays to the height of their abilities, it's something to behold. I love basketball. I used to root for Danny Manning and Glenn Robinson and Chris Jackson and David Robinson. They were great and made their teams greater by dominating at their positions and lighting up the court. All of those players had it in them to take over a game and demoralize the competition. They played above the competition based on their ability alone. This Kentucky team has no one of this ilk. Instead, they rely on a haphazard style of play that is augmented by the officials who take out the opposing teams best players with two early fouls, each, and pollute the game with the Vegas line seediness that has become all too familiar in The Run At Rupp Arena.
No wonder we had no chance. Stokes and Golden were on the bench with those 2 fouls for most of the first half, while the refs were doling out fouls like Florida counts votes in an election year.
Kentucky DID take us out of our motion offense and Kentucky did succeed in shutting down our best players, but it wasn't a byproduct, even, of their inspired play; it was a circus show by the officials, who shelled out 14 free throws to the home team and 0 free throws to the visitors, all while the subs from Tennessee tried their best to bring some balance and order to the chaos. No way was anyone on our squad guilty of a technical when Lamb pussy-pushed a Tennessee player in the back. No way is it possible that Stokes attacking the basket would draw nary a whistle in the first 10 minutes.
This game tonight was a sham and a fabrication of the game of basketball. We had no right being in the same gym. They were much too well prepared. They just called a shameful game.....
KY shot 14 free throws in the first half. TN shot ZERO.