Wed March 20, 2013
Reaction Not Positive (Obviously) to Kentucky Wildcats' Surprising NIT Loss
The Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team's first-round National Invitational Tournament loss to Robert Morris on Tuesday night ended a particularly rough season. This time last year, Wildcats were cheering a team on to a national title.
"The game got too rough," Calipari was quoted as saying in the Lexington Herald-Leader. "You sit there and shake your head."
Schadenfreude was all over social media Tuesday night—from Louisville Cardinals fans, Calipari dissenters and people who just like seeing traditionally top teams lose. We'll avoid those. But here is some reaction on Twitter to Kentucky's unexpected defeat.
ESPN's Dick Vitale considered the fact that three UK freshmen have been considered first-round picks in the NBA draft. Pardons for his use of a catchphrase:
How r these Cats Diaper Dandies ready 4 NBA? I just can't see it - will they get a 2 nd contract if they leave early?
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 20, 2013
Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones had issues with the team's effort, too:
Jarrod Polson is UK's best player tonight...tells you all you need to know about Polson and the rest of the team
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 20, 2013
At halftime, former Bowling Green Daily News sports editor Daniel Pike brought up the Wildcats' apparent lack of intensity.
Why do I feel like UK's players are just kinda hanging out in the locker room, silently texting.
— D.G. Pike (@FortyNickels) March 20, 2013
Nazr Mohammed played on the Wildcats' 1996 national championship team:
There's nothing wrong with supporting ur team. No need to hate on others to prove u love ur team. They're kids and its still a game #WeAreUK
— Nazr Mohammed (@NazrMohammed) March 20, 2013
Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, a UK fan:
Glad I listened to Cal's post-game radio interview. Made me feel better. Already psyched for next year! #BBN
— Trey Grayson (@KYTrey) March 20, 2013
Yahoo! Sports writer Pat Forde, a former Courier-Journal columnist, had this to say:
I think everyone is relieved not to have to watch that Kentucky team play anymore. UK fans included.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 20, 2013
Actress Ashley Judd, a Kentucky fan and potential U.S. Senate candidate, avoided criticizing the Wildcats:
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 20, 2013
Anthony Davis, the Charlotte Hornets center who played on last year's national championship team, initially replied to a Tweet telling him to "remember where he came from" by saying he was from Chicago. That upset Big Blue Nation. This morning, Davis Tweeted:
All y'all UK fans need to chill out. Someone said don't forget where you came from and I said I came from Chicago. Which is very true.
— Anthony Davis (@AntDavis23) March 20, 2013
Meanwhile, Herald-Leader columnist John Clay tries to autopsy the season.
WDRB's Eric Crawford analyzes Coach John Calipari's reaction to the loss.