Billy Gillispie’s Bitch
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Despite my better judgment, I allowed myself to get sucked in. Yes, Billy Gillispie managed to worm his way into my heart with a simple winning streak and a re-emergence into the AP Top 25. Some of you already know that I am a huge Kentucky basketball fan. I am not however, a Gillispie fan; not yet anyway. I WANT to believe but I am hesitant. There’s something about the man that doesn’t seem to jive with UK basketball. Smarmy maybe, cocky, or “entitled” somehow. At least that’s what I have been feeling from my vantage point here in South China.
Despite those misgivings, I was beginning to feel like maybe I was wrong. The Cats were undefeated in conference play with a big win at Tennessee and had clawed there way back into the rankings. Then this …
Ole Miss 85 – Kentucky 80
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis
What’s maddening is that Gillispie’s Kentucky teams are beginning to make a habit out of losing to teams they are supposed to beat. The loss in Oxford is just the latest disappointment. It started last year with Gardner-Webb and San Di-freakin-‘ego. Then, there was this year’s home shocker against VMI (which prompted this). Of course I realize the team wasn’t gonna’ go through conference play undefeated, but Mississippi? C’mon! They had won 9 in a row against the Rebels! There are still a lot of questions about this Kentucky team. They AVERAGE 18 turnovers a game, which is a huge obstacle to overcome game in and game out. Still, the biggest question mark surrounds Jodie Meeks. Meeks is a force of nature on the basketball court but is he a one-man show? Billy says (on national TV) no. I say maybe. Anyway, the Cats will beat a hasty retreat out of the top 25 and begin again few hours from now in Lexington against South Carolina. As for me, I’ll be up at 4 AM to follow along on the intenet with the ESPN gamecast. I can’t see the games here in China. The connection is too slow to stream the feed, so I follow the along via ESPN, blinking at the screen as the update pages through every 30 seconds.
Of course the photo of the Kentucky bench is not mine, I did take this next one last week in a Liuzhou alley. I couldn’t leave without reaching in and touching the grain. You can take the boy out of Kentucky but you can’t take Kentucky basketball out of the boy.
Go Big Blue!
UPDATE: I’ve discovered that if you want to generate a ridiculous amount of traffic on your blog, all you need to do is write about UK basketball. Welcome to those of you who read Sea of Blue!
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