That’s a wrap: Notre Dame 64, Kentucky 50

(H-L photo/Mark Cornelison)

I wasn’t in South Bend — Mark Story made the trip with Jerry Tipton — but that shouldn’t stop me from doing my wrap on UK’s 64-50 loss at Notre Dame.

What it means: Kentucky dropped to 4-2 with the 64-50 loss at Notre Dame, which was the first true road game of the year for the Cats. It was just the second double-digit loss of the four-year Calipari Era. The other was the 17-point loss to Connecticut in Maui. After losing on a buzzer-beater at Indiana, UK won the rest of its road games last year, eight in all. By the way, a 4-2 start is UK’s worst since 2008-09, for whatever that’s worth, which isn’t much.

What I liked: Not much. Julius Mays played well, scoring 16 points and fighting to try and get Kentucky back in it the second ahalf. He hit back-to-back threes to cut the lead to 59-46 with 6:35 left. UK got it down to 10 points, 60-50 with 2:35 left, but no closer.

What I didn’t like: Pretty much everything else. The Cats seemed confused and the effort could have been better. Foul trouble hurt Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress, and Goodwin had by far his worst night of the young season. Even worse, was ESPN’s coverage. Dick Vitale is a great guy and has done a tremendous amount for college basketball, and I think Dan Shulman is a pro, but rarely have I watched a basketball game where there was less coverage of the basketball game. Notre Dame’s hideous black jerseys with invisible numbers didn’t help either, especially when you were trying to keep score at home.

What’s next: Calipari can now tell his team, ‘See you don’t poop ice cream.’ And I fully expect this young team to bounce back in a big way Saturday when Baylor comes to Rupp Arena for a noon tip.

One more thing: As I said on twitter: Keep calm and carry on. They’ll be fine.

Update: Doron Lamb agrees.


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  1. GW says:

    If eveyone will look at the calendar, it is November. They have a long way to go on D….all 6 games have shown a lack of communication and committment on the defensive end. I like this team though (sounds like Coach Cal) but I think they are going to be more like 2 years ago than last year. And that team was pretty good when March rolled around.

  2. GW says:

    And I agree with the ESPN coverage (or lack of). One big Notre Dame infomercial. Missed replays because of interviews and constant crowd shots of the football team.

  3. Mark Liptak says:

    Like I said a few weeks ago, this team is going to have some issues. They seem to me to be a player or two short on the roster and have to get the point guard situation worked out. (I don’t know if they can frankly…Harrow just doesn’t seem to have the build).

    Doesn’t mean they are going to have a “bad” year by any means, still win 22-24 games, make the tournament, probably get to the Sweet 16 but that’s all folks.

    It’s O.K. even Cal is allowed a less than stellar season now and again.

    Watch out next season though!

    Mark Liptak