A new era in Kentucky basketball?

Unlikely. It did make this Aggie smile, however, when he saw that Billy Gillispie’s Kentucky Wildcats were beaten 84-68 by the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs in the 2k Sports College Hoops Classic.

The tournament, benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, had been set up to send four top programs — No. 3 Memphis, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Kentucky — to New York next week to play in the semifinals.

However, instead of the Wildcats, Gardner-Webb, which finished 9-21 last season and tied for seventh in the Atlantic Sun Conference, will play the winner of Thursday night’s game between Buffalo and Connecticut.

It looks like it was never a competitive contest, as the Wildcats were quickly down 14-0, and were never able to cut the deficit below 7.

I know he’ll turn things around, however the criticism at Kentucky is amazing. After an exhibition game, he was criticized for the suit he wore:

Gillispie, criticized by some fans after the team’s first exhibition game for wearing a gray suit and yellow tie but no Kentucky blue, was more appropriately attired this time. He wore a dark blue shirt, with a silver tie and charcoal suit.

I don’t recall him losing to a team like this in his years at TAMU. He was a king. We were happy going to the sweet 16 (Actually, we were happy when we went to the NIT). I wonder what will happen if he loses another game like this one at Kentucky.

2 thoughts on “A new era in Kentucky basketball?

  1. chris Post author

    fld mike, thank you for keeping the site alive. I wonder if Gillispie to KU will end up being like Doherty to NC. Doherty had ND eating out of the palm of his hand – we went to the NIT championship game and the school was ecstatic. Gillispie had a similar situation at TAMU. Guess we’ll see.

    What should I write my next column about?


  2. mike Post author

    No prob. You could write about the head coach of the football program of Notre Dame. You seem to have quite a few HSOs about that.

    I think Gillispie will turn it around, his players will just have to buy in to working hard on the defensive end. I truly do wish him well, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy his stumbles along the way.



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