Not sure I can remember a Kentucky fan base being so disappointed in a UK team in recent years — or specifically upset with what it feels has been a lack of all-out effort.
Kentucky went to Georgia Thursday night needing a win to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Instead, it lost 72-62 and was again beat too often on the boards and to loose balls while the offense struggled for any continuity.
Here’s a sampling of Twitter messages I saw from UK fans during the game:
n @MrJoshHopkins: “Dead team walking.”
n @aepps25: “lackluster....no sense of urgency with the post-season on da line... I will never say these kids don't care because I know they do...”
n @PeruvianSkies4: “They really don't even look like they want to be out there. It's sad.”
n @kickerky: “The name on the front of the jersey is the only thing that makes this a Kentucky team. #teamnochemistry”
n @tracylynnluvsUK: “I've seen kindergartners play better basketball with more intensity than this.”
n @terryblumer: “we are getting out hustled, outplayed!! It seems like these guys could care less. Sloppy play all over the court!”
n @RDSUK: “No skills or IQ. Team may be done”
n @ukgreg90: “As a UK alum and fan this team embarrasses me with their lack of hustle, heart, and pride.”
n @KevinJasper: “There is a Kentucky fan in Mississippi that is about to come UnGlued! Lets Fight, Cats!”
n @dganstine: “This team makes me sad. Maybe more sad than Gillispie NIT team. That team fought more than this, even handicapped by coach”
n @amyfadoolCSN: Welp...if UK loses to UGA (down by 11 with under 5 to play), I think they should decline the impending NIT invite. Don't deserve it #NoFight”
n @Wildcatty11: “I've made excuses for this team all season but I can't do that any longer, I can't defend lack of effort. Just disappointed in that.”
n @leslie_neeley: “I always try to be positive about this team on #KSTV...tomorrow will be different. They've given me no reason to do so.”
n @TheErinCalipari: “The UK fans on my feed are making Jerry Tipton look like a glass half full kind of guy.”
n @SethDavisHoops: “Gotta figure Kentucky moves to first four out with this loss. Win vs Fla puts them back in.”
n @outRAGEous02: “Remember how great it felt to win the title last year? This is the exact opposite of that feeling!!!”
n @MrJoshHopkins: It's okay. Wait till March... No, NEEEEEXT March.”
Hopkins, a successful actor, probably summed the feelings for UK fans with his “dead team walking” and “Wait till March” of 2013 tweets.
UK fans have all but written off this season and area already all-in on next year’s team that will feature at least six new players.
Kentucky could beat Florida. If it doesn’t, it could still win the SEC Tournament because even with the Georgia loss it likely will still get a bye into the quarterfinals.
However, Kentucky is a team that had no chance to be as good as last year’s national title team even before it lost Nerlens Noel, its best player, to a season-ending knee injury.
But this team has somehow seemed to alienate a fan base that just a year ago was in love with everything the Cats did.