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Football and Basketball

Welcome to
Big Blue Fans For UK Football and Basketball,
A Site Dedicated to the Preservation
Of UK Basketball History, Traditions, and Lore
From the Fans' Perspective

If You Are a Big Blue Fan, You Can Participate
In This Site in Several Ways:  YOU CAN:

1.  Be a Site Member

2.  Contribute Your Memories

 

WAKE UP BIG BLUE NATION
A Call To Action


It is time for the Big Blue Nation To Send a Unified Call To the National Media and the Crooked NCAA
That We Have Had Enough!!!!!
We Are Mad As Hell,
And We Aren't Going To Take It Anymore!!!!

Here Is The Call To Action
Issued To All Current Members
of this Website

 

BigBlueFans4UK Now has a Facebook Group
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Engage In Discussions With Other Members
Link To Group

 

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on Twitter

 

CONCERNED FANS FOR UK BASKETBALL

When BigBlueFans4UK.com debuted in June 2006, I simulaneously announced that a group of Concerned Fans would use this website as its internet platform to advocate a change in the head coaching position for the Basketball Program. Concerned Fans expressed their clear vision that the program would not return to national prominence so long as Tubby Smith remained at the helm of the UK program, and expressed confidence that the right man in that chair would return UK to prominence.

On March 22, 2007, a mere 9 months later, Concerned Fans For UK Basketball achieved its only goal as Tubby Smith resigned and ran to a waiting plane headed for Minnesota. At that time, Concerned Fans Closed Its Membership Roles while it monitored how the program responded. The rest is history, with two final four appearances and the program's 8th National Championship in 2012. Entering the 2013-14 season, UK will again be the favorite to win its 9th Championship. Yes, Concerned Fans were right. UK is the premier program in all of the land once again.

UK fans must remember the past, good and bad, and remain vigilant that the mistakes known today as the Tubby Smith Era must not be allowed to ever repeat. This is why this site will always preserve the documentation of the activities of the Concerned Fans movement. Concerned Fans members have a quiet confidence about the important role they played in rescuing the UK Basketball program from the mediocrity that Tubby Smith embraced.

Please maintain your vigilance. The program must NEVER repeat this set of mistakes. One way to remain vigilant is to know this part of UK basketball history, which the Concerned Fans Activities document. Use the "Concerned Fans" Navigation Button in the Left Frame to access this section of our cyber-museum.

 

How Have Kentucky Opponents And National Contenders
Performed and Trended Over the Last Decade?
Click Here To Explore

 

INDIVIDUAL EFFICIENCIES OF
UK PLAYERS AND
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS
1996 THROUGH 2015

About 5 years ago, I began to apply the macro analysis of team efficiency on the micro level of individual player efficiency. The methods have evolved since 2010, but the refinements that have occurred have had only marginal impact upon the final Individual Net Efficiency (INE) for a player in a given season.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RESULTS

The Top 20 UK players since 1996 Using this INE Analysis are:

The Earliest Sneak Peak
At An Upcoming Basketball Season

UK Basketball has released its nonconference schedule for the 2015-16 season. Three years ago, when the SEC presented its scheduling process for the 14 team field, the SEC said the scheduling pattern was established to repeat every 3 seasons. Therefore, the 2015-16 SEC schedule should be the same as the 2012-13 season, at least in terms of the teams which the Cats will play on the road and the teams the Cats will play twice. For that reason, we can take the earliest glimpse ever toward the next season.

The projections are based on the following starting point assumptions:

1. UK's performance level will be equal to the weighted average UK performance level of the 6 season Calipari Era.

2. The projected performance levels for each UK opponent will be equal to that team's 2015 season ending levels

Of course, the reality will vary from these starting point assumptions. UK's actual performance may by better or worse than this assumed level of performance. Over the last 6 seasons, 3 teams (2011, 2013, and 2014) have performed below this average, 2 (2012 and 2015) have exceeded this performance level, and one (2010) was essentially equal to the average. We will not have an realistic feel for how the 2015-16 Cats will compare until after they play their first 5 to 8 games.

With respect to the slate of opponents, some will be stronger than they were last year, and some will be weaker. It is not possible to know which teams will rise and which will slip until about Thanksgiving, but regardless of the winners and the losers in these individual program battle to sustain their success, the composite overall schedule strength will end up very similar to that defined by the composite 2015 ending values.

Calipari is not backing down one bit from his promise to take on all comers.  UCLA and Kansas, both on the road after the embarrassing beat downs last year will be major games for each of them.  Ohio State and Duke at neutral sites are great matchups for a great program.  Louisville (arghhhh!!!! I hate those guys, and hate the fact that UK still includes them on the schedule) is always a war with nothing to gain and everything to lose.

Strictly by the numbers, 29-2; 18-0.  However, using probabilities, 24-7; 14-4.  My best thoughts 5 months before the first exhibition game (LOL!!) 27-4; 16-2.

Rick Pitino said after the 1993 final four disappointment that if you fish in the final four pond often enough, you will claim the trophy. You win some that you shouldn't and you fail to win some you should. The 2014 team went much further than they had any right to expect and the 2015 team fell a little short. The 2011 team went further than they had played and 2010 fell short. 1997 fell short, and 1998 won it against high odds contrary to that outcome.

It happens.

This UK team should compete for the championship again.  It should have a legitimate chance to win it.

(Click on the Table To View Larger Version)

 

Wall Street Journal Finds UK #1 Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike DeCoursey Exposes The Anti-UK Basketball Bias in the Media
Taking shots at Kentucky has become a March pastime, but is it fair?

 

Who Saw The UK Dominance
Of College Basketball Coming,
Before It Actually Happened?
CLICK HERE and FIND OUT!

 

Your Gateway to the 2014-15 Basketball Season Here!!

 

VEGAS HAS 2014-15 UK CATS AS
FAVORITE TO WIN 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP

2014-15 Roster Substantially Set with Cauley-Stein and Poythress returning for their Junior Seasons, and all of the Freshmen except Julius Randle and James Young returning for their Sophomore Seasons. Coach Calipari will replace grauduating seniors Jarrod Polson and Jon Hood, and Departing Freshment Julius Randle and James Young with another outstanding Freshman class consisting of Karl Towns, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, and Tyler Ulis. The final piece of the roster puzzle fell into place on Friday, April 25 when Andrew and Aaron Harrison announced their intention to return to the University of Kentucky for another season. Following that announcement, the vegas odds makers lifted the Cats to the favorite to win the 2015 NCAA National Championship, with 4:1 odds. The full roster, as of April 26, 2014 is:

JUNIORS

Willie Cauley-Stein; 7-0, 244
Alex Poythress; 6-8, 239

SOPHOMORES

Andrew Harrison; 6-6, 215
Aaron Harrison; 6-6, 218
Dominque Hawkins; 6-0, 193
Dakari Johnson; 7-0, 265
Marcus Lee; 6-9, 215
Derrick Willis; 6-9, 205
E. J. Floreal; So., 6-3, 195

FRESHMEN

#2 to #7-Karl Towns; 7-1, 248
#10 to #17-Trey Lyles; 6-9, 245
#21 to #22-Devin Booker; 6-6, 194
#20 to #22-Tyler Ulis; 5-8, 142

REDSHIRTS

Brian Long; Sr., 5-9, 155
Sam Malone; Sr., 5-11, 185
Tod Lanter, Sr., 6-2, 190

 

Follow the Cats
At The Gateway To the 2014 Season

On Saturday, August 30, 2014, The Mark Stoops Era of UK Football begins its second season. The Cats will kickoff the season at noon at Commonwealth Stadium against Tennessee Martin.

 

 

Kentucky Hires Mark Stoops
To Take Over the Football Cats


Can UK Football Be Fixed
By Just Replacing Its Coach?
Read One View That Sadly Concludes
It Is Not Likely

 

Check Out Our Index To All Things That Are UK Football At This Link

 

On September 18, 2012, Coach John Calipari, and a small group of fans and supporters honored Joe B. Hall with the unveiling of a bronze statue of Joe B. Hall as most fans of the Era will remember him best, on the end of the bench, leaning forward in anticipation,

with his rolled up game program in his hand

 

Never-Say-Die Cats
Advance To NCAA Championship Game Before Falling To UConn

  • Kentucky finishes to 29-11 overall as the NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
  • Kentucky leads the series 5-2 and 2-1 in NCAA Tournament action.
  • The Wildcats lead the nation with a 116-47 all-time NCAA record .
  • Kentucky is 5-1 in NCAA Tournament games played in Indianapolis.
  • UK is 18-3 in NCAA Tournament games under John Calipari.
  • Kentucky has advanced to its 16th Final Four.
  • Kentucky has advanced to the Final Four three of last four years.
  • Kentucky's 18 tournament wins under Calipari is the most since 2010. (UConn has 12, and Florida, Kansas and Louisville are next with 11 each. )
  • Kentucky defeated four-straight top-10 teams to make the Championship Game. (Three of the opponents played in the 2013 Final Four.)

YOUR GATEWAY TO THE
2014 SEC TOURNAMENT
CLICK HERE!!!

 

 

UK's Last Four Championships

Respect Our Past

Fear Our Future

 

 

Senior Tribute Index Page
See the Note Below About Audio Files On This Site

Dave Kindred About Coach Rupp
The Sporting News, June 2, 1999

I'll remember him as the proud old warrior who, at age 69, explained to me why he was displeased by Kentucky's requirement that he retire the next year. "I'd just as soon die on the bench," he said. "Retire? Why, what would I do? Time would hang heavy on my hands. It's the competitiveness I like -- taking a bunch of boys and seeing what I can do with them. These young squirts come in as coaches at other places and they say they're going to put an end to Rupp and Kentucky. Well, we'll see about that."

 

"WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS"
What is Required?
Take a Look Here


REMEMBERING OUR UK SENIORS

ALMOST AS QUICKLY
AS THE GILLISPIE ERA BEGAN, IT ENDED
AND THE JOHN CALIPARI ERA BEGAN
USE THIS LINK TO ACCESS OUR NEW
JOHN CALIPARI ERA
SECTION OF THE SITE

THE BILLY GILLISPIE ERA HAS BEGUN
USE THIS LINK TO ACCESS OUR NEW

BILLY GILLISPIE ERA
SECTION OF THE SITE

 

STREET & SMITH SAYS
UK IS #1

 

"If it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, why do they keep score?
I'm not engaged in a popularity contest, I want to win!"

Adolph Rupp

 

Since Adolph Rupp arrived in Lexington in 1930, University of Kentucky Basketball established standards of excellence that bred success on a national scale for many decades.  Coach Rupp demonstrated that superior talent will prevail when that talent can utilize its superior athleticism and training in an up-tempo, fast break style of play.  When Coach Rupp retired, he passed the baton on to Joe B. Hall.  In his farewell address, Coach Rupp said,

I have a worthy successor, and I told him that after 42 years, if the basketball program fails at the University of Kentucky, then I have built it on a sand foundation

Joe B. provided the oversight and care for the program for 13 seasons.  His successor guided this great program to probabion, but Rick Pitino established for all to see that Coach Rupp had indeed build the program upon a solid foundation.Pitino's successor has overseen a steady, gradual decline in the program, and the program must put that strong foundation to the test again. This site is dedicated to the preservation of the excitement, traditions, history, and style of play that has become synonomous with Kentucky Basketball.  Our goal is to provide a single source for fans of the past, present, and future to learn about that history, these traditions, and the true essence of Kentucky BasketballPlease browse around the site.  If you want to support this project, we invite you to register as an affiliate member and we will provide periodic updates to you by email about additions to the site.  We also welcome your suggestions because we want the site to be the fans' site, a fan's first choice to introduce our next generation of Big Blue fans to the excitement, history, and traditions that are UK Basketball.


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