Blame me, I Tweeted Samford coach remark

By: Steve Moss
By: Steve Moss

On Tuesday night, during the first half of UK's blowout win over Samford, coach Bennie Seltzer blurted out a sentence that caught my ear, and I'm sure, those of several other folks sitting nearby.

On Tuesday night, during the first half of UK's blowout win over Samford, coach Bennie Seltzer blurted out a sentence that caught my ear, and I'm sure, those of several other folks sitting nearby.

Fortunately for me, maybe unfortunately for Seltzer, I had enough cell phone signal inside Rupp Arena to re-Tweet his comment.

"This is one of the worst Kentucky teams I've ever seen." 

Immediately, others began re-Tweeting.  By the time his Bulldogs had suffered a lopsided 88-56 loss to the Wildcats, you knew his words were going to become a hot topic in the post game press conference.

After all, whether Seltzer truly believes it or not, this UK team isn't very good.  Yet.  UK fans and coach John Calipari no less, are beginning to worry this year's version of the Cats might not come around as quickly as his previous three.  

These Cats are puzzling.  Not one seems interested in being the guy to direct and lead.  The offense is disjointed.  At times, this group seems disinterested.  Already, UK's 54-game Rupp Arena winning streak had ended and for the first time in the Calipari era, these Wildcats have dropped two straight non-conference games (Notre Dame and Baylor).

So it's not surprising that some might think this team isn't very good.  But to say it?

To be fair to Seltzer,  he spent most of the first half trying to motivate his players.  Sitting as close as I do to the visitor's bench, I hear quite a bit.  Most of it not so good.  

But I get it.  I understand his tactics.

"Why are you all so scared?  This team isn't that good!" he bellowed several times at his team.

Aggravated, Seltzer was only trying to get his team to play with confidence.

"I said they're not that good," Seltzer told the media, when asked about the comment after the game.  "I can't remember what else I said."

I do, and it's understandable why Seltzer picked up that technical foul later in the game.

But give the man credit, he didn't back away from the comments.

"They're still not as good as some of their other teams," he said.  "You know, there is no John Wall.  There is no Eric Bledsoe.  There is no DeMarcus Cousins.

We get it.  There's no Anthony Davis, either.  But Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin, Willie Cauley-Stein and Nerlens Noel make up another promising group of freshmen.  That's the rub with this group -- they're young and inexperienced.

So while it's unfair to label this team as one of UK's worst ever, I'm sure Seltzer suffered from momentary hyperbole.  

"I guess as a new coach, I have to be careful with all these ears around me, especially when we play at Kentucky," he said.  They're a good team.  They are a very good basketball team.  Quote me on that."

Consider it done.

Those are the highlights.  Stay tuned.

 


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