Remember this blog post from March? Blame the Fans. In it, I called Billy Gillispie a "travesty" and berated the fans of the University of Kentucky for running Tubby Smith out of town. I later recanted a bit from that position, but I continued in my assertion that Gillispie's first year was a let down and a failure.
"Just wait until next year when he's got his own recruits," everyone assured me.
Last year, Gillispie's Wildcats lost their second game of the season to a no-name program called Gardner-Webb. This year, they were playing VMI in their first game - VMI, a team who went 14-15 last year, and according to the commentators of the game, the school has not won its first game of the season in "years."
Well, the Gillispie Wildcats blew it again. Down by 21 in the first half, 10 at halftime, and as many as 23 in the second half, they ended up losing by about 7 or 8 points. They gave up 111 points to this team. ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN POINTS!!! Granted, they made a remarkable comeback in the second half and actually took the lead for a few seconds with about 4 minutes left, but that's where their steam gave out. That was also the only time in the entire game that they actually had a lead.
The whole game was just sloppy, with poor defense, streaky and inconsistent shooting, and an insane number of turnovers. Kentucky had 23, I believe, in the first half alone.
It's significant to point out that VMI has not beaten a major conference team in about 5 years. 5 years.
Welcome to Gillispie ChokeBall, Year Two. Maybe we just need to wait until his THIRD year, right?