Tuesday, January 29, 2008

SEC Mens/Womens Standings and Schedule 1/29/08

SEC Mens Standings 1/29/08
East

  • Florida 5-1 18-3
  • Tennessee (3) 4-1 17-2
  • Kentucky 3-2 9-9
  • Georgia 2-2 11-6
  • Vanderbilt (14) 2-3 17-3
  • South Carolina 1-4 9-10
West
  • Mississippi St. 5-0 14-5
  • Arkansas 3-2 14-5
  • Mississippi (17) 2-3 15-3
  • Auburn 2-3 12-6
  • Alabama 1-4 12-8
  • LSU 0-5 7-12
SEC Mens Basketball Schedule-1/29/08-2/02/08
January 29 (Tuesday)

  • Tennessee at Alabama [ESPN] 8:00 p.m. CT
January 30 (Wednesday)
  • Georgia at South Carolina 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Mississippi State at Arkansas [RS] 7:00 p.m. CT
  • LSU at Auburn 7:00 p.m. CT
  • Vanderbilt at Ole Miss 7:00 p.m. CT
February 2 (Saturday)
  • Kentucky at Georgia [CBS] 1:00 p.m. ET
  • LSU at Alabama [RS] 2:00 p.m. CT
  • Florida at Arkansas [RS] 2:00 p.m. CT
  • South Carolina at Ole Miss [SS] 4:00 p.m. CT
  • Auburn at Vanderbilt [FSN/SUN] 4:00 p.m. CT
  • Tennessee at Mississippi State [FSN/SUN] 6:00 p.m. CT
ALL TIMES LOCAL

KEY: SEC Game; [ ]TV Game; #Taped Delay; FSN/SUN includes FSN South, FSN Southwest and SUN Sports; RS: Raycom Sports

SEC Womens Standings 1/29/08
  • Tennessee (2) 5-0 17-1
  • LSU (9) 5-0 16-3
  • Kentucky 4-2 10-10
  • Georgia (17) 3-2 16-4
  • Florida 3-2 14-6
  • Vanderbilt 3-2 14-6
  • Auburn (25) 2-3 14-6
  • Mississippi 2-3 8-10
  • Arkansas 2-4 17-4
  • Mississippi St. 1-4 13-7
  • Alabama 1-4 8-12
  • South Carolina 0-5 11-9
SEC Womens Basketball Schedule
January 31

  • Alabama at Mississippi State 7 pm
  • Vanderbilt at Florida 7 pm ET
  • Kentucky at Georgia [RSN] 7 pm ET
  • South Carolina at LSU 7 pm
  • Tennessee at Ole Miss [CSS] 7 pm
All times central unless noted. RSN - Fox Sports Net South, Fox Sports Net Southwest, Sun Sports; CSS - Comcast Sports Southeast.

Bradley,Patterson earn SEC honors

The Southeastern Conference named Ramel Bradley as the SEC Player of the Week and Patrick Patterson as the SEC Freshman of the Week. This is only the third time that a school has swept both honors in the same week. Ramel was named the SEC player of the Week for the first time in his career at UK. Patterson was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for the second time since Nov. 26, 2007.

SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ramel Bradley, Kentucky

G * 6-2 * 191 * Sr. * New York, N.Y.
  • Bradley scored 20+ points in seven UK's last eight games including 26 against South Carolina. He has nine 20-point games on the season, tied for fourth most in the league and has made 29 of his last 30 free throws.
  • Bradley went 8-for-8 in the last 1:30 to help seal UK's win over Tennessee.
  • He recorded his second career double-double with 26 pts and 10 rebounds against South Carolina and has played 214 of a possible 215 minutes in league play.
  • Averaging 21.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 4.0 apg in SEC play and leads the league in free throw percentage (.869)
Bradley's Season Stats
  • PPG 16.7
  • RPG 4.3
  • APG 3.3
  • BPG 0.3
  • SPG 1.6
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
F * 6-8 * 232 * Fr. * Huntingdon, W.Va.
  • Patterson recorded his seventh and eighth 20-point games this season this week including 20 in UK's win over third ranked Tennessee.
  • He also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and tied his career high with three block shots against Tennessee.
  • Played all 40 minutes against South Carolina and has played 209 of 215 possible minutes in UK's five SEC games.
  • Patterson ranks 13th on UK's all-time freshman scoring list
Patterson's Season Stats
  • PPG 17.1
  • RPG 8.1
  • APG 1.8
  • BPG 1.5
  • SPG 1.1

Monday, January 28, 2008

Coach Gillispie's call-in show 1/28/08

Coaches call in show will be on tonight at 6PM-EST/5PM-CST, if you would like to listen you can try one of this links or radio stations YAHOO STREAM LINK and this STREAMING LINK you can also try www.wlap.com WLAP630AM; www.wvlkam.com WVLK 590AM; www.wggc.com WGGC 95.1FM.

If you have questions or comments call: 1-800-249-CATS

Also if you would like to discuss any comments during the coaches show you can click here and join in. We look forward to seeing you there.

Cats fall to Lady Tigers

Kentucky (10-10, SEC 4-2) could have tied No.9 LSU (16-3, SEC 5-0) for second place in the SEC with a win in Rupp Area. Instead the Cats fell behind early and never could over come the Tigers and lose 72-46 and stay in third place. Now the Cats prepare to face the Lady Georgia Bulldogs on the road Thursday Jan.31 at 7PM.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

UK Football and Senior Bowl News

UK had four football players in the 2008 Senior Bowl that was played in Mobile, Ala. this past Saturday. UK players Woodson, Little, Tamme and Woodyard all played in the game Saturday and helped the South team win over the North team in a close game with the final score 17-16.

UK has picked up two commitments in Miami receiver Eric Adeyemi and Acworth, Ga., athlete Matt Roark. Kentucky is also waiting for a decision from Henry Clay's receiver Aaron Boyd, who has UK on his final list and will announce his choice in early February. Coach Brooks hopes to add some defensive help also in the next few weeks.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Cats Garner Another Tough Win

Lwcat
Wildcats Thunder Administrator

[image] VS [image]
South Carolina 70
Kentucky 78

Kentucky continues to play inspired tough basketball and got a hard fought win over South Carolina. Bradley had another superb game...26 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. "Smooth" is playing the best basketball of his career at UK! Patterson had another great game with 22 points. Importantly, Stevenson stepped up again with another solid performance...12 points and 5 rebounds. Jody Meeks garnered 13 points, but his shooting eye is off some as he shot 3-12. It is great to see Meeks and Jasper get 30 plus minutes each....we need those guys and they played well.

For a while I wondered if South Carolina would miss a 3 point shot as they hit 12 of them. Kudo's to the Downey kid....heck of a player....he had 24 points and 7 assists. Downey is one tough player to guard.

Great job, Cats!

A few links from UKathletics.com
Now that the Cats(9-9, 3-2 SEC) will have a week off to rest and prepare for a road game against Georgia on Feb. 2 at 1:00PM on CBS.

USC vs UK Game Day Chatroom and Links

The chat room will be open for those who want to join in tonight during the Kentucky Wildcats(8-9, 2-2 SEC) vs South Carolina Gamecocks (9-9, 1-3 SEC) basketball game. Tip-off is set for 1:00PM-EST/NOON-EST on Raycom Sports with Dave Baker and Larry Conley doing the play by play at Rupp Arena. The chat room will open 30 mins before game. You can Click here or go to Wildcats Thunder and click the Game Day Chat Room Forum to enter Wildcats Thunder's chat room and remember we have the chat room open every game before tip off and through out the whole game. We look forward to seeing you there. So be sure to bookmark the chat room. GO BIG BLUE!

USC vs UK Links:


Friday, January 25, 2008

South Carolina vs Kentucky....A Preview

Lwcat
Wildcats Thunder Administrator

South Carolina vs Kentucky
(1/26/08 Sat. 1PM on Raycom Sports)
USC/UK Raycom Sports TV Info.
USC/UK Stream Feed Available

(Scroll down to UK's schedule and were it list South Carolina as opponent just look to the right and you'll see were to click for the stream or audio providing you can't get the game in your area.)

South Carolina

Coach: Dave Odom
Career Record: 392-260 (.601) in 21 seasons
Record at South Carolina: 114-86 (.570) in 6 seasons

2006/07 Record: 14-16
2006/07 SEC Record: 4-12 (6th-East)
2007/07 Postseason: None

2007/08 Record: 9-9

South Carolina 92 S. Carolina St. 67
South Carolina 103 Citadel 42
Southern Cal 85 South Carolina 75
South Carolina 74 Penn St. 67
North Carolina St. 63 South Carolina 61
George Mason 69 South Carolina 68
South Carolina 92 Campell 52
Clemson 85 South Carolina 74
South Carolina 68 Providence 67
Baylor 92 South Carolina 84
South Carolina 85 College of Charleston82
South Carolina 67 UC Irvine 65
South Carolina 90 Radford 63
UNC Ashville 61 South Carolina 58
Vanderbilt 80 SouthCarolina 73
Tennessee 80 South Carolina 56
South Carolina 70 Arkansas 66
Florida 73 South Carolina 71

Team Stats

PPG: 75.6
FG%: 45.1%
3 Point %: 40.4%
FT%: 71.7%
TO's per game: 11.3

Projected Starters

Devan Downey G 5'9" Soph. (PPG-19.9)
Zam Frederick G 6'0" Jr. (PPG-16.1)
Dominique Archie F 6'7" Soph. (PPG-10.4)
Brandis Raley-Ross G 6'2" Soph. (PPG-8.2)
Sam Muldrow F 6'9" Fr. (PPG-4.3)

South Carolina coach Dave Odom has announced his retirement after this season. Odom is a class act....well liked in college basketball...and I'm sure his team is playing hard each game to help send Odom out on a winning note. However, the Gamecocks have been up and down as a team. Transfers Downey and Frederick provide the bulk of the scoring, but both are guards. Inside the paint is where South Carolina finds it difficult to score consistently. Importantly, South Carolina has hit a high percentage of their 3 point shots with Raley-Ross hitting 30-49 for an amazing 61%. Frederick is also dangerous from the 3 point line...hitting 40%. Although, the Gamecocks have some disappointing losses, they have played some good teams very close. They recently defeated Arkansas and lost to Florida by 2 points.

The Cats fresh off of a great win over Tennessee must avoid a letdown or be overconfident against a dangerous South Carolina team. The Gamecocks have played the Cats tough the past few years. UK should have an advantage in the paint with Patterson and, hopefully, Stevenson plays another solid game. The Cats must guard the 3 point shot closely as the Gamecocks are dangerous from the perimeter. UK is showing increased toughness and togetherness in recent games. Their execution on offense and defense has improved and importantly, TO's have dropped in recent games. The Cats know that to have any chance of gaining an NCAA berth, they must start winning the vast majority of their remaining games. There is little room for error and there is plenty of stiff competition in their 12 remaining SEC games.There are no gimmes! If Meeks and Jasper can remain healthy, the Cats have a real shot of running a string of victories in the SEC. For sure, UK needs to hold serve at Rupp Arena and pick up at least 3-4 wins on the road....then make a great run in the SEC tourney. First, the Cats must take care of business Sat. against South Carolina and then it's one game at a time. Go Cats!

Watch the Kentucky vs. Baylor 1948 NCAA Championship Game

The University of Kentucky mens basketball program will honored the 1948 NCAA Champions UK's first NCAA Championship team at halftime of the Wildcats’ game against South Carolina on Saturday in Rupp Arena. So it is with great pleasure that Wildcats Thunder honors the 1948 NCAA Championship team, the link for the video is at the bottom of this article. The write-up is courtesy of Bogansback2basil and the Video courtesy of Blueworldorder.

UK 1947-48 NCAA Championship Team
Kentucky 58 - Baylor 42
March 23, 1948 - New York
"The Fabulous Five"
UK's 1947-48 Record: 36-3
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UK 1947-48 NCAA Champions
Front Row: Coach Adolph Rupp, Johnny Stough, Ralph Beard, Kenneth Rollins, Cliff Barker Jr, Dale Barnstable, Asst. Coach Harry Lancaster Second Row: Manager Humzey Yessin, Garland Townes, Jim Jordan, Joe Holland, Alex Groza, Wallace Jones, Jim Line, Roger Day, Trainer Wibert Bud Berger
UK 1947-48 Roster ; UK 1947-48 Schedule & Results


“In Kentucky,” writes Lonnie Wheeler, “they even have a name for the basketball off-season. They call it the Kentucky Derby.” Such is the fervor for basketball in Kentucky that it is commonly referred to as a religion.

It was this depth of provincial feeling that seemed to beckon Wheeler, a best-selling author who found himself fascinated by the magnificent regional pride that rose up from the Bluegrass state in the spring of 1996, oh the occasion of the University of Kentucky’s sixth national championship. The famous Kentucky spirit was nothing new, of course, but by virtue of various misadventures it had been in a state of relative suspension….and returned to the commonwealth the basketball eminence which its citizens consider to be their birthright.”

-- A portion of the inside cover of
“Blue Yonder” Kentucky; The United States of Basketball

When did this so-called birthright begin?

I believe it happened on March 23, 1930. On the advice of a gas station attendant, a high school coach in Freeport, Illinois decided to take the UK job for $2,800 per year. Nine months later, the first of a “gazillion” victories for Adolph Rupp took place as the UK Wildcats defeated Georgetown College 67-19.

So which team put the winningest program in college basketball history on the map?

The Basil Hayden-led 1921 team, winners of UK’s first conference title ever was perhaps UK’s first “best” team. Hayden of course was UK’s first All-American – an honor that UK basketball players have earned more times than any other D-I college basketball program.

Rupp’s first great team at UK was the 1932-33 squad. It has been noted (Season Review -Varsity Basketball [Kentuckian] and John Scott’s site)
that while “playing one of the hardest schedules ever attempted by a Kentucky basketball team, Coach Adolph Rupp's Wildcat netters won 21 out of 24 games they participated in during the 1932-33 season and wound up the season by winning the finals at the tournament of the Southeastern Conference at Atlanta. Winning the crown in an easy fashion, the Cats brought the championship to the Bluegrass for the first time since 1921 and were heralded by basketball experts as the greatest Southern team of all time.”

Of course that team was later selected as the Helms Foundation National Champion for 1933.

Many will say that the 1946 NIT championship team was UK’s first great team. It would be hard to argue given the fact that it was UK’s first “national” title in basketball and it was played on the “big stage” in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Two members of that team would become a part of UK lore as the Fabulous Five in 1948. Ralph Beard and Wah Wah Jones tasted victory in the Garden in 1946 – and were destined to so again two years later along with Alex Groza, Cliff Barker and Kenny Rollins.

On March 23, 1948, UK won its first NCAA championship by defeating Baylor 58-42. The following year, UK would win its second consecutive NCAA title and be on its way to becoming the winningest program in college basketball and a national icon.

Sit back, relax and enjoy perhaps THE game that started UK’s national rise to the top!

If you download the games from this site theres some very important info you should know.

After you download and you find yourself with no picture and sound only. You need to go here and download the latest divx codes or use this link to do so. Then you will have a picture. Or you can download the Video Lan Player at this site. Its a handy little player that will play almost any type of media file without having to download any codes.

There is no sound to the video below, but its still a gem

1948 NCAA Championship Game Download Link

For more great UK games from the past stop by Wildcats Thunder and check out the Video Vault Forum.

Chance of UK making Tourney

Keather
Wildcats Thunder Member

Our remaining schedule is not going to be easy...but I am attempting to see if there is a plausible way these new tough Cats can squeak into the tourney:

South Carolina

If we are playing the way we have the last 5 games, this one should be a victory at home. USC's record is similar to ours with questionable losses and a blow out loss to UT.

WIN 9-9 (3-2)

Georgia

They are undefeated at home (10-0) and they also have a questionable loss (E. Tenn St). They have a decent squad but I think this will be our first good road win in the SEC.

WIN 10-9 (4-2)

Auburn

Good squad, they beat Miss but got thumped by UF. The Cats can handle a team like this with the toughness and passion we are playing with the last 5 games.

WIN 11-9 (5-2)

Bama

At HOME, we can handle this team. They are dropping games as of lately. We BETTER handle this AT RUPP.

WIN 12-9 (6-2)

Vandy

AT Vandy, always tough...expect Vandy to give us hell and I think this is one we drop. Vandy is good at home and the court works against coaching, so your players better have the game plan in their head and be able to use little/if any sideline instruction during the game (depends on if the coach uses in-game cues to set-up offense/defense, MOST do).

LOSS 12-10 (6-3)

LSU

Not your Tyrus Thomas, Big Baby LSU of OLD.

WIN 13-10 (7-3)

Georgia

Home, we win...we are clicking good at this point with no injuries!

WIN 14-10 (8-3)

Arkansas

See Above

WIN 15-10 (9-3)

Ole Miss

We are at home, we are going against a better team in the SEC, but again, we are at home and this is Billy Ball!

WIN 16-10 (10-3)

Tennessee

AT Tenn, they get their revenge, which is not OK...but we could really shake things up going in with the swagger we need. This team is a GREAT TEAM and upsetting them once was a challenge, sweeping them I feel is going to be too hard.

LOSS 16-11 (10-4)

South Carolina

We are going to send Odom out a LOSER. This will be an OK road win but nothing to stamp on a resume.

WIN 17-11 (11-4)

Florida

At HOME, paybacks are a Bizzle!!! This Florida team is athletic and Calathes is fun to watch, but I feel this will be the game that puts them from Bubble to "expected to make" in regards to the tourney (providing we win 1-2 games in the SEC tourney).

WIN 18-11 (12-4)

Winning 11 of 13 games (counting the UT game) and good showings against UF and MSU, plus the win against Vandy will put us off of the Bubble and in the Tourney. 18 is our magical number with 12 being the number of wins in SEC play. BUT, we must win 1-2 games in the SEC tourney. We cannot go in and go home the first day. This team is capable of making this run. Their confidence is up, they are buying in, injuries are less so, and they have swagger!

Fact:
Selection Committee takes into account uncontrollable things during the season.

Example: Team A with 1 superstar (say...Gonzaga w/ Morrison) has a tremendous season going through the non-conference with little problem and tearing through their conference at ease. Now, Morrison goes down with a major season ending injury. What looked like a Gonzaga 1/2 seed is now sitting on an 8/9 or lower seed.

Team B: (UK) 1) Has a coaching transition 2) missed Jasper their first 11 games 3) missed Meeks for 6 games. Those games coming during the beginning of the season and then both come back Mid Jan and the team starts coming together and goes on several 5-6 games winning streaks with a strong showing in Conference Tourney. Regardless of their non-conference performance, they turned their season around....

It is called the recency effect. The most recent thing is what is left on their minds. They are not going to forget UK's stumbles, but provided everyone remains healthy and UK finishes as I predict...UK will make the tourney as a 13 seed. If UK wins 12 Conference Games and takes the SEC tourney, they will become an 8-10 seed (because the SEC is weaker). If their path to the SEC Conference Final puts them with UT and we win, then that would again increase our odds. If we beat Vandy and UT on the road, and we do everything else, we are in...

What do you think? Click here to discuss and share your thoughts.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Four UK Football Players in Senior Bowl

This Saturday's Senior Bowl game on Jan. 26 will be in Mobile, Ala., and will have four Wildcats. Quarterback Andre Woodson, running back Rafael Little, tight end Jacob Tamme and linebacker Wesley Woodyard will will play in the game for the South squad. Receiver Keenan Burton would have made it five and had originally committed to play in the game, but had arthroscopic knee surgery after playing in the Music City Bowl for UK.

This is the 59th-annual event, and features top college seniors from around the nation, and will be played in Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., at 4 p.m. EST (3 p.m. CST in Mobile). The game will be televised on the NFL Network. The Senior Bowl practices will be televised on the NFL Network on the week of
Jan. 21-25.

Tickets to the contest sell for $24, $18 and $12 each and are currently on sale at all area Food World stores, selected Regions Bank branches, the Senior Bowl ticket office in the Riverview Plaza Hotel in downtown Mobile, by calling 251-432-4109 or ordered through the bowl’s website at www.seniorbowl.com.

Also take the time to read up on the UK Seniors s the prepare for the Senior Bowl game and for their future in the NFL. See what they are saying about UK's future and how they hope to represent the program will as they continue their careers. Larry Vaught does a great job following these guys in Moblie this week.

SEC Players In the 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl
  • Alabama: Simeon Castille, DB; Wallace Gilberry, DL; D.J. Hall, WR
  • Arkansas: Robert Felton, OL; Marcus Harrison, DL; Peyton Hillis, RB
  • Auburn: Quentin Groves, DL; Patrick Lee, DB
  • Georgia: Brandon Coutu, K
  • Kentucky: Keenan Burton, WR; Rafael Little, RB; Jacob Tamme, TE; Andre Woodson, QB; Wesley Woodyard, LB
  • LSU: Early Doucet, WR; Jacob Hester, RB; Ali Highsmith, LB; Chevis Jackson, DB; Craig Steltz, DB
  • Mississippi State: Titus Brown, DL
  • Tennessee: Brad Cottam, TE
  • Vanderbilt: Chris Williams, OL

UK Hoops take on South Carolina

KENTUCKY WILDCATS
(9-9, 3-1 SEC)

at
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
(11-7, 0-3 SEC)

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008 • 7 p.m. EST
Columbia, S.C. • Colonial Center (18,000)
FSN South (TV) - Big Blue Sports Network (Radio)
Live Stats | Live Audio


The University of Kentucky women's basketball team travels to South Carolina Thursday night at 7pm on FSN South. So be sure to tune and and watch the Lady Cats as they look to continue their winning streak and moving up in the SEC.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

My Assessment on DeAndre Liggins and Clarence Trent

ukfreek00
Wildcats Thunder Member

Well, on Sunday I went to the "Flyin' to the Hoop" tournament that is here in Ohio every year and got to see DeAndre Liggins, and a possible 09' recruit named Clarence Trent play. I figued I'd come by to give my assessment on both. Keep in mind that my assessments are based on one game only. But this is what I saw...

First, DeAndre Liggins - First of all, he was sick, so you could tell he was playing without a lot of energy. I heard he had the flu, and when I spoke with him after the game, he sounded pretty bad. But, Liggins is a very unselfish player. But, not going to make unnecessary passes like we've seen Jasper do at times. If the shot is there, he will take it, but always has his head up looking for a pass to get a better shot.

He kind of stood around a little bit on offense tonight, but it looked as if it was because he was not feeling well, because every time the other team made a run, he stepped it up for a few minutes, before it looked like fatigue set in again. So, with him being sick, I'm not sure what to make of this.

His perimeter shot is just a little above average. The jumpers he missed, he was short on. Again, could be fatigue from being sick. He did appear to have a good looking jump shot though.

Played VERY good defense, and used his long wingspan to his advantage. Always had his hands up, and tried to get in the passing lane.

Biggest upside- Attitude. He wants the ball when the game is close. He has fun playing the game of basketball. The coach of the team they were playing (Centerville, OH), was talking trash to him the whole game. Very classless, like yelling "You suck!" to him. It took awhile for DeAndre to get tired of the coach, and finally said something after hitting a 3 right in front of their bench, to which the coach responded "Screw you, you UK big shot". (Yes, this all went unnoticed by the refs). But, his coached pulled him out right after that and looked like DeAndre calmed down and didn't let the coach get to him after that. Then, after the game, DeAndre tried to shake the hand of the Centerville coach, and the coach blew him off.

Biggest downside- Weight. He's 6'6, 190 lbs. He jumped above most of the big guys for rebounds, but it seemed like he was getting beat up down low. Looked like he held his own on drives to the hoop though.

Overall - I think with proper conditioning, and adding some bulk in the weight room, Liggins has a chance to be a special player at UK.

Next, Clarence Trent - I won't spend as much time on this kid, as its not even positive we'll land him. But, WE NEED TO GET THIS KID! I believe he's listed as a 3 star recruit, but he's much better than that. The kid dominated the game. Boxed out well, looked up court well after rebounds, always hit a the outlet man for a fast break. Going to be a very good Power Forward at the college level. Seems like another kid with a good head on his shoulders, going by the brief conversation I had with him.

Also plays good defense. Has the ability to play defense outside. Used his body to his advantage on defense. Solid defensive player.

Biggest upside - Fundamentals. This kid boxed out, and out rebounded guys 3 and 4 inches taller than him. He hustled up and down the court every possession, and was on the ground after every loose ball.

Biggest downside - Low block scoring. He played very well from about 15 ft away from the basket. Had a nice little jump shot for a post player. He wasn't a bad low block scorer, but I'd say it was the area he could use some improvement.

Overall - Maybe not the most athletic kid, but a kid who will give his all on the court. A kid who will take whatever it takes to make sure he can put a "W" on the scoreboard. Reminds me allot of a Chuck Hayes type player. If you need him to score 20 points, that's what he'll try to do. But, if you need him to play good defense and get 20 rebounds, that's what he'll try to do. 100% team player that only cares about getting a win.

Overall assessment of the game - Liggins and Trent seemed to be very good friends, on the court, and during warm ups. It would not surprise me to see Trent come to Kentucky because of his relationship with Liggins. They seemed like very good friends, and had good chemistry on the basketball court. I would definitely like to see them play together in the blue in white.

Like I said, Keep in mind, it was based off of one game. He played very little, and showed more heart and hustle than athleticism.

Why the Cats Won..The Meaning of This Victory!

Lwcat
Wildcats Thunder Administrator

The Official UK/UT Basketball Box Score reveals why the Cats were able to garner this great win over Tennessee.

  1. TO's totaled only 12....and this was against a good pressing team.
  2. Rebounds..Cats out rebounded Tennessee 36-27.
  3. FT's..Cats made 24 of 28..outstanding!
  4. Assists..Cats had 16 assists with Bradley getting 5 assists.
  5. 3 point shooting..While the Cats shot only 4-15..Crawford hit 2 straight 3 pointers at a very critical point in the game. In addition, UK's great defense held Tennessee to 7-26 of 27%.
  6. Terrific Defense all 40 minutes.
  7. Meeks and Jasper were able to play...Jasper got 22 minutes and hit a 3 pointer and garnered 6 rebounds while Meeks played 18 minutes and scored 8 points.
  8. Last, but not least...the Cats finally got a front line player to step up and help Patterson and it was Perry Stevenson who played his best ever game at UK. Stevenson contributed 14 points....7 rebounds....5 assists and only 2 TO's in 37 minutes of action. A truly great performance from Stevenson!
Importantly, however the box score only tells part of the story.

You see, the foundation for this win and the vastly improved play over the past few games started the first day of practice. Billy Gillispie had a plan of success based on his years as an assistant coach and his past 5 years as a head coach. As we all know, Billy was dealt a young inexperienced team without proven front line talent or experience. BCG knew that this would be a painful process as players were forced to adopt a new tough attitude and learn a new system for playing offense and defense. On top of this, Gillispie had to deal with a number of unexpected injuries to key players. In addition, Legion, a talented player, became a distraction with his unhappiness and transferred. Despite all this, Gillispie never made excuses and said "this is my team"....in short, he stuck up for his team. Then, unfortunately, early in the season the Cats suffered an embarrassing loss to Gardner-Webb and then to San Diego. Some well meaning fans who love UK began to question BCG's every decision. They said his practices were too hard....he should be playing a zone....he should start certain players...on and on. I understand these fans, because like all UK fans, they hate to lose....especially to those kind of teams. While, obviously Gillispie wanted to win those early games....he was not going to take short cuts for victories....he was looking at what was necessary in the long term to rebuild UK basketball....and he knew that deviating from his success plan would spell failure. This UK team had to learn the hard way...you must practice hard each and every time....you earn your way into the lineup. The months of November and December were difficult for UK fans as they saw their beloved Cats lose game after game and showing little improvement. The honeymoon for Billy Gillispie was over, but BCG never took his eye off the ball....he persevered.....he remained tough...then slowly but surely there was increasing evidence that progress was being made and the players were now buying into Gillispie system. Then came the game with Vanderbilt when finally the fans saw solid evidence of the results of BCG's hard work with this UK team. They saw a gutty UK team refuse to quit...a team that was demonstrating toughness and togetherness. The result was an exciting win over 13th ranked Vandy in double OT. As one looked at the UK bench....the sheer joy among all the players and coaches...it brought tears to lots of UK fans. But we all knew that this was just one game. Then came a tough loss against a very good Miss. St, team on the road. Despite the loss, Cat fans saw the same intensity and effort from this growing UK team. Next came a heartbreaking loss at Florida in which the Cats took Florida to OT before losing. There was no question, this UK team was improving in all aspects of the game. Then last night, the Cats never give up attitude....their noticeable toughness....their togetherness as a team.....revealed itself in an amazing win over a top 5 ranked team in Tennessee. I can't tell you as a UK fan how proud I was of BCG, his staff and this gutty UK team that played it's heart out over 40 minutes!

These past few games and especially lasts night's great win over Tennessee gave us all a look into the future....a real glimpse, if you will, of what is possible and very likely to occur under BCG as he brings in more talent. Folks, we have our coach....he is committed to taking UK back to it's elite status. I'm not saying that everything ahead this year is rosey....injuries could once again become a problem....loses will occur, but hopefully, now all UK fans can appreciate what BCG has accomplished with this team and stand behind him 100% as he continues to build this great proud program.

UK fans are the greatest and we have a great coach....the clouds have parted and the sun is now shining on a bright future for the greatest basketball program in America....our beloved Kentucky Wildcats!

"We Are Kentucky!"

Nothing like a good Kentucky Basketball video to get the blood to pumping. The video is by I:BELIEVE:I Wildcats Thunder Senior Moderator and titled "We are Kentucky". Enjoy and lets get ready for South Carolina as they come to Rupp Arena Saturday. GO BIG BLUE!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Kentucky vs Tennessee...A Preview

Lwcat
Wildcats Thunder Administrator

Kentucky vs Tennessee
(1/22/08-Tuesday-9PM
ESPN)

Tennessee

Coach: Bruce Pearl
Record: 363-103 (.779) in 15 seasons
Record at Tennessee: 46-19 (.708) in 2 seasons

2006/07 Record: 24-11
2006/07 SEC Record: 10-6 (T2nd-East)
2006/07 Postseason: 2-1 (Lost in Sweet 16 in NCAA)

2007/08 Record: 16-1 (SEC-3-0)

Tennesee 80 Temple 63
Tennessee 101 Ark.-Monticello 44
Tennessee 89 Prairie View A&M 75
Tennessee 109 Middle Tennessee 40
Tennessee 74 West Virginia 72
Texas 97 Tennessee 78
Tennessee 93 N. Carolina A&T 59
Tennessee 98 La.-Lafayette 70
Tennessee 76 Chattanooga 70
Tennessee 88 Western Kentucky 82
Tennessee 86 UNC Ashville 73
Tennessee 82 Xavier 75
Tennessee 82 Gonzaga 72
Tennessee 83 Ole Miss 82
Tennessee 80 South Carolina 56
Tennessee 80 Vanderbilt 60
Tennessee 74 Ohio State 69

Projected Lineup

Chris Lofton G 6'2" Sr. (PPG-14.1)
JaJaun Smith G 6'2" Sr. (PPG-14.9)
Tyler Smith F 6'7" So. (PPG-13.5)
Wayne Chism F/C 6'9" So. (PPG-8.1)
J.P. Smith G 6'7" So. (PPG-12.4)

The Vols arrive at Rupp arena boasting a high national ranking of #3. Tennessee has lots of talent and firepower as Bruce Pearl has the Vols hitting on all cylinders! Pearl in his 2 seasons at Tennessee has done a terrific job recruiting and this season he added two very talented transfers in JP Prince who came from Arizona and Tyler Smith who transferred from Iowa. The Vols have balanced scoring with all starters scoring in double figures except Chism...and he is scoring 9 points per game. Tennessee hopes to have Duke Crews back in the lineup very soon as he has been cleared by doctors regarding some heart issues. Crews is a solid frontline rebounder and he has been missed. Whether he plays against the Cats is not clear. Tennessee really gets after it's opponents with a smothering full court pressure...they lead the SEC with 12 steals per game. Tyler Smith and Chism are are very tough on the frontline and solid rebounders. Smith is very creative in scoring in the paint...a real talent. All UK fans know about Chris Loften who despite not shooting the 3 point shot as well as in the past....is still a threat to light it up from the outside. Loften nailed 4 -3 pointers in Tennessee's recent win over Ohio St. Make no mistake, this is an excellent Tennessee team!

UK made a valiant effort against Florida forcing OT, but wilted in the OT and lost a tough game. The Cats seem to be taking better care of the ball as TO's have dropped some, but Tennessee's full court pressure will present a big challenge for the Cats who have not handled pressure very well in the past. Against Florida, Meeks and Crawford hit only 2-13 3 point shots. It is imperative that the Cats get good shooting from Meeks, Bradley and Crawford to open things up a bit for Patterson inside the paint. Unfortunately, Harris, Stevenson, Coury and Stewart have simply not provided any real help offensively to Patterson....who continues to shoulder the load on the inside. Now SEC teams are double teaming Patterson and making entry passes very difficult and scoring inside very tough. As we feared, UK's weak frontline is costing the Cats dearly. On the plus side, UK is playing with lots of heart and effort and while mistakes are being made offensively and defensively....the Cats are making progress. A healthy Meeks and Jasper are desperately needed to give UK more firepower and better ball handlers. A win over the Vols is possible, but UK must bring it's A game in all phases....solid defense, good parameter shooting, few TO's, good rebounding and hopefully....lots of minutes from Meeks and Jasper. Also, some lady luck wouldn't hurt either! Go Cats!

Tenn vs UK Game Day Chatroom

The chat room will be open for those who want to join in tonight during the Kentucky Wildcats(7-9, 1-2 SEC) vs No. 3/5 Tennessee Volunteers (16-1, 3-0 SEC) basketball game. Tip-off is set for 9:00PM-EST/8:00PM-CST on ESPN Super Tuesday with ESPN's Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes and Jeannine Edwards doing the play by play at Rupp Arena. The chat room will open 30 mins before game. You can Click here or go to Wildcats Thunder and click the Game Day Chat Room Forum to enter Wildcats Thunder's chat room and remember we have the chat room open every game before tip off and through out the whole game. We look forward to seeing you there. So be sure to bookmark the chat room. GO BIG BLUE!

Coach Gillispie's Call-in Show comments 12/21/08

Here's a short summary of tonights show. For those of you that didn't or couldn't listen. Here's the Link to Coaches Archive show.

U
K goes up against #3 Tennessee Tuesday night on ESPN Super Tuesday at 9PM-EST/8PM-CST on ESPN at Rupp Arena.

Player of the Week goes to 6'8 Patrick Patterson from Huntington,WV. Patterson is studying Business Management and considers himself a workhorse and would like to live in Brazil someday.

Tom Leach: Congrats UK's Cheerleaders and Cheerleader Coach on winning their 16th NCAA title.

Coach Gillispie's Opening comments:

  • Coach comments that Tennessee is a really good team and that they play hard and are well coached. Tennessee has good talent and good talented backups at each position. Coach adds that he knows Coach Pearl some because of Chris Forbes who is on the UT staff. [Forbes was with Gillispie at A&M.]
  • Coach said that Pearl has done a great job of promoting and scheduling TV games for Tennessee and has gotten the mens basketball program allot of attention and Pearl is recruiting well at UT.
  • Coach said, Tennessee will try to use the press to force TURNOVER'S(a problem UK already has, but has improved on in the last few games). Tennessee will be the most athletic team they have played this year. He added that Louisville would have been the most talented team had they had all their players when they played earlier in the year.
  • Coach said, he's heard allot of stories on Tennessee's Chris Lofton from Chris Forbes. Coach said that Lofton plays hard, team player. Coach doesn't buy that Lofton is having a off year and says that Chris is a great player.
  • Meeks and Jasper practiced today and need to get back to full speed.
  • Joe's foot is hurting him and UK needs to get him healthy as well.
E-mail: Can coaches make completes on the way the Officials call games to league officials?

Coach: Can't comment. Tom can you?

Tom: Coaches can complain to league officials.

Coach: I think the Refs have done OK so far.

Caller: What does Jared Carter have to do to get better and help UK?

Coach: Jared has days that he is good in practice, he needs to be more consistent and when Coach can trust him to be in the right places on the court, he'll get more playing time. Coach says that he believes Carter will be great for UK when he's in shape.

Caller: Coach question on recruiting bigger players?

Coach: When recruiting Coach wants players to have HEART, DESIRE. Players that want to play basketball and players that if they have a off game they will hit the gym to improve their game and have a good work habit that will rub off on other players on the team. Coach added that height, size doesn't matter he wants basketball players and ones that want to work even in their spare time.

Caller: Coach could comment on the Assistant Coaches position on the staff?

Coach:

  • Brooks holds the Operation of Basketball position on the staff and is Houston's former Head Coach. Brooks can't coach during the games per NCAA rules.
  • Cox is the Associate HC and a former JUCO head coach and won a NCAA Championship at the JUCO level. He comes to UK from A&M with Coach.
  • Cyp is a Assistant Coach and comes to UK from Arkansas and does some recruiting.
  • Webber is a Assistant Coach and comes from Illinois. Webber does some recruiting as well.
  • All 3 Assistant Coaches does game/scouting reports on different opponents. They do things now that other coaches have done and will help them when the time comes for them to be head coaches. They will all be Great Head Coaches one day.
Caller: Coach are you worried about making the NCAA?

Coach: We're working to improve and we'll try to win every game we play and hope we make the NCAA tournament.

Tom: Coach Tennessee leads the SEC and Nation in 3pt%, why do you think that is?

Coach: Because Tennessee has long athletic players that can defend.

Caller: Women caller Coach just wanted to let you know that we watch Liggens play in Ohio and that their was several UK fans there cheering him on.

Coach: Thanks for the update and Liggens is excited by the attention the UK fans are showing him at games in this area.

Caller: Coach how will UK box-out Tennessee?

Coach: We hope to stay between the basket and UT players to stop them and pull out a UK win.

Caller: How is Patterson's condition after seeing he was hurting in the UK/UF game?

Coach: Patrick had cramps at the end of the game and his and Joe Crawford's shoes are bothering them. They'll get new one and hopefully that'll fix that problem.

Caller: Coach look forward to the UK/UF game, your doing a good job. Keep it up.

Coach: Thanks caller for his comments and the call.

Caller: Coach does Refs favor the HOME team?

Coach: Hope it does against Tennessee Tuesday night. It may have looked that way in the UF game, but we did foul allot at the end of the game.

Caller: Coach will Coury's role on the team change against UT?

Coach: I'm proud of Coury, he's doing the right things on the court and his role won't change.

Caller: Coach will Stewart's playing time improve or will we not see much of him anymore this season?

Coach: AJ is still learning in practice and he is very athletic and he will see playing time when needed.

Caller: Coach when you recruit kids are their scholarships a 4 year deal or are they a yearly deal?

Coach: NCAA rules are they are a year to year and renewal every year unless a player gets into trouble, grade issues, attitude problems and some guys do transfer because they aren't getting playing time.

Caller: What can UK do to get better interior passing?

Coach: Patterson does a great job of catching, passing in the post.

Tom: Coach we were talking earlier during a break about the NCAA rules changing next year with the 3 point line. you mention a article in a 1968 Sports Illustration Issue you had about changes they were talking about then.

Coach: Tom, thats what 40 years ago or near it. It was a 1968 SI Issue. The rule then that was mentioned was that the basketball rim should be move from 10 ft to 11 ft and change the size of the court because of the players being to big at the time.[Tom and Gillispie laughed]

Caller: Coach just wanted to let you know that you have allot of support here in the Eastern part of the state and we like the excitement that you brought back to the UK program.

Coach: Thank You, we appreciate it.

Women Caller: Coach why did the Ref jump you on the sideline?

Coach: Oh, I misunderstood the rule about subbing a player when the cloak wasn't running and that's why it looked like he was jumping on me. He was explaining the rule to me.

E-mail: Coach how do you like your 1st year in the SEC?

Coach: I like the SEC, but I want to WIN instead of Losing. Looks like all the fans are excited in the SEC about basketball.

Tom: Coach I guess you'll be practicing 1-2 times before the Tennessee/Kentucky game.

Coach: Yea, we'll have 1 more practice before the UT game and we'll prepare to improve in certain areas and hope to win.

My thoughts on UK's improvement

Jcat123
Wildcats Thunder Member

Let me list a few positives about this UK team:

  1. Jasper is more offensive minded. How many threes did he take and hit last year. This year he is pulling people away from the basket and/or making them pay if the don't.
  2. When at any time in his career has Joe Crawford every played defense. He is this year and it will help him get into the NBA developmental league or somewhere overseas.
  3. Wasn't it nice to see Ramon Harris break the press using his ball handling during the Florida game? Yes. Will he get better? Yes. Will BCG recruit better players over him. Yes.
  4. Isn't it wonderful to see our guards throw the ball into PP more often? Yes. They are finally getting it. Hit him when he's open. The problem is that when he gets into foul trouble there's no one to sub for him.
  5. Wasn't it great to see Perry Stevenson attack the rim against Florida? Absolutely. He will learn to play defense without fouling someday.
Whether some are ready to admit it or not, this team is beginning to jell. Yes it will be mid-February for it to really come together (that's if Meeks and Jasper can stay healthy and practice instead of just playing during games).

Unfortunately, the roster is what it is. Legion leaving didn't hurt this team because it is guard heavy. What is killing this team is the lack of a center, a quality backup and forwards that compliment PP. He will get better when the defense has to play honest. Right now, opponents can basically whip the cats if they take him out of the equation and contain our point guard.

This is not your normal cat talent, but it will be in a couple of seasons. The teams that are feasting on cat now, because the CATS will be providing the ....whippings in the future.

Until then, root for the team, support the coach--he's doing the best he can with what he has to work with.

Monday, January 21, 2008

SEC Men's/Women's Standings-1/21/08

Here's this weeks SEC Men's/Women's standings and upcoming SEC games. Also some SEC links on Kentucky and AP/Coaches Poll.

SEC Mens:

East
  • Tennessee (3) 3-0 16-1
  • Florida 3-1 16-3
  • Georgia 2-1 11-5
  • Vanderbilt (14) 2-2 17-2
  • South Carolina 1-2 9-8
  • Kentucky 1-2 7-9
West
  • Mississippi St. 4-0 13-5
  • Mississippi (17) 2-2 15-2
  • Arkansas 2-2 13-5
  • Auburn 2-2 11-5
  • Alabama 0-4 11-8
  • LSU 0-4 7-11

Mens SEC Games 1/22/08-1/27/08

January 22 (Tuesday)

  • Presbyterian at Auburn 7:00 p.m. CT
  • Tennessee at Kentucky [ESPN] 9:00 p.m. ET
January 23 (Wednesday)
  • Florida at South Carolina [RS] 8:00 p.m. ET
January 26 (Saturday)
  • South Carolina at Kentucky [RS] 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Auburn at Alabama [RS] 2:00 p.m. CT
  • Ole Miss at Mississippi State [FSN/SUN] 4:00 p.m. CT
  • Georgia at Tennessee [FSN/SUN] 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Arkansas at LSU [ESPN Classic] 8:00 p.m. CT
January 27 (Sunday)
  • Vanderbilt at Florida [RS] 1:00 p.m. ET
FSN/SUN: FSN South, FSN Southwest and SUN Sports;
RS:
Raycom Sports/Lincoln Financial

SEC Women's:
  • Tennessee (2) 4-0 16-1
  • LSU (9) 3-0 14-3
  • Kentucky 3-1 9-9
  • Florida 2-1 13-5
  • Mississippi 2-1 8-8
  • Georgia (17) 2-2 15-3
  • Vanderbilt 2-2 13-6
  • Auburn (25) 1-2 13-5
  • Arkansas 1-3 16-3
  • Alabama 1-3 8-11
  • Mississippi St. 0-3 12-6
  • South Carolina 0-3 11-7

Womens SEC games 1/24/08-1/31/08

January 24
  • LSU at Auburn 6 pm
  • Ole Miss at Mississippi State 7 pm
  • Arkansas at Tennessee 7 pm ET
  • Georgia at Florida 7 pm ET
  • Kentucky at South Carolina [RSN] 7 pm ET

January 27
  • Auburn at Alabama 2 pm
  • Mississippi State at Arkansas 2 pm
  • Ole Miss at Vanderbilt 2 pm
  • LSU at Kentucky [RSN] 2:30 pm ET
  • Florida at South Carolina 3 pm ET
  • Georgia at Oklahoma [ESPN2] 5 pm ET

January 28
  • Tennessee at Duke [ESPN2] 7 pm ET

January 31
  • Alabama at Mississippi State 7 pm
  • Vanderbilt at Florida 7 pm ET
  • Kentucky at Georgia [RSN] 7 pm ET
  • South Carolina at LSU 7 pm
  • Tennessee at Ole Miss [CSS] 7 pm
All times central unless noted. RSN - Fox Sports Net South, Fox Sports Net Southwest, Sun Sports; CSS - Comcast Sports Southeast.

Joker Phillips

Bigbluemist
Wildcats Thunder Football/Recruiting Analyst

The University of Kentucky didn't just hit a homerun on Friday they hit the thing out of the stadium!!! Give major props to Coach Brooks for stepping up too Dr. Todd and Mitch Barnhart to move this forward. Give Todd and Mitch the props for listening and getting this done!

Coach Brooks is looking out of the UK program by making sure kids and parents know what is happening with this program when he hangs it up. People know who will be guiding the bus. No more non-sense on the recruiting trail of Brooks retiring or "Joker won't be there by the time you leave!"

Coach Rich Brooks has proven to be a SUPER football coach and high character person. He has made UK a program we can be proud of both on and off the field. UK is winning and they are winning the right way, within the rules. Usually back-to-back winning seasons are followed by losses and probation. No more my friends. When Brooks stands there and tells you we will be a factor next year, you know its true.

Joker is a KY kid and a UK alum. Haven't we always wanted one of ours to lead the program? Someone who views this as the destination, not a stop towards the destination? He will have a few more years to learn from Coach. Brooks will know when the time is right.....trust him!

Isn't it great to be a UK football fan!

PS: Get CM's stupid name off the field and get Brooks up there!!!