Marquis Teague explains that with St. John's and North Carolina coming to Lexington, it is a big week for the Wildcats.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The 2011 Big East/SEC Challenge schedule for Dec. 1-3, 2011 Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
|THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1ST||All Time EST|
|Providence at South Carolin||7:00 PM|
|St. John's at Kentucky||7:30 PM|
|Ole Miss at DePaul||9:00 PM|
|Georgetown at Alabama||9:30 PM|
|FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND||All Time EST|
|Florida at Syracuse||6:30 PM|
|Cincinnati at Georgia||7:00 PM|
|Vanderbilt at Louisville||8:30 PM|
|Auburn at Seton Hall||9:00 PM|
|SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD||All Time EST|
|Arkansas at Connecticut||3:15 PM|
|Pittsburgh at Tennessee||5:15 PM|
|LSU at Rutgers||7:00 PM|
|West Virginia at Mississippi St.||9:00 PM|
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Kentucky vs St. John’s
(Big East/SEC Challenge @ Rupp Arena)
12/1/11 Thursday 7:30PMEST/6:30PMCST (ESPN2)
UK leads the series 10-5
St. John’s Red Storm
Location: Queens, NY
Head Coach: Steve Lavin
Career Record: 166-90 (64.8%) 8 Seasons
At St. Johns: 21-12 (63.6%) 1 Season
2010-11 Record: 21-12
2010-11 Big East Record: 12-6
2010-11 Postseason Record: NCAA 0-1
2011-12 Record: 4-3
St. John’s 74 William & Mary 59
St. John’s 78 Lehigh 73
St. John’s 82 UMBC 59
Arizona 81 St. Johns 72
Texas A&M 58 St. John’s 57
St. John’s 63 St. Francis 48
Northeastern 78 St. John’s 74
St. John’s Stats
Probable Starting Lineup
Nurideen Lindsey G-6’3” So……………...14.4 PPG
D’Angelo Harrison G-6’3” Fr……….…….14.3 PPG
Maurice Harkness G/F-6’8” Fr……………14.1 PPG
God’sgift Achiuwa F-6’9” Jr………………11.3PPG
Sir’Dominic Pointer G/F-6’6” Fr……….….5.7 PPG
Other Key Players
Phil Greene G-6’2” Fr…………….………5.4 PPG
Malik Stith G-5’11” Jr……………………4.4 PPG
St. John’s lost 10 seniors last season plus starting freshman Dwayne Polee II who opted to transfer. So the Red Storm lost all 5 starters and it’s top 8 scorers….this resulted in the loss of 96% of the scoring, 89% of the rebounds and 94% of the assists. Importantly, Coach Lavin brought in 7 freshmen to go along 3 returning juniors and a sophomore…… but unfortunately, 3 of the freshmen were ruled academically ineligible….although one of the freshman might be eligible next semester.
This is obviously a young inexperienced team, but it would be a huge mistake to think that St. John’s doesn’t have good talent…they do! Coach Steve Lavin, who has been treated for prostate cancer, is a solid coach who has demonstrated very good recruiting skills. This is likely to be a tough year for the Red Storm, but they will get better and be a dangerous opponent.
Coach Lavin essentially uses 7 players and some of the starters are rotated. Thus far, the Red Storm have not been a good perimeter shooting team hitting only 26-94 for 27.7% and their free throw shooting has been lackluster at 64.7%. Guard Nurideen Lindsey is the leading scorer….and also leads the team in assists and TO’s. D’Angelo Harrison is the leading 3 point shooter hitting a so so 34.2%. Moe Harkness and God’sgift Achiuwa lead the Red Storm in rebounds.
You can bet that that coach Lavin will have the St. John’s team ready to play with great energy and intensity in Rupp arena.
For Kentucky, St. John’s is the final game before the Cats tangle with North Carolina. UK,6-0, is undefeated and now ranked number one in the nation after defeating Portland.
The Cats are shooting a very good 51.4% from the field and a solid 41.1% from the perimeter. Lamb leads the team hitting 12-26 3 point shots for a terrific 46.2%....also, importantly, Darius Miller who was only 1-11 before the Portland game hit 4-5 from long range against the Pilots. UK still needs to improve on it’s 68.5% FT shooting, but kudos to Lamb who is hitting 88.5% from the FT line. The Cats are averaging an impressive 8.3 steals PG. Last, but not least, give it up for Anthony Davis who already has 26 blocks!
Hopefully, UK is not looking past St. John’s for the North Carolina game….they better not….because the Red Storm will come into Rupp arena like most opponents, with their hair on fire, looking for a huge upset. However, coach Cal will do everything possible to keep UK’s mind on the game at hand. I see a UK 18 point win over St. John’s! GO CATS!
AP Top 25
1. Baylor (39)
3. Notre Dame
4. Texas A&M (1)
9. Miami (FL)
14. North Carolina
16. Penn St.
17. Ohio St.
19. Texas Tech
23. Green Bay
Dropped Out: No. 20 LSU, No. 22 Virginia, No. 25 UCLA
Others Receiving Votes: Gonzaga 73, Nebraska 55, LSU 27, USC 17, Virginia 15, Michigan 11, Florida St. 10, Princeton 9, Georgia Tech 8, Tulane 6, California 3, Northwestern 2, Iowa St. 1, Arkansas 1
1 Baylor (29)
2. Connecticut (2)
3. Notre Dame
4. Texas A&M
9. Miami (FL)
13. North Carolina
15. Penn St.
17. Green Bay
19. Ohio St.
25. Texas Tech
Dropped Out: No. 23 LSU, No. 24 Florida St., No. 25 Georgia Tech
Others Receiving Votes: Georgia Tech 21, Delaware 16, Michigan 15, Syracuse 15, Iowa St. 15, Nebraska 13, Princeton 11, Kansas 11, LSU 4, Tulane 2, UNLV 2, Middle Tenn. St. 1, Iowa 1, James Madison 1
A look at the SEC Women's Basketball standings in the Non-Conference
part of the 2011-12 basketball schedule. Click on teams to view schedule.
|Mississippi St. (21)||0-0||7-1|
Monday, November 28, 2011
This week rankings make it Kentucky’s 90th week at No. 1, fourth on the all-time list behind UCLA (134), Duke (122) and North Carolina (108).
Associated Press Top 25
2. Ohio State
5. North Carolina
21. Mississippi State
23. Saint Louis
25. Texas A&M
Others Receiving Votes: Creighton (5-0) 104; Harvard (6-0) 101; Michigan State (4-2) 84; San Diego State (7-1) 66; Georgetown (4-1) 46; Florida State (5-2) 24; Arizona (4-2) 15; Illinois (6-0) 13; Washington (4-1) 12; Cleveland State (6-1) 11; Purdue (6-1) 6; Marshall (5-0) 5; Stanford (5-1) 3; Villanova (4-2) 2; Cincinnati (3-2) 1; Northwestern (5-0) 1; Virginia Tech (5-1) 1
2. Ohio State
5. North Carolina
24. Mississippi State
25. Saint Louis
Others Receiving Votes: Texas A&M (4-1) 63; Harvard (6-0) 61; Arizona (4-2) 27; Florida State (5-2) 25; Purdue (6-1) 25; Northwestern (5-0) 23; San Diego State (7-1) 20; Cleveland State (6-1) 12; Georgetown (4-1) 8; Michigan State (4-2) 8; Illinois (6-0) 7; George Mason (4-2) 3; Indiana (6-0) 3; Washington (4-1) 3; Marshall (5-0) 3; Texas (3-2) 2; Cincinnati (3-2) 1; Stanford (5-1) 1
Fort Bend Travis vs Grace Prep set the scene for this play, at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest. Andrew Harrison is one of the top ranked players in the nation and proved it here. Harrison is a PG and is being recruited by Arizona, Baylor, Kentucky, Maryland, Texas and Villanova. His twin brother Aaron Harrison is a SG is and is being recruited by Baylor, Kentucky, Maryland, Texas and Villanova. Video courtesy of Ballislife.com
Sunday, November 27, 2011
UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell's post game comments after his No. 14 Kentucky ranked team wins 90-51 over Mississippi Valley State on Sunday. UK Hoops Bernisha Pinkett had 13 points off the bench against MSVU. UK Hoops Coach Mitchell and UK players Amber Smith and Bernisha Pinkett comments below.
Box Score | Quotes | Notes | Photo Gallery
Kentucky has another strong recruiting class after having the top class in 2011. Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley, and Archie Goodwin make up Kentucky's 2012 class.
1. LSU (60)
3. Oklahoma St.
5. Virginia Tech
9. Boise St.
11. Michigan St.
14. South Carolina
16. Kansas St.
22. West Virginia
23. Penn St.
24. Southern Miss
25. Florida St.
Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame 53, Texas 45, Cincinnati 23, Arkansas St. 18, Georgia Tech 16, Missouri 13, BYU 13, Virginia 9, Tulsa 7, Louisville 3, Northern Illinois 1
1. LSU (59)
3. Virginia Tech
5. Oklahoma St.
8. Boise St.
9. Michigan St.
13. South Carolina
15. Kansas St.
20. West Virginia
22. Penn St.
23. Southern Miss
24. Florida St.
Others Receiving Votes: Texas 51, Georgia Tech 42, BYU 29, Notre Dame 29, Northern Illinois 19, Missouri 16, Arkansas St. 13, Virginia 8, Ohio 8, Rutgers 6, Louisiana Tech 4
East Division Conf All
Georgia (12) 7-1 10-2
South Carolina (14) 6-2 10-2
Florida 3-5 6-6
Vanderbilt 2-6 6-6
Kentucky 2-6 5-7
Tennessee 1-7 5-7
West Division Conf All
LSU (1) 8-0 12-0
Alabama (2) 7-1 11-1
Arkansas (6) 6-2 10-2
Auburn 4-4 7-5
Mississippi State 2-6 6-6
Mississippi 0-8 2-10
Saturday, November 26, 2011
University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Coach John Calipari addresses the media after UK beats Portland 87-63 in Rupp Arena, but opens the interview by talking about the football team.
Coach Cal Talks About UK's Football Win Over Tennessee
Coach Cal Interview After UK Win Over Portland Part 1
Coach Cal Interview After UK Win Over Portland Part 2
Today’s victory reinforces the belief of Dr. Capilouto and I that Head Coach Joker Phillips continues to be the right fit to lead our football program. Although this season certainly fell short of our expectations, today we celebrate a victory that has eluded this program for 26 seasons. Congratulations to Coach Phillips and our football team.
As I do after each season, I will follow up on our regular, in-season conversations with a more formal and thorough review of all aspects of our football program and address any needs after that meeting with Coach Phillips.
Bowl games and a climb up the rigorous SEC ladder continue to be my expectation and markers of our program’s progress. I remain confident in Coach Phillips, his continued ability to find and develop young talent and his plan to return Kentucky football to post-season play.
The Big Blue Nation has been very supportive of our football program as we strive to reach our goal of championship football in Lexington. Coach Phillips helped turn our offense around to what our expectation level is today and I’m confident he will do it again. Only with your continued support can we reach our dreams of celebrating our accomplishments together.
Til the Battle is Won,
Joker Phillips on defeating Tennessee: Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips talks about the program defeating Tennessee for the first time since 1984 and his decision to start a wide receiver at quarterback. Kentucky snaps a 26-game losing streak to Tennessee with a 10-7 victory on Saturday.
The UK football team defeated Tennessee 10-7 on Senior Day at Commonwealth Stadium, the Cats sent 19 seniors out in style with the win over their arch-rival, concluding a season that could otherwise be considered a disappointment.
UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell post-Sam Houston St Pt.1
UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell post-Sam Houston State Pt. 2
Friday, November 25, 2011
UK Hoops players Samantha Drake and Keyla Snowden comments after the 73-52 victory Sam Houston State. Keyla Snowden scores 19 points; Samantha Drake adds a double-double as UK improves to 6-0.
Box Score | Quotes | Notes | Photo Gallery
Calipari Pre-Portland Pt 1: Coach Cal talks about UK's next opponent, allowing team to play "random".
Calipari Pre-Portland Pt2:
Kyle Wiltjer Pre-Portland:
Marquis Teague Pre-Portland:
Julius Randle starts off his Junior year with a EASY 26 point game. Randle’s versatility for a 6’9″ player seems to be developing each year. His court vision and ball handling is unique for a player his size. Video courtesy of Ballislife.com
Portland Pilots (West Coast Conference)
UK leads series 2-0
(Saturday at 7PMEST/6PMCST) FSSouth/UK IMG#
# Game delayed on UK IMG Sports Network (UK IMG)
Live video via ESPN3
Location: Portland, Ore.
Conference: West Coast Conference
Head Coach: Eric Reveno
Career Record: 78-81 (49.1%) 5 Seasons all at Portland
2010-11 Record: 20-12
2010-11 WCC Record: 7-7
2010-11 Postseason Record: College Insider Tourney 0-1
2011-12 Record: 2-3
Portland 70 Florida Atlantic 65
Portland 66 Georgia State 61
Washington 93 Portland 63
Washington State 83 Portland 73
UC Santa Barbara 83 Portland 69
Probable Starting Lineup
Ryan Nicholas F-6’7” Fr……………...PPG-11.8
Riley Barker C-6’10” So……………...PPG-2.4
Nemanja Mitrovic G 6’5” Sr……….…PPG-11.8
David Carr G-6’3” Fr……………….…PPG-5.0
Tim Douglas G 5’10” So…………..….PPG-9.8
Other Key Players
Thomas van der Mars F-6’11” Fr………PPG-6.2
Derrick Rodgers G- 6’1” Jr……………..PPG-8.4
Kevin BaileyG-6’5” Fr………………….PPG-5.2
Portland is a member of the West Coast Conference which includes such teams as Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary’s and San Francisco. Last season Portland finished 5th in the 9 team conference and this season the Pilots are picked in the 6th or 7th position.
The Pilots lost 3 starters from last season’s team including Jared Stohl who hit 91-213 perimeter shots for 42.7%. Returning starter Canadian Nemanja Mitrovic hit 93-201 perimeter shots last season for a 6th best 46.3% in college basketball. However, thus far, Mitrovic has struggled from the perimeter hitting only 9-31 for an anemic 29.0%. In fact, the team as a whole is only hitting 27.9% thus far from long distance. Unfortunately, the Pilots are having difficulty with their overall FG %.....hitting just 40.3%.
Portland is starting 2 freshmen and 2 sophomores along with one senior….and their 3 top subs are 2 freshmen and one senior. Obviously, this is a young inexperienced Pilot team that will rely heavily on their youth to mature quickly or it could be a long season. One freshman that coach Reveno is counting on to mature quickly is 6’11” Thomas van der Mars from the Netherlands.
The leading scorers are Mitrovic, Nicholas and Douglas…..while Nicholas leads in rebounds and Douglas leads in assists.
The Pilots opened the season with 2 wins, but now will be arriving in Lexington after losing their past 3 games. Unfortunately, for Portland they have zero chance of leaving Rupp arena with a win.
UK went to Portland last year as part of a two game contract….and it allows Jones and Wiltjer to play against their home town team. The Cats easily defeated Portland last season and should easily defeat the Pilots at Rupp arena Saturday.
UK faces Portland with a 5-0 record after easily defeating an overmatched Radford team 88-40. Eight Cats got 12 or more minutes and all the starters were in double figures. Marquis Teague, who has been struggling at PG, scored 13 points with 5 assists and only 2 TO’s…..very nice outing. The Cats shot 50% from the field and importantly made 21-24 free throws….this was great to see. The 16 TO’s is more than coach Cal would like to see, but an improvement over some past games. All in all, an easy win that allowed the Cats to work on improving some facets of their offense and defense and get good minutes for key players off the bench.
Portland promises to be a better opponent, but not by much. I look for another easy UK win….by 30 or more points. GO CATS!
Senior Board Moderator
Returning home after a long road trip and getting a few days rest between games, I was expecting to see a lot of improvement in this game vs. Radford. There was a lot to look at in the game tape from the road trip and I wanted to see that we picked out those negatives and spent the week correcting those issues. Here is what I saw.
• Kentucky only attempted 15 three pointers. I have been concerned with the fact that we settle for too many outside jump shots this year, but against Radford we used our length and size and got to the rim more.
• Marquis Teague played more under control. He still made a few mistakes, but this was his best game yet. He was more in control, and ran the offense effectively. 5 assists and only two turnovers.
• 87.5% from the free throw line. 21-24 has to be one of the best free throw shooting displays from a Kentucky team in a long time.
• Kyle Wiltjer again played with more aggression. 8 rebounds in only 22 minutes. He will have to prove he can keep up the aggression against teams like North Carolina, Louisville, and Florida, but he has already come a long way.
• Terrence Jones has improved his perimeter game a lot. Not only is he shooting the three better (1-2 against Radford,) but he just seems more comfortable with the ball on the perimeter. Jones being able to play 15-20 feet from the basket is going to cause match-up nightmares for teams.
• Doron Lamb is improving every game. Lamb is passing on open threes and instead driving to the rim, getting easy buckets and distributing. He is a much improved all around player, and it is getting even better every game. I love the move at the 2:30 mark of the first half, when Lamb passed up the open 3, drove to the basket and pulled up for a 15 footer. That is a play that Doron Lamb did not make last season.
• Anthony Davis is slowly learning the game. After the Marist game, I wrote how Davis was going to have a Harrison Barnes type season. Where he would struggle early then by January it would all come together for him. You are starting to see him come around. He is learning the offense and he is not out of place as often as he was a few weeks ago. By late December-early January, Anthony Davis is going to become one of the top two or three players in the country.
• Rebounding was much improved. We out-rebounded Radford 48-26. That is the kind of rebounding margin we should be posting against teams like this.
• Intensity of the defensive end. When we started the game slow offensively, we continued to play tough defense. When you start slow on the offensive end, it can be easy to get frustrated and let your defense slack, too. I like that even though we struggled early offensively, we kept up the defensive intensity.
• Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s rebounding ability. Getting rebounds from a wing player like Kidd-Gilchrist can help push the pace. If we can push the pace, it gives us an instant advantage over anyone we play.
• 10 blocked shots, 4 from Anthony Davis. Davis is going to demolish the UK single season record of 83. He already has 22 blocks in five games. Davis is on pace to block 136 shots in the regular season alone.
• We continue to have a balanced scoring attack. Terrence Jones led the way with 17, followed by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with 15, Marquis Teague with 13, Anthony Davis with 12, Doron Lamb with 10, Kyle Wiltjer with 9 and Darius Miller with 6. We have 7 guys who are capable of leading the team in scoring every game.
• Kyle Wiltjer’s low post defense. It is well documented how polished and fundamental Wiltjer’s offensive game is, but I was impressed by how well he played defensively. He moved his feet, used his body, and did not leave his feet on defense in the low post.
• Marquis Teague’s jump shot. This was supposed to be one of his weaknesses coming out of high school. I do not see why, because he looks to be a very good jump shooter.
• John Calipari’s coaching. I like that Calipari used this game to work on playing a zone. If a zone is something we might use this year, it is always a good idea to get some real game experience playing it.
• Darius Miller is still not aggressive at all. Miller is just as talented as anyone else on the court but he does not have the killer instinct. As a senior who has started in a Final Four game, he needs to be more aggressive.
• Although Teague played much better, he is still driving too deep into the defense. Personally I think this is just a case of him adjusting to the speed of the game. With players bigger, stronger, and faster on the college level than in high school, it takes some time to adjust to the speed of the game. He seems to just a split second too late on his decisions with the basketball right now. He will come around though.
• Terrence Jones still plays soft at times. We see spurts of Jones dominating weaker opponents and being physical, but he still loses that intensity sometimes. If Jones always played with intensity, he would be a dominate force in college basketball.
• Only 11 assists on 31 field goals. Too much one on one basketball was played. On 31 field goals with as many different play makers we have, I would like to see the assist number be around 16-17.
• 16 turnovers. We are going to turn the ball over because of the pace we play at. But this number needs to be around 9 or 10.
Overall I was very pleased with this performance. This game showed that we worked a lot on things that we were struggling with. Marquis Teague showed more patience, Anthony Davis is learning, etc. This game showed that Calipari really focused on our weaknesses after returning from our road trip. This team is getting better every game. If they keep improving at this rate, they will be hard to beat in March.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
UK sophomore Terrence Jones talks about win over Radford.
UK sophomore Doron Lamb talks about win over Radford.
UK freshman Marquis Teague talks about improving as a point guard.
UK freshman Anthony Davis talks about win over Radford.
Kentucky improves to 5-0 with win over Radford 88-40. UK will face Portland on Saturday in Rupp Arena.
Box Score | Quotes | Notes | AP Photo Gallery
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Kentucky vs Radford 11/23/11
(Wednesday at 7PMEST/6PMCST) FSSouth/UK IMG#
# Game delayed on UK IMG Sports Network (UK IMG)
This is the first meeting between UK and Radford.
Radford Highlanders (Big South Conference)
Location: Radford, Va.
Head Coach: Mike Jones
Career Record: First season as HC
2010-11 Record: 5-24
2010-11 Big South Record: 2-16
2011-12 Record: 3-3
Radford 58 Delaware 54
Radford 79 Shenandoah 50
Penn St. 62 Radford 46
Radford 78 Central Penn College 49
Long Island 81 Radford 59
Marist 60 Radford 47
3 Pt. %-29.1%
Jareal Smith G- 6’3” Soph…………..PPG-11.7
R.J. Price G-6’0” Fr………………….PPG-7.5
Javonte Green G-6’4” Fr…………….PPG-6.0
Chance Smith G-6’0” Sr……………..PPG-5.7
Johnathan Edwards F-6’8” Sr………..PPG-9.7
Radford has a new coach in Mike Jones who was an assistant coach at Georgia and VCU. Coach Jones takes over a Radford team that had a horrible 5-24 record last season and was near the bottom in offense among division 1 teams. Radford has been starting and playing a very small lineup in some games, but I look for 6’9” Tolga Cerrah and 6’9” Lukas Winegarner, both sophomores, to see a fair number of minutes against UK’s front line. 6’8” Johnathan Edwards leads the team in rebounds….R.J. Price leads in assists….and Jareal Smith leads in steals. Unfortunately, there is no sugar coating it….Radford is simply a very weak team and is terribly outmatched by UK’s huge talent advantage.
UK will have been happy to get back home to Rupp arena after a long road trip. The OD game where a senior laden team played a hard nose zone defense and really gave the Cats a tough time in a very physical game should have served as a great lesson for these young Cats…..they now know what it’s going to be like to go up against tough zone defenses, which they will likely face often this season. Teams will often milk the clock….play zone…and get physical in the paint.
The key for the Cats is to continue to improve in every facet of the game….and they definitely need to learn how to be effective against zone defenses. Also, hopefully, UK practices on free throw shooting!
The Radford game should give all the UK players an opportunity to get minutes. I see a total blowout win for the Cats…40 point win or more depending on when Cal goes deep in his bench. GO CATS!
Monday, November 21, 2011
1. North Carolina
3. Ohio State
22. Florida State
24. Mississippi State
25. Texas A&M
Others Receiving Votes:Cleveland State (3-0) 94; Michigan State (2-2) 58; Creighton (4-0) 48; Cincinnati (2-1) 30; Washington (3-1) 27; UNLV (4-0) 23; Villanova (3-0) 18; Temple (3-1) 14; San Diego State (5-1) 12; St. Mary's (2-0) 9; Kent State (2-0) 7; Oregon State (4-0) 7; Belmont (2-2) 6; Saint Louis (3-0) 6; Long Beach State (2-1) 4; New Mexico State (3-0) 4; Notre Dame (4-0) 4; Purdue (4-1) 4; Texas (2-1) 4; Harvard (3-0) 3; Georgetown (2-0) 2; Illinois (3-0) 2; Middle Tennessee (4-1) 2; Marshall (3-0) 1; Minnesota (3-0) 1; West Virginia (2-1) 1
1. North Carolina
3. Ohio State
20. Florida State
24. Texas A&M
Others Receiving Votes:Mississippi State (4-1) 58; Villanova (3-0) 48; Purdue (4-1) 48; Texas (2-1) 31; UNLV (4-0) 23; Cincinnati (2-1) 23; Northwestern (4-0) 22; Cleveland State (3-0) 20; Temple (3-1) 20; Michigan State (2-2) 12; Saint Louis (3-0) 12; George Mason (2-2) 10; San Diego State (5-1) 8; Illinois (3-0) 8; Long Beach State (2-1) 8; Oklahoma State (3-0) 6; St. Mary's (2-0) 6; Washington (3-1) 3; Indiana (4-0) 2; Virginia (3-1) 2; Harvard (3-0) 1; Marshall (3-0) 1; Notre Dame (4-0) 1
WT Senior Board Moderator
The Hall of Fame Tip-Off was two games and what appeared to be two completely different Kentucky teams. But at a closer look, the two games were not that different. Even in a 38 point blowout of Penn State and a hard fought 10 point victory over Old Dominion, there were many common themes. Here is what I saw:
• Doron Lamb is a completely different player. He is not just a shooter anymore. He is the only player on this team that is comfortable driving to the gaps in a defense and creating shots for himself and others. The others will get there I am sure, but right now the offense flows through Doron Lamb.
• Better spacing on fast breaks. In the exhibition and Marist games, we were too cluttered and disorganized on fast break opportunities. These last three games have shown much improvement, though. We are filling the lanes and seem more controlled on fast break opportunities.
• Kyle Wiltjer received Calipari’s message. You heard Calipari say Wiltjer needed to earn his minutes by being more physical on the glass and coming up with loose balls. Only two rebounds in the Penn State game in 28 minutes to five rebounds in 11 minutes in the Old Dominion game.
• Interior passing. All of our big men can create for each other. Davis, Jones, and Wiltjer are all very skilled passers for big men. Having big men who can distribute is very important in this offense.
• Anthony Davis’ body control. Davis still has not fully grasped things on the offensive end but I have no reason to think he will not. Everything Davis does is smooth and seems effortless. He is always in control and does not make many mental mistakes. Davis has a very rare skill-set and is going to be a great player when he fully understands the offense.
• Three point shooting. We continue to shoot a good percentage from beyond the arc. 42% over the two games. Three point shooting is very important in the NCAA Tournament. Being able to shoot around the 40% mark is going to be very important for us.
• Defense. The defense over the two days was phenomenal. Holding Penn State and Old Dominion to a combined 36 for 123 from the field. That is 29% from the field!
• Three point defense specifically. The last two years Calipari’s teams have struggled to guard the three early in the season. This team closes out on every open shooter. Outside jump shots do not go uncontested with this team.
• Darius Miller is accepting his role this year. In the first game, we were in control from the opening tip. Miller got his teammates involved, played solid defense, and did all the little things right. Then in the second game, when others around him were struggling offensively, Miller showed leadership by stepping up and scoring a team-high 13 points.
• Shying away from the Dribble Drive. I say this is a positive because of Calipari’s willingness to change his offensive game plan to the strengths of his team. We are running a lot more screens, pick and rolls, etc. this year instead of a true Dribble Drive.
• Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is becoming a vocal leader. If you pay close attention after we score a basket, Kidd-Gilchrist is usually the one yelling out to set up the press. This kid looks like a natural leader on the floor.
• One of my main complaints during the first two years of the John Calipari era has been the inability to attack a zone offensively. However, for a team that has never worked on attacking a zone, they looked pretty good against it vs. Old Dominion. It was a low scoring game, and the offensive production was not where you would expect it to be. However, Lamb, Miller, and Kidd-Gilchrist were all effective at attacking the zone. All three of these guys from the wing flashed to the free throw line and attacked the gaps.
• Unselfishness. It is unbelievable how unselfish all these guys are. When you have roster filled five-star high school players who are used to getting a lot of shots and scoring a lot of points, getting them to play together is always a task. This team has bought into Calipari and they are willing to make an extra pass and give up the bucket to a teammate.
• Kyle Wiltjer has a very polished offensive game. I did not see Wiltjer contributing much on this team, but if he continues to buy into what Calipari is selling and can be more physical and haul in more rebounds then Wiltjer is a match-up nightmare for a lot of teams. He has a nice touch from outside, he can handle the ball, and he is very fundamental on the low block.
• Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is flawless on fast breaks. I understand why Calipari says if Kidd-Gilchrist is ahead of you for a fast break and you do not get him the ball, you are coming out. Kidd-Gilchrist just does not make mistakes on fast breaks. He gives the ball up when he should and he takes it himself when he should. You do not see any “You should have done that instead” moments with Kidd-Gilchrist in the open court.
• Terrence Jones is turning down three point shots. Last season I criticized Jones heavily for his quick trigger from the outside. Even with his ability to shoot from outside, Jones needs to play his game, and take his shots from 15 feet and in. The only three pointers he is shooting are wide open, and he is not forcing them the way he did last season.
• Fighting through adversity. Upsets happen when you let teams like Old Dominion hang around. When Old Dominion cut the lead to one late in the second half, we did not panic, we continued to play our game, and ended up building a comfortable double-digit lead.
• Still settling for too many outside shots to open the game. I am not sure what it is about this team, but we are not the same team early that we are after halftime. Early in games, we are not running the offense and instead settling for outside jump shots.
• Marquis Teague. Many are not worried about him, but I am. Many will point to the turnovers from Knight, Wall, and Bledsoe in their first few games under Calipari, but going by the eye test, I am more worried about Teague than the previous guards. Under Wall and Knight, even with the mistakes they made, the offense clearly ran through them. I do not see that with Teague. The positives are not outweighing the negatives with Teague right now. The offense is just flat out better with Teague on the bench and Lamb running the point.
• Terrence Jones played soft. In typical Terrence Jones form, he showed spurts of being physical but, for the most part, he is not putting his body to good use. The guy is 6’9, 240 pounds of solid muscle and is constantly pushed around by smaller guys.
• Free throws. I am so tired of writing this in the negative section. They are called “Free” for a reason. 63% over the two weekend games is pathetic.
• Rebounding. If we rebound like this against teams that can match our athleticism, we are in trouble. Henson and Zeller will dominate the game December 3rd if we do not fix this. We were only +12 in two games combined in rebounding margin. And this is against Penn State and Old Dominion.
• Laziness. It is not a constant problem, but this team does have a tendency to get lazy at times. For a perfect example of this team getting lazy go to the 4:00 minute mark in the first half of the Penn State game. Vargas is fighting with three Penn State players for a rebound, Wiltjer is giving a pathetic effort, and Miller, Lamb, and Teague are all standing around watching.
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6-1 • 232 • Sr. • Leesburg, Fla.
- Trevathan recorded 17 total tackles, had three tackles for loss (-9 yards), including a sack (-6) and caused two fumbles in Kentucky’s 19-10 loss at Georgia.
- The 17 stops ties his career high, which he has recorded three times in Kentucky’s last four games.
- Trevathan leads the SEC and is third in the nation in total tackles (135) and fumbles forced (5).
SEC Women's Freshman of the Week
Bria Goss • Kentucky
Guard • Indianapolis, Ind.
- Scored in double-figures in all three of UK’s wins last week (Jacksonville State, Northeastern, Southern Miss.).
- Averaged 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
- Had a career-high 12 points against Southern Mississippi.
- Grabbed a career-high and team-high eight rebounds vs. Southern Miss.
- A tenacious defender, Goss tied her career-high with three steals against Northeastern.
- Also dished out four assists vs. Northeastern and Southern Miss.
The 16th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team win over Arkansas on Sunday sets up a showdown with 14th-ranked Tennessee on Wednesday, Nov. 23 for a chance to earn a share of the Southeastern Conference crown.
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- Seniors lead comeback victory in home finale, keep SEC title hopes alive