Monday, January 28, 2013

Video: UK Coach Calipari, Ryan Harrow, Alex Poythress Pre-Ole Miss Interviews

Video's courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

AP Top 25/USA Today/ESPN-1/28/13

AP Top 25

1. Michigan (51)
2. Kansas (13)
3. Indiana
4. Florida (1)
5. Duke
6. Syracuse
7. Gonzaga
8. Arizona
9. Butler
10. Oregon
11. Ohio St.
12. Louisville
13. Michigan St.
14. Miami (FL)
15. Wichita St.
16. Mississippi
17. Missouri
18. Kansas St.
19. N.C. State
20. New Mexico
21. Creighton
22. San Diego St
23. Minnesota
24. Cincinnati
25. Marquette

Dropped Out: No. 19 VCU, No. 24 Notre Dame

Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 121, UNLV 56, Wisconsin 45, UCLA 34, Arizona St. 14, Notre Dame 12, Pittsburgh 10, Louisiana Tech 8, Villanova 6, Baylor 5, VCU 4, Iowa St. 4, Memphis 4, La Salle 3, St. Mary's 2, Colorado St. 1


1. Kansas
2. Michigan
3. Indiana
4. Florida
5. Duke
6. Syracuse
7. Gonzaga
8. Arizona
9. Michigan State
10. Butler
11. Ohio State
12. Oregon
13. Louisville
14. Wichita State
15. Miami (Fla.)
16. Mississippi
17. Creighton
18. Missouri
19. North Carolina State
20. San Diego State
21. Kansas State
22. New Mexico
23. Cincinnati
24. Minnesota
25. Marquette

Dropped Out: No. 16 VCU, No. 23 Notre Dame

Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 33; UNLV 32; Virginia Commonwealth 27; Wisconsin 25; Pittsburgh 18; Notre Dame 13; UCLA 10; Baylor 7; Southern Miss 7; Colorado State 6; St. Mary's 5; La Salle 3; Oklahoma State  3; Arizona State 2; Middle Tennessee 2; Louisiana Tech 1

Nerlens Noel SEC Freshman of the Week for second straight week 1/28/13

SEC Men's Basketball Freshman Of The Week - 1/28/13

Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-10, 244-pound freshman forward from Everett, Mass., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging nine points, 10.5 rebounds and seven blocks against Alabama and LSU. Noel logged a career-high eight blocks in a set-back at Alabama before stretching his streak of six or more blocks in a game to five-straight games with six against LSU. He has now logged 83 blocks on the season which ranks as the second-most in a single-season in UK history. Noel posted 10 points against the Tigers and has reached double-figure scoring in all but one SEC game this season. His 13 rebounds against the Crimson Tide marked a single-game high against league foes this season for the first-year player.

SEC Mens BB Standings 1/28/13

Southeastern Conf All

Mississippi (23) 6-0 17-2
Florida (8) 6-0 16-2
Missouri (22) 4-2 15-4
Kentucky 4-2 13-6
Alabama 4-2 12-7
Arkansas 3-3 12-7
South Carolina 2-4 12-7
Texas A&M 2-4 12-7
Tennessee 2-4 10-8
Vanderbilt 2-4 8-10
Auburn 2-4 8-11
Georgia 2-4 8-11
Mississippi St. 2-4 7-11
LSU 1-5 10-7

SEC Mens BB Matchups 1/28-2/2/13

Tuesday, January 29th

Vanderbilt at Tennessee 7:00 PM ESPNU/
Kentucky at Ole Miss 9:00 PM ESPN/ESPN3

Wednesday, January 30th

Auburn at Georgia 7:00 PM CSS/ESPN3
South Carolina at Florida 8:00 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Missouri at LSU 8:00 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Texas A&M at Mississippi St. 9:00 PM CSS/ESPN3

Thursday, January 31st

Arkansas at Alabama 9:00 PM ESPN/2/ESPN3

Saturday, February 2nd

Auburn at Missouri 1:30 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Georgia at South Carolina 1:30 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Alabama at Vanderbilt 4:00 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Tennessee at Arkansas 4:00 PM ESPN2/ESPN3
LSU at Mississippi St. 5:30 PM FSN/ESPN3
Kentucky at Texas A&M 6:00 PM ESPN/ESPN3
Ole Miss at Florida 7:00 PM ESPNU

SEC Womens BB Standings 1/28/13

Southeastern Conf All

Tennessee (9) 7-0 16-3
Kentucky (5) 6-1 18-2
Texas A&M (16) 5-1 15-5
South Carolina (18) 5-2 17-3
Georgia (14) 4-2 16-3
Vanderbilt 3-3 13-6
LSU 3-3 12-7
Arkansas 2-4 14-5
Florida 2-4 13-7
Missouri 2-4 13-7
Alabama 2-4 12-7
Auburn 2-5 13-7
Mississippi 1-5 8-11
Mississippi St. 0-6 8-11

SEC Women's BB Matchups 1/28-2/3/13

Monday, January 28th

Notre Dame at Tennessee 7:00 PM ESPN2

Thursday, January 31st

Alabama at Georgia 7:00 PM
LSU at Auburn 7:00 PM
Mississippi St. at Tennessee 7:00 PM CSS
Arkansas at Ole Miss 8:00 PM
Vanderbilt at Texas A&M 8:00 PM SportSouth
Florida at Missouri 8:00 PM

Sunday, February 3rd

Alabama at Florida 1:00 PM Fox Sports-Florida
Tennessee at Missouri 2:00 PM CSS
Georgia at Kentucky 2:00 PM SEC Network
Arkansas at Mississippi St. 3:00 PM SportSouth
Auburn at South Carolina 3:00 PM
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt 3:00 PM

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Video: UK Hoops Coach Mitchell Post LSU Press Conference

Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Photos 2012-13 UK Women’s Basketball: LSU

Kentucky vs Ole Miss....A Preview

Kentucky vs Ole Miss….1/29/13 (Tuesday 9PM) TV-ESPN
UK leads series 99-13

Ole Miss Rebels

Location: Oxford, Miss.
Enrollment: 20,824
Arena: 9,061

Head Coach: Andy Kennedy
Career Record: 146-91 (61.6%) 7 seasons
At Ole Miss: 125-78 (61.6%) 6 seasons

2011-12 Record: 20-14
2011-12 SEC Record: 8-8
2011-12 Postseason: 0-1 (Lost in NIT)

2012-13 Record: 17-2
2012-13 SEC Record: 6-0

Ole Miss 93 Mississippi Valley St. 57
Ole Miss 90 Coastal Carolina 72
Ole Miss 92 Arkansas-Little Rock 52
Ole Miss 76 McNeese St. 50
Ole Miss 91 Lipscomb 45
Middle Tennessee St. 77 Ole Miss 55
Ole Miss 73 Loyola Marymount 70
Indiana St. 87 Ole Miss 85 (OT)
Ole Miss 85 San Francisco 78
Ole Miss 81 Hawaii 66
Ole Miss 95 Fordham 68
Ole Miss 92 Tennessee 74
Ole Miss 64 Missouri 49
Ole Miss 89 Vanderbilt 79 OT)
Ole Miss 62 Tennessee 56
Ole Miss 63 Auburn 61

Ole Miss/ UK

PPG-80/ 75.8
FG%-44.3%/ 48.5%
3PT%-32.7%/ 35.6%
FT%-67.4%/ 64.5%
RPG-41/ 39.2 (+5.6)
APG-13/ 14.9
TO’s-12/ 13.1
SPG-9/ 6.9
BPG-6/ 7.6

Probable Starting Lineup

Murphy Holloway-F 6’9” Sr………………14.8 PPG
Reginald Buckner-F 6’9” Sr……………….9.9 RPG
Jarvis Summers-G 6’3” Soph………………8.8 PPG
Ladarius White-G 6’6” Soph………………4.6 PPG
Marshall Henderson-G 6’2” Jr……………..19.2 PPG

Other Key Players

Nick Williams-G 6’4” Sr…………………..9.7 PPG
Aaron Jones-F 6’9” Soph………………….3.4 PPG

Ole Miss under Andy Kennedy is off to a great season….leading the SEC and ranked 23rd in the nation. The Rebels returned 4 starters and 7 of their 9 top players from last season’s 20-14 team. Importantly, they added Marshall Henderson from South Plains Junior college where Henderson led them to a National Championship. Previously, Henderson played one season at Utah and transferred to Texas Tech, but left when Pat Knight was fired. Now at Ole Miss, Henderson is the leading scorer and shoots a ton of perimeter shots where he is 74-207 for 35.6%.

A huge plus for this Ole Miss team is the presence of seniors Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner on the frontline. Both players are great on the boards with Holloway averaging a terrific 10.4 RPG and Bucker 7.9 RPG. In addition, both players are solid scorers in the paint and shoot a high percentage. However, both Holloway and Buckner are very poor FT shooter averaging 50.5% and 61.0% respectfully. Guard Jarvis Summers leads the Rebels in assists with 73 or 3.8 APG. Importantly, OleMiss is very good at sealing the ball averaging 9 SPG with everyone contributing.

Thus far this season, Ole Miss is undefeated at home and they will be very tough on their home court.

Kentucky arrives in Oxford with a hard earned win over LSU at Rupp arena. At this point in the season, any SEC win is a good win for this still struggling UK team. On a positive note, Alex Poythress played his best game of the year scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. The stat sheet unfortunately reveals negatives that are hurting the Cats progression. UK had 16 TO’s….shot a poor 19-28 from the FT line….had only 7 assists……and made only 2-11 from the perimeter. Once again, UK let a big lead… 14 points….. evaporate down to one point late in the game.

A look at the stats for UK 2 starting guards is also revealing. Archie Goodwin has taken the most shots by far hitting 92-214 for 43.0%….he is only 11-38 from the perimeter for a very poor 28.9%…..and is hitting only 82-125 FT’s for a poor 65.6%…..Archie also leads the team in TO’s. Ryan Harrow is 61-150 from the field for only 40.7%…..he is 11-42 from the perimeter for a very poor 26.2%…..and only 19-32 from the FT line for 59.4%. Often in games, Goodwin and Harrow take most of the shots…..UK simply has to have better shot selection and a much better percentage made from the field and certainly from the FT line for these 2 guards.

Importantly, overall these young Cats are playing with more effort and intensity then earlier in the season. This team has gotten better on the margins….yes, there are times in games where play well….but, they have simply not been able to sustain a solid offense or defense. There is talent on this team, but far less than Cal’s 1st three teams.

I think at this point the vast majority of UK fans have had a reality check….this team is not nearly as good as we all hoped….and now we must face the hard fact that an earlier hope for a good seed in the NCAA tourney has now turned into a hopeful wish that this team makes the NCAA!

The Ole Miss game is a huge opportunity for UK….if the Cats can defeat a top 25 Ole Miss team, especially on their home court, it would have a very positive effect on UK chances of making the NCAA. A loss to Ole Miss would sink UK’s hopes further for an NCAA bid. The reality for UK… they must have a quality win or two….the opportunities are few this season in the SEC…..after Ole Miss….there is Missouri and Florida….and of course UK must continue to win most of the remaining SEC games. That is far from a given on this young struggling UK team.

I will pick this game with my heart recognizing that defeating Ole Miss in Oxford is going to be a very tough challenge. The Cats must bring their A game to Oxford…..picking with my heart….UK by 1 point! GO CATS!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Kentucky vs LSU....A Preview

Kentucky vs LSU….1/26/13 (Saturday 4PM) TV-SEC Network
UK leads the series 82-24

Location: Baton Rouge, La.
Enrollment: 27,992
Arena: 13,215

LSU Tigers

Head Coach: Johnny Jones
Career Record: 205-162 (55.9%) 12 seasons
At LSU: This is Jones 1st season

2011-12 Record: 18-15
2011-12 SEC Record: 7-9
2011-12 Postseason: 0-1 (Lost in NIT)

2012-13 Record: 10-6
2012-13 SEC Record: 1-4

LSU 77 UC Santa Barbara 63
LSU 73 McNeese St. 48
LSU 102 Northwestern St. 95
LSU 75 Mississippi Valley St. 50
LSU 72 Seton Hall 67
LSU 80 Chattanooga 67
Boise St. 89 LSU 70
LSU 66 UC Irvine 60
Marquette 84 LSU 80
LSU 75 Houston Baptist 58
LSU 79 Bethune-Cookman 63
Auburn 68 LSU 63
Florida 74 LSU 52
South Carolina 82 LSU 73 (OT)
Georgia 67 LSU 58
LSU 58 Texas A&M 54


Probable Starting Lineup

Johnny O’Bryant-F 6’9” Soph…………….11.1 PPG
Andrew Del Piero-C 7’2” Sr…………….…4.7 PPG
Anthony Hickey-G 5’11” Soph……………11.7 PPG
Andre Stringer-G 5’9” Jr………………….10.7 PPG
Malik Morgan-G 6’4” Fr…………………..5.4 PPG

Other Key Players

Charles Carmouche-G 6’3” Sr…………….9.6 PPG
Shavon Coleman-F 6’6” Jr…………….…12.4 PPG

Coach Johnny Jones takes over his alma mater as HC this season. Jones played for LSU from 1980-84….then was an assistant coach for 12 years under Dale Brown at LSU. Jones was HC at Memphis for one year posting a poor 15-16 record. Then went to North Texas in the Sun Belt conference where he has been HC for 11 years.

LSU returns 3 starters from last season plus several experienced reserves and some promising freshmen. Coach Jones has played 11 players for 10 minutes plus this season so he has developed some solid depth for the Tigers. Sophomore Johnny O’ Bryant at 6’9” 262 a bruising force in the paint averaging double figures and leading the Tigers in rebounds. Many UK fans are familiar with Anthony Hickey who is from Hopkinsville, Ky….Hickey is 2nd in scoring and in assists while leading the Tigers in steals. Junior Shavon Coleman is the teams leading scorer and also does a great job on the boards. LSU has only one outstanding perimeter shooter and that is Andre Stringer who has hit 33-85 for a very solid 38.8%.

Overall, LSU is not a very good shooting team and a very poor FT shooting team making only 60.2%. Although the Tigers have struggled early against SEC opponents with 4 straight losses….they have been very competitive except for a blowout loss to highly ranked Florida. Importantly, for the Tigers….they come into Rupp arena fresh off a 58-54 win over Texas A&M. LSU, like other SEC teams, smell blood in the water so to speak concerning UK…..they realize that this is a young struggling UK team that is very beatable….even at Rupp arena.

Kentucky limps back into Lexington suffering another bad loss….this time to an Alabama team they had down by 9 points at halftime. The Cats then proceeded to play arguably the worst half of basketball all season. It seems just when it appears that the Cats are making progress and getting better, they take two steps backward with poor play.

On the plus side, Nerlens Noel has continued to be a huge plus for UK…..playing with great heart and intensity while dominating on defense in the paint. I don’t even want to think where this UK team would be without Noel. Also, Kyle Wiltjer who has struggled on offense and defense has now played 3 straight solid games. Ryan Harrow who has had some solid games at PG…. for some reason played his worse game of the year against Alabama. Alex Poythress who has shown some improvement in recent games was a non factor because of fouls which Alex too often commits. Archie Goodwin who against Auburn appeared to at last be buying in to his role on the team….decided to revert back to his out of control play driving to the basket when he should have pulled up for a jump shot or passed the ball. Julius Mays had a nice shooting game, but Harrow and Goodwin decided to take most of the shots despite the fact that they weren’t hitting anything….. and Wiltjer and Mays were having good shooting games. Poor decisions on the court, ignoring coach Cal and selfish play is hurting this team and keeping it from progressing forward as it should.

Hopefully, UK gets WCS back very soon as he has generally played well this season and does as solid job on defense in the paint.

At this point in the season, there is a lot of frustration from the fans and I strongly suspect from the coaching staff….that this team has continued to under achieve and now because of too many inexcusable losses….this UK team faces the real possibility of missing the NCAA tourney.

Obviously, UK should be a solid favorite over LSU and a loss to the Tigers at Rupp arena would essentially destroy the season. This UK team simply must come together and start winning games ASAP….the clock is ticking and we are past the halfway point of the season….almost to February….and yet this team has shown very little improvement. UK should defeat LSU by at least 10-15 points. GO CATS!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Video: UK Coach Calipari, Noel, Polson Pre-Alabama Presser

Videos courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

AP Top 25/USA Today/ESPN-1/21/13

AP Top 25

1. Duke (39)
2. Michigan (11)
3. Syracuse (8)
4. Kansas (7)
5. Louisville
6. Arizona
7. Indiana
8. Florida
9. Butler
10. Gonzaga
11. Kansas St.
12. Minnesota
13. Michigan St.
14. Ohio St.
15. New Mexico
16. Oregon
17. Creighton
18. N.C. State
19. VCU
20. Wichita St.
21. Cincinnati
22. Missouri
23. Mississippi
24. Notre Dame
25. Miami (FL)

Dropped Out: No. 15 San Diego St., No. 23 Illinois, No. 24 UCLA, No. 25 Marquette

Others Receiving Votes: Marquette 92, Wisconsin 55, UCLA 41, UNLV 32, Wyoming 28, San Diego St. 26, Colorado St. 7, Memphis 6, Georgetown 4, North Carolina 3, Iowa St. 3, Louisiana Tech 2, Bucknell 1, Pittsburgh 1


1. Duke (20)
2. Kansas (8)
3. Michigan (1)
4. Syracuse (2)
5. Louisville
6. Arizona
7. Florida
8. Indiana
9. Butler
10. Gonzaga
11. Michigan St.
12. Creighton
13. Kansas St.
14. Minnesota
15. Ohio St.
16. VCU
17. New Mexico
18. N.C. State
19. Oregon
20. Cincinnati
21. Wichita St.
22. Missouri
23. Notre Dame
24. Mississippi
25. San Diego St.

Dropped Out: No. 22 Illinois, No. 23 UNLV, No. 25 UCLA

Others Receiving Votes: Miami (FL) 49, Wisconsin 42, UNLV 23, Marquette 20, Wyoming 17, Colorado St. 16, Oklahoma St. 7, UCLA 5, Pittsburgh 5, Iowa St. 5, Bucknell 3, Illinois 3, Georgetown 2, Stephen F. Austin 2, St. Mary's 1, Middle Tenn. St. 1

Nerlens Noel named SEC Freshman of the Week 1/21/13

SEC Men's Basketball Freshman Of The Week - 1/21/13

Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-10, 244-pound freshman forward from Everett, Mass., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 11 points, nine rebounds and 6.5 blocks in wins over Tennessee and at Auburn. He registered 12 points, nine rebounds, six blocks and four steals in a win over Tennessee and followed that up with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks at Auburn. Noel has notched six or more rebounds in every game this season. Noel is the only player standing 6-5 or taller that ranks in the top-30 in blocks, steals and rebounds in the nation. He moved into fifth all-time in UK freshman record books with 69 blocks on the season and is one shy of cracking the single-season top-10 in school history.

SEC Mens BB Standings 1/21/1


Mississippi 4-0 15-2
Florida (10) 4-0 14-2
Kentucky 3-1 12-5
Alabama 3-1 11-6
Missouri (17) 2-2 13-4
Texas A&M 2-2 12-5
Arkansas 2-2 11-6
Auburn 2-2 8-9
Mississippi St. 2-2 7-9
South Carolina 1-3 11-6
Tennessee 1-3 9-7
Vanderbilt 1-3 7-9
Georgia 1-3 7-10
LSU 0-4 9-6

SEC Mens BB Matchups 1/21-1/26/13

Tuesday, January 22nd

South Carolina at Missouri 7:00 PM ESPNU
Kentucky at Alabama 9:00 PM ESPN

Wednesday, January 23rd

Florida at Georgia 8:00 PM SEC Network
Texas A&M at LSU 8:00 PM SEC Network
Auburn at Vanderbilt 8:00 PM ESPN3
Mississippi St. at Arkansas 9:00 PM CSS

Thursday, January 24th

Tennessee at Ole Miss 7:00 PM ESPN/2

Saturday, January 26th

Arkansas at South Carolina 1:30 PM SEC Network
Alabama at Tennessee 2:00 PM ESPN/2
LSU at Kentucky 4:00 PM SEC Network
Vanderbilt at Missouri 5:00 PM ESPNU
Georgia at Texas A&M 6:00 PM FSN
Ole Miss at Auburn 8:00 PM FSN
Florida at Mississippi St. 8:00 PM ESPN2

A’dia Mathies - SEC Women's Player of the Week 1/21/13l

SEC Women's Basketball Players Of The Week

Player of the Week
A’dia Mathies • Kentucky
Senior • Guard • Louisville, Ky.

• Mathies led UK to commanding wins over Mississippi State and Auburn last week, improving the school-record home winning streak to 33 and their overall winning streak to a nation-high 17.
• On the week, she averaged a team-high 22.5 points, while shooting .600 percent from the field (15-of-25), .727 percent from the 3-point line (8-of-11) and .778 from the free-throw line (7-of-9). Also grabbed 3.5 rebounds per game and totaled three steals and three assists.
• Scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds in 24 minutes of action vs. Mississippi State.
• Followed that performance with a season-high 24 points vs. Auburn, scoring a game-high 16 points in the first half.
• Recorded a near perfect game against the Tigers, hitting 8-of-9 (.889) from the field, 5-of-6 (.833) from beyond the arc and 3-of-4 (.750) from the free-throw line. Also charted two assists and two steals.
• Leading by just eight points over nine minutes into the game, Mathies hit back-to-back 3-pointers to break open the game and give UK a double-digit lead it would never relinquish.
• Has hit multiple 3-pointers in six straight games, including a career-high tying five vs. Auburn.

SEC Womens BB Standings 1/21/13


Kentucky (5) 6-0 18-1
Tennessee (9) 6-0 15-3
Texas A&M (16) 4-1 14-5
Georgia (14) 4-2 16-3
South Carolina (18) 4-2 16-3
Vanderbilt 3-2 13-5
LSU 3-3 12-7
Florida 2-3 13-6
Missouri 2-3 13-6
Auburn 2-4 13-6
Arkansas 1-4 13-5
Alabama 1-4 11-7
Mississippi St. 0-5 8-10
Mississippi 0-5 7-11

SEC Womens BB Matchups 1/24-1/27/13

Thursday, January 24th

Ole Miss at Florida 7:00 PM CSS
Kentucky at South Carolina 7:00 PM SportSouth
Arkansas at Missouri 8:00 PM
Texas A&M at Mississippi St. 8:00 PM
Auburn at Alabama 9:00 PM CSS
Tennessee at Vanderbilt 9:00 PM SportSouth

Sunday, January 27th

Florida at Georgia 1:00 PM CSS
Vanderbilt at Alabama 2:00 PM SEC Network
LSU at Kentucky 3:00 PM SportSouth
South Carolina at Arkansas 3:00 PM
Ole Miss at Mississippi St. 3:00 PM
Missouri at Texas A&M 3:30 PM ESPNU

Kentucky vs Alabama....A Preview

Kentucky vs Alabama….1/22/13 Tuesday 9PM (TV-ESPN)
UK leads series 102-36

Alabama Crimson Tide

Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Enrollment: 31,747
Arena: 15,383

Head Coach: Anthony Grant
Career Record: 139-64 (68.1%) 6 seasons
At Alabama: 63-39 (61.8%) 3 seasons

2011-12 Record: 21-12
2011-12 SEC Record: 9-7
2011-12 Postseason: 0-1 in NCAA

2012-13 Record: 11-6
2012-13 SEC Record: 3-1

Alabama 70 South Dakota St. 67
Alabama 80 West Alabama 49
Alabama 65 Oregon St. 62
Alabama 77 Villanova 55
Alabama 59 Charleston Southern 46
Alabama 75 Lamar 47
Cincinnati 58 Alabama 56
Dayton 81 Alabama 76
VCU 73 Alabama 54
Alabama 66 Texas Tech 62
Mercer 66 Alabama 59
Tulane 53 Alabama 50
Alabama 65 Oakland 45
Missouri 84 Alabama 68
Alabama 68 Tennessee 65
Alabama 75 Mississippi St. 43
Alabama 50 Texas A&M 49

3 PT%-36.3%
RPG-32.1 (-0.2)

Probable Starting Lineup

Trevor Releford-G 6’0” Jr………………16.2 PPG
Trevor Lacey-G 6’3” Soph………………12.5 PPG
Rodney Cooper-G 6’6” Soph……………11.6 PPG
Levi Randolph-G 6’5” Soph……………..8.3 PPG
Nick Jacobs-F 6’ 8” Soph………………..5.8 PPG

Other Key Players

Devonta Pollard-F 6’8” Fr……………….5.7 PPG
Andrew Steele-G 6’4” Sr………………...4.3 PPG
Moussa Gueye-C 7’0” Jr…………………1.0 PPG

Alabama’s head coach, Anthony Grant, has a solid resume in coaching. Grant was an assistant under Billy Donovan at Florida for 10 years…then was HC at VCU for 3 years where he posted a solid 76-25 record and put VCU in the NCAA for 2 of those years. When Donovan nearly left Florida for the NBA, the Gators offered the job to Grant before Billy decided to stay at Florida. Now Grant is at Alabama and he took a struggling Tide team to the NCAA in his 3rd season. UK fans remember Alabama defeating UK at Tuscaloosa 2 years ago 68-66. Bottom line….Anthony Grant is one of the best coaches in the SEC and his teams play hard and are well prepared. Despite a few disappointing losses this season , it would be a mistake to think that this is not a dangerous Alabama team…..and one that is improving.

Coach Grant usually plays 8 players and has alternated his starting lineup throughout the season. Trevor Releford leads the Tide in scoring and in steals. Releford along with Trevor Lacey and Levi Randolph are all shooting over 40% from the perimeter. Lacey is, in fact, shooting lights out from long range hitting 35-77 for a red hot 45.5%….Lacey also leads in assists with 61. Rebounds for the Tide are mostly by committee with Lacey, Randolph and Cooper being the most active on the boards. Alabama does play 7’0” Moussa Gueya for usually 10-12 minutes and while he does garner some rebounds…..he is a very poor offensive player shooting 26.3% from the field.

The Tide are not usually very tall in most of their lineups and play several guards which makes them a very fast team. Alabama will be very tough in Tuscaloosa with a packed arena when the Cats arrive Tuesday.

Kentucky is coming off their overall best game of the season in defeating Auburn on the road. The Cats playing without WCS really stepped up their overall offense and defense. All the players contributed and all played hard and with great intensity. It was great to see so many smiles on UK players. Certainly, UK took a solid step forward in their overall improvement, but they must not rest on their laurels in defeating Auburn. Alabama will be a very tough road game and the Cats need to continue their terrific team play and overall intensity.

WCS might be available for the Alabama game, but that is unknown at this time. In any case, UK will need for sophomore Kyle Wiltjer to continue his greatly improved play the past two games and for everyone to bring their A game! The Alabama game will be a big challenge for these young Cats….a win would be huge for UK.

I see a real dogfight in Tuscaloosa with UK pulling out a close 5 point win. GO Cats!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Video: Coach Calipari, Harrow, Wiltjer Pre-Auburn Presser

Video: Coach Mitchell Pre-Auburn Press Conference

Kentucky vs Auburn....A Preview

Kentucky vs Auburn….1/19/13 Saturday 9PM (TV-ESPNU)
UK leads series 86-17

Auburn Tigers

Location: Auburn, Ala.
Enrollment: 25,078
Arena: 9,600

Head Coach: Tony Barbee
Career Record: 108-88 (55.1%) 6 seasons
At Auburn: 26-46 (41.9%) 2 seasons

2011-12 Record: 15-16
2011-12 SEC Record: 5-11
2011-12 Postseason: None

2012-13 Record: 8-8
2012-13 SEC Record: 2-1

Auburn 61 IPFW 50
Murray St. 79 Auburn 59
Auburn 55 College of Charleston 51
Dayton 73 Auburn 63
Boston College 50 Auburn 49
Rhode Island 78 Auburn 72 (2OT)
DePaul 80 Auburn 76
Auburn 92 Grambling St. 42
Auburn 64 Furman 50
Auburn 81 Tennessee Tech 62
Winthrop 74 Auburn 67
Illinois 81 Auburn 79
Auburn 78 Florida St. 72
Auburn 68 LSU 63
Auburn 74 South Carolina 71
Arkansas 88 Auburn 80 (2OT)

RPG-36.6 (+2.4)

Probable Starting Lineup

Frankie Sullivan-G 6’1” Jr……………….17.8 PPG
Robb Chubb-C 6’10” Jr………………….9.9 PPG
Allen Payne-F 6’6” Soph…………………8.4 PPG
Shaquille Johnson-G 6’5” Fr……………..4.9 PPG
Josh Wallace-G 5’10” Jr………………….3.4 PPG

Other Key Players

Jordan Price-G 6’5” Fr……………………7.2 PPG
Noel Johnson-G 6’6” Jr…………………...6.8 PPG

Auburn coach, Tony Barbee, who played and coached under John Calipari is now in his 3rd season at Auburn. The program has improved under Barbee and this season is expected to be another solid step forward. Unfortunately, Auburn started off slowly losing 5 of their first 7 games, but have shown real improvement winning 6 of their last 9 games…..including losing by only 2 points to top 20 Illinois. Three of the Tiger losses have been very close….a loss by one point to Boston College and double OT losses to Rhode Island and Arkansas respectfully.

Coach Barbee has developed a lot of depth this season as evidenced by 10 players averaging 13 plus minutes. Also, there is a nice blend of experience and youth. Frankie Sullivan leads the team in scoring and is second in assists with 52 thus far. Josh Wallace leads in assists with 60 and steals with 27. Robb Chubb is the leading rebounder with 125 for 7.8 PG. The Tigers are shooting a solid 36.1% from the perimeter and are led by Jordan Price who has hit 19-36 for a red hot 52.8% and Noel Johnson who has hit 29-66 for an excellent 43.9%.

You can bet that coach Barbee will have his Auburn Tigers more than ready for UK as he faces his old coach and mentor in John Calipari. Also, look for a packed house when the Cats come to town!

UK is fresh off a must win at home against Tennessee after losing to Texas A&M at home. Still, the Cats still are having difficulty in building big leads and putting teams away. Certainly, missing 12 FT’s didn’t help and neither does a pathetic 64.6% for the season. It was great seeing Kyle Wiltjer play his most complete game of the year and UK will need that kind of play going forward in the SEC schedule from Kyle. Nerlens Noel continues to play great….Noel leads UK in rebounds with 148 or 9.3 RPG…..also he leads in blocks with 62 and steals with 44…... in addition, Noel has 30 assists to his credit. Alex Poythress is starting to play with more energy and has improved, but Alex still has room to get a lot better.

The Cats will need to continue to play better defense and get more consistent on the offensive end. Every SEC game is obviously important for UK to build a solid resume to get into the NCAA. Bottom line…UK can’t afford very many more losses this season and still make the field for the NCAA.

Auburn will not be an easy game and these young Cats must show up and play hard. I see a UK win by 9 points. GO CATS!

Photos 2012-13 UK Women’s Basketball: Mississippi State

Monday, January 14, 2013

Video: Coach Calipari, Willie Cauley-Stein Pre-Tennessee Press comments

AP Top 25/USA Today/ESPN-1/14/13

AP Top 25

1. Louisville (36)
2. Indiana (13)
3. Duke (14)
4. Kansas (1)
5. Michigan (1)
6. Syracuse
7. Arizona
8. Gonzaga
9. Minnesota
10. Florida
11. Ohio St.
12. Creighton
13. Butler
14. N.C. State
15. San Diego St.
16. Kansas St.
17. Missouri
18. Michigan St.
19. New Mexico
20. Notre Dame
21. Oregon
22. VCU
23. Illinois
24. UCLA
25. Marquette

Dropped Out: No. 19 Georgetown, No. 21 Cincinnati, No. 23 Wichita St., No. 24 UNLV

Others Receiving Votes: Cincinnati 121, Connecticut 70, Georgetown 56, Mississippi 55, UNLV 26, Wisconsin 25, Miami (FL) 9, Boise St. 9, Wichita St. 6, Temple 5, Pittsburgh 2, Wyoming 1, Baylor 1, Utah St. 1


1. Louisville (18)
2. Indiana (6)
3. Duke (7)
4. Kansas
5. Michigan
6. Syracuse
7. Arizona
8. Gonzaga
9. Florida
10. Creighton
11. Ohio St.
12. Minnesota
13. Butler
14. San Diego St.
15. N.C. State
16. Missouri
17. Michigan St.
18. Kansas St.
19. VCU
20. Notre Dame
21. New Mexico
22. Illinois
23. UNLV
24. Cincinnati
25. UCLA

Dropped Out: No. 22 Georgetown, No. 25 Wyoming

Others Receiving Votes: Oregon 37, Georgetown 32, Wisconsin 23, Marquette 23, Wichita St. 19, Mississippi 14, Wyoming 13, Connecticut 10, Oklahoma St. 8, Miami (FL) 8, Utah St. 2, Bucknell 2, Boise St. 2, Iowa St. 1

Kentucky vs Tennessee....A Preview

Kentucky vs Tennessee….1/15/13 Tuesday 7PM (TV-ESPN)
UK leads series 148-66

Tennessee Volunteers

Location: Knoxville
Enrollment: 27,523
Arena: 21,678

Head Coach: Cuonzo Martin
Career Record: 80-56 (58.8%) 4 seasons
At Tennessee: 19-15 (55.9%) 1 season

2011-12 Record: 19-15
2011-12 SEC Record: 10-6
2011-12 Postseason: 1-1 (Lost in NIT)

2012-13 Record: 8-6
2012-13 SEC Record: 0-2

Tennessee 76 Kennesaw ST. 67
Tennessee 75 UNC Ashville 68
Oklahoma St. 62 Tennessee 45
Tennessee 83 U Mass 69
Tennessee 77 Oakland 50
Georgetown 37 Tennessee 36
Virginia 46 Tennessee 38
Tennessee 69 Wichita St. 60
Tennessee 78 Presbyterian 62
Tennessee 66 Western Carolina 52
Tennessee 51 Xavier 47
Memphis 85 Tennessee 80
Ole Miss 92 Tennessee 74
Alabama 68 Tennessee 65

3 PT%-29.1%
RPG-37.4 (+4.7)

Probable Starting Lineup

Jarnell Stokes-F 6’8” Soph…………………………….11.2 PPG
Kenny Hall-F 6’9” Sr…………………………………..6.5 PPG
Josh Richardson-G 6’6” Soph………………………….8.4 PPG
Skylar McBee –G 6’3” Sr………………………………6.1 PPG
Jordan McRae-F 6’5” Jr………………………………...13.3 PPG

Key Player and sometimes starter

Trae Golden-G 6’1” Jr………………………………….11.1 PPG

Coach Martin had hoped to have senior Jerome Maymon on the Vols frontline this season, but an arthroscopic surgery setback on Maymon knee forced coach Martin to redshirt Maymon for this season. Maymon, at 6’7” 250lbs., was a huge loss on the frontline as last season Maymon averaged 12.7 PPG and 8.1 RPG. Unquestionably, a frontline of Maymon along with Stokes would have presented a real challenge for opposing teams in the paint.

Jarnell Stokes is off to a solid start in his sophomore season averaging 11.2 PPG and leading the team in RPG. Stokes also leads the Vols in shooting percentage at 52.3%, but does struggle at the FT line hitting only 53.1%.

This Tennessee team does have size and experience, but thus far have not been a good shooting team. The two primary perimeter shooters….Jordan McRae and Skylar McBee are only hitting 32.8% and 31.2% from long range. Trae Golden leads the Vols in assists with 57.

Despite Tennessee’s 8-6 record, the Vols can be a dangerous opponent and one gets the feeling that this Tennessee team is a lot better than their record shows.

Kentucky, which barely escaped with a win over a hapless Vandy team, lost a huge game at Rupp arena to an unranked Texas A&M team by double figures. There were some pluses in the game with Nerlens Noel having a great game…scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds, 7 blocks, 6 assists and 4 steals. Also, UK finally had a good game at the FT line hitting 17-22 for 77.3%. However, the Aggies out shot UK from the field 52.5% to 42.9%….and 47.4% to 33.3% from the perimeter. A very interesting stat from the game is that the Cats frontline shot 11-18 while the backcourt shot only 13-36.

UK is now roughly half way through the 2013 schedule with 16 SEC games left. It is obvious to all UK fans that this team has not improved as much as we had all hoped by this time. For a team that was ranked 3rd in the nation preseason (obviously a huge mistake) and has now lost 5 games including 2 games at Rupp arena….UK fans are realizing that this team is not even certain to make the NCAA unless they show a lot more improvement offensively and defensively….and the Cats must start winning SEC games.

I must admit that even with Tennessee’s 8-6 record, I am worried about this Kentucky team winning even in Rupp arena. Right now this is not a very good UK team and they better significantly raise their level of play in the game against the Vols or they could lose two in a row at Rupp arena.

I’ll pick the Cats by 7 points, but I think the Vols with be tough even at Rupp arena.

SEC Mens BB Standings 1/14/13

Southeastern Conf All

Mississippi 2-0 13-2
Florida (11) 2-0 12-2
Texas A&M 2-0 12-3
Auburn 2-0 8-7
Mississippi St. 2-0 7-7
Missouri (10) 1-1 12-3
Kentucky 1-1 10-5
Arkansas 1-1 10-5
Alabama 1-1 9-6
LSU 0-2 9-4
South Carolina 0-2 10-5
Tennessee 0-2 8-6
Vanderbilt 0-2 6-8
Georgia 0-2 6-9

SEC Mens BB Matchups 1/14-1/19/13

Tuesday, January 15th

Tennessee at Kentucky 7:00 PM ESPN/ESPN3
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt 9:00 PM ESPNU

Wednesday, January 16th

Auburn at Arkansas 8:00 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Georgia at Missouri 8:00 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
South Carolina at LSU 8:00 PM ESPN3
Alabama at Mississippi St. 9:00 PM CSS/ ESPN3

Thursday, January 17th

Florida at Texas A&M 7:00 PM ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN3

Saturday, January 19th

Arkansas at Ole Miss 1:30 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Vanderbilt at South Carolina 1:30 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Missouri at Florida 2:00 PM ESPN ESPN3
Mississippi St. at Tennessee 4:00 PM SEC Network ESPN3
Texas A&M at Alabama 6:00 PM FSN ESPN3
LSU at Georgia 8:00 PM CSS ESPN3
Kentucky at Auburn 9:00 PM ESPNU

SEC Womens BB Standings 1/14/13

Southeastern Conf All

Kentucky (6) 4-0 16-1
Tennessee (9) 4-0 13-3
Georgia (13) 3-1 15-2
Vanderbilt 3-1 13-4
Texas A&M (20) 3-1 13-5
South Carolina (18) 2-2 14-3
Auburn 2-2 13-4
Florida 2-2 13-5
LSU 2-2 11-6
Arkansas 1-3 13-4
Missouri 1-3 12-6
Alabama 1-3 11-6
Mississippi St. 0-4 8-9
Mississippi 0-4 7-10

SEC Womens BB Matchups 1/17-1/27/13

Thursday, January 17th

LSU at South Carolina 7:00 PM
Mississippi St. at Kentucky 7:00 PM
Georgia at Arkansas 8:00 PM
Tennessee at Auburn 9:00 PM CSS ESPN3

Sunday, January 20th

Alabama at Tennessee 1:00 PM CSS
South Carolina at Florida 1:00 PM Fox Sports-Florida
Auburn at Kentucky 2:00 PM SEC Network
Missouri at Ole Miss 3:00 PM Cox Sports
Vanderbilt at LSU 3:00 PM
Texas A&M at Georgia 5:00 PM ESPN2

Thursday, January 24th

Kentucky at South Carolina 7:00 PM SportSouth
Ole Miss at Florida 7:00 PM CSS
Texas A&M at Mississippi St. 8:00 PM
Arkansas at Missouri 8:00 PM
Auburn at Alabama 9:00 PM CSS
Tennessee at Vanderbilt 9:00 PM SportSouth

Sunday, January 27th

Florida at Georgia 1:00 PM CSS
Vanderbilt at Alabama 2:00 PM SEC Network
LSU at Kentucky 3:00 PM SportSouth
Ole Miss at Mississippi St. 3:00 PM
South Carolina at Arkansas 3:00 PM
Missouri at Texas A&M 3:30 PM ESPNU

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

Video: Coach Cal pre-Texas A&M Press Conference

Kentucky vs Texas A&M.....A Preview

Kentucky vs Texas A&M 1/12/13 (Saturday 4PM) TV-SEC Network
UK leads series 2-1

Texas A&M Aggies
Location: College Station, Texas
Enrollment: 50,054
Arena: 12,989

Head Coach: Billy Kennedy
Career Record: 225-197 (53.3%) 14 seasons
At Texas A&M: 14-18 (43.8%) 1 season

2011-12 Record: 14-18
2011-12 Big 12 Record: 4-14
2011-12 Postseason: None

2012-13 Record: 11-3

Texas A&M 71 Louisiana Tech 59
Texas A&M 83 Troy 65
Texas A&M 81 Prairie View A&M 59
St. Louis 70 Texas A&M 49
Texas A&M 55 Washington St. 54
Texas A&M 78 Northwestern St 65
Texas A&M 70 Houston 58
Texas A&M 62 Stephen F Austin 54
Oklahoma 64 Texas A&M 54
Texas A&M 66 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 54
Southern University 53 Texas A&M 51
Texas A&M 61 Army 55
Texas A&M 67 Houston Baptist 59
Texas A&M 69 Arkansas 51

3 PT%-38.1%

Probable Starting Lineup

J’Mychal Reese-G 6’1” Fr……………………….7.6 PPG
Fabyon Harris-G 5’11” Jr……………………….10.2 PPG
Elston Turner-G 6’5” Sr…………………………15.5 PPG
Kourtney Robertson-F 6’9” Soph…………….….6.2 PPG
Ray Turner-F 6’9” Sr……………………………11.8 PPG

Many UK fans are familiar with Texas A&M coach, Billy Kennedy, who led Murray St. to a great season in 2010 with a 31 win season. This is Kennedy’s 2nd season with the Aggies and they are off to a solid start with a 11-3 record….and their 1st SEC win coming over Arkansas.

This is good shooting Aggie team….especially from long range. Leading team scorer, Elston Turner, has hit 36-85 perimeter shots for a terrific 42.3%…..also, Fabyon Harris is hitting 42.8% from long range making 18-42 shots. The two big men….Kourtney Robertson and Ray Turner lead in rebounds with Turner also scoring in double figures.

This Texas A&M team has experience starting 2 seniors and a junior….and coach Kennedy will have the Aggies well prepared as he comes back to Kentucky.

Kentucky, a heavy favorite over arguable the least talented and most inexperienced Vandy team in years, barely escaped Nashville with a 2 point win. Just when it looked like UK was taking a step forward in their overall play…..they took a step backwards in Nashville with a 2nd half performance that ranks among UK’s worst in history. The Cats allowed a bad Vandy team to outscore them 18-0 over a 9 minute period of time.

UK was out rebounded and out hustled while allowing Vandy to get far too many open perimeter shots. The Vandy zone totally took UK out of their offense….and the Cats compounded that by missing shot after shot while turning the ball over.

Coach Cal has arguably coached harder this season then ever in his career and while there has been improvement….this team still has a long way to go. The only good thing that came out of the Vandy game was at least the Cats didn’t lose. A loss to a very bad Vandy team would have been a disaster!

UK now faces a much more experienced and talented team than Vandy as Texas A&M comes to Lexington. Hopefully, these young Cats put the Vandy game behind them and come to play for 40 minutes. Right now, it’s hard to get a handle on this UK team….yes, they have talent, but these freshmen still have a long way to go as they remain inconsistent in effort, defense and shooting.

Frankly, after the disasterous Vandy game….I’m just hoping UK can get a win against Texas A&M….if the Cats show up I see a 9 point UK win….if not, they will lose!

UK Basketball: Some Observations after 14 games!

A big reason for UK's improvement is the play of Ryan Harrow. Harrow has done a solid job in running UK's offense and has shot the ball well. He has room for improvement, but he has exceeded most of our expectations at this point. I hate to think where this team would be without Ryan.

Kyle Wiltjer, who was counted on for his perimeter shooting and some decent defense has really struggled. Is this a sophomore slump? Whatever it is,Kyle's defense has simply been awful and that has placed coach Cal in a tough spot. Although, Wiltjer has been inconsistent in his perimeter shooting, he is still the best we have from long range. However, Kyle's problem, as exposed in the Vandy game, is that he is giving up far too many points on defense and is a liability on the floor. If Kyle wants playing time....he better figure out how to play defense ASAP! I really like Kyle and I truly thought he would have a great year this season, but thus far he has been a huge disappointment.

Nerlens Noel give great effort game in and game out, but Noel needs to provide more offense....especially when he often has an 8-10 foot open jump shot. Nerlens needs to knock those shots down. Of course, his 54% from the FT line needs a lot of work. All in all, I am pleased with Noel's defense and I want to see some improved offense.

WCS has exceeded my expectations....he plays hard...and has improved. Willie is raw on offense and like Nerlens needs to work on his shot from 8-12 feet....and of course...his terrible FT shooting which is 36.4%.

Alex Poythress frankly is a mystery. He came to UK as one of the elite players out of high school, but thus far he has been a huge disappointment. Was he over rated....I don't know....but, despite Cal's individual work with Alex.....very little seems to change. The thing that drives Cal and UK fans crazy is Alex lack of overall effort at times during games. In the Vandy game, Alex was out rebounded and out hustled by a Vandy freshman. I simply don't understand after 14 games and all the instruction from the coaching staff regarding effort during games that Alex doesn't grasp the fact that he is getting out hustled too often by opponents. Also, Alex needs to work on his ball handling and his understanding that you can't just run over opponents.....he also has 39 TO's this season 2nd only to Goodwin's 46. UK really needs Poythress to improve his overall play if the Cats are going to have a successful season. I'm rooting for Alex to finally show us his great skills throughout games!

Archie Goodwin is a very talented freshman....he has improved, but still needs to learn when to just pull up for a jump shot and not drive to the basket when the lane is closed. In addition, Archie needs to take care of the ball more....his 46 TO's are far too many. When Archie learns to play within himself and take better shots he will take a huge step forward. Still, after just 14 games Archie has improved his overall play....and some of that is due to Harrow running the point.

Julius Mays was brought to UK for his outside shooting, but thus far he has been a disappointment. His overall shooting has been subpar. Still, Mays plays decent defense and makes few TO's, but going forward as UK faces more zone defenses....the Cats need Mays to make perimeter shots.

Thus far UK has 4 loses and one quality win over Maryland. Unfortunately, with the SEC being down this season....there are few quality wins available. UK is playing 1st to make the NCAA tourney and secondly for a decent seed....I know that sounds crazy.....but this UK team must show a lot more improvement to defeat Florida or even Missouri. Also, they better play a lot better on the road because if a very poor Vandy team can almost defeat UK....other better SEC teams will not be easy opponents.

The margin for error is small for this UK team.....they must get their act together and improve their overall play offensively and defensively. Right now, I am becoming increasingly convinced that while this is a talented freshmen class, it's not as talented as Cal's past freshmen and seem to lack the sense of urgency in games to play hard.

I admit that seeing UK out rebounded and out hustled by a clearly inferior Vandy team was beyond disappointing! Let's hope that the Vandy game proves to be a very important learning lesson....if not....this could be a very disappointing season.

Despite all this, I'm still optimistic and hopeful that Cal and these young Cats pull it all together and finish with a great year!

Video: UK Coach Calipari & UK players UK-Vandy post game Press Conference

Photos 2013 UK Men’s Basketball: Vanderbilt

Photos 2013 UK Women’s Basketball: Texas A&M

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Commonwealth Stadium renovation details

 UK getting its football stadium renovation
 Commonwealth, Nutter renovations included in proposal to self-fund campus projects

* Upgrades to the Nutter Training Center for the daily benefit of the Student Athletes
* Spectator driven improvements (improved concessions, restrooms, and security)
* Multi-purpose recruiting room
* 16 – 20 Private suites
* New home team facilities
* Approximately 2,000 new club seats
* New press facilities
* A team store
* New full service kitchen
* Improve the UK brand at the stadium
* Maintain or slightly reduce seating capacity while increasing the value of the remaining seats
* Projected Start Date: 2013
* Estimated Completion Date: July 2015 (requires two seasons)
* Debt Service Source (existing): $110M of agency bonds to be funded new suites and club seating and UK Athletics’ expanded SEC revenues.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Photos 2013 UK Men’s Basketball: Locker Room

Video: Kentucky 2013 #1 Recruiting Class

Kentucky vs Vanderbilt....A Preview

Kentucky vs Vanderbilt….1/10/13 (Thursday 9PM) TV-ESPN
UK leads series 136-45

Vanderbilt Commodores

Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Enrollment: 6,879
Arena: 14,316

Head Coach: Kevin Stallings
Career Record: 384-222 (63.7%) 19 seasons
At Vanderbilt: 261-159 (62.1%) 13 seasons

2011-12 Record: 25-11
2011-12 SEC Record: 10-6
2011-12 Postseason: 1-1 (Lost in round of 32)

2012-13 Record: 6-6

Vandy 80 Nicholls St. 65
Oregon 74 Vandy 48
Davidson 75 Vandy 62
Marist 50 Vandy 33
Vandy 73 UTEP 49
Villanova 62 Vandy 52
Vandy 66 Xavier 64 (OT)
Vandy 71 Alabama A&M 46
Vandy 66 Cornell 55
Middle Tennessee St. 56 Vandy 52
Butler 68 Vandy 49
Vandy 64 William & Mary 50


3 PT%-35.5%
RPG-31.6 (-2.3)

Probable Starting Lineup

Rod Odom-F 6’9” Jr………………………..9.6 PPG
Shelby Moats-F 6’8” Soph…………………3.5 PPG
Kedren Johnson-G 6’4” Soph………………16.6 PPG
Kyle Fuller-G 6’1” Jr……………………….11.9 PPG
Kevin Bright-F 6’5” Fr……………………...6.6 PPG

The past 3 years Vandy has been to the NCAA with records of 24-9, 23-11 and 25-11 only to lose early in the NCAA tourney. Last season was arguably the Dores best team in ages….it included John Jenkins, Jeffery Taylor, Brad Tinsley, Festus Ezeli, Lance Goulbourne and Steve Tchiengang…a terrific team that defeated UK to win the SEC championship. Unfortunately for coach Stallings that was last season and now all those players are gone.

So like UK, Vandy lost all their starters and have had to replace them with some freshmen and inexperienced returning players. However, unlike UK….Vandy didn’t bring in a #1 recruiting class loaded with superb talent….so the Dores are faced with both lesser talent and inexperience,

This season, thus far, has been a nightmare for Vandy fans with embarrassing losses to Davidson, Marist and Middle Tennessee St…..and in the Marist game the Dores scored only 33 points losing by 17 points. The result has been poor fan attendance with Vandy averaging only 9,554 in a 14,316 arena….5,000 empty seats is very unusual for Vandy!

The stats tell the story….Vandy has trouble scoring averaging only 59.7 points per game. The Dores are only hitting 42% from the field and their FT shooting has been terrible hitting only 59.7%. In fact, no player is hitting more than 66% of his FT’s.

Vandy is led in scoring by Kedren Johnson who also leads the team in assists and steals. Johnson has hit 27-69 from the perimeter for a solid 39.1%….also, Kevin Bright is shooting a red hot 17-33 for 51.5% from long range. As a team, the Dores like to shoot the 3 ball…as they are 89-251 thus far for the season. Hence, they are averaging 21 perimeter shots PG and have made 7.4 PG.

So far it appears that coach Stallings and the Vandy fans are in for a very long and disappointing season.

Although UK was a big favorite over E. Michigan, these young Cats played their best game of the year with terrific defense. Unquestionably, camp Cal with all the extra tough practices along with a number of individual practices has resulted in a far improved UK team. Also, an important key to UK’s improvement is the terrific play of PG Ryan Harrow. Ryan continues to improve both his PG responsibilities and his shooting. Ryan is getting the Cats into their offense and handling the ball with very few TO’s. Importantly, Harrow is now meeting expectations in his shooting as well.

Noel continues to play hard and with great energy and is a huge force on defense in the paint in grabbing rebounds and blocking or altering shots. WCS is improving every game….rebounding and playing solid defense. It was nice to Poythress show improvement in his energy on the floor, but Alex still has a ways to go to even approach his great potential.

The Cats two long range shooters, Wiltjer and Mays, both had good shooting games against E. Michigan….and it was particulary great to see Mays hopefully break out of his slump.

Importantly, UK has another week of intense practices before starting SEC play at Vandy. Despite Vandy struggles this season, winning on the road is seldom easy…. and almost always exceedingly difficult in Nashville where the Dores have always had a great advantage with their very unusual gym. You can bet that despite poor attendance thus far, Vandy fans will pack Memorial Gym in Nashville as they always do when UK comes to town.

I see a 15 point UK win if they continue their great defense and energy on the court. GO CATS!

Monday, January 07, 2013

AP Top 25/USA Today/ESPN-1/7/13

AP Top 25

1. Duke (62)
2. Michigan (3)
3. Louisville
4. Arizona
5. Indiana
6. Kansas
7. Syracuse
8. Minnesota
9. Gonzaga
10. Missouri
11. Florida
12. Illinois
13. Creighton
14. Butler
15. Ohio St.
16. San Diego St.
17. Notre Dame
18. Kansas St.
19. Georgetown
20. N.C. State
21. Cincinnati
22. Michigan St.
23. Wichita St.
24. UNLV
25. New Mexico

Dropped Out: No. 22 Oklahoma St., No. 24 Pittsburgh

Others Receiving Votes: VCU 94, Wyoming 87, Oklahoma St. 64, UCLA 41, Marquette 41, Maryland 29, Kentucky 27, Temple 13, Oregon 11, North Carolina 4, Pittsburgh 1


1. Duke (30)
2. Michigan (1)
3. Arizona
4. Louisville
5. Indiana
6. Kansas
7. Syracuse
8. Gonzaga
9. Florida
10. Minnesota
11. Creighton
12. Missouri
13. Illinois
14. Ohio St.
15. San Diego St.
16. Notre Dame
17. Butler
18. Michigan St.
19. UNLV
20. Cincinnati
21. N.C. State
22. Georgetown
23. Kansas St.
24. VCU
25. Wyoming

Dropped Out: No. 21 Oklahoma St., No. 22 Pittsburgh, No. 23 New Mexico

Others Receiving Votes: New Mexico 48, Wichita St. 47, Kentucky 43, Oklahoma St. 34, Maryland 10, Pittsburgh 7, North Carolina 5, UCLA 3, Marquette 3, St. Mary's 2, Colorado St. 2, Virginia 1, Utah St. 1, Temple 1, Arizona St. 1

UK's Willie Cauley-Stein Named SEC Freshman of the Week 1/7/13

UK's Willie Cauley-Stein Named SEC Freshman of the Week 1/7/13

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein, a 7-foot, 244-pound freshman forward from Olathe, Kan., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after scoring 11 points and gathering 11 rebounds against Eastern Michigan last week. Cauley-Stein made the most of his second career start en route to leading UK to a domination final non-conference action of the season. Cauley-Stein logged his second career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He is the first UK player to tally multiple double-doubles this season. He was efficient from the field with a 5-for-6 day while also contributing defensively with a pair of blocks and two steals.

Video: UK commit Karl Towns Jr Quadruple Double

Big Blue Nation's young commit Karl Towns Jr (St. Joe's in Metuchen, NJ) put together an amazing quadruple double performance against St. Peters on Sunday, January 6th, 2013 at the SFIC Basketball Festival at Kean University. Best part is he also broke the rim. Oh and we forgot to mention that he fouled out with 4 minutes in the 4th quarter and only played 3 minutes in the 2nd.

NOTE: The rim stayed in a down position after Karl dunked at the 0:35 mark of this video. The Refs didn't realize it was broken until St Joe's regained possession so we didn't even realize it was broken and have no video of it.

Video courtesy of themarsreel.