Thursday, February 28, 2013

Video: Mohammed, Edwards, and Pope for 96 Ceremony

Video messages from Nazr Mohammed, Allen Edwards, and Mark Pope who weren't able to attend the 1996 National Championship Ring Ceremony. Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Video: UK 1996 National Champions Ring Ceremony

Members of the 1996 National Championship team returned to Rupp Arena to receive rings honoring their achievement. Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Video: UK Coach Calipari Mississippi St Postgame Presser

Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Video: UK Players Harrow, Cauley-Stein, Poythress Post-Miss St Interviews

Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Video: 2012-13 Kentucky vs. Mississippi State Highlights

Kentucky defeats Mississippi State 85-55. The Wildcats shot 54.8 percent for the game, with Ryan Harrow leading the Cats with 19 points and Alex Poythress adding 16 points. Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

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

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Video: Coach Calipari - Pre-Miss State Press Conference

UK Coach Calipari talks about the upcoming game against Mississippi State.

Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Video: UK Players Jarrod Polson, Kyle Wiltjer Pre-Mississippi State Interviews

UK players Jarrod Polson and Kyle Wiltjer talks to the media in advance of Wednesday's game against Mississippi State.

Video's courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Video: A look at UK football's Lineman - Winter Conditioning

Strength training and high performance conditioning for offensive and defensive lineman with Director of High Performance Erik Korem.

Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Kentucky vs Mississippi St.....A Preview

Kentucky vs Mississippi St....2/27/13 Wednesday 8PM (TV-SEC Network)
UK leads the series 81-18

Mississippi St. Bulldogs

Location: Starkville, Miss.
Enrollment: 20,484
Arena: 10,500

Head Coach: Rick Bay
Career Record: First season as a HC.

2011-12 Record: 21-12
2011-12 SEC Record: 8-8
2011-12 Postseason: 0-1 Lost in NIT

2012-13 Record: 7-19
2012-13 SEC Record: 2-12

Troy 56 Miss. St. 53
Miss. St. 78 Florida Atlantic 58
North Carolina 95 Miss. St. 49
Marquette 89 Miss. St. 62
Texas 69 Miss. St. 55
Miss. St. 60 Alcorn St. 42
Providence 73 Miss. St. 63
Miss. St. 53 Texas-San Antonio 42
Loyola Chicago 59 Miss. St. 51
Miss. St. 79 Central Arkansas 72
Alabama A&M 59 Miss. St. 57
Miss. St. 97 New Orleans 46
Miss. St. 56 South Carolina 54
Miss. St. 72 Georgia 61
Alabama 75 Miss. St. 43
Tennessee 72 Miss. St. 57
Arkansas 96 Miss. St. 70
Florida 82 Miss. St. 47
Texas A&M 55 Miss. St. 49 (OT)
LSU 69 Miss. St. 68
Ole Miss 93 Miss. St. 75
Florida 83 Miss. St. 58
Missouri 78 Miss. St. 36
LSU 80 Miss. St. 68
Alabama 64 Miss. St. 56
Vanderbilt 72 Miss. St. 31


The Mississippi St basketball program is a mess. Last season, the wheels came off after the Bulldogs raced out to 19-5 record…the dysfunctional team then lost 8 of their last 10 games missing the NCAA. Then in the off season seniors Dee Bost and Brian Bryant graduated….Renardo Sidney left the team….Arnett Moultrie jumped to the NBA. The best remaining player, Rodney Hood, transferred to Duke.

The Bulldogs then replaced Rick Stansbury with little known Clemson assistant, Rick Ray, who has never been a head coach. Then one of the newcomers for this season, Jacoby Davis, tore his ACL and has missed this season. This season one letterman returning, Jalen Steele, was suspended during the season and has just returned to the lineup….and now one of the starters, Roquez Johnson, a 6’7” sophomore, averaging 8.8 PPG and 4.5 RPG has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.

I listed no starters above because coach Ray has played 9 players for at least 20 plus minutes. No player is averaging 10 points. The season has been a total nightmare and won’t get better until next season at the earliest.

The Bulldogs have lost 12 straight SEC games….several by 35 –40 points. Mississippi St. limps into Rupp arena after losing by 41 points against Vandy. Mississippi St. barely has enough scholarship players to field a team. Folks, the Bulldogs are simply terribly short of talent, experience and players….and are a bad SEC team!

UK, in contrast, just played their overall best game of the season defeating a very good Missouri team in OT. It was a huge signature win for UK as they hope to make the NCAA. The Cats need to finish the season strong starting with Mississippi St before traveling on the road to Georgia and Arkansas…..then facing Florida in their last SEC regular season game. A loss to Mississippi St. is unthinkable and would be catastrophic….not to worry as it won’t happen. UK should defeat the Bulldogs by 30 points. GO CATS!

Monday, February 25, 2013

UK's Willie Cauley-Stein named SEC Freshman of the Week 2/25/13

SEC Men's Basketball Freshman of the Week - 2/25/13

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein, a 7-foot, 244-pound freshman forward from Olathe, Kan., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 13.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and five blocks in wins over Vanderbilt and Missouri. Cauley-Stein began the week by pouring in a career-high 20 points to couple with a team-high seven rebounds and three blocks. He made 8-of-10 field goals in the win over Vanderbilt. In an overtime thriller against Missouri, Cauley-Stein altered the game defensively with a career-high seven blocked shots. His 12 rebounds was a career-high tying, and it marked only the third game in his career with double-figure rebounding.
The honor is the second of Cauley-Stein's career. He first earned the honor after becoming the first UK player to tally multiple double-double efforts on the season with an 11-point, 11-rebound performance in UK's final non-conference game of the season against Eastern Michigan.

AP Top 25/USA Today/ESPN-2/25/13

AP Top 25

1. Indiana
2. Gonzaga
3. Duke
4. Michigan
5. Miami (Fla.)
6. Kansas
7. Georgetown
8. Florida
9. Michigan State
10. Louisville
11. Arizona
12. Syracuse
13. Kansas State
14. New Mexico
15. Oklahoma State
16. Ohio State
17. Wisconsin
18. Saint Louis
19. Memphis
20. Butler
21. Notre Dame
22. Marquette
23. Pittsburgh
24. Oregon
25. Louisiana Tech

Dropped Out: No. 22 Colorado St., No. 24 VCU

Others Receiving Votes: Colorado St. 49, VCU 45, Akron 43, Wichita St. 35, St. Mary's 24, Illinois 19, Connecticut 18, UNLV 13, North Carolina 8, California 5, Middle Tenn. St. 2, Stephen F. Austin 1, Belmont 1, Missouri 1


1. Indiana
2. Gonzaga
3. Duke
4. Michigan
5. Kansas
6. Florida
7. Miami (Fla.)
8. Georgetown
9. Louisville
10. Michigan State
11. Arizona
12. Syracuse
13. Kansas State
14. New Mexico
15. Ohio State
16. Wisconsin
17. Memphis
18. Oklahoma State
19. Saint Louis
20. Notre Dame
21. Butler
22. Marquette
23. St. Mary's
24. Akron
25. Virginia Commonwealth

Dropped Out: No. 21 Colorado St., No. 22 Pittsburgh, No. 23 Oregon

Others Receiving Votes: Pittsburgh 38, Oregon 37, Middle Tenn. St. 29, Louisiana Tech 24, San Diego St. 13, Wichita St. 12, UNLV 12, Colorado St. 10, Oklahoma 5, Connecticut 5, Illinois 5, North Carolina 3, California 3, UCLA 2, Kentucky 1, Belmont 1, Creighton 1

SEC Mens BB Standings 2/25/13

Southeastern Conf-All

Florida (5) 12-2 22-4
Kentucky 10-4 19-8
Alabama 10-4 18-9
Mississippi 9-5 20-7
Missouri 8-6 19-8
Arkansas 8-6 17-10
Tennessee 8-6 16-10
LSU 7-7 16-9
Georgia 7-7 13-14
Texas A&M 6-8 16-11
Vanderbilt 5-9 11-15
South Carolina 3-11 13-14
Auburn 3-11 9-18
Mississippi St. 2-12 7-19

SEC Mens BB Matchups 2/26/13-3/2/13

Tuesday, February 26th

Auburn at Alabama 7:00 PM ESPNU/
Florida at Tennessee 9:00 PM ESPN/

Wednesday, February 27th

Arkansas at LSU 8:00 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Mississippi St. at Kentucky 8:00 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Texas A&M at Ole Miss 9:00 PM CSS/ESPN3
Georgia at Vanderbilt 9:00 PM FSN/ESPN3

Thursday, February 28th

Missouri at South Carolina 9:00 PM ESPN2/

Saturday, March 2nd

Alabama at Florida 12:00 PM ESPN/2/
Tennessee at Georgia 1:30 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Kentucky at Arkansas 4:00 PM CBS Sports
LSU at Missouri 4:00 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Ole Miss at Mississippi St. 5:00 PM FSN/ESPN3
South Carolina at Texas A&M 7:00 PM ESPNU/
Vanderbilt at Auburn 9:00 PM ESPN2/

SEC Womens BB Standings 2/25/13

Southeastern Conf - All

Tennessee (11) 13-1 22-5
Kentucky (8) 11-3 23-4
Georgia (13) 11-3 23-4
Texas A&M (10) 11-3 21-7
South Carolina (15) 10-4 22-5
Vanderbilt 8-6 18-9
LSU 8-6 17-10
Arkansas 5-9 17-10
Florida 5-9 16-12
Auburn 4-10 15-12
Missouri 4-10 15-13
Mississippi St. 4-10 12-15
Alabama 2-12 12-15
Mississippi 2-12 9-18

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

Thursday, February 28th

Texas A&M at Tennessee 7:00 PM CSS/ESPN3
Arkansas at Florida 7:00 PM SUN Sports/FoxSports-Florida
Alabama at LSU 8:00 PM
Georgia at Mississippi St. 8:00 PM
Kentucky at Ole Miss 8:00 PM
South Carolina at Missouri 8:00 PM
Auburn at Vanderbilt 9:00 PM CSS/ESPN3

Sunday, March 3rd

Florida at South Carolina 1:00 PM SportSouth/ESPN3
W BKB Vanderbilt at Georgia 1:30 PM ESPNU
LSU at Texas A&M 2:00 PM SEC Network
Missouri at Alabama 3:00 PM
Ole Miss at Arkansas 3:00 PM
Mississippi St. at Auburn 3:00 PM
Tennessee at Kentucky 3:30 PM ESPNU

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Photos 2012-13 UK Men’s Basketball: Missouri -ESPN College Gameday

Video: UK Hoops Coach Mitchell LSU Pre-Game Presser

UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell discusses Sunday's road game at LSU.

Video: UK Players Julius Mays, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress Missouri Postgame Interviews

Julius Mays' eight points in overtime, including four clinching free throws in the final 33 seconds, helped Kentucky get the important victory it needed to bolster its NCAA tournament chances, beating Missouri 90-83 Saturday night. Mays made six free throws in overtime and scored 21 of his 24 points after halftime for the Wildcats (19-8, 10-4 Southeastern Conference), who needed a `quality' win to go along with their triumph over then-No. 16 Mississippi last month. Kentucky got it by holding serve at Rupp Arena over Missouri (19-8, 8-6) in the marquee game on ESPN College Game Day. Archie Goodwin talks to the media following his 18 point performance in Kentucky's overtime win over Missouri. Alex Poythress finished with 21 points for the Wildcats, who improved to 2-1 since losing freshman center Nerlens Noel to a season-ending knee injury.

Video: UK Coach Calipari Post-Missouri Press Conference

UK Coach John Calipari talks about UK's 90-83 OT win over Missouri.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Video: Highlights from UK's 90-83 overtime win over Missouri

Kentucky wins in overtime 90-83 over Missouri on College Gameday, Feb. 23, 2013 in Rupp Arena.

Video: Get 2 The Game - 2013 UK signee Marcus Lee

Get 2 The Game featuring Marcus Lee, Class of 2013 power forward attending Deer Valley High School in Antioch, California.

Video: 2013 UK Signee Derek Willis big dunk at Fern Creek

Derek Willis big dunk at Fern Creek - Future Kentucky Wildcat - 2013 Kentucky Recruiting. Derek Willis threw down this big dunk at Fern Creek. Willis will play his college ball at Kentucky.

Photos: 2013 ESPN College GameDay Rupp Arena

Video: The UK Mens Basketball Team Arrives at Gameday 2/23/13

The UK Men's Basketball Team walks out onto the court for Gameday.

Video: The Big Blue Shake - Rupp Arena College GameDay Edition 2/23/13

ESPN's College GameDay at Rupp Arena doing the Big Blue Shake!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Video: UK Coach Calipari, Goodwin, Poythress Missouri Pre-Game Presser 2/22/13

Video's courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Kentucky vs Missouri...A Preview

Kentucky vs Missouri….2/23/13 
(Saturday 9 PM) TV-ESPN

UK leads the series 4-0

Missouri Tigers

Location: Columbia, Mo.
Enrollment: 33,805
Arena: 15,061

Head Coach: Frank Haith
Career Record: 159-106 (60.0%) 8 seasons
At Missouri: 30-5 (85.7%) 1 season

2011-12 Record: 30-5
2011-12 Big XII Record: 14-4
2011-12 Postseason: NCAA 0-1

2012-13 Record: 19-7
2012-13 SEC Record: 8-5

Missouri 83 SIU-Edwardsville 69
Missouri 91 Alcorn St. 54
Missouri 74 Nicholls St. 54
Missouri 78 Stanford 70
Louisville 84 Missouri 61
Missouri 68 VCU 65
Missouri 72 Appalachian St. 56
Missouri 81 Southeast Missouri 65
Missouri 68 Tennessee St. 38
Missouri 102 South Carolina St. 51
Missouri 82 Illinois 73
UCLA 97 Missouri 94 (OT)
Missouri 66 Bucknell 64
Missouri 84 Alabama 68
Ole Miss 64 Missouri 49
Missouri 79 Georgia 62
Florida 83 Missouri 52
Missouri 71 South Carolina 65
Missouri 81 Vandy 59
LSU 73 Missouri 70
Missouri 91 Auburn 77
Texas A&M 70 Missouri 68
Missouri 98 Ole Miss 79
Missouri 78 Mississippi St. 36
Arkansas 73 Missouri 71
Missouri 63 Florida 60


Probable Starting Lineup

Laurence Bowers-F 6’8” Sr………………….….14.2 PPG
Alex Oriakhi-F 6’9” Sr……………………….…10.3 PPG
Keion Bell-G 6’4” Sr……………………………11.6 PPG
Phil Pressey-G 5’11” Jr……………………….…11.8 PPG
Jabari Brown-G 6’5” Soph………………………14.5 PPG

Other Key Players

Earnest Ross-G 6’5” Jr…………………………...10.5 PPG
Tony Chriswell-F 6’9” Jr…………………………5.4 PPG

Last season Missouri went 30-5 and were a #2 seed in the NCAA tourney, but were upset by 15th seed Norfolk St. in their 1st NCAA game. This season 8 players, including 4 starters, are gone from last season’s team. As a result, coach Frank Haith had to rebuild his entire roster….and he did so by adding 4 excellent transfers….Earnest Ross from Auburn….Alex Oriakhi from U Conn…..Keion Bell from Pepperdine….and Jabari Brown from Oregon. Three of the transfers are starters and one plays major minutes. Missouri also added 6 freshmen, but see little action.

Missouri is getting it’s first taste of SEC basketball and the going is a bit tougher than they expected. The Tigers have held home court winning all 8 SEC games at home, including defeating highly ranked Florida. However, the Tigers have lost all 5 road games in the SEC this far this season, but two losses were by only 2 points and one loss by just 3 points.

Missouri is an outstanding rebounding team led by Oriakhi at 8.6 RPG and Bowers at 6.1 RPG….but, other Tigers players do a good job on the boards as well. Scoring is very evenly distributed as all 5 starters are scoring in double figures plus Ross of the bench.

Phil Pressey is the Tiger PG who makes the offense go, but while he leads the team in assists with 179 and steals with 48….he also leads in TO’s with 97. In addition, despite not being a good shooter, Pressey takes the most shots by far with 289 and is only shooting 36.7% from the field. Pressey also takes the 2nd most perimeter shots and has an awful percentage hitting only 29.7%. Missouri does have some very good perimeter shooters with Bowers hitting 39.5%…..Ross 38.4% and Brown 37.3%. No one questions that Pressey is very athletic….very quick….and a great passer, but he gets criticized for too often playing out of control and taking too many bad shots. However, when Pressey plays well he is one of the best PG’s, but unfortunately for Missouri….Pressey has had more than his share of bad games. Still, any opponent has to respect Pressey’s ability to get to the basket and his ability as a great passer.

Missouri arrives at Rupp arena fresh off a great home win over Florida. The Tigers will be a very confident team hoping to garner their first road win in the SEC.

UK, in contrast, has had to climb out of a bad game at Florida and a horrible game against Tennessee…and with their backs to the wall defeated a feisty Vandy team at Rupp arena. Coach Cal liked the great energy the Cats exhibited and the solid teamwork in winning over Vandy. Importantly, UK got very good play out of Harrow and Goodwin at the guard positions and a great game out of Willie Cauley-Stein in the pivot.

The loss of Noel is huge, but WCS is trying his best to give UK a solid presence in the paint….. but he can’t play all 40 minutes. When Willie is out of the lineup for 8-12 minutes of the game…UK is small on the frontline and if Willie and/or Poythress gets into foul trouble it places great pressure on the team to defend the paint and get rebounds.

As the saying goes….”you play the cards you are dealt with”….now this UK team without Noel….will need to play with great energy defensively and play smart on the offensive end. The Missouri game is both a great challenge and a great opportunity for the Cats…. as a win would be a big plus in consideration for the NCAA.There is no question that Missouri will be a much more difficult opponent than Vandy…..the Tigers start 3 seniors and a junior…..they are experienced and very athletic….and will not be intimidated by a UK team playing without Nerlens Noel.

UK will need to play their best overall game of the year to defeat Missouri and they will need great support from the Rupp arena fans. Gameday should help fuel great enthusiasm from Cat fans. I have a feeling that after the win over Vandy….these young Cats just might have found their mojo and could surprise the Missouri Tigers with a 2 point win! GO CATS!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Video: UK Coach Calipari Vanderbilt Postgame Presser 2/20/13

Kentucky Coach John Calipari after today's 74-70 win over Vanderbilt.

Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Video: UK vs Vandy Highlights 2/20/13

Kentucky defeats Vandy 74-70. Willie Cauley-Stein scored a career-high 20 points and Archie Goodwin pitched in with 16 points.

Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Video: UK Mens New Basketball Intro

The new intro video played before Wednesday's game against Vanderbilt.

Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Video: UK Coach Calipari, Julius Mays, Jarrod Polson Pre-Vanderbilt Press Conference 2/19/13

Video's courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Kentucky vs Vanderbilt..Rd.2....A Preview

Kentucky vs Vanderbilt….2/20/13 (Wednesday 8PM) TV-SEC Network
UK leads the series 137-45

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: 10-14
SEC Record: 4-8

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
Kentucky 60 Vandy 58
Arkansas 56 Vandy 33
Ole Miss 89 Vandy 79 (OT)
Vandy 58 South Carolina 51
Vandy 73 Auburn 61
Missouri 81 Vandy 59
Tennessee 58 Vandy 57
Alabama 58 Vandy 54
LSU 57 Vandy 56
Vandy 67 Arkansas 49
Tennessee 58 Vandy 46
Vandy 63 Texas A&M 56


3 PT%-35.4%
RPG-32.2 (-1.6)

Probable Starting Lineup

Rod Odom-F 6’9” Jr………………………..10.2 PPG
Shelby Moats-F 6’8” Soph…………………3.2 PPG
Kedren Johnson-G 6’4” Soph………………13.7 PPG
Kyle Fuller-G 6’1” Jr……………………….9.5 PPG
Kevin Bright-F 6’5” Fr……………………...6.3 PPG

Other potential starters

Dai-Jon Parker-G 6’3” Soph……………..…6.6 PPG
Josh Henderson-C 6’11” Soph………………4.9 PPG

As expected, coach Kevin Stallings Vandy team has struggled this season after losing their entire starting lineup from last season. Still, this Vandy team has been very competitive in most of their games and has won 2 of their last 3 games defeating Arkansas and Texas A&M. However, the Dores have won only 1 of 5 SEC games on the road.

Coach Stallings has played 9 players this season for at least 10 minutes plus and all 9 players have started at least once. So the Dores have developed solid experience and depth off the bench. There is not a single senior on the entire roster, so Vandy will be much better next season with lots of important experience.

This Vandy team is led in scoring Kedren Johnson who also leads in steals. Freshman Kevin Bright leads the team in rebounds despite being only 6’5”. Like most all Vandy teams, the perimeter shot is a big part of their offense. This season, the Dores have taken 512 long range shots which is 21.3 PG and they have made an average of 7.5 PG. In contrast, UK has taken 400 perimeter shot this season and averages 16 PG making 5.5 PG. Vandy has several solid perimeter shooters….Johnson hits 35.8%…..Odam hits 34.6%…..Parker 39.5%…..Bright 41.0%….Jeter 41.9%.

Vandy remembers how they just barely lost to UK in Nashville after outscoring UK 18-0 and losing the game by just 2 points. Now they will be facing a UK team without their best player in Nerlens Noel and seeing the Cats just lose to Tennessee by 30 points. My guess is that this Vandy team will come into Lexington with lots of confidence that they can beat this UK team even in Rupp arena!

Kentucky arrived by home after playing one of the worst games in UK’s storied history. It was in fact a total and complete embarrassment. At this point in the season, this team has shown little progress from the opening day of practice. No one questions that losing Noel is a huge blow to the Cats….especially on defense, but that doesn’t excuse the lack of effort and heart that UK demonstrated for a national TV audience to see….it was humiliating and it revealed players who give little evidence of caring and are tuning out the coaching staff.

As a long time UK fan this performance was being painful to see….losing a game is always understandable when the team has given great effort, but when you see players wearing a Kentucky jersey showing zero effort and zero pride it makes you angry!!!!

We are now into the last 6 games of the season and there is very little reason or hope that several of the key players….namely Harrow, Goodwin and Poythress will suddenly start playing hard….start making good decisions…..stop making too many TO’s….start making shots and start listening to Cal. Hopefully, I’m wrong, but it’s exceedingly difficult to have faith in this team. A hard reality has set in….Noel was indeed the heart and soul of this team…..Nerlens made us all proud….he always gave 100%…..and if this team had lost Nerlens earlier in the season, I doubt this UK team would even have a winning record.

After the Florida game where UK played badly…..then came home and had the worst practice Cal has seen in his 4 years at UK….and then proceeded to play one of the worst games in UK history against Tennessee….I find it impossible to pick UK to defeat Vandy even at home. Nothing would make me happier than to have this team prove me wrong….but, I’m picking Vandy to defeat UK at Rupp arena by 7 points. GO CATS!

Monday, February 18, 2013

AP Top 25/USA Today/ESPN-2/18/13

AP Top 25

1. Indiana
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Gonzaga
4. Michigan State
5. Florida
6. Duke
7. Michigan
8. Syracuse
9. Kansas
10. Louisville
11. Georgetown
12. Arizona
13. Kansas State
14. Oklahoma State
15. Butler
16. New Mexico
17. Marquette
18. Ohio State
19. Wisconsin
20. Pittsburgh
21. Memphis
22. Colorado State
23. Oregon
24. Virginia Commonwealth
25. Notre Dame

Dropped Out: No. 25 Kentucky

Others Receiving Votes: Saint Louis 58, Minnesota 52, Louisiana Tech 48, Illinois 46, Cincinnati 20, N.C. State 20, Akron 16, Missouri 4, Middle Tenn. St. 3, Maryland 2, St. Mary's 2, Wichita St. 1, Creighton 1


1. Indiana
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Gonzaga
4. Florida
5. Michigan State
6. Duke
7. Michigan
8. Syracuse
9. Kansas
10. Louisville
11. Georgetown
12. Arizona
13. Kansas State
14. Oklahoma State
15. Butler
16. New Mexico
17. Wisconsin
18. Ohio State
19. Memphis
20. Marquette
21. Colorado State
22. Pittsburgh
23. Oregon
24. Virginia Commonwealth
25. Notre Dame

Dropped Out: No. 22 San Diego St., No. 23 Creighton

Others Receiving Votes: Saint Louis 23, St. Mary's 19, Akron 19, Cincinnati 16, Creighton 16, Middle Tenn. St. 15, Louisiana Tech 12, Illinois 9, Minnesota 7, UCLA 3, San Diego St. 3, Wichita St. 3, Oklahoma 2, Missouri 2, Kentucky 1

SEC Mens BB Standings 2/18/13

Southeastern Conf All

Florida (7) 11-1 21-3
Alabama 9-3 17-8
Mississippi 8-4 19-6
Kentucky (25) 8-4 17-8
Missouri 7-5 18-7
Arkansas 7-5 16-9
LSU 6-6 15-8
Tennessee 6-6 14-10
Georgia 6-6 12-13
Texas A&M 5-7 15-10
Vanderbilt 4-8 10-14
Auburn 3-9 9-16
South Carolina 2-10 12-13
Mississippi St. 2-10 7-17

SEC Mens BB Matchups 2/18/13-2/23/13

Tuesday, February 19th 

LSU at Tennessee 7:00 PM ESPNU
Florida at Missouri 9:00 PM ESPN

Wednesday, February 20th

Ole Miss at South Carolina 7:00 PM CSS
Vanderbilt at Kentucky 8:00 PM SEC Network
Mississippi St. at Alabama 8:00 PM SEC Network
Texas A&M at Auburn 8:00 PM ESPN3

Thursday, February 21st

Georgia at Arkansas 7:00 PM ESPN/2

Saturday, February 23rd

Vanderbilt at Mississippi St. 1:30 PM SEC Network
Alabama at LSU 1:30 PM SEC Network
South Carolina at Georgia 2:00 PM CBS Sports
Tennessee at Texas A&M 4:00 PM SEC Network
Auburn at Ole Miss 5:00 PM FSN
Arkansas at Florida 7:00 PM ESPNU
Missouri at Kentucky 9:00 PM ESPN (ESPN College Gameday)

SEC Womens BB Standings 2/18/13

Southeastern Conf All

Tennessee (12) 11-1 20-5
Texas A&M (11) 10-1 20-5
Kentucky (9) 10-2 22-3
Georgia (13) 9-3 21-4
South Carolina (16) 9-4 21-5
Vanderbilt 6-6 16-9
LSU 6-6 15-10
Arkansas 5-7 17-8
Florida 4-8 15-11
Missouri 4-8 15-11
Auburn 3-9 14-11
Mississippi St. 3-9 11-14
Alabama 2-10 12-13
Mississippi 2-10 9-16

SEC Women's BB Matchups 2/18-2/14/13

Monday, February 18th

Kentucky at Texas A&M 7:00 PM ESPN2

Thursday, February 21st

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

Sunday, February 24th

Tennessee at Arkansas 2:00 PM SEC Network
Georgia at Ole Miss 2:00 PM CSS
Mississippi St. at South Carolina 3:00 PM
Kentucky at LSU 3:00 PM
Florida at Alabama 3:00 PM
Missouri at Auburn 3:00 PM
Texas A&M at Vanderbilt 5:00 PM ESPN2

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Video: UK Hoops Coach Mitchell South Carolina Postgame

Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV

Photo's 2012-13 UK Women’s Basketball: University of South Carolina 2/14/13

Kentucky vs Tennessee Rd 2....A Preview

Kentucky vs Tennessee….2/16/13 Saturday 1PM (TV-CBS)
UK leads series 149-66

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: 13-10
2012-13 SEC Record: 5-6

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
Kentucky 75 Tennessee 65
Tennessee 72 Mississippi St. 57
Ole Miss 62 Tennessee 56
Tennessee 54 Alabama 53
Tennessee 58 Vanderbilt 57
Arkansas 73 Tennessee 60
Georgia 68 Tennessee 62
Tennessee 66 South Carolina 61
Tennessee 58 Vanderbilt 46

3 PT%-28.6%
RPG-36.3 (+5.0)

Probable Starting Lineup

Jarnell Stokes-F 6’8” Soph…………………………….12.6 PPG
Kenny Hall-F 6’9” Sr…………………………………..6.3 PPG
Josh Richardson-G 6’6” Soph………………………….8.1 PPG
Skylar McBee –G 6’3” Sr………………………………5.3 PPG
Jordan McRae-F 6’5” Jr………………………………...13.7 PPG

Key Player and sometimes starter

Trae Golden-G 6’1” Jr………………………………….10.4 PPG

Tennessee welcomes UK to Knoxville after posting 2 road wins over South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The Vols have been up and down this season, but have an overall winning record and a win over UK would place them at .500 in the SEC. Tennessee is led by Jordan McRae in scoring, but McRae has struggled in his overall shooting…..hitting only 41.4% from the field and a poor 29.1% from the perimeter. In fact, the Vols have not been a good long range shooting team with Trae Golden hitting a terrible 24.0% and Skylar McBee hitting only 31.5%….the result is a team shooting a pathetic 28.6% from the perimeter.

Jarnell Stokes has been playing well and leads the Vols in rebounds averaging 8.6 PG. Stokes is a load in the paint, but he does struggle at the charity line hitting only 57.8%. Trae Golden leads the team in assists with 79.

Tennessee with be tough at home and looking for revenge for their earlier 75-65 loss to UK at Rupp arena just a month ago. The Vols were within 4 points with just 3 minutes left in the game so they are confident they can play with the Cats.

Kentucky arrives in Knoxville not only suffering a sound defeat at Florida, but losing Nerlens Noel…..their best player and the heart and soul of the team. The loss of Noel is a huge defensive loss in the paint and leaves UK with a thin frontline. WCS will be called on to replace Noel in the pivot and while Stein is very athletic and plays with great energy….he is not Noel. In addition, Stein will be called upon to play a lot more minutes then he has been use to in past games.

Coach Cal and the staff will likely have to make some changes in UK’s defensive strategy….perhaps playing some zone to protect WCS and Poythress from foul trouble….and also because the Vols have not been a good perimeter shooting team. 

Hopefully, the team will come together with a renewed sense of playing much better as individuals and as a team. Thus far this season, UK has been terribly inconsistent in their overall play….too many poor decisions and too many TO’s.

Tennessee is the first of seven remaining SEC games and if this team hopes to make the NCAA they must start playing solid consistent good basketball. This team can’t play soft…..can’t be intimidated….can’t play selfish….and must play with intensity and make good decisions…..or they simply won’t win in Knoxville or most of the remaining games. Can this team finally step up and play the way coach Cal and the staff has urged them to play all through the season? We’ll find out starting Saturday in Knoxville.

Playing without Noel protecting the paint will be a huge challenge for this team, but there is enough talent to finish the season with enough wins to make the NCAA…’s now up to these kids… bad do they want to be in the NCAA? There is no more time for excuses….no more time to play soft… more time to throw the ball away too often… more time to not play with great intensity… more time to repeat the same mistakes over and over…’s now in the hands of these kids starting in Knoxville.

Like most UK fans I have been frustrated and disappointed with the over play of a number of the players and the team as a whole. Yes, there have been glimpses in games of this team playing close to their potential, but then they have too often reverted back to the same mistakes. These are good kids…..their young….but now they are more sophomores then freshmen….they have been through the wars this season….now they have their backs to the wall…..they must now go to war in Knoxville without their best player. For whatever reason, despite my frustrations and disappointments this season, I still have faith in these kids….that somehow….someway…..they will reach deep within themselves and play their best basketball. I’m picking these gutty kids to defeat the Vols by 5 points in Knoxville! GO CATS!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Video: UK Coach Calipari, Archie Goodwin, Kyle Wiltjer pre-Florida press conference 2/11/13

Video's courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Kentucky vs Florida....A Preview

Kentucky vs Florida (2/12/13 Tuesday 7PM) TV-ESPN
UK leads the series 93-33.

Florida Gators

Location: Gainesville
Enrollment: 49,785
Arena: 12,000

Head Coach: Billy Donovan
Career Record: 421-178 (70.3%) 18 seasons
At Florida: 386-158 (71.0% 16 seasons

2011-12 Record: 26-11
2011-12 SEC Record: 10-6
2011-12 Postseason: 3-1 (Lost in NCAA Elite 8)

2012-13 Record: 19-3
2012-13-SEC Record: 9-1

Florida 84 Alabama State 35
Florida 74 Wisconsin 56
Florida 66 Middle Tennessee 45
Florida 58 Savannah State 40
Florida 79 Central Florida 66
Florida 82 Marquette 49
Florida 72 Florida State 47
Arizona 65 Florida 64
Florida 82 Southeastern Louisiana 43
Kansas State 67 Florida 61
Florida 78 Air Force 61
Florida 79 Yale 58
Florida 77 Georgia 44
Florida 74 LSU 52
Florida 68 Texas A&M 47
Florida 83 Missouri 52
Florida 64 Georgia 47
Florida 82 Mississippi State 47
Florida 75 South Carolina 36
Florida 78 Ole Miss 64
Arkansas 80 Florida69
Florida 83 Mississippi 58

Florida UK

PPG-74.2/ 76.0
FG%-49.3%/ 48.8%
3PT%-38.8%/ 36.2%
FT%-69.7%/ 64.8%
RPG-36.1 (+7.9)/ 39.2 (+5.5)
APG-15.9/ 14.7
TO’s-11.6/ 13.2
SPG-7.7/ 6.4
BPG-3.4/ 7.7

Probable Starting Lineup

Erik Murphy-F/C 6’10” Sr……………...12.9 PPG
Patric Young-F/C 6’9” Jr…………….…10.8 PPG
Mike Rosario-G 6’ 3” Sr………………..12.5 PPG
Kenny Boynton-G 6’2” Sr………………13.1 PPG
Scottie Wilbekin-G 6’2” Jr………………9.3 PPG

Other Key Players

Michael Frazier-G 6’4” Fr……………….6.0 PPG
Casey Prather-G/F 6’6” Jr……………….5.9 PPG

Billy Donovan has now coached at Florida for 17 years including this season and he has never failed to win 20 games….and won 2 NCAA Titles. Despite the fact that Florida’s first love and support from the fans has always been Gator football, Donovan has been greatly successful in his recruiting and in his overall record. Billy Donovan is one of the great college basketball coaches in America! This Florida team is the best since his NCAA championship teams.

Florida is a veteran team starting 3 seniors and 2 juniors and this team has bought into playing great defense. Offensively, the Gators are a terrific perimeter shooting team hitting 38.8%. Erik Murphy is hitting an incredible 49.5% from long range while Michael Frazier is hitting a red hot 47.1%…..other Gators are also solid behind the 3 point line….Scottie Wilbekin is hitting 38.2%….Mike Rosario is hitting 36.2%….. only Kenny Boynton is not great shooting from the perimeter hitting a so so 33.6%. Having this many terrific perimeter shooters makes it very difficult for opposing teams and presents a huge challenge in defending the Gators..

Florida is also a very good FT shooting team with Frazier hitting 94.7%….Rosario hitting 91.3%…..Boynton hitting 83.1% and Murphy hitting 81.5%. However, Patric Young struggles at the charity line hitting only 51.2%.

The Gators are led in rebounds by junior Patric Young who has improved each and every year and now is more of an offensive threat then in past years. Scottie Wilbekin leads the team in assists with 102 and also leads in steals.

Florida gets solid help off the bench with Frazier and Prather, but the Gators are now without Will Yeguete, a 6’7” junior, who averaged 21.9 minutes PG….and was 2nd on the team in rebounds while playing great defense. Yeguete is out for the season with a knee injury and his loss definitely hurts the Gators.

Florida fans will jam the home arena as they always do when UK comes to town. The Gators seldom lose at the O’Connell Center and are undefeated at home this season.

Kentucky arrives in Gainesville after winning 5 straight SEC games and 7 of their last 8 SEC games. Importantly, UK is now 2nd in the SEC, but the Cats have some very tough SEC games ahead of them, especially having to play Florida twice.

Kentucky, although winning games recently, continues to be inconsistent and struggle during games. The Cats have committed far too many TO’s in recent games, although in the Auburn win UK cut the TO’s to 10. While Nerlens Noel has continued to play hard and well game after game, other UK players have been inconsistent in their overall play…..playing well for one or two games and not showing up the next or reverting to old bad habits. Coach Cal has been discussing life lessons with this young talented team trying to get them to understand the importance of playing for the team and not for themselves. There has been improvement in this UK team, but coach Cal knows that they have much more untapped potential to be a very good team.

Florida will be the best team UK has faced all season and the Cats must bring their A game offensively and defensively. The Gators will obviously be the favorite playing at home, but UK has the talent to defeat Florida. However, to beat Florida, UK must take their overall play to a new higher level. Winning on the road against any team in the SEC is almost always difficult, but defeating a top 5 team on the road takes that difficulty to a whole new level.

It will be interesting as to the game strategies both Donovan and Cal employ as this is a big game for both teams. My head says Florida wins….my heart hopes for a UK upset. OK…I’m going with my heart….UK by 1 point!!!!!!!!!!! GO CATS!!!

AP Top 25/USA Today/ESPN-2/11/13

AP Top 25

1. Indiana (26)
2. Duke (20)
3. Miami (FL) (17)
4. Michigan
5. Gonzaga (2)
6. Syracuse
7. Florida
8. Michigan St.
9. Arizona
10. Kansas St.
11. Butler
12. Louisville
13. Ohio St.
14. Kansas
15. Georgetown
16. Pittsburgh
17. Oklahoma St.
18. Marquette
19. New Mexico
20. Wisconsin
21. Notre Dame
22. Memphis
23. Oregon
24. Colorado St.
25. Kentucky

Dropped Out: No. 16 Creighton, No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 18 Minnesota, No. 21 Missouri

Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 80, Missouri 69, Cincinnati 68, St. Mary's 62, Creighton 56, San Diego St. 53, Louisiana Tech 43, VCU 35, Saint Louis 34, Illinois 26, N.C. State 24, Akron 12, UCLA 8, UNLV 6, Indiana St. 5, Virginia 4, Wichita St. 3, Belmont 2, Oklahoma 1, Mississippi 1


1. Duke
2. Indiana
3. Gonzaga
4. Miami (Fla.)
5. Michigan
6. Florida
7. Syracuse
8. Michigan State
9. Arizona
10. Butler
11. Kansas State
12. Louisville
13. Kansas
14. Ohio State
15. Georgetown
16. Oklahoma State
17. Pittsburgh
18. New Mexico
19. Wisconsin
20. Marquette
21. Notre Dame
22. San Diego State
23. Creighton
24. Colorado State
25. Memphis

Dropped Out: No. 17 Cincinnati, No. 18 Minnesota, No. 19 Oregon, No. 20 Missouri, No. 22 Wichita St., No. 23 Mississippi

Others Receiving Votes: Missouri 72, VCU 63, Oregon 63, Cincinnati 38, St. Mary's 27, Kentucky 27, Louisiana Tech 18, Saint Louis 13, Middle Tenn. St. 11, Mississippi 11, Illinois 10, Akron 9, Wichita St. 8, UNLV 8, UCLA 3, Stephen F. Austin 2, Virginia 1, Oklahoma 1, Belmont 1

Video: Coach Cal on Mike and Mike-2/11/13

Video courtesy of Drew Franklin.

Nerlens Noel-SEC Freshman of the Week(4-PEAT)

Nerlens Noel named SEC Freshman of the Week(4-PEAT) 2/11/13

Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-10, 244-pound freshman forward from Everett, Mass., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in wins over South Carolina and Auburn. Noel helped lead UK to a pair of wins at home this week to run the Wildcats’ winning streak to five games. Noel logged double-doubles in both outings and has now put together a career-long three-game double-double streak. Noel had 10 points and 10 boards in a win over South Carolina to couple with five blocks. Against Auburn, he logged 10 points on a career-best 8-for-13 day at the line to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds. He continued his streak of at least one block in every game this season.

SEC Mens BB Standings 2/11/13

Florida 9-1 19-3
Kentucky 8-2 17-6
Ole Miss 7-3 18-5
Alabama 7-3 15-8
Missouri 6-4 17-6
Georgia 6-4 12-11
Arkansas 5-5 14-9
LSU 4-6 13-8
Texas A&M 4-6 14-9 

Tennessee 4-6 12-10
Vanderbilt 3-7 9-13
Auburn 3-7 9-14
South Carolina 2-8 12- 9
Mississippi St. 2-8 7-15

SEC Mens BB Matchups 2/11-2/16/13

Tuesday, February 12th

Kentucky at Florida 7:00 PM ESPN/ESPN3
Alabama at Georgia 9:00 PM ESPNU/

Wednesday, February 13th

Ole Miss at Texas A&M 7:00 PM CSS/ESPN3
Missouri at Mississippi St. 8:00 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Tennessee at Vanderbilt 8:00 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Arkansas at Auburn 9:00 PM CSS/ESPN3

Thursday, February 14th

LSU at South Carolina 7:00 PM ESPN/2/ESPN3

Saturday, February 16th

Kentucky at Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS Sports
Florida at Auburn 1:30 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
South Carolina at Alabama 4:00 PM SEC Network/ESPN3
Missouri at Arkansas 4:00 PM ESPN/2/ESPN3
Mississippi St. at LSU 5:00 PM ESPNU
Texas A&M at Vanderbilt 6:30 PM FSN/ESPN3
Georgia at Ole Miss 8:00 PM ESPN2/ESPN3

SEC Womens BB Standings 2/11/13

Tennessee (12) 10-1 19-5
Texas A&M (11) 9-1 19-5
Kentucky (9) 9-2 21-3
Georgia (13) 8-3 20-4
South Carolina (16) 8-3 20-4
Vanderbilt 5-5 15-8
LSU 5-6 14-10
Florida 4-6 15-9
Missouri 4-6 15-9
Arkansas 4-7 16-8
Mississippi St. 3-7 11-12
Auburn 2-9 13-11
Alabama 2-9 12-12
Mississippi 1-9 8-15

SEC Women's BB Matchups 2/11-2/17/13

Thursday, February 14th

South Carolina at Kentucky 7:00 PM
Mississippi St. at Ole Miss 8:00 PM
Missouri at Vanderbilt 8:00 PM
Florida at Texas A&M 9:00 PM CSS ESPN3

Sunday, February 17th

Georgia at Florida 1:00 PM CSS
LSU at Mississippi St. 1:30 PM SportSouth
South Carolina at Ole Miss 2:00 PM SEC Network
Vanderbilt at Tennessee 2:30 PM ESPN2
Alabama at Auburn 2:30 PM ESPN2
Missouri at Arkansas 3:00 PM CST

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Video: Polson, Cauley-Stein, Noel on UK's 72-62 win over Auburn.

UK players Jarrod Polson, Willie Cauley-Stein and Nerlens Noels talks with the media after Kentucky's 72-62 win over Auburn.
Video's courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Video: UK Coach Calipari Auburn Postgame 2/9/13

Kentucky Coach John Calipari after the Wildcats' 72-62 victory over Auburn.

Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Video: Highlights Kentucky vs. Auburn 2/9/13

Highlights of Kentucky's 72-62 victory over Auburn that extended their streak to five straight wins. Five Cats finished in double figures, led by Kyle Wiltjer's 14 points. Ryan Harrow and Willie Cauley-Stein both added 12 points, and Nerlens Noel finished with his third straight double-double.

Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Video: 1978 National Champions Welcomed Back to Rupp 2/9/13

The 1978 National Championship team is honored at Rupp Arena on the 35th anniversary of their championship.

Video courtesy of Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Kentucky vs Auburn...Rd2....A Preview

Kentucky vs Auburn….2/9/13 Saturday 4PM (TV-SEC Network)
UK leads series 87-17

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: 9-13
2012-13 SEC Record: 3-6

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)
Kentucky 75 Auburn 53
Vanderbilt 73 Auburn 61
Ole Miss 63 Auburn 61
Georgia 57 Auburn 49
Missouri 91 Auburn 77
Auburn 49 Alabama 37

RPG-35.5 (+0.8)

Probable Starting Lineup

Frankie Sullivan-G 6’1” Jr……………….16.1 PPG
Robb Chubb-C 6’10” Jr…………………..9.5 PPG
Allen Payne-F 6’6” Soph…………………8.4 PPG
Shaquille Johnson-G 6’5” Fr……………..4.6 PPG
Josh Wallace-G 5’10” Jr………………….3.9 PPG

Other Key Players

Jordan Price-G 6’5” Fr…………………….5.4 PPG
Noel Johnson-G 6’6” Jr…………………....5.5 PPG
Chris Denson-G 6’2” Soph………………..11.5 PPG

Auburn opened the SEC season with 2 straight wins….then proceeded to lose 6 SEC games before winning an ugly game over Alabama last night. Coach Tony Barbee is now trying to take the 9-13 Tigers to a winning season, but it won’t be easy with the remaining SEC season. Barbee continues to use a lot of players with 10 players averaging 12 plus minutes. So at least, Auburn has an experienced bench and good depth.

Auburn is led in scoring by Frankie Sullivan who unfortunately takes the most perimeter shots by far….41-145….but is hitting a very poor 28.3%. Freshman Jordan Price is the only decent long range shooter on the team hitting 42.3%, but he only averages 14 minutes per game. Robb Chubb leads the team in rebounds while Josh Wallace leads in assists.

Overall this is simply not a very good shooting Auburn team….hitting only 41.4% from the field. Coach Barbee was very upset with the Tigers play when UK defeated them earlier by 75-53 at Auburn. You can bet that Barbee will have his Tigers fired up and playing much harder and much better when they come to Rupp arena.

In contrast, UK has won 6 of their past 7 games and will be looking to hand the Tigers another defeat this season. In the previous game against Auburn, UK shot an excellent 54.5% and held the Tigers to 34.8%. Also, the Cats hit 5-15 from long range while Auburn missed all 15 of their perimeter shots. In addition, UK had 43 rebounds to Auburn’s 30… UK out played Auburn in all facets of the game with the exception of TO’s where the Cats had 15 TO’s to Auburn’s 9.

Unfortunately, TO’s have become a major problem for this UK team. The Cats have committed 36 TO’s in the past 2 games and are averaging 14.3 TO’s over the past 9 games. UK must correct the bad passes and poor decisions that are costing them far too many possessions.

Although UK is in much better shape regarding making the NCAA tourney….they still have work to do and they simply can’t afford another bad loss at Rupp arena….especially to a 9-13 Auburn team.

It was great to see Willie Cauley-Stein by in the lineup and he brought great energy to the South Carolina game where UK had 5 players in double figures….and shot over 60%. However, the 17 TO’s are a concern and that needs to corrected ASAP.

I look for a solid game from UK on Saturday against Auburn and a 15-20 point victory. GO CATS!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Video: UK Coach Calipari, Wiltjer, Poythress Pre-South Carolina Interviews

Video courtesy of  Kentucky WildcatsTV.

Kentucky vs South Carolina....A Preview

Kentucky vs South Carolina 2/5/13 (Tuesday 9PM) TV-ESPNU
UK leads the series 46-10

South Carolina Gamecocks

Location: Columbia, S.C.
Enrollment: 30,271
Arena: 18,000

Head Coach: Frank Martin
Career Record: 117-54 (68.4%) 5 seasons
At South Carolina: First Season

2011-12 Record: 10-21
2011-12 SEC Record: 2-14
2011-12 Postseason: None

2012-13 Record: 12-9
2012-13 SEC Record: 2-6

South Carolina 82 UW-Milwaukee 75 (OT)
South Carolina 87 Morgan St. 71
South Carolina 88 Rider 76
Elon 65 South Carolina 53
South Carolina 74 Missouri St. 67
South Carolina 74 Arkansas-Little Rock 62
St. Johns 89 South Carolina 65
Clemson 64 South Carolina 55
South Carolina 91 Jacksonville 74
South Carolina 74 Appalachian St. 69
South Carolina 63 Manhattan 57
South Carolina 76 Presbyterian 60
South Carolina 80 South Carolina St. 69
Mississippi St. 56 South Carolina 54
Auburn 74 South Carolina 71
South Carolina 82 LSU 73 (OT)
Vanderbilt 58 South Carolina 51
Missouri 71 South Carolina 65
South Carolina 75 Arkansas 54
Florida 75 South Carolina 36
Georgia 67 South Carolina 56

South Carolina

RPG-37.1 (+6.0)

Probable Starting Lineup

L. Chatkevicius-F/C 6’11” Fr……..………………..3.5 PPG
Bruce Ellington-G 5’9” Sr…………………………10.3 PPG
Michael Carrera-F 6’5” Fr…………………………10.2 PPG
Lakeem Jackson-F 6’5” Sr…………………………9.0 PPG
Eric Smith-G 5’11” Jr……………………………...5.9 PPG

Other Key Playes

Brian Richardson-G 6’4” Jr………………………..8.3 PPG
Brenton Williams-G 5’11” Jr……………………...10.6 PPG

Certainly, coach Frank Martin shocked the basketball world when he left a Kansas St. program that he had going very well over his 5 years to take over a very bad South Carolina program. Martin’s answer is that he likes challenges….well, he certainly has a huge challenge in trying to turn around the floundering Gamecock program. A program that hasn’t made the NCAA since 2004 and a program that has won just 13 total SEC games in the past 3 seasons.

Coach Martin inherited just 2 returning starters and a roster of role players. As expected, South Carolina has struggled this season and is currently 2-6 in the SEC. Martin has had a number of starting lineups and has gone deep in his bench with 10 players averaging over 13 minutes.

Bruce Ellington returns for his senior year again after the football season ended. Ellington at 5’9” is a very quick guard who is the 2nd leading scorer on the team. The Gamecocks do have two very good perimeter shooters in Brian Richardson and Brenton Williams who are hitting 40.3% and 41.3% respectfully. Lakeem Jackson is hitting an eye popping 60.3/% from the field and Jackson along with Michael Carrera lead the team in rebounds…despite the fact that both are only 6’5”.

The Gamecocks are not a big team and are very much a guard oriented team. Until coach Martin can bring in some solid recruits, the Gamecocks will struggle against more talented teams in the SEC. Still, it would be a mistake to take this team for granted, they do play hard for coach Martin and have 2 SEC wins to their credit.

Kentucky returns to the friendly confines of Rupp arena after a very successful road trip where the Cats bagged a quality win against ranked Ole Miss and survived a bit of an ugly game against the Aggies. Nerlens Noel continues to play outstanding defense and had a good offensive game against Texas A&M. Julius Mays, who admitted that he has struggled a bit with his role at UK, felt that he was now getting much more comfortable and getting his perimeter shooting eye back….and that was evident against the Aggies where Mays had his best offensive game of the season.

A huge problem for this young UK team was the awful turnovers they committed, especially late in the game…..they had 19 TO’s and too many were simply poor decisions and unforced. Ryan Harrow has had some solid games at PG, but has disappeared in some recent games and had a poor game against Texas A&M. The Cats need Harrow to be strong with the ball and make good strong passes….plus Ryan needs to get the Cats into their offense. Harrow has demonstrated that he has good PG skills, but must learn to play strong with consistency….when Ryan plays soft it has a big negative effect on the team.

All in all, all the players have improved, but, with the exception of Noel, they all have lacked the needed consistency of good play from game to game. Importantly, the players have bought in to the hard play necessary over a game, but now must play strong and smart each and every game.

The win over Ole Miss was huge for UK’s resume for the NCAA tourney. However, they must continue to win the SEC home games and steal a few more on the road. UK simply cannot afford to lose to either South Carolina or Auburn at home!

I like the Cats over South Carolina by 20 points! GO CATS!

AP Top 25/USA Today/ESPN-2/4/13

AP Top 25

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

Dropped Out: No. 15 Wichita St., No. 16 Mississippi, No. 19 N.C. State, No. 22 San Diego St.

Others Receiving Votes: Mississippi 75, N.C. State 64, Wichita St. 49, Colorado St. 49, Memphis 44, Wisconsin 28, St. Mary's 27, Louisiana Tech 24, Kentucky 21, San Diego St. 17, UNLV 13, VCU 8, UCLA 8, Saint Louis 8, Virginia 4, Akron 4, Connecticut 2, Belmont 1


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

Dropped Out: No. 19 N.C. State, No. 25 Marquette

Others Receiving Votes: Pittsburgh 54, Notre Dame 47, Marquette 38, Colorado St. 38, VCU 33, Wisconsin 25, N.C. State 24, Memphis 19, St. Mary's 18, Southern Miss 13, UNLV 12, Belmont 7, Louisiana Tech 6, UCLA 4, Kentucky 4, Middle Tenn. St. 4, Oklahoma 2, Akron 2, Saint Louis 1

SEC Mens BB Standings 2/4/13

SEC Mens BB Standings 2/4/13

Florida (4) 8-0 18-2
Mississippi (16) 6-2 17-4
Kentucky 6-2 15-6
Alabama 6-2 14-7
Missouri (17) 5-3 16-5
Arkansas 4-4 13-8
Georgia 4-4 10-11
LSU 3-5 12-7
Texas A&M 3-5 13-8
Tennessee 3-5 11-9
South Carolina 2-6 12-9
Vanderbilt 2-6 8-12
Auburn 2-6 8-13
Mississippi St. 2-6 7-13