Saturday, March 29, 2014

Video: UK Players Harrison, Randle, Young '2014 NCAA Tournament Elite 8' Pre-Michigan Interviews

Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle, and James Young - Pre Michigan Elite 8 Kentucky MBB locker room interviews w Poythress, Lee, & Hawkins Videos courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

NCAA Tournament Elite Eight TV schedule, Tip times

NCAA Tournament Elite Eight TV schedule, Tip times

SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 29

SOUTH - MEMPHIS: 

TBS 3/29 6:09 PM #1 Florida vs #11 Dayton

WEST - ANAHEIM:

TBS 3/29 8:49 PM #1 Arizona vs #2 Wisconsin

SUNDAY EVENING, MARCH 30

EAST - NEW YORK: 

CBS 3/30 2:20 PM #4 Michigan St. vs #7 Connecticut

MIDWEST - INDIANAPOLIS:

CBS 3/30 5:05 PM #8 Kentucky vs #2 Michigan

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Video: UK Players Cauley-Stein, Poythress, Polson '2014 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16' Pre-Louisville Interviews

Video courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell Pre-Baylor '2014 NCAA Women's Sweet 16' press conference

Coach Mitchell's press conference in advance of Saturday's third round matchup with Baylor in the South Bend regional. Video courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 TV schedule, Tip times

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 TV schedule, Tip times

THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 27

 SOUTH 

 7:15 pm CBS, Memphis - #11 Dayton vs #10 Stanford
 9:45 pm CBS, Memphis - #1 Florida vs #4 UCLA

WEST

 7:47 pm TBS, Anaheim - #6 Baylor vs #2 Wisconsin
 10:17 pm TBS, Anaheim - #1 Arizona vs #4 San Diego St

FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 28

EAST

7:27 pm TBS, New York - #3 Iowa St vs #7 Connecticut 9:57 pm
TBS, New York - #1 Virginia vs #4 Michigan St

MIDWEST

7:15 pm CBS, Indianapolis - #11 Tennessee vs #2 Michigan
9:45 pm CBS, Indianapolis - #8 Kentucky vs #4 Louisville

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Video: UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell, Hoops Players Press Conference

Video courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: UK Hoops NCAA Selection Reaction

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2014 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament & Schedule

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Lincoln Bracket

No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 16 Prairie View, Sunday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 9 St. Joseph's, Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 5 NC State vs. No. 12 BYU, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 4 Nebraska vs. No. 13 Fresno State, Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 6 Gonzaga vs. No. 11 James Madison, Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 3 Texas A&M vs. No. 14 North Dakota, Sunday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 7 DePaul vs. No. 10 Oklahoma, Saturday, 1:30 p.m ET. ESPN2

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Winthrop, Saturday, 11 a.m. ET, ESPN2

Louisville Region

No. 1 Tennessee vs. No. 16 Northwestern State, Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 8 St. John's vs. No. 9 USC, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 5 Texas vs. No. 12 Pennsylvania, Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 4 Maryland vs. No. 13 Army, Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 6 Iowa vs. No. 11 Marist, Sunday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 3 Louisville, vs. No. 14 Idaho, Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 7 LSU vs. No. 10 Georgia Tech, Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 2 West Virginia vs. No. 15 Albany, Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN

Stanford Region

No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 16 Cal State Northridge, Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 8 Middle Tennessee State vs. No. 9 Oregon State, Sunday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Hampton, Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 4 North Carolina vs No. 13 UT Martin, Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 6 Florida vs. No. 11 Dayton, Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 3 Penn State vs. No. 14 Wichita State, Sunday, 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 7 Iowa State vs. No. 10 Florida State, Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 15 South Dakota, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Notre Dame Region

No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 Robert Morris, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 8 Vanderbilt vs. No. 9 Arizona State, Saturday, 11 a.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast, Saturday, 11 a.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 13 Akron, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 6 Syracuse vs. No. 11 Chattanooga, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 3 Kentucky vs. No. 14 Wright State, Saturday, 11 a.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 7 California vs. No. 10 Fordham, Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN2

No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 15 Western Kentucky, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

2014 Men's NIT Bracket/Schedule

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Here's the full bracket and schedule:

SMU region

No. 1 SMU vs. No. 8 UC Irvine (Wednesday, March 19, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
No. 4 San Francisco vs. No. 5 LSU (Wednesday, March 19, 10 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
No. 3 Arkansas vs. No. 6 Indiana State (Tuesday, March 18, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
No. 2 Cal vs. No. 7 Utah Valley (Wednesday, March 19, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)

St. John's region

No. 1 St. John's vs. No. 8 Robert Morris (Tuesday, March 18, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
No. 4 Green Bay vs. No. 5 Belmont (Tuesday, March 18, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 6 Georgia State (Tuesday, March 18, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNU)
No. 2 Illinois vs.No. 7 Boston University (Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2) 

Minnesota region

No. 1 Minnesota vs. No. 8 High Point (Tuesday, March 18, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
No. 4 Saint Mary's vs. No. 5 Utah (Tuesday, March 18, 11 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
No. 3 Southern Miss vs. No. 6 Toledo (Wednesday, March 19, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
No. 2 Missouri vs. No. 7 Davidson (Tuesday, March 18, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN2)

Florida State region

No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 8 FGCU (Tuesday, March 18, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
No. 4 Georgetown vs. No. 5 West Virginia (Tuesday, March 18, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN)
No. 3 Louisiana Tech vs. No. 6 Iona (Wednesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3)
No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 7 Vermont (Wednesday, March 19, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNU)

Monday, March 17, 2014

AP Top 25/USA Today/ESPN 3/17/14

AP Top 25

1. Florida (50)
2. Wichita St. (15)
3. Virginia
4. Arizona
5. Louisville
6. Villanova
7. Michigan
8. Duke
9. Iowa St.
10. Kansas
11. Michigan St.
12. Wisconsin
13. San Diego St.
14. Syracuse
15. Cincinnati
16. Creighton
17. New Mexico
18. Connecticut
19. N. Carolina
20. UCLA
21. Oklahoma
22. Ohio St.
23. Baylor
24. VCU
25. Saint Louis

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Memphis 101, Gonzaga 83, Kentucky 77, S.F. Austin 46, Harvard 30, St. Joseph's 14, Texas 13, Oregon 8, Providence 6, Massachusetts 3, Tennessee 2, W. Michigan 1, N.C. Central 1

USA Today/ESPN

1. Florida (26)
2. Wichita St. (6)
3. Louisville
4. Virginia
5. Arizona
6. Duke
7. Villanova
8. Michigan
9. Iowa St.
10. Kansas
11. San Diego St.
12. Syracuse
13. Michigan St.
14. Cincinnati
15. Wisconsin
16. Creighton
17. New Mexico
18. N. Carolina
19. Connecticut
20. Oklahoma
21. Saint Louis
22. Kentucky
23. UCLA
24. Ohio St.
25. VCU

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Memphis 61, Gonzaga 50, Baylor 41, Pittsburgh 26, Texas 15, S.F. Austin 13, St. Joseph's 10, SMU 8, Nebraska 6, Providence 3, Harvard 2, Southern Miss 2, Tulsa 1, Geo. Wash. 1, Iowa 1

2014 NCAA Tournament - First Four, 2nd Rd TV Schedule/Time

All times ET, with the second window of each game slated for 30 minutes after the scheduled conclusion of the first game. So those start times are approximate.

FIRST FOUR GAMES

TUESDAY, MARCH 18

6:40, truTV, Dayton: (16) Albany vs. (16) Mount St. Mary's (Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy)

 9:10, truTV, Dayton: (12) North Carolina State vs. (12) Xavier (Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19

6:40, truTV, Dayton: (16) Cal Poly vs. (16) Texas Southern (Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller//Rachel Nichols )

9:10, truTV, Dayton: (11) Iowa vs. (11) Tennessee (Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller//Rachel Nichols)

ROUND OF 64 GAMES

THURSDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 20

12:15, CBS, Buffalo: (6) Ohio State vs. (11) Dayton (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce)

12:40, truTV, Milwaukee: (2) Wisconsin vs. (15) American (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson)

1:40, TBS, Orlando: (8) Colorado vs. (9) Pittsburgh (Anderson/Bonner/Leahy)

2:10, TNT, Spokane: (5) Cincinnati vs. (12) Harvard (Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio)

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2:45, CBS, Buffalo: (3) Syracuse vs. (14) Western Michigan (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce)

3:10, truTV, Milwaukee: (7) Oregon vs. (10) BYU (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson)

4:10, TBS, Orlando: (1) Florida vs. (16) Albany/Mount St. Mary's (Anderson/Bonner/Leahy)

4:40, TNT, Spokane: (4) Michigan State vs. (13) Delaware (Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio)

THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 20

6:55, tBS, Buffalo: (7) UConn vs. (10) Saint Joseph's (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce)

7:10, CBS, Milwaukee: (2) Michigan vs. (15) Wofford (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson)

7:20, TNT, Orlando: (5) Saint Louis vs. (12) N.C. State/Xavier (Anderson/Bonner/Leahy)

7:27, truTV, Spokane: (5) Oklahoma vs. (12) North Dakota State (Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio)

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9:25, TBS, Buffalo: (2) Villanova vs. (15) Milwaukee (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce)

9:40, CBS, Milwaukee: (7) Texas vs. (10) Arizona State (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson)

9:50, TNT, Orlando: (4) Louisville vs. (13) Manhattan (Anderson/Bonner/Leahy)

9:57, truTV, Spokane: (4) San Diego State vs. (13) New Mexico State (Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio)

FRIDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 21

12:15, CBS, Raleigh: (3) Duke vs. (14) Mercer (Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Rachel Nichols)

12:40, truTV, San Antonio: (6) Baylor vs. (11) Nebraska (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager)

1:40, TBS, St. Louis: (7) New Mexico vs. (10) Stanford (Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson)

2:10, TNT, San Diego: (1) Arizona vs. (16) Weber State (Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston)

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2:45, CBS, Raleigh: (6) UMass vs. (11) Iowa/Tennessee winner (Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Rachel Nichols)

3:10, truTV, San Antonio: (3) Creighton vs. (14) UL Lafayette (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager)

4:10, TBS, St. Louis: (2) Kansas vs. (15) Eastern Kentucky (Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson)

4:40, TNT, San Diego: (8) Gonzaga vs. (9) Oklahoma State (Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston)

FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 21

6:55, TBS, Raleigh: (8) Memphis vs. (9) George Washington (Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Rachel Nichols)

7:10, CBS, St. Louis: (1) Wichita State vs. (16) Cal Poly/Texas Southern winner (Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson)

7:20, TNT, San Antonio: (6) North Carolina vs. (11) Providence (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager)

7:27, truTV, San Diego: (5) VCU vs. (12) Stephen F. Austin (Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston)

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9:25, TBS, Raleigh: (1) Virginia vs. (16) Coastal Carolina (Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Rachel Nichols)

9:40, CBS, St. Louis: (8) Kentucky vs. (9) Kansas State (Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson)

9:50, TNT, San Antonio: (3) Iowa State vs. (14) North Carolina Central (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager)

9:57, truTV, San Diego: (4) UCLA vs. (13) Tulsa (Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

2014 NCAA Tournament Bracket

Three SEC teams earn NCAA seeds:

  • Florida (South Region: Overall #1 seed)
  • Kentucky (MidWest Region: #8 seed) 
  • Tennessee (MidWest Region: #11 seed)


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Video: UK Coach Calipari, Johnson, and Young React to NCAA Tournament Seed

Video courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: 2014 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament - Championship Game Post Press Interviews

Kentucky players Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle, and Alex Poythress - Florida Postgame Interviews Video courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: Kentucky 60 Florida 61 "2014 SEC Tournament Championship" Game Highlights

Video courtesy of SECDigitalNetwork

2014 NCAA Tournament Schedule

Here are the dates and locations for the 2014 NCAA men's basketball tournament:

Selection Sunday

March 16

First Round 

March 18-19

UD Arena (Dayton, Ohio)

Second-Third Rounds

March 20, 22

First Niagara Center (Buffalo, N.Y.)
BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee)
Amway Center (Orlando, Fla.)
Veterans Memorial Arena (Spokane, Wash.)

March 21, 23

PNC Arena (Raleigh, N.C.)
AT&T Center (San Antonio)
Viejas Arena (San Diego)
Scottrade Center (St. Louis)

 South Regional

 March 27, 29

 FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.)

West Regional

March 27, 29

Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.)

East Regional

March 28, 30

Madison Square Garden (New York)

Midwest Regional

March 28, 30

Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)

National Semifinals

April 5 

AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

Championship Game

April 7

AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Video: UK Coach Calipari, Julius Randle, James Young previews 2014 SEC Tournament

Videos courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: 2014 SEC Men's Basketball Court Time-Lapse

Watch how the court was assembled for the 2014 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, taking place March 12-16 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Video courtesy of SECDigitalNetwork

Three UK Men's Basketball Players earn SEC Post Season Honors



  • SEC Freshman of the Year: Julius Randle, Kentucky
  • SEC All-Freshman Team: Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas;  James Young, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
  • First Team All-SEC: Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas
  • Second Team All-SEC: James Young, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
  • SEC All-Defensive Team: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan.

Monday, March 10, 2014

AP Top 25/USA Today/ESPN 3/10/14

AP Top 25

1. Florida (50)
2. Wichita St. (15)
3. Villanova
4. Arizona
5. Louisville
6. Virginia
7. Duke
8. San Diego St.
8. Michigan
10. Kansas
11. Syracuse
12. Wisconsin
13. Cincinnati
14. Creighton
15. North Carolina
16. Iowa St.
17. Oklahoma
18. Saint Louis
19. Memphis
20. New Mexico
21. Connecticut
22. Michigan St.
23. VCU
24. Ohio St.
25. SMU

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Gonzaga 82, Stephen F. Austin 56, Oregon 39, Texas 31, Harvard 27, Kentucky 19, Baylor 18, UCLA 14, Nebraska 8, Iowa 4, Tennessee 2, N.C. Central 1, Geo. Washington 1

USA Today/ESPN

1. Florida (25)
2. Wichita St. (7)
3. Villanova
4. Arizona
5. Louisville
6. Duke
7. San Diego St.
8. Virginia
9. Michigan
10. Kansas
11. Syracuse
12. Cincinnati
13. Wisconsin
14. Creighton
15. North Carolina
16. Iowa St.
17. Saint Louis
18. Oklahoma
19. Memphis
20. New Mexico
21. Connecticut
22. Michigan St.
23. SMU
24. Ohio St.
25. VCU

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Kentucky 43, Gonzaga 32, Texas 27, Southern Miss 21, Oregon 21, Stephen F. Austin 17, Baylor 15, Iowa 10, Massachusetts 8, Harvard 8, Nebraska 5, Louisiana Tech 3, Pittsburgh 3, Oklahoma St. 1, Geo. Washington 1, Kansas St. 1

Friday, March 07, 2014

Video: UK Hoops 75 vs Florida 70 SEC Women's Tournament Game Highlights

Video courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: UK Hoops' SEC quarterfinal Cat Walk

Video courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Video: UK Coach Calipari, Willie Cauley-Stein, James Young Pre-Florida Interviews

Videos courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

Kentucky vs Florida....A Preview..Rd 2

Kentucky vs Florida….3/8/14 Saturday 12PM (TV-CBS)
Kentucky leads the series 94-35

Florida Gators

Location: Gainesville, Fla
Enrollment: 52,271
Arena: 12,000

Head Coach: Billy Donovan
Career Record: 450-186 (70.8%) 19 Seasons
At Florida: 415-166 (71.4%) 17 Seasons

2012-13 Record: 29-8
2012-13 SEC Record: 14-4
2012-13 Postseason: 3-1 (Lost in Elite 8)

2013-14 Record: 28-2
2013-14 SEC Record: 17-0

Florida 77 North Florida 69
Wisconsin 59 Florida 53
Florida 86 Arkansas-Little Rock 56
Florida 67 Southern 53
Florida 79 Middle Tennessee 59
Florida 86 Jacksonville 60
Florida 67 Florida State 66
U Conn 65 Florida 64
Florida 67 Kansas 61
Florida 77 Memphis 75
Florida 66 Fresno State 49
Florida 76 Savannah State 34
Florida 67 Richmond 58
Florida 74 South Carolina 58
Florida 84 Arkansas 82 (OT)
Florida 72 Georgia 50
Florida 68 Auburn 61
Florida 68 Alabama 62
Florida 67 Tennessee 41
Florida 62 Mississippi State 51
Florida 69 Texas A&M 36
Florida 68 Missouri 58
Florida 78 Alabama 69
Florida 67 Tennessee 58
Florida 69 Kentucky 59
Florida 71 Auburn 66
Florida 75 Ole Miss 71
Florida 57 Vanderbilt 54
Florida 79 LSU 61
Florida 72 South Carolina 46

Florida Stats:

PPG-71.1
FG%-45.9%
3 PT%-35.3% (6.7 PG)
FT%-67.3%
RPG-36.1 (+5.3 PG)
APG-13.3
TPG-11.3
SPG-7.1
BPG-2.9

Probable Starting Lineup:

Will Yeguete-F 6’8” Sr…………………….…..5.2 PPG
Casey Prather-F 6’6” Sr……………….……….14.5 PPG
Patric Young-C 6’9” Sr………………………..10.7 PPG
Michael Frazier-G 6’4” Soph………………….13.1 PPG
Scottie Wilbekin-G 6’2” Sr…………………….12.9 PPG

Other Key Players:

Kasey Hill-G 6’1” Fr……………………………5.5 PPG
Dorian Finney-Smith-F 6’8” Soph……………..9.3 PPG
Chris Walker-F 6’10” Fr…………………….….1.8 PPG

The Florida Gators are ranked #1 in the college basketball…and are undefeated in winning the SEC title. This is coach Donovan’s best Florida team since his NCAA champion teams several years ago. The Gators are highly experienced starting 4 seniors…they are athletic with good size on their front line….and the bench is excellent with 3 players that would start on most teams. Importantly, Coach Donovan has the Gators playing outstanding defense….often full court defense.

Michael Frazier has hit 94-213 perimeter shots for an outstanding 44.1% and Scottie Wilbekin has his a very good 36.9% from long range on 45-122. Wilbekin also leads the team in assists and steals. Patric Young and Dorian Finney Smith, a terrific sophomore off the bench, lead the team in rebounds. Leading scorer Casey Prather is hitting a sizzling 61.8% from the field.

Florida is always tough at home and is undefeated at home this season. The Gators will look to end their regular season on a high note by defeating UK for the 2nd time this season!

UK Stats:

PPG-76.7
FG%-45.2%
3 PT%-31.8% (5.0 PG)
FT%-68.7%
RPG-41.7 (+10.3 PG)
APG-11.5
TPG-12.3
SPG-4.7
BPG-6.3

UK heads to Florida after defeating Alabama in an ugly game….the Cats last home game in Rupp arena. This was a huge win as a loss would have meant a 3 game losing streak.

Coach Cal was much more calm on the bench and much more positive with the players….I believe this was a positive move by Cal.

Obviously, UK is in a horrible shooting slump over the past 3 games and it has been costly. The Cat shot a poor 34.2% in losing to Arkansas….a horrible 26.7% in losing to South Carolina…..and a poor 32.7% in defeating Alabama. Over the past 3 games the Harrison twins are a combined 16-60 for 26.6% while James Young is 9-35 for 25.7%.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that UK won’t go far in the SEC tourney or in the NCAA shooting that poorly. What is concerning is that there have been a huge number of misses close to the basket and many of the perimeter shots have been wide open…..yet this team can’t seem to get the ball in the basket.

UK is now faced with playing #! ranked Florida in Gainesville Saturday. It’s obvious that if the Cats have any chance at all against Florida, they will need to play their best game of the year….offensively and defensively…. and start making shots!

Unfortunately, this season has not gone as we had all hoped and it’s hard to believe that the regular season is coming to an end. Still, this young team has taken 2nd place in the SEC and will be in the NCAA. There is still hope that this team might find its mojo at this late time and surprise us….let’s hope so!

Definitely going out on a limb here…..way out on the limb….I’m picking UK to upset the Gators by 1 point! GO CATS!

Monday, March 03, 2014

Video: UK Coach Calipari, Polson, Hood "Senior Night" pre-Alabama Interviews

Videos courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV

AP Top 25/USA Today/ESPN 3/3/14

AP Top 25

1. Florida (46)
2. Wichita St. (14)
3. Arizona (5)
4. Duke
5. Virginia
6. Villanova
7. Syracuse
8. Kansas
9. Wisconsin
10. San Diego St.
11. Louisville
12. Michigan
13. Creighton
14. North Carolina
15. Cincinnati
16. Iowa St.
17. Saint Louis
18. SMU
19. Connecticut
20. Memphis
21. New Mexico
22. Michigan St.
23. Oklahoma
24. Iowa
25. Kentucky

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Texas 70, VCU 58, UCLA 45, Stephen F. Austin 38, Gonzaga 38, St. Joseph's 19, Kansas St. 19, Ohio St. 17, Green Bay 13, Harvard 7, Massachusetts 5, Arizona St. 5, Xavier 2, Colorado 2, Pittsburgh 2, Southern Miss 1, N.C. Central 1, Oklahoma St. 1

USA Today/ESPN

1. Florida (25)
2. Wichita St. (7)
3. Arizona
4. Duke
5, Virginia
6. Villanova
7. Syracuse
8. Kansas
9. Louisville
10. San Diego St.
11. Wisconsin
12. Michigan
13. Creighton
14. North Carolina
15. Cincinnati
16. Saint Louis
17. Iowa St.
18. SMU
19. Connecticut
20. Memphis
21. New Mexico
22. Michigan St.
23. Oklahoma
24. Kentucky
25. Iowa

Dropped Out: None

Others Receiving Votes: Texas 50, Kansas St. 40, Ohio St. 21, UCLA 20, VCU 19, Gonzaga 10, Stephen F. Austin 9, Pittsburgh 7, Southern Miss 6, Oklahoma St. 4, Massachusetts 4, St. Joseph's 3, Harvard 1

Kentucky vs Alabama....A Preview.."2014 Senior Night"

Kentucky vs Alabama….3/4/14 Tuesday 9PM (TV-ESPN)
UK leads the series 102-37

Alabama Crimson Tide

Head Coach: Anthony Grant
Career Record: 162-77 (67.8%) 7 Seasons
At Alabama: 86-52 (62.3%) 4 Seasons

2012-13 Record: 23-12
2012-13 SEC Record: 12-6
2012-13 Postseason: NIT 3-1

2013-14 Record: 12-17
2013-14 SEC Record: 6-10

Oklahoma 82 Alabama 73
Alabama 76 Texas Tech 64
Alabama 102 Stillman 65
Alabama 75 Georgia State 58
Duke 74 Alabama 64
Drexel 85 Alabama 83 (30T)
Alabama 76 North Florida 48
USF 66 Alabama 64
Alabama 59 Charleston Southern 45
Wichita State 72 Alabama 67
Xavier 77 Alabama 74
UCLA 75 Alabama 67
Alabama 64 Robert Morris 56
Alabama 68 Vanderbilt 63
Georgia 66 Alabama 58
Alabama 80 Mississippi State 61
Missouri 68 Alabama 47
Florida 68 Alabama 62
Alabama 82 LSU 80
Auburn 74 Alabama 55
Tennessee 76 Alabama 59
Arkansas 65 Alabama 58
Florida 78 Alabama 69
Alabama 67 Ole Miss 64
South Carolina 67 Alabama 66
Texas A&M 63 Alabama 48
Alabama 80 Missouri 73
Ole Miss 79 Alabama 67
Alabama 73 Auburn 57

Alabama Stats:

PPG-68.4
FG%-44.5%
3 PT%-33.7% (5.8 PG)
FT%-69.1%
RPG-32.8 (-2.1 PG)
APG-11.2
TPG-12.1
SPG-6.9
BPG-4.6

Probable Starting Lineup:

Trevor Releford-G 6’0” Sr……………18.9 PPG
Rodney Cooper-G 6’6” Jr……………..7.8 PPG
Retin Obasoha-G 6’1” Soph…………..9.7 PPG
Shannon Hale-F 6’8” Fr……………….8.5 PPG
Jimmie Taylor-F 6’10” Fr……………..2.6PPG

Other Key Players:

Levi Randolph-G 6’5” Jr………………9.6 PPG
Carl Engstrom-C 7’1” Jr……………….1.7 PPG

Alabama lost sophomore Trevor Lacy, who was the 2nd leading scorer and assist leader, when he transferred last April. However, 3 starters return including leading scorer Trevor Releford who leads the team in assists with 87…steals with 63….and has been outstanding from the perimeter hitting 67-168 for 39.9%. Rodney Cooper, despite being only 6’6”, leads the Crimson Tide in rebounds.

Coach Grant challenged the Tide with a very difficult non conference schedule which included Duke, Wichita State, Xavier, UCLA and Oklahoma. Although, Alabama lost all these games….they were very competitive with a 10 point loss to Duke being their worst defeat…..however, they played Wichita State to only a 5 point loss. The Tide has lost to Florida twice….once by 6 points and once by 9 points.

Unfortunately, Alabama has not won a single road game all season….going 0-10 away from home. You can bet that the Tide smell blood in the water with UK’s recent losses at Rupp arena….and the loss at last place South Carolina. The Tide will be pumped to get their 1st road win of the season at Rupp arena!

UK Stats:

PPG-77.4
FG%-45.5%
3 PT%-32.2% (5.0 PG)
FT%-68.5%
RPG-41.8 (+10.2 PG)
APG-11.6
TPG-12.3
SPG-4.8
BPG-6.3

The BBN is in a state of shock as UK lost to a 10-18 South Carolina team….a team that was 3-12 in the SEC and had lost 12 of their last 15 games. Coach Cal has said many times that this season is a process working toward UK playing their best basketball in March. Unfortunately, this team has showed very little improvement from their 1st game….and against Arkansas and South Carolina….the wheels came off and UK played their worst basketball of the season.

UK can forget getting a good seed in the NCAA….in fact, if UK losses to Alabama, Florida and the 1st game in the SEC….and the way the Cats are playing that is very possible….then, depending on the play of other teams, even getting to the NCAA could be in serious trouble! Losing your last 5 games could mean another NIT.

The Alabama game is beyond huge….UK must win this game!!!!!!!!!! Can the Cats regroup….find their mojo….and play a good game and defeat Alabama? That is the 64 dollar question! I’ll pick the Cats to win by 5 points! GO CATS!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Random Thoughts on the UK Program

The first 3 years under Cal the UK program was on the mountain top with a NCAA championship. Since then we are in the valley with a 2 year record of 42-20 including 4 losses at Rupp arena.

Coach Cal brought in a group of so called great freshmen who had talent, but were still over rated as to their skills. For example we were told what great shooters the Harrison twins were, especially Aaron: In their last season in high school Aaron shot a so so 33% from long range while Andrew shot 29%. I have no idea how these two were talked about as great shooters. Andrew was supposedly the best PG in his class, but the season is nearly over and Andrew has greatly under achieved as UK’s PG. The Harrison’s are great kids and certainly have talent, but their lack of quickness has been evident this season as they struggle against much quicker guards.

I truly believe Cal was very upset and embarrassed by last season’s horrible record and has made serious mistakes with this team this season. He placed far too much emphasis on the DD as UK’s offense and hasn’t developed an actual offensive flow for this team. As Jimmy Dyke pointed out….you can’t win against good teams by just driving to the rim hoping to get fouled….teams have figured out how to stop that and officials aren’t going to call a foul as often as Cal wants. The result is UK is a team without a real offense, but Cal continues to use this ineffective offensive strategy. It’s like “Groundhog Day” Cal expecting a different result when the results are the same.

This is the worst passing team in UK history and a lot has to do with not developing an effective offense trying to get open shots in the paint and in the perimeter.

Cal has over coached this team and his constant yelling and screaming at the players during the game are beyond disappointing to see in any coach. Players are tuning Cal out….no one likes to be treated like that. In practice is where yelling at players is OK, but acting like a madman on the sidelines has hurt the team. Young players especially need positive reinforcement…a pat on the butt….and told when they are playing well. When players are not performing….take them out of the game…and tell them in a respectful manner what they are doing wrong. If they continue to repeat mistakes…keep them on the bench.

I honestly don’t know what has happened to Cal….he has been tremendous for the program and his first 3 years were incredible. However, Cal needs to make changes in his recruiting and strategy….yes, we want the best players, but he needs to bring in some proven shooters and he needs to be much stronger in advising players to stay another year when their not ready for the NBA. He needs to scrap the DD as his only offense. Cal also needs to get control of himself on the sidelines and quit running after officials and coach the team.

Cal got a pass last season after 3 great years and the NCAA championship, but now he has a dismal record of 2 years when UK was ranked in the top 5 to start the season and finished unranked….which we will be when the next poll comes out. The BBN is getting restless and this season has been another huge disappointment. If some of the key players return along with some solid recruits coming in….then hopefully Cal can turn things around next season. However, if UK ends next season unranked Cal will be on the hot seat at UK.

Also, the way this season has gone south….along with Cal’s sideline embarrassing demeaner….the question arises….will there be transfers off this team and will their be a negative empact on future recruiting? Hopefully, none of this will happen, but UK and Cal have gone from being the hottest thing in college basketball to a program and coach who seem to have lost their way and mojo…and are embarrassing themselves.

Let’s hope that in the remaining games this season….this team can turn things around and have success!