By Hayden Hooper on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 10:30pm
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#10 Christopher Wilson
Yea , Were all embarrassed! Ignore the attacks! Now you've got those kids attention ! March is all that Matters not November! Keep doing your thing Brother, were ok ! ? #BBN #KENTUCKY https://t.co/DmDWfOUmYI
— Christopher Wilson (@ChrisTHEBLUEONE) November 14, 2019
Support from the BBN is what this team needs right now!
The loss to Wisconsin in 2015 hurts still.. a lot worse than our loss last night .. #BBN
— Ky_Sweetheart17 (@Ky_17Sweetheart) November 13, 2019
Will never forget where I was.
We just gotta relax and see where this wild ride takes us. We’ll be fine. #BBN
— B££ZY (@Burke_Franklin_) November 13, 2019
A long way till March!
#7 Not Jerry Tipton
Make it happen.
— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) November 14, 2019
Wouldn’t mind it at all.
#6 Jared French
— Jared French (@JaredFrench21) November 14, 2019
Even though it’s old, still cool to see the King in Kentucky Blue!
#5 Jer-Lo The Barber
— Jer-Lo The Barber? (@jlmaas) November 13, 2019
Such a huge get!
— Mephisto (@TCask722) November 13, 2019
Yep, big time!
#3 Michael Rains
I went to my mom’s house tonight and while going through a closet, I found this 1996 @waltermccarty @KentuckyMBB jersey. The timing is very odd after what happened last night. I have not seen that jersey in probably 20 years! @gbbcountry @vaughtsviews @haydenhooper01 #bbn #ksr pic.twitter.com/7mkBnrd3Zh
— Michael Rains (@RuppArenaMike) November 14, 2019
Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat!
#2 Nick Martin
— Nick Martin (@Stickopolis) November 13, 2019
Such a nice guy!
#1 Shanna Lashley
Got to see one of my all time faves again last night after several years!! From waiting as a kid in the Bowling Green JC Penny’s for his signature to last night!! @tldelk00 @UKAthletics #bbn #onceawildcatalwaysawildcat @ukemma05 pic.twitter.com/uiE4tWGT7K
— Shanna Lashley (@BBNFAN1982) November 13, 2019
Love seeing the former Cats at the games! The culture of Kentucky Basketball is something else!
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By Zack Geoghegan on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 9:45pm
The first two games of the season saw Kentucky sophomore Rhyne Howard struggle to find her rhythm. On Wednesday night against Stetson, she made sure to shake off any early rust.
Behind 24 points from Howard, the No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats (3-0) controlled the Stetson Hatters (1-1) from the opening tip to secure a 67-48 victory in Memorial Coliseum.
Game numero tres. ?
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) November 14, 2019
The Wildcats were aided by a dominating performance on the glass from junior forwards KeKe McKinney and Tatyana Wyatt, who posted a combined 19 points and 10 rebounds. McKinney recorded her career first double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four assists. Wyatt finished with nine points and 10 rebounds while Howard also contributed five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block to her stat line.
Unlike the first two games, Kentucky came out scoring with confidence. Howard poured in 12 of UK’s first 13 points in the first quarter. Head coach Matthew Mitchell ran several plays in a row all designed to free up Howard and they worked to perfection almost every time.
Howard started the game 5-7 from the field, making both of her attempts from deep. Her hot shooting start gave Kentucky a 13-8 lead after the first 10 minutes.
For Stetson, they had trouble breaking down the Wildcat defense. Led by McKinney, who had two blocks and was active all night long, Kentucky was able to hold the Hatters to just 36.5 percent shooting from the field and a 4-17 mark from three. Stetson shot just 4-16 in the first quarter
McKinney’s energy carried over into the second quarter as she quickly snagged an offensive rebound for an easy putback layup. Her frontcourt teammate, Wyatt, immediately followed with her own offensive rebound and putback lay-in.
The pace of the game began to speed up in Kentucky’s favor and the full-court press was able to settle in and pressure the Stetson ball handlers. In the first half, UK forced eight turnovers and another 16 in the second half.
At the intermission, the Wildcats were up 32-20.
In the third period, the ‘Cats pounced early, especially on defense. At one point, Kentucky forced Stetson into five turnovers over a four-minute span. Nine third-quarter turnovers from Stetson allowed Kentucky to thrive in transition. The Wildcats finished the game with 29 points off turnovers.
Heading into the final frame, UK held a 49-30 lead that they maintained throughout the final 10 minutes. Despite Stetson jumping out to a quick 9-4 run to open the period, the ‘Cats battled back.
The Hatters were taking the ball to the basket on every possession, drawing four early foul calls and putting pressure on Kentucky’s frontcourt. But a nice find from McKinney to Howard for a layup was followed with a Sabrina Haines and-one that pushed Kentucky to a 16-point lead at the final TV timeout.
Two free throws late in the game from McKinney completed her double-double performance and sealed the win for the ‘Cats.
Kentucky was able to hold Stetson’s premier scorer, Day’Neshia Banks, to just two points on 1-8 shooting, mostly due to McKinney’s impressive effort on defense.
Haines added eight points and six rebounds, although she missed out on six points as she shot just 2-8 from the free-throw line.
Sophomore Blair Green and senior Jaida Roper both had off shooting nights, combining for just a 3-15 mark from the field. Roper did add eight assists and four steals, as well.
Stetson actually shot slightly better from the field than Kentucky, but they attempted 22 fewer shots than the Wildcats thanks to 19 offensive rebounds that resulted in 22 second-chance points.
Neither team had a good night from the perimeter with Kentucky shooting 4-20 from deep and Stetson going 4-17.
Kentucky’s next game will have them traveling to Charlottesville, VA this Saturday to take on the Virginia Cavaliers at 5 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on ACCN Extra.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
You guys have seen the stats, read the quotes, and watched the player and coach reactions from Kentucky’s upset loss to Evansville on Tuesday evening.
But now, there’s a video breakdown of the embarrassing loss and how it all unfolded.
Rob Dauster of NBC Sports uploaded an 8-minute breakdown of Kentucky’s costly mistakes, where they struggled, who the main culprits were, and how the Wildcats move on from here.
The top moments of frustration? Nate Sestina’s defensive breakdowns, lazy and errant passes, poor shot selection, and the team’s inability to make use of the size advantage down low, among others.
He also addressed the cold, nasty weather that may have affected how mentally prepared a bunch of 17 and 18-year-olds were for a game against Evansville on a Tuesday night.
Take a look at the breakdown below:
Still frustrated? Yeah, me too.
Luckily for the Wildcats, though, the majority of the mistakes Kentucky made don’t seem to be long-term issues and are certainly fixable.
We’ll see how they respond on Monday against Utah Valley.
By KSR on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 8:30pm
Kentucky failed to deliver a knockout punch against the Tennessee Volunteers. Now reeling, Adam Luckett and Nick Roush talk about what went wrong and how the Cats need to bounce back in Nashville this weekend against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Highlights:
— Kentucky uses offense to play defense.
— Brand new sound effects!
— One big pass away from ending it.
— Vandy’s offense is historically bad. They have defensive weaknesses too.
— Improving Conference Championship Weekend with Friday night Toilet Bowls.
— Kentucky bowl scenarios.
By Maggie Davis on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
This time last week, Kentucky was flying high after beating the No. 1 team in the country inside Madison Square Garden. Fast forward to today, and the Cats are still reeling from their shocking loss to Evansville, a 25-point underdog, inside Rupp Arena. What a difference a week makes, right?
For graduate transfer Nate Sestina, those seven days didn’t have a huge impact on his box-score stats. Against the Spartans, he recorded seven points and six rebounds in 31 minutes. Tuesday night against Evansville, Sestina finished with nine points on 2-4 shooting, while adding five rebounds, two turnovers and a block in 29 minutes of action.
But what you can’t see in those numbers are his defense, his missed rebounds and a few costly errors made down the stretch. Someone who just glances at the box score – someone trying to figure out how No. 1 Kentucky lost to Evansville, for example – may not focus on Sestina. Ashton Hagans or even John Calipari make for easier targets. But what happened with Sestina’s individual game Tuesday night wasn’t lost on him, and it’s not something he’s going to forget any time soon.
“It’s a hard pill to swallow,” Sestina said following the loss. “For me personally, it’s deflating because I got absolutely out-played today. It’s frustrating because you focus, you prepare, you watch film and you do all of the little things to prepare for a game like this, and I’ve been in that position before. To get out-hustled when I’ve been there is so frustrating for me, and I’m not too happy about it.”
As someone who played for Bucknell – a team in the Patriot League conference, compared to Evansville’s Missouri Valley conference – Sestina understands what was going on in the Aces’ heads before and during their matchup against a team like Kentucky. He’s been there before.
“It’s everybody’s championship game when they play here, when they play us,” Sestina said. “I’ve been in that position. When you’re playing a ranked team, they have a huge target on their back, and [Kentucky has] a huge target on our back every game. They came in with that kind of confidence; they were excited to play us… They had guys who wanted to win and were willing to play for 40 minutes.”
That idea – playing for the full 40 minutes – is something Sestina says he struggled with against Evansville.
“I gave up a bunch of points at the end of the game and couldn’t really guard anybody. I’ve got to take a lot of the blame for that. At the end of the game, [I was] not able to guard guys that are smaller than me,” Sestina said. “It’s a mental thing for me. I’ve got to be mentally tough late in the game, even when I’m tired, and I just wasn’t.”
“I just need to play tougher. I got out-hustled and out-manned today. That’s on me, and I’m fully willing to accept that. For them to get offensive rebounds like that is really deflating. I couldn’t guard anybody today.”
Sure, Sestina was extremely hard on himself after the game – that’s the spirit you want out of your team’s veteran following a frustrating loss. On the other hand, it can’t linger. The Cats have an off-day Wednesday (although Sestina says several of his teammates will be in the gym getting “re-focused”), and the real work begins again Thursday. They’ll have to sit up straight, look John Calipari directly in the eye and bring a laser focus on and off the court, according to Sestina.
He says it’s his job to keep his teammates “upbeat and positive after a loss like that.” He also knows he won’t be alone.
“It’s Nov. 12, right? So we’ve got five or six more months of college basketball,” Sestina reasoned. “We’ll be fine. It’s one game, but it’s a frustrating loss. I know there are 13 guys in the locker room ready to get back after it.”
By Zack Geoghegan on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
On the first day of the early signing period for high school hoopers in which they can sign their National Letters of Intent, head coach Matthew Mitchell and the Kentucky women’s basketball team added three premier players to next year’s roster.
Powered by five-star wing player Treasure Hunt, who ESPN has ranked as the 28th best player in the class of 2020, Kentucky currently boasts a top-10 recruiting class according to ESPN’s rankings. ProspectsNation.com has the ‘Cats listed with the 12th best recruiting class in the country.
Joining Hunt are four-star forward Nyah Leveretter and three-star point guard Erin Toller, who hails from Louisville.
Here’s a little bit more information about the three ladies.
Starting with Hunt, who is the prize recruit from this class. A 6-foot-2 wing player out of Chatanooga, TN, Hunt is good friends with sophomore star Rhyne Howard and the two played high school hoops in the same area. Hunt is ranked as the fifth-best wing player in her class and chose Kentucky over powerhouse schools such as Baylor, South Carolina, and Mississippi State.
Hunt has been gaining plenty of national attention recently, being ranked as high as a top-10 player in the country by All Star Girls Report and the 15th best player according to ProspectsNation.com
The hunt is over, @treasurehunt34 is a Wildcat. ?
? Chattanooga, Tenn.
?? Five-star, top-10 player
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) November 13, 2019
Here is what coach Mitchell had to say about Hunt, according to UK Athletics:
“We are overjoyed that Treasure has decided to make Kentucky her home the next four years and know she is going to have a special career here as a Kentucky Wildcat,” Mitchell said. “When you watch her play you can tell she is someone with a high ceiling and next-level talent, but it’s her passion for basketball that excites us as a staff. On her visit, I really enjoyed how she fit in with our players and staff from the very beginning. Her coach and mother, Keisha, has raised an exceptional person and player and we cannot wait to get her on campus and just continue that growth both on and off the court.”
Hunt is described as a player with a “college-ready” frame who can score from all over the floor with a high activity level on defense.
— Overtime (@overtime) July 7, 2019
The headlines for Treasure Hunt will literally write themselves.
Onto Nyah Leveretter, a 6-foot-3 four-star forward from South Carolina who ranks as the 89th best player in the nation according to ESPN. ProspectsNation.com has her ranked as the 128th best player in her class and the 32nd ranked forward.
Leveretter is a long and athletic face-up forward with a knack for scoring in the paint and the ability to stretch the floor out to the perimeter. ESPN’s Dan Olson also described her as a versatile defender. She was named to the South Carolina All-State team in 2019, averaging a near double-double of 11.9 points and 9.8 rebounds while swatting away 1.9 shots per game.
There’s a new Nyah in town, @nyahlev02. ?????
? Blythewood, S.C.
?? Top-20 forward, All-State player
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) November 13, 2019
Here is what coach Mitchell had to say about Leveretter, according to UK Athletics:
“When you think about how our teams have traditionally liked to play over the years, starting with being aggressive on the defensive end and using elite athleticism to get up and down the floor and score, that’s exactly how I would describe Nyah’s game,” Mitchell said. “She has all the intangibles you can’t teach like great size, an athletic build and an extremely high motor, which has us very excited about how she is going to fit in here at Kentucky. I have loved getting to know her and her family and think she is going to fully embody what it means to be a Kentucky Wildcat. We are very excited she has decided to call Kentucky home.”
The third and final player to sign her NLI with the ‘Cats on Wednesday was three-star point guard Erin Toller out of Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville.
Described as a craft floor-general, Toller stands at 5-foot-7 and chose Kentucky over schools such as Tennessee, Western Kentucky, and Xavier. She’s missed significant time throughout her high school career due to knee injuries but is now healthy and ready to go for her senior season.
Bluegrass born & raised, @TollerErin is a Wildcat. ?
? Louisville, Ky.
? https://t.co/Q0kHpIBGL4: “Crafty floor leader”
— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) November 13, 2019
Here is what coach Mitchell had to say about Toller, according to UK Athletics:
“There is always something special about a Kentucky grown player deciding to play for the University of Kentucky and we are thrilled that Erin is a Kentucky Wildcat,” Mitchell said. “She is a very talented basketball player that can score inside with an attacking mindset or knock down an outside shot with confidence. What I love about Erin is the fact she relishes being a leader on the court. We know that is going to be very beneficial to our team. Erin is a quality young woman who we are glad to have wearing Blue and White.”
Coach Mitchell and the ‘Cat continue to put in work on the recruiting trail and it’s been paying off big time the last few seasons.
By Nick Roush on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
After Kentucky’s 13-point performance against Tennessee, most fans would describe their thoughts on UK’s offense as ‘frustrated.’ At Tuesday’s practice, that was not the sentiment UK’s offensive coaches and players shared.
“We’re not getting off the game plan here,” said Logan Stenberg. “We’re going to stick to what we know and just execute it better.”
Despite the postgame frustrations after he was tackled short of the goal line, Lynn Bowden does not see a change in attitude from his peers.
“I think for the most part we’re good. I don’t think no one’s pointing fingers. I think we’re all just ready to get back out there and prove ourselves.”
As they have before every game, Kentucky will install new schemes and formations to run their offense through with Lynn Bowden taking the snaps. As they prepare for more Bowden Ball, Eddie Gran said they do discuss when it’s the right time to put in Sawyer Smith.
“The great thing about it is we’ve got two quarterbacks available. It could be situational, you know? But we talk about it absolutely every Sunday, what that time is and when it’s right,” Gran said.
Until that time happens, Kentucky is just building on the offense they installed in their first bye week.
“We try to make it simple for them because I’m not very smart. I gotta understand it first,” Gran joked. “I think how we’ve got it set up and how we’ve built on those two bye weeks, we’ve really gotten ahead. We’re adding every week and our kids have done a great job.”
The lack of passing may dismay some of Kentucky’s wide outs. Darin Hinshaw praised their efforts and even threw Sawyer a compliment, one so nice, some might be inclined to believe he’ll play sooner, rather than later.
“I’m proud of the receivers. These guys have been busting their tails to help us win football games and put us in a position to win,” said Hinshaw. “I’m really proud of Sawyer. Sawyer’s been working his butt off, he had a great practice today; really proud of him and the way he’s been progressing through all of this.”
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 5:30pm
On Tuesday evening, former Kentucky forward Walter McCarty led his Evansville Purple Aces into Rupp Arena and took down his alma mater by a final score of 67-64.
And despite the 25-point spread and Kentucky taking over as the top-ranked team in all of college basketball, it was an outcome that really didn’t come as a surprise for the second-year head coach.
“I think it was competitive game, we just match up really well,” McCarty said during his post-victory press conference. “Our guys … we are connecting on the basketball court. We make plays for each other. … Our guys played excellent tonight. I thought we were really connected. All I’ve preached to them is if we are the hardest playing team, the most physical, the most connected, we can win a lot of ball games. Our guys stuck to the game plan and we executed, and we really trusted each other.”
McCarty actually showed a clip of Will Smith’s “The Pursuit of Happyness” to his team before the game to let them know that an upset of this magnitude was possible.
“It felt like us against the world,” the Evansville head coach said. “If we just stick together, anything is possible. Before the game, we showed the clip of “The Pursuit of Happyness” when Will Smith said, “Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t succeed.” We played that for our guys. No one expected us to come here and play the way we did.”
He also compared it to a moment he experienced at Kentucky prior to the team’s victory in the 1996 National Championship.
“One thing I always remember about my time at UK, talked to Jim O’Brien, Coach P (Rick Pitino) and we were getting on the bus to head over to Meadowlands [Arena prior to the 1996 title game], I’m getting on the bus and I look right at Jim O’Brien and Coach P and said “today is a great day to be a Wildcat,”‘ McCarty said. “Today at practice I told my guys, “today is a great day to be a Purple Ace, let’s go do it.”’
After getting the job done and earning national respect for pulling off one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history, McCarty said this victory was up there with any single moment of his playing career at Kentucky.
Yes, even the 1996 National Championship he won under Pitino.
“This is at the top,” McCarty said. “To be able to come back home and play against the No. 1 team in the country and to be able to perform the way we did. I don’t know if anything else matches this other than winning a national championship. It’s awesome to be able to come here and play on this type of stage. I got a good group of guys, I really do. They love each other and they’re very connected and to bring this group in and be able to do that is just awesome.”
After the game, McCarty participated in an on-court interview with the SEC Network before walking off the Rupp Arena floor with tears running down his cheeks.
Walter McCarty in tears as he walks into the Evansville locker room after beating No. 1 Kentucky pic.twitter.com/wgEcmQWOLj
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) November 13, 2019
Those tears quickly turned into cheers after entering the Evansville locker room, where he was greeted by his team with a Gatorade shower.
— Evansville Basketball (@UEAthletics_MBB) November 13, 2019
“This was for coach, coming back to where he won a championship,” senior guard K.J. Riley said after the game. “We did this for him. He took it very seriously. We knew he wanted to win, and we did everything in our power to win.”
“We have a team full of competitors,” junior guard Sam Cunliffe added. “Practice is very competitive. It doesn’t matter what we are doing. We want to win. I think that we have a bunch of guys who just believe and a bunch of guys who don’t care about the jersey or the arena. We have the same court. We put our pants on one leg at a time [just like Kentucky does]. We are going to come out here and play in the midst. Obviously, we have a great team, great environment. We are just happy that we were able to come together and pull it out.”
By Drew Franklin on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
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While you’re at it, feel free to get really lazy and order side items and other accoutrements from KSBar’s catering menu, which is also good for game days and any other events that require you to bring food. You’d really impress the in-laws if you rolled up to Thanksgiving with a smoked turkey, a couple quarts of sides and that crack we call cornbread.
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By Zack Geoghegan on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 4:30pm
Coming off an impressive road win against Middle Tennessee State University in which the Wildcats poured in a program-high of 31 points in the third quarter, Kentucky will look to keep it’s unbeaten streak alive on what will be a cold Wednesday night in Lexington.
The No. 13 Kentucky women’s basketball team (2-0) will host the Stetson Hatters (1-0) tonight at 7 p.m. in Memorial Colisuem with the game being broadcasted on the SEC Network+.
So who is Stetson? What exactly is a “Hatter?” Let’s figure it out together in a quick preview of the team from the Atlantic Sun Conference.
For starters, Stetson is a private university located in central Florida with several campuses spread throughout the area. They are home to over 4,000 students and are comprised of 18 NCAA Divison I sports teams, including women’s basketball. The University has produced a couple of recognizable MLB pitchers, Jacob DeGrom (Mets) and Corey Kluber (Indians).
I’m still not quite sure what exactly a “hatter” is – although the most basic definition I could find is someone who makes hats… Which makes sense, I suppose. Stetson received the nickname courtesy of John B. Stetson, who – as you might have guessed – was a hat maker back in the late 1800s and eventually was named in honor of the University after he basically funneled a bunch of money into saving the institution from financial distress. The mascot is known for wearing an abnormally large green hat. This information is all via Stetson’s history tab on its website.
Now that we’ve gone over our history lesson for the day, let’s talk some hoops.
Stetson comes to Lexington with a 1-0 record after taking down Palm Beach Atlantic by a score of 77-46 in its season-opener. They are led by head coach Lynn Bria, who is now in her 12th season at the helm for Stetson and holds a record of 210-145 during her time there.
The Hatters are coming off a 16-16 season in 2018-19 that saw them reach a postseason tournament for the ninth consecutive season. Powered by last year’s ASUN Newcomer of the Year, Day’Neshia Banks (a transfer from Ole Miss), who posted averages of 14.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore, she enters the new year as the Hatters best player and on the ASUN Preseason All-Conference list.
Stetson also returns junior Megan Vincent, who currently leads the team in several important categories, such as overall points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, and games started. Vincent is a 6-foot-4 center who averaged 8.4 points per game last year and led the team in overall rebounds with 193 on the year. She was also a nominee for ASUN Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Stetson is practically a brand new team this year, bringing in 10 new players – six freshmen and four transfers. They do return three of last season’s five regular starters, however, they lost two of its three top scorers.
After they visit Kentucky, they’ll head to Knoxville a few games later to take on Tennessee on Nov. 19.
Stetson’s matchup against the Wildcats will be the first of four games in six days for the Hatters.
Kentucky used a second-half surge to defeat MTSU after a miserable performance through the first 20 minutes to improve to a 2-0 record. Sophomore star Rhyne Howard has yet to find her groove on offense but has been making up for it in other areas of the floor. Howard’s teammates have helped pick up the lost production, as well, with six other Wildcats averaging over five points per game in the first two outings.
It’ll be another quality, early-season test for Kentucky, who head to Charlottesville, VA on Saturday to take on the Virginia Cavaliers.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 3:30pm
Last night’s loss to Evansville is the most embarrassing of the John Calipari Era, but it’s not the only time the Cats have looked like crap early on in the season. In an attempt to cheer myself up, I opened up the archives to look back at all of the November and December losses and scares from the past decade. While most teams avoided upsets like last night’s, a few of them did not, and even Calipari’s best squads looked vulnerable at times.
Nov. 16, 2009: No. 4 Kentucky 72, Miami (Ohio) 70
Kentucky needed a last-second shot by John Wall to avoid being upset in only their second game of the season. Miami led by as many as 18 points in the first half and stayed in it thanks to 15 threes and a zone that stymied Kentucky’s guards for most of the game. John Wall wasn’t perfect in his Kentucky debut (he had to sit out the first game for accepting improper benefits from his AAU coach), but he came through in the clutch.
Nov. 24, 2010: UConn 84, No. 8 Kentucky 67
No. 8 Kentucky lost to an unranked UConn team in the championship of the Maui Invitational and it wasn’t even close. The Cats had no answer for Kemba Walker, who scored 29 points, and outside of Terrence Jones (24 points) and Darius Miller (15 points), Kentucky’s starters were a combined 6-26 from the floor.
“That was a shellacking,” John Calipari said. “We were outplayed, out-coached, out-everythinged.”
No wonder he doesn’t want to go back to Maui.
Nov. 20, 2011: No. 2 Kentucky 62, Old Dominion 52
Kentucky’s loss to Indiana in Assembly Hall is the obvious game people will point to from the national championship season, but don’t forget the Cats needed a 12-1 run to beat Old Dominion in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Uncasville, Connecticut a month earlier. Darius Miller played hero, coming off the bench to score 13 points and dish five assists.
“We got out of here alive somehow, and the reason we got out of alive is because Darius played,” Calipari said. “If he didn’t play, we’d probably get beat by 10 or 12.”
Dec. 1, 2012: Baylor 64, No. 8 Kentucky 55
The 2012-13 team had already lost two games at this point, but the 64-55 loss to Baylor in Rupp snapped Kentucky’s 55-game home winning streak. The Cats shot 30% from the field, 10% worse than in the 64-50 loss at Notre Dame the game prior. This will sound familiar, but the Bears just wanted it more.
“I would say it’s us not going out there and trying to beat them as bad as they want to beat us,” Archie Goodwin said.
Nov. 25, 2013: No. 3 Kentucky 68, Cleveland State 61
Cleveland State led No. 3 Kentucky by 10 with 7:41 remaining before Andrew Harrison’s three-point play gave the Cats the lead with 2:08 left. From there Aaron Harrison hit a three with 1:22 remaining to push Kentucky’s lead to a comfortable margin.
Nov. 16, 2014: No. 1 Kentucky 71, Buffalo 52
The 2014-15 team was dominant, but even they had their moments early on. In the second game of the season, Kentucky trailed Buffalo 38-33 at half before taking over in the second half and cruising to a 71-52 win. The Cats went on to clobber No. 5 Kansas 72-40 in the Champions Classic only a few days later. That was a fun day.
Nov. 30, 2015: No. 1 Kentucky 75 Illinois State 63
Illinois State was tied with Kentucky at halftime 31-31 before the Cats came back to life in the second half, holding the Redbirds to 29% shooting. Tyler Ulis sat out the game with a right elbow injury and played through the pain in Kentucky’s next game, an 87-77 loss at UCLA.
The Cats lost to UCLA 97-92 in Rupp Arena on Dec. 3, but the Bruins were ranked No. 11. The closest an unranked non-conference opponent got to the De’Aaron Fox/Malik Monk team was 23 points (Stephen F. Austin, Hofstra).
Nov. 10, 2017: No. 5 Kentucky 73, Utah Valley 63
Kentucky trailed Utah Valley by nine at halftime, missing 15 consecutive shots at one point. The second half was much better. The Cats shot 59% and outscored Mark Pope’s Wolverines 48-29 to get the ten-point win. A few days later, they struggled vs. a good Vermont team, only winning by four, 73-69.
Dec. 8, 2018: Seton Hall 84, No. 9 Kentucky 83 OT
Last year’s overtime loss to Seton Hall in the Citi Hoops Classic is still fresh on our minds, but that wasn’t the only time Kentucky struggled early on last season. After losing to Duke in the opener, Kentucky trailed Southern Illinois 44-37 in the second half before Immanuel Quickley and Quade Green sparked a run to take the lead. A few games later, Bubba Parham almost beat Kentucky single-handedly with 35 points, including 10 threes, but the Cats held on for the 92-82 win.
Should things go well this season, last night’s game will be at the top of every list like this. Fingers crossed.
By Nick Roush on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 3:00pm
The only consistent presence on Kentucky’s offense is the Wildcat offensive line. A physical, experienced group, they’ve made far fewer mistakes than most on UK’s offense, leading the way for an aggressive rushing attack.
Saturday night against Tennessee, the offensive line paved a path for the Wildcats to move the ball down the field. They simply stalled out one too many times.
“We had two nine-play drives and a 12-play drive and we didn’t finish. I said that Saturday night,” said Eddie Gran. “We didn’t finish. We had opportunities and didn’t get it done.”
This week Lynn Bowden did not have to do it alone. Chris Rodriguez ripped off 6.8 yards per carry and Kavosiey Smoke gained 7.3 yards per attempt. The backs made third downs more manageable before Bowden did something magical.
“He makes us look real good,” said senior offensive guard Logan Stenberg. “We’ll miss a block and he’ll scramble for 40 yards and it looks designed. It makes it really easy. I think as an offensive line, we’re a damn good unit up front, so we can go in between the tackles when we need to and Lynn back there makes us look good.”
Bowden made them look good until the very end of the game. Needing one yard in two plays, Rodriguez was stuffed on third down. On the following play the UK quarterback was tackled two yards shy of the goal line. Speaking on behalf of the rest of his teammates, Stenberg shouldered the blame for the loss.
“I don’t think it’s a short-yardage problem. As you saw on fourth and one, we ran wedge and blew them off the ball for three yards. It’s definitely not a short yardage problem, it’s getting our hat where we need to be and executing better. We put that loss on the offensive line. It doesn’t matter what’s called, we need to be able to get one yard. It doesn’t matter if we’re running straight verts. We need to be able get a yard. That’s on us.”
By Drew Franklin on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
These are difficult times in Big Blue Nation, my friends. Can you remember a worse two-game skid in football and basketball? This could be it: the worst of the worst.
Saturday’s football loss to Tennessee was absolutely gut-wrenching in how it all played out with Kentucky blowing a lead and then failing to get one singular yard on two tries to win the game in the final minutes. The loss even had questionable coaching decisions, missed kicks, missed touchdown opportunities and a backup quarterback (Jarrett Guarantano, of all people) looking like a Heisman candidate to really pile onto the misery.
Then last night’s basketball game was an all-timer in embarrassment. Evansville? Evansville? You’re ranked No. 1 and you lose to a team from Indiana that calls themselves the Purple Aces and only won 11 games a year ago and finished dead last in the Missouri Valley? Evansville????? WHO LOSES TO EVANSVILLE AT HOME???? WHO LOSES TO EVANSVILLE ANYWHERE?????
Yet that is where we are in life as Kentucky fans. The Greatest Tradition in College Basketball can’t beat Evansville in Rupp Arena and Mark Stoops’ Wildcats dropped another rivalry game that should’ve been a win.
This sucks, but let’s try the glass-half-full approach and point out some positives going on (even if we have to pretend).
Kentucky can still go 7-5 in football and go to a great bowl game.
As bad as Saturday’s game was, the Cats are still in position to finish the regular season with seven wins. This is a season in which the team’s leader and starting quarterback, Terry Wilson, suffered a season-ending injury in the second game of the year. The head was literally cut off of the offense before the first league game of the season, and Kentucky can still hit the seven-win mark with a wide receiver playing quarterback.
Remember, this was always going to be a ‘down year’ for UK after losing a record number of players to the NFL from last year’s team. I don’t know about you, but I predicted a 7-5 season before it all began, so I’m satisfied with where they are through all of the adversity of losing two quarterbacks, having a brand new secondary, and not having one capable kicker on the team. Win these next three (and they’ll be the favorite in all three) and it’s all good with me. Heck, Kentucky had won seven games only five times in over three decades before Mark Stoops got them back to seven in 2016. We should be thrilled with a 7-5 year, given the circumstances, should it play out that way these last three weeks.
Last night’s loss should light a fire under Coach Cal’s team.
If John Calipari is good at his job, and if his current players are true competitors, the loss to Evansville will only make them better in the long run. The Cats quickly learned that the No. 1 team in America still has to show up with some fight, and that they’re not as good as the love they received after beating Michigan State, the previous No. 1 team.
UK should learn to never overlook an opponent, no matter the opponent, and that they have a long way to go to be consistently good. They don’t play again until Monday. Practice will be hell between now and then, and it’ll be good for them. All of them.
Turn this embarrassment into a positive and learn something from it.
In the big picture, the loss to Evansville isn’t that big of a deal.
It sucks today and Kentucky will be mocked for many months to come, but it will be a complete afterthought come NCAA tournament time. Last year’s Duke debacle taught us that. Just hang in there, BBN.
Recruiting is still up, so there’s that.
On the basketball side, Kentucky signed its first player of the 2020 class this morning, and he’s a good one. Terrence Clarke inked his Letter of Intent to confirm his spot on next year’s team. Clarke reclassified to get a head start on his college career, and 247Sports ranked him fourth overall among high seniors when he made the jump. He is the top-ranked combo guard and an elite scorer. 247 even called him a potential No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
Over on the football side where things can get a little dicey, Mark Stoops was glowing when talking about keeping his current class together before Signing Day. On Monday he said, “I was so encouraged by the recruiting aspect of it. There were guys texting me afterwards, ‘til late in the evening, picking me up and I was like, ‘I can’t tell you how much that means to me, I needed a little pick up right now.’ And guys were really encouraged and this is a special group. It’s a tight group. I think their unity within the commits is affecting guys that are on the fringe. I think we have a chance to put a special class together.”
The star of the group, five-star defensive tackle Justin Rogers, was at the game and reassured fans by posting a pic of himself with a UK football helmet just yesterday. Then I’m told an uncommitted visitor at the game, potential Auburn QB transfer Joey Gatewood, really enjoyed his time in Lexington.
All good news for the future.
Vanderbilt really sucks.
Please win Saturday. Please. I don’t know if we can go on if Kentucky drops Saturday’s football game in Nashville. Gotta win it. We need it. We all need it. Please destroy Vanderbilt. Please.
I hope this helped a little. If it didn’t, at least Floribama Shore starts back up tomorrow night with a two-hour episode.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Good afternoon, folks. Rajon Rondo is back and so is the Suns-Lakers feud. Let’s talk NBA.
Suns-Lakers rivalry, renewed
- It isn’t quite the drama-packed showdown that it was during the 2000s, but the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of renewing a once exhilarating series between the two teams over a decade later. It’s not quite the Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire combo, but Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio are doing their best to reinvigorate life into this newfound Suns team and boy is it fun to watch.
- The Lakers, led by a BBNBA-high of 24 points to go along with 12 rebounds and four assists from Anthony Davis, were able to outlast the Suns late in the fourth quarter thanks to some sharpshooting from forward Kyle Kuzma. A Booker layup with under four minutes left gave Phoenix a brief lead at 113-111, but Kuzma and LeBron James drilled three straight threes to give L.A. a lead it would not relinquish. The Lakers won 123-115.
- Booker finished the game with 21 points and nine assists on 9-18 shooting as he’s still on pace to finish the season with shooting splits of 50/40/90 (he currently sits at 54.1/51/93.3).
- For the Lakers, Rajon Rondo finally made his season debut after battling calf soreness early in the year. He’s currently on a 15-minute restriction and ended the game with five points, six rebounds, and seven assists in 14 minutes. Through the first four minutes of his first game action in months, Rondo quickly recorded three rebounds and four assists.
Rajon Rondo gets his first bucket of the season pic.twitter.com/KGqrRvsgHY
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 13, 2019
- I don’t want to get ahead of myself here (who am I kidding, of course I do!), but if we can get a first-round playoff series between these two teams I’ll buy the first plane ticket to L.A. and drain my savings even if I only get to watch the Suns lose in embarrassing fashion. Tuesday night’s game was just too damn good for it not to happen again.
Jamal Murray overshadowed by Trae Young
- Sooooooo, how long until we start having the “Trae Young is going to be better than Steph Curry” discussion? (remember, I like to get ahead of myself). Before we get into Jamal Murray, I want to talk about Young, who posted his third straight 30-point, 10-assist game in a win over the Nuggets in Denver. Young went OFF for 42 points and 11 assists while shooting 13-21 from the field and 8-13 from deep.
- Young is already a better passer than Curry has ever been (not an exaggeration) and is slowly working his way to being an elite-level shooter. Obviously, Young still has a longggg way to go before he touches Curry’s gravity and skill as a pure shooter (Curry is a career 43 percent three-point shooter on an insane volume and is still clearly the greatest shooter of all-time), but my goodness, Young is a damn baller. I normally don’t post highlights from players outside the BBNBA – especially not ones from Oklahoma – but you have to watch Young do his thing against the Nugs on Tuesday night.
- Okay, now back to Murray. The former Kentucky guard registered 18 points, three rebounds, and eight assists on 7-16 shooting in the 125-121 loss to Atlanta.
- Tyler Herro was sidelined for Miami’s 117-108 win over the Detroit Pistons with a minor ankle sprain. The news wasn’t announced until shortly before tip-off and he had been listed as questionable coming into Tuesday. Herro isn’t expected to miss significant time, though. The Heat was able to pull out the win thanks to 18 points, 14 rebounds, and two assists from Bam Adebayo. Despite a lengthy injury list for Miami, they dominated the Blake Griffin-less Pistons (who is resting on the second night of a back-to-back after returning from injury) throughout the night.
- The New York Knicks lost (again), this time to the Chicago Bulls who were fueled by seven three-pointers from rookie Coby White in the fourth quarter alone. Julius Randle added 17 points, six rebounds, and three assists for the Knicks while Kevin Knox posted 10 points, three rebounds, and four assists.
- We’ll end the night with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were blown out by the Indiana Pacers, 111-85. The former Wildcat trio all had off nights. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed 11 points and six rebounds but on 3-11 shooting. Hamidou Diallo received his first start of the season, adding just two points and three rebounds in 22 minutes while Nerlens Noel went for two points, two blocks, and three steals in 20 minutes.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Anthony Davis (LAL)||123-115 W @ PHX||24||9-17 (1-2)||12||4||2||1||1||+6||37|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||115-123 L vs. LAL||21||9-18 (0-2)||3||9||0||1||5||-5||39|
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|Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)||85-111 L @ IND||11||3-11 (1-3)||6||0||1||0||4||-19||28|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||102-120 L @ CHI||10||3-7 (2-4)||3||4||0||0||1||-19||32|
|Rajon Rondo (LAL)||123-115 W @ PHX||5||2-6 (1-3)||6||7||0||0||0||+4||14|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||99-107 L @ SAC||3||1-2 (0-0)||6||0||1||2||2||-4||18|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||85-111 L @ IND||2||1-4 (0-1)||3||1||1||0||1||-14||22|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||85-111 L @ IND||2||1-4 (0-0)||1||2||2||3||1||-16||20|
|Brandon Knight (CLE)||97-98 L @ PHI||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||121-125 L vs. ATL||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Wenyen Gabriel (SAC)||107-99 W vs. POR||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Tyler Herro (MIA)||117-108 W vs. DET||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||107-99 W vs. POR||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Grizzlies @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington)
7:00: 76ers @ Magic
7:30: Wizards (Wall-out) @ Celtics (Kanter)
7:30 (ESPN): Clippers (Patterson) @ Rockets
8:00: Spurs (Lyles) @ Timberwolves (Towns)
10:00 (ESPN): Warriors (Cauley-Stein) @ Lakers (Davis, Rondo)
UPDATE (1:53 p.m.): Davis has been ruled out for tonight’s back-to-back.
Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis (shoulder and rib soreness) will not play tonight against the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 13, 2019
10:00: Raptors @ Trail Blazers (Labissiere)
By Nick Roush on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
A week before the fall signing period, Cade Cunningham made a surprising announcement to commit to Oklahoma State. The second-ranked player in the 2020 recruiting class, his brother’s connection to the Cowboys made them an obvious option, but most recruiting analysts still believed Cunningham was prepared to play elsewhere.
One of those stunned recruiting analysts was Evan Daniels. The director of recruiting for 247 Sports joined Kentucky Roll Call this morning to share his perspective on the Cade Cunningham recruiting saga.
“I’ve been waiting to talk to somebody about this. I took, I don’t know if heat’s the word, but obviously I had a crystal ball (pick) for Kentucky for Cade Cunningham. As crazy as it sounds, when I made that crystal ball pick, I 100 percent believed that my information was correct and I 100 percent believed that Cade Cunningham intended to go to Kentucky at that time,” Daniels said.
“He planned at that time to cancel that Washington visit and go ahead and commit to Kentucky that week; I fully believe that. When he didn’t cancel that UW visit, that’s probably where I screwed up in terms of reading the tea leaves that things were going to shift. The longer that thing went, the better it was for Oklahoma State.”
There were a few reasons why Daniels was so convinced Kentucky would be Cunningham’s choice. Even though the Cats were not heavily involved early in the process, the Cunningham camp made it a point to other schools that Ok. State was not a shoe-in.
“It was one of the more interesting recruitments because Cade told the schools involved that he legitimately wasn’t just going to Oklahoma State and wasn’t just wasting their time. In the end he ends up at Oklahoma State. I believe him in his video when he said he was this close to committing to another school. I really do think he was headed to Kentucky that week after and he got talked into taking more visits, and it turns out, it flipped back over to Oklahoma State.”
What could have been…
In the ten-minute discussion on the first day of the signing period, Daniels also talked about UK’s chances with Isaiah Jackson. Right now Daniels firmly believes it’s a “50-50” toss-up between Kentucky and Alabama, although the Crimson Tide have been recruiting Jackson “more aggressively.” As far as Jonathan Kuminga, many Dukies believe they’ve taken control as the leader, but Daniels says Kuminga’s recruitment will remain wide open until the spring.
You can hear the entire interview with Evan beginning around the 49-minute mark. Well, most of it. Our producer botched the recording and cut out the Jackson quote, but we’re efforting to fix the problem. Direct all of your complaints to Trevor Kelsey on Twitter.
By Nick Roush on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 11:30am
Tuesday night stunk. As bad as it was for Kentucky fans, it was equally amazing for the Purple Aces.
Evansville is not exactly the type of school that has moments like this happen often. They celebrated accordingly, and honestly, I am happy for them. Of course I wish it wasn’t at UK’s expense, but their postgame celebration in the locker room with Walter McCarty had the feel of March Madness in November.
Evansville was ready to celebrate after upsetting No. 1 Kentucky ? pic.twitter.com/woB0vjmR4G
— ESPN (@espn) November 13, 2019
Back in Evansville, the students lost their mind, and rightfully so. They performed a hilarious NSWF rendition of Sweet Caroline and held an impromptu pep rally to greet the team once they arrived back in town.
— Harry Lyles Jr. (@harrylylesjr) November 13, 2019
— Alex Gould (@AlexGould714) November 13, 2019
On a cold Tuesday November night, the most electric place in America was Evansville, Indiana.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 11:00am
How will last night’s loss impact Kentucky’s seed in the NCAA Tournament? According to ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi, it’s not as much of a resume buster as you would think.
Lunardi said that although the loss to Evansville, a sub-150 team, at home will certainly knock the Cats off the top line in his next projections, Kentucky has enough opportunities remaining to make up for it.
A No. 1 seed for Big Blue remains very attainable, even the No. 1 overall seed. No one in the Commonwealth should tear up their Final Four tickets.
The most similar loss in recent times came a little less than two years ago when North Carolina fell in Chapel Hill to a rising Wofford program. Those Tar Heels dropped a line or two in the short run but managed to recover enough for a No. 2 seed on Selection Sunday. And that was a fairly pedestrian Carolina team, 26-11 overall and tied for third in the ACC.
This Kentucky team is better than that North Carolina team, and the Wildcats will probably begin proving it as soon as John Calipari regains their attention. Meanwhile, we can all assume there will be many more projected top seeds to lose between now and March.
Normally I don’t want to hear from Lunardi this early in the season, but that makes me feel a tiny bit better.
By Nick Roush on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 10:30am
On behalf of the entire Big Blue Nation, I’d like to extend a humble congratulatory message to Walter McCarty, the Evansville Purple Aces and most importantly, the Indiana Hoosiers.
Thanks to Evansville, the state of Indiana was finally able to get a win over the No. 1 team in America, the first since Christian Watford inspired popcorn box-makers across the Hoosier state in 2011. They celebrated the occasion accordingly at Assembly Hall. Unfortunately, Tom Crean was not there to cut down the nets.
— Indiana On BTN (@IndianaOnBTN) November 13, 2019
Kentucky lost, but the Hoosiers are still the biggest losers.
By Maggie Davis on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 10:00am
Kentucky’s loss to Evansville inside Rupp Arena was painful. Regardless, UK’s head coach and three highest-scoring players put on a brave face and met with the media.
John Calipari discussed the epic loss, specifically the team’s biggest mistakes, his team’s injuries and how he was out-coached by former Cat Walter McCarty.
Immanuel Quickley talked about the team’s mentality going forward, how he’ll discuss the loss with the younger players and what he could have done better.
Tyrese Maxey talked about what he thought went wrong and what the mood was in the locker room.
Nate Sestina was hard on himself following the loss, as he touched on his own defense and rebounding troubles down the stretch.
For more videos, check out our KSR YouTube Page.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 13th, 2019 @ 9:55am
Good morning, friends, and welcome to a very somber episode of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Alan Cutler is joining the crew for some much-needed group therapy following Kentucky’s stunning loss to Evansville. Gather round the radio and feel free to just let it all out.
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