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Reflections Through 2 Games

Through two games, Kentucky has shown a trend to come out wild and lacking discipline in the first half, and then emerges after half time as an NBA team.

Vs. Kansas:

1st Half- 28 points, poor shots, 12 turnovers

2nd Half- 47 points, better passing and ball rotation, 7 turnovers (still a little high)
 
1st Half Teague- O assists, 5 turnovers and out of control

2nd Half Teague, 4 assists, 1 turnover, much better control
 
Kansas is down this year but no slouch. They have young...

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Kentucky Beats Kansas

It wasn't always a thing of beauty, but Kentucky beat a decent Kansas team 75-65 tonight in Madison Square Garden in New York.  While the Cats slugged though the first half, good defense and a few timely threes by Doron Lamb allowed the Wildcats to break open a tie game at the half and build as much as a 17 point lead on several occasions in the second half.  The game was not as close as the score would indicate.

On a side note, congratulations to Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski who passed...

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Season Opener-the Marist Red Foxes

Tonight is the official tip-off of the 2011-2012 season, and what is not to be excited about?  This edition of the Wildcats should be strong contenders to not only win the SEC, but make a push toward the Final Four in New Orleans.  Kentucky is in a small group of truly elite teams this season that includes North Carolina (who will visit Rupp Arena on December 3), Ohio State, and UCONN.

First up, however, is the Marist Red Foxes, who will invade Rupp for tonight's opener.  I confess to not...

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The Rivalry

WHAS tv's Adam Lefkoe has put together a great video on the Kentucky-Louisville basketball rivalry.  The first installment goes throught the history of the rivalry and it's developments over the past two decades.  This is great stuff and a nice primer as we count down to the opening tip of the 2011-2012 season tomorrow night.  Go Cats!

The Rivalry: Episode One

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Kentucky Blasts Morehouse

It's hard to comprehend tonights' beat down of Morehouse College.  Of course it was expected to be lopsided, but who would have ever expected the Cats to take a 74-13 lead-at intermission!  I've seen some dominating performances by UK over the years (see UK vs Tennessee in the SEC tournament in 1993) but I don't think I have ever seen a team on the college level lead by 63-6 in the first half. 

Another amazing statistic is that the UK starters were a perfect 24-24 from the field during the...

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Calipari Sends Shot Across the Bow to Other Coaches

Kentucky coach John Calipari released a statement today on his  #website that  sends a clear message to other, unnamed college coaches about dirty recruiting tactics.  While I certainly have no inside knowledge of what coaches or programs the message is intended for, I think its a great message to recruits, their families, and even the other coaches.

Basically, Calipari is saying that other coaches will tell a recruit anything he wants to hear in order to get his signature, while at...

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Stacey Poole to consider transfer

According to an article in today's Herald Leader, Stacey Poole is considering a transfer-or, actually, Stacey Poole's dad is considering a transfer for Stacey Poole.  Jerry Tipton quotes the elder Poole as being the "driving force" behind the discussion about whether to transfer after watching Stacey play in the Blue-White game.  Apparently, Poole's father is concerned because "he's just all focused."  Yeah-that's right, Stacey Poole's dad is concerned because his son appeared "focused'...

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Blue beats White 126-104

The Blue-White scrimmage is in the books and one word comes to mind-WOW!  This team is good-really good, with the chance to be great.

It's early and certainly one doesn't want to read too much into a intra-squad scrimmage, but here's a few random thoughts on the action tonight.

1.  This team is deep, fast, and relentless.  While previous teams under coach Cal have been deep down to seven players, this team has a long bench.  That bodes well for tournament play and, given their desire to...

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Should UK push to have U of L invited to the SEC?

There’s been a lot of talk, and a lot of movement, among schools in the big conferences over the past few months. Currently everyone (except me) is waiting with baited breath to see if Missouri decides to bolt from the Big 12 to the greener pastures that are our beloved Southeastern Conference.

That the SEC needs to pick up another team seems pretty obvious since the addition of Texas A & M as the 13th team. Currently the Western Division sits with seven teams while the East has six which...

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Cuz Shane on the Cats’ Rotation

My thoughts on what I see as the UK rotation this year...

Starters

PG-Marquis Teague--growing pains, sub-average outside shot, but he will be electric in the John Wall mode. Great crossover and on-the-ball defender.

SG-Darius Miller--His shot will be better and you have to start the senior. Will he step up?

SF-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist--Gilchrist is a defensive player in the mold of DeAndre Liggins. Athletic, physical, fast and long. He may not call everyone a MF and threaten to eat...

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The new guy on the block

Hello to everyone at the Big Blue Lowdown.  Let me start with saying that I am excited to be a member of this community and look forward to sharing my thoughts, concerns, joys, and (worthless?) opinion on UK basketball this season.

I got this gig by answering a classified ad posted by Joey, and hope to bring a unique perspective to the site.  I grew up in southern Indiana, right across from Louisville, and was the lone UK fan in my family surrounded by those filthy Card's fans.  My brother...

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Excitement Grows as UK Begins Practice

This season could be epic for the Kentucky Wildcats. And listening to Coach John Calipari talk about this year's team, you can sense that even he has to strain to temper his enthusiasm.

That’s right. Calipari, the same coach who in only two years at Kentucky has seen nine players drafted by NBA teams, seven of them in the first round. Calipari, whose two-year record at UK is 64-12 with two SEC tournament championships, one regular season SEC title, a 7-2 NCAA tournament record and a Final...

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Pregame Time: 3 Keys to Beating UConn

There are a million ways to look at this game and a number of possible options Kentucky can pursue to defeat Connecticut. We'll simplify it. Kentucky must keep up their confidence and chemistry, make shots and play good defense. That's it. They have as much as or more talent than anyone left in the Final Four, and they have the best odds according to the handicappers in Vegas. But above all else, we see three critical areas UK must focus on to come out victorious and get a chance to hang...

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McDonald’s All-American Game Recap: Wow!

Just finished watching the entire McDonald's All-American game.

As most here know, All Star Games are pretty much a joke. No defense, little passing and guards tend to dominate due to "controlling the ball."

With that said, UK has some serious beasts coming into the program. I've been watching HS All Star games for a long time. I don't remember a single one where one program was getting so many "answers."

Anthony Davis

I don't know if I've ever seen a longer, taller, faster and more...

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The Kentucky Wildcats Are Back

It’s difficult to find the words to describe this team, this season, these past few weeks and this current moment in Kentucky basketball history. But we’ll give it a try anyway, and there’s one word that seems best suited.

RARELY

Rarely will you ever see a team lose five first round NBA draft picks and improve the following season. And make no mistake, this is a better team than last year. It actually has more offensive weapons, shoots better and plays better halfcourt defense. And of...

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1. This loss means nothing. UK lost a game on the road in bizarre circumstances vs a very good team. If anything,... fb.me/4rtUJiRSK
Time to put Texas A&M to bed and get tuned up for a high seed in the big dance.
Epic collapse by UK tonight. Still something not right with this team.
Tough loss over the weekend, but the Cats showed heart...they'll be back. fb.me/7EWsEFppx

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