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Breakdown After 2 Games


We will see how the platoon system holds up. The team has had two easy wins but the offense was not very fluid at times with all the rotations. There is a ton of talent but no one stands out that needs the ball like Randle did last year.

Perhaps, that will be a good thing in a lot of ways but I think someone is going to have to establish themselves as the alpha male post player as the season gets on.

With that said, the interchangeable talent that Cal can run out into the...

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Florida Crushes Kentucky’s Spirit

UK can beat Florida. But it won't be until after they graduate their 3 studs this year.

We can complain about the phantom Technical but UK wilted the last 5 minutes. They were scared and Florida wasn't. This team just doesn't have it. 3pt shooting is inconsistent, FT shooting is atrocious, and the team plays like prima donnas, instead of a team. This collection of prima donnas simply does not play hard.

I say now, that UK loses at Ole Miss, wins the next 4, and then loses by 20 at...

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Kentucky Tops Auburn in Ugly Bout

The Cats continue to roll in the SEC despite two consecutive sloppy performances (the previous being last Saturday's game against Mississippi State). This time Kentucky outlasted Auburn despite some cold shooting from the floor.

UK shot only 31% from the field, but it was enough to best a lowly Auburn squad that is now 11-11 overall and 3-8 in the SEC. 

Kentucky now moves to 9-2 in conference heading into this upcoming Saturday's showdown with nationally ranked No. 3 Florida, which is...

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UK Gets Resume Win Over Lousiville

They needed that. 

Really that is all you can say after Kentucky got a hard fought win over hated in-state rival Louisville. 

Saturday's big win was also evidence that Kentucky can win an important game without Julius Randle playing his best. 

When the Harrison twins and James Young play well, there is no limit to what this team can do. UK has the horses inside, able to throw big athletic bodies at opponents in waves. But the attitude, hustle and consistency of the backcourt is what has...

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Cats Fall to Baylor Bears for Second Straight Year

The Baylor game was awful. It was clear that UK had more talent against a very physically talented team. But this team is lost and cannot play as a team right now. My observations.

1) UK becomes a lost plodder against a zone. Outside shooting is ok, but overall the team because clueless and lacks ball movement. Every team from here on out is going to zone UK. If they do not adapt, they will lose 10 games IMO and be an early out in the Tourney.

2) I think the team bought into the 40-0 hype...

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Comments on UK’s Loss to Sparty

My comments after sleeping on the loss.

1) Ft shooting on the year 65%; 3pt shooting is at 30%. Has to get better or this team is beatable in a one and out game. With the new foul rules, this team will go to the line 30+ times every game. They cannot keep giving away free points.

2) This team obviously bought the hype. All the stories/narratives about 40-0. It was reported that the Harrison Twins were commenting before the game that Jay Campbell said they were the greatest assembly of...

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Kentucky Fun Fact for the Week

UK enters this week (the AP Week 15 poll) ranked 25 with a 17-6 record.

The 2010-11 team was 17-7 and ranked 22nd overall in the AP's Week 15 poll. And we know how that year ended.

In other words, Kentucky is back in a pretty good spot and the game vs. Florida couldn't be bigger, given the way the first half of this season went.

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Young Kentucky Squad Claws Way to Win Over Maryland

The headline on ESPN says Kentucky escaped Maryland tonight, but it looked more like the Wildcats fought and clawed to find a way to win a game many thought they could lose-and it appeared they might be on their way after 15 point second half lead evaporated.  I saw Nerlens Noel diving on the floor for loose balls, Kyle Wiltjer hitting  big three pointer to stop a 15-0 Maryland run, and I saw Nicholasville, KY native Jarrod Polson – yes, JARROD DAMN POLSON – a 6’ 2” guard who had scored seven...

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Kentucky beats Transy 74-28 in final exhibition game

LEXINGTON – After a sluggish first half, the Kentucky offense got rolling with a 20-4 run to open the second half to pull away from Transylvania for a 74-28 win in their final exhibition tune up on Monday night.  Five Wildcats scored in double figures led by Nerlens Noel with 15, Julius Mays with 14, Ryan Harrow and Willie Cauley-Stein with 12 each, and Archie Goodwin with 10.

Kentucky shot just 43 percent in the first half on their way to a 27-18 lead, but after an animated John Calipari...

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Kentucky Mauls Bears to Advance to Final Four

The Kentucky Wildcats advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the second straight year and the 15th time in school history with an 82-70 win over the Baylor Bears on Sunday.  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, named the South Regional's Most Valuable Player, led UK with 19 points while Anthony Davis scored 18 points, claimed 11 rebounds, and blocked 6 shots. 

After falling behind 10-5 at the 16:20 mark of the first half, the Cats went on a 16-0 run over the next five minutes that essentially sealed the...

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Wildcats Cruise Into the Sweet Sixteen-Indiana Up Next

The Kentucky Wildcats surged into the NCAA Sweet Sixteen with a pair of dominating victories at the KFC  YUM! Center in Louisville this past weekend.  Wildcat faithful filled downtown and had the Birds Nest hopping in Kentucky’s 81-66 win over Western Kentucky and 87-71 win over Iowa State.

Kentucky will now get a rematch with the Indiana Hoosiers on Friday night in the Georgia Dome for the opportunity to advance to the South Region finals.

It can be safely said that there was no...

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Random Thoughts Following UK’s Loss to Vanderbilt

Random thoughts about Kentucky’s loss to Vanderbilt on Sunday in the SEC Champinship game…

1.  While disappointed that the Cats didn’t close the deal and keep momentum going by beating Vandy, the loss isn’t the end of the world.  As we all know, the 1996 Wildcats had a very similar path in the regular season-early season loss, undefeated SEC season, and then a loss to Mississippi State in the SEC finals.  That team steamrolled to the NCAA tournament.

2.  With that said, the loss is also a...

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Wildcats Defeat Gators 74-71 to Make SEC Final

It wasn't always pretty, but the Kentucky Wildcats took haymaker after haymaker on Saturday afternoon but survived a major test by Florida to advance to the championship game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in New Orleans.  Five different Wildcats scored in double figures for Kentucky with Doron Lamb leading the way with 16 points.  Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis, and Marquis Teague had 15 points each and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 10.

Davis also had 12 rebounds for a...

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Kentucky Escapes LSU, Moves to SEC Semifinals vs. Florida

It wasn’t pretty, but the Kentucky Wildcats survived a tough game against LSU by a score of 61-50 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament this afternoon.  UK fans overwhelmed the New Orleans Arena but had to breathe a collective sigh of relief after the Wildcats survived one of their worst performances of the year to move in to Saturday’s semifinal matchup with Flordida and improve to 31-1 overall.

Friday afternoon’s opener wasn’t without drama, however, as the Wildcats appeared to sleep...

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Kentucky Rolls Florida to Finish Perfect Conference Slate

It’s an unusual thing to go undefeated in conference play, and yet the Kentucky Wildcats accomplished that milestone again on Sunday with a 74-59 win at Florida.  Not only did UK complete the SEC season at 16-0, they also moved to 30-1 overall, the first time in school history that the Wildcats have recorded 30 regular season victories.

The win was a total team effort, but it wasn’t as easy as the margin of victory might suggest.  Florida’s last lead came with about 14 minutes left in the...

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Kentucky freshman Charles Matthews is transferring, the school announced. Former ESPN 100 prospect. - via @ESPN App…
1. This loss means nothing. UK lost a game on the road in bizarre circumstances vs a very good team. If anything,...
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.

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