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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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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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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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Aftermath: Kentucky’s Historic Victory Over OSU

No reason not to say it at this point. This Kentucky team can win the national title.

It may not. For all we know, UK could go down Sunday to North Carolina and few would be surprised. But even if this edition of Kentucky basketball doesn't make the Final Four, it will go down in UK lore as a team to remember. And quite possibly, the cast of characters in this drama will go down as legends.

Brandon Knight's game-winning basket with five seconds to go lifted Kentucky over top seeded Ohio...

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Kentucky Wildcats: 2011 SEC Tournament Champions

It borders on unbelievable.

Kentucky won the SEC Tournament Championship Sunday, capping off a 25-8 regular season campaign with a solid 70-54 thumping of what has been until now the SEC’s best team, the Florida Gators. The win was the culmination of a three-day run in which Kentucky unquestionably played its best basketball of the year, getting a total team effort on both sides of the ball in wins over three teams (Mississippi, Alabama, Florida) that beat the Wildcats in SEC regular season...

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Cats Top Alabama Behind Balanced Attack

This Kentucky team is quietly becoming a juggernaut. Regardless of what happens tomorrow in the SEC Tournament finals, UK could be a tough out for anyone in the NCAAs.

The margin for error is thin, but as we've heard so many times all year, Kentucky is probably the nation's best team 1 through 6. And the chemistry is actually getting better.

Through two games in the SEC tourney, the Cats have now beaten two teams that took them out in the regular season. In both games, UK got mostly...

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UK Gets Road Redemption in Win Over Tennessee

Sunday’s victory over Tennessee was a gutty, inspirational win for the Cats. They showed a lot of heart coming back in the 2nd half after the abomination they put on display in the first.

I have to also eat some Serious Crow!

I was talking smack about Brandon Knight in the first half through text messages to other UK fans. In fact, he had played his worst half of hoops the entire season. Turning the ball over, forcing shots, no floor administration, etc. But in the 2nd half he was a man...

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Cats Get Revenge on Hated Gators


The strange saga that is the Kentucky 2010-2011 basketball season held sway once again at Rupp Arena Saturday.

It’s hard to say why, but these Cats just play on a completely different level at home. And no one more so than Darius Miller.

The native Kentuckian set a career high for the second consecutive Saturday, scoring 24 and showing all around hustle and a confidence that has been elusive for much of his career. As a team, Kentucky played an efficient and unselfish all-around game,...

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Cats Survive Tousle With Mississippi State

The BBL will provide complete details soon, but it's safe to say that Kentucky was a little underwhelming in a six point home win over struggling Mississippi State Tuesday night.

UK was led by Brandon Knight's 24 points and 7 assists, but it was really the defensive pressure down the stretch that keyed UK's win.

Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones also had solid offensive games for the Cats, but DeAndre Liggins sort of receded back into a former version of himself, despite his always solid...

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UK Homer’s Thoughts on Vandy-UK

UK is one player short. They have been all season, but it's never more obvious than now. Fatigue is just killing them. Fouling players on three point shots is a sure sign.

This mid February stretch is probably going to wear UK out. We'll have to be hopeful they can regain their legs for a March run. Its highly doubtful however to expect much as UK's frosh really struggle on the road. Especially shooting the ball from the perimeter. In addition their seed positioning falls by the week.

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Wildcats Stumble on the Road

With approximately 15:30 to play in the game, Alabama took a 52-32 lead on Kentucky and it looked pretty safe to assume that the Cats were toast.

But a fierce rally spurred by gritty halfcourt defense, fullcourt pressure and timely three-point shooting put Kentucky in position to win the game three times inside the final minute. Alas, the comeback fell short, and Alabama pulled out a 68-66 win, dropping UK to 5-4 this season away from home.

The BBL offers our thoughts on the loss:

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Kentucky Crushes Newly Crowned BCS National Champion Auburn

Monday was Auburn’s night. The world watched as the Tigers captured another BCS national championship for the SEC.

On Tuesday, Kentucky reminded fans that Auburn is just a football school in a conference where basketball supremacy runs through the Bluegrass.

UK avoided its first losing streak on John Calipari’s watch and pounded Auburn from start to finish, winning 78-54 at home and evening its conference record at 1-1.

Terrence Jones made history for the Wildcats, scoring 35 points, an...

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Cats Fall to Dogs, UGA 77 Kentucky 70

Kentucky started off SEC with a loss to the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday, falling 77-70 in Athens, Ga., to a Bulldog team that played like it was the national championship.

The Cats got a good performance from Terrence Jones, numbers wise, but Jones was inconsistent throughout much of the game.

Brandon Knight wasnt much of a factor either. He was outplayed by UGA guard Gerald Robinson, who was a step quicker for much the game.

Georgia played a physical ballgame and pushed the younger...

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No Ivy in the Bluegrass, Kentucky Rocks Penn

UK 86-62 Penn

This was the classic 'trap game': the crappy, easy-to-forget-about team at 8pm on a Monday night, sandwiched between Louisville (the emotional high point of the year) and the first game of conference play (the next step for a successful season). Penn, despite their .500 record, is a veteran squad used to winning on their level--granted, a decidedly lower level than UK plays on, but they're not used to losing even to teams that are better than them. So does UK have the...

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Kentucky Pounds Archrival Louisville 78-63

Louisville took the early lead but once Knight tied the score at 12 on a jumper, it was all UK after that. Louisville had long stretches without offense and just couldn't any traction in the first half, as UK continued to stretch their lead up to 35-24 at the half.

In the early part of the second half, Josh Harrellson made his presence felt with an assist and two jumpers. Louisville was able to get into a bit of an offensive rhythm, but they couldn't keep UK from scoring. UK hit their free...

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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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