Posted March 4, 2015, 2:40 am
It had all the ingredients for a big upset:
- Georgia desperately needed the win to get into the NCAA tourney
- The rowdy Blackout crowd was intimidating and Mark Fox continually riled them up
- Devon Booker's shots kept rimming out
- Trey Lyles only had 2 points
- Tyler Ulis went scoreless
- KAT got in early foul trouble and only had 2 points at the half
- WCS only had 4 points
- Everything Geogia threw up was going in, including random shots from ten feet beyond the arc
- Djurisic had the game of his life with his parents in attendance
- Georgia killed us in the paint
- The Bulldogs built a nine point lead late in the game
Most teams would have crumbled under the pressure. Most teams would have folded. Most teams would have played "not to lose". But this Kentucky team is not most teams. This team played to win. This team is worthy of going undefeated.
The Harrison Twins and KAT put the team on their backs and erased a 9 point deficit and then a 6 point deficit. KAT was unstoppable down low and the Twins took turns going on scoring streaks to slice up the Georgia defense. Once the Cats turned the tide it was Georgia who crumbled down the stretch, missing five consecutive free-throws in the closing minutes and allowing the Cats to win by 8 points, almost covering the spread. It was the last time Kentucky will face a hostile environment wearing away jerseys. The Cats will have the majority of the fans on their side and will wear the home jerseys from here on out.
UK will close out the regular season on Saturday at 2:00 at Rupp Arena against Florida. By this point the Cats see the finish line and Florida has ZERO chance of pulling the upset. 30 down, 10 to go. GBB!!
Here are some highlights from the big win.
Posted March 1, 2015, 10:17 am
With this win, the Cats clinched yet another SEC regular season title.
Once again, the Cats rose to the occasion in a big time game and dominated their opponent. From the opening tip you could tell Kentucky came to play. The game started with a Trey Lyles dunk and the next thing you know it's 10-2 Kentucky. The Cats led by 16 at the break and continued to pour it on in the second half, getting up by as much as 31 and eventually winning by 17 after taking their feet off the gas toward the end. Arkansas fought the entire game, played really hard, and threw a variety of different defenses at kentucky, but it was all to no avail. Lyles had his second 18 point outburst in a row and the Kentucky guards were just too much for Arkansas to handle. Andrew Harrison played yet another great game and so did Ulis and the other UK guards. They got to the basket, drew fouls, threw lobs, and rained threes all over the outmatched Hogs. Best of all, the Cats only had 9 turnovers even though they were faced with multiple defensive schemes throughout and played at a feverish pace. The Kentucky bigs also played well, scoring in the post and swatting anything close to the rim. Willie Cauley-Stein continued to add to his highlight reel with a sensational block. When it was all said and done the Hogs were humbled and the Cats and starting to look unbeatable. 29 down, 11 to go. GBB!!
Here are some highlights from the win.
Posted February 28, 2015, 3:13 pm
Streaks are meant to be broken, and one way or another a streak will be broken today. Kentucky is riding a 28 game winning streak. Arkansas has beaten the Cats three times in a row, and they are riding a 7 game winning streak of their own. So something has go give. Unfortunately for the Razorbacks, it will be their streaks that come to an abrupt hault. All season long the Cats have risen to the occasion for big time matchups and they have shined brightest when playing tough opponents. This game will be no different. People couldn't believe when Vegas set the opening spread at 17 points, but I actually think the Cats will cover. They will be focused and ready for payback to avenge last year's two overtime losses. Cats by 19. GBB!!
Posted February 26, 2015, 12:45 am
The Cats let Mississippi State hang around for 3/4 of the game before pulling away in the final ten minutes. Devin Booker and Aaron Harrison combined for 30 points, KAT got another double-double and Trey Lyles posted a career high 18 points, as the Cats cruised to a 74-56 victory. For a ho-hum game this one actually had lots of highlight reel plays with thunderous dunks from KAT and a ridiculous lob jam from Andrew to Aaron.
The win broke the previous UK single season win streak record of 27 straight wins set by the 1996 Cats. Now that that's out of the way, the next chance at history will be if they can stretch their win streak to 33 games and snap the record set by the 1953-54 and 1954-55 teams that stretched over two seasons. The biggest obstacle to acheiving that feat is the next opponent who stands in our parth, Arkansas. The Razorbacks are a very talented team with a great record this year, and they have a ton of confidence they can beat us. After all, they beat us twice last year including a double overtime thriller that ended with a "put back donk" as one radio caller described it.
The weather prevented the Cats from getting home tonight and will throw off their normal routine, which could be an advantage for Arkansas. That being said, I just don't see this team losing, especially at home in a revenge game. As Aaron Harrison said in his post-game remarks, "They beat us twice last year. Saturday is personal.” 28 down, 12 to go. GBB!!
Here are some highlights:
Posted February 21, 2015, 9:26 pm
Karl Anthony Towns led the way with his fifth double-double of the season, pouring in a very efficient 19 points (on 8 of 9 shots), and Aaron Harrison added 18 of his own to help blow out Auburn 110 - 75. Auburn hit 11 three pointers and still lost by 35 points. How crazy is that?
It was a special night in Rupp Arena as Tony "Big Daddy" Delk's jersey was retired and now proudly hangs between Adulph Rupp and Jamal Mashburn in the rafters.
This win moves the Cats to 27-0 which is the longest single season win streak of any Kentucky team ever. It's also the longest single season winning streak of any Coach Cal team ever. That's quite an accomplishment, and they're far from finished. With just four games remaining in the regular season the team can see the finish line ahead and it looks like they are now more focused than ever. 27 down, 13 to go. GBB!!
Tony Delk's Jersey Retirement Ceremony, Rupp Arena February 21, 2015
Posted February 20, 2015, 10:54 pm
Bruce Pearl is probably my favorite cheater. I don't know what it is about the guy, but for some reason I just like him. Auburn fans should be thrilled to have landed him and Vols fans will always have to wonder what might have been if only he hadn't thrown that BBQ and taken pictures. Unfortunately for Bruce, his team will be victim number 27 in the UK Beatdown Tour. The Tigers have pulled off two head scratching road victories at Georgia and at LSU, but I still give them a 0% chance to ruin Kentucky's perfect season. The Cats will roll in this one. My prediction: Kentucky 78, Auburn 51.
Posted February 18, 2015, 9:16 am
The Vols hung around longer than they should have, down only four points around the five minute mark, but then Kentucky pulled away and eventually won by 18 points, 66-48. Devon Booker shot only 2-9 from behind the arc but still led the team with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Andew Harrison and Tyler Ulis both played great. I think that's the first time all year they have both played really well in the same game. This win puts the Cats at 26-0, the best start in school history. When asked about the feat, Coach Cal said, “I’ll probably mention it tomorrow, what they’ve done. At a school like Kentucky to hold records like they’re holding, incredible stuff now.” 26 down, 14 to go. GBB!!
Here are some highlights from the win.
Posted February 14, 2015, 11:24 pm
From the opening tip-off this game was over. I knew it, you knew it, and Frank Martin knew it. With a school record tying 25-0 start on the line South Carolina didn't have a snowball's chance. Kentucky jumped all over the Gamecocks, destroyred their will, ripped their hearts out, and dunked all over them. Frank Martin rarely got out of his chair in the second half because "What was the point?" The Cats were firing on all cylinders on both ends of the floor and the beatdown was brutal. If I had to name an MVP of the game I would pick Dakari Johnson. Dakari had 10 points and 13 rebounds and played with an aggressiveness we haven't seen out of him for quite some time. Kentucky now sits at 25-0 and can own the best start in school history with a win on the road at Tennessee Tuesday night. 25 down, 15 to go. GBB!!
Here are some highlights from the beatdown.