Posted November 10, 2014, 4:02 pm
For the second straight exhibition game the Cats absolutely demolished their opponent. After a sluggish start, the second platoon came in and gave the Cats a spark, and then the first platoon came back in and went on a 16-0 run to put the game away early. From there it was simply a highlight reel for the Cats. Aaron Harrison was the player of the game with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Dakari Johnson had a double-double and actually looked pretty good at the free-throw line. There were lots of memorable moments including back to back threes by Trey Lyles. The play of the game came at the buzzer when Derek Willis finished off the game with a reverse slam that brought the house down. Check out the highlights below.
Posted November 3, 2014, 3:37 pm
We all knew this game would be a blowout, but I was surprised and impressed at how overwhelming Kentucky actually was. They played at such a feverish pace it made me winded just watching them.
The Platoon that started the game consisted of Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl Anthony Towns. The theme of the game was get the ball out and sprint down the floor as fast as possible. The Cats played smothering defense around the rim and if a shot was blocked or if a shot was missed they quickly corraled the ball, turned and fired it to an outlet man flying down the court. It was dunk after dunk after dunk with some awesome auto lobs mixed in. If it so happened that somebody missed a shot we gobbled up the miss and put it right back in. The Cats had such high percentage shots they were actually shooting 80% for the majority of the first half.
Here's a breakdown of the starters' stats:
Andrew Harrison: 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 9 assists in 19 minutes
Aaron Harrison: 9 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists in 19 minutes
Alex Poythress: 12 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes
Willie Cauley-Stein: 10 points and 6 rebounds in 19 minutes
Karl Anthony Towns: 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 18 minutes
Willie Cauley-Stein said after the game, "We're trying to kill people this year."
The Second Platoon consisted of Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Marcus Lee, Dakari Johnson, and Trey Lyles. Cal started them in the second half to mix things up a little bit, and they did not disappoint. Devin Booker really impressed me with his speed down the floor as well as his ability to stop on a dime and drain a three. Here's a breakdown of Platoon 2's stats:
Tyler Ulis: 6 points and 4 assists in 18 minutes
Devin Booker: 16 points and 3 assists in 16 minutes
Marcus Lee 8 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block in 19 minutes
Dakari Johnson: 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 16 minutes
Trey Lyles: 11 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block in 20 minutes
Even the subs played well with E.J. Floreal getting 2 points and an assist and Derek Willis grabbing 2 rebounds, 2 blocks and throwing down a mean lean from the baseline to electrify the crowd. Dominique Hawkins went 0-3 from the field but managed a rebound and two assists, including the one to Willis that brought the house down.
The Cats absolutely crushed UPike in every aspect of the game. It will be interesting to see how UPike fares against Tennessee this week for comparison's sake. I watched a bit of the Loserville vs Barry game and I was unimpressed with Lousy. They won the game easily but actually got outrebounded by Barry. I had never even heard of "Barry" in my life so for Loserville to get beat on the boards by them makes me think our matchup in the YUM Center is going to be a lot of fun next month.
The Cats will square off against Georgetown Sunday at Rupp Arena at 7:00 ET in their final exhibition game.
Posted November 1, 2014, 2:54 pm
Here's a great video of the John Calipari Era at UK, where we came from, where we are, and where we are going.
Posted October 17, 2014, 4:04 pm
At 7:00 PM at Rupp Arena Big Blue Madness will begin to usher in the march to #9. Due to new SEC Network contracts Big Blue Madness will not be televised live, but they will be airing a one hour recap after it's over. If the Bahamas were any indication, this year's team could be virtually unbeatable. However, they will be playing a ridiculous schedule that includes 5 of the top 10 teams in the nation.
Here's a look at the Pre-Season Top 10.
Posted October 3, 2014, 3:41 pm
Your 2014 - 2015 Kentucky Wildcats had their first official practice today. They've been playing structured pickup games lately but this is the first official practice if you don't count the Bahamas trip. This will be the first time all the Cats practice together since Willie and Trey are no longer injured.
Word also came out today that ESPNU will be broadcasting UK's NBA Combine next Friday. They will be sending Jay Bilas and Seth Greenburg to call the action along with Tony Delk.
Posted August 17, 2014, 3:48 pm
After being up by 13 late in the game, the Cats seemed to run out of gas against the Dominican Republic Team today. The Dominican Republic went on a 17-3 run to close the game, hitting the go-ahead shot with just over two seconds remaining to win by a final score of 62-63. The Cats will leave the Bahamas with a 5-1 exhibition record and invaluable experience. Fatigue was undoubtably a factor in this one, with the Cats playing their sixth game in eight days. If you throw in the facts that Coach Cal wasn't coaching them, Willie and Trey weren't playing, and the DR Team is ranked 26th in the world (and it was their second crack at us), I'd say this loss wasn't so bad. We've all got a lot to be excited about this season. This could be one of the best UK teams ever and one of the most fun seasons ever.
Posted August 16, 2014, 2:49 pm
It wasn't as easy as the first four games, but the Cats got their second win over Chalons-Reim and move to 5-0 in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour. After trailing by one at the half, Kentucky was in control most of the second half but couldn't pull away. Up by only three with under a minute to play, Tyler Ulis dee'd up and caused a turnover leading to a break away layup to seal the deal for the Cats. Coach Cal stood and applauded as the Cats won 77-72.
Posted August 15, 2014, 5:19 pm
The Big Blue Bahamas Beatdown continued today as the Wildcats defeated the Dominican Republic National Team coached by former UK assistant coach Orlando Antiqua. The Cats led by twenty before the Dominican Republic whittled the lead down to single digits, but in the end the Cats prevailed by 12 with a score of 83 to 71.
Alex Poythress led the way with another beastly game, putting up 20 points including two three pointers. Dakari Johnson had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. He man handled former Cat Eloy Vargas and absolutely owned the glass. It was another jam fest as the cats continually threw down lobs and putback slams all over the Dominican team.
Here are some highlights from the game:
Kentucky 83 Dominican Republic 71