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
Posted August 14, 2014, 10:40 am
Jay Bilas is the ONLY former Dukie that's actually likeable. In this video he speaks to the team about what to expect this season, what obstacles they will face, what it will take for success, and about their opportunity to make history. He didn't come out and say it but I think "undefeated" is implied.
Posted August 13, 2014, 5:04 pm
We are now half way through the Big Blue Bahamas Tour and the Cats have absolutely shellacked the competition. Last week Coach Cal said the team would be lucky to win 2 games out of 6 against such stiff competiton, but it's now looking like 6-0 is the likely outcome. Even with Trey Lyles and Willie Cauley-Stein sitting out with injuries, and even with Coach Cal letting assistant coaches Kenny Payne and John Robic coach the last two games, Kentucky has demolished their opponents.
It hasn't been just the usual suspects either. EVERYBODY has played well. The Twins look more athletic and more under control. They've clearly emerged as the leaders of the team. Alex Poythress looks like the absolute Sasquatch he showed flashes of last year. Dakari has lost twenty pounds and is a lot quicker. Marcus Lee picked up where he left off after the Michigan game last year. Even Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins have come in and not missed a beat. The staff has been substituting five in and five out in platoon style substitutions and rather than having a let down when the second five come in they have actually continued to pull away. Even the end of the bench has produced during scrap time of the blowouts. Tod Lanter and E.J. Floreal both scored when given the chance.
As for the newcomers, Tyler Ulis has been incredible. He is playing like a senior in his first games as a freshman. He's grabbing steals, nailing threes, and dishing out beautiful passes. Karl Towns has played so well he's now being talked about as a possible Number One pick in next year's NBA Draft. Devin Booker has showne a high basketball IQ and when his shots start falling it just adds another dimension to this ridiculously loaded team.
We all learned our lesson with the 40-0 talk last season, and I'm hesitant to fall for that again. However, this team is playing at such a high level IN AUGUST, and without two of their top players, so it's not that far fetched to say that it's possible this time around. If they continue to improve and gel as a team, and if Coach Cal can figure out the perfect rotations, there isn't a team out there that can beat them.
Here are some highlights from the past two games.
Kentucky 81 Chalom-Reims 58
Kentucky 93 Peurto Rico Reserves 57
Posted June 16, 2014, 3:39 pm
Yesterday Kentucky offered a scholarship to the number one Center in the 2016 class, Udoka Azubuike. Big Buike has no relation to Kelenna Azubuike, but it is rumored that he is the son of Mr. Sandman from Mike Tyson's Punchout.
Posted May 6, 2014, 12:48 pm
James Young took a break from hangin' with Rihanna & Jay-Z to cross the state on a quick autogaph tour. My daughter and I swung by Towne Mall Sunday and got to meet James and get a picture with him. I printed out a great pic of his dunk against UCONN and had him sign it. He was really nice and took his time with each person in line. I told him it was the best dunk I'd ever seen in my life. He laughed and thanked me. He seems like a great guy and I look forward to him posterizing everybody in his path in the NBA.