Cats bounce back against Chattanooga
December 19, 2011
Out for blood after the loss to Indiana, Kentucky is back to winning form after defeating Chattanooga 87-62 on Saturday night.
Terrence Jones sustained a finger injury very early in the game. He spent most of the game on the sidelines, and accounted for no points. Anthony Davis led the Cats with 14 points and 18 rebounds.
Coach Cal made it clear after reviewing the Indiana game that one-handed rebounding was instrumental in their loss last week, and drove the point home early in the first half. UK sunk nearly 50% of its attempts, including 36% of its 3-pointers. Now 9-1, they'll host Samford (Tuesday at 5:30) and Loyola (Thursday at 11:30) this week.
Indiana upsets No. 1 Kentucky with buzzer-beating 3-pointer
December 12, 2011
The Hoosiers didn't disappoint their fans, some of whom camped out in the cold to get tickets to the game. The bleachers emptied and the court flooded with fans after Christian Watford sunk 3-point shot at the buzzer to hand Indiana the win over No. 1 Kentucky.
Watford found himself with 20 points when the dust cleared, helping get Indiana their first win over a number one team since toppling Duke in 2002, and their first 9-0 season since '89-'90.
Doron Lamb's 19 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's 18 led the Wildcats' scoring. The frenzied final minutes saw the lead repeatedly change hands, but missed free throws in the closing seconds seemed to seal Kentucky's fate. They now head back to Lexington for five straight games from home, starting with Chattanooga on the 17th and culminating in a throwdown with Louisville on New Year's Eve.
Down to the wire against UNC, Davis makes a big block
December 5, 2011
Forty minutes of intense play by two of the best teams in the nation came down to the final five seconds. The clock quickly disappearing, North Carolina's John Henson had the shot that could have won UNC the game, but Anthony Davis proved again that he doesn't just block shots--he blocks shots when it's all on the line.
The swat kept Kentucky ahead until the buzzer sounded, giving them a narrow 73-72 win despite North Carolina's better 3-point game. Davis is shaping up to establish himself as one of the best blocker's in the program's history, after coming off a game against St. John's contributing eight of the record-setting 18, just one shy of an individual record.
The Cats, now 8-0, travel to Bloomington to face 8-0 Indiana.
Davis, Jones lead Cats to victory over St. John's
December 2, 2011
The No. 1 UK Wildcats put on a clinic of fundamentals and didn't relent in defense to trump St. John's 81-59 Thursday. The combined efforts of freshman Anthony Davis (15 points, 15 rebounds, 8 of a school record 18 blocks) and Terrence Jones (26 points, 9 rebounds) accounted for no small part of the games big numbers. The Cats, now 7-0, are up against No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday.
Practice going well in preparation for Ole Miss game
November 4, 2011
As the Wildcats gear up to face off with Ole Miss on Saturday, Coach Phillips says he's pleased with the team’s performance. He's quick to cite their energetic, intense practice ethic as a good omen, and credits the energy and intensity of the assistant coaches.
As junior QB Morgan Newton recovers from a high ankle sprain, the position of starting quarterback has not yet been set in stone. Most are looking to freshman Maxwell Smith, who replaced Newton against Mississippi State and threw a solid game.
Asked about the Ole Miss offensive line, Coach Phillips says he has an eye on their quarterback, Randall Mackey. "[He’s] a dynamic player... He plays with his legs and arms. They have some skilled guys. They have two really good running backs. One is usually a jet sweeper and they have some really good young receivers also. They have a huge offensive line and might be the biggest offensive line we have faced all across the board."
Coverage will start on Q95 FM with pre-game at 2:00.
Cats flex muscles in 97-53 win over Transy
November 3, 2011
Terrence Jones’ 22 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s 19 were instrumental in a 97-53 exhibition game victory over Transylvania University.
Their showing on Wednesday bodes very well for the season, as the freshmen crew did not disappoint and the team showed tight cohesion. The Pioneers led in the opening moments of the game by as many as 7 points, but the Cats knuckled down and went on two 13-0 runs to lead 37-23 by halftime and 97-53 by the final buzzer.
The two schools actually have a colorful history, as outlined by Jon Scott in this piece for the Herald-Leader, but hadn’t played each other for the past century.
Cats No. 2 in preseason poll
October 29, 2011
For the third straight year under the tutelage of Coach Calipari, the Wildcats basketball program has ranked in the top 10. This year, they go into the season ranked number 2 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. They trail only North Carolina, and lead rivals Duke (6th) and Louisville (8th). It's the Cats’ highest placement in the poll since the ’95-’96 season was ranked #1.
Cats gearing up to face Mississippi State "Blackout Game"
October 29, 2011
Joker Phillips and his 2011 Wildcat crew are gearing up, both physically and mentally, for what everyone is expecting to be a highly physical Saturday showdown.
"This is a game that you have to come out and execute and play your responsibilities on defense, execute on offense and in the kicking game to have an opportunity to win the game. And, you have to play physical and that is what we have to get our minds ready to do," Phillips said.
The Wildcats will enter Commonwealth Stadium 3-4 tomorrow, coming off a decisive victory over Mississippi State to snap a four game losing streak. So far, they're 2-2 at home.
Phillips said he's seen the requisite athleticism from his defensive line in the week's preparations, and that the offense has shown great improvement, but the team still has far to come.
Saturday is a "Blackout Game"--the Cats will take the field in black uniforms for the first time in their history, and fans are encouraged to wear black as well. Though they've had the idea and the jerseys all season long, they wanted to pick the right game to debut them. The night game, starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow, fit the bill.
Coverage will start on Q95 FM with pre-game at 5:30.