This is a case where the SI jinx hurt a whole basketball program. January 11, 2000. Kentucky entered Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum as the #20 team in the country. Familiar names like Tayshaun Prince, Jules Camara, Jamaal Magloire, and Saul Smith made up the roster. Tubby Smith was the coach and Keith Bogans was just a Freshman.
Today we we play Tennessee. This rivalry is so big, it's to hard to explain. A quick hitter is that we have more wins against Tennessee than any other college in the world. There is so much more, but you can see some of the basics below.
On Tuesday night, the Cats will be back in action, taking on the Volunteers of Tennessee., reigniting a 103 year rivalry. The Cats lead the all-time series 148-66, and if they want any chance at making the NCAA Tournament this year, they're going to need to make that 149-66.
Most of the time he forces tie ups, or gets the ball for a time out. There is the occasional time though when he dives after the other team has already grabbed it, or dives to make sure that his own teammate isn't alone holding the ball on the ground.
John Calipari is always looking for a way to get the upper hand on his opponent and that begins with practice and preparation. That's why it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Coach Cal is using an innovative tactic to make sure that his players are giving maximum effort in practice.
In this current day and age of Kentucky basketball, it's rare to get a player with NBA aspirations to return for a second, or third year. Coach Cal tells them what is in their best interests, and to that point, mostly it involves making the wise business move and getting to the NBA.
Coming in to the Portland game this year, Ryan Harrow had been nothing short of bad. He was not good in his brief appearance against Maryland. Of course he was sick, but still, he didn't play very well. Then he left the team, and nobody was sure if he'd be back.
He's waiting for your apology for not paying more attention to him. Lost in the wake of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, early struggles of the current team, and the lackluster play of freshmen Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin, is the stellar play of Nerlens Noel.
If you were following me on Twitter today, you certainly heard about Lipscomb fan. Standing alone amongst a sea of Blue, this man managed to out-shout everyone. Yelling things like "He's not a shooter!", and "BRICK!", and "Thanks for the Christmas gift!"
Tomorrow's game will be the first game after a full week of Coach Cal. Harrow showed signs of coming along last week, posting 8 points and 6 assists in the blowout. I will be watching Harrow closely tomorrow, to see if his improvement continues, or if last week's play was an exception to the norm.
Today we have another home game. The game is against the Bison of Lipscomb University. We have only played them once in our long history and we of course beat them. Not a lot of history with this opponent, but you can check it out below, along with some other interesting facts.
It's almost game time. The Wildcats are playing the Bison of Lipscomb. We looked a little better in our game against Portland last Saturday. The Cats will have had a whole week to prepare for Lipscomb, let's hope we continue to see the improvement that is suppose to be coming from Camp Cal.
These boys can play, just saying. The current 2013 Kentucky commitments have been tearing it up at their respected high schools. The current class consists of Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee, and Derek Willis. Aaron and Andrew Harrison have been scoring in bunches through the early part of the high school season.
Defensively they played pretty well, but they have to keep picking up the intensity on both ends of the court. Mental mistakes in my opinion are killing the Wildcats. After couple weeks of Camp Cal and going into the Louisville game, you should starting seeing lots of improvement.
This happened a lot at the end of the game today. Wouldn't be Portland without a poster dunk or two. Though the game went through several offensive lulls, UK still managed to find a way to string together enough defensive stops to win the game.
Written by: David Stevens There hasn't been much talk about the 2012 NBA Cats, and honestly it's due to the fact that there is not much to talk about. But here is a quick rundown on where they are at a quarter way through their rookie season.
Towns looks good in Kentucky gear. Karl Towns Jr. out of Metuchen, New Jersey is set to make his college decision tomorrow morning at 10:00AM ET on the MSG Network. More info on that before the decision. He is set to make his decision between about 5 schools I believe.
It is getting close to game time. The Wildcats are playing the Bears of Baylor. Let's hope they bring some intensity. After the loss on Thursday we need to play well at home today and get this win, to get back on track.
Christmas is the only thing on Kentucky's mind. November has come and gone, we are now into the month of December, the last month of 2012. Just for the record 2012 was a great year, we did win National title and start a new era Mark Stoops in football, but we still have December to get through.
You won't like me when I'm angry. The Cats enter this game coming off an embarrassing loss to Notre Dame on Thursday night, but the quick turnaround gives you time to not stew on it, put it behind you, and bring your best effort on Saturday to avenge yourself, and salvage the week.
I guess they got caught up in too much Stoops mania. Tonight, the Cats put on a dreadful display against a game Notre Dame team, and went down 64-50. Notre Dame was just too much in all areas of the game. Effort, rebounding, shooting, assists, defense; you name it they were better.
Why couldn't they just leave his pot of gold alone? We now pause from your regularly scheduled Mark Stoops love-fest for this important announcement...... Tomorrow the Wildcats take their first official road trip up to the South Bend, Indiana to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
Photo courtesy of Wade Upchurch In what could be deemed their best offensive performance of the night, the Cats handled the Blackbirds of LIU Brooklyn 104-75. The Cats were led in scoring by Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin who both scored 22.
Today we are playing Long Island University. We are still playing in the Barclays Classic Center, which we are 3-0 in. This is our 4th time playing the Blackbirds. They are 0-3 by the way in the this classic.
Morehead State took the fight to UK early on and, and kept up the pressure for the entire game. The Cats struggled holding on to balls and playing through the physicality early, falling behind by 11 points before rallying to take a 1 point lead in to the half.