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Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt Post Game

Posted by ibleedblue040 on January 30, 2010

The Wildcats handled the Vanderbilt Commodores 85-72 in front of a surprisingly quiet crowd at Rupp Arena saturday afternoon.

It was once again freshman DeMarcus Cousins who set the tone for the Cats, leading the team in scoring (21) and rebounding (10) in the win against the Commodores.

He was helped by Patrick Patterson, who came up with some huge rebounds, and John Wall, who led the team in assists with nine.
Coming off a heart-breaking loss at South Carolina, it was crucial that UK came out with a vegence against Vanderbilt after returning to their home arena. Fortunately the Cats got hot early, knocking down many open jump shots in the opening minutes 0f the game.
Darnell Dodson got his first start of the season as Eric Bledsoe took a seat on the bench to start the game. Starting Dodson proved to be a very good move by John Calipari as the JUCO transfer went for 16 points and 7 rebounds in 18 minutes.
Bledsoe ended up playing better because of the move as well, scoring 13 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in 33 minutes off the bench. Darius Miller went scoreless for the second consecutive plays and ended up playing only 8 minutes, showing that he may be seeing his minutes dwindle right before his eyes.
The Wildcats, though they got in early foul trouble, proved that they could contain even the best big men in the SEC as Vandy center AJ Ogilvy did not make a field goal until there was 9 minutes left in the game.
Notes
– With the win over Vandy, Kentucky moved into a tie with the Commodores for the SEC lead at 5-1 in the league. Kentucky holds the tie-breaker because of the head-to-head win saturday.
– DeMarcus Cousins notched his twelfth double-double of the season, breaking the freshman record at UK that he previously shared with Chris Mills
– The 12 three-pointers that UK hit was the second most of the season (Hartford)
– LeBron James was at the game today, and receieved a huge ovation as he was the “Y” today. The team also wore LeBron’s newest shoe in a black colorway for the first time.
– 2010 5-star forward CJ Leslie was in the house today as well. Leslie is considering UK along with NC State, Florida, and Georgetown among others.
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It had to happen some time…

Posted by ibleedblue040 on January 26, 2010

Kentucky picked up their first loss tuesday night as all 9,000 South Carolina sports fans seemed to be in USC’s arena to see the Gamecocks knock off their first ever #1 team with a 68-62 win over UK.

Devan Downey finished with 30 points (9-28 FG; 2-5 3PT), most of which came in the second half when it appeared UK could not guard him.

The Cincinnati transfer, who shot less than 33%  against the Cats, was completely shut down in the first half and had the belief that if he kept taking bad, contested shots over-and-over then it would all work itself out, and he was right. When it seemed that Downey was playing H-O-R-S-E with the entire UK team he began to knock down shots when his teammates were not able to.

Why It Happened

– The biggest reason UK was upset by the Gamecocks was obviously the great second-half by Devan Downey. Even the casual fan had to assume with the dreadful way he played in the first half that he would come out with a vegence in the second-half. Coach Calipari through many players at Downey to try to find a quality matchup and no one could do it. DeAndre Liggins, Eric Bledsoe, and John Wall were all inable to do a good job on the 5-foot-9 Downey when it mattered most.

– If you watched the game you noticed Jimmy ‘Human Replay Film’ Dykes constantly saying that UK had ALL of their second-half points from freshmen and the lack of diversity really cost the Cats. Patrick Patterson finished with only 5 points and 8 rebounds, failing to sink any type of basket in the last 20 minutes.

– It seems that relying heavily on John Wall finally caught up to the Cats in a game, as Wall, who did manage to score 19 points, was not very effective in the second-half until it was too late. A late and-1 layup brought the game to a one-point contest, but UK was not able to do ANYTHING with the USCjr guards late in the game.

– The bench once again failed to show up for the Cats. Darnell Dodson nailed a nice three-pointer early in the first half but converted only a run-out dunk the rest of the game, even missing a crucial wide-open layup after stripping one of the USC players. Dodson failed to block out at all and allowed his man to consistently beat him off the dribble. If Dodson is not hitting jump shots he has absolutely no value in the UK rotation because he is a liability on the defensive end.

Daniel Orton was once again unable to convert point-blank lay-ins against undersized defenders. Obviously the drunken, uniformed crowd was one reason for no fouls being called underneath on him by Orton had plenty of opportunities to convert key plays offensively and did not.

What We Liked

– There was really only one thing. Big Cuz.

DeMarcus Cousins was there in the post EVERY TIME the Cats needed him. Unfortunately Eric Bledsoe and John Wall chose to over-penetrate and throw up wild shots than take the odds in the post. Cousins had his best game of the season, finishing with 27 points and 12 rebounds against the under-sized Gamecocks.

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Kentucky flies by Arkansas in 101-70 victory

Posted by ibleedblue040 on January 23, 2010

Sophomore forward Darius Miller poured in a career-high 18 points to lead Kentucky (19-0) in a 101-70 victory over Arkansas (8-11) in Rupp Arena.

Miller made a career-high four three-pointers against the Razorbacks and was helped in the game by a trio of freshman as John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, and DeMarcus Cousins combined for 42 points, 24 rebounds, and 14 assists to join Miller in the scoring parade.

Using a 10-0 run to start the game, the Wildcats led by less than double digits for only 1:44 of the game.

Lost amongst the acrobatic moves by John Wall and the long bombs of Darius Miller was the play by the UK bench. Often harrassed by coach John Calipari in press conferences, the Wildcat bench scored 32 points for the Cats and showed the Rupp Arena crowd their great hustle on the defensive end of the court when the starters needed a short rest.

Notes

– The 31-point win for the Cats is the largest SEC victory since January 16, 2007 (38-point win over South Carolina)
– Kentucky moves to 23-7 all-time against Arkansas with the win saturday
– The Wildcats’ 31-point win is the largest victory over Arkansas since 1948
– With 16 points and 14 rebounds against the Razorbacks, DeMarcus Cousins tallied his 10th double-double of the season
– Patrick Patterson had scored in double-figures in 13 consecutive games before finishing with 9 points against Arkansas

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Kentucky vs. Auburn Post Game

Posted by ibleedblue040 on January 17, 2010

Kentucky had a less-than-stellar outing tonight vs. Auburn in their second SEC road game of the season, pulling out a 72-67 victory over the 9-9 Tigers at Beard-Eaves-Memoiral Coliseum.

Leading the Cats was DeMarcus Cousins who recorded his ninth double-double of the season—16 points and 11 rebounds.

I was very surprised with the activity inside the paint tonight by the Wildcats. Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins combined to only shoot 12 shots while John Wall and Eric Bledsoe shot 16. UK had a serious advantage in the paint and did NOT take advantage of it as I would have hoped. The rebounding margin was only +5 for the Cats and should’ve been at least +15.

Notes

– Kentucky attempted 35 free throws against Auburn, tying the season-high set earlier this year against Cleveland State in Cancun.
– The Cats shot over 50% from the field for the 11th time this season
–  UK had four players—Wall, Bledsoe, Patterson, and Cousins—play 30+ minutes for the first time since November 25th against Stanford
– In their last 26 games against the Tigers, Kentucky is now 25-1
– The 9 offensive rebounds that Kentucky had tonight were the fewest of the season, marking the first time UK has posted single-diget offensive boards all season

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Kentucky vs. Florida – Post Game Notes

Posted by ibleedblue040 on January 12, 2010

In a night where Lane Kiffin-to-USC was more talked about than the actual game, Kentucky  held off Florida in front of a crazed crowd in the O’Connell Center in Gainesville for a 89-77 win.

Eric Bledsoe led the Cats with a career high 25 points including 10-13 from the field and 3-4 from behind the arc with fellow freshmen John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins adding 19 and 13 points respectively.

Notes:

Eric Bledsoe was clearly the most important and surprising factor in the game tonight and actually outshined the college basketball darling that is John Wall.

DeMarcus Cousins surprised me tonight by making the little plays. He tied his lowest rebound total since his freshman debut but still was great on the offensive glass and came up with perhaps the biggest rebound of the game following Patrick Patterson’s missed free throw with the Cats up two points.

Daniel Orton came off the bench and had perhaps his best game of his young career. His three blocks on one possession set the tone that Florida better not enter the paint unless they come hard. Orton also set a career-high with nine rebounds tonight as well.

Besides Orton and Darnell Dodson the bench did not show up tonight, scoring zero points and not attempting a single shot.

Other than very short stretches the Kentucky defense was stellar. UK held the Gators to 38.2% from the floor and had six blocks along with six steals in the game. You would like to see them force more than 10 turnovers but when Florida is jacking up shots as quickly as they did at times it was harder to force those turnovers.

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Kentucky Prospects Update: Nike Hoop Summit

Posted by ibleedblue040 on April 12, 2009

John Wall: Down to Kansas, UK, Duke, UNC, NC State, & Miami

John Wall: Down to Kansas, UK, Duke, UNC, NC State, & Miami

Xavier Henry: Down to Kansas, UK, and Memphis

Xavier Henry: Down to Kansas, UK, and Memphis

DeMarcus Cousins: Future Wildcat

DeMarcus Cousins: Future Wildcat

The 2009 Nike Hoop Summit was played tonight in Portland, Oregon and many of the UK prospects played and played well.

  • DeMarcus Cousins probably played the worst out of the bunch but still showed glimpses of why he is rated a topo 5 prospect in the nation. Cousins has an NBA-type game, meaning he has matured passing abilities and has a rare combination of inside and outside abilities. Cousins used his pure strength to muscle his way to the rim a couple of times, but besides that he did not seem to be involved scoring wise too much. He displayed many high-low passes that would have been really brought to the fore front under Billy Gillispie, but can still be utilized by Coach Calipari.
  • Xavier Henry showed his elite scoring ability tonight, leading the game in scoring overall.  Henry probably has the most diverse offensive game amongst all high schoolers in the U.S., although Avery Bradley could probably make a case, by showing off his slashing abilities, mid range jump shot, and super silky three point shot. Henry has a quick release as well, making it very difficult to block, and he is able to beat his defender off the dribble if played too closely. Henry named off his school list at halftime, listing Kansas, Kentucky, and Memphis as the only three left for his services.
  • John Wall played by far the best of anyone on the U.S. team, and probably should have won MVP even in a losing effort. Wall displayed his ability to get into the lane literally any time he wanted and showed off his fastbreak game, which is second to none. Wall showed that he is also a lockdown defender when he sets his mind to it, and was able to finish with contact many time. Wall also is the next coming of Dominique Wilkins because he too is a human highlight film. Wall had one play where he stripped the ball from a lackadasical World player, went left to right on a behind-the-back dribble, and then crossed to his left and proceeded to whip a behind-the-back pass to a teammate for a layup. He also had a sick double pump dunk in transition.

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Kentucky Prospects Update: Derby Festival Classic

Posted by ibleedblue040 on April 11, 2009

The only two players to have signed their Letter of Intent this year both played tonight in the Derby Festival Classic in Louisville, Ky. Here are the notes UKmadness collected while attending the game.

  • Daniel Orton seemed to play as if he were disinterested or with any sense of purpose tonight. Yes it was an all-star game but many of the players seemed to be enjoying themselves more than he was and were trying noticeably harder. Orton showed off his elite finishing ability by doing many spins into dunks and finishing with authority many times. He also will be a Patrick Patterson-type player in terms of his hands, not many balls are thrown in his direction that he does not catch.
  • Jon Hood played very well in the game. Hood showed off his array of offensive moves as well as his uncanny ability to pass from all situations. He passes very well in transition, in a crowd, and always makes the right pass. Hood is one of the more fluid players I have seen in some time. He has a flawless jump shot and finishes well with both hands. Hood’s only shortcoming seems to be on the defensive end where he seems to be about one step behind.
  • Eric Bledsoe, a Kentucky recruit, also played very well. Bledsoe is built like someone who is on the football field but has the sort of finesse game that is necessary for the top level. Bledsoe does not play finesse all the time though, he is a bull around the rim and is the best finisher from the point guard spot I saw tonight. He can dunk with ease even though he is only 6 foot which surpised me and he picked the pocket of a number of players as well. He is  a very good ‘backup plan’ for John Wall.
  • Nolan Dennis was disappointing tonight. He played perhaps the least amount of minutes out of anybody and his perimeter jump shot looked horrid. I will give him some what of a mulligan because it was an all-star game but he did not impress. He was sloppy with the basketball, and actually airballed a jump shot.

Stay tuned to UKmadness, later tonight or tomorrow we will have a Prospects Update from the Nike Hoop Summit, including a Xavier Henry school list.

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Kentucky @ Alabama: Wrap Up

Posted by ibleedblue040 on January 24, 2009

Kentucky started off their game this afternoon at Alabama very slowly, trailing the Tide by six points at halftime after playing arguably their worst 20 minutes of basketball of the year. They seemed to play with no sense of urgency and needed a wake up call before playing the second half.

That wake up call came with a halftime scare from Ramon Harris  that seemed to bring the entire team together for the second half.

After being down 25-19 at the half, UK exploded for 42 in the second half and pulled away from Bama down the stretch by forcing turnovers and hitting free throws. With the game tied with 6:00 to play, UK began a 16-6 run that closed the game. It was all started when a foul-plagued Patrick Patterson re-entered the game to aid Kentucky’s suspect rebounding in the second half.

Jodie Meeks again led the scoring attack for the Cats with a cool 27 points on 10-18 from the floor, including 3-5 from behind the arc. Perry Stevenson paced the Cats as well with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while DeAndre Liggins scored an inconsistent 11 points.

One key for the Wildcat victory was the elevation of the play of some of the key role players. Darius Miller, although he did not score, stuffed the stat sheet with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals while DeAndre Liggins had 11 points and 3 assists.

Although the Cats played perhaps their worst game in conference play thus far, they were still able to win a game on the road by double digits, a sign that has to put a smile on Coach Gillispie’s face. Even with the vocal leader of the team in unknown medical condition, the Cats were able to band together and outscore Bama by 16 in the second half.

INJURY UPDATE

According to Catspause.com’s Matt May, Ramon Harris has been released from a Tuscaloosa area hospital and is in stable condition after collapsing in the locker room at halftime. More coming later on his situation.

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Porter…er… Cats fall to Miami

Posted by ibleedblue040 on December 6, 2008

KEYS TO THE LOSS

The Cats dug themselves yet another huge whole in the first half, due in most part to the lack of ability to make plays from their starting point guard Michael Porter. Porter had his fourth consecutive terrible game while the man who should be starting, DeAndre Liggins, had yet another fabulous outing with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Porter played 17 minutes and managed only 2 points and 0 assists. Patrick Patterson finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds but did not have almost any touches in scoring position in the first half because Porter could not manage to get the ball to him because he would pick up his dribble so often.

The second reason why UK lost tonight was because of the three-point shooting. Miami was one of the top three-point shooting teams in the nation last season and really shot the lights out tonight. They shot 8-19 from long distance while UK only managed 2-23, including 2-12 from junior star Jodie Meeks who finished with a season low 10 points. For some reason Coach Gillispie had Michael Porter on Jack McClinton, the Hurricanes’ star guard, to begin the game and he torched him with double digits in the opening minutes. At one point UK had 9 total points while McClinton had 10 points by himself.

Other notes

– One thing that befuddled me was the fact that Josh Harrellson did not even play in the second half after playing nearly half of the first 20 minutes. Harrellson had 6 points before intermission off the bench but did not appear in the second half.

– By looking at the box score you would almost think UK won this game. They out rebounded the ‘Canes 43-30, shot 15-18 from the line compared to 19-31 from Miami, and had 10 more offensive rebounds. But while looking deeper you see Miami shot 10% better from the field and hit 6 more three pointers. Also they hit enough shots to win the game while UK on the other hand had many opportunities to close the gap from four points late in the game after back-to-back possessions in which Miami missed two free throws.

– I CAN NOT understand the reasoning for Coach Gillispie leaving Michael Porter in there. DeAndre Liggins was the best player on the court for most of the game and Kevin Galloway at least brought some sort of presence to the game.

UK plays again tomorrow against Mississippi Valley State and hopefully some changes will be made in the form of Michael Porter not playing.

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Boston Advances!!

Posted by ibleedblue040 on May 18, 2008

As I mentioned in an entry a couple days ago I am a very big Boston Celtics fan and WE WON TODAY!!!! I am a very happy camper right now. There are some things that I noticed during the game today that I should mention:

 – Paul Pierce is a frickin BEAST! He scored 41 points and hit two free throws that essentially helped ice the game for the C’s. Pierce took and made every big shot in the fourth quarter and played probably his best game of his career in the BIGGEST game of his career. Even with Ray Allen struggling Pierce stepped up and made shot after shot in LeBron James’ face.

– Speaking of LeBron, although he is one of my favorite players and one of the top two players in the league I could not help but notice that he has wayyy too many tatoos. I remember seeing LeBron when he came into the league, much skinner than now and he had only three or four tats, and they were all on his biceps, now he has at least 15 maybe even 20 of them and they span from his biceps, to his forearms, to his calfs, and even the back of his arms (Any doctor out there know what muscle that is?). Just take a look at these two pictures. The one on the left was taken when he was a rookie and the other one is from this season.

WHOAA!! But LeBron was a beast as well in the game but just could not close the deal. He got absolutely no help from his teammates in the game and missed a crucial free throw towards the end of the game that would have made it a three point game.

– Another thing that I noticed is that Marc Jackson is a great announcer. It is no coincidence that Jackson has been rumored in the Phoenix Suns job because he is a flat out smart guy with unbelievable knowledge of the game. Him and Jeff Van Gundy are maybe the best announcing tandem in the NBA, they obviously have chemistry and both compliment eachother perfectly.

– The last thing that I noticed is that BOSTON IS GOING TO THE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS!! Doc Rivers made some great substitutions down the stretch putting Eddie House and P.J. Brown in the game down the stretch and Brown made some great plays as well.

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