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March 5th, 2014 — Uncategorized
With Kentucky the opponent on Saturday, Florida will seek to become the first team to have an 18-0 record in Southeastern Conference regular-season play.
“I’m really just focused on this game and hopefully going into the history books as a team that can go 18-0 in conference,” Patric Young said before the Gators won at South Carolina on Tuesday. “That’s our goal right now, so we’re just worried about South Carolina right now and just trying to make this the best year possible with this team we have, with this team that will never be together again ever.”
Florida Coach Billy Donovan acknowledged the historic implications of the regular season’s final two games for his senior-laden team.
“These guys putting their footprints on our program is a good thing,” he said. “They’ve been a part of three out of four SEC championships, these seniors. This group of guys has won more regular-season games than any team in the history of this program, and there’s been some good teams here.”
No team other than Kentucky has gone unbeaten in SEC regular-season play since Alabama went 14-0 in 1955-56.
Since then, Kentucky went 16-0 in SEC play in 1995-96, 2002-03 and 2011-12.
February 19th, 2014 — Uncategorized
His latest monster game left Julius Randle umoved. That surely made him a solitary figure in Tad Smith Coliseum Tuesday night.
“It doesn’t matter,” he said of his 25 points and 13 rebounds, both of which led Kentucky to an 84-70 victory over Ole Miss.
Probably, Randle did not want to take bows, especially with UK looking to regroup after the loss to Florida. Emphasis on group, as in we’re all in this together.
“It’s what coach asks me to do,” Randle said. “Rebound. Run the floor. Play really hard. Defend any position. Just bring energy. Be a great teammate, and the rest will take care of itself.”
Randle posted his 14th double-double, his longest such streak since he started the season with seven in a row.
Maybe more importantly, Randle got to the foul line 14 times. He came in the game averaging only 5.8 free throw attempts in Southeastern Conference play. That wasn’t a whole lot more than Ole Miss perimeter gunner Marshall Henderson (3.3 free throw attempts per SEC game).
Randle attributed his 13 makes, which included 10 of 10 in the final 6:40, to something simple.
“Just confidence,” he said. “The biggest thing going to the foul line is you’ve got to get bad thoughts out of your mind, that you may miss. You’ve got to think you’re goign up there and knocking it down. We wanted to make free throws because we knew we’d make them.”
UK made 19 straight down the stretch.
February 12th, 2014 — Uncategorized
In selecting and seeding teams for the NCAA Tournament, the selection committee puts more weight on victories on the opponent’s court than in neutral-site games, chairman Ron Wellman said Wednesday.
The committee also discounts neutral-site victories if the winners had a large majority of fans in the arena, thus giving the game a home-court advantage, Wellman said.
The logical conclusion for Kentucky fans is to stay away from neutral-site games so UK can gain the maximum amount of value from victories.
“That’s an interesting point,” Wellman said. ” don’t think that any team is going to encourage their fans to stay away to gain added validity to a neutral‑site game. I don’t know that that really has an impact upon what we are trying to do as a committee. We know those neutral sites sometimes are not as neutral as they are labeled to be. The committee takes that into consideration.”
Wellman used his job as athletic director for Wake Forest to explain.
“If Wake Forest were playing in Greensboro, calling that a neutral‑site game, it’s probably more of a home‑court advantage for Wake Forest than the other team,” he said. “So is that truly a neutral‑site game?
“Those are the type of things we talk about when evaluating neutral‑site games.”
February 12th, 2014 — Uncategorized
The perception of a weak Southeastern Conference lessens Kentucky’s chances to improve its profile for the NCAA Tournament, selection committee chairman Ron Wellman said Wednesday.
Any loss in the SEC, except against No. 3 Florida or No. 14 Kentucky, should weigh even more heavily against a team given the conference’s weakness, Wellman said.
“There is some factual basis to that,” said Wellman, the athletic director at Wake Forest. “One factor that is reported on consistently is the RPI or are the RPIs of the teams in that conference and whether the other teams that may be under consideration do have an opportunity to move up the RPI as a result of the strength or lack of strength of that particular conference.
“So that is a factor that the committee does consider when evaluating teams and whether they will be selected and where they will be seeded especially.”
Conversely, a strong conference, such as the Big Ten, gets more value out of in-league wins and less headwind from an in-league loss, Wellman said.
No other SEC team besides Florida and Kentucky received a vote in The Associated Press media poll this week.
January 30th, 2014 — Uncategorized
Kentucky just announced that a limited number of tickets remain for the game against Ole Miss next Tuesday and for the ESPN College GameDay show on the morning of Feb. 15.
However, the games against Florida the night of Feb. 15 and the Feb. 22 game against LSU are sold out.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or through the Rupp Arena Box Office by calling859.233.3535.
Tickets are also available to purchase through the UK Ticket Office by calling 800.928.2287.
These tickets come from the unsold student ticket allotment, UK said. Upper level tickets are $42 each.
January 28th, 2014 — Uncategorized
Weather forecasts call for Tuesday’s winter storm to cause nasty road conditions. The LSU campus is shut down.
Yet, the show will go on: Kentucky will play LSU as scheduled Tuesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for a few minutes past 9 p.m. EST.
Several Louisiana-based news organizations reported this afternoon that the game will be played as scheduled. A winter storm warning that began at 6 a.m. CST Tuesday put into question whether the game would be played.
LSU spokesman Kent Lowe said Tuesday morning that he was proceeding as if the game would be played as scheduled.
The LSU ticket office and the doors at the PMAC will open at 6:30 p.m.
January 27th, 2014 — Uncategorized
With a winter storm warning in effect beginning at 6 a.m. CST, LSU Coach Johnny Jones did not rule out the possibility that the game against Kentucky Tuesday night could be postponed.
“I’m not sure if the game will go off tomorrow or Wednesday,” Jones told reporters Tuesday. “The weather is certainly going to have a lot to do with that.”
The National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a Winter Storm Warning for ice and snow accumulations. That warning was scheduled to be in effect from 6 a.m. CST Tuesday to 6 a.m. CST Wednesday.
Precipitation was expected in the form of freezing rain, sleet or snow across most or all of the Baton Rouge area. Citizens were warned of hazardous travel conditions as well as significant problems with tree limbs and power lines falling. LSU, Southeastern Conference and governmental officials must weigh safety concerns for fans “I think at the end of the day “The commissioner of our league will have to determine whether the game will be played or not,” Jones said. “Then, what will override that would be if our Governor should decide the game shouldn’t be played in the state of Louisiana or in Baton Rouge because of the inclement weather and the danger. That would override any other decisions.”
The LSU Athletics Department announced that as of 5:30 p.m. EST Monday, plans for the LSU-Kentucky game in the Maravich Center were moving forward as scheduled. The UK team arrived Monday. LSU spokesman Kent Lowe noted that ESPN personnel and at least two of the three referees were expected to be in Baton Rouge Monday night.
The nationally-televised game is scheduled to tip off a few minutes after 9 p.m.
UK Coach John Calipari said his team would be more concerned with getting out of Baton Rouge after the game. But whatever the unknowns caused by the weather, he suggested there was one certainty.
“Our fans will get there,” Calipari said.
January 25th, 2014 — Uncategorized
On Friday, Kentucky Coach John Calipari suggested that smirking contributed to Willie Cauley-Stein’s recent struggles. Apparently putting his marketing degree to use, Calipari said he told Cauley-Stein, “Smirking ain’t working.”
After helping UK beat Georgia Saturday, Cauley-Stein pleaded guilty. He’s been getting in trouble for smiling at the wrong time since being sent to the principal’s office in elementary school, he said.
“I think Coach Cal’s funny,” he said. “When he’ll be on you, it’s kind of funny. . . . They (the coaches) take it the wrong way. Like I was being a jerk about it. That’s how I’ve been since I was little.”
Although coming off a more productive game, which he acknowledged came as a big relief, Cauley-Stein made no promises about keeping a poker face when Calipari or an assistant coach volunteers, uh, animated instruction.
“Coach Cal is crazy about it,” Cauley-Stein said of the smile/smirk. “So eventually it’ll start sticking in my head. All right. Just look at him. Wait till he looks away.”
And then smirk.
January 11th, 2014 — Uncategorized
After Kentucky won 71=62 Saturday, Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings lauded Willie Cauley-Stein, who led UK with 15 points.
Cauley-Stein also tied Aaron Harrison and Randle for a team-high of two steals.
“Sometimes you watch film and there’s a guy that stands out to you and you really like how he plays,” Stallings said. “I really like what you see from him on tape. He just plays hard. He’s a guy you don’t have to run any plays for. He’s still going to give you a great stat line and great production.”
January 11th, 2014 — Uncategorized
Although Kentucky had only two transition points (thanks to Willie Cauley-Stein’s steal and driving dunk), John Calipari lauded point guard Andrew Harrison for looking to exploit any fast-break opportunities.
“Andrew is finally getting it,” Calipari said. “. . . What he did is what I’ve been asking him to do. Get ride of the ball. Don’t be a ball stopper. No one in the country wants to play with a ball stopper. They don’t. If you have a play to make, make it. If not, get rid of it. He did that today.”
Calipari said twin brother Aaron Harrison held the ball too long at times.
“He was the ball stopper today,” the UK coach said. “Andrew was not. (He) threw it ahead (and) made the quick play.”
Calipari likened Andrew Harrison to one of his point guards at Memphis, Tyreke Evans. Both had to change their games to better use their natural speed.
“Both had habits you had to crack,” Calipari said. “Both of them had the mentality of how to play the game that was kind of opposite to what it needed to be.”