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So last night kind of sucked. Not only did you stay up ‘til nearly 1:30 in the morning, but you also had to watch Kentucky lose in the most depressing manner possible: Slowly withering away after having their foot on the gas for so long. Frustration and confusion are the easiest words to describe the emotions felt – Why did the team collapse? Where was the intensity? How come they abandoned the zone-attack? The Cats panicked down the stretch and the Baylor Bears got the better of this young team, evidently still searching for its identity.
– Kenny Chery scored 18 points, including six in the go-ahead run for Baylor. The Cats had a 50-41 lead with 13 minutes left and the Bears responded with a 15-5 run to put them up 56-55, and they never trailed again.
– In case you forgot, this was the second-straight victory for Baylor over Kentucky. I guess the revenge factor wasn’t quite significant enough for Willie Cauley-Stein or Alex Poythress.
– It’s not all bad news for Kentucky fans. The UK Hoops team won a thriller in the game prior to the boys, knocking off Baylor 133-130 in four overtimes. Jennifer O’Neill dropped a whopping 43 points on the Bears which helped the Cats win the highest scoring D-I women’s basketball game ever.
– Check out some of the highlights from that game which featured 10 players foul out, and almost 200 field goal attempts between the two teams.
– The ice storm kept a lot of people indoors yesterday and changed plenty of plans around the Commonwealth. The Marshall Country Hoopfest is one event that was bumped, but Nation of Blue has the rescheduled-schedule featuring Trey Lyles’ Arsenal Tech, Devin Booker’s Moss Point, and Monraque Gill-Caesar’s Huntington Prep. We’ll have more on this later.
It’s going to be a busy day for college football even though the Cats are done. Missouri and Auburn are going at it down in the Georgia Dome to see who is the best in the SEC, while Ohio State and Michigan State are battling for the Big Ten title in Indy. Heck, most people aren’t giving Duke much of a chance against Florida State in the ACC, but you never know. The BCS standings might get a major shift depending on the outcome of those games.
By Drew Franklin on ©3:51 am
It’s late, Kentucky lost, and we all just want to go to bed and forget about it. But, the KSR show must go on so I’m here with you in the wee hours of the morning reporting from the belly of AT&T Stadium, where Kentucky just dropped its second game of the season, 67-62.
The Cats held a nine point lead midway through the second half when we all looked for UK to hit the gas and put Baylor away for the evening. What we saw was quite the opposite, actually, as the Bears scraped and clawed their way back to a tie game at the six minute mark. Kentucky got colder than Dallas from there, scoring only seven points in the final six minutes before taking the troubling loss.
I’m about to pass out, so let’s run through some of the key observations from the night and then rest up for a new day. If you I fall asleep somewhere in the middle, please forgive me and finish the discussion in the comments section.
Free throws, free throws, free throws
Maybe the biggest concern with this team was even more concerning Friday night. I’m talking about free throws, the easiest part of the game. The Cats shot a disgusting 12-of-23 from the stripe for a 52.2 percentage overall. The misses came at crucial times, too, with James Young’s back-to-back bricks with the opportunity to regain the lead standing out from the bunch. Randle’s late game showing at the line wasn’t any better, either.
This team is going to go to the line a lot this season, as we’ve already seen thus far, and more losses like this one can be expected if they can’t find a way to make the freebies. 52 percent is inexcusable for any team, especially a team of this caliber.
Outworked on the glass
Following his team’s embarrassing performance in Dallas, Coach Cal said Baylor deserved to win the game. “They out-hustled us,” he said in the postgame press conference. “They out-worked us.”
A quick glance at the box score and you’ll see what he’s talking about, right there in the rebounding column. Baylor out-rebounded Kentucky 41-25, including 18 on the offensive end, more than UK’s 15 defensive rebounds. Even Julius Randle, Mr. Unstoppable, was getting dominated on the boards. He gave up a key one on a missed free throw in the final minute. That’s not supposed to happen.
Quote of the night
Courtesy of Baylor forward Rico Gathers:
“We didn’t take no foots off the gas. We were just like pushing the whole night and they didn’t like it.”
Yeah, we noticed.
Coach Cal seemed pretty pissed
I looked down at my computer during Coach Cal’s postgame press conference and when I looked back up, he was gone. Cal left abruptly and unannounced, leaving Aaron Harrison and Julius Randle to answer the remaining questions. I believe it’s the first time he’s ever stormed off like that.
The crowd was great
Though it looked like an empty building on television, there was a pretty solid turnout for the game considering the conditions. Attendance was announced at 12,818 and I’m not sure how everyone managed to get there, but they did. The roads are terrible here in Dallas and one fan told me it took almost three hours to get to the game from downtown.
Coach Cal also wondered how everyone found away to get inside. He said, “I don’t know how these people made it. They must have been on dogsleds or something. I look around and it’s blue.”
BBN, you never disappoint.
Andrew Harrison has a long way to go.
If this team is going to contend for a national champi
You know what, I’m really tired and don’t feel like talking about this game anymore. This recap gets as much effort as Kentucky showed down the stretch.
Y’all have a nice night. Or morning. Whatever you want to call this.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©2:01 am
Scott Drew and the Baylor players were very gracious about their win, but both Drew and Rico Gathers said that Kentucky’s inexperience was a factor tonight:
“They’re great freshmen, but freshmen are still 18 years old, and if they’re competing against 22-year-olds, that’s tough,” Drew said.
“When you’re playing a bunch of freshmen on the court, it’s all about thinking,” Gathers said. “We basically out-thought them today.”
I think we can all agree with that.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©1:44 am
John Calipari left the postgame presser as abruptly as he arrived. When asked about his team’s performance, Cal said his guys were simply outmatched by Baylor: “They outhustled us, they outworked us, they deserved to win.” How about his team panicking down the stretch? “That’s where we are as a team right now,” Cal said. “We’re not ready for that as a team right now.”
What were the Cats’ main Achilles’ Heels tonight, according to Cal? “Offensive rebounding and putbacks.” Cal even blamed himself for playing guys too long, and said that the team will either “start fighting or we’ll keep losing.”
After praising the crowd for showing up, he shoved his chair back and left.
By Will Totten on ©1:37 am
For the 2nd straight season the Baylor Bears have put one in the L column for Kentucky, last year in Rupp Arena and once more tonight in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Despite a hot start from 3-point range (6-10 in the 1st Half) Kentucky couldn’t overcome an abysmal 12-23 night at the FT line and fell to Baylor, 67-62.
Julius Randle led the Wildcats in scoring with 16 points, also adding 8 rebounds and 4 assists. James Young and Aaron Harrison scored 14 and 15 points respectively, and were a combined 7-12 from 3PT range. Kentucky was dominated on the glass tonight by the Bears, losing the rebound battle 41-25 for the first time this season.
Sloppy weather, sloppy basketball. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to try this again in April, Dallas. Hold the ice.
By Drew Franklin on ©9:00 pm
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By Wilder Treadway on ©8:37 pm
Hey guys! Sorry for tonight’s late start. I’m here at Wilder’s house sans Wilder to catch you folks up on the Kentucky Hoops game vs. Baylor thus far. This is the Hoops team’s first road match up against a ranked team of the season, and who better to play than Baylor. Last year, the Bears beat up on the Wildcats 85-51, and left a sour taste in the mouths of the team after Brittney Griner and her posse demolished our team in every aspect of the game. Tonight, the 5th ranked Hoops are looking for revenge. Baylor is ranked 9th in the country and the Hoops are coming off a big win against Louisville. With Odyssey Sims being the only returning starter from last year’s Baylor line up, the Cat’s deep bench should be able to run all over a young and inexperienced Bear team. Let’s start this off from where we’re at.
#5 Kentucky v. #9 Baylor
FINAL KENTUCKY 133 BAYLOR 130 What a game. What a game. With TWO 40+ scorers in the game (Odyssey Sims and Jen O’Neill) neither team gave up and after the outlook looked grim many times throughout the night, and Kentucky prevailed. 133 points is a single game scoring record for Kentucky, and O’Neill finished with 43 points. Second top 10 win for the Cats this week. 9-0. Wow.
LOL QUADRUPLE OVERTIME Alright but really this game is never ending.
AND HERE COMES TRIPLE OVERTIME I CAN’T DEAL
DOUBLE OVERTIME OH LAWD
OVERTIME After Kentucky built a double-digit lead,
Baylor Odyssey Sims came storming back to bring Baylor back, and after a tense final minute of play in which the refs went to the monitor several times to determine possession, neither team could score and we’re going into extra time…
2nd Half 3:16: Alright guys…I’m nervous. Sims has scored 15 of Baylor’s last 18 points and Kentucky has become stagnant on offense. She is literally unguardable and has 37 points. The Cats look confused and it’s gonna take some players to step up for the Cats not to squander away this game. Janee Thompson going to the free throw line… Baylor now leads 83-82.
2nd Half 6:57: Matthew Mitchell is ecstatic on the sideline as Kentucky has pulled away from Baylor in this second half and have amped up their defense against the Bears. Sims has 29, and probably no team in the country can stop her…but apart from her, BU has nothing. Let’s see if Kentucky can close this one out… Cats lead 79-73.
2nd Half 11:32: While the Cats look good on offense, the Bears are as Louisville’s Coach Walz says “pissing it away” on their offensive end. Baylor has missed countless easy baskets close in the paint, and Kentucky has taken advantage. Jennifer O’Neill is putting up some great looking shots and now has 19 in tonight’s game, two away from her career high. She is officially on #MinogueCareerWatch which has nothing to do with getting a job…..okay she was right, O’Neill now has 21. Kentucky trying to pull away from Baylor, leading 67-61.
2nd Half 15:20: More of the same to start the second half. Good for Kentucky though…Bria Goss just drew another foul on Odyssey Sims, and the Lady Bears star now had three for the game, much to Baylor’s coach Kim Mulkey’s chagrin. Freshman Makayla Epps has been amazing for the Cats tonight. She is perfect from the field on 4-4 shooting, and just stole the ball to complete a personal 5-0 run and regain the lead for Kentucky. The Wildcats are struggling in the paint, as DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker have a combined nine points, but are not getting the looks Mitchell wants from his squad. Absolutely no player is on #MinogueDoubDoubWatch…and she’s pissed about it. Cats winning 56-54.
HALFTIME KENTUCKY 44 BAYLOR 44 Alright guys…after a rocky start (from KSR…not UK) Hayley and I are both here in attendance and streaming this game on ESPN3. In an offense-minded game, there has been nine lead changes and five ties as neither team could gain a significant lead. Junior Jen O’Neill is leading the charge for the Wildcats with 10 points followed by Kastine Evans with seven. As opposed to Kentucky’s “all team depth” where a plethora of players score, Baylor is extremely top heavy as forward Nina Davis is leading the team with 14 points followed by All-American Odyssey Sims with 13. Foul trouble was an issue for both teams, so look for a close, free throw determined finish to this one.
1st Half 3:28 - Makayla Epps showing off her three point shooting AGAIN!! Coach Mitchell commended her on her shooting during the last press conference, and I’m glad to see such consistency in a freshman. This game is extremely fast paced in the transition, and heavy on the offense. Let’s take a moment to pause in awe of these beautiful jerseys… OK moment over. Baylor has FOUR players with two fouls, one of which is Odyssey Sims. That being said, both Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth both also have two fouls… yikes. UK 39- Baylor 36
1st Half 7:51- Finally in here. Kentucky and Baylor have been battling it back and forth so far in this game. Jennifer O’Neill is leading our Cats with eight points. Nina Davis has stepped it up for this Baylor team with nine of their 26 points thus far. Samarie Walker is asserting herself BIG TIME on the blocks with four rebounds, something that she has been spotty on the past few games. UK 28- Baylor 26
By Matt Jones on ©7:10 pm
In another “only John Calipari would do this” story, Cal has given the UK players homework. Each player will be asked to write a one page paper on the life of Nelson Mandela. Calipari says he wants them to know about his life and history and what he represents and the paper is the best way to make that happen.
So Julius, Willie, Sam, etc….get your research out and remember that the library has microfiche if necessary.
By Matt Jones on ©6:30 pm
Some great stuff here…