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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…
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©5:45 pm
How’s this for an exciting afternoon surprise? There WILL be a pregame show featuring Matt Jones and Oscar Combs this evening. Tune in to 630 WLAP in Lexington at 6 pm for Texas Roadhouse Countdown to Tip-Off Pregame Show on the IMG Network. A list of affiliates around the state can be found here or you can listen online here.
By Cody Daniel on ©5:00 pm
Now that the game everyone has been waiting for since Michigan State is here, let’s see how Kentucky and Baylor match up:
Andrew Harrison: Andrew Harrison has grown as the team has grown and is beginning to even step up as a leader. At 6’6 Andrew will have a distinct advantage over his matchup and should exploit that will his ability to both shoot and get to the rim.
Kenny Chery: Kenny Chery is the floor general for Baylor as lives up to his role very well. Chery can get to the rim consistently and shoots 90% from the line which makes him a little harder to guard with the new hand check rule.
Edge: Andrew Harrison-better size, more physical, better overall athlete.
Aaron Harrison: Aaron has showed us night after night that he can score in a hurry. Whether it be from attacking the basket or pulling the trigger from deep, Harrison can score and should find himself in double digits again tonight.
Gary Franklin: Gary Franklin is another one of those guys Kentucky can’t leave open from deep. Franklin has a consistent shot from deep and also finds his way into the lane from time to time.
Edge: Aaron Harrison-much better scorer, better overall athlete.
James Young: There is a reason NBA scouts love this kid. James Young does a little bit of everything with some extra defensive intensity. At 13 ppg, Young is another one of Kentucky’s go-to-guys and should be to much on the offensive end for his matchup.
Royce O’Neale: In his first season at Baylor after transferring from Denver, Royce O’Neale is a solid scorer that finds himself above the rim quite often which has contributed to his 70% shooting from the field. O’Neale’s strength has to be his passing skills with his ability to constantly find the open man from the post. Don’t forget about his three point shooting either at 72% from deep.
Edge: James Young-much more aggressive on defensive end, much better scoring threat.
Julius Randle: What more can be said about Julius Randle other than he hasn’t dominated Cory Jefferson…yet. Randle doesn’t really have a weakness in his game and should be too strong, too fast and overall too good for Cory Jefferson.
Cory Jefferson: Cory Jefferson is a beast down low. Most of his points come from powerful dunk but he does have a few post moves in his arsenal as well. With 8.8 rebounds per game, Jefferson also cleans up the glass pretty regularly.
Edge: Julius Randle-too big, too fast, too athletic, too dominant. Much better overall player.
Willie Cauley-Stein: Fresh off the best game of his career, Cauley-Stein with face of with an even lengthier Isaiah Austin. With his dominant low post blocking ability and overall athleticism, WCS is a guy who is becoming a threat on both sides of the ball.
Isaiah Austin: Not many 7’1 guys are as skilled with the ball as Isaiah Austin with his ability to shoot the ball and maneuver down low. Austin isn’t the strongest guy but his length gives him an advantage in most situations.
Edge: Willie Cauley-Stein-confident, very aggressive, athleticism to match Austin.
Alex Poythress: You never know what you’re going to get with Poythress. One game he is aggressive and physical to only shy away from the action the next. Poythress has the skill set to dominate in this game on anybody that guards him. The only question is which Alex Poythress will we see tonight.
Brady Heslip: Do not leave this guy open. Heslip is one of those guys that spots up from beyond the arc and opposing teams just cringe. Brady Heslip will look to find any hole in the defense and cash in for three points.
Bigger Impact: Brady Heslip-without the certainty of Poythress showing up to play, Heslip will likely affect the game with his deep shooting.